Seeing that it is well beyond midnight now and officially July 31st, I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my favorite little boy in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD!Â My son, TJ, turns ONE today!
I can’t even begin to describe how much this little elephant-riding, mommy-loving boy means to me.Â One year ago today God gave me a little deeper understanding of how much He sacrificed at the cross, a deeper understanding of the Father/Son relationship, and a deeper understanding of how much I could love a little baby that I didn’t even know yet!
God has used TJ to provide joy through some tough, transitional times in my life over this last year and I look forward to what the next year (and the ones after that) will bring as my little boy becomes a man!Â My prayer is that God will keep TJ safe and healthy, and that He will draw TJ to Himself and use him in a mighty way!Â I can’t believe he’s a year old already.
I don’t get to preach very often in the evening times these days, but tonight I got to speak at the Extreme Games in the Park in Latrobe, PA (for Living Water Community Church).Â I had a great time sharing with the youth and adults in attendance, but I had forgotten how jacked up I get after preaching!Â
It’s 1:15 AM and I have yet to wind down.Â It’s a great opportunity to do some studying and preparation for a couple of upcoming preaching opps I have.Â That’s the only downside of having so much family in town — the quiet study/prep time is at a premium.Â
Anyway, it was a good day and tomorrow’s gonna be even better!
I just realized that its been about a week since I posted.Â Life has been very good, just busy.Â My nephew Jonathan has been in town and then my sister and her other 3 kids joined them here on Thursday night.Â Thursday afternoon Amber, Jonathan, and I went kayaking on the Allegheny River in downtown Pittsburgh.Â What an awesome experience (and shoulder workout)!Â I love this area!
We spent part of the day Friday in Latrobe, PA (home of the Steelers’ training camp).Â My two nephews were in a football camp that afternoon and the Steelers had a night practice that evening.Â This marks the first training camp I think I’ve been to since I stopped playing football myself.Â I’m torn about this: there’s a part of me that really wanted to be down there knocking heads…. but there’s also a part of me that was awfully comfortable sitting on the sidelines watching those guys sweat :-)Â While we were there, a newspaper photographer snapped a pretty sweet shot of TJ and the Steelers mascot and put it in the paper Saturday: here’s a link.
I preached at Charleroi Baptist Church (south of the city) yesterday and I’m preaching at Extreme Games in the ParkÂ – put on by Living Water Community Church in Latrobe – three nights this week.Â I love all of these speaking opportunities, but I’m also ready to be back with my ICC family on August 12th again!
Last night, Amber’s father, stepmom, brother, and sister all came into town for a couple of weeks.Â What’s the big deal for all the family in town, you ask???Â Tomorrow is TJ’s 1st Birthday!!!Â