Monday, March 30, 2009

You're How Old?

What a day this has been! Thanks to the modern technologies of texting, facebook, and blogging, I have received many birthday wishes. Thanks so much to all of you for wishing me a happy birthday. I sure do feel loved by you all.
This week, I'd like to take a minute to tell you some of the life lessons I've learned in the first tri-mester of my life (Lord willing).
1. There is no relationship more important than the relationship with the Lord. Without Him, all others fail.
2. Be willing to wait on the right woman. Wait on the Lord, and trust that He will take care of you.
3. Children ARE a blessing from the Lord.
4. Keep walking...don't ever stop walking with the Lord. You'll have bad days, hard times, and times when you don't think He'd want to walk with you. Just keep walking.
5. Family is important.
6. Don't sweat the small stuff. And it is almost always small stuff.

How about a few others?
- don't look up while a flock of geese are going overhead.
- always take an extra set of clothes when going fishing on a boat (just in case you fall in).
- when the gas light comes on, just go ahead and stop for gas.
- stop while you're ahead (provided you're ever ahead).
- when you're extremely tired - just be quiet (you'll probably say something dumb that you wish you could take back) - trust me.

Well, that's all folks. I would like to say that these 30 years have been full of joy, excitement, sorrow, loss, gain, hurt, blessing, and transition. Still, they have been great. The last 5 have been the best, though. My wife, Lindsey, has been the most amazing blessing God could have given me as a wife. Thank you, babe, for being faithful to me, sinful as I am.

Monday, March 23, 2009

God is with you!!!

Recently, I was spending time with Joshua just before "dark nap time," or bed time - as most people know it as. I sat in his room and watched him run around and try to find any excuse of why he shouldn't go to sleep.
Then, he turned the light off and left the room. I asked him to come back and turn on the light because it was so dark. He returned, turned the light on, and pointed his finger in the air and said, "GOD IS WITH YOU!!!" And then he turned the light off again.
Now, I'm sure we've said this to him before. But really, when you consider what my 3 year old was saying, he is exactly right. Even in the darkest times, when it seems that there is no hope, God is with you. Thanks, Joshua, for the reminder!

Monday, March 16, 2009

I've waited so long...(sing that again)

Hello everyone -
You've probably been wondering if I died recently (or perhaps if I'd gotten the dreaded #4 at the nearest Taco Bell and have been down for the count for a while). It has been a while since my last entry. I hope this one is helpful to you. This entry primarily is geared for parents of teenagers...enjoy!
We have just finished a parent training at Ingleside called "Becoming a Web-Savvy Parent." The following took place on Sunday night between 6:30 and 7:30 pm(read that last line with your best Jack Bauer voice).
We discussed internet filters and recommended covenant eyes. Covenant eyes offers web filtering as well as internet accountability. It will send you, the parent, a printable report of every page that has been viewed on your computer. You can check out more at . You may want to see what Josh Via says about the tool on
We also mentioned that parents must be savvy in regard to entertainment (ie - movies, CDs, video games). One of the best sites to use is . This site gives reviews of all the latest entertainment. If you want to see the content of a movie before you watch it, you must check out this site. Lindsey and I use it as well. The conversation in the Broome house usually goes something like this..."What do you want to rent?" "I'm up for whatever." "Hey, what about that movie called _______? I heard it was really awesome!" "Yeah, me too." "Hmmm, it's rated PG-13." "I wonder why." "Let's check out plugged in before we rent it." "Good plan." Sometimes Lindsey even gets in on the conversation I'm having with myself! You've gotta check this site out...especially before you buy your child the next CD, DVD, etc.
We mentioned Facebook, the mega-social network. Our advice is simple: If your child has a Facebook account, you also should have one. You need to be checking in on them to see what's happening in their social network.
Overall, what the high school pastor and I suggested to our parents is to be actively involved in your child's internet life. Don't allow them to have "secret places" on the world-wide web. The primary issue is their own protection and purity.
I hope you can use some of these tools in your family!