the point is to live gratefully, the challenge is to remember…

me, Rebekah, Olivia, Margie

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.Deuteronomy 6

Today I’m continuing to mine the vein of serendipity and blessing. Sure, life is challenging and sometimes difficult, but we live in the context of understanding that we are God’s beloved children and as such charged with the purpose of living faith and love as bearers of the light.

So, this Friday morning, I’m gathering up a few random images that didn’t make my previous posts yet speak volumes.

I’ll begin with this from today:

1-IMG_0705-001Our dear friend Margie has been part of our family since 1987, when she showed up at our Pensacola church as a young Naval aviator. Rebekah baptized Margie – and then our children (five and three at the time) adopted her as their own. Margie became an intimate and definitive part of our Pensacola experience and – even though she moved to Minnesota in the 90’s – it is a friendship that endures without losing any of its vitality.

So this week Margie is doing the epic “east coast college tour” with the middle of her three children. If we are fortunate, Olivia will end up in the Triangle. Regardless, it is a tremendous blessing to see what a phenomenal job Margie is doing in raising her family and what delightful young adults they are becoming.

Road Trip:

1-IMG_0663The other images are from this past weekend in Tennessee. The classic facade of a traditional Presbyterian church helping define the character of the downtown district; the best name for a craft beer I’ve seen in a long time; Rebekah rock-hopping in the mountains; the inside of our hotel; making nice with the local wildlife; coffee over a long, quiet breakfast before heading home.

All this reminds me that we are constantly journeying, always experiencing life from new angles, never taking anything for granted, finding something new and rich around every corner.

The point is to live faithfully and gratefully, the challenge is to always remember – 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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