Thursday nights have been special for me as a dad.
You see … my wife works on Thursdays and while I've been bummed to not have her with us on these nights - it has created some really unique times for me and my kids to share. I cherish my Thursday nights.
I'll never forget my first Thursday night without Kathy.
It was her first night back at work and as a new dad, I had the night all planned out for me and my infant daughter. I would have dinner and Kaitlyn would have her bottle.
The debate continues. Parents ask the question, “As we raise our kids, what's more important QUALITY time or QUANTITY time?”
The answer is simple … “Both!”
My son spells love “T-I-M -E”
11 years old, Jake is a ball of energy. He loves time with his mom and dad. For Jake what's most important is time ... QUALITY and QUANTITY.
Whether it's a walk on the beach, playing catch in the front yard, or sitting on the couch together watching television … Jake loves time with us.
Nothing builds up Jake quicker than a surprise of me coming home early just to hang out with him.
I remember my first married Valentine’s Day. We had been married for only 2 months, and I was soooo excited! I spent the day in the kitchen of our humble, single-wide mobile home in Davis, CA, making a lovely filet mignon dinner with béarnaise sauce, potatoes, and vegetables. I set the table with our wedding china, and thoughtfully signed my carefully picked-out Hallmark card.
My husband spent the day holed up in his tiny, stinky office, cramming for his next graduate school exam.
I cringe to think that when I crawled out of the sandbox and got married at 20 years of age, my prefrontal cortex- the logical, thinking, planning area of the brain- was nowhere near developed! That doesn’t happen until about age 25.
I remember my mother asking me on my wedding day“Is there anything about Jay you would change?” Without hesitation, I answered a resounding, “No!”
Twenty-three years later, I might be able to find a few things to change, but the truth is, we are still going strong.
Everybody falls down. People of hope keep getting back up.
Life has a way of knocking all of us down at some point.
In fact, you may be walking through a season right now where you feel like life is picking on you in particular.
Winston Churchill gave the famous "Never Give Up" speech. It seems like these words weren't just lip service for Churchill. Apparently he learned how to live these words.
A Story of Hope
Winston Churchill failed the 6th grade.
Life is difficult! Plansoften fail... Desiresmay not come to fruition... The road of lifeis rarely smooth and easy.
But ...hope helps us to PRESS ON.
A Story of Hope:Bill Gates, founder and chairman of Microsoft, has literally changed the work culture of the world in the 21st century, by simplifying the way computer is being used. He happens to be the world's richest man for the last one decade. BUT, in the 70's before starting out, he was a Harvard University dropout. The most ironic part is that, he started a software company (that was soon to become Microsoft) by purchasing the software technology from "someone" for only $50.
If at first you don't succeed ... Quit? NO, NO, NO - that's not how it goes.
If at first you don't succeed ... Try, try again!
Hope is the fuel that allows us to try, try again.
Without hope ... I tend to quit.
Here is a Story of Hope
John Grisham's first novel was rejected by sixteen agents and twelve publishing houses. He went on writing and writing until he became best known as a novelist and author for his works of modern legal drama. The media has coined him as one of the best novel authors of the 21st century.
Unhappy with where you're at today? Where do you hope to wind up?
Not everyone who is living the life you desire got there without a season of disappointment and struggle.
By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. A phenomenal athlete with a unique combination of grace, speed, power, artistry, improvisational ability and an unquenchable competitive desire. Jordan single-handedly redefined the NBA superstar.
Before joining NBA, Jordan was just an ordinary person, so ordinary that was cut from high school basketball team because of his "lack of skill".
As the first month of 2014 comes to a close, we will wrap ourMonth of Hopeup withfive unique stories.
At Living Water, our prayer is that these stories of hope will inspire us all toPRESS ONandLEAN INTO2014.
Living Water - "Finding Hope, Healing, and Joy!
Here is Story #1
Walter Disney was American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, and animator. One of the most well-known motion picture producers in the world, Disney founded a production company. The corporation, now known as The Walt Disney company, makes average revenue of US $30 billion annually.
You can sit around all day hoping and praying that you will finally be able to get over what happened to you in the past, butif you don’t get up and do something, you may find yourself in that dark, painful place called hopelessness.
That might seem obvious, but it’s still scary to face your demons, right?
Many people put off dealing with upsetting memories because of fear …
- Fear that they will never be able to get over their pain
- Fear that they will lose control