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The Nest Is Beginning To Empty Out

Posted on September 17, 2009. Filed under: Children, Faith, Family | Tags: , , , |

Wow, my oldest child who is now a man, is moving out on his own for the first time. He worked at Hume Lake Christian Camp for 15 months after high school, but it wasn’t like he was out on his own, making all of his decisions. At that time, they gave him room and board, electricity, water, it was an awesome experience for him, but now is really the time where he will handling the whole situation of his life. He hasn’t even completely got all of his stuff out of our house, and he is already saying that he will have to watch how much money he spends, and where he spends it. He is feeling this way and saying these things so that he does not run out of money, which would create a situation where he would not be able to eat. Yes, our home, our little nest is beginning to empty out.

Some day all 3 of our kids will be out of the house and we will have a complete empty nest. But, for now we still have our 2 girls at home, the older one in college, and the younger in high school. I love my kids, and I enjoy being around them, but I also take pleasure in observing them grow up, desiring to be independent, and preparing to venture into the craziness of the world today. It is exciting to watch them talk about, make decisions on, and assert themselves as adults. First of all, it is part of life for them to be passionate about the need to explore new frontiers, and take a chance at handling what life has to offer. So, I am pumped up for my son, yet a little part of me is sad that the nest is beginning to empty out.

God wants us to do this, we are expected to move on past our childhood, away from the parents who guided, directed, and took care of our every need for the first 20 years of so of our lives. We should be training up our children in righteousness and the ways of God. Proverb 22:6 Says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Our goal is that we have brought up our children in a way that will be pleasing to the Lord. Our prayer is that they can go into the world full knowing that what they learned along the way in life will be proper giving them the ability to provide for themselves, and making accurate decisions. As our nest is beginning to empty out, I trust God and what I have taught my son, so that I can and will be able to sleep at night, knowing he is prepared for the path that God wants him to be on, and all within His will.

So, as my son goes out into the world, I have to trust that I have trained him in the ways of the Lord, having assurance that he will seek God and his righteousness in all things. My hope is that he will enjoy his life, live for the Lord, be patient with all that is in front of him, enduring all of life’s trials, if only because he has God on his side. I pray that he follows God’s word, each and every day of his life, and that he listens to what is said in 2 Timothy 2:22-23, “So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.” If he remains in prayer, His will, and in God’s word, my son will have the type of life worth living.

My son knows the Lord, and my desire is that he seeks Him out for all of life’s questions. God’s word is full of excitement, knowledge, and worthy of trusting for understanding during life’s challenging moments. God’s word if there for us to read, enjoy, contemplate on, while allowing God to work in our lives for His purposes. This is what my hope is for with my son, that he seek first God, then all else will fall into place. While our nest here at home is beginning to empty out, I know that God will protect my son as he ventures into the world. As he moves on into the next season of life, I pray that he follows what the Bible says in John 17:3, “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” If he seeks first his relationship with Jesus, his savior, in all occasions trusting Him, then I know that my son will have the type of life that I have trained him for, a life full of joy, contentment, and one that has purpose.

May you all be blessed from our God,

Daryl Dho


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When Going Into Enemy Territory, Victory Is Sweet

Posted on September 12, 2009. Filed under: Forgiveness, Sacrifice, Salvation | Tags: , , , |

I have gone to a lot of high school football games, but never before had I gone to a game in the opponents home field. Yesterday, was an interesting day, as many people were remembering the 9-11-01 tragedy; even after 8 years, the memories are still vivid. As I watched throughout the day, the two teams were preparing for an epic battle. In the morning, a local television channel did multiple reports from both schools, sharing how they were preparing for the ensuing clash between the two teams. The cheerleaders, bands, and spectators were pumped up for the game.

There is something special about high school football, it packs a lot of excitement along with it’s smallness in nature, for it is not the NFL or the NCAA. People know each other at the games, the students are wild and crazy, supporting their team. But, even during those moments of conflict, everyone took the time to remember the 9-11 victims, which was good. As for our team, the one coming across town for battle, well, we were ready because when going into enemy territory, victory is sweet, and our guys were not going down in defeat.

The battle was fought, and in the end, our team came out victorious, yelling and screaming with joy, as the home team had to lower their heads in defeat. It was a brutal battle until the end, but one team has to come out on top, that is just the way it is, some win, some lose, we all just like being on the winning team. No one really likes to go down in defeat in anything in their life, let alone a sporting event. But sports seem to bring us all into the battle, almost as if we are part of the team. The cheerleaders are yelling for us to cheer with them more vigorously, all for the cause of victory, which when savored at an opponents home field, may seem far greater than one at home. Yes, when going into enemy territory, victory is sweet!

As I recount the victory last night, it makes me reflect on a victory that we should be thinking about more often in our lives, a victory in an eternal battle against good and evil, against right and wrong, a battle won for the freedom of mankind from sin. Yes, that epic battle took place 2000 years ago, and was won by God, in His human form known as Jesus Christ. Jesus was persecuted, beaten, and hung on a cross for being God, for telling the truth, for sharing love to all who walked the earth. Matthew 27:50-51 (ESV) tells us the story of how when Jesus died the foundation of the earth shook, “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.” When this happen, in verse 54, we find the following, “When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” Even the guards were taken back with the realization that Jesus was who He said He was. He was in enemy territory, and victory would be sweet.

But how does someone get victory in death? Jesus assumed the role of victor when He rose from the dead 3 days later, overcoming the what normal man can not, for He is God. In Matthew 28:5-7, we read how Mary Magdalene had gone to the tomb where Jesus was buried to discover the following, “But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead.” Jesus can not be held back from victory, when He died He took on the weight of all our sins, past, present, and future, in order that we may have an eternal place with Him in heaven. What a glorious thought, Jesus taking on the enemy of death, overcoming it to rise again for all mankind to have hope for an eternal future of safety with the creator. Praise the Lord.

Jesus went into enemy territory, just as God the Father had instructed, spread the good news of the way to salvation, by grace through Jesus, taking on all who would oppose Him. But He would not be overtaken in the battle of sin, regardless of who tried to tempt Him, for He is God. How blessed we are when we can ponder about how Jesus was willing to go into the enemies territory, unarmed, take the punishment, but in the end come out on top; yes, when going into enemy territory, victory is sweet!

How glorious it is to thank Jesus for His sacrifice by humbly coming to Him, asking for forgiveness of sin, seeking redemption through His blood, and the life full of hope for the eternal joy we will experience in heaven with our God. I ask now that if you do not know Jesus, it’s time to have a victory over all that may trouble you, your sin need not be a burden anymore. Seek Jesus out now, for victory is at hand. We are in enemy territory, satin is tempting us to sin all the time, but through Jesus we can gain victory, and a new life. Be no more struck down by the bondage of sin, seek redemption now, and remember, when going into enemy territory, victory is sweet. Jesus is our road to victory.

Have a blessed day,

Daryl

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Children, The Gift That Everyone Likes To Share.

Posted on September 6, 2009. Filed under: Children, Family | Tags: , , |

“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward.” (Psalm 127:3 NAS) Last night I had the privilege to hang out with some friends who have been blessed with two little children, one less than a year old, and the other 3 years old. Of course my wife and I were equally blessed by their presence just because we were fortunate enough to have the time to spend with their beautiful children. We were able to watch them play in their food, attempt to eat suck food through a straw, smear it all over their face, (at least the infant did), and listen to the amazingly intelligent ramblings of a 3 year old. I had a blast, and it brought back fond memories for me of when my 3 children were little, having the ability to do all the goofy things that these 2 were doing last night. I believe that children, as Psalm 127 says, are a gift, and that wonderfully precious gift that God has given to those He has blessed are a gift that everyone likes to share.

It is simple really, everywhere you go, if you see a little baby, people get all mushy over them. They come up to the baby, and talk funny, sometimes like a baby themselves, laugh, cry, smile, and generally have a better day at that moment because they are in the presence of a baby. Most parents love to brag about their children’s accomplishments, telling everyone at work, school, or anywhere else that someone will listen. We love our kids and we want to share them with others. Our children are the best gift that we have even been given, and we want to tell the world about them. Yes, children are a gift that everyone likes to share.

But not all want to share their gift with others, some do not even take care of their gift, they neglect their gift. This makes me sad to think about, how someone would not want to take care of their children properly, but there are people who do not care for or properly tend to their children, often neglecting or abusing them. I think about why someone would want to neglect their child, and it drives me crazy. As I was watching my friends kids last night, I could see the joy in the faces of my friends, the delight that comes from being a parent, it comes from loving, caring and being responsible for others. We receive more gratification from giving than from receiving. You see, their is an emptiness from only receiving! I believe that is why Jesus told us many times in the Gospels to love one another, and to love our neighbors. We need to share love for others always, giving of ourselves as Jesus did, and as we would for a child. The more we do this, caring, giving, loving one another on a daily basis, talking to God in prayer, the closer we get in our relationship with Him. As children of God, we were once gifts to the world, not tenders of the gifts, so we need to continue to develop our relationship with Him who gifted us in the first place. As we share our love for children and others, our relationships grow stronger amongst each, and with God. This is good. All this comes from children, the gift that everyone likes to share.

There is something about when a child is around that makes everyone seem to change the way they act. They seem to be more gentle than normal, their ability to care comes out just a little bit. This gift that God gives us in the form of a child, needs to be shared, because the child brings happiness not only to the immediate family, but to everyone around. Everywhere you take a child, you can bring joy. Most people like children, and if they do not, well, then they can just leave the room, that’s my opinion. God loves children, and I love children. Besides, there is just something about them that just makes me happy whenever I am with them. They make me feel young, alive, energetic, smart, fun, engaging, hilarious, playful, all of the things that help me escape the daily routines of my life. So, if you have children, those precious gifts from God, make sure that you understand you have a gift that everyone likes to share and experience, so don’t hide your gift, please bring your children out for all of us to see.

Thanks for sharing, and may you all bless somebody today,

Daryl Dho

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Facebook, The Silent Prayer Warrior

Posted on September 1, 2009. Filed under: Adversity | Tags: , |

Recently, as I was traveling through the most recent status updates of my friends on Facebook, I came across one where a person had been facing some personal health challenges. It brought tears to my eyes as I read it, and I was instantly compelled to pray for this person. They did not ask to be prayed for, nor did they seek any consoling at all actually, they were just letting everyone know in their network what was going on in their life. In the process, they probably felt some comfort by letting people know about their situation, but did not ask for assistance. I just took it upon myself to seek God out for some prayer assistance, because in this case Facebook had become the silent prayer warrior.

There are many times though, that I find others who are using Facebook as a tool to network for prayer. More frequently, people are using their Facebook rather than email or phone calls in order to let others know about prayer needs or crisis situations. One of the things that I think is great about Facebook is how you have the feeling as if you are really with the person when they are writing their update, while everyone else is a part of it also. When it comes to prayer requests, anybody in the network who sees the update can become involved in the prayer request, rather than just those who may be thought of to be called or emailed. You see, Facebook is the silent prayer warrior.

When a request goes out, all in the network see it, then silently the masses are at work praying for God to take care of the need that relevant to that person. In the case of the person who did not ask to be prayed for, but still had a need, they were prayed for because of the network and a friend on the network who cares. But of course God does hear our prayers, even though the other person does not know they were prayed for, and my prayer is that they will get better and have a healthier life soon. All of this because Facebook is the silent prayer warrior.

The only way that people would know of prayer requests in the past, would be if the prayer warrior team at church got on the phone or email and started calling everyone on the list. Then the team would probably have to leave some messages, maybe get in touch with some, and pray (ironic) that they got the emails or messages in order to pray for the person that needed the prayer. Wow, that was a mouthful. That can and still is being done, but through Facebook, I am seeing people get the word out a lot more efficiently and quicker, therefore talking to God about the situation at hand in a far more expeditious way than the old fashion ways of the past, which is only like 6 months ago now! Soon to be a greater part of this networking prayer solution is Twitter. Yes, as everyone is switching over to these networking sights, it is the way of the future. We might as well join in. So, when you got a prayer request, use the quickest way to network to you prayer team. It sure seems as if Facebook is the silent prayer warrior to me.

The good news is that we want to be praying for each other more anyway, and with the accessibility of these sites, maybe we can get more people involved in prayer. God wants us to pray all the time. Ephesian 6:18 (ESV) instructs in this way, “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,” and we should be sure to listen to this verse making it part of our lives. Praying for others, seeking God out in all circumstances, is something that we all need to do. I know that I do not pray enough, and need to continue to petition to God for my needs and the needs of others more often. I need to take the time to hang out with God, talk with Him, one on one, letting Him know more of what is going on in my life and the lives of others around me.

When we pray, it needs to come from the heart, not just a quick passing thing that we are doing, just to get by. We need to earnestly seek God out, letting Him know what our needs and the needs of others are. We can not hold back, we should let it all out, God awaits a true and honest relationship, one from which we are broken, where we can be brought back up, for He is there to carry us if need be. In Hebrews 5:7, we read about how Jesus prayed, about how honest He was in His prayers, “In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.” Jesus held nothing back when He prayed, and He is God. As the supreme example of how to pray, let us follow Him, let us earnestly seek God’s attention when we pray, let us let God know what is on our hearts, so that He can give us the assistance and comfort that we need.

So, let us rally the troops on Facebook, Twitter, email, the phone, or whatever else we need to do, and get more people praying for our needs. The Master did it so well, leading by example of how to process our prayers, all we need to do is go and talk to God. Gather your friends, go ahead use Facebook, the silent prayer warrior.

May your day be blessed,

Daryl Dho

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