Happy Mother’s Day!

May 7, 2016

Last Mother’s Day I shared a post that highlighted a unique celebration of life, love, and mercy: the story of my mom’s long and difficult struggle with the cancer that nearly ended her life. God spared her life because He was not and is not finished working in and through her yet. God has honored her desire to live for Him, and my mom continues to serve as an example of what it means to be a servant of God. The reason why any follower of Jesus Christ is still on this cursed earth is because He has not finished using them here for His glory. 

I want to highlight one person in particular who God is definitely using in mighty ways to bring the reality of His Kingdom on earth, and she also happens to be my favorite person on earth ;) My wife, Jill, has exemplified the love of Christ since the moment I laid eyes on her. Jill is definitely a gift from the Lord, who was thinking of me when He made her. She makes me a better person, and I’ve had the privilege of seeing her continue to bloom in her role as mother. It’s a joy for me to see how she honors the Lord in all areas of her life. Last Mother’s Day, in a display of her heart’s attitude toward her role as a mother, she publicly acknowledged before our local church congregation that she was giving our son, Israel, to God. Through this beautiful display of sacrifice, she recognized that she is but God’s servant, who has been entrusted as a steward to raise our son in the love and admonition of the Lord.

I am reminded of that well-known story from 1 Samuel of Hannah’s prayer and commitment of her son Samuel to the Lord. I encourage everyone to checkout this awesome account from the Bible of what God can do when we fully relinquish control of all areas of our life to Him. In this new stage of life, my sweet wife’s heart has again been revealed in her continuing desire to give her role of motherhood to the Lord.

To the love of my life: I love you baby!

Hey to you moms out there! I've got a question...from your own experiences, when did your kids start picking up their toys on their own? Israel just went down for a nap and I just got all his toys put back in their right places. I've had him come alongside me to help pick them up and I try to make it fun for him, but since he is only 1 yr. old I figure it will be awhile before he knows how to do it on his own. Any thoughts? -Jill