Foster Dad 6: Tears Before Laughs

Did you notice babies know how to cry without being taught?  But smiles and laughs are responses we try to stimulate in them by nurturing happiness into them and modeling laughter for them.  Why is it that babies automatically know how to cry but laughter is something we teach them. I remember our foster baby’sContinue reading “Foster Dad 6: Tears Before Laughs”

Foster Dad 5: 3 Things I Tell My Foster Son Daily

Since the second day we received our foster son, there are three things that I tell him daily: We love you.  God loves you.  Jesus died for you. I tell him, “We love you,” so he would know that he is safe, accepted in this world, and well cared for.  I tell him this soContinue reading “Foster Dad 5: 3 Things I Tell My Foster Son Daily”

Mourning over My Mentor: Howard G. Hendricks

When a great man leaves this world, it leaves behind a sad emptiness and an inspiring legacy.  It’s like a tragedy that makes you cry but enriches you as a person.  I’ve been crying all day upon learning that Howard Hendricks passed away this morning.  He was an influential mentor to me.  Both he andContinue reading “Mourning over My Mentor: Howard G. Hendricks”

Foster Dad 4: Who My Baby Is To This World

As a foster dad, I’ve been touched in the recent weeks by the attention my baby gets and by the effect he has on people.  I can’t walk anywhere with him without being stopped at least a few times by people wanting to see or interact with him.  He is a people stopper.  But whatContinue reading “Foster Dad 4: Who My Baby Is To This World”

Foster Dad 3: Don’t Get Too Attached (?)

We met with the county social worker handling our little baby’s case.  Besides being inundated with the plethora of appointments we need to take the baby to as part of court and agency required assessments and services, we were also told that if the adoption were to happen, we would not expect it to happenContinue reading “Foster Dad 3: Don’t Get Too Attached (?)”

Foster Dad 2: What We Need Most

Our foster baby’s first visit to the doctor was memorable.  This was just three days after we received him into our lives.   Aside from finding out some surprising pieces of information that I’m not at liberty to share, I saw our baby for the first time completely without his clothes on.  The doctor tenderly undressedContinue reading “Foster Dad 2: What We Need Most”

Thanksgiving: Not How We Normally Understand It

I recently read Philippians 4:6-7 again.  It’s one of those familiar passages that catches your attention because of the result that’s promised at the end of it: the peace of God that guards your heart.  Who doesn’t want peace?  In the urban city centers of L.A., peace is a coveted commodity from the homeless manContinue reading “Thanksgiving: Not How We Normally Understand It”

Philosophy of Bruce Lee & Yoda

What do Bruce Lee and Yoda have in common where they speak truth into life?  They are two of my favorite celebrities.  Both martial artists.  Both philosophers.  Both hold the same understanding of the difference between well intentions and actualization.  Many of have a number of well intentions, but well intentions alone do not createContinue reading “Philosophy of Bruce Lee & Yoda”

Halloween & the Nature of Self-Change

“What are you going to be for Halloween?” is the typical question this holiday.  I enjoy the fundamental principle of being something other than what you are for Halloween.  No one walks into a Halloween party as themselves.  Nobody takes their kid trick-or-treating dressed in their normal Monday school clothes.  That would be sad.  TheContinue reading “Halloween & the Nature of Self-Change”