Don’t hug porcupines.

  It really hurts to hug a porcupine. This seems logical, but when we are talking about emotional relationships it’s not. We all know some porcupines. They are in our daily lives. Some through social media, the doctor’s office, church, and our own home. Interactions with porcupines can really hurt. Even our gentlest approach can … More Don’t hug porcupines.

Feeling sheepish.

Ten years ago, a dear friend of mine was in a very bad place in life. Addiction, anger, depression, trouble with the law, and ashamed. I love this man like a brother. I know that when one of the flock wanders off, we struggle to know how to reach out, how to put our personal … More Feeling sheepish.

Lifesavers

When I was a kid, we got to spend a week during the summer with our grandparents in St. Louis. It was one of the highlights of our year. Usually when the time was over and we were on our way home, they would drive us the 7 hours home to Cincinnati. We were young … More Lifesavers

Under His wings.

  Anyone else hate the daunting weight of perseverance? The idea of it is great, but the implementation of it frankly stinks. The embodiment of determination in spite of weariness. Perseverance is making the decision to keep going when all you want to do is quit. There is something very hard to comprehend when going … More Under His wings.

Open House

I was walking through my house today, listening to the sounds of 8 teenagers hanging out and laughing. Some were listening to music, one looking up scripture, and the others were comfortably stewn about the furniture. This is the scene most Sunday afternoons. I have the great blessing of living next to my church. It’s … More Open House

Just Breathe

 In the last 5 days, I was stabbed in the chest while fully awake, but we will get to that. I am going to tell you why some days are just about being thankful for your next breath. Job 33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given … More Just Breathe