praying to parent better…

ParentingI’m a Dad and all too often I am reminded by the actions and words of my kiddos that I am still figuring this whole parenting thing out.  I have two wonderful kids.  My six year old girl is a firecracker who is full of life and does everything full speed ahead.  Sometimes this leads to her being overly persistent even after she has been told no to something and losing doesn’t always go over that well with her.  My five year old little boy is as sweet as they come, but he does struggle with some speech and learning/developmental delays.  These issues definitely give him his own struggles and issues to overcome.

Each day, I realize that each of my children have their own issues and struggles and that as unique little individuals I have to respond to them in ways to unique to each child.  My daughter is fiercely independent and my son is not.  She needs more words of affirmation and he needs more quality time.  With my daughter sometimes you have to be louder to get her attention, that same volume though can break my son’s little spirit so he needs a quieter gentler tone of correction.

The problem with dealing with my kids and meeting their individual unique needs is that I am a sinner.  As a Dad I don’t always respond the way I should.  I let my own issues, fatigue, and life in general all too often color the way I parent.  Too often my responses have more to do with me than that of what my child is doing or needs.  This is an issue that God has definitely been dealing with me about one the past few months and it has led me to a simple prayer that I pray daily, if not several times a day.  I pray and ask  God to allow me and my wife to be the type of parents that point our kids to Christ in all that we do and say, and that we show His love to them in all that we do and say.

This prayer convicting to me, because it points out the times that day I have failed to do what I’m asking.  Also, it comes to my mind when I am in the middle of some form of parenting my children and helps me slow down and think about the love, kindness, discipline, and guidance that I may be about to give.  I know I am a fallen sinner, but I want to seek my God so that my kids see Christ in me and want a deeper relationship with Him.  I never want to be the parent that breaks his kids down and drives them away from Christ.

I am praying to be a parent who is reflecting Christ well and ask that you pray for me in this area to!

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pray for sunshine…

Golf scrambleTomorrow we will be having our second attempt at our annual Golf Scramble fundraiser for the Lee County Rec Center.  Currently meteorologist are saying some rain on Friday, but sunny for our scramble tomorrow.  Please join me in praying that this would be the case.  We really want a nice pretty day that the golfers will want to come out for.   Pray also that we have good attendance.  With switching our date you never know how that will affect turn out.  So please please pray for this event as it does so much to help fund various projects and need at the Rec Center.  Lastly, from noon until 2 pm we will be grilling up delicious hot dogs, polish sausages, and hamburgers for anyone who would like to join us.  So feel free to come get your lunch and support the Lee County Rec Center!

2013 FCA Leadership Camp Fundraising Update for May 28th…

Relentless_rgbLots has happened since last week’s fundraising update.  This week God have us a couple of opportunities to share about FCA Leadership Camp and blessed us greatly towards reaching our fundraising goal.  On Sunday Morning, one of our students was able to share his testimony and tell about FCA Leadership camp at his home church.  We were so proud that Zack was willing to do this on his own without the other students there.  God used Him greatly and $350 towards going to camp was raised!  On Sunday night all of our Leadership team gathered at another area church to present about FCA Leadership Camp.  Three students shared their testimonies and one sang.  I was able to share about the impact FCA is having on our local school system and how FCA Leadership Camp is training our students to be bold leaders for Christ.   God used the students and over $200 more was raised towards our goal of $2,000 towards camp expenses.  Thanks to all the gifts that have came in so far and the way God has blessed we only need $900 more to pay all student and chaperones camp expenses and fuel for the trip.  If you are interested in our students coming to share with your church, please contact me as soon as possible and we would be happy to share with you.  Also, if you feel God leading you to partner with us financially we would greatly appreciate it.  We are over half way to our goal and would love to have you partner with us and get us the rest of the way there.  And as always we covet your prayers.  Thanks so much and I will update you again next week!