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A little bit of Saturday randomness and ramblings…

I can’t believe Christmas is in 4 days. Someone asked me today what I’m getting for my wife and I said, I’ll think about that after I get through Christmas Eve. Hah! Guess that won’t work.

I really LOVED this post by Perry Noble about the Church. He’s so right on and I couldn’t agree more.

I always have great hope for the future, but I’m kind of sad today. It just really breaks my heart when christians are so awful to each other. IMG_3277

I know this is really selfish, but I need chairs in my office for people to sit in and I really like this one.

I gathered together with a group of people at 7am this morning to pray for Thrive Church.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? I still can’t believe people would get out of bed to pray outside in the cold weather! So awesome!

My wife continually blows me away. She serves and serves and serves!

I love how much my kids love their church.

I’ve been praying for tomorrow at Thrive all year. Desperately praying God moves in the lives and hearts of everyone who gathers together!

 

A dad, a son and a grandson…One of my favorite moments ever at Thrive

Yesterday was an awesome day. IMG_3302

There was a moment at Thrive that was very special.

I asked my 12 year son, Bobby, and my dad, Bob, to come up and each pray for the Christmas Offering. 

I can’t even begin to tell you the joy I have about serving together in ministry with my family.

My wife loves our Church. My 14, 12, 10 and 6 year old love our church. My parents love our church.

Now, my kids may not always love it. I know that is a very real reality.

But, for the time being, I love my that family serves together at Thrive Church.

My dad is one of our humblest volunteers. You will never hear him complain. His body aches, his back hurts, he knees are bad. And yet, he’s at the church every Sunday morning at 7am to unload and set up church.

One of the things that I will never take for granted is that my childhood was rooted in God. I am so thankful that my parents talked about God, studied God, taught me to pray, taught me to serve and now do the same with their grand kids.

It’s just awesome.

And, to know that my kids get to witness their grand parents help build our church together, yeah, that’s just an honor.

A dream a long time ago

When Bobby was born, it was awesome. To be able to introduce Bobby Raitz to Bob Raitz was a life highlight! Well, not long after that, one of the ladies at our church told me she had a dream about my family.

Honestly, I was a bit skeptical. She told me in her dream she saw my dad teaching dozens of kids. Ok, that part made sense because my dad was my youth pastor. She went on to tell me that saw me teaching hundreds. Ok, again that part made sense. I was a youth pastor and I had been traveling and teaching at camps and retreats.

Then she said…she saw my son teaching thousands.

Wow. I still don’t know what to think about it. But, I will tell you this. I will support whatever path of life any of my kids feels is the one God is calling them too.

But, if God calls them to ministry, man, that would be awesome!

So proud to be Bob Raitz’s son and so proud to be Bobby Raitz’s dad.

A little bit of Saturday randomness and ramblings…

A little bit of randomness and ramblings…

1. It kind of makes me sad when people unlike Thrive Church’s Facebook page. Probably shouldn’t. Don’t know why it does. But, really, who does that?

2. Somebody asked me today why I take a prayer walk around Celebration Cinema every week. Because I’ve read Circle Maker a dozen times. If you haven’t read it, buy this book and get ready!circle

3. Someone just messaged me and told me that for the first time in their life they are excited to be a part of a Church.

Yeah, that’s amazing and so humbling!

4. One of my favorite things to do is go to the movies. I just realized that I haven’t been to a movie in months and months. That’s a first.

5. I really can’t wait for tomorrow! I love Sunday!

Ok, there is your Saturday’s dose of randomness and ramblings!

 

What I want for Christmas…Low Protein food for Zach & Madie

In the last week, a few people have asked me what I wanted for Christmas. IMG_1651

That’s really an easy question. I personally don’t need anything. I personally don’t want anything. Ok, that’s not true. But, there’s nothing I really need.

I would like Santa to bring Low Protein food for Zach and Madie to the Raitz house this year. 

That’s it. Easy. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a little background.

Two of our 4 kids have Classic PKU. If you haven’t ever heard of it, check out the video below. The mom in this video is great and nails what its like to have PKU and what PKU is all about.

In this video, the mom talks about the costly food for PKU’ers. That’s really one of the toughest parts of having two kids with PKU. Low Protein food is ridiculously expensive. And, for some reason, the government hasn’t mandated insurance companies to reimburse the cost of this special food. It’s actually really frustrating, but that will be another post.

BUT…we are so blessed to live in a state that provides medical formula for our kids. Someday we will have to start paying a portion, but right now its free. A HUGE BLESSING. Why? Because they need that formula to be healthy! And, it’s crazy expensive!

Back to the food. You and I pay what for a loaf of bread? 2 bucks? 3 bucks? Low Protein bread costs $12.99 a loaf and you have to have it cold shipped which is a little bit of cost as well. We could spend $500 and get 20 or so items and those wouldn’t last too long. Especially with a son about to head into the pre teen years.

So, that’s what I want.

I know, it’s selfish, but I was asked!! Hahah

What do you say Santa, can you bring Zach and Madie some of their favorite Low Protein foods?

 

Help us Create an Amazing Environment for One Youth

Last week I posted Thrive’s Wish List. Yes, it’s a bit ambitious!IMG_3254

But, God is big and we have HUGE dreams for Thrive Church.

One of Thrive’s core values is to create amazing environments for kids, students and adults. And, in a ridiculously awesome way, we’ve been blessed with an amazing space to do just that for middle and high school students.

Seriously, we have BIG TIME BLESSED! 

This Sunday, December 14th, is Thrive’s annual Christmas Offering and this year’s offering is going towards providing resources for kids and youth. Both at our church and for local and global organizations!

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Part of the offering goes towards filling this room with the necessary tools to make it a GREAT environment for students.

We will be able to include these couches from IKEA.

These are great couches! They’re durable. They hold up well and they’re not old-nasty couches.

We will also be able to purchase a sound system up that our youth band can use and a bunch of other great items for our youth.

Would you help us?

Would you give towards this special Christmas offering and help create a great environment for students?

If you would like to help, you can give by pushing this button.

Thanks for considering!

 

A morning with my Zach

A typical Saturday morning for me goes like this…I get up around 6am, I head to Celebration Cinemas in Mt Pleasant and I takeIMG_3194 a prayer walk around the theater.

Then, I head to the office and I finish preparing for Sunday at Thrive. I’m there as long as it takes me and then I head home and hang with my family!

Well, last Friday night we had our staff Christmas party and we got home pretty late. Needless to say, it was an amazing night of laugher and fun!

I forgot my phone in the van. That meant that I didn’t sent an alarm. Well, I slept in till 7:50am! I can’t remember the last time that happened!

As I was getting ready, Zach said ‘Dad, can I go to work with you?’ I went to say no, and then thought, why am I saying no? I explained that he would have to hang out in my mom’s office on the computer and he loved it!

We went to the theater and we did the prayer walk together. I told him to put on some worship music and IMG_3198talk to God. I did the same thing. It was awesome!

On our drive to the office, we talked about a ton of stuff.

It was the coolest time ever! 

We talked about school. Who his best friends are? Why are they his best friends? We talked about his PKU and how he’s doing with that.

Then, we talked about Church. Gosh, this kid loves our Church and of course I love that.

Here’s what amazing…I almost missed it! 

It’s not all the time I can bring my kids to work and still get done what I need too, but last Saturday was a day that I could and my first reaction was to say no.

I’m so glad I took a moment and rethought that.

I know the older my kids get, I’m gonna have fewer and fewer of these moments and I have to take advantage of single one now.

I loved my morning my Zach and I looked forward to many more!

Do I really Trust God?

A few weeks ago, I read a verse in my quiet time that hit me like a ton of bricks. And actually, it is still messing with me!

I’ve read it before, many times actually. I’ve highlighted, underlined and circled it. It’s a short, but extremely powerful verse!

“In you, Lord my God, I put my trust”

~Psalm 25:1

After I read it, I just kept asking myself…

Do I really trust God?

It’s a big question with an even bigger answer.
I immediately starting taking stock of if I trust Him in all areas of my life.
  • Do I trust Him with my finances?
  • Do I trust Him with my health?
  • Do I trust Him with my family?
  • Do I trust Him with my Church?
  • Do I trust Him?

This is a GREAT and SIMPLE but POWERFUL verse that really cuts to the heart of my relationship with God.