Tough or Hard: The Choice is Yours

Tough or Hard   In front of me are three objects: a brick, a piece of leather, and a hammer. These make for a wonderful lesson. However, this story is not about the hardness of a brick, toughness of leather, or the pain of the hammer blow. This is a story about somebody. Objects don’t move us—but people do. Watching …

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Measure Twice/Cut Once

We’re highlighting stories from our short story collection, Deep Roots. Measure Twice, Cut Once   Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you. -Exodus 31:6   I’ve always loved watching an artist at work. To watch a skilled craftsman shape something with their hands—and heart—is a joy. As the above verse …

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You can hold the rope

Holding the Rope       When I ask you to hold the rope for us,  I’m deadly serious. Many of you were faithful to pray for DeDe and I in Africa. We need your prayer just as much back here in America. Thank you in advance for lifting us up. I’ve been thinking of my life statement,  “I want …

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It is a great privilege

East Beauregard High Stadium. “Fields of Faith” last Wednesday Wow.  Privilege It’s become my favorite word. It is a privilege. It’s a way of looking at the opportunities (and challenges) of our lives. It’s a privilege to serve, learn, grow, and be alive. I had one of the greatest honors of my life this week.  Speaking to hundreds of high …

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Every Picture Tells a Story: African Sojourn

  It’s true:  every picture does tell a story. It’s also a fact that a picture is worth a thousand words. These are the highlight images from our African sojourn. Enjoy. Dream. Pray. Clicking on an image will take you to the respective story that relates to the photo.    

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A Week of Encouragement

Everyone needs it. Encouragement! I’m studying the word encouragement this week. It’s a word describing what we all need. If there’s anything I’m learning, it’s that folks need encouragement. Hope. Courage. Inspiration. Come along for the journey this week. A journey of Encouragement.     What is your personal definition of encouragement?

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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 one of my favorite funny stories.  Not quite sure of the spiritual message (Maybe: be …

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LLL: On Being a “Life Long Learner”

On today’s blog, I’m sharing what I’m learning. I call it “LLL.” It’s Life Long Learning. What I’m reading:   What are you reading? What’s the best book you’ve read this year?   Best Novel I’ve read this year: All the Things You Cannot See   Best Personal Growth book so far this year: The Art of Work     …

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A Day in New Orleans is better than __________________.

  Let’s have a contest and some fun. I spent yesterday in New Orleans. The rest of Louisiana has a complex love-hate relationship with our most famous city. I’ve written about this in the past. I’m asking readers to fill in the blank with the best word. A Day in New Orleans is better than _____________. You can enter by …

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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 I could be really happy outside of Dry Creek, Louisiana.  I’m serious. I learned that …

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From Deep Roots: The Door

  During this month, we’re sharing stories from our short story collection, Deep Roots. It contains the stories that our readers and listeners have enjoyed over the years. Come join us in a journey to where my roots are. In an area of western Louisiana called the Piney Woods. Enjoy. “The Door” is one of my favorite stories.  It blends …

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On the Journey

  It’s Sunday and as always, we need your prayer. By praying, you are on the journey with us. Prayer isn’t the only thing we can do But it is the most important. Here are four  highlights: Tomorrow (Monday, October 5, I travel to New Orleans for a followup G.I. appointment. I’m having more good days than bad days but …

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F. Scott Fitzgerald in Dry Creek

Stories from the Creekbank, Cover

  Scott Fitzgerald   One song will forever link my mind with the summer of 1999.   The song is the “Charlie Brown theme song.” This is the song Schroeder is always plinking away at on Charlie Brown T.V. specials. Here’s why this song is still playing in my mind.   On the first day of camp when our counselors arrived, …

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