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When God Gives You a Puppy: Thoughts on God’s Extravagant Provision


A Friendship Begins 🙂

I don’t think I’ll ever forget the way Kylie’s scream sounded as it echoed into the house the day our puppy, Max, was hit by that car.  That was the toughest of days for my family.

-Taking Max to the vet for x-rays and the subsequent bad news

-Gripping my little girls hand tight as she said her last goodbyes to her puppy

-Praising God in the storm…outside that animal hospital; resting in the truth that God inhabits the praises of His people and knowing that we SO needed to feel Him right then.

-Walking my little girl back into that same animal hospital 2 days later as she thanked the doctors that tried to save Max’s life

Life is Hard. God is Good.  But sometimes…God just SHOWS OFF!!!!

A few weeks after the tragedy we spent a good amount of time looking for a new dog.  Read the rest of this entry

The Morning Hour


There is that secret hour

Before the children stir

My books lay, still, beside me

Their message still a blur

The coffee still too hot to sip

The night’s still hanging on

Before Morning takes it’s rightful place

with the rising of the dawn.

I treasure most this tranquil time

with sleep still in my eyes

As God whispers a soliloquy

Breathed from his lips to mine

“So the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground, breathed life into his lungs, and the man became a living being.”

Genesis 2:7

A Letter to Aiden, My Beloved Son, On the Day of His Baptism


I’m writing this to you in the quietness of morning as you sleep. You’ve made the decision to be baptized, and today is the big day!

From the time you were old enough to speak I trained you to respond to me in a certain way whenever I said a specific phrase to you. I know you’ll recognize this:

Daddy: “Aiden, you are my beloved son.”

Aiden’s Reply: “with whom you are well pleased.”

While I know you probably always chalked this up as just another quirky thing about your daddy I want you to know why I did that and why this day is so significant to me.

Since before you were born I dreamed about who you’d become. Every parent does. I knew that the Lord wanted to use you in a big way to Worship Him and make His name famous! Oh, how we rejoiced the day you accepted Christ as your personal Lord and savior in Mrs. Henry’s kindergarten class. That was the day you said “YES” to God…Your only perfect father. This was an act of faith.

Jesus’ first act of obedience to his Father before beginning his ministry was to be baptized. He immediately told His followers that they too should do the same. He knew that our Faith in Him is strengthened in obedience.

The other day I asked you why you wanted to get baptized and it thrilled my soul when you simply answered, “Because Jesus told me to.”

I marveled at your faith.

You don’t have to get baptized to be saved, but you must get baptized to be obedient.

“And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 2:16-17

While God will have to work out the whole descending dove thing today, I wanted to be sure you realized what a joy it is to watch you walking in obedience to our Lord Jesus more and more every day!!!

Aiden, you are my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased! I am so proud of you!