Shared reality

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Hilary and I have had our share of issues, arguments, and struggles in our marriage. Stress heightens emotions and the struggles resurface. After a recent “conflict,” I was reflecting on why I became so frustrated and argumentative—okay, childish.  I realized that I keep trying to convince Hilary to come further my way. It hasn’t worked in ten years. And they say …

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Spine

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In the past, I’ve gone to chiropractors when I’ve been in pain. Wear and tear from years of sports makes me vulnerable to periodic back pain, and chiropractors are part of the solution. But as I age—that sounds geriatric—I have an increasing awareness of, and concern for, the health of my spine. It’s the connector and protector and its importance …

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2019 Blessing

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Happy New Year!May you……Run with perseverance, yet crawl when you need to. …Breathe many breathes, yet enjoy the breathe of Life. …Cling to your convictions, yet throw grace like confetti. …Focus on the task at hand, yet get away for good times. …Climb the mountain in front, yet regularly take in the view.…Love and give generously, yet put on your oxygen mask first. …Chase the …

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Near Death

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After saying goodbye to Hilary’s precious mom following a short battle with pancreatic cancer, I had a new perspective. I’d never been so close to death. I had never walked that journey—doctor appointments, treatments, visits, planning…being together and cherishing each day. It had an impact on me (beyond the painful loss of an incredible mother-in-law).  Turns out, proximity to death can …

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Face-to-face and side-to-side

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Some conversations are best had face to face. Others, side by side.  Face to face, knee to knee is more intimate, more intense, more focused and direct. Side by side means that you’re doing something else, and conversation can flow naturally over the course of the thing you’re doing.  I had to have a difficult employment conversation with a guy on a …

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Get blank

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Let me tell you one of the most important things I’m focusing on in 2019:  Starting the day BLANK.  What I mean is that I am committed to starting each day… still quiet reflective prayerful reducing distractions listening for instructions I’m discovering that this is true: Clear away the crap and the path presents itself.  “After the wind there was an …

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Wear the hood

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We were walking as a family in the cold — 30 degrees in Leveanworth, WA. We wore borrowed or thrift-store-bought snow gear. It was effective but on the long walk home the layers were no match for the deepening chill.  I carried Eden—my one year old—in the man-humbler pouch against my chest. She was bundled sufficiently, with one exception. She …

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The day after

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So much build up… So much effort… And hopefully a lot of fun and joy.  But either way, expect the post-Christmas hangover. Not because you drank too much, but because there is a calm after the storm that feels like a let-down.  Embrace it.  Try this: Journal for three minutes. Answer the following: What surprised me this year? Where did …

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Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas to you! I pray that today you sense the realness of a loving God who arrived as a vulnerable child–simple, humble, and accessible–to a world prone to ignore Him. Christmas reminds us that God is still arriving and still inviting you and I to pay attention and remember there’s more going on here. There’s a star in front …

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1 day before Christmas

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There is only 1 day left before Christmas! Happy Christmas Eve. Christmas is a big deal—lights, presents, parties, movies, songs… But, amidst all the action, it’s easy to miss Jesus. “He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize Him.” – John 1:10 People have been missing Jesus for 2,000 years. Some thought He’d show up looking more …

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