Telling the Story of His Wondrous Love…  [a Christmas memory]
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Telling the Story of His Wondrous Love… [a Christmas memory]

My [almost] oldest childhood friend gifted me this photo of us for my high school graduation. I believe it was taken shortly after moving to Hometown, OK from Dallas, TX. Late in the fall of ‘73 my little brother and I stayed with my grandparents while our new home was being readied for our arrival….

How to Cultivate a Life of JOY…
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How to Cultivate a Life of JOY…

At the end of last year, I felt more joy-depleted than joyful. Life’s circumstances had me feeling battered and bruised. But the testing of my faith produced long-lasting evidence of fruit in my life–of which I’m eternally grateful! Perhaps you’ve been there yourself? Or perhaps, joyless is an accurate depiction of your current circumstances? If…

Lessons in Becoming [how to become all that God created us to be]…
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Lessons in Becoming [how to become all that God created us to be]…

You would never know by looking, but this young woman [circa ‘97] is “in between” life seasons. And in less than two years, she will land in Nashville to carve a life. A dream she didn’t know “to dream” for herself as a young girl. But a life, God was calling her to—nonetheless.  As we…

10 Ways to Respond When You’ve Been “Ghosted.”
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10 Ways to Respond When You’ve Been “Ghosted.”

We’ve all been “ghosted” in some form or fashion in our lifetime, haven’t we? Perhaps we’ve even ghosted a person or two ourselves?  “Ghosting” occurs when someone suddenly cuts off communication with you without any explanation, leaving the “ghosted” person scratching their heads wondering, What went wrong!? Ghosting, in most instances, says more about the…

Talk to Your Kids… [Active Shooter Alert: The Call No Parent Wants to Receive]
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Talk to Your Kids… [Active Shooter Alert: The Call No Parent Wants to Receive]

One fall morning in 2015, I received a call no parent wants to receive… An active shooter was reported on my daughter’s campus. And not only was the shooter in her immediate vicinity, but he was headed towards the College of Business. As she took cover in a professor’s office along with her classmates, we…

What is My Calling [or Purpose] in This Life?
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What is My Calling [or Purpose] in This Life?

Calling was central in my life as a young adult. I instinctively understood what “was” and “wasn’t” my calling. As strange as it may sound, I distinctly felt “called” to be a Christian in a secular industry. Turns out, the life God was calling me into, eventually, led me to Nashville. A life, no doubt,…