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A New Chapter

Novels and Stories are broken into chapters.  Each of these chapters in a novel cover a different aspect of the story.  Generally a chapter indicates a new twist or turn in the story of the main characters life.  As you finish a chapter, you know something new is around the next corner.

Well, Sunday, I wrapped one chapter and today, I start a new chapter.  The weird thing is, I do not know what the twist or turn will be in this chapter.  I just know, one part of my story finished.  For the past 11 years, my story has been: raising my family in the midst of the growing time in my children's lives in Somerville, AL, pouring into the lives of students at Shiloh, leading mission trips, teaching at First Priority and FCA clubs, teaching chapel at co-op, and being involved in life in this community of Somerville/Cotaco.  Well, that chapter closed yesterday.

What does this new chapter hold.  First and foremost, being a faithful believer/leader and good father and good husband.  The rest…

The Power of Passionate Prayer

This blog past has credits by Melanie Holiday.  Why?  Well, unbeknownst to her, God was using her to bring cheer and joy to my downcast heart.  Mel has had a rough journey this past year in her battle with cancer (cancer sucks BTW) and God was using her to help me realize that God still has my journey in His very capable hands.  Now, what does all of this mean?  Well, time for some back story and then some really old backstory. 

Backstory on why I needed cheering up.  This journey of Sabbatical does not date back to October when I resigned.  No, it is a 2 year old journey, with God doing the most stuff since July.  The journey started December 2016 when God started doing something in my life that He does in the lives of people who He is preparing for change.  He makes them restless and the status quo is no longer acceptable and will never be acceptable.  Sometimes He is going to move them, sometimes He is going to use them as a catalyst for change.  I was not sure what He was going t…

Can We Just Be Real?

You will have to forgive me because I am about to get on a soapbox.  Social media has frankly just ruined us.  No, you know I love social media, but the filter that it is run through has ruined us.  We just have to be perfect now.   Want proof?  Let me share with you.  Now, I know this is a joke, but it is the truth as well. 
Why do I use this as an example?  Because let's be honest, no little child, unless pressured by parents would choose the outfit on the left.  They want to be messy, play, be comfortable, and all sorts of things, but we feel so pressured as a society to be perfect for the camera that we have ALL stopped being real.   Everything in life must be Instagram worthy and it is making us ALL depressed.  
LIFE IS MESSY!  LIFE IS NOT PERFECT!   LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS CAMERA WORTHY!
Stop pressuring yourself to make every occasion look perfect.  Stop making yourself feel like every Birthday Party, Baby Reveal, Engagement Photo, and the rest of life's occasions needs to b…