Category: Thought

Behold – I Do A New Thing

It has been a while since I have written. Between school, work, my podcast, and other ventures, writing has taken a back seat. It isn’t intentional. Though, I often wonder if God gives us a break on things to rejuvenate on our creativity. Maybe…

Parenting | Consistency

“Consistency is the true foundation of trust. Either keep your promises or do not make them.” ― Roy T. Bennett We often find ourselves, as parents, wanting to get out of something we said that we would do. When you work 40+ hours a week,…

Parenting | Grace

‘But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Three times I pleaded…

Three Lies Disappointment Tells You

The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way. Robert Kiyosaki I recently had a disappointment in my career that set me back for a few hours….

Parenting | Everything is NOT Handed to You

“Nothing worth having comes easy” – unknown A recent conversation with one of our kiddos led to this comment – everything is not handed to you. We live in a time where children are taught that everyone gets a trophy, everyone gets a good…

Marriage | And The Two Became One

It is only fitting that on our anniversary that I write on our marriage. What most do not know is that we have been through hell and our marriage has more than survived – it has thrived. From losing jobs to financial disasters, from…

Writing | The Barricade

Lately, I feel what a lot of writers feel which is that I have hit a barrier as to what to write for my readers. I have no end of content as I have three children, a wife, a job, and a church. It…

Marriage | With That Being Said…

“Kind words are like honey-sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” Proverbs 16:24  Have you ever heard of the saying, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all?” Perhaps made famous by the fluffy wise rabbit called Thumper from Bambi, we…

Grateful in the Mist

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 There are few things in life that can rattle you to the core. One of those is having a car accident. When it is…

The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. Lao Tzu As a writer, there is nothing more daunting than a blank page. Wait…writer’s block is even more daunting. Then, a very close second is a blank page….

Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

Some things in life are better left unsaid. We are so quick to say our own piece of what we believe yet we don’t gather all of the facts before we throw them all up on other people. That has been the reason I…

Tell Me That You Didn’t Ask That

I went to the dentist to get my cleaning done. This is not my favorite thing to do. As a matter of fact, I have had my share of dentists and orthodontists visits in my time on this earth. I know the importance of…

When Persistence Pays Off

The past six months or so, I have been preparing for the Security + exam through CompTIA. In order to understand why this is worth writing about, I must take you back to 2017. I had been looking for a job with no prospects….

I Would Have Loved To Have Been In On This Conversation

I was reading in Mark 9 this morning and came across this passage; “Six days later, Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John, and brought them up on a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them; and His garments…

When You Can’t, He Can

I was reading about the Exodus today and something jumped out at me that I really hadn’t paid attention to fully before. I noticed it, but it did not fully make sense to me until today. All throughout the first few chapters, Moses responded…

Book Review | Leadershift – John Maxwell

In typical John Maxwell fashion, he takes the 11 essential changes and makes them not only understandable but relatable to any person who is a leader or wants to be one. These practical tips will help you to become not just a leader but…

Unknown

One of the scariest things that you and I will ever encounter is the unknown.  The unknown is an abyss of questions, concerns, worries, and fears. At the same time, it is an abyss of hope, faith, and dreams. Still, we find ourselves not…

Book Review| Everyday Millionaires – Chris Hogan

I am pretty familiar with Chris Hogan and the other Ramsey Personalities from my time in following this team. It is no surprise that their message is on par with being debt free and building wealth. This book is no exception. Where this book…

Two Years | Despise Not The New Beginnings

It has now been two years since my departure from the ministry. That’s hard to believe. To think that the near decade that I was there flew by, these past two seem faster. Maybe it is because I am older or perhaps it is…

When God Says No

I come from the religious ilk where prayer is something you do over your meal and what you do at night before bed.  I honestly don’t remember a relationship being formed or anything like that. Just saying a prayer. After I left that church,…

When Grace Prevails

It is a vicious cycle, isn’t it? You lose your temper. You drop the notorious F-bomb. You run the red light. You commit some egregious sin. Whatever the case may be, you have failed and now, you feel absolutely horrible. We just can’t shake…

Thoughts | Did I hear from God or was that last night’s pizza?

Have you ever stepped out in faith thinking that you heard from God only to find out that it possibly could have been last night’s pizza? We have all had that feeling. If you haven’t then just wait, it is coming! Seriously though, we…

Book Review | The Allies:Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II

The Allies was a great book that captured the heart and soul of these three leaders. Each leader’s life is chronicled from beginning to end in a great way in this book. I was amazed at the details that the author put into not only…

Nope – I Do Not Always Understand

“I don’t think that we’re meant to understand it all the time. I think that sometimes we just have to have faith.” – Nicholas Sparks Just when you think that Murphy couldn’t do any more damage, he decides to sideswipe you. You just can’t…

A Dream of Unity

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr. He would have been 90 years old. A life cut short by an assassin’s bullet, Martin Luther King, Jr….

You Be You

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” — Steve Jobs Ever find yourself trying to live the life that your parents always want you to have or your friends think that you should have? At one point, I found…

Thoughts | You Have Something to Offer

You always have something to offer. The widow brought her offering. The prostitute washed the feet of Jesus with her hair. The woman poured perfume on Jesus’ head. Abram brought his tithe to Melchizedek. The rich man offered his tomb. You have something to…

Thoughts | Breaking into Greatness

  Never be ashamed in trying to better yourself. The world would try to hold you back and cause you to question your motives and your rights. Don’t be alarmed! You’re not experiencing something new or unknown. Millions debunked these feelings and moved forward…

Thoughts |He Helps

I love God’s word and I love when I find something new in it that I have never read before. I came across this gem in Luke; “And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed,  saying, “Father, if you are willing,…

Thought | Love Takes Time

Have you ever heard the saying that “love is spelled t-i-m-e?” It is so true. You cannot buy love. Money does not make someone feel loved. Things do not make someone feel loved. Sex does not make someone feel loved. Anything material does not…

Thoughts | In Awe of God’s Provision

I paid our bills yesterday and one of them is a portion of our mortgage payment. I was looking at the balance was surprised. I usually check it once a month, but it slipped my mind in December.  When I checked it today, I…

Hope | When All Else Fails – Have Hope

You will be rewarded for this;    your hope will not be disappointed. Proverbs 23:18 Could you imagine this promise from God’s word coming to pass in your life? Knowing that if you don’t give up and if you persevere, that your hope is going…

Thoughts | To Dream Again

For nearly 20 years, I have had this dream. I mean a big, hairy, audacious dream. A dream that in the eyes of other people is impossible. For me, it was impossible. In 2016, we were getting closer and closer to getting this dream…

Thought | You Didn’t Order That

Thomas….. Oh, where did I go wrong, Thomas? I simply wanted dinner with my family. Instead, we have a thought for Customer Service and entertainment for the evening. I guess I better start over for those who are not included in this inside information….

Thought | You Cannot Fill A Well With An Empty Bucket

Let me start by saying this, the post that I am writing is in no way meant to bring condemnation. This post is to encourage you to be your best self for you so that you can be your best self for others. With…

Thought | Reflecting To Break Free

“Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead.” Yvonne Woon I am not one to dwell on the past. After many years fighting anxiety, fear, worry, and all the other things that come with it, I have…

Thought | Forgive Me While I Try Not to be Cynical

I try not to be cynical. It is not something that I want to do. The old adage “if you don’t believe anything good will ever happen, you won’t be disappointed if it doesn’t” kind of rings a lot in my life. Naturally, I…

The Most Unlikely Audience

Imagine with me a clear, star-filled night. You are surrounded by sheep as far as the eye can see. Nearby is the lead shepherd and he is keeping watch over the flock. It is so quiet that not even the animals are making a…

Thoughts | Well, That Was Unexpected

Imagine yourself in the feet of Joseph and Mary the day before Jesus was born. On a journey to Bethlehem, the had to go for between 80 to 90 miles to the City of David for the Roman census. The trek wasn’t an easy…

Together We Run

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”                                                            …

In the Shadow of the Almighty

  I am amazed at the awesomeness of God.  I seriously stand amazed at what God is doing and will do for His kids.  In Psalm 91, it says that “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in…

Salvaging Christmas

For years, there has been an all-out assault n Christmas. Never has there been a time in our country’s history where people were so offended and Christmas is no exception. I guess it would confirm what the Bible has told us from time to…

God’s Ultimate Repayment Plan

       In the past situations that I have been in, I have found myself wondering why things happen the way that they do. It wasn’t until recently that I realized that it’s none of my business why it happens but that I…

Book Review | The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Patrick Lencioni has a great way to tell a story that so many of us as team members go through. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is a great parable on how the dysfunctions of a team could destroy a company or fixing them could…

4 Traps to Avoid as a Blogger

Writing is a great way to express your thoughts and opinions. You can get them all out at one time and not be interrupted in the process. You can change your words, replay them, and portray them as you would have said them in…

Book Review | Enduring Trials God’s Way

Scott LaPierre’s best-selling and award-winning book, Enduring Trials God’s Way is a great study on how to biblically stand during life’s hardest trials.  Throughout the book, Pastor LaPierre speaks about the many characters through the Bible that went through trials and how they came out on the…

Book Review | Activating the Power of God’s Word

Kyle Winkler is no stranger to the power of God’s word and the message behind it.  Featured on TBN, It’s Supernatural, and many different programs across the globe.  Traveling the world while teaching the word of God and instilling hope to the hopeless, Kyle has written this…

You Are Destined For Success

You are not destined to be impoverished. You are destined to succeed in all that you do. God has destined you to move forward and not backward.  God has purposed you to be successful. In Genesis, He instructed mankind to go and “take dominion…

Book Review | The Alchemist

This book truly took me by surprise when I began reading it. I wasn’t sure if I would like it and had even contemplated on not reading it at all. It was in chapter 2 that I began to see the point of this…