It appears as though Bowen has returned to his happy, smiling self over the past week. We’re relieved to see the signs that he’s recovering well from his surgery.

The photo below portrays what I saw in my head the first time he made this face :)…

Who knows, with the “hair growth” side effects of his medication, it could happen!

It’s hard for me to remember the various stages of child development, they grow so fast that it all becomes a blur. I’m pretty sure Bowen is at the age where he should start trying to mimic words, and that’s exactly what he did this past week. During our hospital stay, our little buddy and heart hero, Tommy Schomaker, visited Bowen and brought him a little stuffed lamb. It was one from Hallmark that you can record yourself singing into. Tommy had recorded himself singing a modified rendition of Jesus Loves Me into it, changing the “me” to “you” for Bowen. Our girls LOVE IT, partly because I think they have a crush on Tommy. They play it over and over again. Last Tuesday morning, around 9:00 am, we noticed that Bowen was trying to sing along. The girls put it down next to him, and as the line “yes, Jesus loves you” played, we all heard him try to sing the word “yes”! Not only was it exciting to hear him utter the sound of his first word, but it was equally exciting that the first word to come out of his mouth wasn’t “no”! I pray it’s the sign of a well behaved child, but I’m thinking we’ll love him regardless…

Digging Deeper

“A man may be theologically knowing and spiritually ignorant.”
-Stephen Charnock

I read this quote last week and it prompted me to expand on my last post, in which I mentioned the importance of theology. I also mentioned (as I have many times in the past) the comfort and assurance that I’ve gained through an ever deepening knowledge of what I believe and why I believe it. However, it’s also important to me to express that any comfort or assurance that I’ve gained from knowing about God, first came though knowing him. You don’t have to “know” God for spiritual knowledge to change your mind, but once you know him, it changes your life.

In Ephesians 4:18, Paul describes a group of people who are “darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.” It seems that Paul is saying that spiritual ignorance follows a heartfelt resistance toward letting God into your personal life. The very idea of a God who claims that you can’t live or die well without him, is offensive to our human nature. There is pride in every one of us that says, “I’ll find my own way, on my own terms, in my own strength.” To know God is to say, “I’ll find your way, on your terms, in your strength.” A soft heart humbly reaches up for help.

Here’s a question to ask yourself:
Do I simply know spiritual things, or am I being spiritually changed?

The difference isn’t in what you know, it’s in who you know.