evening devotions


We took the kids to the park this evening.  There was an orange bench there and for some reason it reminded me of you.  I think it was the way it took me by surprise, looks a little out of place, and yet, somehow it still works. I wished you were here to see it with me.

I miss your feet in bed at night.  In these recent years this is one of my favorite parts about being married.  The days at camp have felt pretty normal but the nights have taken longer to adjust to.  Having you there next to me makes the unfamiliar room feel safe in the dark.

I thought of you a lot today.  Hopefully you’re having fun lots of fun down there.  I’m not sure what guys do on rare trips like this.  Maybe you’re up talking and smoking cigars or maybe you were just tired and went to bed.   That’s what I’m gonna do as soon as the kids settle down.

They aren’t going to bed very well tonight.  They didn’t last night either.  I just spanked them and now I’m sitting in here with them.  I think you’re right.  I’ve been way too easy on them over the years.  It breaks my heart when they don’t listen to me.  I take it so personally.

Elianna just hugged me.  She didn’t say anything.  She didn’t need to.  She just climbed over the bed and gave me a long warm hug.  I wasn’t even crying.   I guess she saw the stress or look of sadness on my face.  I feel a little better now.  Thanks be to God.

These are the times when I’m certain He’s doing something right.







a quick word


We heard from the boys.

Jake drove to where he had a signal and called Tara.  She Facebooked the rest of the wives.

He said they’re all doing well.


For some reason the message combined with the pictures made me tear up.


I can’t even explain why.

morning devotions


It’s 8:06 and we were supposed to leave at 8.

The kids and I are road tripping our way to Minnesota.  It’s kind of a long story, but basically, Daddy has disappeared into the black bear heart of Tennessee for a few days and nights of living off the grid.  He and his four closest friends in the world scheduled a much needed man trip.   I’m so happy for them and there’s so much more I want to say about all this.

But now it’s 8:21 and we’re supposed to leave at 8:30.

Victory in Jesus


DSC_0913Did you feel the mountains tremble
by Martin James Smith

Did you feel the mountains tremble?
Did you hear the oceans roar?
When the people rose to sing of
Jesus Christ the risen one


Did you feel the people tremble?
Did you hear the singers roar?
When the lost began to sing of
Jesus Christ the saving one


And we can see that God you’re moving
A mighty river through the nations
When young and old return to Jesus
Fling wide your heavenly gates
Prepare the way of the risen Lord


Open up the doors and let the music play
Let the streets resound with singing
Songs that bring your hope
Songs that bring your joy
Dancers who dance upon injustice


Did you feel the darkness tremble
When all the saints join in one song
And all the streams flow as one river
To wash away our brokenness


And we can see that God you’re moving
A time of Jubilee is coming
When young and old will turn to Jesus
Fling wide your heavenly gates
Prepare the way of the risen Lord