Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Here are a few pics from CO. The first is our great friend Marsha hamming it up with Benny. If you don't know her-Marsha is Geri's proverbial older sister-a pea in the same pod.

I am so glad to be back in the mens class on Wednesday. One of the special aspects of having a mens class is the opportunity to "open up" and communicate. Ed JR is doing a great job in this class. We are discussing the 12 apostles.

Men that have the abilities to open up impress me, and these are the very ones I want Benny to know and emulate. One guy cut from this cloth really shined tonight in class. I was moved by his words. He grew up in a home with an alcoholic father that did nothing to foster a loving relationship. In fact his fathers words were crafted to undermine his self worth as a son and as a person. His father did not approve the thought of his son wanting to go to church and have a relationship with God. Despite all this-this fathers' son has grown up to be a behind-the-scenes warrior for God. Even despite this difficult upbringing, he has an awesome wife and family. I am looking forward to getting to know J on a more personal level. If Benny grows up to have what he does-I consider his life a success.


Coping said...

Have you told Ben about Christmas?

EBC said...

With all the decorations on the tree, and dancing with Christmas music-I think he is catching on. We still need to make him a stocking, though.

Conni H. said...

Benny is so cute! I love to see pics of him. You and Geri are so sweet with him. I thank God for giving you such a wonderful gift!

I am glad that you are enjoying men's class. It is amazing to my how God provides us with opportunities to share and grow. I am involved with a prayer group that fosters open relationships too, and I feel so blessed to be a part of it. God always gives us what we need, and He always blesses us with the people that we need to encourage and bless us.

You and Geri are a great encouragement to my family and me!


bradfordlstevens said...

I love the picture of the rubber ducky in the tub with Ben! I think every kid ends up chewing on that particular toy! We will pray that Ben grows up to be like his Dad!