In The Same Fashion, Father

The truth is we are all just yelling; always yelling.

|A Bottle of Urine|Aaron Blakeley

What I see is people beginning to act out the aggression they have so woefully come to love. Microaggression aficionados tell us reality itself is terribly abrasive and we should all be wrapped in two-ply cocoons awaiting the judgement of decay I think we all know that this sounds ridiculous, or at the very least is, something that will never ever be solved by being constantly offended.

That Selfish Thread That Ruins

This is the only truly trustworthy metric for life success in fatherhood, career, and marriage.

|Lucid moments alone|Aaron Blakeley

I desperately want to be pleased by the mud pies and murky waters of satiated cravings rather than the infinite Glory of God’s “well done my good and faithful servant.” My reward is Christ himself; my pleasure is his embrace and the fruits of his character and spirit. This is the only truly trustworthy metric for life success in fatherhood, career, and marriage.

So You Have Something To Give

Human love is funny, you can give and give and eventually you have poured out everything you have and all that is left is the muddy silt at the bottom. The muddy silt of compliments and servitude with a veiled attitude of bitterness.

|A little R and R|Aaron Blakeley

Inspiration, clarity, something to keep you going. Human love is funny, you can give and give and eventually you have poured out everything you have and all that is left is the muddy silt at the bottom. The muddy silt of compliments and servitude with a veiled attitude of bitterness. Our love does not refill itself, in the same way, we don’t keep on going with boundless unstoppable energy without falling unconscious or needing to ...

Sin-Eater

That resolution must be willing and able to say "no matter what I will shoulder your hurts, your wrongs, your past and help you forge a future out of that." It is a resolution that must stem from the supernatural working of God.

|From Repentence|Aaron Blakeley

Jesus is the Sin Eater He is the sanctifier. The gnashing of his teeth was the crushing of death and his final cry "it is finished" gave way to The Way. His resurrection is our redemption. If we are called to take up his cross surely, our little ones will benefit from our redemption.

Compassion Fatigue

indifference to charitable appeals on behalf of those who are suffering, experienced as a result of the frequency or number of such appeals.

|An attempt to encourage myself|Aaron Blakeley

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”607″ img_size=”large” alignment=”right” style=”vc_box_circle_2″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Have you ever cared for someone deeply but felt that care erodes away at everything you might have given them. Deep-seated love gives way to a feeling of enviable annoyance and bitter resentment. Maybe the same things have been said with calm love but suddenly come out in frustrated yelling. Perhaps you have expectations that continually go unmet. Maybe the effort it would take to express your needs was consumed doing ...

Those Fond Memories

Look really closely it's there! The swirling galaxies of your own child's potential, the hand of God is still on the pen.

|A moment of lucidity|Aaron Blakeley

I often sit and remember my son as a baby, one to two years old. Just full of wonder and whimsy. The thing that this does in me surprises me. I can feel my longing to see him. To see his smile again. Maybe to remind him that he is dearly loved. This is not something you have with your foster and adoptive children. You might have some very painful first memories. Like the time ...

I Am On Your Team

If you are afraid will you step forward. If you hate your job will you still do it with your eyes to the Lord. If your child reminds you of the bully you dealt with in middle school.

|A place of great suffering and triumph|Aaron Blakeley

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”602″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] It is very easy to get caught up in an, “us against them mentality” when parenting. Children who have personalities all their own who might be predisposed to grate your own can be wonderful challenges. Recently it was impressed upon me that our circumstance is not our cross to bare rather it is our attitude towards the circumstance. If you are afraid will you step forward. If you hate your job ...

Take It Personally

It is no longer fashionable to be white or male, though the idea that it could have been fashionable in the first place is a wonder.

|A Heart For Children|Aaron Blakeley

Offense is a funny thing. It has crept into every aspect of life. It is no longer fashionable to be white or male, though the idea that it could have been fashionable in the first place is a wonder. So we are offended deeply by many things always demanding that the world conforms to some easy chair style pattern for just one person. Then there are the children of such a society. Broken, hurt and ...

A Strange Mixture

A Strange Mixture

|Fatherhood|Aaron Blakeley

So it is happening, the first set of foster children we have helped are finishing their cases and going home. All have been wonderful kids that I am so thankful came to live with us for a time. Others have been more challenging than others. Out of these lives we have had an astonishing opportunity to touch, comes something new. A mixture of emotions, terribly sad and joyously relieved is a blend I am finding ...

With Small Clinched Fists

Sometimes it will be shown with those small clinched fists, white knuckled and flushed skin. Maybe there will be tears maybe there won't be.

|Children From Hard Places|Aaron Blakeley

One of the things that we often say in our house is “I love all the people here. If you pick on someone I love, then I will have to correct you.” The kids don’t always get this at first. Rage and hurts get dealt out randomly and at the point of pain for these little ones. As a parent what does this look like? Could look like many things. What I see the most ...