Favorite Shirts and Fresh Hurts

Favorite Shirts and Fresh Hurts

This morning Kellie and Penny were going through Pen’s clothes to set aside things that no longer fit for an upcoming garage sale. I was getting ready to leave the house for the day when I heard tears coming from the bedroom. Penny was upset because her favorite shirt was in the garage sale pile. […]

Easter Opener 2016

Easter Opener 2016

Every year for our Easter celebrations, we try to come up with something just a bit out of the ordinary. The goal isn’t so much to impress with creativity as it is to add something unexpected to a special day. I could not be more thrilled with how this year’s opener turned out! The entire element was a […]

Up A Creek: Failure

Up A Creek: Failure

Failure is so common to the human experience yet has such an amazing capacity to cause us to question our faith. After sharing a blog post that I wrote a few years ago on the story of Jochebed with Pastor Jay, he asked me to share on the topic of failure as part of the Shipwrecked […]

Christmas Builds

Christmas Builds

This was the first Christmas that I’ve tried to build anything to give as a gift. The first project was a new desk for Kellie’s office. The desk we bought almost a decade ago in Illinois was simply too large for the space. When I initially pieced together the new desk it was too long! […]

Song Study: No Longer Slaves

Song Study: No Longer Slaves

We introduced the song No Longer Slaves by Bethel Worship this past Sunday at Hope. While it wasn’t on my shortlist for potential new songs, when I saw that we were going to be talking about overcoming fear, it was an obvious selection. When time allows, I try to put together a more in depth […]

Snoopy Christmas Yard Art

Snoopy Christmas Yard Art

Snoopy has been my hero since I was a baby. I was surprised a few years ago that the Peanuts videos can keep the attention of my girls. Since then we’ve shared a love for all things Peanuts, but especially Snoopy. Last Christmas I told Maisie that I wanted to begin making Peanuts yard art […]

Moments

Every now and then there are moments when we worship together that stand out as extra special. A couple of weeks ago in our 9:30 gathering we had one of those moments. It might’ve been a “you had to be there” kind of moment, but the 2:00 beginning just after 21:00 into the service are still […]

Lemonade for Jesus

Lemonade for Jesus

Here’s my latest video project. There is a reason I’ve never tried to do a reenactment video with my own children! The $5 challenge mentioned in the video was that our pastor gave everyone in attendance on a particular Sunday a $5 bill to be used in some way to multiply it and give it […]

Expectations, Identity and Truth

We all have expectations. We dream about what life, family, marriage, parenting, careers, etc will be like. We have expectations of ourselves as well as expectations of others. And chances are, no matter how many times we meet or exceed those expectations, some of them will fall flat. Then we’ll look in the mirror and […]

Worship Leader Advice

Worship Leader Advice

If I could go back a decade and give myself some advice, here is what I would say: 1. Get into the Word and let it get into you. It’s frighteningly easy to be in a position of leading worship music an not be in the Word & letting the Word dwell in you. You […]