grateful for this amazing gift of life!

celebrating with Rebekah

This weekend I’m celebrating the sixty-first anniversary of the day I made my debut as a living, breathing, being here on planet Earth.

I know, we all have birthdays, and March 26 is certainly not unique to me, but there’s something special about acknowledging the particular day we were born, and I always like to use the opportunity of this annual marker to thank God for this amazing gift; to renew my commitment to live as fully as I can; and to remember to live in gratitude.

  • To thank God for the amazing gift of life;
  • To renew my commitment to live as fully as I can;
  • To remember to live in gratitude…

IMG_8556My understanding of providence tells me that my very existence was a great idea that God imagined, developed with care and compassion, and then followed through on with love and purpose. I honestly believe that my Creator had something special and wonderful in mind – and in heart – when I was formed; and that my life – moment by moment and day by day – is best experienced as a grateful and purposeful response to God’s great intention.

My life is best experienced as a grateful and purposeful response to God’s great intention.

Rebekah and I are blessed in many ways, and one huge blessing is the fact that Naomi, Craig, and the grandchildren live up the road in Richmond. So they drove down for a quick visit and a dinner party; Naomi cooked, my parents came over too, and the children made me smile.

That’s all I needed, really, to be filled up; four generations of commitment, faithfulness, love, and promise.

Blessings to each and every one of you. May the good news of what it means to be a grateful child of God fill you up, overflow from abundance, and cause you to be the reason other people live in hope – 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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  1. Happy Birthday Derek! I was so busy and overwhelmed by this morning’s happenings I did not get a chance to say it in person. I hope the day just continues the celebration from last night. Blessings brother.

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