Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Weekend Wanderings

It's cold and flu season here in the sunny South, and this year I got bit. I've spent one week laid up and one week trying to recover. It seems that colds tend to hang on to me for a while. Oh well. Life goes on. It seems the NFL has a bit of a scandal brewing over the amount of air in certain footballs. If you're a fan, it will be interesting to see how that shakes out. So much for small talk. On the important stuff.

Here are the links.

I think many of us grew up with free range parents.
I didn't know this was a thing. Apparently, Steven Anderson did.
Good article on addiction.
I didn't know this was an issue.
Evidently, this is not a thing.

The greatest false idol of modern Christianity.
Are you one of the twenty six percent?
Climbing a volcano.
The worst thing ever?

Hannah Brencher on staying.
Good post for churches.
Risky love.
Good article by Daniel Emery Price.
What about the past?

Undeserved grace.
Two steps forward, one step back.
Open your door.
Pressure and weight.

That's it for now. Have a blessed week!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

World Vision Wednesday

If you are a runner, cyclist, swimmer, or otherwise interested in fitness, you can help people in developing countries have clean water. Check out Team World Vision for details.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Weekend Wanderings

Things have been a little crazy around here the last couple of weekends. Time to take a breather and share some of the good stuff out there in the blogosphere.

Keith Giles tells us to get busy living.
Most church fights don't go this far.
Tim Suttle on peace.
It seems these are cool again.
I'm not so sure about this.

Chaplain Mike's New Year's resolutions.
Midnight musings.
The story isn't over.

Rebekah Bell on nostalgia.
Lillian Daniel on Christmas pageants.
The unfinished church.
Kierkegaard quotes.
Erik Guzman on New Year's resolutions.

What matters.

That's all for this time. I hope you have a wonderful and blessed 2015!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

If there is one word that best sums up the past year here in the sunny South, it would be the word interesting. There have been a lot of changes and adjustments through the year, especially in the second half. I started 2014 by choosing grace as my word for the year, and there have been multiple moments when I have had to lean on God's grace.

The first five months of the year were relatively normal. Then, things got weird. June 5 was my last day at the middle school where I have been working the past eight and a half years. I didn't actually go in to work that day though, because my father-in-law fell and broke his hip that morning. That was the beginning of the adjustments. I was without work and my father-in-law was taking a different road in his journey. As it has turned out, being out of work has allowed me the time to help him out and to take care of his financial affairs as well as helping him with doctor visits and life in an assisted living facility.

We made it through the summer, and in the middle of September we flew out to California for our daughter, Jennie's, wedding. We had a wonderful time with her and with our new in-laws. I also had the honor of being the officiant at the wedding! That was an amazing thing, and I only choked up three times! We came back home, and within a few weeks our son told us that he and his wife were moving from Charlotte to Seattle so he could work with his cousin who has his own architectural design business. The idea of both of our children being on the opposite side of the country has taken some getting used to, but we know that it's a great opportunity and we are happy for them.

We were able to get together with both of our children at the beginning of December, when we celebrated Christmas and a couple of birthdays. On the 19th, Josh and Alicia set out with all their worldly possessions in a Honda Fit. They drove across the country and arrived in Seattle two days before Christmas. Jan and I celebrated Christmas with her father, and then with some close friends. So Christmas was a bit different, but it was good.

Last night we said goodbye to one year and hello to another. While there are things I could wish had happened differently, I am grateful for God's hand in everything. As we enter into this new year, I still don't have a job, and I'm not totally sure how to proceed. The path is shrouded in fog, and we really don't have a clue what will happen in the future. What we do know is that our Father loves us, and that his heart is good toward us. He knows what is to come, and how we are going to best represent his kingdom.

My word for this year is trust. My prayer is, "Lord, I believe! Help my unbelief!"

Moving On

It's been a while since I've written here. Life has been happening the past few months. I have decided to start fresh, so I'm mo...