252018Sep
Hiding in Plain View

Hiding in Plain View

I’ve written quite a bit about hiding our true selves from others. I do it for several reasons. One of those reasons is how hiddenness prevents us from enjoying and getting close to each other. A sinister thing about hiding is that you can do it in plain view of others. We can go to…

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182018Sep
What Am I Missing While I Wait?

What Am I Missing While I Wait?

Last week Hurricane Florence made an impactful entry into the Carolinas. All week Hurricane Florence occupied our televisions, radio, conversations and mind. I kept waiting for the storm. I felt paralyzed and like I could not do anything else but wait for the storm to get here. I was getting frustrated and anxious as I…

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112018Sep
When God Doesn’t Stop the Lightning

When God Doesn’t Stop the Lightning

A few weeks ago, while engaged in conversation that included a close friend of ours (my wife and I), this friend told a brief story that has stuck with me ever since. She, a mother of two, told about how her daughter often runs to her room during the night when there is a thunderstorm….

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42018Sep
Just Being Me

Just Being Me

I still get surprised by God’s loving grace and mercy.  I work hard to get things “right” and when I take time to actually slow down and think I’m reminded of how simple experiencing life really is.  I know you’re thinking, “Simple!  I’m drowning every day and can’t seem to catch up!”  Simple is not…

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282018Aug
Have Your Way

Have Your Way

“For ‘All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.’ And this word is the good news that was preached to you.” (1 Peter 1:24, ESV) Grass and flowers eventually die. Even the most beautiful…

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212018Aug
The Labels That Break Our Hearts

The Labels That Break Our Hearts

Labels describe what we do but we tend to use them to define who we are.  How would you describe yourself?  Most of us would say we are a mother or father, husband or wife, nurse, teacher, etc.  We label things to define them.  Giving things a label gives it a purpose.  We do not…

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142018Aug
Ready to Be Wrong

Ready to Be Wrong

The other day I was in a funk. I had been for a few days. The frustration and feelings of hopelessness were taking over. It was like a snow ball going downhill, growing and growing. Then, all of a sudden I was confronted by someone, and I didn’t like it. Being ready to be wrong…

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72018Aug
But why?

But why?

Don’t you just love it when you tell your child to do something and they say “But why?”  Sometimes that is a question we just dread hearing.  Sometimes, it is a question we eagerly ask.  And sometimes, it is a question we avoid asking. “But why?” can come from a place of manipulation or curiosity…

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312018Jul
Take a Look at Yourself

Take a Look at Yourself

This morning, I got ready for work and then went to where Melissa was to ask her a question. I was in a good mood. Well, I was trying to be. After getting a response, she asked me for my insight on another subject. She was struggling with a task she was working on. She…

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242018Jul
Knowing, Believing, Trusting

Knowing, Believing, Trusting

Do you ever feel like you study God’s word but it does not change anything?  I do.  Sometimes I even feel cheated.  Other times I just beat myself up because I feel like I am obviously not studying enough or correctly.  I am realizing that knowing things and experiencing things are different. Jesus said “You…

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