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Happy birthday Jason

Another celebration for our family has arrived. With the dawning of the sun we remember how January 19th, 1984 unfolded. Wendy was booked for surgery and after a bit of a delay a warm small bundle was laid in my arms – warm and tight-fisted with eyes shut tight and a reasonable desire to stay asleep – I looked upon our first born. Later in the day we really settled on the name Jason David Waters.

I’m not sure how anyone else’s journey was but I remember feeling rather intimidated and frankly alone! Wendy and Jason stayed in the hospital and I went home to a dark house to contemplate what it meant to be a father. Could I be a good father? Would I make the right decisions? 
I discovered what every new father before and since has, that the role is dependent upon the relationship. 
So today we celebrate 32 years for Jason and his family – now expanded – and thank God for his good heart and mind. We thank God for his journey and trust God to continue to lead and provide in ways that will not always appear immediately to any of us but are more real than we imagine.
Happy birthday Jason.

Welcome to Autumn 2015

I can’t remember when I’ve had a busier autumn – and when I have loved my work more.  This is turning into an interesting yet challenging time in my life.

I have been working on a personal mission statement, one that captures the essence of who I am and who I want to be, one that relates to my family and friends from the over arching principles of Scripture. I had taken as my life verse Micah 6:8 which reads:

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.

    And what does the Lord require of you?

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 and to love mercy

    and to walk humbly with your God.

I am working on being submissive to the Word of God in a new way, to see who I am in light of this verse instead of measuring what I do.  I know that might seem subtle but I think that’s the point. Subtle is how we shift our values –  just a few degrees at a time – but anyone who knows anything about navigation knows that a one degree shift in destination might be small at the beginning but the further you travel out the further the deviation is.

So I have taken that verse and put my mission statement as a reflection of it.

Here’s my mission statement:

Personal Mission Statement

What does the Lord require of me?
To act justly, love mercy, and to walk humbly.

Micah 6:8

As a child of God I joyfully acknowledge the grace of God poured into my life and desire to fully embrace that grace as I live out of my life and answer God’s calling to ministry.
I gratefully give myself to Him in my relationships.

First and foremost is my relationship with Jesus. I acknowledge my need for, and dependence upon, the Holy Spirit to convict and convince my spirit in thought, intention, habits and behaviours. I acknowledge my ongoing development of faith and promise to embrace the full promise of Romans 8:38,39. 

“38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Secondly, in my relationship with Wendy I joyfully embrace what God has given us within each other. As my partner in life I desire to guard our relationship through the guarding of our hearts and the cherishing of our common growth. It is my intention to encourage her growth and development, to protect her, honour and to (pray for her). 

As a father I will pray daily for Jason and Philip, the first two gifts given to Wendy and I by our Heavenly Father. I will express to them clearly my love, joy and pride in them for who they are and the gifts God has granted to them. I will be an encourager to them and stand in the gap whenever possible.  I will continue to model for them, as a father, the role they now exercise and speak to them as adults who are also working to role model for their children.

As a father-in-law it was my privilege to welcome in to our family Susan and Amanda. I will be prayerful and a practical supporter expressing my belief that they are gifts to our family from the hand of God. 

I will be to them an encourager. In every way I will honour their place in our family and make every effort to establish their full place in our family. I will treat them with respect and express my appreciation for the gifts they bring in to our family.

As a grandfather I will by God`s grace be an example of love and tender care to Rachel, Carlyle, Ted & Beth. I will provide them with love, encouragement and prayerful support ever protecting their innocence and spiritual well-being. I will engage in prayer for their physical well-being and their salvation. I will pray for their parents. 

I gratefully give myself to God in my ministry.

As a Christian leader I will daily seek to follow God’s leading, use my God-given abilities and (organizational) influence towards the work of the Kingdom of God encouraging men and women to live in faith and find their full purpose in developing their own spiritual leadership. 

As a follower of The Way I will find opportunity as God provides to share how God`s story is reflected in my story seeking to be faithful to the truth expressed in Scripture and experienced in my own faith walk.

As a manager of people I will lead in the example of Jesus being gracious and loving while making every effort to lead in a manner that provides progress in our work and support to those on the front lines. I will make the work of the Kingdom of God priority. I will use words to honour my fellow workers and build them up.

It is the desire of my heart in all ways “to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with my God”


Happy anniversary

Seven years ago the day started with Jason, Paul and I heading out to go golfing before Jason and Susan got married in Grand Falls.  It was warm and sunny and in the midst of our golf game Philip called to talk to Jason and wish him well. From there to get ready and then the day went zooming by us with the energy, through the solemn marriage service and on to the broad smiles, loving hugs and the greatest of congratulatory wishes!

Now they are three children later – I’ve lost count of houses – and of course now in St. John’s enjoying being near Susan’s family and the gigantic step of Jason’s return to school. This September Susan starts her return to school as well (Seems to be a theme in our family!).
So we wish them the best of our hopes and of course our daily prayers.
Welcome to our family Susan

The Kiss – well one of them

The cake