“You are going to be a Father!”
It was normal day in March of this year. I was scheduling some more speaking events to finalize my spring calendar. Anyone who follows public speaking knows that spring can be one of the busiest seasons. The day was normal as can be until I got a phone call from my dad that changed everything. It was right after lunch when my dad said, “Son, Uncle Bill passed away earlier this morning. I just wanted you to know He made it to Heaven.”
Immediately my heart sunk for a pillar in our family as Uncle Bill or Pastor Bill Ryan as many had known him as, had lived far into his 90s and had served the Lord with all his heart. Even though I knew where he was spending eternity at it was still a difficult loss to process. A man who meant so much to us, guided us, prayed for us, and was always pushing us closer to God had departed to His Heavenly home. I remember leaving the house and began driving up and down the road to reflect, process, and cry over a life that impacted so many including my own.
Then like clockwork April called me and asked where I was at. I told her the news of Uncle Bill and she listened and encouraged me. She then asked me to come home so we could visit about it.
I remember coming home sitting on the couch still teary eyed from the news. Then April said something I’ll never forget, “I have some news. You are Going to be a Father!”
Suddenly, the tears of sadness in my eyes turned to tears of joy. I couldn’t believe the blessing that was on the way! The Lord brought everything full circle and did what He is known for doing. We give thanks to God for His timing and blessing!
As my wife and I get ready for a life changing day tomorrow, I ask for your prayers as we prepare to meet our daughter. I can’t wait to hold her and see her for the first time! My hope is that she will know the fullness of her father’s heart, not just of me, but of her Heavenly Father. I want her to know how much she is loved and adored by an Almighty God. I want her to have everything God has in store for her. I want her to discover her calling in Christ and run with endurance to the destiny He has for her. We want her to know the Fullness of the Father’s Heart. Yes we are nervous and anxious, but this soon to be dad is resting in the Father who is Peaceful and Secure. His Name is Jesus. Do you know Him? Because as much as I’m excited to see our baby daughter tomorrow, I know our Father in Heaven is even more anxious and excited to see you, His child in His loving arms. Amen to what God has already done. Amen to what He is going to do tomorrow. And Amen to what He can do in your life. Here’s to an exciting day tomorrow and beyond! May we all experience the Fullness of the Father’s Heart. #FullnessOfTheFathersHeart #NewBlog
We are clinging to this verse:
“The LORD is the one who will go before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or abandon you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.” -Deuteronomy 31:8 (CSB)