Showing posts from January, 2017

A Heart Guarded From Worry

In a lifetime of exciting moments, one highlight was when we bought our first house.  After 20 years of marriage, Shelly & I purchased a home in Hot Springs, AR, and for the first time we were owners instead of renters.  We liked the house, and loved the moments we experienced their.

Fast forward to recent times: at the end of June 2016, we moved into our new home in Natchitoches, LA, thus beginning a brand new season of adventure for our family.  We put our first house on the market... and we purchased our second house.  Our prayer, fasting and counsel led us to this decision.  And for 7 months we made two mortgage payments.  No, we could not afford two mortgage payments and stay within our budget.  But we also could not afford to deliberate at length on what we knew was a calling, and direction, from God. 

Over the past 7 months, Shelly & I experienced some level of concern as the sale of our first house topped my daily prayers.  But we never shifted into "panic mode,&…

3 Things to embrace in the New Year

As the sun sets on the year 2016, the sun also rises on the new year 2017.  Although it is just another day on the calendar, New Year's is for me a season of reflection, evaluation, dreaming, and goal setting.  In the midst of this semi-colon between the years, I have been reminded of three specific lessons.

3 things 2016 taught me to embrace in 2017

Life is fleeting!Life is fleeting; capture great moments.  2016 has been labeled by many as "the Year that Took Our Heroes."  Celebrities die every year, because they're people... just like me and just like you, but 2016 seemed to be a year with an overwhelming number of celebrity deaths.  When a celebrity dies, I usually take a time to honor them with a moment of silence, aka "Rest In Peace," then perhaps a few moments, or a couple of hours, immersed in their art.  I feel like my generation really took the idea of celebrity to new places, and see these people as other-than-human, and larger than life (read my …