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6 Years of Gazing Upwards

It’s hard to fathom that 6 years ago I was standing in a Self Regional hospital room awaiting you to arrive.  Happy birthday, Obadiah.  It’s true what people say about how fast it goes.

Lil’ buddy, you are just growing up right before my eyes.

photo-2You are compassionate, smart, kind, giving, and very sensitive.

You love to write, draw, read, play baseball, play the “drum-bay,” pretending to be Spiderman, and to be in a state of deep thinking.  I often call you the philosopher because of how you can be processing deep things no matter what else is going on around you.

You woke up early this morning but pretended to still be asleep so that I could come and get Eli out of the room only to reenter the room with the rest of the family and sing “Happy Birthday.”  You wanted the first thing you saw this morning was the 4 of us singing the song with the “cha cha cha” part at the end of the phrases.  We were happy to oblige.  I loved watching you hop around your bed and see the excitement in your eyes.

We then spent a fun morning opening gifts.  I love that, without any prompting, you asked Eli and Gloria to help open your gifts and play with your toys.  You have such an understanding and compassionate heart towards others.

I love the activities that you chose to do today because it speaks to who you are.  I can’t wait to play kickball with you this evening, and I love all of our talks with your desire to understand things more.  I love watching you initiate working on your Scripture memory.  Whether it is Gen. 1:1 or Col. 3:20, I love hearing you recite God’s Word.

While there are many reasons everyday I am reminded of what an honor it is to be your father, one stuck out to me as I woke up today.  It was the Sunday before last.  You and Eli were coming along with me to soundcheck for worship that morning.  Earlier in the week, you had asked me what songs we were going to sing, and I let you listen to the music with me.  You absolutely loved “Arise My Love.”  While it was a new song to you, it was first recorded when Dad was only 6 years old!  Isn’t that ironic that you were listening to a song when you were almost 6 that was written when your dad was 6?!

As we drove around in the truck, you said, “I can’t wait to sing that song on Sunday!  My favorite part is the ‘boom boom’ at the end cause it makes me think of when Jesus moved the stone away and rose from the dead!  I just love it!”

We laughed and had a good time talking about the resurrection that Easter week.  On Sunday morning, I was busy making sure all of my tasks were completed.  You were setting up your “drum-bay” and Eli was tuning his guitar.  You got in your perch on stage, and I began practice.  I glanced back towards you from time to time to make sure you were OK.  I knew that you were, but it’s just a habit for a dad.

I missed something that you did that morning, but someone was taking pictures and I saw it later that afternoon.  I was going through pictures that was taken during the Sunday services, and I came across one that made me tear up.  While we were all practicing “Arise My Love,” there was a picture that showed you in the back with a priceless expression on your face.  You were sitting on your stool that you pull out each week, banging on your drum, singing along, and your gaze is fixed upwards with the most genuine sense of joy illuminating your face.  It was an unintentional photobomb.

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I asked you later about it, and you said, “It was just so awesome to sing ‘arise’ and think about Jesus getting out of that grave!”  By your face, I believed you.  You actually inspired me.  The pure and precious expression said so much about you.  The gaze upwards said so much more.  You are understanding so much about Jesus these days.  You are asking more questions about the Bible and what it means to become a Christian.  I love our conversations and pray that they will be more and more.

As your dad, the thing I desire for you most of all is for you to keep your gaze upwards.  This is a verse that we could memorize together this year, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Col. 3:2).  Whenever I look at this picture, I am reminded of this verse.  My prayer for you is that you will develop a heart for God more and more day by day.  I pray that when you look forward, you will find your father’s face still amazed at who Jesus is, and I pray that when I look backwards, I will see that expression even more sincere as the years go by.

Your father loves you very much.  You are my precious son and I am honored to be your father.  You have so much to give to this world, and I can’t wait to see all that Jesus does through you.

Obie

I’m Now the Father of a 4-Year-Old

It’s with great disbelief that I tell you that today, I am the father of a 4-year-old.  Happy birthday Obadiah!  It is so hard to believe that you are already 4.

The first time I held you in my arms, I remember my arms holding you awkwardly because I had never held that many babies.  While I was unsure, I was confident that I would figure this out.

That was until attempting to change that first diaper of yours in the hospital.  As a new, anxious father, I began to feel unequipped to do the simplest of tasks.  As I sat down with you in that chair, I remembered that I became overwhelmed with more than diapers.  I realized that I was responsible for you.  I grasped that you were coming home with me.  I was excited, but my biggest fear was that I would let you down.

I remembered staring at you and praying.  With the peace that only God provides, I promised that I would do whatever it took to raise you spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

While your dad still has a lot to learn, I can honestly say that I couldn’t imagine being more overjoyed than I am at the wonderful young man you are becoming.  As you become the big boy age of 4 today, I wanted to give 4 perspectives of why 4 close people love you:

  1. Dad – You taught Dad how to be intentional.  Your presence in our home made me start thinking about the power of my words and actions.  You and I have always been able to laugh a lot together as we create silly things to do.  As my first child, you officially made me a father, and I cannot imagine what life was like before you arrived.  Your father rejoices over the gift that you are.
  2. Mom – You taught Mom how to play like a boy.  As a girly girl, many people assumed your mother would be disappointed her first child was a boy instead of a girl.  She loved every minute of it!  Due to your fun and loving personality, she said she could handle a house full of boys (of course, Gloria’s pink invasion has been pretty special for her though)!  Your connection to Mom is what made her desire to walk into a new job she loved when we decided she would work in the home.
  3. Eli – You taught Eli how to walk.  Your selfless example to share toys, give affection, and your protective instinct over your brother is one of the main reasons he caught up from very difficult odds.  He wanted to walk because you did.  He wanted to learn how to eat correctly because you did.  He wanted to play the drums, trucks, and trailers because you did.  And you showed him how.  I can’t imagine two better brothers.
  4. Gloria – You taught Gloria to feel secure.  Before she entered into this world, you prayed, asked questions, and checked on Mom to make sure your baby sister was doing fine.  Since she arrived, you have been meticulous to make sure people are quiet, calm, and easy on her.  Your sensitive heart in caring for her and giving her affection is unbelievable at your age.  I have never seen an ounce of jealousy at the love Dad and Mom have shared with your brother or your sister and that is one of the most amazing traits about you.  You are a fantastic, sensitive, caring big brother through and through.

Your family loves you.

Major in the Minors: Obadiah

We had another great day at North Side as we studied a prophet that I am very fond of – Obadiah.  Jeff gave me the privilege to preach this message since I have a son with the same name.

The premise of the message was: Either you can humble yourself or you can let God do it.  It’s your call.  God specializes in humbling the exalted and exalting the humbled.  While this book is talking about nations uprising and falling, I gave 5 application points for this message that apply to every believer.

I carefully climbed a ladder during the message to illustrate some points.  I carefully climbed it because we have had 2 staff members fall of a ladder in that room.  We made it through with no more broken bones!

You can check out the message here to say you have actually heard a message preached from Obadiah.

Today, we worshiped to:
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Happy 3rd Birthday, Obadiah!

A wise son brings joy to his father… -Proverbs 10:1

Happy birthday, Obadiah!  One of our greatest joys is being your parents!  We have so many reasons to celebrate today.  You are an absolute joy.

We love you for so many reasons.  Here are just to name a few:

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The Popsicle Fiasco

I have been going through family footage this week during my recovery working on an adoption video, and I ran across a video of Obadiah from back in April right before I went to pick up Eli.  This routine was happening about everyday after nap time.  It wasn’t staged, it just was regular.

Hope you enjoy the popsicle fiasco: