2 Corinthians 5:17

So proud of Giana! She won the People’s Choice award for lower elementary at our homeschool group’s Expo tonight. She worked very hard on her presentation about the Lifecycle of the Butterfly!

She also learned a very important truth from the Bible. I pray that for the rest of her life, she thinks about this verse every time she sees a butterfly.

Parenting in Light of Eternity

We have been reading “You and Me Forever – Marriage in Light of Eternity” by Francis and Lisa Chan with our couple’s growth group. It is an amazing book that is available for free at www.youandmeforever.org. Like in his previous books, Pastor Chan shares scriptural truth with an eternal perspective that makes you want to tear down every idol built up in your life.

The book gave me a very different perspective in the responsibility of raising kids. It also gave me a new perspective in an old verse: “Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!” (Psalm 127: 4-5).Psalm127-4

I don’t think I ever reflected on the fact that it is good to fill your quiver with arrows BUT you still have to sharpen the heads, inspect the fletching and make sure is fully attached, make sure the shaft is straight, and that it doesn’t have cracks or splinters. If the head is not sharpened, the arrow wont penetrate its target; if the fletching falls, the arrow will spin out of control; if the shaft is not straight, it would fly at random angles; if it has cracks, the arrow would break; and if it has splinters, it would hurt the warrior’s hands once it is let loose.

Keeping an arrow sharpened requires grinding to keep the fletching attached. It needs to be tightened to keep the shaft straight. To be splinter-free, it requires heating in and hooking. All of these things put a lot of stress to the arrow, but isn’t it worth it if once you let it loose, you know it will serve its purpose?

It’s important to define the purpose of our arrows. Are they being upkeep for battle, to train once in a while, or simply to age in a quiver? Just like arrows our children will be let loose and they will fly their own course, but it will be up to the warrior’s upkeep if they serve their purpose and hit the target.

Ephesians 4:32

The best way to be reminded to show kindness to others is to remember how much kindness you have been shown. It becomes much easier to forgive when you remember how God has forgiven you. (Also, sorry for the background noise. Lucius was playing his LeapFrog behind me!)

Scriptures to pray over your child’s future spouse

Rafael is taking the girls out to a father-daughter dance tonight. Whoever their future husbands are, they will have some big shoes to fill! Rafa models to them how to expect to be treated by future men in their life by the loving and gentle way he is with me. He is diligent in reminding them what true love looks like and how worthy they are of it.

We are praying for you, future bonus sons. We love you and we are looking forward to meeting you (not for awhile though!). Here are some practical scriptures I pray for the children who will be my sons-in-law someday:

I pray that he will confess with his mouth that Jesus is Lord. (Romans 10:9)

I pray that he would be a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17)

I pray that his childhood and young adulthood would be filled with teachers who will equip him for the work of ministry and building up the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-12)

I pray that he honors his parents, that he will enjoy a long life. (Ephesians 6:3)

I pray that his parents (or other godly adults in his life) are training him up in the way he should go and that he would never depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

I pray that his heart is good soil, and that he hears God’s word, retains it, and persevere. I pray that satan would not snatch God’s word from his heart. Lord, don’t let the worries, riches, or pleasures of this live choke Your word and make it unfruitful in his life. Let Your roots go deep, so he can stand firm in the times of testing. (Luke 8:11-15)

I pray that he is a child of God in a wicked and depraved generation, and that he shines like a star in the universe as he hold out the word of life. (Philippians 2:16)


Pot Roast Hospitality

In a lot of circles, hospitality is thought of as a gift for women. I don’t have a very good memory, but I don’t think I can remember one man in any of my previous small groups saying that he has the gift of hospitality. If I asked my dad’s generation if they

We have a friend who extends hospitality as part of his ministry, shared this article to teach us about hospitality, and I found it so interesting. So often, I think of hospitality as just having people over. I think that entertaining my friends is enough to be considered as a hospitable person. But the Bible says differently. Matthew 5:47 “And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?”

Another verse, Romans 12:2, has always been an encouraging verse to me. Verse three gets overlooked, but it shouldn’t. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” But what does it mean to really show hospitality?

When Rafael found out that many people who visit the U.S. never see the inside of an American’s home, he was surprised and personally convicted to change that. One of his Mexican co-workers was coming to the U.S. to visit headquarters last week, so Rafael checked in with me and took the opportunity to invite him over.


And let’s be honest. Three kids, job, homeschooling…I often don’t feel gifted in hospitality either. The day to day is often enough to fill my minutes. Completely. But if I make excuses that they are all filled, when do I have room to invite someone else in?

We have a standing goal of having people over 3 times per month on Saturdays for brunch. But hospitality has been at the top of my mind. So when Rafael asked if we could have a guest over in the middle of the week, I was convicted. I simply said, “Of course.” Pot roast was a perfect meal. I was able to teach and take the girls to gymnastics as usual, while the meal for our guest was becoming perfection. I came home and prepped the table, and we were ready.

So I want to encourage you in pot roast hospitality. Put in a meal that looks fancy, but is actually quite easy. Work in into your life and among the appointments you already have. Open your doors to people who show up in the peripheral edges of your work or your every day life. Have dinner and let God work.