Songs for Dads

The family into which I was born was dysfunctional before it was trendy.

Thus I learned the daddying thing by doing; not by seeing. And I didn’t learn as well as I could/should have…but God…

I read tributes to Dads at times and am grateful many are aware of their treasure and thankful for their Dads.

And, yeah, I envy them.

And, when I think of Daddying, I automatically think of these…one a classic, one that will be:

 

>State of the Life

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On the occasion of my birthday (no need to say how old I am, though the song may possibly give you a clue), it seems appropriate to evaluate the “state of my life.”
Does not need to be long – here is the summary:
If I was any better, I’d be dead
There has never been a time in my life when I’ve been more joyous (and happy…not the same thing, by the way). I love life, I love my family, I love what I get to do for a “job.”
Most importantly, I’m “in Christ” and learning what that means. As never before, I understand it is not about doing, but rather about being. It is not about focusing on what I do “for Christ,” but rather on what He has done for me. It is not about striving to become, but trusting to be what I already am.
For many years Colossians has been my favorite book, and these verses are my favorite of the favorite, with three favorite words/concepts bolded:
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, (10) so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (11) May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, (12) giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. (13) He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, (14) in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
 
 QDT. Qualified…delivered…transferred. That’s my position. I need to increasingly trust that, share that, live that.
And so, if I may, do you.
 
There are struggles; failures; defeats…but they are all temporary…”this, too, shall pass.” But the shepherd of my soul is good, faithful, wise, and omnipotent. And I am learning more each day as I read His Word, listen to others, and pray.
And I am blessed beyond belief.

>Saluting the Armed Forces

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On this Armed Forces Day I say “welcome home” to all my fellow Vietnam veterans…

Like many things in life, if you’ve not been there,  you have no idea. In my experience the ones who come back from any combat zone and talk about it a lot have some type of agenda. The quiet ones are the ones who “been there, got the tee shirt” and don’t want to relive it.

Like prison, I learned a lot there…but don’t wanna go back.

From 1968-1968 I rode with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. I was not yet a follower of Christ, though had I been I still would have served. Prior to Nam I spent a couple years in Korea and a few months in Germany.

May we continue to pray for all the current military men and women in harms way; and thank those who have served.

Even if you are against war (in particular or general), do not disrespect the warrior.

>Refreshed by Time

>I know we live in a fallen world, wherein creation growns; but there are parts of this planet that are stunning, amazing, and beautiful-beyond-description. Those adjectives apply to the days and nights we spent on Bald Head Island, just off Southport, NC.

I can’t find adequate words to describe the “times of refreshing” that I received personally, and the blessings upon blessings Abba threw down on us.

From long individual talks with my sons, to two-hour solo bike rides each early morning, to Bible reading on a deserted beach, to fantastic food, lots of laughs…pretty-close-to-perfect weather…health…and so much more…

A picture may tell a thousand words, but these don’t do justice to Bald Head:

                                                   Beaches were unbelievable crowded…NOT!

                                                    Sun up or Sun down…gorgeous stuff

                                                  Go on the dunes, pay a five hundred buck fine

                                                       Jacob & I hiked trails

    At the conservatory, Jacob wondered how much of him the shark could get in its mouth

                                              Janelle enjoyed taking pics throughout the days

                                           Only transportation on Island? Feet, bikes, golf carts

                  “Old Baldy”….the lighthouse…reminding us of the Lighthouse!

>Half-Way Through

>Ah, the vacation of a lifetime! We’ve been to Bald Head Island four times before over the last decade-plus; but this blows the previous all away.

Not sure why…maybe I needed it more? Maybe I prayed more? Maybe others (you?) prayed, also?

All I know is…we got on the island last Monday…and we have to leave Friday. And the weather has been delightful, the fun amazing, the family time precious…and even more so now as last night sons Josiah and Joel showed up and will be with us ’til we leave Friday.

Here’s some shots thus far (and, yeah, if you want a vacation where there is “nothing”” to do…no boardwalk, no carousel, no arcades, no…well, you get the point…”just” beautiful beaches, incredible trails, wildlife galore…and that most precious commodity…”time” alone, “time” with God, “time” with family…COME TO BALD HEAD). We are already calendaring next year…

>Family Hike

>We took a good, long hike Saturday near Westin, Mo…Janelle, as almost always, brought her camera, and here are a few shots:
                                             Water works like a Jacob-magnet!!!!!

                                        Jacob said this looked like a rhinocerous!!!!!!!

                                   I don’t know what it is; I found it, Janelle took the pic.

>Jacob’s Ninth!

>Hard to fathom that tomorrow (April 10) marks Jacob’s ninth birthday…as he is our fourth child (and second adopted-at-birth) we are painfully aware how quickly time zooms…but it is still incredible that our little guy is not so little anymore…How grateful we are that his birth mom, who made several mistakes prior, gave life to him…and for our Sovereign God orchestrating the adoption…

Here’s a few random pics by his sister:

                                                  Not usually too shy…this is a pose:

                                           As mentioned, not too shy……………………

                                              And Janelle frames a pic: