Things I’ve been meaning to share…

It’s been a busy and fun few weeks with all things Prisk, so I wanted to catch up with three quick things…

1. I am blessed times infinity

This past weekend in spending time with my family, it just really made me realize how much I love, respect and appreciate my wife, my children, my daughter-in-laws, my future daughter-in-law Lauren and my grandchildren!

I just enjoy being around them, participating in their antics, seeing their laughter, the joy of the grandkids’ milestones, the unbridled giggles by the babies…

… and it hit me this morning, it’s because all of this communicates life and growth.

I am a blessed man. All of my children know Jesus, are following Jesus and are serving Jesus somewhere.

That right there makes me an incredibly blessed man!

2. Honoring those who sacrificed for us all this Memorial Day

Memorial Day marks the beginning of boating, camping, smelling like bonfires and a more laid back time, but it’s such a privilege to remember what it’s all about – those that gave their life, their all so we can have the freedom to enjoy that campfire and cookout.

It was a great day thanking those that served and reflecting on those who paid the price for our freedom. Before all the activities with my family, some of us from Venture along with many of our neighbors ran the Hartland Memorial Day 5k and 10k race. 4 of us representing Hope Water International medaled in our age divisions. I’m standing here with my friend Bob Winters who along with me, Rick Gordon and Curt Collins placed in the race!

 

It was such a good day to be together and get in some good exercise before indulging in too much food. I love those from Venture who either walked or ran just enjoy doing life together!

3. Mother’s Day Feedback

I was honored to speak this past Mother’s Day at Venture (here in case you missed it). A mother that I respect texted me afterwards about how we can’t give our children everything they desire or everything they want, but every mother can give Jesus to their children. It affects the way they act, love and encourage others.  This is a great reminder to Dads and grandparents too!

We all have a desire to give our kids more than we had, but if we give them a foundation in practical living with Jesus, then guess what? Whatever they do will be built from that foundation. On a daily basis in the way we show our kids love, we can show Jesus!

To that end, I received a lot of questions asking for the prayer I shared for Moms…. here you go! I hope it encourages you!

 

Dear God, none of us had perfect moms. But we honor our moms today on Mother’s Day because you chose them to create each of us.

Lord, for many, Mother’s Day is a difficult day… And so, we ask you to comfort those with heartache today. For those who’ve lost their mothers…comfort them. For moms who’ve lost a child, through miscarriage or through death…comfort them. We pray for our stepmoms who struggle with blending a family. We pray for those who have had a delayed adoption or even a failed adoption and their heart has been broken. Comfort these moms. Comfort those who’ve wanted to be mothers, but it just hasn’t happened. Comfort those who’ve struggled with infertility…. Wrap your arms around these women, dear Lord, and give them your comfort today.
At the same time, you’ve said to rejoice with those who rejoice…So, we celebrate with those who’ve given birth this year to a brand-new baby. We celebrate with those who have adopted children into their home or those who have graciously and warmly welcomed foster kids who need a loving home. Lord, we thank you for our moms in every stage of life. We thank you for the mothers of preschoolers whose work is never finished. We pray for the moms of grade schoolers who play chauffeur and pack lunches and help with homework every day. We thank you for moms who feel both the pride and the ache of now being in the empty nest stage.
On this Mother’s Day, Lord, we commit ourselves to honoring, and to loving, and to protecting the mothers in our lives, and we thank you for the gift of mothers. And we pray your blessing on them today. Amen

 

Thank you for being a friend…

Without volunteers there are so many things that wouldn’t happen. From walks to charities, to the Olympics to something like the Cherry Festival in Traverse City – it takes volunteers for any movement.

At Venture Church we wouldn’t exist with out any of our amazing volunteers who selflessly sacrifice of their time, talents and resources to support our mission, vision and purpose!

 

From our children’s ministry, to Venture Studentz, to our tech team, to those leading life groups, to those who help with parking, to those who clean our facility, to those going on compassion trips and to those ushers and greeters… and so, so, so may more – forgive me if I miss something! You get the idea, it takes so many teams of teams to do church and be the church beyond our walls!

This past Sunday we had a great celebration at Venture for our volunteers, which isn’t something we just do once a year, we love our volunteers as dear friends and something we appreciate on a daily basis.

For those of you who sacrificially share our lives for others when you’re tired and not sure you have enough energy to even put on a smile, like Paul wrote in Philippians:

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God

Thank YOU!

Celebrating Moms

People say that grief never goes away, you never “get over” losing someone important you, but it just lessens.

That’s how I feel about Mother’s Day and thinking about my mom who passed away many years ago. It makes me incredibly sentimental and I’m tearing up right now just reading this.

I thank God for my mom, who was my biggest cheerleader, which didn’t mean she always went along with what I was doing. She gave me a Godly rebuke when I needed it and brought me back into alignment by doing it!

But I always knew she loved me and encouraged me. She believed whatever God called me to do I could do it through Christ who strengthens me. I never made a major decision while she was alive without asking her to pray. It seemed to me like she had a real hotline to heaven through her personal relationship with Christ.

I owe a majority of who I am to my mom. She was always in the stands at swim meets, she was always on the sidelines at ball games, she was always there to hear me speak when I was just beginning.

Thanks Mom for showing me Jesus because I know you’re with Jesus and I’ll see you again!

But until God calls me home I’ll  keep telling people about Jesus because you showed me and you lived for Him.

To all of you who may have lost a mom, a child and suffered through an unspeakable loss. to those who can’t have children or even who don’t have a good relationship with their moms, I pray for peace and comfort for you during this time too.

Mother’s Day can be an emotional day depending on where you’re at. But every one of us has someone a mother figure who has gone the second mile for us. Don’t use only “the day” to thank her. Find ways to regularly thank that her, love on her and appreciate her. Somewhere there’s a women in your life who needs to be encouraged.