Last night was our first meeting here at Watson Homestead in Painted Post, NY for the Southern Tier Youth Baptist Association’s annual Winter Retreat. Aside from two breaks, Jennifer and I have been coming to lead worship and speak for about nine years.

I was younger then, and had no kids. But this time around we decided we’d make it a family getaway. And I’m loving it.

Camping out in the same hotel room.

Eating meals in the cafeteria together.

Worshipping together.

And even ministering to people together.

Last night Eva and Luik had no problem jumping into the fray and praying for some teens during a time of altar-ministry. As their dad I was so encouraged.

Many times we see what we want to become “one day,” but often don’t take practical steps toward it. My kids’ prayers may not have been the most intellectually sound prayers, but they were sincere.

Our sincere attempts mean more to shaping our future than our wishful thinking.

Don’t just dream about what you want to become, ask God for the next step and be faithful to engage in that process with a bold and humble heart.

Sleeves up! ch:


Beth · 18 Feb ’12 at 10:43 am

I will never forget the time Eva & Luik asked me to pray over them and with in minutes they were praying over me. The touch of those little hands were a touch of God’s love. So precious. Love them and their precious hearts.

    Christopher Hopper · 18 Feb ’12 at 2:22 pm

    Agreed! They are remarkable. May those that are touched by their ministry be massive!

gabe · 18 Feb ’12 at 11:59 am

wow, that’s awesome.

Christian Fahey · 18 Feb ’12 at 6:51 pm

This is fantastic, Christopher. The pic says it all. “Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings You have ordained praise.” Have fun!

    Christopher Hopper · 19 Feb ’12 at 8:29 am

    Thanks Christian. It was a very cool moment, and – as I’m about to write – a very cool weekend. God is faithful.

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