7.06.2011

Learning to swim

Hey N!

We went to the pool yesterday and guess what? you started swimming!

We got there around 4 pm, and you were wearing your life jacket. You didn't even want to move your legs saying, the scrapes you got earlier in the day hurt.

An hour later you started putting your face under water. Half hour later you began to kick your legs while your face was under water.

You got so excited and fearless. You didn't want to come out of the water. Every time you went further you relaxed more, and your body got flatter to the water surface. You were so cute, and we were so happy for you.

Umma, abba and chin-halmuhnee were there. One day after you turned 6, and you seemed more grown up:) It was a journey for you because it took a while for you to get over your fears. Once you realized you float, and as you got more comfortable being in the water you became more confident.

The same way, I want you to keep swimming in God's presence. It's always easy but it's safe there. The more you swim in His presence, the more you'll witness his great work. As a result you're trust and confidence in his grace and power will grow.

As you face new things in life, be courageous. Do everything with boldness and confidence. Lean on God as He is always with you.

love,

abba

7.03.2011

Praying with an honest heart

Hey T!

Last night you prayed the cutest prayer.
We love it, because your prayers are so genuine. Umma and I don't want you to lose that.

We had a birthday party for noona with her friends, so we all had a fun day. You, especially must have thought it was fun because at the end of the night you eagerly asked if you can pray.

You prayed, "Dear God, please help me to turn 4 soon and help my birthday to come fast. In Jesus name, amen."

Umma and I laughed, but loved your honest prayer. Was it self-centered? Yes:) But you prayed what's in your heart and we love that.

Don't ever pray to try to impress us or others who might be listening. God wants your honest heart whether you're in a season of trust, or in a season of doubt or unbelief.
Come as you are my man, come as you are. God knows your heart.

Love,

abba

6.29.2011

Love yourself?

Kiddos!

When the world tells you, "you need to love yourself", or "you're not loving yourself enough", think of The Great Commandment in Mark 12:30-31;
30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Notice in verse 31 it says, 'love your neighbor as yourself'. It implies that we already love ourselves. In fact, we already love ourselves too much. We want to take care of ourselves, don't we? All our arguments and fights with each other are based on us not getting what we want, when we want it.

"What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions." (James 4:1-3 ESV)

This happens when umma and abba get into conflicts, and when you all fight with each other over toys or food or whatever.

The battle is to love God and others more than you love yourself.

love,
abba

Believe in yourself? nah...

Hey kiddos!

Do not "Believe in youself". I hear this all the time, so I'm sure you're going to be hearing this too.
But I haven't found anywhere in the bible where God says to "believe in yourself."

When the world the tells you to "believe in yourself", think about the words in Proverbs 3:5-7;

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

Also, David didn't defeat Goliath by believing in himself. Others doubted David, but:
David said, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you!”
(1 Samuel 17:37 ESV)

Put your faith and trust in God.
 
love,

abba

I love you kiddos...

This is why I'm starting this blog.

June 19, 2011, Father's Day.

I was driving back home from a weekend trip to Charlottesville, VA to photograph a wedding. I was thinking of how much I love all three of you and prayed for you.

My single prayer for all of you is that you grow up to know Jesus and love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.
God's been teaching me so much lately, and on my drive home He gave me a thought to jot down what He's currently teaching me. It'll be a good way for me to journal and something you can read when you're older. Then I thought about how cool it would be to read my dad's journal, if it even exists.

He passed away when I was 12, so I didn't get to know him as an adult. But reading his journal of some sort will help me get to know him better. Maybe it exists. I should ask halmuhnee...

So here it is. I want to leave you with something you can read when older. I'll post my thoughts, maybe some videos of you guys, and anything that I'd want you to know.

Let me begin with an iPhone devotional by Charles Spurgeon I read on 1/2/2011. It sparked a change in my heart. It helped me see my daily need for God more clearly. It revealed lack of prayer in my life as me being selfish and self-reliant. I had forgotten how much I need Jesus everyday.
Here it is:
"He who lives without prayer - he who lives with little prayer - he who seldom reads the Word - he who seldom looks up to heaven for a fresh influence from on high - he will be the man whose heart will become dry and barren; but he who calls in secret oh his God - who spends much time in holy retirement - who delights to meditate on the words of the Most High - whose soul is given up to Christ - such a man must have an overflowing heart; and as his heart is, such will his life be." - Charles Spurgeon
love,
abba