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It’s time for a family update!

Eli’s been going to a “school” with mom every Monday morning call Exploration Place. He loves it! I mean it’s getting to dress up and play for several hours with toys you don’t see every day. Why wouldn’t he love it? Kara told me today that they actually had them do some class work as well, so now the parents think it might be worth the money as well.

Both Jakin and Asher had their first soccer games this past weekend. After a couple weekends of cancellations due to rain, you can imagine they were pumped!

Now, I can’t brag that I’m seeing the second coming of Pele’ or even David Beckham (yet), but they both did a great job of having fun and doing their best. And as a parent, isn’t that what we really want? At least at this age. Endorsement contracts will be worthwhile in the future.

How about video games? Did you know that they are even more popular (statistic-wise) than cell phones?

A recent survey (read here) shared that nearly every kid is a gamer. Specifically, 97% (99% of boys and 94% of girls that were surveyed), and 7% of them said they don’t have a computer but had a gaming console.

Now, that is a lot of gaming!

I’m sure you’re aware of this, but did you know how desperate they are? I’m talking about the teens and their cell phones.

In an article I read (read here) it explains just important cell phones are. Here are some key items:

  • It is now the #1 status item among teens
  • 79% of teens now have a mobile device
  • 90% text message (half say they can text blind-folded)
  • Most said that without texting their social life would be ruined.

Starting today, I’m leading a group of youth workers and then youth in a time of prayer and visioning. For two whole days we will be asking God what His plan for ministry to youth and youth workers in Kansas West will be.

Would you please be praying for us that we will know what God wants? Thanks.

BitStrips is a website that allows you to make comic strips. It takes a little getting used to, but soon you’ll be doing things that would make Charles Schultz jealous. My thought was to use them for ministry promos and reminders. Here’s my first attempt (double-click to make it larger):

Talk about brave. My eldest son learned his first lesson in taking care of teeth. We recently found out that he has FIVE cavities! Some work needs to be done.

Yesterday he went to the dentist office where Kara tried to prepare him for the worst. Well, she did such a good job that he didn’t want to go in. Way to go, Mom! Eventually, he got in and did a great job. One of his teeth was so bad that they had to put a crown on it. A big, silver crown.

That’s right, my eldest son has a pirate tooth! At least that’s what we’re currently going with. And, he’s done an excellent job brushing his teeth since then.

Side note: As Jakin and I were praying last night, he thanked God for the reminder of how Jesus loved him so much that He stretched out His arms to die for him. He told God that it was this reminder that gave him the courage to walk through the dentist’s door. It was a proud moment for dear, old dad.

Eli started a program last night called Short Sports. For three weeks you take your three year old on Tuesdays and Thursdays to a field to practice their fine motor skills with sports. Sound good? Well, let’s just say I’m thankful that it’s only ½ long because the attention span of a three year old is even less than a thirty-nine year old.

Here are some pictures for you to enjoy. Eli loved it and loves the fact that his dad is his coach, which brings me to my next point…

Why do I have to pay someone to get me together and coach my kids doing sports? I’m now a “coach” of sorts for all three of my boys (two in soccer and Eli in this class), AND I’M PAYING FOR THEIR EXPERIENCE FINANCIALLY!!!

Alright, enough venting. I’ll just go back to remembering that it’s for Eli.

This past week I started a discipleship class called The Apprentice. I really think it’s going to be excellent. It is 30 weeks long and we’ll spend each week memorizing Scripture (one a week from a passage), reading a chapter about a spiritual disciple of sorts, practicing the discipline, and gathering to discuss what we’ve learned and experienced.

 

This week I’ve done the work, but have struggled with the question in the reading where Jesus asks, “What are you seeking?”  As I attempt to be honest, I catch myself being more concerned with making a difference for Christ than to simply living the “good and beautiful life” with Christ.  This is one of the reasons why I’m thinking this study will be of great benefit to me.

This is a dangerous thing to blog about… my health. Years ago, I was a very active, healthy person. However, as my priorities shifted with marriage and children, I have been “gifted” with more than a few extra pounds and a sedentary lifestyle.

Yes, this is entirely my fault.

After a visit to the doctor (getting the last one in before the uncomfortable “40 physical”) and a strong dose of reality (“You’re pretty healthy, but you won’t be able to keep up with your kids unless you start exercising and lose about thirty pounds!”), I’ve decided that it’s time to do something about it. So, last week my family joined the YMCA.

Now, I get how important it is to take care of your physical health (“Your body is a temple and all…”), but also think about the call to serve others (which includes giving time and energy to my family, the body of Christ, and the world). So, how does one fully live both of these out while also continuing to grow in relationship with God and others? There doesn’t appear to be enough time in the day.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.



Thinking

What would you think about . . .

         if you were to take an hour to lie down

                     at your favorite spot on the globe . . . and, just think?