Dealing in Hope

“A leader is a dealer in hope” Napoleon Bonaparte 

Leadership

Hard Things

https://youtu.be/PRGnftH_g4I Whether it's a song or a well written book, there are few things I love more than immersing myself into a great storyline. One of my favorite storytellers is Carrie Newcomer. Her words speak to my heart and cause me to think deeper and...

The Intersection of Stories

  This ministry that found me several years ago here in Elkhart continues to challenge and stretch me in ways that are important and necessary. I've learned that pain and suffering are not exclusive to celebration. In fact,...

In Pursuit

This is a blurb from a talk I gave a couple weeks ago that helped us think about the extent to which we go to serve others. If you're interested in hearing the entire message you can find it here. (Please pardon the less-than-stellar quality of the video.) ...

Outlaw Saturdays

Saturday mornings! I love them so much! At this stage of life with Refresh Hair Design Studio in full swing and Brenda immersed in everything that goes into building a new business, I'm usually on my own. Guess what one of my favorite things is?? Well, a year ago when...

We do

A couple of weeks ago Branford Marsalis played the Goshen College Music Center and, since I purchased season passes for the music series at the college, Brenda and I attended the concert.  I enjoyed it. Brenda didn't.  After 28 years of marriage our...

Watching and Learning…still…again

Yesterday Brenda and I spent the day on Siesta Key enjoying the warm Florida sunshine. When we stepped out of the truck and walked to the beach chairs, we chuckled as both of us started coughing at about the same time. Not giving it another thought, we rested, read...

Yes, I know…again

This morning, Facebook reminded me that today, 6 years ago I wrote a blog post that was a reflection of recent life experiences. As I read and allowed my mind to wander to that period of life I'm mindful of the faithfulness of God...in the middle of it all...there He...

Friends – At Just The Right Time

At key moments I've had people come into my life, even when I didn't know I needed them and often when I didn't think I had any room in my life for more people. But there they were intruding, interrupting and turning me around and upside down. So this weekend as I...

Qualities of our heart

GHOST STORIES week 2 | THE FRUIT As promised, here are some of my notes regarding the qualities of our heart or fruit of the spirit, from yesterdays talk. I'm praying for you today, that these distinctives would be present and alive in your life today. - g We, all of...

Be kind, tender hearted..

Last weekend I stepped into "my" meadow to talk about the tragic events of the week and to offer these words of hope and encouragement.    “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under...

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