Archive for August, 2010

Cute Picture of the Day

A new generation of Weir/Bricker brotherly love.

Lincoln & Ethan Bricker

Prayer

“The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.” -Psalm 145:18

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” -Romans 8:26

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” -Hebrews 4:16

To start the week I ask all to take time to pray for friends and family. God is working in many ways and sometimes all we can do is be in prayer. We lead such fast pace lives that we often don’t take time to “be still”. So pray. Let your prayers be the most intimate conversations you have with God, as Francis Chan puts it.

“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray.” -James 5:13

Party of 11

Friday night was a celebration of Layla’s birth. Our sweet little niece turned one year old! It was a night of toys, laughter, cake and family. There were ten of Layla’s cousins there to help her celebrate and beat open that stubborn pinata. I have a few (wink) pictures I’d like to share courtesy of Layla’s mom, Crystal.

This post is dedicated to you Layla. We love you!

The Birthday Girl

In case you didn't know, it's on my shirt

One girl...two cakes

Yum!

I'll get the candy out

Got it!

The Wheeler Family

More presents please

“But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”  –Matthew 19:14

Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

Overwhelmed by a relentless GodI have been reading a new book [for the past 3 months] that Christina suggested to me. The subtitle knocked me off my feet: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God.

“And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” Romans 8:30

Read the entirety of chapter 8. I think you will find it overwhelming.

So far, I have managed to re-read the first two chapters three times. Not bad, yea? Well, maybe so; but this quote is sticking with us, so I’d like to share it.

Worry implies that we don’t quite trust God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives.
Stress says that the things we are involved in are important enough to merit our impatience, our lack of grace towards others, or our tight grip of control.
Basically, these two behaviors communicate that it’s ok to sin and not trust God because the stuff in my life is somehow exceptional. Both worry and stress reek of arrogance. They declare our tendency to forget that we’ve been forgiven, that our lives here are brief, that we are headed to a place where we won’t be lonely, afraid, or hurt ever again, and that in the context of God’s strength, our problems are small, indeed.
Why are we so quick to forget God? Who do we think we are? I find myself relearning this lesson often. Even though I glimpse God’s holiness, I am still dumb enough to forget that life is all about God and not about me at all.

-Francis Chan, Crazy Love, page 42

Uncomfortably relevant and good to hear.

4 Decades

Today was Mom & Dad’s 40th Anniversary: 40 years, six children and soon to be 13 grandchildren. Think on that.

Christina & I only have 37 more years to catch up to them.

We love you Mom & Dad.

So Far, Today…

Lincoln is a bit under the weather, or it could be his constant teething, so he’s been very calm and quiet. For all that know him this is not his normal behavior. Whenever he does have a cold he prefers to cuddle. Of course, as his mother, I can do this all day! This always brings me back to when he was born and then I realize how fast time has gone by. I’m sure all parents can agree that you blink your eyes and your “babies” are walking, talking and telling you “no” because they that’s now their favorite word. Lincoln’s way of telling us he wants to be held is by saying “hold ya” with his arms up. So I will cherish theses moments of “hold ya”.

FLASHBACK!

Lincoln at one week old

Too cute!

“But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today’, that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.” – Hebrews 3:13-14

ON TIME & ENERGY

AS A HUSBAND AND FATHER, few things seem to merit much use of the above two topics of this title: TIME & ENERGY. It seems to me, someone of these roles should carefully safeguard how they are using these two key elements of their daily lives. I spend T & E on my family, but I don’t believe I could ever over exhaust my appreciation for Christina and  seriously doubt I could ever play too hard with Lincoln for his 2 year old liking.

HAVING NO FUN AT ALL

Still further, as a Christian: I know I will never know more of God than I need, seek more of his will than I ought, or carry out more of his work than He will give me the strength to.

So I need to better safe guard the use of these daily elements. Man up. Don’t pursue things of your inherited nature. Rest in God’s promises and spend your time & energy: wisely. A pep-talk from the sideline, maybe, but I need it often. I need to be reminded to wisely use my time and energy, to keep from wasting it in vain pursuit.

TONIGHT, Lincoln & I spent some T & E together bicycle riding. From the picture you can see he had no fun at all. I absolutely love to see these looks of ‘what’s next’ in his eyes. Many treasures attributed to parenthood can’t begin to rank up next to that one natural reaction. But it takes time and energy. And I would never have the patience if God were not supplying it.

Here is my hope to consider:

Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now. But what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not inherit with the son of the free woman.” So, brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman.

Galatians 4:28-31

I pray God gives me the strength to act as a child of the free woman, and spend my time and energy as such. Tonight, Lincoln had no problem letting me.