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img_1117Today, this little man turns 9 years old!

Where has the time gone?  My little bear (the boy, not the dog) is growing up so quickly.  God has taught me so much about Himself through this little man.  I count it an honor to have him call me “Dad.”

Happy birthday wishes to you, Little Bear.  May today be the best one ever!

Today has been a busy day around our house.  We celebrated the birthdays of our middle and youngest children today.  Sam turned 6 on June 4th, and Cole will turn 5 on July 14th.  We decided with all the things going on this summer, it would be best for us to have one party for the both of them.  It was fun times.

Since we had many of our family at our house, we decided that today we would also honor and recognize our Sam for finishing his kindergarten year of homeschooling.  He worked hard and did a great job.

One of the things that we have worked with Sam (and his brothers) is memorizing Scripture.  Below is a little video of Sam sharing the verses that he learned this year.  (Proud dad here.)


Yep, that is our little 6 year old sharing Ephesians 6:10-18.  So proud of him. Who says that you can’t memorize the Bible?

Today, our family will celebrate our two younger sons: Sam and Cole. Sam’s birthday was back on June 4th, and Cole’s is coming up on July 14th. We thought that with everything going on with our crazy summer, we would have one big bash for them both. 

I love these boys (and our oldest, Drew) more than words can say. They may drive me nuts at times, but I would not give anything for them. Happy birthday wishes to my little minions. 

Our family returned the other day from the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis, MO. This was the first year that we took the whole family. We decided that it would be good for our boys to come along and experience the big annual meeting Of our denomination.

We noticed that there would be a camp-like event taking place during the time of the Pastor’s Conference and the Convention itself. We figured we would give it a try.

This event was hosted by Giant Cow Ministries.

I just wanted to say that our boys (ages 4, 6, and 8) had an amazing time at this event. They have not stopped talking about the games, music, and missionaries that they heard from.

I am so grateful to the people at Giant Cow Ministries and the SBC for having this wonderful and inspiring event for our children. I highly recommend these folks at Giant Cow Ministries.

Yesterday was one of the most celebrated days of the year: Mother’s Day. All across our country, people celebrated the one person who has been there with them from the very beginning. We salute you moms.

As a pastor of a local church, I know that Mother’s Day is one of the biggest days of the year. As far as church attendance goes, Mother’s Day is usually in the top three of the year with Christmas and Easter. (If Momma ain’t happy, ain’t no one happy!)

As we are on the other side of this “big day,” I thought that I would share some thoughts that I had about Mother’s Day.

  • Moms are definitely worth honoring.  I have such a great respect and admiration for moms out there. I know that I had a great mom growing up. I know that my wife is the greatest mom on the planet. The “job” that moms do is one that not just anyone can do. It calls for so much of their time, energy, and life.
  • Mother’s Day may be missing the point.  I enjoy a good celebration. I believe that there is nothing wrong with celebrating moms. I just think that it shouldn’t be done one day out of the year. I fear that there are some who see this day as another check on their list – “treated mom today, I’m good for another year.” The Bible tells us that we should honor our parents at all times (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:2-3). To set aside one day and honor mom is just lacking on so many levels.
  • Mother’s Day can be a difficult day.  While many enjoy Mother’s Day and all that goes with it, there are many who dread this day. For those who did not have a loving mother, it is hard to get excited about this day. Thoughts of abandonment and mistreatment arise and make this a tough day to get through. For those who have had to walk the painful journey of losing a mother to death, it can be tough. I lost my mother a couple of years ago. This day makes me think about not only the good times I had with her but those days around when I had to say “good-bye.” For those who have had to walk the painful path of losing a child/miscarriage, Mother’s Day is extremely difficult. All those memories and “what ifs” flood one’s heart like few other times.
  • You don’t have to give birth to be celebrated on Mother’s Day.  While I had a great mom, there have been a few people that God has placed in my life that have also played that role to a degree. There are many who are not able to have children of their own, and they feel left out on Mother’s Day. I would like to say to all those ladies out there who are playing the mom role in a child’s life even though it is not biologically yours, THANK YOU!!! You will never know the impact that it makes. Every child needs a mom, and there are many who are desperately looking for that need to be filled in their life.

I am so thankful to God for the mother that He allowed me to have for so long here on this earth. I am also so thankful for the mother that God has blessed my children with (as I said earlier, she’s the best). I hope that you honored the ladies in your life who play this vital role well. Just don’t let it be a one day out of the year thing.

What were some of your thoughts coming off of Mother’s Day?