DJ Gorena

Life as I see it

Month: March, 2013


Every morning, after waking up, my two sons and me will sit at the kitchen table and eat breakfast. We generally sit silently until the gummy bear vitamins we take kick in (yes…I did say “we” take them!). Usually the morning conversation goes something like this:

Gio: Daaadee! Blah blah blah blah blah blah.

Me: Yes, I do agree that the economy is really bad for a lot of people. But what can we do?

Gio: Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

Elijah: Daaaad! That’s not what Gio said.

Me: How do you know?

Elijah: Because he’s my brother.

Gio: Blah blah blah blah blah blah.

Me: See, Elijah! I told you that’s not what he meant.

Gio: Yeah!

Me: So anyways, Gio, in addition to that we need to really consider what type of career you’re planning on having.

Gio: Huh?!?

Me: Yes…we need to know right away that way I can make plans on how you’re going to take care of me in my old age.

Elijah: Daaaaad! You’re not going get old!

Me: That’s not what my doctor says.

Elijah: Dad, you’re still going to have to play football with me so you can’t get old.

Me: Okay. But what if I can’t help it?

Gio: Blah blah blah blah blah blah. Noooooo!

That’s our morning conversation. It’s one of the best conversations of my day. To sit with these two Sons of mine is a treat in itself. But to hear them call me “Dad”, “Daddy”, “Daaaad” is even more special. What a wonderful gift adoption is! See what Paul the apostle says about this:

Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” (Galatians 4:6)

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15)

It’s great to know that we can call God our Father.


Sunday Review, March 24, 2013

Sunday morning was great! Hebrews 6:9-20 was our text and the writer was pushing believers in Jesus Christ to grab onto a full assurance of their faith. This faith is something that is different from the ones who have fallen away from the faith. This is a growing faith, a faith that is resting not on self but on the Savior. (You can listen to the message by clicking here!)

Exodus 16 filled our Sunday evening service. The people murmured against God (not Moses which is made very evident in the passage). Although the people murmured against God, He continued to provide for them while they were in the wilderness. This is a great chapter to read and study as it speaks to us even today. (You can listen to the message by clicking here!)


A couple of years ago I decided to till up my yard. There were dips here and there and water would stand in different parts of my yard when it rained. After tilling it I used the tractor to level it out and to kind of shape my yard so water would flow correctly to the creek bed at the back of the yard. I thought it was a great thing! After all, when I first moved into this house nearly eight years ago the yard was full of weeds. Now it’s full of Bermuda grass. It’s not “golf course” perfect, but the grass has grown very well all over the yard.

Although I enjoy having grass, I really don’t like it.

You: Why don’t you like it?

Me: Because every time I mow the yard I end up with a migraine.

Wife: You need to see an allergist.

Me: I’ve never had allergies before. I think it’s just due to the weather around here.

You: And why would you say that?

Wife: Yeah! Why would you say that?

Me: Because it gets so hot during the mowing season that maybe I’ve not had enough water or Gatorade.

Wife: You need to see an allergist.

Me: Yeah, yeah! I hear you talking!

You: I think you are allergic to grass.

Me: Grass? Are you kidding me? That’s ludicrous! I’ve never been allergic to grass.

Doctor: Apparently your biggest allergy is to Bermuda grass.

Me: Beautiful…simply beautiful.

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