A Place of Peace

This morning, I took a look at the archives of my writings. The following is the first post I ever put out there for the world to read. As I reflect back on where I’ve been, where I am now and where I would like to go, I keep Christ at center. He is the rock that I stand upon. I pray this morning that … Continue reading A Place of Peace

The Great Beginning Of An End

There is a certain feel that surrounds us this time of year. Here in the Ohio valley, we welcome the cool nights. The golden glow of the setting sun, now leaning further towards the southern horizon. Different colors are now replacing the lush greens of our rolling hills. There is a shortened time of light between the end of labors, and the beginning of settling … Continue reading The Great Beginning Of An End

Personal Struggles Are Sometimes Revealing, And Refining

I sometimes hate weekends. My wife has a third-shift job that she works on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. My kids go to their grandparent’s house for the weekend most of the time. Saturday is a day of rest for me, and let me tell you, it is a much needed time for me. I have a very physical job, so rest is something that I … Continue reading Personal Struggles Are Sometimes Revealing, And Refining

“You’re Grounded! For Life!”

“This Bible! So many rules!” This is the mindset I had several years ago. As I was being introduced to the Lord and learning about His Word, everything that I was reading was about a bunch of rules, and how I did not measure up. I would read, go to a “church” that constantly reminded of how imperfect I was, and beat myself to a … Continue reading “You’re Grounded! For Life!”

The Spotlight Is Incredibly Blinding

What we accomplish has great reward. We set out to do a good deed, or go to a school in order to receive a degree. We work our way up the ladder within the corporate world. As we progress in whatever success we have dedicated ourselves to, we reflect on the work that we have put in. We experience feelings of euphoria, or happiness. We … Continue reading The Spotlight Is Incredibly Blinding

A Spiritual Shelter of Refuge

Many things enter my mind that I not only make a mental note of, but also enter into the memo app on my phone. They are things of importance that I know will be forgotten within a short amount of time. Periodically, I go into my memo and take a look at my short thoughts from the past. I’ve read one of my notes today … Continue reading A Spiritual Shelter of Refuge

The Competition Within Ourselves

There was a certain kid in my grade as I was growing up who always had to win. Basketball was his favorite thing to do, and he was always practicing in the parking area behind his home. When we would play at school, I remember the kid yelling about bad plays, or bad shots. He was always so frustrated with everyone, and I’m sure it … Continue reading The Competition Within Ourselves

The Mysterious Trail Of Thoughts

There are days where I am so deep in thought. It seems to be a thing I’ve carried as I walk along the roads of my journey. In past times, I would periodically sit in the woods for hours, just thinking. Thinking about the life I was living, and how empty it really was. I would think about all of the ugliness within it. I … Continue reading The Mysterious Trail Of Thoughts

A Crashing Wave Of Patience

The beach; a place of peace. A picturesque collection of white sands, turquoise waters and crashing waves. A wonderful getaway that will bring peace and relaxation to my tired body, and soul. Warm water, sunshine and the company of my family. A time to make memories, and to breathe in all of the nice experiences we will have within the coming week. Ahhhh…very nice. Do … Continue reading A Crashing Wave Of Patience

Refined Relativity

A few years ago, I had experienced a difficult time within my personal life. I was going through a major refining moment, and really had to dig deep inside of myself. I had to make some changes. My comfortable family life was being jeopardized, because of my actions. There were a lot of things that were being pointed out to me that had never been … Continue reading Refined Relativity

Hidden Idolatry Within Our Gloating

Matthew 6:1-4 (NKJV) Do Good to Please God Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory … Continue reading Hidden Idolatry Within Our Gloating

Not Worthy Of Such A Beautiful Heart

Today, my wife and I are celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary. There is not a day that goes by in which I do not thank God for the wonderful woman He has placed in my life. I really stop and think about how we have grown together, pretty often. The road that we have traveled has not been perfect, and some of the bumps along … Continue reading Not Worthy Of Such A Beautiful Heart

Why, God?

The following is the last chapter of a book titled, “Overcoming Worry Anxiety and Fear.” It is a very well-written book, and it has made a tremendous impact in my journey. Not only is it packed with info pertaining to anxiety, worry and fear, and the devastating grip it can have on people, it is also Christian-based. I am posting the last chapter. It is … Continue reading Why, God?

The Greatest!

Oh man, the degrees of pride. I started thinking about this deeply early this morning. I’m constantly working around a bunch of men who are facing many different tasks within the work day. There are a lot of different errors that can occur, and many different opinions will surface within our high-paced environment. There are often times when the strong slandering starts flying from our … Continue reading The Greatest!

Pity

Can anyone put a time limit on grieving? It is a heartbreaking experience to hear another tell you to, “get over it,” or “suck it up.” We can’t say to someone how long it must take for them to get passed something that is painful. Cutting. Something that totally messed someone up. The death of a loved one. Abuse. The mind games that people play. … Continue reading Pity

The Cover Of Night

I woke up in my recliner around 2 A.M. this morning. My sleep patterns have been really weird this week. Between putting in a lot of physical work and not getting much rest throughout the past several evenings, I have been getting up several hours before my work day has even began. Last night I had dinner, took a shower and passed out in my … Continue reading The Cover Of Night

Staying Afloat

I am very focused on letting the right things in, and leaving the wrong things out. I developed this focus not only because of harmful past experiences, but also because the new life in which I am living now, consists of love. Love is something that I had never really understood or accepted as I was growing up. Within this new personal focus; this love … Continue reading Staying Afloat

An Open Cage

Throughout my life, I have always had a habit of isolating. I’d spend time alone. It was in these times that I would run into many difficulties. There were times when the isolating was a great thing for me. When you are an introvert, you sometimes need to separate yourself from the rest of the world in order to feel like yourself. Only an introvert … Continue reading An Open Cage

A Different View (written one year ago)

Our dryer went out today, so I went to the laundromat. I remember coming here years ago. After a messed up, decade-long relationship had ended with my ex, and after my best bud died, I hated the life I was living. I had to start over, or I was going to lose it. I wanted a new life, so I started one. By myself. I … Continue reading A Different View (written one year ago)

Simplicity

What’s it all for, this life? We are walking on a planet that is spinning through space. Some are worrying about things like what the next person is thinking about them. Some wondering when they will find true love with someone else. Some striving to make enough money, not knowing just how much enough is. Some working towards a goal, that will bring some sort … Continue reading Simplicity

Moving Forward

My supervisor at work has a thing that I have heard him say many times throughout the years. After we’d hit a point within our daily work that brought on some kind of major problem that needed to be resolved, we would resolve the issue and he would say, “moving forward” somewhere within his dialogue. My supervisor is a very focused and organized man. I … Continue reading Moving Forward

A Confidant

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:6-7 NLT I never really prayed throughout my adult years. Early on in my life I guess … Continue reading A Confidant

A Place of Peace

Today I woke up. Praise God for another day. It is no surprise to me that I have been going through difficult times lately. I don’t mean in the material world. My life is very blessed with the things that I need. I work hard for what I have. What I mean by difficult times is what is going on within me. I have been … Continue reading A Place of Peace