Showing posts from May, 2012

Memorial Day Thoughts

*Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  As a marker it typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
 By the early 20th century, Memorial Day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, as people visited the graves of their deceased relatives in church cemeteries, whether they had served in the military or not. It also became a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family gatherings, fireworks, trips to the beach, and national media events such as the Indianapolis 500 auto race, held since 1911 on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.*Wikipedia As I reflect today on the many who sacrificed their lives for freedom, I am thankful, for Men and Women of valor who when duty ca…

On Your Way!

I love spring. Birds tweeting, bee's buzzing, flowers blooming, and young and not so young men and women are receiving diplomas!

Academic rigors give way to academic accomplishment!
And life beckons, inviting them to step out into the unknown, and move toward adult years!
Relatives of graduates sit row upon row in auditoriums and stadium bleachers to hear their loved one's name called, those few seconds of verbal recognition belong to the graduate, but for those who love them, they are also a part of that small segment of time that separates the student from the graduate...and we applaud!
Much like a baby bird who faces the uncertainty of flight, our young men and women will test their wings. In the flying and near flying (Think hard landings, and life hurts) they will stabilize and soar.
Looking back from the vantage point of my own life experience I would, if I could remind them:
1.Continuing education is important, keep reaching, believing there is no limit but the sky…

In Honor of Two Awesome Moms!

I have been so blessed with the people who I am thinking about at this very moment:)
Strong, yet tender, loving and firm when needed, they are compassionate and understanding. It’s a fact that the early years of life, find a child vulnerable and impressionable. God was so kind to place my life in the arms of my mom.
Truly many of the best years of my life, were spent in the arms of another man’s wife!
Now before you think you have a scandal to report…think about it, I am talking about my Mom!
She is my friend, and a great counselor. Tomorrow (May 11th)  is her birthday, and truly anyone who has ever really gotten to know her are thankful that she was born! I celebrate her every day! 
My mother in law Barbara is an amazing woman in her own right. She is warm and kind. She loves the Lord, and she is a decided woman of prayer. She has been a pivotal adviser to me countless times! 

When I decided to pursue a Doctorate she was always cheering me on, and told me often that the Lord would use me …

Memorial Stone 12: Risk and new beginnings in a land that is forever West!

Risk such a small word, and yet very powerful.  Risk is something we often try to avoid.  We have multiple insurance policies to limit our exposure to it. What is it that makes the idea of risk so troubling to us? I think it is because risk is connected with the unknown, and the unknown makes us a bit edgy.   

We like predictability, stability…but when you embrace risk, real risk…you leave security behind. 
I have learned that there is another side of risk, sometimes it really works out! Sometimes when we leave what we think is stability is in actuality a chain that keeps one from flying! If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary- Jim Rohn
In February of 2007 after much prayer and counsel I decided to walk away from a Church and a $70,000 a year job.  I felt God was calling me into a ministry of traveling, preaching, teaching and assisting Churches.  At the time Laura was not working and we had a very meager savings account.  I vividly remember …