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Hey guys! I am honored that you would take the time to read this blog. I hope that what I have to share will be worth your time. You may ask yourself, "What's up with the title of this blog?" The title Siloam's Pool comes from John 9:7. There was a man who came to Jesus who was born blind. As Jesus and the disciples passed by the man, Jesus used this man's condition to teach an important spiritual lesson to his followers. Jesus affirmed that the man had been born blind in order that God might be honored through this man's life. Then Jesus said in a dramatic statement, "We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (John 9:4-5). He then told the man to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam. The name "Siloam" means "sent." The man went and washed and came back seeing. It is my hope that through this blog, that perhaps someone might see as a result of the truth that is shared here. I will do my best to honor your time. God bless!

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What Potty Training has Taught Me About God
May 14, 2013

                My wife and I have been blessed to have a large family of very active children. We have four children, all five and under. I guess you could say that we decided to put everyone in diapers at the same time so that we could get out of them all at once. With my oldest daughter, we had no problems potty training her. She was the “clean” child. She wanted to make sure that she didn’t sweat and didn’t smell. When it came to going to the potty, she wanted to make sure that she went in the “big girl potty” just like everyone else. In fact, she was such a clean freak that one day she fell out of a toddler swing in the backyard that was about four feet up off the ground. She began wailing and we just knew that she had broken something. When we got to her, she was crying because she had dirt on her hands. Needless to say, she was the easy child to potty train. One down, three to go!

                Enter my son, Nate. Nate is a typical boy. He loves to play in the dirt and eat it too! He loves to run wild and doesn’t care if he stinks or if he has food on his face. He is just having fun with life. I didn’t realize how much of a difference there was between raising boys and girls, until he came along! This could not be truer than when it comes to potty training. We are now in the process of training my third child, who is much like her older sister with a little bit of her brother rubbed off on her. She wants to potty train and do so quickly. But back to Nate!

                Nate has finally graduated to his “big boy undies” and his a potty training champ. However, I thought he would never get there! We wrestled with potty training him for well over a year. We went through so many Pull-ups it about put us out of house and home. He just didn’t want to go. He knew what to do, but he just refused to go in the potty! We tried the Cheerios trick, going off the back porch (use caution with this approach or you will have some interesting church gatherings!), the reward method, and anything else we could think of. We just could not make any progress with him. Everyone kept saying that one day it would click, and they were right! Almost overnight, Nate decided he was a big boy and he was potty trained.

                Through this whole process, God has taught me a lot about making disciples. Yes, you read right! I have learned a spiritual lesson from potty training! The lesson is this: Sometimes when it comes to learning spiritual truths, we are quick to adapt our lives to what God’s Word teaches us. Other times, we are a lot like a stubborn toddler who just won’t potty train. We make a mess of our lives when we fail to follow God’s instructions (sorry to the faint of heart). 

               However, there is hope for everyone! Many people will feel as if they should quit trying when they are pummeled by defeat in their spiritual lives. Perhaps it is an area of temptation that you keep succumbing to. Maybe you are struggling with developing spiritual disciplines in your life like reading the Bible, praying, etc. No matter what your struggle and no matter what you setbacks may be, don’t give up! You can do it! If you hang in there, you will begin to make small strides towards your larger goal. My son didn’t potty train overnight; but he was making progress the whole time, even when we didn’t see it! You may just find that you are growing closer to God than you think! Hang in there and never quit and you CAN accomplish through the power of the Holy Spirit what God wants to do in and through you.

 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us… (Ephesians 3:20)


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