remembering a poignant grief, and stuffing 33 years into one truck

This morning I’m tired. Very tired. It’s a long story, and one day I’ll share the whole thing. Let’s just say it started in England, early one morning in 1974, when my dad dropped a tray of hot tea on the stairs (I think it was 1974), and then the story worked its way forward to this Sunday evening, when I hopped on a plane … Continue reading remembering a poignant grief, and stuffing 33 years into one truck

feeling “at home” here in North Carolina

On a lighter note today (read my initial thoughts about the government shutdown in yesterday’s post), I’m going to write about feeling settled and “at home” here in North Carolina. Looking back, I lived in Florida 35 of the 37 years between 1976 and 2013. For Rebekah it was 43 of the past 46 (1967-2013). Atlanta, for graduate work, accounted for the difference. So Wake … Continue reading feeling “at home” here in North Carolina

“for he who has promised is faithful….”

I am not handy. Not even a little bit. However, at the same time I am disinclined to pay through the nose to have something installed that can – potentially – be accomplished by following 28-pages of directions (so long as it involves neither plumbing nor electricity). Consequently, the new Murphy bed that arrived last week is now assembled, its cabinet is securely fastened to … Continue reading “for he who has promised is faithful….”

“This is the road: now follow it!”

The psalmist wrote, “Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, LORD, my faithful God.” (Psalm 31:5) ADVENTURE! Throughout this Great New Adventure, Rebekah and I are both enjoying a profound affirmation of God’s faithfulness. There really is a sense of “Into our hands we commit our spirits,” and the sense of total dependence on grace is at once both unnerving and reassuring. I … Continue reading “This is the road: now follow it!”

today we’re just grateful

give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18) This morning’s word is, quite simply, “gratitude.” Long story short: Yesterday, the final piece of the complex puzzle that is home-buying and selling fell into place. I’ll give more details in a post where I have enough time to write it all out, but suffice it to … Continue reading today we’re just grateful

ACT III: Rebekah and Derek Maul set to open new chapter in North Carolina

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:3-6) OK, folks, pretty much everyone we needed to tell personally … Continue reading ACT III: Rebekah and Derek Maul set to open new chapter in North Carolina