What uncommon things do we want to become common?

Things like:
our children having mutual love and respect for each other.
our teenage children having love, honor, respect and obedience for their parents.
us continually becoming better friends and lovers.
our family totally trusting God in all things and putting our faith in Him to fulfill his promises.

Thursday, July 22, 2010


I'm sure you've read the statistics about how much time an average father spends with his son during the day. About 15 minutes if I remember correctly. We beat that before breakfast. 7:30 am is chicken feeding time for my oldest son Sterling, 12, and I. We get the produce ready for all of the animals & then take a walk together to feed the chickens & move their pen. Sometimes we talk about really important stuff, sometimes we don't talk at all; just enjoying being together. I wouldn't trade any job in the world for these walks.

The other day we were eating lunch in town around 2:30 & the restaurant was empty. My youngest son Steele, 8, couldn't believe no one else was there. We told him this was later than most people eat lunch. Our usual schedule is 2 meals a day, breakfast at 10:30 & dinner around 5:00. When we told him some people eat lunch at 11:30 or so he said, "That seems early, but I guess most kids get up, eat their cereal & get rushed off to school. I'm glad we don't do that." I am too. I thank God for my boys wanting to be with me.

Isn't that the story of the prodigal son? The only thing the father wanted from his kids was for them to want to be with him. Isn't that what God wants from us? If we're too busy, it's not God that made us that way.

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