My dad has taught me for years that, financially, we should plan as if we’re going to live to be 100 years old. Spiritually and emotionally, however, I would like to assert that we should live as if the world is ending at the stroke of midnight. Because, for some, it just might.
Moses fought Pharaoh. Noah fought the entire world, who ALL thought he was a few peanuts short of a Snickers bar. David fought many, including his mentor and his own children. Job fought sickness, tragic loss, his “friends” and even his own wife. Jesus fought the religious establishment, and then Paul picked up the mantle … Continue reading Who Are You Fighting?
Whether sunshine or rain, many of us struggle with varying degrees of physical and/or emotional chronic pain every moment of our existence. Laughter comes easy one moment, but then before we know it, we find ourselves pasting on that “I’m fine” smile, in an attempt to diminish our agony and not worry others. Sure, some … Continue reading How I Let The Light In
I've been writing a book of testimonies for a few months now, but my writing schedule was thrown off a bit with the holidays, and then the unfortunate passing of my mother-in-law. This week I resumed writing, which is why I haven't posted a blog since last Thursday. Realizing it's been a few days, but … Continue reading While We’re Waiting…
Being brutally honest here, I have days when I simply do not like that fifty-year-old dude staring back at me in the mirror. I'm not as thin as I used to be. I'm not as young as I used to be. The enemy of my soul, as well as my own self-doubts, combine to really … Continue reading God Don’t Make No Junk (i.e. “Loving Yourself”)
I detoxed off of hydrocodone in 2012 and Tramadol in 2017. Even though a former doctor told me I'd "always" be on pain pills, today I'm able to carry on without narcotics, despite chronic pain and having suffered two back surgeries. I'm not saying this to brag, but rather, to make the point that friends … Continue reading Livin’ Free & Lovin’ It
When I was young it seems I inadvertently did everything I could to chase people away. Around the two-year mark of our marriage, my wife left, but then came back, along with my baby girl, out of sheer love for me. It was pure charity; I sure didn't deserve it, but I've worked hard to … Continue reading To The One Who Has Lost Much
I’m sick of this angry world, man. As I’ve written before, I’ve spent so many years in anger, and frankly, it’s exhausting. I’m 50 years old, but feel twice that some days. I’m not even exactly sure where the anger comes from. Neither of my parents are angry people, yet I hear stories about how … Continue reading Chase Away The Shadows, Lord
Short blog today. And all the mega-slow readers like me say: "WOOHOO!" I don’t know about you, but for me, the natural reaction when things go bad is to freak out. “Help!” we cry. “Help, Lord, I’m drowning!” I don't say, "Well, God has helped me in the past, and He'll do it again. Blessed … Continue reading Help For Your Next “Freak-out”
I apologize for not writing much the last couple weeks; my mother-in-law, Linda, passed away a week ago Tuesday. While she was receiving Hospice care (reserved solely for those who are in their last days), she seemed to be getting better. Linda was preparing to go off Hospice and was saving to move into an … Continue reading Best & Worst Things to Say to Someone in Grief