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on Bright and Loud

I am sitting in my office writing about my morning – where my heart is – and where I see God working…. my laptop sitting on my desk open with the screen “full blast bright”. Trying to ignore the glaring bright screen I write a bit more… then I turn to the next page in… Read more »

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What is your favorite sound?

  What is your favorite sound?   I recently asked this – it was a topic of discussion for meals, texts, twitter, facebook and even our neighborhood.   Some of the responses : thunder, an orchestra tuning before a concert, rain, various (specific) bird calls, silence (which I argue is not a sound), the net… Read more »

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freedom

Today marks the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, a day I still can’t fully understand or wrap my mind around, a day that is a symbol of freedom.  Freedom. How lovely. Do you know what that means? Do your kids know what that means? No joke, the frog never moved again.   Recently, my husband returned… Read more »

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Be Their John, Not Their Jesus

    As our middle two children, one after another, chose to run down a path of selfishness, rage, anger, tirades, and fits, I was becoming overwhelmed! Now add to that, a five month-old, who for whatever reason, decided that today would be a good day for an unsettled schedule (cue the crying!) AND the… Read more »

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polished logistics | unmerited grace

I appreciate smooth, polished logistics. I also value raw unmerited grace.  It might seem unnatural but I see them in a powerful relationship.   Who doesn’t appreciate grace extended in their direction – we all need it.  And if you think about it even the most unmannerly person is, in one form, asking grace be… Read more »

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Introducing: At The Speed of Family

There is a phrase that I’ve found explains the rate at which we find ourselves moving through life… “At the speed of family” I believe there are others that feel this way… family life is speedy. My wife, Lesley, and I are hoping to encourage others that find themselves in this same season. Please! If… Read more »

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where we stand as a family.

The house is quiet – other than the ticking of clocks and the typing of this blog. But I hear things like: “can you really do this (parent 4 boys)” or “how are you going to love your wife tomorrow (you could have done better)” or “did you really love her today how she needed”… Read more »

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a bigger water source

My wife told me about a situation that played out in our backyard the other day with two of our boys.  We talked about many of the spiritual applications… and it was too funny, and too much of a reality for some of us, not to share.    So here goes: The temperature in the… Read more »

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Morning Psalm

I awake – to your heart yet beating for me. to your name being sung by creation. To your rivers flowing, living water, running to the the least of these. let them meander to my feet let me wade in that water that I would stand and say: Praise to the One who reigns All glory… Read more »

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the moment

    There’s a point in everyone’s day. Maybe it’s the moment before your feet hit the floor. Maybe it’s the moment before you open the door to the office, to the shop, kitchen, child’s bedroom, the mailbox (bills)….. Maybe it’s the moment after someone flips you the bird in your car for no reason…. Read more »