Fathers…Superheroes or Superzeroes

Dads

“Would you tell me about your dad?”That’s one of my favorite questions to ask another person. Few inquiries surface strong feelings quicker. I’ve had people respond by turning fifty shades of red. Some have sobbed with disappointment. Others have come alive inside, smiling ear to ear as they tell me stories of the strength and compassion of their "old man.”I’ve never had anyone respond weakly to that question.I love the response that Tim Harris gave to NPR Storycorps. Tim lives in … [Read more...]

Country living and the birds out back

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"O LORD, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your creatures." - Psalm 104:24 (NLT) Jamie and I sat outside on our back patio one evening last week and watched a variety of birds visit our feeder. We also have a broken water spigot below the kitchen window that is creating a bird bath (and likely foundation damage). I also put up a picture of our windmill because...well, it's just a cool windmill.Not pictured: We also … [Read more...]

Fathers, Don’t Blow the In-the-Home QTR

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As we approach Father's Day, here are a few thoughts on the importance of being an active, engaged dad during the "in the home years." We never get them back.Excerpt from "Man on the Run" by Zeke PipherThe Most Important QuarterA man may get seventy, perhaps eighty years, on this earth before his last sunset. The time that our children live under our roof, needing us to wrestle, tickle, discipline, snuggle, bait hooks, and do the hundred other things dads are designed to do, lasts … [Read more...]

Memorial Day, SEALS, and Motivations

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 “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.”Winston Churchill made that comment on August 20, 1940 about the Royal Air Force, yet it perfectly applies to all the men and women who fought and died to protect America.Our country first celebrated Memorial Day on May 30, 1868. It was initially designed to honor Union soldiers who died in the Civil War – southern states started observing the day after WWI, when the holiday was expanded to honor all soldiers from all US wars. … [Read more...]

Helping Children Through National Tragedies

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“Did you hear that children my age probably died in that tornado today, Daddy?”Those were the first words out of my eight-year-old daughter’s mouth when I got home from work last night.I can’t imagine what it must be like to grow up in a day so filled with tragedy AND instant media coverage. When I was eight, I felt stressed about parent-teacher conferences, a bully at my school named Curtis, and selling Babe Ruth candy bars to raise money for my baseball team. My children are growing up … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk About Sex

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Who doesn’t want sex to be as exciting and pleasurable as possible? Critics of Tim Tebow, The Jonas Brothers, and Lolo Jones poke fun of these celebrities for their desire to remain virgins until they get married. They treat this plan for making the most out of sex and marriage as the most ridiculous, antiquated strategy imaginable.The idea they offer as a better alternative? Play around, test the waters, and figure out what works and what doesn’t before getting “hitched.” Take your time and … [Read more...]


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