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About three weeks ago we took some of our students from Two Cities Church to the Fresno Grizzlies baseball game. It was “Christian Fellowship Night” and “My Job Depends in Ag Night.”

During the game I was taking a lot of video on my Go Pro Hero 6 Black. Some kids took notice and eventually came up to us and excitedly asked, “Are you guys YouTubers?”

Josiah thought it was the best thing that ever happened to him.

Here are some highlights…

Your local public park can be a great source of adventure. Most people take their kids and sit on a bench while their kids play. They (we… I’m guilty too) use the time to catch up on email or Facebook. But what if we helped their imagination bloom? What if we became part of their games? What if we participated with them? We’re making these YouTube videos to encourage people to play together and Go Do Something. Life is actually pretty amazing and my kids are growing up fast, so I’m trying to be more proactive in enjoying each day with them. Sometimes it’s little and simple and sometimes it’ll be bigger, but it’s something.

What kinds of things do you do with your kids to create memories together?

 

 

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I love this shot of Josiah.
What kind of caption would you write for this photo?

Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2013 — Leave a comment

One of the great things about being a parent is that you get to discover each holiday in a new way again. And Valentine’s Day is no exception. Hope you enjoy this little impromptu photo shoot with our kids…

[photo gallery above]

Family Photos

December 6, 2012 — Leave a comment

A couple of weeks ago we took some family pictures. It was a quick and great experience. The Photo Credit goes to Katie Nisbett Photography. Josiah is 3 and Brynn is 6-months in these pictures. Enjoy.

“What a Mess!”

October 22, 2012 — Leave a comment

The other day I was driving with my son in the car. We passed a graveyard and he pointed to it and said, “Look! What a mess!”

I said, “That’s not a mess, that’s a graveyard… It’s supposed to look like that.” To which he replied, “No, it’s a mess!

Then I thought, “That is a mess!” Because that cemetery was full of corpses. Every corpse represents a person, a soul. Every person who once lived is somewhere right now for eternity. And they’re not all in the same place. And they’re not all in a good place.

What a mess!

Imagine if Adam and Eve hadn’t eaten that fruit in the Garden of Eden! Before they broke the only rule given to them… There was no plan for death to be a part of life. It isn’t a natural part of life like everyone tells you when your first pet dies. It’s a consequence to disobedience. It’s a consequence of sin.

Genesis 2:16-17 [the one rule]

And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

Genesis 3:19 [one of the consequences, death]

By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.

What a mess!

Imagine what life would be like if we could just follow the law. But we are incapable of it… That’s why we need grace.

I heard someone say to me the other day, “I think as long as you’re a good person, Jesus will understand… I think.” She didn’t sound too sure of her theory, but was hoping it’s true.

Here’s the deal. We need Grace because none of us are “good enough” to be perfect. Perfection is not something we are capable of living up to. We need grace because we make a mess of things. We are messy and God runs towards the mess. We disobey, God loves us anyway.

So, yes, it’s a mess. Life as we know it, is a mess. We’re a mess. But we’re a beautiful mess. And we’re a beautiful mess being made new through faith in Jesus Christ.

Baby Laughs

October 18, 2012 — Leave a comment

Baby Laughs are the best. This is my son, entertaining my daughter. They already have a bond. They sometimes hold hands too.

If you’re not smiling after that…
you need to watch it again and again until you do.
Enjoy life.
Take a breather.
Spend time with family.
Don’t worry so much.

Matthew 6:25-34
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“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 

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Following up from yesterday’s post about vision… I’ve been thinking about having a vision for my kids. I have one son, Josiah, and one daughter, Brynn. Josiah turns 3 tomorrow and Brynn turns 4 months in one week. There’s a fine line between planning your kids life, to having a vision for their life. One involves specifics of their occupation and interests while the other is a much more general thing. I’ve heard someone say, “my goal for my kids is to raise them to love God and be productive citizens.” So if you think of it in a general since, I’ve got a big vision for my kids.

Every night before bed there’s a routine in my house with my son and if I don’t do the routine correctly, he has a hard time going to sleep. The biggest parts of the routine are:

Time together reading books, Prayer together and telling him some Secrets.

The secrets I tell him aren’t really secrets at all, but a vision for his life. Every single night he hears me say:

God made you.
God loves you.
And Jesus wants to be your friend forever.
Love the Lord your God, with all your heart, mind, soul and strength…
With everything you’ve got.
Love others like you love yourself.
Take care of the widows and the orphans and those who can’t take care of themselves.
Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.
I love you Josiah and I can’t wait to see the man that you grow up to be. 

It’s important to be that I establish some intentional things into our life together, some teachable moments. This morning I intentionally took time away from working on Two Cities Church, the church we’re planting, to spend a little time with him. I think I’m going to build that into the rhythm of our lives, a regular time for just the two of us, where I can expand on those secrets, while we do something together. Josiah really enjoys throwing rocks, and knowing that I decided to take him there so that he could throw rocks and we could spend time together. He loved it and I got to speak some things into his life and pray with him. I loved it.

As Brynn grows older I’ll have to discover what those things are that she likes, that we can bond over. But I intend on doing the same things with her, 1-on-1.

What kinds of things do you intentionally do to build the values and character in your kids that you have a vision for?
Do you lack a vision for your kids and family?
What can you do today to change the quality and direction of your family’s life? 

My Toddler Reads

March 28, 2012 — Leave a comment

The first time I enjoyed reading a book was in college.
It was not an assignment.
It was a book I picked and I read it “from front to back, in that order.”
(reference anyone?)

Josiah, on the other hand, loves his books.
He recently read a bunch to me.

Guys Weekend!

February 29, 2012 — Leave a comment

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Two weekends ago Erica went to Portland to have a girls weekend with her mom and sister. It’s kind of a big deal because she won’t be able to do that kind of thing for a while after the baby comes. So, Josiah and I were bachelor’s. We did guy stuff…

  • like pop open a tent in our living
  • eat a lot of fast food
  • get time outs (just Josiah)
  • and we even got to iChat with Erica and Kelly (I was not aware she took that screenshot)

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If you had 48 hours alone with your son, what kind of shenanigans would you get into?