What a tragedy. Our family is heartbroken at the loss of Botham Shem Jean. He was faithful man and friend. Please be in prayer for the Jean family. And for all who grieve his loss. And pray for the Lord to transform this tragedy into triumph.
Glory to God!
If at the end of the day I were to ask you to give me an itemized itinerary of the events of your day and how they unfolded, you’d readily be capable of describing how the day progressed. For me, most mornings the alarm clock goes off and off I go. By 830am my two youngest boys are sitting in their desks at school. By 930 several days a week Tiersa has our youngest girls are in class and she’s in her classroom. I’m either in the office or at a coffee shop depending upon the day. Now that’s only a short timeframe, a couple of hours from start to finish in the morning, but a whole lot more went into that time right? I failed to mention whether or not the kids were in a good mood by the time they walked out the door or if I had to referee. Whether or not we left in plenty of time to get where we were going or had to break several laws of man and a few laws of physics to get them to school before the tardy bell rang (not that I ever do that!). I haven’t told you about all the things on my mind during that morning timeframe. Concerns. Commitments. Complications. From the things on my to-do list that I just need to get done, to things that I have no idea what to do about and am still waiting to see how God works through them.
My reason behind this is to acknowledge to you that as much as we are striving to simplify, as much as we are striving to keep the main things the main things, we live lives that involve some degree of complication. Some complications we can actively do something about. But the reality is, for other complications, we’re in a holding pattern.
Process these words of the Apostle Paul, “But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not ‘Yes’ and ‘No.’ For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by me and Silasand Timothy, was not ‘Yes’ and ‘No,’ but in Him it has always been ‘Yes.’ For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 1:18-20a
What Paul assures is that everything in life is a “Yes” when we’re in Christ. Everything is a “Yes!” That somehow amidst good and bad, calm and chaos, triumph and tragedy, when we are in Jesus, it’s all a “Yes.” It’s not that it’s all easy. It’s not that it always makes sense. But somehow when we see life through eyes of faith everything is a “Yes” because God is God. And in Jesus, we are His people. And because we are His, everything is a “Yes.” So you got a promotion? It’s a “Yes” in Christ. So you lost you’re job today? It’s a “Yes” when you’re close to our Savior. The cancer is in remission? It’s a “Yes” in Jesus. Your counts are looking like the cancer has returned? It’s a “Yes” when in relationship with God.
Somehow when we are in Christ Jesus, everything is a “Yes.” If you are being faithful to God, it’s a win/win situation. No matter what complications you’re in the middle of. No matter how promising or how bleak a circumstance. In Him it has always been (and always will be) “Yes!”
Glory to God!
#5 is now 5!
Shelbi you are such a fantastic young lady.
Your laugh is contagious and you light up any room you walk in to.
It is so awesome to be your daddy.
I love the way you come running to me arms wide open, squealing with excitement whenever I come home from work.
“You give me such joy.”
Our Bowen travis turns 17 today!
Bowen is a man of quiet strength.
Honor and integrity.
Commitment and dedication.
Bowen, thank you for being you.
Know that our Father in heaven is very pleased with you.
And that your father here on this earth certainly is as well!
Your family loves you and is very grateful for who you are.
Jacob Dillon turns 18 today!
That blows my mind!
What a great man you are Jacob Dillon.
You amaze us with your courage and compassion.
You have a heart for God and life and people like few others.
I am super proud of you and super proud to be your dad.
Keep doing what your doing.
You are a blessing to everyone who knows you and are certainly a blessing to the Kingdom of God!
#6 turns 4 today!
Gracie you are absolutely awesome and are such a blessing to our family.
Your heart and spirit are so very deep and amazing.
You have insight beyond your years.
May love and faithfulness always characterize your life.
I am so thankful to see and be a part of what our God is doing through your life.
“You are mine to me.”
Mason is a married man!
Mason and Mary Mack we thank our Lord that you belong to Him and now, to one another.
It was a perfect day.
God is faithful!
Glory to God!
For twenty years she and I have been a team.
I love you Muffin Mouse!
Happy birthday to our oldest son!
Mason you make your parents proud.
What’s more, you make our heavenly Father so very proud.
Our London Grace turns three today!
Gracie is such a mess and such a blast.
So very sweet and SO very sassy.
And very much a “daddy’s girl.”
I love you Gus!
“You are mine to me.”