“I would go into the deeps a hundred times to cheer a downcast spirit; it is good for me to have been afflicted that I might know how to spark a word in season to one that is weary.”
– C.H. Spurgeon
We had the distinct honor of welcoming Dakota Ray Duke into the world today (January 21, 2009) at 5:49 PM.Â Both he and his mom are strong and healthy (and my wife is a champ).Â
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DAKOTA RAY DUKE
Weight: 8lbs. 9oz.
Join us in praising God for this tremendous blessing!
Quick update: I injured my back a little over a month ago and I have been really slowed (almost to a grinding halt) with constant pain.Â In the midst of this mess, I find myself oscillating between two positions: 1) the downtrodden, depressed “poor, pitiful me” syndrome, and 2) the “what in the world is God trying to show me through this” mindset.Â Thanks be to God that I have spent a lot more time on #2.
And one of the myriad revelations that I have been shown during this time is just how blessed I am.Â God has allowed me to spend the rest of my life with the woman of my dreams, He’s shaping perhaps the coolest little boy in world in my son T.J., He is currently forming another blessed son of mine in the wombÂ (we’re looking for a launch in late January ’09), and He has called me to lead an awesome assemblage of people known locally as Iron City Church.
He has also been showing me all over again the value of my TIME.Â My time with Amber and TJ during this painful period has grown both of those relationships like crazy – especially between TJ and me.Â I am reminded once again of the resounding, truthful words of Paul in his letter to the Romans: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.Â Â – Romans 8:28