Family Time!

We never spend the time. We take it for granted never seeing family, never spending time. We live our lives separate from the ones we love. Sometimes they are far away. More often than not they are down the street or around the corner. We go months without talking, having dinner, spending time. Then…. then it is too late. It is all over. Someone dies. Gone. Or they are dying and to sick to spend the time, to out of it to understand. They are leaving or they have left. It is over. Forget about being upset because of some […]

Offended!

Why is it that it seems these days people are offended by everything? Have we really become so weak that we cannot handle someone’s opinion without offense? Should we worry about offending others? Sure. We should not be trying to intentionally offend someone, but a the same time we should not have to worry about others being offended by everything. You do not have to agree with my opinion, but being offended by it is a problem. Are there offensive things in this world? Why yes there are. We need to learn to discern between something truly offensive and something […]

A Journey

. .I find it amazing, how our capacity to love can grow and change over time. How you can always find room to love more. Even when you think or feel like there is no room left at all. Let me tell you a story some of you know it some may not. In 2011 Jaclyn and I came to the decision that we felt lead to adopt. Jaclyn had always wanted to adopt. I, on the other hand, was never convinced I wanted to go that route. Also at this time we were preparing to go on a global […]

Mostly Paleo Pizza

This is mostly paleo pizza if you do not have an issue with cheese you can use this recipe. With a few modifications this can be fully paleo. Ingredients for one 18-inch pizza crust: 2 pounds cauliflower 1/2 cup water – Cook cauliflower with water for 5-6 minutes, let cool, and squeeze out ALL water with a towel. Sea salt 1 ounce finely grated Parmigiano 3 ounces Mozzarella cheese cayenne to taste or red pepper flacks 2 large egg Once cauliflower is cooled and all the water is squeezed out mix all of the other ingredients in a bowl. Using […]

No Potato Salad.

Ingredients 1 head cauliflower, chopped into small florets or 1lb frozen 1 red onion, finely diced 4 eggs, hard boiled, shelled, and diced 2 Tbs mayonnaise (homemade?) 1 Tbs mustard (your choice of type) Sea Salt You can add bacon, pickles, etc. make sure what ever you add is paleo. Instructions Add 1″ of water to the bottom of a medium pot (with lid). Insert steamer basket and fill with chopped cauliflower. Cover. Steam cauliflower on the stove top over medium-high heat until slightly tender, about 10 minutes after water begins to simmer (overcooking will develop a stronger “cauliflower” smell, […]

Bacon and Avocado Snack.

A slice of bacon cut in half with a slice of avocado in the middle. You can also make guacamole and put in the middle instead of the slice of avocado.

What I’ve learned from going back to school?

It was fall of 2011 when I started praying about going back to school to get my counseling degree. I had no idea how I would do it or how long it would take to accomplish this God-sized feat. That was even before I threw 3 teenagers in to the mix!! 18 months after I began school I’m half way there. In just a few short days I will have my Bachelor’s of Science in Organizational Management. I’ve learned a few things along the way….. 1. When you go back to school, you don’t go alone While you might be […]

The Forgotten Birdbath

Sixteen months. That’s how long it sat there. Day in and day out I walked right past it on my way into work. It had been moved to the front of the building during renovations and had never been given a new home. For the first few weeks I’d see it and think I should find that birdbath a new home but eventually that thought faded and it just became part of the usual scenery. What does a forgotten birdbath have to do with our spiritual walk you might ask? I see that birdbath as a physical picture of those […]

My Reluctant Prayer

Have you ever prayed a prayer and in the back of your mind wondered, am I really ready for God to answer this?  It’s kind of like when you pray for patience.  You’d prefer that it be sprinkled on you like fairy dust rather than going through the inevitable circumstances that are going to present themselves to teach you the patience you desire.  I’ve been reading through the Psalms and a few weeks ago I read a verse that caught my eye.  As I read it I thought, this should be my prayer, but right after that thought came this […]

Somebody please stop the ride, I’d like to get off?

Roller coasters, Ferris wheels, the teacups at Disney… To some this sounds like a fantastically fun way to spend the day. To me this sounds like some kind of horrible torture that would most definitely result in me taking medication for my vertigo. There are days that even though I’m not riding a spinning contraption of doom I feel like I’m spinning out of control. Some days this feeling is medically related but some days it’s not. You know the days I’m referring to. The days where your phone never stops ringing, the emails don’t stop coming and if you […]

My Worst Job Ever

I think we have all had one(or maybe more than one) job that would qualify as awful! Right after I graduated high school, I got a new and exciting job at a local store. I was so excited for this new position even though I didn’t know exactly what I’d be doing. I showed up on Monday morning ready to work and boy was I surprised, my new position was in the warehouse sanding, painting and assembling huge industrial shelves. I wasn’t strong enough to sand the shelves much less assemble them. This was a job that I was not […]

Enough

“Is Jesus enough for me?”………….. This is the question that Susan asked us to ask ourselves Tuesday night. I’m not sure about anyone else, but it has been stuck in my mind ever since. I am a definer so I pulled out my trusty iphone (I’m a tangible with a little techy thrown in) so that I could define the word enough. This is the definition: “sufficient to meet a need or satisfy a desire.”  WOW! I still have trouble wrapping my very small cranium around the fact that the God who stilled the sea and placed the stars in the […]

Refuge

Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. What is a refuge?  It is defined as a place of shelter, protection or safety.  Some days I feel like I have been under attack from the moment my feet hit the floor in the morning until the moment my head hits the pillow at night.  On these days, I can almost see the fiery darts of the evil one flying at me from every direction; this was one of those days.  By the end of the day I was in desperate need of a place […]

What’s LOVE got to do with it?

What do you really love? Wife? Family? Church? Things? What is love?  Love is a choice a decision you make, not something you may feel. Feelings are fickle and can change quickly without notice. Do you really love? I have to work at this. You are supposed to love everyone. That is a hard choice to make. It is something we need to work on daily. I have to work really hard at this one. What do you think love is?  For me love is a choice I made. For example I love my wife. Is it because she is […]

Four Simple Words

“Faith never knows where it’s being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.” Oswald Chambers How could four simple words impact me so much? They are found in 1 Samuel 14:1 and if you blink, you just might miss them. One day Jonathan the son of Saul said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come let us go over to the Philistine garrison on the other side.” But he did not tell his father. Because of Jonathan’s initiative and willingness to listen he, with the help of one other man, defeated the Philistines. The […]