Saturday, August 2, 2008

Courageous and Dependent

Courageous: not deterred by danger or pain.
Dependent: unable to do without.

This is what I saw in my son this week. And these are the two words the Lord sp0ke loudly into my heart. "Trust me in this new adventure. Be courageous. But don't forget that you're wholly dependent upon me for your strength."

Jacson wanted to go to a day camp this week at Kincaid Park called "Wilderness Skills." We are learning that his bent is towards learning new things and doing creative things. The camp was for kids that were 7-14. Jacson was the youngest kid in the camp. I was so proud of his courage. My heart was beating out of my chest as I dropped him off Monday morning...watching my little guy walk right in, and ask if he could play a board game with 2 other kids he'd never seen before. Jacson was not deterred by the unknown...but he was also dependent. "Dad, could you hang around for a while today?" "Sure, son. How about I stay here in the park the whole morning...that way you know I'm always close by."

The Lord spoke to me as I watched my son: "This is how I want your posture to be. Courageous and Dependent." His voice was very clear to me. Courage comes from knowing that "I am with you wherever you go." (Josha 1) Dependence comes from knowing that "apart from me, you can do nothing." (John 15).

So as I enter this new journey as a Care Pastor at ChangePoint Church here in Anchorage, I am embracing the words Courageous and Dependent. May it be true for you as well...that you have courage in the unknown of your life because you believe in the promise that Jesus is with you wherever you go. But that in your courage, you know and understand that Jesus is our only hope and sustenance.

Here are some pictures from our last week here. Like they say, when in Rome, do as the Romans do...

Yes, those are two husky pups. We went to "consider getting one," and came home with two. My wife blindsided me and ganged up on me with 3 kids. I had no choice. Ellie is holding "Cody" and Jacson is holding "Shasta."

Fishing for "pinks" at Resurrection River in Hope, Alaska. Didn't get one though.


Owen said...

Swain, reading your blog is incredible. Thank you for your inspiring words today. Great pictures too! Huskies are men's dogs. Much love, Owen

nathanring said...

I miss you and love you brother. You are always on my mind and I can't wait till I can make a trip up there to see you and your family.

David said...

Love hearing that you guys seem to be living the life in Alaska. Thanks for the great words b/c reading them helps me a ton during all the stuff that's going on. Keep the pictures coming. Tell the whole family hello and Regan says a special hello to Ellie. Take care, Corley and family

Julie said...

What a great blog! This was particularly good for me to read today and at this point in my life. I miss you guys!
julie graham

Darci said...

Loved God's words through you as I read them tonight. Thank you.
TWO Puppies? What is Lindsay thinking? :) LOVE hearing about all the adventures you all are having, but so sad I can't eat salmon again unless I go to Alaska. miss you all! Darci