God Wants You to Play…

This is a side post that really should have gone before the last post. It happened right before the very 1st basketball tournament of the season. Gavin’s coach was talking to the whole team with a couple of parents around, he was telling them when the games were going to be on the weekend. One of the games was going to be in the morning during church. We had already talked with Gavin about the fact that he was not going to be able to play in the games that were going on during church. As his coach was wrapping up the game time talk, Gavin raised his hand and said, “I won’t be able to be at the game on Sunday morning.” (I hadn’t gotten a chance to tell the coach other than at the beginning of the season that Sunday mornings wouldn’t work for us.) Coach asked why, and Gavin said, “I have church!” One of the dads who is helping coach looked at Gavin and said, “God wants you to play basketball.” Gavin looked up at him with a strange look and said, “Um, no.” and shook his head.

This day in age society looks at Sunday just like it is a Saturday. Sports have started to bleed over into Sundays. I am glad that we can be an example of not giving into the way that society wants to do things. It is even greater to see my son stand up amongst peers and adults and boldly stand for what he believes. May he continue to be bold as he gets older, standing up for what is right, ultimately standing up for His Lord and Savior.

On another note, they have a new coach that is a college student that has come into start helping the head coach. This past weekend he said, that he wasn’t going to be able to make it because he had church. It is great to see that Gavin won’t be alone in it, but it is neat that Gavin was fine with missing even if he was the only one.

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Summer Basketball

This past weekend was quite crazy for Gavin. He is involved with a team that strictly plays in tournaments during the summer. So far he has played in 2 tournaments, but this was the first one that lasted Friday-Sunday. This season has been fairly tough for the team as they are younger and smaller than most of the other teams. His team is beginning to look better and better with each game and practice that goes by. What I specifically wanted to write about was the game that Gavin had this past Sunday morning.

At first we weren’t sure whether or not Gavin would be able to go and play because it did fall on a Sunday. I told the coach up front that Sunday mornings would be uncertain because of our commitment to going to church. This past Sunday ended up working out for us to be able to and be a part of the game, because it started at 8. I knew it was going to be a rush just to finish the game and get to church on time, but I thought it would be worth it if we could make it.

They were scheduled to play the one team that they match up with the best so I also hated to miss an opportunity to get a win. The game was close the entire time. It went back and forth throughout the game without any one team looking like they had the advantage. Coming down to the end of the game it was extremely close, I believe there was something like 48 seconds left in the game and Gavin’s team was down by 3 points. His coach called a timeout and basically set up a play for either Gavin or this other player Sammy to take the 3 thinking they had the best opportunity to hit it. Sammy is the point guard for the team and Gavin was the one in-bounding the ball. Sammy got the ball but was quickly covered and passed the ball back to Gavin at the 3 point line. Gavin got the ball and without hesitating went up for the 3. He didn’t make it, but they fouled him in the act of shooting.

Now this is the point where I got a little nervous I so much wanted him to at least hit one the free throws and cut the game to a 2 point game. Gavin got into his free throw routine. Dribble 3 times, spin the ball in his hands and shoots the ball. He banks it in, and I am ecstatic. Then he does the same thing the 2nd time, he banks the 2nd one in. I am jumping and screaming inside!! (I know how to act civilized on the outside, but my insides were going crazy!!) Then he sets up to shoot his 3rd free throw shot. And again he banks it in!!!! The game is tied and everyone was going crazy at that point.

The other team brings the ball down runs a little time off the clock and then puts up a shot from the side and it goes in. Bummer!! But there is still plenty of time to take the ball down and get another score. Gavin’s team gets it down the floor, one of the low post players gets a shot up and it doesn’t go in, but Gavin was right there in front of the basket for a rebound. Gavin puts it back up the ball hits the rim 3 times before falling off the rim into the other teams hands. At that point they are headed back down the floor Gavin had the heads up play to foul the guy with the ball, but unfortunately that was his 5th and final foul. It did give his team a chance to get the ball back if the guy missed his free throws. He did miss, but there was only 6 seconds left in the game at that point. They fell 2 points short of a win.

It was an awesome game and without a doubt the best game they have played to date. It is great to see them improving each and every game, even when they are playing teams with kids quite a bit older and bigger than they are.

After the game was over there was a mom from the other team that came up to Gavin and said, “Can I get your autograh?” That, of course, made him feel pretty good, even though they lost. The same mom saw us walking out toward the parking lot and said, “I bet your proud of him!!” Words can’t even explain how proud and excited I was for him in that moment.

Later in the car I asked him about banking the shots in. I said, “you never bank it in from the free throw line intentionally.” He told me that he was nervous getting up to the line and thought the best chance he had of getting it in the hoop was to hit the square and go for the bank shot. I really didn’t think it was intentional, but he said it was. I thought that was pretty funny. It was so much fun and exciting to be a part of that game and I am glad that we were still able to make it even though it was on a Sunday.

And yes we did make it to church on time, barely, but we made it.

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Failed My Kids

By their age I had been to so many school skate parties. Roller skating was just something we did regularly. We may have to go to a real skating rink and get these kids to where they can actually skate.

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Lost Son, God Hears

This past Sat. Kristee and I were out of town at a friend’s wedding, so the kids stayed here with their grandparents.  They went to the fair on Sat., while they were there they decided to go watch the pig races.  Apparently it was quite crowded and the kids were playing under the bleachers a little while, but then saw their aunt and uncle across the way.  Halee was told by nana to go get Gavin so that they could work their way over to where Kami and Ian were at.  Halee tapped Gavin on the shoulder and told him to come, but he says that he didn’t hear what she said.  Come to find out when he turned to go to where they were at they were gone.

Gavin says that he went back and forth from where he was to where he remembered them being several times just hoping to find them, but he never could find them.  Meanwhile Halee and Nana meet up with Kami and Ian and later discover that Gavin was missing (around 20 minutes or so).  When they discover this they go on a frantic search, yelling his name from top of bleachers and whatever they could to try and get his attention.

After Gavin discovers that he can’t find them he says that he went over by a wall and decided to just sit there. While he was sitting there he said, “I just prayed and prayed and prayed that God would help him find them.”  Pretty soon while Gavin was praying, (he said, “he didn’t cry, but was really close.”) a couple of little girls and a young boy come up to him and ask him if he is lost.  Gavin tells them yes, so they go and get their mom to come help who then gets a State Trooper to come help Gavin find his family.  

While Gavin is being asked all kinds of questions by the Trooper, Ian spots him and comes over saying there’s our lost son. 

This is such a scary moment, but at the same time and awesome moment too!! (even scarier when you get into Gavin’s mind, see below!!) Gavin knew that he needed to ask for God’s help in that moment, his faith in God is strong and to see God provide angels in these kids that came up to him is awesome!! He got to see the power of prayer happen right before his eyes, and we praise God that he is the one that heard Gavin calling out to him for help!!


Now for what was going on in Gavin’s mind. As he was telling me this he said, I was thinking I might not get to see my family again. He was talking about being with the State Trooper and Ian finding him.  He said, that the trooper was getting ready to take him to the lost child area, and with that Gavin said, “that wouldn’t have been good.” I told him that it wouldn’t have been such a bad thing, and I explained what would have happened in that situation.  Then Gavin said, “oh really, I thought that if I had to go to the lost child area that I would have had to get a new family!” The thought just breaks my heart to know what was going through his head.

I just praise God that he protected him, that Gavin’s faith in God was so strong to call out to him for help. It brings a couple of verses to mind when I think about Gavin praying to God.  Powerful, powerful stuff!!

[14] But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. [15] Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” [16] And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

(Mark 10:14-16 ESV)

[14] If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

(John 14:14 ESV)

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