Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ten Commandments

Got a great email from a friend this week…


1. no1 b4 me. srsly.

2. dnt wrshp pix/idols

3. no omg's

4. no wrk on w/end (sat 4 now; sun l8r)

5. pos ok - ur m&d r cool

6. dnt kill ppl

7. :-X only w/ m8

8. dnt steal

9. dnt lie re: bf

10. dnt ogle ur bf's m8. or ox. or dnkey. myob.

M, pls rite on tabs & giv 2 ppl.

ttyl, JHWH

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


…Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her…
Eph 5:25 (NIV)

This is the summer of weddings! We celebrated with Dan and Angela last weekend. Erick and Nerissa this weekend. Steve and Melanie next weekend. The weekend after that we have a family wedding in Kenosha. And that’s just June!

It’s beautiful to watch young love during the ceremony as they hold hands and make their vows to…

To have and to hold, from this day forward,
For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer,
In sickness and in health, to love and to cherish,
Till death do us part.

Hearing these vows remind Leslie and me of the vows we made over 15 years ago. I don’t think anybody really realizes what those vows mean on their wedding day. It’s only after years of life, the daily grind, keeping up the house, disagreements, getting through a financial crisis, kids, miscarriages, health scares, etc. do you really realize what it means to vow to love your spouse in the good times and the bad.

It is essential that we invest in our relationship with our spouse to preserve the vow that we made on our wedding day. The same is true in our relationship with God. We must make investments in the most important relationship anyone of us will ever have. This week get out your Bible, a devotional, a worship CD. Make time for God. Pray. Listen. Enjoy.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

God Is With You

“Don't be afraid of people. I am with you, and I will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 1:8 (GW)

The summer season is upon us. The weather is warm. The children are out of school. Leslie and I are finalizing our family vacation.

One thing Leslie and I have talked about is having a family theme for each summer. This year’s theme: The Summer of Adventure. The boys are getting bigger and it’s time to do more together. If it’s fun or challenging or different we are going to try it as a family. I’m excited for our Summer of Adventure. I know that we are going to have some remarkable experiences as a family.

The thing about adventure is that it’s so unpredictable, risky, sometimes dangerous. Some people love adventure. Some avoid it. Others wish their lives weren’t filled with so much “adventure.”

When I think about the seasons of life, especially the “adventurous” ones, I remember a specific promise of God. When life is difficult, out of control, and we are not quite sure how everything is going to turn out I look to God’s most frequent promise in His Word. More than any other promise in the Bible, God promises that no matter what, “I am with you!”

What a promise to hold on to! Talk to God about what you are going through. Open up His Word and read His promise to you. No matter what you are facing today, this week, this summer, remember you are not alone, GOD IS WITH YOU!