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Letters to my kids – part two (Mila)

Earlier this year, I posted a letter to my oldest kid, Jackson. As I said then, I love the idea of writing letters to my children. I know that they can’t read yet, but I’m hopeful that I can communicate my hopes for them and the ways that I am praying for them as they grow. I’m hopeful that they will be able to look back on these letters in next seasons of …

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Letters to my kids – part one (Jackson)

I love the idea of writing letters to my kids. I know that they can’t read yet, but I’m able to express my thoughts, prayers, and desires for them now in a way that, when they are older, they can look back on and understand. I hope that they will grasp that, as they’ve grown, I’ve been praying for them and wanting the absolute best for them. When Jackson was …

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Why I love family traditions

I LOVE FAMILY TRADITIONS. I know I’m wired with a particular inclination toward them, but I honestly wish them for every family. I’ve been wanting to write this post for awhile now, and have been trying to figure out how I can share how much I love the joy and fun that comes out of these traditions without sounding like I’m prescribing our specific traditions. Not everyone wants to trek out …

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The reset after craziness

By far the most hectic time of year for me is the lead up to Christmas. It slowly starts to ramp up in summer, but I really start to feel it in late October to early November. We put a lot of effort into the Christmas season at our church, and the closer we get, the more of my time, energy, and focus is pulled toward those efforts. In December, …

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Lessons from falling off a roof

I’m about to tell you a story from the other day – a totally bozo move that I made. And you don’t need to feel compelled to inform me of how stupid, dangerous, or absent-minded it was. I know. You also don’t need to remind me of how thankful I should be that it wasn’t more serious. I know…really, I know. I’m aware of how dumb what I’m about to tell …

The Flintstones!

“Flintstones. Meet the Flintstones. They’re the modern stone age family. “   This is year #3 for our Halloween fun and lasting memories. For Jackson’s first year, he was Batman, complete with a tricked out Batmobile. Check that out here. Last year we get the whole gang together – Jackson, his sister Mila, and cousins Noah and Finn – and did up the Mario Bros theme. Check that out here. …

Ministry is personal

Ministry is personal. By it’s very definition, when we engage in ministry activities, we’re engaging with people. I hope you view it that way. In my previous post, I wrote about how we’re called to relationship, not to function. And based on the reality that this activity is relational, it impacts me personally. Sometimes personal is encouraging, and sometimes personal is heavy and tough. Sometimes it’s both at the same time. The …

Rest

It’s been a busy season. When you’re working in ministry, the Easter weekend and the time that leads up to always is. And as I was coming through the other side of that particular time frame and setting aside a day to be home and rest, I gave some thought to the question: How best to rest? Knowing that I hadn’t seen my family as much in the week prior, and …

My lesson on patience

Psalm 130:5: I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope   You’ll have to forgive the public post here, in which I’m fleshing out a lesson really aimed at myself. Hopefully it’s helpful for you as well, but this is a lesson God taught me this week… By nature, I am not a patient person. Thankfully, it’s an area of my life …

Dream Big & Pray Bigger

Today, I’m reminded that God is bigger than I am, more passionate about His Kingdom than I will ever be, and able to do far more than I could even dream of asking Him to do. But I’m also reminded that He wants to involve us and wants us to dream big. Ephesians 3:20 says “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according …