What Happened To Being Friendly?

Good morning.  I want to share something I learned from God's classroom at the beach.  Yesterday the Holy Spirit excitedly whispered in my ear, "Did you notice that?"  And I replied, "Well, yes I did!  It's wonderful that personal smiled and said to me 'Good morning!'  You don't see much of that in the ordinary [...]

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Learning From The Tide

So far this has been a great Spiritual Summer Retreat.  Some may call it a vacation, but for me, it's been a time of refocusing on God in my life.  Some of the things that have happened to me this year have been, well, challenging.  Truthfully, I let some of those things get the best [...]

A Lesson From The Pelicans!

God is a Great Teacher; the best ever.  I say this because He uses so many "styles" and "ways" of teaching the lessons we need in order to be equipped to live life the way it's designed, by Him, to be lived.  In my journey, He has used our children, grandchildren, TV commercials, billboards, signs, [...]

Was Shakespeare Right?

I'm referring to Juliet's sadness of heart when she said, "What's in a name?  That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."  I know it's a romantic tragedy play, but today I would engage those famous words in another context.  I would write it this way:  "What's in a [...]

No Runs, No Drips, No Errors Attitude

Last week I was thinking about all the places I've lived.  In my Tribe, most churches provide the pastor with a home.  We call it a "parsonage".  Most churches seem to have the attitude, "It's just the preacher's home.  It doesn't need much upkeep."  And it seems to me that some of my colleagues have [...]

The Times, They Be A Changing

Well, good morning y'all.  Hey, I'm from the south.  Arnold was truthful when he said: Our new home is set up, well, sorta set up.  Nearly a month into this new journey, and I'm finally able to sit down and do what I enjoy and is my personal therapy:  writing!  Truth is, I've been putting [...]

A Moving Journal-Day 10

Well, the day has arrived.  Usually I'm sharing this at the end of the day--but at the end of this day....well, I might be a bit too tired to write.  But already this morning I have learned "another" lesson.  What is it?  Glad you asked! Sometimes, many times, it's not that we need God to [...]

A Moving Journal-Day 9

Well, yesterday didn't end like I had planned it.  I even forgot to publish Day 8 until this morning.  Everything was supposed to be finished with just our dirty clothes, bedding and toiletries to pack.  This morning was supposed to be a "chilling-out" day.  Well, you know what they say, the best laid plans of mice [...]

A Moving Journal-Day 8

  Day 1 of clean-up.  Another trip to our local storage unit for "stuff" we're not moving.  My son and my best friend came to help.  Loaded up my personal pick-up.  And another trip to the local thrift store.  As I was unloading our "actually good condition stuff" I noticed something.  And then I remembered [...]

A Moving Journal-Day 7

Got up this morning, went out to the garage. walked into the utility room, and to my horror (deep horror--Stephen King kind of horror) there was still some things to pack.  And then there was those boxes we are opened after taping up that had to be re-taped.  Oh, my tool chest wasn't properly prepared [...]

A Moving Journal-Day 6

Tomorrow the moving truck and crew arrive.  Well, no more trips to the curb.  This morning was pick-up day, and managed to get it all out there with 15 minutes to spare.  Timing is everything as they say.  Packed some more.  The Moving Supervisor, that's my wife, informed me that I needed to take some [...]

A Moving Journal-Day 5

  Welcome to Jeopardy, Randy.  "Thanks, Alex, I'll take Chaos and Stress for $1,000."  And the answer is:  "This picture is what it feels like." Yes, Randy:  "What is the feeling you have when the moving truck will be here in 2 days?"  Correct! Well, today started like usual.  Packing some more, taking some more [...]