Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30But when he SAW THE WIND, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” The movie “Pretty Woman” opens with a guy walking around the streets yelling “Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream?”. We all have dreams and visions of what we will be “when we grow up”. For some there is a calling on our life that is crystal clear as … Continue reading “Saw The Wind”
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30But when he SAW THE WIND, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” The movie “Pretty Woman” opens with a guy walking around the streets yelling “Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream?”. We all have dreams and visions of what we will be “when we grow up”. For some there is a calling on our life that is crystal clear as … Continue reading "Saw The Wind"
Today I sat with a friend. Today I was blessed with an opportunity to love on a friend that means much to me. Today God gave me a few hours to know what Casting Crowns meant when they said to “Love him like Jesus.” While we don’t have the answers to all of the questions, there is something so beautiful in the time with my dear friend. Today is teaching us something. Today I know his deepest desire in this journey is to bring God glory. Today I can be just one of the many to testify that he has. Today was … Continue reading Today
I sit here this evening with no words. All day I have pondered, prayed and tried to wrap my finite mind around the ways and wonders of an infinite God. My friends, I don’t have the words. I wish I could be a source of encouragement to you today, particularly those of us that are working through the emotions, thoughts and feelings for our dear friend and his family. What I have come to is this…God is still on his throne. One of my favorite moments of the day and this life is when my children climb up in my … Continue reading No Words
There was one other quote that I had to commit to memory from the book “The Difference A Father Makes” by Ed Tandy McGlasson. When I read it, it practically jumped out off of the page and tapped me one the shoulder. I think it hit a fear that many of us have as parents. As my son has gotten older and we can communicate further why we do things like discipline, I have taken a new approach. I have recently let him on to the secret that “this is my first time at this too” and “I’ve never been … Continue reading The Foundation
Strange day for me today. When the calendar page turned to the 6th of October, my first born turned 8 years old. Not only is he our first born child, but he is my only son. I honestly cannot remember … Continue reading Arms Wide Open
“My heart’s so low, I’m so much to manage. I think you should know that I’ve been damaged” – TLC I once read the book “To Own a Dragon” by Donald Miller. I really like Donald Miller’s writing. In this book, he told stories of portions of his life that left him “damaged”. I have to admit that I am damaged too. I would also admit that in the course of my life, I’ve done plenty of damage. What is dangerous is there are times when I will re-visit those “damaged” times in my memory. It’s even more dangerous when … Continue reading Damaged
The kids and I watched “Meet The Robinson’s” the other night. I have this weird knack when watching films of picking up the soundtrack music and how it relates to the film. I have no idea how popular this song was, or if it even made it to radio, but it is rich. At the end of the movie a song called “Little Wonders” by Rob Thomas played. The lyrics struck me. I won’t mess up the truth in the words by trying to put context around it. They pretty much say it all.Thank the Lord for “these small hours”. … Continue reading These Small Hours
I post this for a friend that I was emailing with today. May it bless and inspire you my friend. May it bless and inspire us all to seize opportunities. There is much work to be done…. “From the moment of our birth To the moment of our death There’s a dash in between And the value of our lives Will be defined by what’s found in the dash.” -Erwin McManus Continue reading In The Dash
A few weeks ago the family and I were on a road trip. The 80’s station on Sirius radio was the music of the moment and prompted the following discussion: Me: “with a thrill in my head and a pill on my tongue” what do you think he meant by that? (Through the radio comes the exact lyric I just quoted) Heather: “You’re a freak”. You see I have this sickness. Some people can memorize scripture. Others know history. I have this crazy ability to remember lyrics. Particularly from the 80’s. I can’t tell you what a congruent triangle is … Continue reading True
One of the curses blessings of a blog is that people (some you don’t even know) get a glimpse into your life. Depending on your level of disclosure, it can all be out there for the entire world (literally) to see. I sit here today wishing I could type the entire Charlotte story and the overwhelming peace which God has given us. I wish I could tell you about every single thing along the journey that has directed our decision and every doubt that has been answered. The truth is that the post would be VERY long. You might be … Continue reading What About Now?
“There’s times I’d rather kill you then listen to your honesty, but you’ve always been a friend to me” – Garth Brooks You gotta love when you surround yourself with “truth tellers”. I made a commitment long ago to run everything in the discernment process through God, family and close friends. The catch was that I would not keep calling people until SOMEONE finally agreed with my point of view. Each persons input must be considered. Today I spoke with 3 of my “truth tellers” and their responses reminded me why they are in my band of brothers. All three … Continue reading A Friend To Me
I once had a friend that would say he was “waiting for a sign” before he would believe or have faith. He once told me this as we sat in his lovely home surrounded by comfort. I looked at his children as they were happy, healthy and playing. I thought about his wife and how they had a happy marriage. I thought about how they were both employed with great jobs and comfortable incomes. As we left their home, I noticed the 2 new cars in the garage. I couldn’t help but think to myself…”what other sign do you need”. … Continue reading Waiting for Lightning
I need to be arrested. I have been stealing. Not only have I been stealing, but I have been letting others steal my joy. It’s no ones fault but my own. I can identify it, I just don’t seem to be able to do anything about it. So much of it is just the way I am wired. For as long as I can remember I have approached everything in life “beginning with the end in mind”. Not only do I go directly to the end, I usually ask “what is the worst thing that can happen”? I am a … Continue reading Call the Cops!
What a weekend. The family and I left on Friday afternoon to head to our hometown of Bedford, Ohio for the wedding of Heather’s youngest sister. “My Girls”, “The Boy” and Heather were all in the wedding so it was an exciting time for everyone. There is always a part of me that still loves going “home” to where my roots are planted. While the condition of my old hometown is not what I remembered it to be, one thing is for sure…the people never change. You really can go home. One take away from this weekend is that no … Continue reading Who Says You Can’t Go Home?
What a weekend. The family and I left on Friday afternoon to head to our hometown of Bedford, Ohio for the wedding of Heather’s youngest sister. “My Girls”, “The Boy” and Heather were all in the wedding so it was an exciting time for everyone. There is always a part of me that still loves going “home” to where my roots are planted. While the condition of my old hometown is not what I remembered it to be, one thing is for sure…the people never change. You really can go home. One take away from this weekend is that no … Continue reading Who Says You Can't Go Home?
Saturday marks 11 years since my wife Heather and I said “I Do”. It’s been quite a ride. We are going to celebrate the 11 years by taking part in another wedding. Heather’s sister is getting married on Saturday and she and the kids all have a part in the ceremony. What a better way to celebrate 11 great years than to be there as a wonderful couple begins their journey as well. The post below was written several years ago, but I keep posting it every year as a tradition. Happy Anniversary to my wife. You are the grace … Continue reading Anniversary Tradition
“Whatever comes our way, whatever battle we have raging inside us, we always have a choice. It’s the choices that make us who we are, and we can always choose to do what’s right.” – Peter Parker from Spiderman 3 Continue reading Spidey Wisdom
With only 4 days left in the school year, I scheduled to have lunch with “the boy” at school today. He enjoys having me come in (I think it’s the fast food I bring) and I enjoy stepping into his world for 30 minutes. I get the opportunity to observe his circles of influence and see what the other kids at his school are like. I took the opportunity today to ask about several people in the cafeteria. One of the men I inquired about was the guy in charge of keeping the cafeteria and lunch hour running like a … Continue reading Loose Lips
Chris Rice once sang that “Every day is a bank account and time is our currency“. One of my best friends sent me the calculator below that puts much of that in perspective. Check it out for yourself. Here is more than you ever wanted to know about me. “Life Means So Much” by Chris Rice Make your own (HERE) Continue reading Life Means So Much