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Spotlights (from the last few).

Spotlights (from the last few).

Here are a few spotlights from the past week:

1. My last few weeks have been dominated by the sickness (the kind that flows out of the pollen of spring in the Carolinas). Last week I spent the majority of my time in the bed. Started some new meds, haven’t felt any better. Revisiting the doctor this afternoon. Round 3?
2. I used a neti-pot for the first time, which is a rather intense 90 seconds.
3. My wife has taken amazing care of me. She’s six months pregnant, and now she’s sickly too. She’ll be joining me at the doctors office this afternoon. That’s not exactly how I intended to repay her …
4. In the last three weeks I’ve had to pull out of the following because I’ve been sick, all of which were events I have been preparing for & ¬†looking forward to participating in:

  • Cooper River Bridge Run
  • USMC Marine MudRun
  • Tommy Head / Living Water Benefit Concert (with the KSB)

5. I booked tickets for my wife and myself to see Mumford & Sons in Asheville, NC. Consequently, I’ve been listening to Mumford quite a bit.
6. I let myself eat cookies, again. I had to cut myself off, again. Cookies could be the death of me.
7. We completed registering for all the stuff you buy when you’re having your first baby. I had no idea you “need” all this stuff. Babies is expensive.
8. I had lunch at Tropical Smoothie Cafe 5 times last week.
9. Currently about to finish Rob Bell’s “Love Wins”. Yea, I’ll let you know what I think of it when I’m done (maybe this week).
10. Our church hosted my friends Nikita Koloff & Lex Luger this weekend. I seriously love those guys. One of the local news affiliates did a feature story on us:

What I've Done Today

What I've Done Today

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I normally get to spend some quality time with Jesus on Fridays. It’s important to have a “sabbath”, a time that we regularly rest and unplug.

This is what I’ve been doing today:

+ Reading “Love Wins” by Rob Bell (no comment)

+ Watching “Q: The Whole Gospel” hosted by Gabe Lyons
Also: I mowed the grass, washed some clothes, drank some coffee, and helped out around the house.
all-in-all … it’s been a beautiful day

Update: Baby & Momma (one week later)

First off … I want to thank our friends who stepped up a week ago as Amanda was admitted to the hospital and prayed, cried, felt the tension of the moment with us, and most importantly just loved us through those few tense hours. You have no idea how powerful it is to realize that you’re not in this alone, to know that you’ve got people that love you and care for you, and to feel the generous warmth of their support.

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An Update On Baby & Momma

Earlier today (Monday, March 21st) my wife, Amanda, called me to inform me that she was starting to develop some acute pain in her lower back (localized on the right side) and in her pelvic area.
She went into our Obstetrician’s office where they quickly placed her on antibiotics and sent her home to rest. The assumption was that she was developing some sort of UTI.
She called me a few hours later. The pain was getting worse.
The doctor was called and instructed us to immediately head to the ER.
Between 11am & 7pm today the doctors observed, ran tests, & looked internally through ultrasound trying to understand the cause of the pain.
Even though the ultrasound did not show any, the early diagnosis is that Amanda has kidney stones.
Amanda was admitted into the hospital tonight, where they can monitor her closely and treat her pain.
The good news is our baby is doing just fine. We’ve heard her heart today and even saw her for a few brief moments during the ultrasound. The doctors are taking special care to make sure the treatment does not harm our little girl.
For the last few months I’ve listened to Jesus challenge me. He’s challenged me to place my faith in Him with our child. To trust Him alone. I like to trust things I understand, stuff I’ve figured out. However, I know I won’t be able to figure this parenting/fathering thing out. There are too many variables, so many wrong moves to make. The best thing I can do as an expectant father is to surrender our child to Jesus.
To be honest, my one prayer for our baby girl has been: “Lord, grow this girl to be a force for Your Kingdom.”
As I drove my wife to the ER today, I found myself getting angry.
I’ve never felt as powerless as I did today watching my sick wife carrying our child. There were so many things that could have been wrong, and I literally couldn’t do anything, couldn’t change anything … Powerless.
I was angry because I wasn’t trusting Jesus.
However, throughout the day I saw the Lord reveal Himself as these circumstances unfolded. Even though it’s not over with, God has been faithful. Her kidneys aren’t blocked. The real danger of a severe infection hasn’t shown up in the tests. She (both of them) is safe.
As this happened I thought a lot about Jesus and grace. The perfection of Jesus is our great gift; we’re the vessels that treasure gets to rest in. If I’m trusting in anything else other than the perfection of Jesus, I am trusting in something that’s going to fail me. If I’m finding my glory in anything other than Jesus, I’m definitely going to be disappointed. I thought about how it’s so easy for me to replace Jesus, even when I know all of this.
Trusting Jesus is not a prerogative, it’s an absolute imperative. Ultimately, it’s the only way the world works, the only way it makes sense.

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