When I Grow Up

One of the greatest blessings of a long morning commute in the car is the opportunity to listen the the preaching of the late Dr. Adrian Rogers on his ministry's broadcast, Love Worth Finding. While every morning's sermon is uplifting, yesterday's stopped me in my tracks. In this particular sermon, Dr. Rogers quoted a list…

The Smile Said It All

It's funny, the little things that bring to mind God's love for us. Like today, for example, at the ice cream shop. A gentleman in his 80s was buying ice cream for his lovely bride. I didn't eavesdrop for the entire transaction (that would be rude - fun, but rude), but I did look his…

Priorities

It's fall, y'all! And this time of year, and in this part of the U.S., people celebrate the crisp, cool mornings and the warm, dry afternoons with weekend crafts festivals of all types. And among the wonderful finds at these festivals are various decorations that celebrate our Christian faith. Many are poignant and thought-provoking, some…

Truth Never Changes

The eagle pictured above may not be real, but it's an amazing (and ginormous) metal representation of a bald eagle captured in mid-flight at the Dollywood theme park in Sevierville, Tennessee. Every bald eagle I see reminds me of my favorite verse from the beautiful, lyrical book of Isaiah. But those who wait on the…

It’s OK to Let Go

Those of you who know my youngest daughter's story may have noticed something. August 17th passed this year, and there was no "Four Years" post on this blog. Did we forget about the awful events of August 17, 2015? No, I'm writing about them now. Are we not thankful that our daughter is still with…

The Star of the Shows

Lots of parents often don't look forward to taking their kids to theme parks. Neither did I, but not for the same reasons. While other parents worried about the crowds, the heat, the expensive and unhealthy food, and the nausea-inducing (not to mention bacteria-laden) rides, I had a different issue, to wit: THE SHOWS. Usually…

What Will Your Grandkids Call You?

I've picked "Papa." I am well aware that grandchildren pick their own names for their grandparents. And yes, I'll answer to whatever name my grandson calls me. But for what it's worth, I'm going to at least suggest to the little guy that he call me "Papa." That's not "Paw-Paw," as they say it in…

Loving the Wartzenalls

My first guest blogger (ever) is Mitch Teemley. He’s a Christ follower, a filmmaker, and a story teller extraordinaire. The daily posts on his blog “The Power of Story,” whether inspirational (like this one) or just plain funny, combine hilarious visuals with outstanding writing, and they always make me smile. I know they’ll make you smile, too! I definitely recommend following Mitch!

Mitch Teemley

Dysfunctional-families-roles-created

Family. A mixture of people we get and don’t get. People we like, and people we would never have chosen to be with if we had a choice. But we don’t. Because they’re family. Right?

I haven’t seen my cousin Ralph in 50 years. The moment he hit his teens he chose to stop attending family gatherings. Why? His sister tells me it’s because he feels he has nothing in common with any of us; we’re just a bunch of strangers he was randomly thrown together with at birth. Funny thing is, before he disappeared, Ralph was the only person in the family I related to; he was the person most like me. 

I was a smidge more loyal. I never actually stopped attending family gatherings. However, by the time I was a teenager I’d decided my friends, the people I chose, were far more important than a random…

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Loving Broken People

Hollywood just paid Fred Rogers a big compliment. But it's probably not the one they expected. The long-awaited trailer for the Mr. Rogers biopic, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, dropped this past week. Mr. Rogers is being played by none other than Tom Hanks. Let that sink in for a minute. The most iconic…

Clouds of Fire

I am a weather geek. No ifs, ands or buts about it. Everything about weather interests me. So when my daughter sent me her photos of incoming early evening thunderstorms a few nights ago, I just had to write about them. Those rays of sunlight that are shooting out of the tops of these clouds…