Make the Most of Your Time (plus a book in the works)

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.Ephesians 5:15-16 The Greek word translated “your time” in this passage is kairos, which refers more to our whole time here on earth than it does to the minutes and hours in our days. We in the English-speaking world tend to view time like a lap pool at the YMCA — we’re standing at one end, and the thing we want is at the other end — so we simply have to cross the pool as quickly
Continue Reading

Eleven Years Later

12/26/12 12/26/12Snow starts falling lightly in Jackson, MI as we load up our vehicle for the long drive to Charlotte, NC. Christmas was so special yesterday; our first as a married couple. We pass the small evergreen that Lane cut down for us as we walk back and forth from apartment to vehicle countless times. In the car and on the road, the snow picks up a bit.  12/26/23 12/26/23It’s been an unusually warm few days for this time of year in Saint Johns, MI. Yesterday’s Christmas was such a nice day that we even took all three kids for
Continue Reading

Thou Changest Not

This photo was taken shortly after we were married in 2012. Only the Lord knew how the next 11 years would look for us as we eagerly prayed for, hoped, and dreamed of what it would hold. I was working as a new nurse, Lane was going to pursue his TESL degree, we both had just finished Bible school and were so excited to get overseas to share the most precious story of our Rescuer with those who haven’t had a chance to hear.  God had other plans.     This past weekend we took our three kids to Mackinaw
Continue Reading

A Father’s Prayer

Lord, You put me in charge of this familyHelp me to lead them humbly and manfully Thank You for a wife who makes me a better man Use me to love her and help me to understand  As for the three little souls You’ve given to us I ask these next things so that in You they’ll trust  Give me thick skin to weather their childish outbursts And a tender heart that comforts all their hurts  Fill my arms with love that understands how they feel And my spine with holy battle-hardened steel Keep my eyes fixed ahead and free from distraction Keep my hands
Continue Reading

Healthy Tension

A physical therapist and I were talking goals a few years ago during one of my sessions. I had just finished a butt-kicking round of assisted walking, and the two of us were tuckered out but excited. I had made some big physical gains in the several months he and I had been working together.  “Lane, if you keep this up I can have you using a walker within the year.” My ears perked up at the suggestion, but I also had reality to face. The presence of a brain that makes my body do the opposite of what I
Continue Reading