In August 2004, Tim McGraw’s album Live Like You Were Dying was released, with the title track being the first single. It peaked at number 1 on Billboard Hot Country Songs and stayed there for 7 weeks. It peaked at number 29 on Billboard Hot 100. It was the number one country song of 2004… Read More Fu Man Chu
Thank you for your continued prayers. Turns out the doctors had pathologists do immediate tests following the biopsy today. I didn’t know express service was even an option. They confirmed that the growth on the pancreas is cancer. I think most people struggle with what to say to someone who gets this kind of news.… Read More Letter To My Family
It is one of the peculiar traits of the human heart to hope. Time after time throughout history, human beings have rallied – independently and collectively – to overcome overwhelming obstacles – often driven by little more than a glimmer of hope, a dream, a desire. The American civil rights movement comes to mind. The… Read More Hope: A Heart Condition
I like words. I always have. I especially enjoy the written word, which is why I have a blog instead of a vlog. Even so, my vocabulary and expertise is neither broad nor deep. While I wish to use words in the manner of Winston Churchill, however my applications are more like those of Yosemite… Read More WHO’S or WHOSE?
(I have been wanting to do a series of posts about friendship, and specifically about being a friend of God. This is the final post of the series. Previous posts are listed below.) Being A Friend – Accepting others as-is. God accepts me as-is; shouldn’t I do the same? Becoming A Very Good Friend – My best friend is… Read More Being A Friend: Epilogue
(I have been wanting to do a series of posts about friendship, and specifically about being a friend of God. This is the fifth post of the series. The first post is here. The second post is here. The third post is here. The fourth post is here.) Holy: set apart; having a divine quality; exalted… Read More Being A Friend – Best Friends: Holy Influence, Batman!
(I have been wanting to do a series of posts about friendship, and specifically about being a friend of God. This is the third post of the series. The first post is here. The second post is here.) The first post contained some definitions and qualifications for 3 categories: friend, good friend, and very good friend. These… Read More Being A Friend – Being A Very Good Friend
(I have been wanting to do a series of posts about friendship, and specifically about being a friend of God. This is the second post of the series. The first post is here.) The first post contained some definitions and qualifications for 3 categories: friend, good friend, and very good friend. These are not the same the… Read More Being A Friend – Becoming A Very Good Friend
(I have been wanting to do a series of posts about friendship, and specifically about being a friend of God. This is the first post of the series.) My mind has been on the idea of being a friend of God for some time, and recently it has taken root and won’t let go. I… Read More Being A Friend
Fifty-six years Ten months Three weeks ago, I was born. (give or take a few days) In my teen years, it seemed I would live forever. In my twenties, I considered myself an adult. So did other people. We were all wrong. In my thirties, I was an alcoholic. I was an avid student… Read More Born, Again
Someone said to me, I have stage 4 cancer. I don’t feel anxiety or fear about dying. I don’t feel much of anything. I believe in God yet I do not have a strong emotions toward Him, or toward dying. I feel hollow inside. Should I be feeling something? Write a blog for me. There… Read More Dying To See God
We are unable to comprehend the fullness of God, try as we might. We simply do not have the capacity. Jesus is our best personification of God, and look what we did to Him. As Blaise Pascal said, ”God created man in His own image, and man returned the favor.” Eternity – The concept of… Read More Promise, Fulfilled
I’ve been in a funk lately. I’ve been irritable and restless the last few days. Since I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed it took a while to figure out the source of my discontent: unmet expectations. Life is so constructed that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation. – Charlotte… Read More Unmet Expectations
For all the questions that plague our species, we generally only ask five types: What, When, Where, How, Why. The media industry races around to give us answers to these questions… however slanted their perspectives may be. We gorge on facts about natural phenomenon, mass tragedies, the latest political scandal, whatever a Kardashian is, and… Read More Who?
Dear God, We’ve gone mad down here. Some NFL football players are refusing to stand for the national anthem. Some politicians are refusing to stand for… well, anything that matters. Some insist on standing their ground, even as their pettiness stinks up the atmosphere. Some people are refusing to stand up for their neighbors. Some… Read More Still Standing
From the heavens, You see me: small, needy, weary. In You I find great peace; You are everything that I need. God Almighty, God All Mighty. You are healer of my wounds. You are power to my weakness. You are light in my darkness. You are friend in my rebellion. Though I have nothing to… Read More Light In The Darkness
One of the results of Hurricane Harvey was an imaginary gasoline shortage in the Dallas Texas area, where I live. One by one, gas stations and convenience stores ran out of fuel as fear-filled drivers waited, sometimes for hours, to fuel up their vehicles. I visited 5 stations before I was even able to find… Read More Out Of Gas
In the context of military tactics, chaff is “a radar countermeasure in which aircraft or other targets spread a cloud of small, thin pieces of aluminium, metallized glass fibre or plastic, which either appears as a cluster of primary targets on radar screens or swamps the screen with multiple returns.” (Wikipedia) Dating back to WW2, chaff has been used as a… Read More Aiming For The Right Target
My company has experienced tumultuous times over the last couple of years. Our department has diminished to a handful of hard-working employees. In the last few months we lost two long-time and heavily-invested people who were once deemed critical to the company’s success. There was fear that one of these individuals might leave the company:… Read More Remembered
The second step of the 12-step recovery program is “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” In the great scheme of recovery, this step is often treated as a minor one. There doesn’t appear to be a lot of action involved. Yet it is not only a… Read More In My Defense, I Was Insane At The Time