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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Joy in the small things

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this.Galatians 5:22-23 - Derek Maul Today - Wednesday - I'm going to share a good retirement story. I have written a lot about the difficulty of letting go, changing long-practiced routines, and …

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May 2021 in 31 photos

May 2021 was a bright, beautiful, colorful month full with hope and promise. We are coming out of pandemic as a church, the grandchildren are happy and brimming with life, and Wake Forest remains the most perfect community imaginable. In a word, we are blessed. Enjoy this 31 photo tour of 31 days. Let's see …

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“The Wisdom from Above”

It is very unusual to make it all the way to the middle of May having played only a couple of rounds of golf! But this year has been so fragmented, and so busy, and so difficult to navigate that any activity involving several uninterrupted hours has been close to impossible to pull off. Even …

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Children and Trees, growing like crazy – #PhotoFriday

There are three categories in today's "Photo Friday" collection. But the emphasis is - again - heavy on the garden. In fact, when I post "April in Review" later today the picture collection is going to be focused on flowers in a big way. ONE: Thursday I took a swing at getting my parents' back …

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Family update: from (all) our grandchildren to their great-grandparents

- Mr. T. watching one of the Dresden riverboats on the Elbe Jesus - "I am the Gateway. To enter through me is to experience life, freedom, and satisfaction. A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you …

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Another Photo Friday – images from “Life is Good”

First: There's no way it's Friday already. That's just absurd!Second: Okay, so I guess it is Friday. Time for another "Photo Friday" post. Garden Mayhem: So we had this tragedy in our garden yesterday. After breakfast, as we were heading out to the deck for a second cup of coffee, Rebekah looked over the side …

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Testimony of “A Happy Man”

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity... - Ephesians 5:15-16 I am a blessed man, and in so many beautiful ways. But for this post I'm just going to talk about my birthday. I need to share before it all gets too far in the …

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a short message from the birthday boy

Since my youth, God, you have taught me,    and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray,    do not forsake me, my God,till I declare your power to the next generation,    your mighty acts to all who are to come. Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens,    you who have done great things.    Who is like you, …

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a dozen great photos from the weekend!

Lord, you have done so many things!    You made them all so wisely!The earth is full of your goodness! - Psalm 104:24 This morning's post features a lot of great photos from the weekend, featuring Max the giant Golden Retriever, our beautiful grandchildren in Miami, and then another great Sunday morning at WFPC. Additionally (if you …

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