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So, I have been a father for over 30 years.  If you have been a father (or mother probably more importantly because mothers carry all children even longer than us guys and bear pain we can’t even imagine) you know what this parenting means, especially that of a teenager….16 year old..and a daughter….I have 3 of them (daughters) and one son.  All but one are over 16.   It is first an honor.  I cherish being a dad.  There are few relationships as precious as that of a parent.  I am proud to be a parent of all my children but…this does not change the difficulty of being a parent…..of a young child…..like I once was…..and am in many respects …. still am….a young child…Immature….me…and my children….still growing up….together.

As my wife and I dealt with just normal issues of being a parent with one of our children…I just began to think about me….the selfish part of me….that part that is so self centered…..yes, I thought of me as a child and not a parent…..that part of me that wants to take and not to give, … that part of me that wants it all my way and not any other way…..I began to see what it all meant.  If I am honest with myself…there are times that I don’t want to go to work, to get out of bed, to answer any emails, to talk on the phone…..to not want to have to speak to anyone….I want it my way, in my time, like I want it…..and many times….alone.

God is in charge of our lives, whether we want it or not.  God loves us so supremely that he gave a part of himself so that we could have life forever with him….  

Then I came back to my responsibility.  A parent.  But in love, my wife and I shared with our child what we know God had for her.  

Just like with me….it is up to me…whether I accept or reject God’s plan for my life.  So it is with all of my children.  Accept or reject what God has for us…for me, for my children, and for you.  

God is awesome in my family.  

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The very first chapter of Mark is chocked full of interesting stuff.  Read it, it is so neat.  You quickly see that Jesus is on the move, is shaking and baking, is in demand…. is healing people all over the place…….and that everyone in the whole city is coming to him.  He was in Capernaum, which was an international trade route.  It was a big city on the edge of the Sea of Galilee.  It was like, Miami.  Big, bustling, business, happening and on the edge of the water……alluring, sexy. Caliente…..hot (I love south Florida).

In verse 32-33 the record states that all the sick came to Jesus for healing and that the whole town gathered at the door.  Everyone in the town was there……at the door.  It was a lot of work for Jesus.  He needed some time away…  A vacation, a 3 day weekend, a cruise….a time on the AT, and early out, time alone.    Here is what he did, when faced the night before with a lot of ……..well,…….stuff. 

Verse 35 says that very early in the next morning….while it was still dark….yep, before the alarm…..Jesus got up, left the house (where all the people were the night before and were probably camped out waiting for him) and he got up,…went to a solitary place…………where he prayed.

You got stuff crushing in around you?  You have an endless group of people wanting from you?  You have people at your door….creditors, neighbors, bosses, workers, family, friends, kids…, employees……. just stuff coming at you?  Jesus got up early in the morning……..went off alone ……  and prayed. 

I put my ipod down…… sat on my porch and just prayed….all alone at 5am.  I do this often.  Jesus did too.  You want to start off your day right?  Get out somewhere alone….by yourself…..and pray.  Please try it.  Jesus did. 

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