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Love Is All We Need

minion guitarSongs have always moved me; some in a positive way, others just the opposite. Lines from songs have struck me as genius, some as profound, and some as simple truth. Interestingly, it took years for the truth of those lines to truly mean anything to me, and I too often wish I’d seen the wisdom in the words before I reached this age of… maturity. Yes, I admit, I wish I’d known then what I know now. I should have listened to the music.

Now… where I began is far behind me. I can’t even remember some of the roads I traveled, and I wonder how life might’ve been if I’d lived it all without fear.

We all do it. We scratch and claw our way to what we’re told is success, which translates to security, and then cling to it as if it can keep us safe from all harm, only to realize the light we obeyed for most of our years was the one in the middle; the yellow one. Oh sure, we often ignored and sped through it, telling ourselves if we stopped the guy behind us my plow into us. And so, we lived, caution being another word for fear. Green being just as frightening, and the red one to be avoided at all cost, because slowing down was bad enough, but stopping meant you’d given up, allowing something, someone, to take control.

But… what if we’d lived like we were dying? Would the knowledge our time was limited have caused us to throw caution to the wind? Would yellow have been meaningless, and red nothing more than a dare? How fast and how far would we have gone? Maybe not far. But we would have lived like there was no tomorrow. Or… like there was, and it counted. Counted, because it would give us more time to love, which, I’ve realized, perhaps too late, is what living is all about. Love is indeed, all we need.

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Slip Sliding Away

mount-hood-moonYears ago, while driving from Tacoma to Phoenix on a cold, clear winter night, I was passing Mount Hood, as a full moon rose over the mountain’s peak. I gazed out the driver’s-side window, awed by the spectacle, and as I basked in the beauty of it something suddenly dawned on me; I was looking at the mountain and moon through the windshield of my pickup.

Unknowingly, while gawking at the awesome scene, I’d come upon a patch of black ice, and was spinning out of control counterclockwise.

There I was, believing I was gliding down the highway, and suddenly—due to not focusing on what was important—I found myself slip sliding away.

At times, when we fail to stay focused on God, we will be distracted by things of this world, and suddenly realize we’re going the wrong direction, out of control, and headed for trouble.

Miraculously, without any action by me, the pickup went full circle and was facing the right direction just as I reached the end of the patch of ice.

I pulled over at the next roadside rest area and attempted to calm my nerves. I even tried to sleep, but my eyes were stuck wide-open, so after I stopped shaking, I continued my journey.

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14


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My Super Bowl

Two years ago we drove to Cashmere, Washington to see my youngest grandson, Nathan, play football. It was  a trip I’ll never forget.  This is the story I wrote the day after the game. Read the rest of this entry »

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It Was Suh-Weet!

I told y’all about our recent driving vacation, and a post on FB this morning reminded me of this driving story from when I was a shy innocent little kid. No, really, I was! Just ask my cousin Linda Marlene. She was a tad ornery back then, and liked to pick on us younger kids, like me and her little brother, Ed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Foobaw 2013 ~ Day Ten ~ Workin’ the Bugs Out

Foobaw 2013 ~ Day Ten!

Workin’ the Bugs Out

We got back to College Station last night, and things didn’t go that well. But, I’m not here to tell you about the little problems (one of them was ants, thus the title of this piece), because that’s not what I preach. Read the rest of this entry »

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Foobaw 2013 ~ Day Eight & Nine! ~ Winding Down

Foobaw 2013 ~ Day Eight & Nine!

Winding Down

Well, the vacation is almost over, and day eight was spent winding down from the excitement of the big game. We had breakfast at our hotel with Bill, Meegan, and the boys, then watched the Alabama/Texas A&M game at their house. Read the rest of this entry »

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Foobaw 2013 ~ Day Seven! ~ How Ya Like Me Now!?

Foobaw 2013 ~ Day Seven!

How Ya Like Me Now!?

After watching Nathan play football last night it’s hard to even concentrate on the other stuff from day seven of our trip! Read the rest of this entry »

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Foobaw 2013 ~ Day Seven! ~ Who Could Ask For More?

Foobaw 2013 ~ Day Seven!

Who Could Ask For More?

When Nathan was leaving the house to go suit up for the game, I told him, “Have fun, and play every play like it’s the last one you’ll ever play.” As I sit here this morning reflecting on the game and writing about it, I’m thinking maybe he took my encouragement to heart. Read the rest of this entry »

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Foobaw 2013 ~ Day Six~ White Lines and Wheat Fields!

Foobaw 2013 ~ Day Six!

White Lines and Wheat Fields!

The morning of day six found us in eastern Washington, and all we could see for miles was white lines and wheat fields. Read the rest of this entry »

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Foobaw 2013 ~ Day Five ~ Window Falls, Idaho?

Foobaw 2013 ~ Day Five!

Window Falls, Idaho?

Y’all ain’t gonna believe this! I’m still scratching my head, and Sherry’s still rubbing hers. Read the rest of this entry »

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