Expectations… that aren’t expected

Expectations… that aren’t expected

We all live with expectations… some realistic, others unrealistic.  Some expectations are met, others unmet leaving us disappointed.  In many ways, our expectations come from a deep desire that lies within all of us… hope.  To live without hope would be… well… hopeless.  But eventually, we all will come to realize that our expectations will be unmet and it will feel like our hope has been dashed – that our hope has left us lacking and disappointed. There is no…

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The Year that Ran Away

The Year that Ran Away

It was December 2013… in fact, just over a year ago when we all laced our shoes up to get ready for the annual Jingle Bell Run here in Tallahassee.  All three of our boys were excited about running the race and Brooke (quite great with child) cheered us on from the sidelines.  Brock was off and running with ahead of us and I had Jake and Cole in tow. Jake was learning about pacing himself and I kept a…

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Gospel Re-Orientation

Gospel Re-Orientation

From what I’ve observed these years I’ve spent in public ministry and even in my own experience during my high school years… I’ve found that the church has a difficult time just resting in the Gospel alone.  There is something within us that just drives us toward feeling that we’ve got to add something to the Gospel equation.  So we start on our formulaic journey to make the Gospel = Jesus + something.  For some it is Jesus + church…

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Boldness

Boldness

The disciples and the early church were distinctively marked by boldness.  Boldness in a supernatural kind of way.  Boldness that was beyond personality, intelligence or even personal preference.  It’s a boldness that couldn’t be mustered up or created, but it was one that was desired and pursued. They were “filled with the Holy Spirit” and the religious leaders“saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been…

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Healing and Hope

Healing and Hope

I can honestly say there hasn’t been a time for us in this journey where we have ever felt totally hopeless.  There were times, however. when we seemed to be scraping at the bottom of the hope barrel… but never totally without hope.  And there is no doubt that even the smallest hope we could muster came from our unwavering trust in a God who loves us and faithfully ministers to us.  Drawing encouragement from His Word, like in Romans…

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gain through pain

gain through pain

You know the old saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” or “no pain, no gain.”  I definitely find some merit in those statements and I have found them to really be true in my life in many areas.  But when the tables are turned and it is your son having to experience the pain in hopes of some gain, everything changes.   I took Cole to his physical therapy appointment last week (and we are very grateful to…

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One of those moments…

One of those moments…

Every now and then life just gives you one of those moments. Mine happened this morning. I got my oldest off to his school, doubled back home to pick up the little guys and get them ready and off to school and then it happened. As Jake said goodbye and headed toward his building, I got Cole out, backpacked up and with hands on his walker he started up the “hill” to his building. I have been pulling off, but…

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Reuniting and Readjusting

Reuniting and Readjusting

Standing in the airport with our Nicaragua Mission Team was a familiar scene.  We had arrived in Tallahassee and were waiting on our luggage, sharing stories, hugging family members and adjusting to life back in the States.  Then my family arrived.  I had my big boy with me on the mission but then, in walked Brooke, Jake and Trent and leading the pack was Cole with his leg swinging (still immobilized) and his walker trying to keep up with him.  Time…

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