Happy 2nd Birthday Goose!

Happy 2nd Birthday Natalie,

I can’t believe how quickly you have grown up! It’s difficult for Daddy to see you doing so much for yourself because I know that soon you won’t need me to do anything for you. But always know that I am just a call away. Daddy is never too busy or tired to help you with whatever you need.  I pray that God would help me to point you toward Him in that respect.  Daddy will not be perfect, but there is a Father who will never fail you or let you down.  God is that Father.

Nattie Boo, you are so adventurous.  You have been so much fun to watch learn about the world.  Your fearlessness is amazing!  You are a blast to be with.  Thank you for reminding me to not be so serious about everything.  Life should be fun, not stressful.  You are constantly teaching me to trust God and know that all things are in His hands.

I love you Baby Girl and I thank God for all the love, lessons, and laughs we have shared these last two years and I look forward to many more!

Love you with all my heart!

Your Daddy!


Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

As of September 20, 2011, our government no longer enforces their policy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

As I looked at my Tweetdeck feed being flooded with the nation’s response of support for this repeal, I caught myself wondering where all the Christians were.  Why was no one tweeting about this.  There was no anger, rebuttals, disgust?  For being such a vocal group, they sure were staying silent.  Then I thought maybe this is good.  Maybe this is what we need to do.  What good will fussing about it do?  If anything, it would just cause those in that group to dislike/distrust us even more.  But this is not the correct response that we as Christians should have.

Jesus Christ came for my sin, just like he came for their sin.  And let’s face it the issue here is not who a person should marry or date, but rather what God says separates us from Him, which is sin.  Look at 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 HCSB

9 Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: no sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, 10 thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom.

Who won’t inherit God’s Kingdom?  It says homosexuals, but isn’t it peculiar that it also says NO sexually immoral people.  What does that say about men and women who partake in pornography.  Or those who go to parties and bars to get drunk.  Or greedy people.  Or liars.  All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

It is only by the grace of God, who lovingly gave His Son and Himself to be the sacrifice for all sin, even the sins that we are unrepentant of, so that we can come humbly to Him and be saved.  Why don’t we model this in our daily lives?  Why do look down on others, both lost and our own brothers and sisters in Christ?  We should love one another as God first loved us.  It was that first love that was supposed to be the model for all of our love here on Earth.

This post is late, I know, but it should be said either way.  Before we pull the speck out of our neighbor’s eye, we should remove the log in our own.