The Power of “I Am ______” Statements

As the lucky inheritor of a bunch of grandkids (my wife has 8 from her life BL, Before Lang), I've noticed an interesting trend. When they say "I am _______", the blank is typically filled in by non-positive things. I point this out becauseour "I am" statements and thoughts strongly influence how we feel and … Continue reading The Power of “I Am ______” Statements

Love First … and Ask Questions Later

Love first, and ask questions later. I was in the air force and come from a military family, so the old saying, “Shoot first and ask questions later”, is imbedded in my brain. I feel over the last 10-15 years, though, I’ve been on a slippery slope into Love; in that, experiences, studies, and beliefs have … Continue reading Love First … and Ask Questions Later

The Sweet Freedom of Admitting: “I was Wrong.”

I was wrong. How often do we say that? Receive that gift from others? Hear those we look up to admit it? More than a thousand years before Descartes said, "I think therefore I am", Augustine sagely concluded: "I err, therefore I am." Truly, to err is to be human. We break things, hurt people, believe things we … Continue reading The Sweet Freedom of Admitting: “I was Wrong.”

Blog Move, News, & 3 Beautiful Gifts of Christianity to Humanity

Beautiful People, I'm SO excited. Not only did the press release for my self-published memoir go out yesterday (you can check the book out here: https://amzn.to/342nhIC), I just started school to get a Doctorate in Spiritual Formation to become a life coach! So, between the book coming out, my future in life coaching, and ongoing … Continue reading Blog Move, News, & 3 Beautiful Gifts of Christianity to Humanity

A Love Letter to Myself

If I had a life song, to this point I think it'd be "Never Enough" (from The Greatest Showman), because I can never do or achieve enough to satisfy myself.  Whether it's my weight on a scale, my pace for a run, how long I hold a handstand, my grades in a class, the "likes" I … Continue reading A Love Letter to Myself

What if We Lived “Namaste”?

What's inspiring and encouraging you these days?  While people in our hometown have always seemed friendly to me, since we started social distancing, those in Poulsbo have turned their friendliness volume up a couple notches.  I say this because every weekend Lisa and I have been going on long, four-mile walks, and time-and-again the people … Continue reading What if We Lived “Namaste”?

Freedom, Celebration, and Unity: The Meaning of the Cross

What does the cross and Easter mean to you?  There are SO many theories and such a variety of beliefs, it's almost as if the cross's impact is too poignant and powerful for words!  In this year of seeing things clearly (2020), I'm choosing to meditate on and be enlivened by three main meanings Jesus gave it, … Continue reading Freedom, Celebration, and Unity: The Meaning of the Cross

The Real Gift of Christmas is YOU: A Tale of Two Ways of Living

Cheers to you! My wife and I have been watching "The Good Place", a show about the afterlife.  In this poignant and hilarious show, a demon "breaks bad", people sent to hell get better, and they explore big topics like what makes a person "good" and what inspires one to become better.  It flips the … Continue reading The Real Gift of Christmas is YOU: A Tale of Two Ways of Living

12 Gifts of Christianity

Cheers to you! 6+ years ago when I moved to Poulsbo, while I was unpacking, I came across the wedding vows my soon to be ex-wife and I had written for each other.  I decided to read them, and I don't know if I've ever been more undone and washed out by grief than in … Continue reading 12 Gifts of Christianity

Finding Purpose and Healing in Shame

What do you do with your shame stories?  When my dad was a boy his father, who he had a special connection with, was killed overseas.  My mom was adopted and never met her bio parents.  When I was a boy my parents divorced, and since my dad was in the Army, I was separated … Continue reading Finding Purpose and Healing in Shame