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It is September 26, 2018, day six. I am writing a bit each day about my thoughts, motivations, ideas and dreams. Today I want to share a bit about morning routine, specifically my routine since its what I know. I am not a morning person, at least I wasn’t before I had a good morning routine. I have a great wife and three amazing daughters. I love spending time with them, but I also love time alone. I have found that the only time I have alone is either at night before bed, or in the morning before everyone wakes up. Amy stays up late, so the night is out, which leaves the morning.

Disclamer, my morning routine is going to seem tame in comparison to Mark Wahlbergs, so just judge me, haha. My alarm on my phone goes off at 5:15, and my Fitbit goes off at 5:20. I aim to get my feet on the ground by 5:30, but usually Im up by 5:40. I used to make coffee first thing, but for the past few days I have been doing that later. I go downstairs, light some candles and spend about 15 minutes or so in silent prayer, falling in and out of sleep. Then, I read about 5 or 6 chapters in the Bible, currently reading through Matthew, or I go though the Celtic Daily Prayer, which I have been doing for the past 12 years.  After that, it is usually 6:30, and the sun is starting to show. I make some coffee, see post here, and try to get things sorted for the day, including going over some to do list items, checking email and cruising through some news and social media stuff.

I love how quiet and still it is in the morning. It is a discipline to get up, but one that I find very rewarding. I need more disciplines in my life, and this is one that is very tangible and measurable. I don’t always get some mind-blowing word, sometimes I just pray, read and drink coffee, but its my routine and I love it. I also only do this Monday through Friday, as Saturday and Sunday are great day’s to sleep in.

If you have a good morning routine, I would love to hear it, regardless of what it is. Its always good to learn from each other.

Peace

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It is September 22, 2018, day two. I am writing a bit each day about my thoughts, motivations, ideas and dreams. Early on this year, back in February, Amy and I began talking about moving to a different house. Not a bigger house, but one that would accommodate out lifestyle more. We wanted two things, a home school space and an extra bedroom. Amy homeschools our kids, so a homeschool space was good for two reasons:

  1. To keep her sane.
  2. To help make school a great experience for our kids.

The reason we wanted an extra room is because we highly value hospitality. Since July we have had five groups over to our house, four of whom stayed at our house. We love hosting, cooking, eating, and celebrating with others, its a part of who we are, and how we have been taught. Hospitality is one of YWAM’s values, and as its cleary shown in the Bible, one of Jesus values too. I was reading “The Gospel Comes With A House Key” by Rosaria Butterfield and was blown away by how important hospitality is to our faith (link below).

We have an extra bedroom so people can come and rest, celebrate, grieve, sleep, eat and find peace. Currently we have a friend staying with us for three weeks who is in the midst of a terrible season. We pray that our home would be a place of rest and refreshing for her. Is it cheap to live this way, No. Is it inconvenient at times, yes (when we have people stay with us, our kids move out of their rooms and bunk together, or sleep with us). We trusted God for this place, as it was more expensive than our last place, but when we decided to go forward with it, the money came in. Its amazing how God provides with we trust and lean into His word.

Below are some pictures of our friends/family who have been a blessing to us and our home over the past few months. Also, here is the link to The Gospel Comes With A House Key.

 

 

 

 

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It is September 21, 2018, day one. Writing a bit each day about my thoughts, motivations, ideas and dreams. I have been a member of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) for the past 25 years, oh man, thats a long time. When I was a kid, like 10 or 11, I wanted to be a missionary, someone who gave their lives to those who did not yet know Jesus. I pursued this passionately, through the way I lived my life, where I attended school and the career I chose with YWAM.

Fast forward a bunch of years, and I find myself here, in 2018. I am 46, a husband of 20 years and the father three pretty amazing daughters. I am also living the dream that I had when I was 10. In my mind I thought I would be living this dream on the other side of the world, but I am living my dream here, in Classy San Diego. I live in a 1st world country, I drink great coffee, I are not poor (our family actually have two shoe strings that we can tie together) and we speak English. Yet, I am living the life I dreamed of.

I live in San Diego, and everywhere I look I find people who do not know Jesus. I struggled a lot, at different times, with not living in a foreign country, but then I come back to the fact that even though I am in the USA, there are people here from all over the world that I would never have relationship with if I lived somewhere else.

My closest friends here are Syrian, Kurdish and Mexican (with a sprinkle of white folks). I have learned so much about culture, faith, Jesus and the world though these relationships. I am also humbled that I have had the opportunity to teach my friends (those who are new to this country) so much about life in the USA and culture. In return, my friends have taught me about faith, hospitality, and freedom. I am not the person who stands on a box and preaches the good news in a small village (which is amazing), but I am one who tries to develope deep, meaningful relationships with those who are different than me, showing them the way of Jesus by the way I live my life, and how I love them. It is very organic, very relational (I am learning from others and others are learning from me) and exists without expectation or condition. It feels like a dream, maybe the dream that I had over 35 years ago.

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I have written about this issue a few times in the last couple of months, and I am continuing to receive clarity on things day by day. Its the whole idea of community, and not being able to find community like we desire as a family. Over the past 20 years we have had hundreds of great people come into and out of our lives. Its not that we are annoying people, at least I don’t think so, but its the nature of the work that we do with YWAM. YWAM is a shot term mission organization. In this, it means that people come for weeks or months at a time, engage fully and then go back home, or somewhere other than the location they did their YWAM training at. Then there are the full time staff, like our family. We are in it for the long haul, and we are thrilled to meet, train, develop relationship with and say goodbye to the scores of people coming in and out of our lives on a regular basis.

Today, our family woke up tired, and feeling a bit defeated. We so want community for our family, but we are tired and lack the strength to fight for it any more (tomorrow will be a new day, today was just a hard one). We are tired of meeting new people, and making new friends. We want to be with people we have history with, people we can call in an emergency, people who drop by without a call, and who we find life with even in our exhaustion. We do have a couple of people like that in our lives here in San Diego, so if your reading this, we are not talking about you, haha.

We are just tired of starting over, and just desire rest. Tomorrow work starts again, and I face a long week of back to school activities, and local outreach in the city. I am going in tired and frustrated, and I absolutely hate that. I want to go in full, and ready. I love my job, I love the impact I get to make and the things that I learn, but I don’t like doing it in a place of tiredness.

Not sure where to go from here, I guess forward. Pray for us if you are reading this. We will be OK, its just a season of suck.

Peace.

 

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These past couple of weeks I have been reading The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World by Rosaria Butterfield. I am not pounding through this book, I am just taking my time and soaking it all in. Rosaria is writing about the way that I want to live, but have yet to get the courage up to dive all in. The book is inspiring, as is Rosaria’s story, courage and convictions.

As a YWAM staff, I have been around good hospitality all over the world, but this book is different, it is talking about hospitality to my friends, my neighbors and the stranger. I have also learned a lot about hospitality from my Syrian friends over the past two years. I see the importance of hospitality, bringing people into your home and loving them as a brother or sister.

One of the sections of the book that is sticking with me is where Rosaria talks about being a guest and a host. She talks about how we are never just guests, and we are never just hosts, we need to be both. When we go to a persons house for dinner, as a guest, and there is still work to be done to get the food ready, we become the host, jump in, and help cook. When we go to church, we sit and learn, as guests, and we give our tithes and help with childcare, as hosts. This is such an important life hack for sure.

I recommend picking up this treasure, it will fill you with faith, hope, and love, in a time where our nation is full of doubt, fear and hate.

The Gospel Comes With A House Key- Amazon.

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