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First Steps' Year of Firsts

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This past school year has been a year of firsts for First Steps Preschool: my first year teaching and directing the school, the first time we have re-branded the school since it opened, and the first year we have had a full teaching staff change. It is amazing to see what can happen when you let go of your fears and insecurities and give them over to God.

There are many things that I would not have had the opportunity to be a part of, if I had not become the director of this preschool. Reflecting on this, is encouragement enough to keep stepping out in faith and having confidence that God has a great and good plan for First Steps and the children who attend here.

The children who are graduating this year and moving on to kindergarten, have been wonderful to teach. Watching them develop a sense of confidence, build friendships, and grow into their own person over the past year has been a blessing to Mrs. Kathryn and me. As we close this school year, please pray for the children who attend. Pray that Mrs. Kathryn and I are effective in teaching, loving, and supporting the children and their families.

Spots are available for the three and four-year old classes. Please email Katie for further information at  or visit the First Steps web site: www.first-steps.net.

Posted by Katie Yakiwchuk

Good, Good Father

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My son just turned eleven months old as I wrote this article. That means I am not in any position to impart wisdom to fathers based on my experience. I am a newbie dad, and yet, fatherhood—so far—has already taught me one valuable lesson: that I am not that great at being a dad. For the first several months of Nathan’s life, his mother played a much more hands-on role in parenting—literally sacrificing her sleep and livelihood to nurture our child. I know that there are different seasons of parenting, but so far, I have often felt useless and lost. And it’s tempting to continue to lean on my wife (who is a great mother by the way) as we “parent” our son, but there is a serious problem with that. When we, as fathers, settle on being a mediocre dad, we are robbing a blessing for our children.

The bible consistently teaches us that our Father in heaven is a good father. It’s such a dominant theme in the bible that churches love singing about it—You are a good, good Father; it’s who You are…  And I’m loved by You; it’s who I am…  The truth about this relationship between us (God’s children) and the Father is that we inherit the goodness of our Father. Our Father is a good, good father, so we get to benefit from His goodness; we get to enjoy His goodness as His children. When a child is born into a family, he or she inevitably inherits whatever the father possesses, and I don’t mean just the financial inheritance. When a child is born into a farmer’s household, she inherits a farmer’s lifestyle. I was born into a church planter’s household, so I inherited a church planter’s lifestyle: I moved a lot, I was always under scrutiny, and I spent a lot of time at church. If you’re born into a wealthy family, you will most likely have a different car to learn how to drive than most kids who just turned sixteen. Your children inherit what you possess, and they reap the benefit of what you have—and more importantly—what you are.
Now, this is the scary part: if you settle for being a mediocre dad that means your child will inherit your mediocrity. Your child will miss out on great blessings because you weren’t interested in pursuing a good fatherhood. You are robbing your child of her blessings. If you truly want the best things for your children, you must strive to be a good father and you ought to imitate the goodness of our heavenly Father. This implies that we should be reading God’s word all the time to study what makes our God good, and as we learned in last week’s text in our sermon series, faith without works is dead: We must put into practice what we learn about the good Father. Fathers in our SDBC community: let’s use this Father’s Day as a reminder to continue to look to the good, good Father in order to learn how to be good fathers to our children. Let’s learn to love our children as our good, good Father loved us so that our children would bathe in the great blessings of our God. #lovelikeJesus.

Posted by Paul Park

What Does a Woman of God Look For in a Man?

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After nearly three years of walking with my care receiver through a painful separation and ultimate divorce, he one day announced to me that the next woman with whom he would be involved, would be a “woman of God.” “Good,” I thought to myself, “but you are not yet really equipped to attract a woman of God.” Before I knew it, the following question came spilling out of my mouth, “So, what does a woman of God look for in a man?" I knew then that the question was inspired by the Holy Spirit. I had made a negative judgement, but what came out of my mouth was a profound question. God gave me the right words, which is what I often pray for before meeting with my care receiver.

He paused, he stirred, he thought deeply, quietly zoning out for about 15-20 seconds, thinking through the question. Then, he solemnly looked at me and whispered to me in a quiet voice, “She would look for a man of God.” The whisper was more like a booming declaration, a discovery, an insightful realization. It was one of those moments when you sense that something weighty has just occurred.

I did not know it then, but that moment was a pivotal, defining moment in this man’s life. In the following weeks and months, he dedicated time daily to reading the bible, praying, reading devotionals, and essentially building a personal relationship with his Lord Jesus Christ. The conversations which ensued became Christ-centered. He was becoming a man of God.

This God story has a sequel. It had a boomerang impact on me. My thought was: if I want to become more attractive to my wife who is a woman of God, I had better work on becoming a better man of God.

God does work in mysterious ways. “God, thank you for these moments of inspiration, with which you grace us.”

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