It Always Hurts

For the last few years, I’ve had a recurring heel pain.  It’s years of bad shoes, not enough exercise, too much weight and I’m sure some other things.  It usually comes and stays around for 2 to 3 weeks and then gets better.

I feel so awkward because when it “flares up”, I’m always walking with a limp and the pain is always there.  It really bothers me that people can “SEE” that I’m in pain. 

When our kids were younger, we did everything we could to protect them from ever experiencing pain, loss, wounds or hurt.  Sometimes, it was inevitable.  One of our daughters lost a pregnancy, another cut off the tip of her finger, while another burned the back of her leg with hot cooking grease.  There have been lost relationships, banged up cars, stitches, scars and a host of things that have caused paid, hurt and loss.

In our own lives, we have experienced the loss of family relationship, economic catastrophe, dreams dying, resources being depleted Read More

Harmonious Unity

The psalmist describes the benefits of pursuing unity in our Kingdom relationships.

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!”) Ps 133:1)

A relationship characterized by harmonious unity is extraordinary and excellent.
The result of unity produces a spiritual anointing of blessing and a sense of accepting refreshment.
It’s Family.
It’s the Father’s business.
Different responsibilities.
Same Relationship.
It’s not about us, it’s about Him.
It’s not about differences, it’s about loving deference.
It’s not about uniformity, it’s about unity.
This kind of unity is modeled by the Kingdom, mandated by our King and motivated by kinship.
In building toward unity, it always good to remember that “love covers a multitude sin.”

Love Covers All

A few months ago, all of kids were home, with grandkids for our youngest daughter’s wedding . . . Andrea, Brandon, Bentley & Arrington . . . Alyssa and Jason . . . Amanda, Kenny, Sammy and Aria . . . and Alydia & Mitchell 

Sitting around the dinner table is so different now.  It’s large . . . it’s loud . . . it’s chaotic . . . it’s just good.

Without exception, we find ourselves talking about how the older girls feel the younger girls got away with more “stuff”.   And, everyone thinks Alydia gets away with too much.  Honestly, we love it.

But in the talking there is a lot of seeing.  Read More

Passion & Priority

“I will not enter my house or get into my bed, I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.” (Ps 132:3-5)
David had a passion and priority for the presence of God.  These were reflected by his devotion and determination, leading to a dedication of God’s house among His people.
Today, we are His temple with His abiding Spirit.  May we have a passion and priority to be In His presence.  Let us lead with hearts of single minded devotion and sacrificial determination.