Remember Who You Are….

I’m sure we all remember the scene from “The Lion King” where Simba see’s the vision of his father in a cloud. The voice calls out and says “Remember who you are”. Well, I guess I just had one of those moments. Before you think I have totally lost it, understand that I didn’t see a cloud, or audibly hear any voices. Yet those words might as well have been spoken. The moment was appropriate enough. While I was working, I was checking out the new Jeremy Camp CD, “Beyond Measure”. In a quiet moment, I heard the words to … Continue reading Remember Who You Are….

The Day He Let Go – A Re-Post

Since I was on the road last week, I am sad to admit that I missed my son’s first day of Kindergarten. Ouch. The good news is that it went off without a hitch and I don’t think it did any permanent damage. You can bet that I quickly volunteered to walk him to school this morning though. Through the driving rain, we walked and talked about his new adventure. As I walked out of the school I was reminded of this post I wrote several months ago. So, I reached back into the archives for this one today. In … Continue reading The Day He Let Go – A Re-Post

I Want My Milk Money Back!

One of my favorite parts of the New Testament is found in John 17. If you consider what is taking place at that moment, it really is amazing. Here is Jesus, just moments from being betrayed, praying for the disciples. Not only does he pray for them, he prays for you and I as well. This post relates to John 17:15. “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one”. (NIV) Did you ever wonder why Sunday morning is usually the most chaotic morning of the week? How … Continue reading I Want My Milk Money Back!

I.O.U – A Mother’s Day Gift

I am a few days early with this, but it is by design. First is to remind the fella’s that Sunday is Mother’s day. Another is so that this song and it’s words have time to circulate the readers of this blog. While this is an oldie, it is probably one of the greatest expressions of heartfelt thank you’s to our mom’s. When I was growing up, we had this song on a 45 (remember those?) and I used to listen to it on our record player (aging myself here). Little did I know how true it would be later … Continue reading I.O.U – A Mother’s Day Gift

I.O.U – A Mother’s Day Gift

I am a few days early with this, but it is by design. First is to remind the fella’s that Sunday is Mother’s day. Another is so that this song and it’s words have time to circulate the readers of this blog. While this is an oldie, it is probably one of the greatest expressions of heartfelt thank you’s to our mom’s. When I was growing up, we had this song on a 45 (remember those?) and I used to listen to it on our record player (aging myself here). Little did I know how true it would be later … Continue reading I.O.U – A Mother’s Day Gift

What Makes it Great

You have probably realized this by now, but I draw inspiration from a pretty wide variety of sources (nature, music, movies). Today’s little nugget comes from the movie “A League of Their Own”. If you have not seen it, let me set the stage for the quote below. Jimmy Dugan (played by Tom Hanks) is the coach of an all-girl baseball team. His best player, Dottie Hinson (played by Genna Davis) has decided to quit the team (missing the World Series) in order to return home with her husband. Her husband surprised her by coming home from the war with … Continue reading What Makes it Great

Birds on a Wire

The other night I was taking my youngest for a marathon length stroller ride. As we walked, I glanced up and noticed a small collection of bird’s perched on an electrical wire. Why they do this, I have no idea. How they don’t get shocked surprises me as well. However, this glimpse of nature gave me something to think about as we walked along. Ask those that are closest to me and they will tell you that I am passionate about small groups. Not just small groups, but community. You don’t need to go to a church to have community. … Continue reading Birds on a Wire

Bring the Rain

“The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised” (Job 1:21). Time and time again, I am amazed by the strength of people I know that face adversity. As an outsider looking in, I wonder to myself just how they do it. I wonder, if the situation was reversed, would I have the strength to stand strong and be a witness to all those around me? The new Mercy Me CD (Coming up to Breathe) has a song called “Bring the Rain” that speaks directly to this situation. All of the lyrics … Continue reading Bring the Rain

Somewhere John Denver is Laughing

I don’t know why I am ever amazed by God’s timing, but once again I find myself in a situation where I see his fingerprints all over it. The important thing now is deciding exactly where that hand is leading. Last week I had breakfast with a close friend, whom also happens to be a pastor at our church. Over breakfast we discussed several topics, but one of them was Chapter 11 from the book “Wild at Heart”. I was sharing with him the amazing things it revealed to me about taking risks, following your calling and throwing caution to … Continue reading Somewhere John Denver is Laughing

Love Them Like Jesus….

I recently heard a song by the group “Casting Crowns” that hit pretty close to home. The line that really caught my attention was the chorus. It simply says “Just love them like Jesus. Carry them to Him. His yoke is easy, His burden is light. You don’t need the answers to all of life’s questions. Just know that He loves them and stay by their side. Just love them like Jesus.” For every parent of a young child, every freind of one that is unsaved, believer that helps someone in a time of need, you have probably sought the guidance … Continue reading Love Them Like Jesus….

Love Them Like Jesus….

I recently heard a song by the group “Casting Crowns” that hit pretty close to home. The line that really caught my attention was the chorus. It simply says “Just love them like Jesus. Carry them to Him. His yoke is easy, His burden is light. You don’t need the answers to all of life’s questions. Just know that He loves them and stay by their side. Just love them like Jesus.” For every parent of a young child, every freind of one that is unsaved, believer that helps someone in a time of need, you have probably sought the guidance … Continue reading Love Them Like Jesus….

A Little Dumber With Each Post

While computers were designed to make us smarter and more efficient, I think I am actually regressing with each tap on the keyboard. You see, I recently left the creature comforts of Blogger.com, which included the safety net of a spell checker, for the “smarter” WordPress. While I love the capabilities of the software, posting has become a real adventure. Let me explain. Without a spell checker, I am forced to copy the entire post into something like Word, Outlook, Gmail or Yahoo mail. The next step is to run the post through their spell check to find all of the … Continue reading A Little Dumber With Each Post

The Mermaid Principle

Ask my closest friends and they will quickly tell you that I am not a fan of “The Little Mermaid”. Well okay, it’s not actually Ariel, Flounder, or Sebastian it’s what they represent. It’s one of those guilt by association things. It has been for years. So, you can imagine my “joy” when the first of my 2 little girls has fallen in love with her. I have found myself in quite a little pickle over this one. I am happy to announce that I have come to a conclusion. While I was mopping the kitchen floor the other night … Continue reading The Mermaid Principle

Being Colorblind

I recently received an email from a well wishing friend inviting me to play a cool on-line game. I clicked on the link and found myself staring at a game that featured colors and shapes. The friend, remembering my “condition” followed up with a quick email today that was simply titled “sorry”. You see, my friend remembered that I am what you would call colorblind. Maybe you have always wanted to know what it’s like to be colorblind. Well, let me give you a couple of quick insights. 1. Whoever created the game Candy Land was obviously not colorblind. There … Continue reading Being Colorblind

Bringing “Up There” Down Here…

Our small group recently completed an incredible study by John Ortberg called “God is Closer Than You Think”. In the final session, he taked about bringing “up there”, down here. In other words, bringing the love of heaven to this darkened world. With the thoughts of that still ringing in my head, I heard this song by Todd Agnew today. I had heard it before, but today I really listened to the words. I found it almost disturbing and at the same time a challenge to remember what we are here for. You can hear the song HERE. You can also read … Continue reading Bringing “Up There” Down Here…

Bringing “Up There” Down Here…

Our small group recently completed an incredible study by John Ortberg called “God is Closer Than You Think”. In the final session, he taked about bringing “up there”, down here. In other words, bringing the love of heaven to this darkened world. With the thoughts of that still ringing in my head, I heard this song by Todd Agnew today. I had heard it before, but today I really listened to the words. I found it almost disturbing and at the same time a challenge to remember what we are here for. You can hear the song HERE. You can also read … Continue reading Bringing “Up There” Down Here…

From Valentines Day – 1986

To Whom it May Concern, I thought maybe I would compile a Valentine wish list this year. First off, I would really like to have A Valentine! Strike That……make it 3!! While you are at it, could you possibly make them all blondes? One other request would be blue eyes. It would be great if they could be with me all of the time. If you have any wishes left over, could you throw in a little brother? I would be forever grateful. Sincerely…..Lonely on Valentines Day 1986. Dear Lonely, Thank you for your letter. It was great to hear … Continue reading From Valentines Day – 1986

The Valley of The Shadow…

Growing up, my mom and I had an ongoing joke. When I was not so angelic, she would say (jokingly) “I went through the valley of the shadow of death to bring you into this world”. While it sounds dark, we always laughed afterwards. Recently having done a “fly by” with the “Valley O’ Death”, I can tell you that this time, it wasn’t funny. Amazing how extreme chest pain can make the last thing you said to your wife and children before they went to sleep really important. Fascinating how the lines on an EKG machine can make the line … Continue reading The Valley of The Shadow…

The Valley of The Shadow…

Growing up, my mom and I had an ongoing joke. When I was not so angelic, she would say (jokingly) “I went through the valley of the shadow of death to bring you into this world”. While it sounds dark, we always laughed afterwards. Recently having done a “fly by” with the “Valley O’ Death”, I can tell you that this time, it wasn’t funny. Amazing how extreme chest pain can make the last thing you said to your wife and children before they went to sleep really important. Fascinating how the lines on an EKG machine can make the line … Continue reading The Valley of The Shadow…

Knowing Your Audience

Ask any public speaker and one of the best things to know before presenting a speech is the audience you are speaking to. It’s important to know a little bit about the target audience before delivering your information. Based on the tracking that I do, I am able to tell locations (city and state) of the people that hit this blog on a daily basis. No, it’s not like wire tapping, it’s just a way of seeing where the people come from. Kinda cool actually. With that in mind, I have a question….who are my visitors? I am trying to … Continue reading Knowing Your Audience

“Stepping Up”..

One of my biggest pet peeves in sports is the phrase “step up”. We have all heard it. The microphone is in front of some athlete, his team is down 100 points at the half of the championship game and they want to know what he thinks. “Well, we just need to step up right now”. It is the most overused and worn out cliche in sports. Then, to my dismay, I actually did the same thing the other day. I uttered the words “step up”. I was thinking about a couple that we know that are getting ready to … Continue reading “Stepping Up”..

“Stepping Up”..

One of my biggest pet peeves in sports is the phrase “step up”. We have all heard it. The microphone is in front of some athlete, his team is down 100 points at the half of the championship game and they want to know what he thinks. “Well, we just need to step up right now”. It is the most overused and worn out cliche in sports. Then, to my dismay, I actually did the same thing the other day. I uttered the words “step up”. I was thinking about a couple that we know that are getting ready to … Continue reading “Stepping Up”..

Winning The Battle

Each Day we face battles. Finances, occupations, illness, marriages, parenthood, addictions, worries and failures. You name it, everyone faces them. The question is, what are the results of your battles? Are you winning? Are you fighting them alone? I bet you had help and you didn’t even know it. Imagine for a minute if, during the Superbowl, everytime Bill Cower had his arms in the air, the Steelers would be winning the game. When he put them down, the Seahawks would start dominating. You can imagine he would get pretty tired. Can’t you see “The Bus” and Hines Ward holding … Continue reading Winning The Battle

The Day He Let Go..

WARNING…This post has been about a week in the making. It’s going to be a little tough to put it in words. Get your Kleenex out, call me sappy and let me tell you about the day that my son let go of my hand…. First off, I should probably say that I wasn’t expecting him to hold my hand until he was 18 or something, but this was one of those days that we as parents dread. As we run this race of life with our children, I like to think that there are “Good Markers” and then there … Continue reading The Day He Let Go..

Making Lemonade

Somewhere during my “jedi sales training” I learned a quote that has proven to be very valuable in sales, management, leadership and my own personal life. I have no recollection of where I heard this, so forgive me for not giving the proper credit. The magic quote is this “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade”. While this seems simple, the concept can make even the toughest of situations seem relative. The more you face situations like this, the easier and more natural this concept can become. While I was running this morning and thinking about my recent commitment to … Continue reading Making Lemonade

Next Exit….Forgiveness

As we turn the corner and see the road paved towards the new year, there is a road sign that I have seen for the past 350 something miles (days). It says “Next Exit – Forgiveness” Having visited “Forgiveness” several times this year, I can promise you this, you will be thankful that you pulled off there. It’s a tough place to find on the map. Truth is it can be a little painful getting there, but oh….you have got to see this place. I have found that the older I get, the more I appreciate visiting. The road of … Continue reading Next Exit….Forgiveness

Next Exit….Forgiveness

As we turn the corner and see the road paved towards the new year, there is a road sign that I have seen for the past 350 something miles (days). It says “Next Exit – Forgiveness” Having visited “Forgiveness” several times this year, I can promise you this, you will be thankful that you pulled off there. It’s a tough place to find on the map. Truth is it can be a little painful getting there, but oh….you have got to see this place. I have found that the older I get, the more I appreciate visiting. The road of … Continue reading Next Exit….Forgiveness

The Dollar – Jamey Johnson

Daddy hugs his little man says son I’ve got to go and he pulls out of the drive and disappears as they walk back in the house the young boy asks his mama where does daddy go when he leaves here mama tells her little man your daddy’s got a job and when he goes to work they pay him for his time well the young boy gets to thinking and he heads up to his bedroom and comes running back with a quarter and four dimes (chorus:) and says mama how much time will this buy me is it … Continue reading The Dollar – Jamey Johnson

The Final Chapter

Friends, loved ones and faithful blog readers…you have entered the final chapter of this here blog. This is not the final post, but as we come to the close of another year of new beginnings and several endings, I feel like it is the perfect time to close out this volume of my life as well. Short of some divine blog intervention, or a complete public outcry, I can’t think of a better way to bring this one to an end. Below are a few of the reasons that I feel that the timing couldn’t be better. 1. “Refine Me” … Continue reading The Final Chapter

The Doors

“Lord, if it’s your will, then I pray that you would open the doors to make it possible”. How many times have you, or someone you know prayed that simple prayer?  When I was in College, one of my favorite television shows was “The Price is Right”. Most days I would rush back to the apartment to see if someone could win the big dollars and the “showcase showdown”. I always enjoyed the games that involved choosing between a group of doors and seeing what the choice gave you. Now imagine that you got the call to “Come On Down”! … Continue reading The Doors

The Great Divide

I may be aging myself here, but did anyone else have one of the station wagons like the one pictured growing up? If you did, then you will relate to this post. Many an hour was devoted to family trips traveling in this vehicle. Now if you remember, there was a unique feature of the backseat of this death trap. That’s right, it faced backwards. In other words, if you had the pleasure of sitting in the back, your view was always where you had been, not where you were going. Everyone else was facing what was coming, while you … Continue reading The Great Divide

Watercolour Ponies

Riddle me this…What do you get when you cross a treadmill, an MP3 player and about 30 minutes of walking every morning? The answer my friends is inspiration. That is what this blog is becoming. It’s the thoughts that go through my head as I listen to various songs I have in my download (all legal I assure you) collection. This morning’s post comes from a song written years ago by an artist named Wayne Watson. The song was called “Watercolour Ponies”.  “There are watercolour ponies on my refrigerator door, in the shape of something I don’t really recognize. Brushed … Continue reading Watercolour Ponies

Lifesong

Long ago, in a college far, far away, I made a decision to earn a BA in Business Administration. It seemed like a good idea at the time. What that wonderful degree has afforded me is a career in sales. While it has been a great run as of late, there are times when the challenges of the position make you question your career path. It’s with that in mind that the song “Lifesong” by Casting Crowns gave me some food for thought. Particularly the line “I want to sign your name to the end of this day, knowing that … Continue reading Lifesong

My Magnificent Obsession

Most that know me know that I frequently border on obsessive compulsive about certain things in my life. If you have followed this blog at all, you have seen it first hand. I think I have changed the look at least three to four times a week. I won’t even go down the path of talking about my email address changes. Anyway you look at it, I have an obsession problem. I set my sights on something and cannot let it rest. It has to be changed, over and over again, until I think its right. It is a constant … Continue reading My Magnificent Obsession

With Hope

A few weeks ago, I made a post about the new Kenny Chesney song called “Who You’d Be Today”. Somehow that post found it’s way to several search engines and has become a source for people searching for the lyrics. The tracking I do shows an amazing amount of hits and several people have left comments with very personal stories of tragedy and loss. As I read those comments, I was reminded of a song that was written by Steven Curtis Chapman after the Columbine Tragedy. To all of you who have felt the pain of loss, the lyrics below … Continue reading With Hope

Jesus Take The Wheel

My sister called me yesterday to see if I had heard the new song “Jesus Take the Wheel” from American Idol winner Carrie Underwood. I had not, so I legally (thanks Yahoo!!) downloaded it for a quick listen. I could tell immediately why she wanted me to hear it. While her first single “Inside your heaven” had a huge “cheese” factor, she has hit a homerun with this one. No doubt about it. First off, my respect goes to Carry Underwood for stepping out and releasing her first real single with a message as big as this. Being that she … Continue reading Jesus Take The Wheel

Unanswered Prayers

“Sometimes I thank God, for unanswered prayers. Remember when your talkin’ to the man upstairs. That just because he doesn’t answer, doesn’t mean he don’t care. Some of Gods greatest gifts are unanswered prayers”. So go the words to one of my all time favorite Garth Brooks songs. Little did I know that the song would play out later in life, much like Garth had penned it years before. The family and I made our annual trip to a local farm for the choosing of pumpkins and other activities. About halfway through the trip, in the middle of a very … Continue reading Unanswered Prayers

Cry Out To Jesus

Opening the internet, or the local newspaper today gives us another sad reminder of the tragedy of loss of human life. The earthquakes, floods, fires, hurricanes and disease for which there are no cure seem to overwhelm the headlines and our thoughts. It is with this backdrop that the band Third Day has released a new song called “Cry Out To Jesus”. You can hear a portion of the song at their web site by clicking on the following link. (Click Here) For those that want the lyrics, or just want some words of encouragement today, they are included below. … Continue reading Cry Out To Jesus

Who You’d Be Today

My cranky back afforded me the opportunity to spend some time in front of the TV last night. More specifically, I got some quality viewing of CMT (Country Music Television). They premiered a new video last night for Kenny Chesney’s new song called “Who You’d Be Today”. Folks, if you have not seen it or heard it yet, it’s one of those songs that really moves the emotions. The video does a great job of putting his words to music by showing a young couple, images from September 11th and the war in Iraq. I bet each of us can … Continue reading Who You’d Be Today

Who You’d Be Today

My cranky back afforded me the opportunity to spend some time in front of the TV last night. More specifically, I got some quality viewing of CMT (Country Music Television). They premiered a new video last night for Kenny Chesney’s new song called “Who You’d Be Today”. Folks, if you have not seen it or heard it yet, it’s one of those songs that really moves the emotions. The video does a great job of putting his words to music by showing a young couple, images from September 11th and the war in Iraq. I bet each of us can … Continue reading Who You’d Be Today

Freedom From Fear

Our church began a new series this past weekend called “Freedom From Fear”. In some strange twist of irony, karma, or whatever, I was given a first hand analogy this morning of that very thing. As with the normal hustle and bustle of the morning, there are all sorts of yells, screams and noises coming from our home. However this morning there was one of those screams and cries that makes you think “OK…that can’t be good”. Further investigation showed that our 2 year old had fallen down the set of stairs you see in the image to the left … Continue reading Freedom From Fear

My Own Prison

One of my favorite songs of all time is a song called “My Own Prison” by the group Creed. The song, though dark and cryptic, is written around the judgment of one man’s sins. It really makes you think as you hear the haunting words of his final judgment. Sometimes, it hits all to close to home. That being said, I have a small hang up with the words of the song. The last verse states “I cry out to God seeking only His decision, Garbreal stands to confirm I created my own prison”. While there will come a day … Continue reading My Own Prison

The Ol’ Attention Span

My attention span and I don’t get along. If you have ever tried to carry on a lengthy conversation with me, you know it’s like nailing Jell-O to a wall. Unfortunately, my patience runs in the same crowd as my attention span. They are partners in the “short supply” category. I don’t like to wait. I don’t like surprises. When I want to do something, I want to do it now! If it means I have to wait, or someone has to explain it to me, then my attention span kicks in and I am off to something else……wait….what were … Continue reading The Ol’ Attention Span

The Ol’ Attention Span

My attention span and I don’t get along. If you have ever tried to carry on a lengthy conversation with me, you know it’s like nailing Jell-O to a wall. Unfortunately, my patience runs in the same crowd as my attention span. They are partners in the “short supply” category. I don’t like to wait. I don’t like surprises. When I want to do something, I want to do it now! If it means I have to wait, or someone has to explain it to me, then my attention span kicks in and I am off to something else……wait….what were … Continue reading The Ol’ Attention Span

It’s Just A Bigger Sandbox

Q: Daddy, what are you watching? A: Son, it’s a TV program about a very sad thing that happened this week. Q: Why is it sad? A: Well, it’s sad because all of those people are trying to find new places to live and sleep. Q: What happened to their houses? A: They were ruined by a really bad storm. Q: Like the one’s that scare me with thunder and lighting A: Yes, kinda like those. Q: Those people look mad…how come their mad? A: They think no one is helping them. Q: What about those army guys? They look … Continue reading It’s Just A Bigger Sandbox

It’s Just A Bigger Sandbox

Q: Daddy, what are you watching? A: Son, it’s a TV program about a very sad thing that happened this week. Q: Why is it sad? A: Well, it’s sad because all of those people are trying to find new places to live and sleep. Q: What happened to their houses? A: They were ruined by a really bad storm. Q: Like the one’s that scare me with thunder and lighting A: Yes, kinda like those. Q: Those people look mad…how come their mad? A: They think no one is helping them. Q: What about those army guys? They look … Continue reading It’s Just A Bigger Sandbox

Be Still and Know

As Hurricane Katrina roars towards New Orleans, we are surrounded by the reports of the potential destruction. Fox News has dedicated their entire broadcast day to show the images, the storm track, the people, the city and the estimates as to what Katrina will do to this city. By the time some of you read this, we may already know what the results are. I pray that the estimates are wrong, that something changes and the destruction is minimal. Either way, I find myself sitting here tonight hearing that still small voice saying “Be Still and Know that I am … Continue reading Be Still and Know

Confessions

I know the first step to recovery is to admitting it. So I am here today to do just that. Friends and readers I am in love with 3 blondes! Wait, it gets worse. Each and every one of them has blue eyes! To take it one step further….they all live in my home! There, I said it. It’s out there and I can’t take it back. Wow…I feel so much better. “Friends and readers I am in love with 3 blondes!” In all honesty, this post deals with the middle one. The first of my little girls has taken … Continue reading Confessions

If You Can Read This

I am sure most of you have seen the bumper sticker that says “If you can read this, thank a teacher”. Since my wife and most of my in-laws are all teachers, it is a thought near and dear to our heart. Post 95 is dedicated to the two people that (literally) made this all possible! Mom and Dad…you reading? I am so honored when people come up to me and say “I love your blog. I read it all the time”. Sometimes they are complete strangers that clicked on the link at the bottom of an email that was … Continue reading If You Can Read This