When I was in my early 20s I worked "night maintenance" (which was a fancy term for "janitor") in the headquarters building of a major Pentecostal denomination. My wife, Laura, and I were having marital problems, and I thought we were headed for divorce. The thought of her beautiful face, along with my precious baby … Continue reading You Can’t Give Up — Not Today
I went to see the new Thor movie with my family last week. We were about 20 minutes into it when I realized my 4-year-old grandson, Joshua, was way too hyper to remain still and quiet for another two hours, so I decided to take him home and let him run it out. Joshy loved the … Continue reading Life: It’s Not All About You
My granddaughter, Miss Jenna-Marie, was born last week. She’s the spitting image of her mama (my daughter, Jess), and her brother, Joshua, which brought on all kinds of “circle of life” feelings on my part. Fueling these cyclical thoughts was my wife’s aunt passing away a few days before my grandchild was born. So it … Continue reading God Takes Delight In You
With billions and billions of people on the planet, it’s so easy to feel lost and alone. We may shuffle by dozens, even hundreds of people a day, and yet we take no notice of each other. I remember when I would find an ant hill as a kid. I just loved knocking it over … Continue reading We Are God’s Poetry
My son and I went to Europe for his senior class trip and ran across this amazing art at a church in Oxford: Note the priest on his knees to the right, praying for the soul of the person in the middle. On the left is a demon. Some have said the person in the … Continue reading Angels and Demons
While I still have symptoms such as a splitting headache and dizziness from coming off prescription pain pills (I'm on my 6th day; see previous blogs), I'm tired of writing about it for now. Every day it seems the same words bounce around my head "like a beach ball at a Nickelback concert," as they … Continue reading To The Battle-weary
If you've read the last couple of blogs, you'll know I decided to quit taking prescription pain medication for my chronic pain. As of right now I haven't had a narcotic since last Wednesday, which means I'm on my 5th day. It's been a struggle, and I still have symptoms (and will for a while, … Continue reading Pain Med Addiction Recovery – Day 5 (aka “That Ever Elusive Tunnel-end Light”)
I can feel the prayers of my friends and family who promised to pray for me during these rough few days. Ya see, I've taken some type of prescribed pain pill for over 20 years. My son is 18, and he's never known me to not be taking one narcotic or another for the chronic … Continue reading Pain Med Addiction Recovery – Early, Day Three
I am a day-and-a-half into my recovery from a two-decade-long dependency on prescription pain medication. I've come too far to turn back now. I cannot go back...
Don’t stay dormant and stew in your midnight-haunting regret. It is imperative you move on. Take a lesson from our family motto (of which my daughter and I both have tattoos): "No fear of the future, no regrets of the past."