Saturday, August 21, 2010

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

No one has ever accused me of being a good keeper of time. Time tends to fly away from me faster than a chubby nerdy kid from a girl with puckered lips. I open my eyes and poof, its gone. There was one instance in little league soccer when I was rudely awakened from a wonderful dream by a soccer ball bouncing off my head. I heard the coach yell, "Nice header Ryan!" You see . . . I was actually playing in the game at the time. I guess you could say that I was a little bit of a daydreamer. And when a friend of mine recently commented that it had been a while since I had last posted, I thought, "Surely it hasn't been all that long." And then, like that soccer ball of old, the date August 27th slapped me upside the head as I came to the realization that is has been about four months since my last post. Not exactly in keeping with the title of this blog.

Although I have not been blogging, my life has hardly been idle. And as I sit here trying to think of some clever way to share with you what has been going on in my life since August, it appears that my brain doesn't want to cooperate. It might be the residual effect of the last quarter's work load in seminary. My brain still feels like it hasn't fully recovered. Thoughts seem to ooze out of my mind recently like a B-movie monster oozing out of the slime: slow and lurching, while giving the occasional grunt and groan.

So what has been going on in my life? I had Presbytery exams this past November to become "Certified Eligible to Receive a Call." At least I think that is the official title. I tend to get it confused with being "Licensed to Preach." For those of you unfamiliar with the Presbyterian way of doing things if someone wants to be a pastor, they have to take a series of exams before the presbytery (a governing body of pastors and elders from each of the congregations in a region). In the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA), there are two series of five exams. The first series is to be "Licensed to Preach;" these five exams include an English Bible exam, personal godliness exam, systematic theology exam, preaching, and presenting a church history paper. The second series is to be "Certified Eligible to Receive a Call;" these include a Church History exam, pastoral gifts exam, systematic and RPCNA distinctives exam, preaching, and presenting an exegesis paper. I completed the first series in two stages. I took four of the five exams in the Fall of 2007, and then the last exam in the Summer of 2008. I split it up because I wasn't sure if I could take all five at once and complete all my required assignments at the seminary. This year I decided to jump in and take all five! The Lord was very gracious and faithful as He always proves to be. My presbytery exams went well, and my seminary grades only suffered a little bit. It is a HUGE relief to have those exams behind me. Now I need to start candidating for a pastorate.

Alicia and I were able to travel to Kansas City to visit my side of the family for Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. We get to sit around the table with family, eat to our heart's content, and praise God for His gracious provisions. After this we get to sit down in a comfy chair and start to watch football before we slip off into a turkey induced coma. The best holiday ever! This was Alicia's first trip to Kansas City at this time of year. So on the Friday after Thanksgiving we took her down to the plaza to check out the lights and shops while sipping down some mochas from the local Starbucks.

The most exciting thing to happen to me since August is finding out that my wife and I are going to have a baby in May!! :) The news took us by complete surprise, but it is a most welcome surprise. The picture to the left is of my beautiful wife about 18 weeks pregnant. She is now almost 20 weeks along and has been able to feel the little one kick and move around. Which makes me just little bit jealous. :) I know my time will come to feel my child move, but the waiting is killing me!!! :) We have had the blessing of hearing our child's heartbeat at every appointment so far. I'll never forget first hearing that whoosh-whoosh-whoosh of the baby's heartbeat. It blows my mind to realize that God is weaving together a new living being within my wife; one who is bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh!!! God is truly an awesome God!!! I think it goes without saying that I am Pro-life. Since I found out that my wife is with child, I find it all the harder to understand how anyone in their right mind could even think about supporting such an abomination as abortion. Especially after you have heard their little heart beating away inside the womb. Abortion is not only murder, and should be punished as such, but it is forged in the very fires of hell itself. Sorry, I started preaching. :) What can I say, I am a seminary student. But if I did happen to offend you, all I can say is that I am very happy to do so. And I pray that the Lord will work in your heart and enable you to see the truth. Because right now you have accepted the lie of satan for the truth, and that will only lead you to destruction.

Those are the highlights from my life since August. My life has been a blur since I last posted. It feels like I skipped over September, October, and November and have gone from August straight into December. Lord wiling it won't be another four months before I post again. But I make no guarantees.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Transformers, Cheese Balls, Grandma's sweet tea, . . . Anything Missing?

The elementary school I went to was a small Christian school, and it was right next to my grandparents house. Every day after school I would go to Grandma and Paga's house and spend the afternoon with my friend David watching Transformers, eating cheese balls, and drinking my Grandma's sweet tea. It didn't get much better than that, especially on a hot afternoon. My grandparents kept their house cold, and there was nothing better to escape the heat than grabbing a cold glass of sweet tea with cheesy fingers while watching the Transformers.

My childhood was a blessed one. I had parents who loved me, older sisters who looked out for their little brother, grandparents who lived up the street from me, and solid friends throughout my life. I didn't miss much. Except chicken pox. I never had the pox as a kid. Oh, my parents tried to get me infected with it. I was forced to play with friends at church when they had chicken pox. I didn't want to because they looked weird; I mean, who wants to play with someone who has red spots all over their face? They freaked me out! Another fond memory I have of David is me trying my best to run away from him while he laughed and chased me around the church with red spots all over his face and arms. But I never got them. My sisters even got them and yet I escaped childhood without ever experiencing the "joys" of chicken pox. Maybe I am naturally immune?

That is what I used to tell myself, and my lovely wife, before Wednesday, August 13, 2008. The day my pox free world came crashing down all around me. I was leading bible study that night as part of my internship. Before we start we go around the room and give prayer requests. The pastor I'm interning with was sitting next to me and he offered up a praise to the Lord because his case of the shingles was finally coming to an end. (For those of you who don't know shingles is a nastier, adult form of chicken pox). My only thought was, "Hmmm, that's interesting. I've never had chicken pox." That night I noticed some strange "pimples" on my shoulder. My wife and I didn't know what they were, so we popped them. The next day I spiked a temperature of 102.5, and a few more spots appeared. We still didn't know what they were, so we popped them. My temperature was still around 102 on Friday, and a couple of more spots appeared. Alicia called her doctor and described what was going on, and her reply was that it sounded like I had the chicken pox. My thought this time was, "You've got to be kidding me. I'm getting them at thirty?" Saturday I exploded. The number of spots at least doubled, and then on Sunday they doubled again. Alicia and I estimate that I probably had about 400 spots on my body.

Having gone through the "joys" of chicken pox is my life more complete? Honestly, I'd have to say no. My life was perfectly good without it. But I am happy to have had them. Well, more relieved I guess than happy. Before I got the pox, I always wondered what I would do when my children got them. Now I don't have to worry. I even got to have a "pox play date." A mother of eight from our church brought her two youngest boys over and I held them in my lap and read to them. The older one was a little shy about climbing up on my lap. I don't blame him. I looked like a teenager with the worst case of acne imaginable.

The Lord indeed works in mysterious ways. There were a number of things going on during my time with the pox that I could not be a part of. For some reason He wanted me to stay away. A small post-it note would have been more enjoyable, but my time with chicken pox was valuable. The most valuable thing the Lord gave me through my bout with the pox is a deeper appreciation for the incredible gift He gave me in Alicia. The girl is a wonderful caregiver. By far the best doctor/nurse I've had. When the time comes for the Lord to bless us with children, and when they become ill, I know that they will have a wonderful mother to care for them in their time of need.

Push-ups?

My push-up program has run into a little snag this week. A snag I like to call chicken pox. I haven't really felt like doing them, so I didn't. I'll probably take another week off and then start in with week two again. However, I did see some improvement in the test after week two. In my initial test, I powered through to the mighty number of 18, after week two I was able to muscle out a whopping 22 (and yes, you do detect sarcasm).

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Week 1: Take 2

During week two of the 100 Push Up Challenge the Reformed Presbyterian Church had its international conference. It was a wonderful conference, but I let it interfere with the challenge. So, I ended up doing week one again and I am now starting week two.