Redefining the Small Things

I find my hope in the fact that God connects with me on a personal level, not because of my great ability, but because of the fact that God who values who we are above what we do.

This extraordinary God is found in a thousand ordinary moments. In letting go of unrealistic expectations, I am finding God in the most wonderfully ordinary ways: at the kitchen table with my wife, working through deep-seated fears; in every intentional moment I spend with my children, cultivating their innocence and self-worth; and even on the couch at the counselor’s office. Today, I am finding God in the pew and on the playground.
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Cancer’s Unlikely Gift

Do you remember the iconic scene from Forrest Gump, when Forrest tells the woman on the bench next to him, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get.” At 25, I had my entire life planned out. Whom I would marry, how many children I would have, my career, the car I would drive, the places I would travel. It was glorious. I thought I would only pick the chocolates I liked.

Cancer upended it all. In the ugly packaging of cancer came my greatest joy.
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I Don’t Need to be Saved

Have you ever been cut off by a friend? I don’t mean moving away and slowly disconnecting. I am talking about a sharp, intentional separation, from friendship to…not.

It’s happened to me twice in the past six months. I get it. I’ve been become more vocal than ever in sharing honestly who I am, who I want to be, and what I believe. I am learning to be vulnerable, but that doesn’t make me invincible. The pain of losing a true friend cuts deep. In both situations, I lost a friend I had shared deep parts of my soul with– both past sins and future dreams. They were kind of friends you’d lend money or drop everything to rescue from the side of the highway. Vacations with your families kind of friendships. And now they are over.

Why? One word I have grown to hate…
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I Don’t Want to do All Things

“I can do all things through Christ Who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

I don’t think this verse is our promise from God that we can do anything we put our minds to. I think it is actually a verse of comfort from a guy who wrote it while chained in prison, encouraging the rest of us who are stuck in dire circumstances to keep trusting. I think this verse actually drives home the very crux of the Gospel of Grace: we can face all sorts of things and persevere through them, as long as we keep trusting in a faithful, changeless God. Continue reading I Don’t Want to do All Things

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Eggshells and Jesus

In times when I see someone I care about struggling, my default is to revert to my old ways of thinking. My “savior complex” kicks into overdrive and I have to stop myself from looking for the nearest phone booth to change from suit to superhero. Often, I hear some cherry-picked Scripture in my head and think how easy it would be to give a sense of hope that everything will magically be alright, just around the next bend.

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Living Through the Aftermath of My Mom’s Suicide

I was twelve when my mom killed herself. My parents were divorced. My dad was remarried and lived nearby. My older brother lived in his own apartment, so it was just me and my mom making our way.

She sometimes left me home alone when she went out drinking. I begged her to stay home, but she would only promise to be home by a certain time. My neediness was useless to change anything.

I slept at my dad’s house the night my mom died. More accurately, I moved in. A few blocks were all that separated the houses—a slight but infinite distance. This time the sleepover wouldn’t end. When the sun rose I wouldn’t have a home to return to. Home as I knew it had vanished. Continue reading Living Through the Aftermath of My Mom’s Suicide

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I’m on The Huffington Post Twice Today!

I have been writing all my life, in some form or another, but today is very special because I’m published in The Huffington Post for the first time. I think back to all the great teachers I’ve had through the years from Mrs. Clinkscales in first grade, to my senior year with Mrs. Thompson, all that hard work is beginning to pay off and I am grateful for every step along the way. Continue reading I’m on The Huffington Post Twice Today!

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“Show the Love” GIVEAWAY!

One lucky winner will be announced at 12 noon CST on Sunday, February 14, 2016, on my Facebook page. The winner will receive a gift basket, including:
•a copy of the book “Some Things You Keep” by JJ Landis
•a gift pack of a 4oz Red Hot wine Jelly and a snack bag of homemade heart shaped ginger snaps from True Vine Gifts
•a copy of “A Place Called Grace” by Kingwood Worship
•an inspirational print by Klocke Photography.
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