This is the day the Lord has made. (My VW TDi and living a trajectory of gratitude)

This was the Lord’s doing;It is marvelous in our eyes.This is the day the Lord has made;We will rejoice and be glad in it.Psalm 118:23-24 This morning our son, Andrew, dropped the following message in my inbox: "Happy birthday Golf." "Has it been 10 years?" I replied. Turns out, yes. - "Golf" March 3, 2012, Tuscany Italy While the birthday of a …

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Inspired by our children: Rebekah reports from Bahrain

- Andrew in Manama “Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” The Travels of Ibn Battutah I was thinking it was past time for another post about Rebekah's visit in Bahrain when she sent me a few photos from Thursday afternoon in Manama. Andrew and Alicia had a half-day at school so …

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Let the Wild Rumpus start! (and let our spirits dance…)

“And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!”Maurice Sendak Yes, you will go out with celebration,    and you will be brought back in peace.Even the mountains and the hills will burst into song before you;    all the trees of the field will clap their hands.Isaiah 55:12 So it may have been ultra cold Saturday, and we …

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Jumping in at the deep end

Deep calls to deep    in the roar of your waterfalls;all your waves and breakers    have swept over me.Psalm 42:7 - Epiphany Sunday at Hudson I am not sure where or when it started, but recently - first at WFPC and now at Hudson Memorial - Rebekah and I have looked forward with real anticipation to the "star …

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A Foodie Post and my New Format

- writer Derek Maul January is always a good time to try on new ideas - or at least tweak what's already there. So I am doing a little experimentation with format that should do a better job - visually - of interfacing with my content. Everything I write still comes out of my core …

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Some encouraging stats from 2021 – and goals for 2022

Teach us to number our days,    that we may gain a heart of wisdom.Psalm 90:12 - NC writer Derek Maul This is the day I look back on 2021 and check the statistics. The numbers are interesting, and promising across the board. Health, fitness, reach, influence, even solvency(!) - it's all good. Numbers don't tell anywhere …

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God loves fun! Disc Golf and Community Outreach!

He will yet fill your mouth with laughter    and your lips with shouts of joy.So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.Job 8:21, 1 Corinthians 10:31 - Jesse Alexander and Derek Maul New Year's Eve I had the opportunity to do something I haven't done in …

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All I Want for Christmas

- David, Geoffrey, Beks So that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world. It is by your holding fast to the word of life that I can boast on the day of Christ that …

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Losing focus between now and Christmas

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;    from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—    the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,    the Spirit of counsel and of might,    the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord— and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.Isaiah 1:1-3 This may not be a Christmasy post, but it's …

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Hamburgers, freedom, and the uniquely American flavor of Thanksgiving

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 - "the other" Thanksgiving food It is Thanksgiving morning. I pray that your day will be defined by love, light, grace, joy, promise, good food, and - most importantly - hearts filled to overflowing with gratitude. Why …

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