I wanted to go jogging, but Proverbs 28:1 says “The wicked run when no one is chasing them”, so there’s that…
Today, Ryan and I read through the book of Songs of Solomon and halfway through Isaiah. For the wisest man to ever live, Solomon wrote some pretty weird songs; not that mine are any better, but at least they rhyme and can be put to melody. Solomon must have been the first rapper…
Speaking of wrapping, it’s the worst part of the whole present thing; which is why I give permission to anyone inclined to give me a present to simply place it in a brown paper bag (or not) and hand it to me. No really, feel free to give me presents…
Speaking of presents, my children are the only presents I need.
Lord, One of the presents you gave me is broken. Will you please fix him? Thank you.
My cousin Isaac Hastings’ picture of a jellyfish hangs on Ryan’s bathroom wall. Prior to my hanging it, someone gave Ryan the Tillandsia air plant. Don’t they pair well together?
BTW, you can see Isaac’s artwork on his website ihsquared.com
The boys and I have and wear a few of his T-shirts…one at a time, mind you…
Okay, so Happy Father’s Day for realsies…for those of us out here on the west coast!
Joshua 24:15 “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
Genesis 18:19 “For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”
Psalm 127:3 Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.
The Lord has rewarded me twice. I have two wonderfully made boys. Thank you Lord!
Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there! We hope and pray the Lord blesses you beyond measure…
P.S. – I posted this for the benefit of those in time zones where it’s already tomorrow…
Here’s a picture of Ryan & Jake with their cousins. Today, these cousins (along with their parents and grandparents) came to visit Ryan.
The littlest one (far left, top pic) turned 15 just last week, and the one just to the left of Ryan (again, top pick) is 6’2″.
My, how time flies!
PS – But, I’m not getting any older…
This is another picture from my smiling wall. It’s from a trip Ryan took with a church group that went to help build houses down in Mexico. I think you can see why it makes me smile. Not only do I get to see Ryan’s beautiful smile, but also the joyful smile he’s bringing out in the child he’s holding. Looks like they were having a lot of fun.
Lord, I pray you’d allow Ryan more opportunities to make people smile in the near future. Amen
An extremely shy 13-year old girl singer and a comic with Tourette syndrome get on the AGT stage, and both kill it.
Job loses everything he’s ever loved and owned, yet stays true to God and…you know the story.
I’ve had no obstacles to overcome. So, what’s my excuse?
1 John 5:4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
Ryan’s had the hiccups three or four times a day for about an hour or two over the past couple of days. Poor guy. It’s got to be the most annoying thing for him…well, except for most of the lame jokes I tell him and the old fogey music I play all the time…
It’s been 2,542 days since Ryan’s incident occurred back in 2011. Sometimes it feels like only a single day has gone by, because I remember every detail of the day as if it happened yesterday. And, that makes me cry.
But, then I think of all the wonderful things God has accomplished through Ryan’s journey. And that, my friends, makes me smile.
Thank you Lord…
1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
If someone comes to your front door saying they are checking for ticks due to warm weather and asks you to take off your clothes and dance around with your arms up…DO NOT DO IT! THIS IS A SCAM!
I wish I’d seen this yesterday…I feel so stupid.
I won’t ask Ryan to take off his clothes, but I’m sure ready to see him dance around…
Dance like nobody’s watching…
This is one of the pictures of Ryan and Jacob (lft – rt) that’s hanging on my smiling wall. I think you can guess why it makes me smile. What were Janine and I thinking, letting the boys eat junk food like Pringles?
Hug your kids and tell them you love them every chance you get, because they grow up way too quickly…don’t they?