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Moving Edgar and Karyna

Our teammates Edgar and Karyna moved into a new apartment this past weekend. Since I’m pretty experienced at moving, they asked me to help them. So we road around in a friend’s van all day on Friday taking furniture and appliances to their new apartment.

When I posted the following picture on Instagram, my friend Luke commented, saying, “Moving is Evil.” I pretty much agree with him about that, since I’m not much of a fan of lugging heavy stuff up and down narrow stairways (why are stairways always so narrow?).

We had fun while moving them, though, and hopefully the next time they move it will be to Ecuador. It’s interesting because we were saying that all day as we were moving their stuff from the Seminary to an apartment about 15 minutes away.

Moving isn’t evil if it is God who has moved you. I’m praying that God moves Edgar and Karyna again fairly soon (they are raising funds to be in Ecuador by 2015). I pray that they will still have the courage to move because He has moved them.

I recently bought the Audio Adrenaline album, “Kings and Queens” (You should get it…if you do, use our affiliate link), and there is a great song on there called, “He Moves, You Move.” The lyrics are great, and it reminds me of why we do what we do. It reminds me that I must listen to God and see when He is moving. It’s not easy to move, but it’s a whole lot easier to do when you know that He is the one moving you.

Watch the video:

What is God moving you to do?

Sofia the First and the Daily Christian Life

We have a little princess in our family. Our little girl loves princess things, and her bedroom wall has princesses all over it. She puts on her princess dress, her tiara, twirls around, and sings, “I’m gonna be a princess.”

This also means that she’s a big fan of Sofia, one of the latest Disney Princesses that has a show on the Disney Channel called “Sofia the First.” We watch it at least once a day.

Sofia and her mom live in the village of the kingdom until, one day, Sofia’s mom marries the king, making Sofia a Princess. They move to the castle, and of course this means that she has to learn all about how to act like a princess. The whole show is about how she messes that up but learns in the process.

To understand what the show is about, read the lyrics to the (as always) catchy Disney theme song:

I was a girl in the village doin’ alright
Then I became a Princess overnight
Now I gotta figure out how to do it right
So much to learn and see
Up in the castle with my new family
In a school that’s just for royalty
A whole enchanted world is waiting for me

I’m so excited to be (Sofia the First)
I’m finding out what being royal’s all about (Sofia the First)
Makin’ my way it’s an adventure everyday (Sofia)
It’s gonna be my time (Sofia)
To show them all that I’m Sofia the First!

As I was walking to work this morning, I couldn’t get that song out of my head. It really is catchy (Click to watch it on Youtube). I was also thinking about how Sofia’s story is like our story.

We are just ordinary people who God chooses to bring into His family through Jesus, making us heirs to the Kingdom. We are now in the process of learning to live according to our new position as His children. We struggle, there are things we don’t understand, but our loving Father the King is right there to guide us through it all.

We truly are adopted into the Royal Family.

We should be like Sofia:

  • Excited to be part of God’s family
  • Exploring what it means to be children of the King
  • Making our way daily in the adventure that God has for us

We ought to be living like princes and princesses today.

Family Devotions

It’s not everyday that I get a brilliant idea, so when I do I need to write about it here. I’m not sure that it’s so brilliant, but it’s something that I am happy about, so I wanted to share it.

We’ve never been very good at “family devotions.” You hear the stories of the families that spend hours praying together and studying the Bible, but since we have three very active little kids, it’s not been something we’ve been able to perfect as a family.

Sure, as we are going along, we talk about God and the Bible (which might be one of the most important things to do), but we’ve not made a whole lot of progress of being intentional about those conversations so far. Our family is young, so we have some time, but not that much. Like everyone says, “They’ll be grown before we know it.”

A few weeks ago, we I (Dennis) had a crazy idea to paint one of the walls in our house with chalkboard paint. It’s fun and the kids get permission to draw on a wall. We use it for home school and other things. Then it hit me: Why not post an intentional question on the wall and let the kids answer with a word or a drawing? The parents can play along, too, answering the question each day as we pass by the wall.

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The Eyes of The Lord

We were in Orlando this past week, but I was still working on my Bible memorization that I mentioned last week. The verse for this past week was 2 Chronicles 16:9 – “For the eyes of The Lord run to and for throughout the whole earth to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward Him.”

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These last few weeks have been reminders that God is with us and that His support is there when we need it. Makes me wonder what’s in store for 2013.

Regardless, I’m standing on these promises.

The Lord Your God is With You


One of the themes that usually sticks with me around the Christmas season is the concept of Emmanuel. The fact that God is with us. He is near. He is not distant. These things have a certain appeal to them when you really start to apply them to your life.

The fact that we don’t need to be afraid or dismayed because He is with us brings a sense of freedom and confidence that we couldn’t have otherwise.

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Stranded…for a Reason

Since I was going for the graduation of the Certificate program, I asked the Seminary to make my reservation for my recent trip to Puerto Escondido. I told them the exact dates that I wanted to fly out and when I needed to return to Mexico City. They confirmed the reservation, printed out my confirmation, and handed it to me. Without thinking much about it, I took it from the dean, put it in my bag, and went back to work.

Thursday came, and, after an interesting taxi ride, I made it to the coast. I had to spend Thursday night and Friday during the day at the beach (the family I was staying with wanted to show me the beach, so I had to oblige). Friday night and Saturday was a youth leaders’ conference, and Saturday night we finished with the graduation. But Sunday was really the most interesting day.

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The Most Difficult Job in the World

The Olympics start tonight, and I saw this video today about moms all over the world. Watch it. It will inspire you.

As I was watching the video, I couldn’t help but think about a few things:

I always say that Janell’s ministry is more important than mine. Her ministry of nurturing our children is far more important to me than anything I teach professionally at the Seminary. She has an incredible ministry to them. I also think she’s Superwoman. She does so many things. I am blessed to be her husband.

The other thing I was thinking about was all the time and effort that many of us put into helping our children accomplish their dreams and goals. The Olympic games always make me think about the sacrifice and discipline it takes to be an expert at something (some say 1000 hours, others more).

The question that we need to ask ourselves is, “In what discipline am I helping my children develop expertise?” My prayer is that my kids will grow up to be men and women of God. If Janell and I can help them develop the necessary disciplines to grow in their faith, then we will have accomplished something.

I’m sure, though, that this is going to be at least as difficult as helping my child achieve athletic success.

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