seeing with new eyes, and missing much less…


So yesterday I drove all the way down into Florida again. This time to say “goodbye” to Rebekah’s trusty Hyundai. Her faithful 2003 SUV is now a proud member of the Alexander family stable of automobiles, and will hopefully transfer all its Santa Fe feng shui to many good road miles of travel around their family adventures.

IMG_2331Of course, driving I-95 one more time was certainly tedious, and I missed my Golf TDi’s fun and technology. But there’s always that “Welcome to Florida” selfie, plus I did manage to capture a few cool images along the way.

One thing’s for sure (and this is my devotional thought for the day), it doesn’t matter where I go, there is always something interesting and inspirational to see. Is that because God just hands it to me on a plate? Or is the reason more to do with the fact that I prepare my heart to be a witness?

Jesus said – “Don’t you know or understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? You have eyes—can’t you see? You have ears—can’t you hear? Don’t you remember anything at all?” – Mark 8:17-18

IMG_2325I often ask my discipleship classes this simple question: “Where have you seen God’s glory recently?” I believe without a shadow of doubt that we are 100% more likely to see God’s glory when we walk deliberately in the light, and when we cultivate an open-spirited approach to engaging our world as followers of The Way.

There is so much to see and to experience, every single day. We just have to open our eyes – DEREK

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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