Summer Thinking Kind of Thoughts

I have attempted to update my blog about 18 times this summer. I haven’t posted a single thing that I’ve written. I write them up and then save them to post the next morning after I ponder them over. Then I just keep pondering and never post them. Sometimes I think I don’t post because…

Happy Birthday, Lacey.

Today marks 25 years of life that my wife has lived on this earth. For a quarter of a century, the world has had an opportunity to know the woman I think is the most beautiful and brave. She makes me laugh everyday and at the same time she has a depth that is beyond…

5-Year-Olds

When Lace and I left Keizer and youth ministry almost a year ago, I remember my friend, Jolene, saying something about me ending up working in kids ministry or something someday. I laughed. I thought that certainly, there is no way I would work with kids that age, especially not full-time. Turns out, I’ve spent…

Beginning Update

A few sweet weeks ago, I finished year one of grad school. I’ve wanted to sit down and plot out some thoughts for a while now, but have been sick for the last twoish weeks. This has given me more than enough time to think about all that has happened over the course of the…

Forgotten Stories

[my writing soundtrack tonight.] Sometimes you need to write things and feel the freedom to put various punctuation marks wherever the heck you want to put them. Sometimes you gotta write something so you can use contractions and fluctuate between tenses and points of view and not care that technically your writing isn’t all the…

in the darkroom

Sometimes you are writing and reading too much and your brain feels full and you remembered that you lost your journal that you’ve been writing personal things in since the beginning of the year and because of that you haven’t been dealing with things or even praying enough and so you’re sitting in a coffee…

Morning Truth.

I’m wearily eating a bowl of cheerios and tearing up watching a video someone posted on facebook and then laughing at the awesomeness of another. As I sip my coffee, my heart could use a little more. My brain needed a better kickstart. I’ve been plugging through the letter of Galatians over the last week…

Choose Your Own Adventure

  I have been working for a few weeks at putting all of these thoughts into words that make sense. Today, as I give these words another shot, I may still fail at articulating all of the emotion and reason going into this next season of life, but here is the beginning. If you know…

Saturday Love.

I’ve spent my Saturday all over the place. This morning some friends from church and I spent a few hours putting together candy bags and writing cards to 100 foster parents in our county. I then spent a few hours with some good friends and kids building our summer garden. I did all of it…

best friday

My heart is never not heavy on this day. It’s the day each year i spend the most time reflecting on the sacrifice of Jesus. Its sort of overwhelming. Last night, as my high school students, leaders, and i reflected on the cross of Christ, i prayed that we would not walk away unchanged in light of our…

Tension

I’m learning to embrace tension. I’m learning that everything won’t be like I want it to be…everything (this side of heaven) won’t be the way its supposed to be. Even as I realize that truth, I know that I’ll never stop playing my part in bringing the Kingdom Jesus brings to this broken world.  Today…

Hispaniola Adventure Part Uno

Sometimes God needs to take you several thousand miles away to wake you up and remind that you’re alive. Even more importantly, sometimes God has to take you great distances to remind you that HE is alive. There isn’t much more important than that beautiful truth. Let me tell you today, God is alive. He…