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We live by our Six Words and the Ten Pin Life Template.

Branded! Laugh and Enjoy

1. Stay Cuious. 2. Be Amazed. 3. Share Stories. That’s basically what I do. It’s who I am. I have a curious soul and a love of stories. It often gets me in trouble but always results in memorable stories.   The story below is ...

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day     If there’s anything DeDe and I  learned from nearly three years in Africa, it is this:  We are able to be happy anywhere. Home is truly where the heart is. Before going to another Continent, I seriously wasn’t sure ...

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A Good Word called Hospitality

A Tribal Code of Hospitality     … So he asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:29   I’ve never been to Afghanistan and probably never will go. It is a long and dangerous way from America. Especially hostile is the mountainous area that ...

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Prayer

A Word from Curt Thank you for praying for us. I have been well all week with only one day of sickness. I am so grateful.   My sweet wife DeDe is the most spiritual person I know.  I envy her steady intimate walk with ...

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The Week that Was: Photos and Sketches

The Week that Was   Be a superhero.  Write. Share. Influence your World.           A word from Curt Each weekend, I have my weekly review.  It’s an opportunity to look back over the past week. (I split my review from Saturday ...

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36 Years and Going Strong

Scroll down for “Director’s Cut Comments” on our wedding photo. 36 Years and Going Strong Let me set this straight. I married way above myself. Men, don’t laugh. Most of you are in the same category. The night in 1976 when I get the courage ...

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Thoughts on the Victory Dancer

  Today would be the 81st birthday of my Dad, Clayton Iles. Spending the month of July in the house he built has brought back such a flood of good memories. He was fun. He was solid. He was my Daddy   “A giant has ...

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The Harvest always follows the Plowing.

Plowing and The Harvest.   Enjoy the audio of this story. 1. Be Curious. 2. Be Amazed. 3. Tell about it.   I get in lots of trouble being curious. But I also learn so much. The best stories begin with a simple question,  “I ...

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LLL: On Life Long Learning

One of my key words is Gratitude. I want to live the Gratitude-filled life. Today, I’m especially thankful for all of you who’ve prayed for DeDe and I during our transition back to the U.S. Our hearts are still divided between Africa and Louisiana, but ...

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Holding the Rope

  A quick note: Thank you for holding the rope in prayer and encouragement for DeDe and me. Here are three ways to pray: 1.  Pray for two members of our Chadan team that will go to Chad in August. 2.  Pray for continued healing ...

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“Keep ‘er Between the Ditches.”

  A word from Curt Many of you are praying and holding the rope for us. Thank you. My dysentery bug has left me.  I hope for good. Pray for our trip this weekend to South Sudan.   “Keep ‘er between the ditches.” -Parting words ...

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The Most Popular Birthday and My Reading List

Reading friends, Today is a brief blog. I’ve been sick all week with a viral digestive bug.  Pray for healing.  I leave Saturday for a trip Up Country with my home church in Louisiana. Two things are on my mind and heart: One: Birthdays in ...

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The Open Hands Way to Live

  Elmer’s Open Hand I’m here in the dead heart of Africa.  It’s a country we’re calling (for now) “Dido.” DeDe and I have been here nearly a month and I’ve thought about Elmer Conner daily. Elmer Conner was one of my Lake Charles (Louisiana) ...

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Gleaning: Sketches and Shots on the Passionate Life

  A word from Curt The word is passion. It’s how I want to live my life. And you don’t have to come to Africa to live the passionate life. Part of my formula for the passionate life is journaling.  It’s been integral to my ...

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