the birthday girl

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Today is my absolute favorite day of the year!  Tiersa’s birthday!  It’s an event.  We build up to it for days.  Everyone’s involved.  The kids do their thing.  We collaborate.  We plan.  We strategize.  Dinner.  Presents.  Cake.  It’s a concerted, group effort.  And it’s a blast!

When it comes to “my part”, I’ve learned that slow dancing  by candlelight to “All I Want is You” by U2 is what makes her heart smile.  🙂

God is good!  He is faithful!  And today has been a fantastic day with the birthday girl!

Tiersa,

I love that you love.  I love that you love me.  I love that you love us.  I love that you love our children.  I love that you love our family.  I love that you love God.  I love that you love others.  I love that you love our history.  I love that you love our present.  I love that you love our future.  I love that you love with your whole heart.  I love that you hold nothing back.  I love that out of 7 billion people on the planet God knew the one I wanted and needed.  I love that you love, Love.  And I love you!

“You are beautiful my Love, as Tirzah….” – Song of Solomon 6:4

Love you Love!

20 beautiful years

20 beautiful years my Love.

Thank you for your love, your faith, and your faithfulness.

Thank you for unequivocally loving with your whole heart.

Thank you for loving me.

Thank you for loving our family.

And thank you for loving God.

I adore you.

Love, me.

the birthday girl

Today is my absolute favorite day of the year!  Tiersa’s birthday!  It’s an event.  We build up to it for days.  Weeks!  And everyone’s involved.  The kids do their thing.  We collaborate.  We plan.  We strategize.  Dinner.  Presents.  Cake.  It’s a concerted, group effort.  And it’s a blast!

When it comes to “my part”, I’ve learned that slow dancing on the back porch by candlelight to “All I Want is You” by U2 is what makes her heart smile.  🙂

God is good!  He is faithful!  And today has been a fantastic day with the birthday girl!

Tiersa,

I love that you love.  I love that you love me.  I love that you love us.  I love that you love our children.  I love that you love our family.  I love that you love God.  I love that you love others.  I love that you love our history.  I love that you love our present.  I love that you love our future.  I love that you love with your whole heart.  I love that you hold nothing back.  I love that out of 7 billion people on the planet God knew the one I wanted and needed.  I love that you love, Love.  And I love you!

“You are beautiful my Love, as Tirzah….” – Song of Solomon 6:4

Love you Love!

let the chains fall away

My beautiful bride and I leave for Tulsa Town today.  Our annual trip to the Tulsa Workshop.  We’re so very excited.  This years theme: “Let the Chains Fall Away!”

We’ll be blessed by Terry Rush.  Challenged by Jeff Walling.  Convicted by Randy Harris. 

We’ll get to spend some needed time with one another.  We’ll share with Allan and Carrie-Anne.  We’ll pal around with friends in ministry, many we only see face to face once a year.  We’ll worship with thousands and pray with those with whom we are close. 

After several years of discussion, it was at the Workshop in 2004 that we finally made the decision to transition into ministry.  It was seven years ago this week that we finally pulled the trigger.  We had been at the Workshop all week, and on Sunday morning went to worship at the Memorial Drive Church.  At the end of his message, Terry said: “I know that there are those here who already minister in many ways.  And some of you have even thought about and talked about full-time vocational ministry (he had my attention)….  If that’s you could I talk to you for a minute?  Would you stop talking about it and just do it???” 

I just put my head down.  That was it.  Without me saying a word Tiersa leaned over and whispered, “When are you resigning from the department?” 

And so every year we come back.  Every year we reflect upon our journey thus far and talk about the journey ahead.  We refocus.  We recommit.  And we come home renewed and excited about what God is going to accomplish in our lives next.  Whatever that is….

Glory to God!

Jason