Am I able to celebrate good things when bad things are happening? Sometimes I fall into the trap of waiting for my circumstances to line up just right, everyone to be nice to me, and the stars to align before I allow myself to enjoy life. Of course, these things have never actually occurred at the same time so rather than living a life doomed … Continue reading Are we having Fun?
My brother is a great guy, always has it together. I’m normally a bit of a mess… Ryan was the sort of kid who could roll underground and process things in a controlled manner so that what came out seemed reasonable. I was the other sort of kid whose “process” was verbal and outward and… NOW. I would say his childhood was in many regards … Continue reading The Lazarus Project
What has been dead and needs to come alive in you?
…Never do anything you wouldn’t want to have to explain to the paramedics when they come… Continue reading Valley of Dry Bones
Everything built on a lie falls. Just give it time. Matthew 7:26-27 The Message (MSG) 26-27 “….you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.” My daughter Katie is super sharp. She’s so sharp that it gets her into trouble. She struggles … Continue reading No. More. Secrets.
Horatio Spafford loses a son, nearly every real estate investment in the Great Chicago Fire, and his four daughters whose ship collided with another and sunk. On his own journey over the same waters to comfort his surviving wife, he pens the now-famous words It Is Well With My Soul. Listen to what came out of him when he was crushed beyond anything we could … Continue reading It Is Well With My Soul
Orphan Annie just couldn’t get a break. Annie is another movie my girls love that has annoying, yet catchy songs… I’ve had Hard Knock Life stuck in my head for the past two weeks while preparing a sermon about Jonah. I like that the people in the Bible are real people like I am, real messed up people who need a second chance. Jonah is … Continue reading Hard Knock Life
Pain can make you smarter but it doesn’t always. I’m not very good at pretending especially when the topic is pain so this might be a little raw for you… This will seem like an unusual way to end a series about parenting but I felt like it needed to come up in conversation as we normally avoid these sorts of topics until we’re in … Continue reading Pain
Your life is 10% what happens TO you and 90% your response to it. 10% Cause, 90% Effect. The longer I live the more I think this is true. Don’t pick the numbers apart and be like “I’m more of a 12% / 88% split…”, just get what it is I’m saying.. My dad lost his youngest sister Connie a few days ago and we … Continue reading Cause & Effect. Choice
Lovely Erin…. My aunt Lynda Kope said this to me before we were married: “When you get married you do it because of this and because of that. You stay married in spite of this and in spite of that.” She was right. One of my lifelong friends told me something before I’d met Erin about marriage that always stuck with me. “Corey, there are … Continue reading It’s Been 15 Years Baby!
Me: “Relax! What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Katie: “We could all die!!!” What do you do when disaster strikes? When the ship goes down? When he walks away? When she betrays you? When that phone call comes? Most of the time I talk about the areas of our lives we should be controlling. You reap what you sow… Make better decisions… you … Continue reading Let Go and Let God