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December 16, 2014

Jesus Wept

A couple weeks ago, I experienced the most passionate teaching on the Bible story of raising Lazarus from the dead, courtesy of Dan Makokha. I've heard and read the story so many times, but scripture is fantastic because a passage can speak to you differently based on what is happening in your life. The passage you read a thousand times before takes on new meaning because your perspective on life is constantly shifting, and I love that.

 On this particular Sunday, the focus was on Lazarus actually coming out of the grave and making his way toward Jesus, who had just called his name. John 11:44 tells us that Lazarus was coming out of the grave with his hands, feet and face still bound in the burial linens. Jesus tells them to "Take off the grave clothes and let him go." Dan's focus was Lazarus' attempt to reach Jesus, but still being bound by the burial cloth.

You might be trying to follow Jesus, you might be walking toward His voice and trying to go the right direction, but what in your own life is binding you from approaching Jesus freely? We need to let go of our burdens in order to really follow after Him. We can't let the choices of our past, the sins, the current situation preventing us from going after God with all that we are. I loved hearing that message because that is truth I needed to hear. Many people in the church took the opportunity to come forward and pray for release, and it was truly a beautiful experience.

Here I am a couple weeks later though, and every day, I still can't get the thought out of my head that "Jesus wept." Really, didn't Jesus know that He was about to raise this man from the dead? Didn't He know that everything was about to change and all the sadness and grief that these people were experiencing because their friend died were about to be over? Still he wept...

Right now, this verse is breathing new life into me. Jesus knows our circumstance, and he understands our suffering. Even though hope is coming, even though it isn't the end, He made the choice to enter into our brokenness and our pain and share in that. God isn't some lofty idea and didn't just create us to leave us floating around hopeless to figure things out on our own. He is Emmanuel...God with us, and no matter how dark things feel, no matter how alone we think we are, He is still there. Not only does He desire us to follow, love and serve Him, but He chooses to follow, love and serve us. In your darkest hour, remember that Jesus wept. His heart breaks for us and longs for us and He has never and will never abandon you, because you are his beloved child.

October 10, 2013

Kia of Cheyenne Terrible Service

This is the review I left for Kia of Cheyenne after my service experience today. I also emailed this to their corporate offices. If you need to deal with Kia, I'd recommend going to Peak Kia North in Greeley.
They only get 1 star because you can't go any lower. Took our 2011 Kia Sedona to them today (10/10/13) because something has been draining the battery and killing it. They ran diagnostics and determined that the battery needs to be replaced and we have a faulty brake switch. Since the battery is not covered under warranty, it will be a half hour diagnostics charge. I tried to figure out how it made any difference that the battery was bad because they were replacing a part that was covered under warranty. Then his reasoning shifted and he stated the battery was too dead to run diagnostics so he had to charge it first. Then he actually asked me, "How am I supposed to pay my technician for the time your van was in his bay?" Diagnostics would need to be run no matter what and the fact that they found a part that was faulty and covered should have covered any fees for the diagnostics. He accused me of trying to get in a "pissing match" and I explained that wasn't the case. He had my car and he was either going to give it back without charging a fee or he was going to make me pay it. That was in his court and completely out of my control. I told him I felt this was their way of just trying to get money out of me and with service like this I would make my experience known online and to their corporate office and through online reviews. I told him with service like this I would never bring my car back to their dealership again and his response was that it would be a half hour of diagnostics - $45 plus tax. Since we don't live in Cheyenne, my wife had taken the van over and she did indicate that the gentleman who helped her when she dropped off and picked up the van was very nice. That was the only positive part of our experience with them. If you are going to shop or deal with Kia, I highly recommend Peak Kia North in Greeley, CO.

August 29, 2013

I have no idea how I ended up subscribed to this blog called Momastery.  I'm having a vague recollections about a book Sandra read and thinking something was pretty funny.  Anywho...if you have kids, you probably know what it's like to have crazy mornings when trying to get ready.  What she wrote this morning cracked me up because it's like she sat in my house some morning and listened in.  If you want to read her, check it out at this link.


I’m amazing right now. Truly. You might be jealous if you knew what a patient, loving mother I am before my small people stumble out of their bedrooms and immediately start falling down and demanding band aids and then saying “mom.mom.Mom.MOm.MOM.MOM. MOM. MOM. MOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMM!”and then when I finally look in their general direction staring back at me blankly as if I have really put them on the spot and then when I say “PLEASE – FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY – FOCUS!” saying “maybe I wouldn’t forget what I was going to say if you would answer me the first time, MOM” and then scowling at each other and wishing each other dead for no apparent reason and then staring into the pantry for one half of one hour while complaining that there’s nothing good for breakfast (they say this with an appalled, surprised tone –as if there has ever- for one day in their lives – been “anything good for breakfast” in this house) and then “looking for their shoes” which actually means aimlessly wandering the house howling “Ican’tfindmyshoesIcan’tfindmyshoesIcan’tfindmyshoooooooooooooooes OH, look-  A BALL! A BALL that has been sitting in this corner of the family room for four years and I’ve never glanced at twice – but now. NOW. NOW that we have four more minutes till it’s time to get in the van – I must play with! I LOVE THIS BALL! while I repeat to them that “I can’t FIND MY SHOES” is something very different than “MY SHOES ARE NOT IN THE PLACE WHERE MY EYES ARE POINTED RIGHT NOW AT THIS VERY MOMENT AND I REFUSE TO BEND OVER OR EVEN SHIFT MY EYES IN ANY OTHER DIRECTION AT ALL AND THAT IS REALLY MY PROBLEM HERE – NOT THAT SOMETHING IS LOST BUT THAT MY EYE BALLS HAVE LIMITED DISCIPLINE  AND/OR SHIFTING CAPACITY AND THAT ALSO I AM LIKE A KITTEN WHO IS DISTRACTED BY COLORFUL THINGS.” 

August 27, 2013

Pride

It's been a long time since I wrote anything on this blog.  Like so many others, I have a list of reasons why I haven't been able to, but the only true excuse is that I didn't feel like it. There aren't many readers, but mostly the blog is just for me....

Yesterday was my wife's birthday.  In all the business of a last minute trip out of town as a family and my son Braeden's birthday (this past Sunday), I did a VERY BAD JOB of making the day special for her.  It didn't help that it was also the first day of school for the kids.  All of that is just an excuse like the one I can list for not writing.  I just didn't make it a priority.  I did take her to Texas Roadhouse for her favorite steak dinner, but that was buggered by a pretty nasty headache that made Sandra feel sick.  Not the best day.  I knew I needed to do something to make it better or at the least to let Sandra know how much she means to me and the kids.

This morning, I wanted to make it a point to start her day out right.  The kids marched into our room one by one to deliver a card, flowers and a Qdoba breakfast burrito and I trailed in last with a big fountain Coke. Emerson also made her a picture that said Happy Birthday.  It's not much but in marriage and in life, it's really about the small things.

No matter how crazy life gets or how much we struggle with the big things, it's the small things that keep us going.  I think Sandra and I both do a good job most of the time, but this time I dropped the ball.  I want her to know that I love her every day and not just when something big comes up.  That means I need to be intentional about still holding her hand, stealing kisses and hugs whenever I can and focusing on things she likes and not just ignoring the things that please her just because it's not my thing.

She is such an incredible wife and mother.  My heart fills with pride and love when I think about how she loves me and how she loves our children.  Things don't always go the way we want or plan, but I love this family we've built and I'd never change any of it!