Bring the joy

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Hilary: “I’m feeling funk from you.” Me: “I didn’t even say anything.” Hilary: “Yeah, but I can feel it.”  Great. Now I’m accountable for my vibe. Even when I bite my tongue, if I’m inwardly bitter, she still knows… she still feels it… it impacts everyone in the house.  This is intimacy. The closer you get, the more you know …

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Valentines Day

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I’m not a huge fan of commercialized holidays that are built around economics and obligation. That said,  Why would I miss an opportunity to make Hilary feel special?  Why would I miss an occasion to celebrate the gift of a wife (or significance other)? The commercialized hubbub can be obnoxious. But I can’t cop-out and miss a moment to be …

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Birdbox

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Yes, the Sandra Bullock movie on Netflix. It’s intense, but interesting.  As we watched, I couldn’t help but think about all the well-meaning people I’ve met who put blinders on themselves and their children, teaching them to fear all the “bad” out there in the world.  Sure, there is certainly bad in the world. But when we live in FEAR, …

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Generous Waste

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Hilary and I were recently in a hidden backroom of a restaurant. You’d never know it was there. You almost have to walk through the kitchen to get to the leather door, protected by an electronic lock and keypad. Inside it were 10 classy seats, a bar, and a couple of small tables. It was dark, but still visible was …

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Hilary Hijack – a recent Sunday

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Last Sunday I was having a particularly difficult day. I wanted to be at church with my community. I wanted to scream of the pain I was feeling. I wanted to put people and situations on blast on social media–which I knew was a bad idea… So I frantically called my husband five times… but he was working out and …

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Anaconda

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There is manual of the United States Government Peace Corps used by its volunteers assigned to South America. In this manual is a page I found quite amusing. It was added to the manual specifically for those volunteers serving in the vast Amazon River jungles.The page explains exactly… What To Do If Attacked By An Anaconda:The anaconda is the largest …

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Mere Mortals

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“When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; He brought me into a spacious place. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” -Psalm 118:5-6 “What can mere mortals do to me?” One of the best lines in the bible.  What if you and I thought like this? What if our …

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Being Sick

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I hate being sick. Not that this is a revelation or profound insight into my life, but I thought I should say it. And I’m saying it because I’m sick as I type. Like, ‘influenza A’ on my back kind of sick. It’s not just me, by the way. The whole family got this week-long tormentor. Jack brought it home …

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Hilary Hijack- Nineveh

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“The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh … But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish.” Jonah 1:1-3 When we run from the word of God we are also running outside of the will of God. When God tells us to go somewhere and we choose …

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He still went

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Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.” —Jesus (Matthew 21:31) Jesus had just told a parable about two sons: A father told them both to go and work in the vineyard—in the family business, or shared mission.  First son: “Nope. Don’t want to.” But then, …

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