Reflections and Challenges

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So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, 
since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

A Thanksgiving Exercise

Last night in a conversation with my teacher daughter (Wow! Age slips on by) we discussed some exercises in thankfulness. I was reminded that the official proclamation for the US to designate and celebrate Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday came during the Civil War. In a time of great loss and suffering there areContinue reading “A Thanksgiving Exercise”

Changing Diapers

October has 31 days. At an average of 8 diapers a day that’s 248 diapers or about $65 at Sams. Thankfully there are wonderful daycare caregivers who can help change so many of those. 31 nights. Over those 31 days a child might wake up on average 3 times a night. That’s 93 times thatContinue reading “Changing Diapers”

Uncomfortable

We’ve all been there. Family. Friends. Circumstances. Places we’ve been.  Someone says something. Asks a question. Says something that you know will provoke others. And we start to shift a little in our seat.  Someone is wearing something; a rival team’s shirt, a slogan that is provocative, or something out of place. Something that justContinue reading “Uncomfortable”

A Sunday Prayer

Almighty God; you are holy. You are separate, apart from us. You are not tainted by our self-centeredness, our self-promotion, and our self-amusement. Yet, you seek us. You seek to join yourself to us. As we gather today it is our acknowledgement that we need your presence and your provision. You want and walked inContinue reading “A Sunday Prayer”

Jesus’ Faith

Luke 4:1-13, James 2:18-19 God is present. God is enough. For just a few moments let’s consider both of those phrases as we think of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness. In Matthew 4, Mark 1, and Luke 4, we are told of Jesus going to the wilderness alone following his baptism by John. At theContinue reading “Jesus’ Faith”

Traveling Light

Reading through the Gospel of Luke we come upon a story that we’re not quite sure why it exists; the story of Jesus not traveling with his parents and at the age of 12 staying behind in Jerusalem and being found three days later sitting in the Temple courtyard conversing with the religious leaders. DidContinue reading “Traveling Light”

Retracing Steps

So I did a thing the other day. I lost my wedding band. Yes, one of those things. The frustrating reality was that although I knew where I had lost my wedding band I was unable to find it, no matter how hard I searched. Let me walk you through how things happened – yes,Continue reading “Retracing Steps”

Time and Introspection

  Monday for our family this week was grocery shopping day. Christy and I met up at Kroger during our lunch break to fill a cart to help keep our children fed. As is normally the case, when I put the groceries away I found opened boxes of different items that had been abandoned overContinue reading “Time and Introspection”

My Missing Ingredient

Now, if you have been around me lately, and you see the glass of tea above, you will assume that the missing ingredient is sugar. You would be correct, partially. There’s a little more to the story. For the last year a glass of sweetened tea has not been consumed by myself. Realizing that IContinue reading “My Missing Ingredient”

Let it Fall: A Prayer

Over the last few years my understanding of prayer has grown and I want to share a quick thought. A piece, you will, of my understanding. Having grown up a Baptist I had only primarily been exposed to spontaneity in prayer or extemporaneous prayer. Unrehearsed, off the top of the head, or from the bottomContinue reading “Let it Fall: A Prayer”

Unmoored

Originally posted September 2018 I feel like a part of my childhood has ended today. When I was born, I had three living grandparents. They all passed away before I exited my preteen years. My mother’s grandmother, Geya, passed away before I reached 10 years of age. I don’t have many memories of her, butContinue reading “Unmoored”

Florida State’s Egg

I owe an apology to high school football all over this great country. During the torrid streak of nobody-knowing-anything-and-looking-generally-confused which was FSU football on Monday night, I had the following exchange on twitter. I’m sorry. That was insulting. FSU looked like an ill-prepared youth football team where they have played against an imaginary defense andContinue reading “Florida State’s Egg”

Condemnation

Condemnation feels good. Going off. Putting someone on blast. It makes us feel complete – even if it’s only for a moment. Pointing out the faults and inconsistencies of others is much more fun than questioning our own motives and behaviors. Many times when we point out these areas that we see as inconsistencies weContinue reading “Condemnation”

Approval

I don’t do a lot of reflecting on my childhood. I’m not saying that is a positive or negative, I just don’t. If I press myself I can remember things but as a general rule I don’t experience waves of nostalgia. Side note – a can of Sunkist gets me every time. I can almostContinue reading “Approval”

Wait A Few

It seems like we just can’t help ourselves. Recently, I was attending a conference which was attended by church staff members. Christy and I sat at breakfast the morning after Trump had announced that he was going to meet with the Dictator of North Korea. The gentleman behind me, who also happened to sit atContinue reading “Wait A Few”

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