"people related to one and so to be treated with a special loyalty or intimacy."
Today we celebrate the official entry of my nephew, Evan Matthew Miller, into the Miller family (not sure why it took the courts so long to recognize the fact.. I mean, I think it's pretty obvious whose family he belongs to...).
he's becoming so much like his dad.
a boy's boy. fisher. fort builder. tree climber. bug hunter. nerf gun lover. outdoor kid. resourceful.
Evan. I love every minute with you... playing in the rain. drawing. building castles in the sand. chasing ice cream trucks. imagining. laughing. You make my life so bright, buddy! Life is worth living even more with you in it.
Jeremy. I'm so proud of the man you are. Months ago when I first heard Brad Paisley's "He Didn't Have to Be," I realized how much you amaze me. You stepped into being a father without a single look back. never a complaint (except for the diapers), never a feeling of regret or burden, as many other men might have done. I don't know if you even see how extraordinary thing thing you've done is, but you are a hero. This story God is writing with your life is more incredible than anything I could have imagined and I love how you keep running with it. You and your wife are great parents! Thanks for joining this crazy family, Ashley!
The question was raised As my conscience fell A silly, little lie It didn’t mean much But it lingers still In the corners of my mind Still you call me to walk On the edge of this world To spread my dreams and fly But the future’s so far My heart is so frail I think I’d rather stay inside
But You love me anyway It’s like nothing in life that I’ve ever known You love me anyway Oh Lord, how You love me How You love me
It took all of my strength To simply be still To seek but never find All the reasons we change The reasons I doubt And why do loved ones have to die?
But You love me anyway It’s like nothing in life that I’ve ever known You love me anyway Oh Lord, how You love me I am the thorn in Your crown But You love me anyway I am the sweat from Your brow But You love me anyway I am the nail in Your wrist But You love me anyway I am Judas’ kiss But You love me anyway
See now, I am the man that called out from the crowd For Your blood to be spilled on this earth shaking ground Yes then, I turned away with this smile on my face With this sin in my heart tried to bury Your grace And then alone in the night, I still called out for You So ashamed of my life, my life, my life But You love me anyway Oh, God… how you love me You love me anyway It’s like nothing in life that I’ve ever known You love me anyway Oh Lord, how You love me You love me, You love me You love me, You love me How You love me How You love me How You love me
To know the ins and outs of a person's heart; to know their ups and downs; their quirks. buttons. history. pains. and joys. It's a big responsibility. But Jesus knows all that about me and more. And He does the job perfectly.
its underneath, its inside, its in between the times you doubt me, when you can't feel the times that you've questioned 'is this for real?' the times you've broken, the times that you mend the times you hate me and the times that you bend well my love is over, its underneath its inside, its in between,
these times you're healing and when your heart breaks the times that you feel like you've fallen from grace the times you're hurting the times that you heal the times you go hungry and are tempted to steal in times of confusion and chaos and pain im there in your sorrow under the weight of your shame im there through your heartache im there in the storm my love i will keep you by my power alone i dont care where you've fallen, where you have been i'll never forsake you my love never ends, it never ends
(Tenth Avenue North)
so many times, when I need to hear His voice. and feel His arms. but He feels far away. He sings me a song that He once placed on someone's heart so I could hear His heart.
The Lord your God is in your midst, A mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by his love; He will exult over you with loud singing.
An alarm clock might wake you up into the groggy morning, but a fire alarm wakes you up into a jolting nightmare.
My first thought was, "what's wrong with the annoying smoke detectors?" and then as we bolted out of bed, I realized.. wait, there might NOT be anything wrong it. As Dad ran downstairs to check everything out, the rest of us (minus a couple people slow to unbury themselves from the covers) gathered in the hallway, just blinking at each other, wondering "what do we do??"
Turns out it that there was something wrong with a detector, but I was still relieved to realize *after* I got back in bed, that my external hard drives were within arm's reach on the floor right next to me... funny how those things you THINK will be your priorities in imagined situations aren't what cross your mind when the time comes.
Imagination is no good if it stays imagination. Let's hope for my hard drives' sake that I'd be more thoughtful of them if all those precious memories truly were in danger.
See, what a morning, gloriously bright, With the dawning of hope in Jerusalem; Folded the grave-clothes, tomb filled with light, As the angels announce, "Christ is risen!" See God's salvation plan, Wrought in love, borne in pain, paid in sacrifice, Fulfilled in Christ, the Man, For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!
See Mary weeping, "Where is He laid?" As in sorrow she turns from the empty tomb; Hears a voice speaking, calling her name; It's the Master, the Lord raised to life again! The voice that spans the years, Speaking life, stirring hope, bringing peace to us, Will sound till He appears, For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!
One with the Father, Ancient of Days, Through the Spirit who clothes faith with certainty. Honor and blessing, glory and praise To the King crowned with pow'r and authority! And we are raised with Him, Death is dead, love has won, Christ has conquered; And we shall reign with Him, For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!
Driving home from school tonight, this is the song I was belting out. Because I felt. Alive. Because I AM Alive!
I love that word. I love that life doesn't have to be monotonous day to day routine, even when you do have a monotonous day to day routine. I love that doing that routine for Christ can transform it into an exciting ride on faith.
I love that exciting days don't have to last for just the here and now. I'm gonna spend eternity celebrating abundant life.
Luke 15:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.