Posts Tagged ‘gifts’

but Beloved and I just had our first child!

Sophia Ann (TLO) was born December 16 at 12:16 AM. She was 7 lbs 9 ozs and 20.5 inches long. She is also taking up all of her parents time…we’ll get back to you. In the meantime ponder these things:

Blessings and Merry Christmas,

Beloved and Buttface


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Scripture: Matthew 21:33-46

Name the ways you honor what God has placed in your care.

I hate to beat a dead horse, but God has placed my upcoming child to my care. I hope that in the coming years I will honor God by nurturing, loving, supporting our child. I also try to honor God’s gift of “some” athletic ability by getting off my butt (with some nagging from Beloved). In the last year I have played recreational league softball (BTW we WON the D league championship), competed with Beloved, my brother-in-law and sister-in-law in the Pole, Pedal, Paddle (we weren’t last…thanks to the Bearded One), finished an Olympic distance triathlon (also not last…Beloved was 3 months pregnant), walked a marathon with my mother-in-law (she actually walks WAY faster than me), and now I’m playing recreational league basketball. Needless to say I’m active. I have been blessed with a healthy strong body and I do my best to use it.

God has also blessed me with an ability to relate to youth. I try everyday to honor God by being present in their lives, whether it’s going to a play, game, concert, visiting them in the hospital, or listen to their stories. Being there is important.

God help me to continue to recognize my gifts and share them with ALL of the people around me.



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Scripture: 2 Peter 1:1-11

What gift do you have to contribute to the world?

I feel like I have a lot to contribute, but it mostly boils down to caring and being there. I’m not the smartest or the most reverent, I do however put in the time to be there.

It sometimes feel likes I’m the only one willing to sit down and listen to folks on the “other” side. I get razzed by my liberal friends for not pushing hard enough, I get assaulted by conservatives for “denying Christ”. My gift to offer is living in the tension. Sure I want to shake my fist, yell (sometimes my wife gets to hear it…lucky her), it just doesn’t help. The only way that I can use my gift to challenge people to look at things through new eyes is to present those things in a way that they can understand.

For me hardline stands don’t work anymore.

God grant me patience and fortitude to stand in the gap proclaiming your love for all.


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