Category Archives: Snapshots of life

Thoughts about life in its most routine and simple form.

Ever feel like you are letting everyone down?

Keeping count of the number of friends and family who feel they are letting everyone around them down can no longer be done with my fingers. I’m not sure what has so many stuck in this season right now but … Continue reading

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Why justify less than our best?

Justification is an interesting action. Have you ever noticed how much you justify to yourself or others why you did or didn’t do something? My moments of justification tend to focus on why I failed to follow through with a … Continue reading

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Processing reality of suicide

The details are foggy about that morning but the tragic reality never leaves me. I remember the call, the intense grief and the hours my younger brother, even younger cousin and I spent playing in the car as the adults … Continue reading

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Fighting through the dark areas

“The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict” by The Arbinger Institute “The Principle of the Path: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be” by Andy Stanley My brother and brother-in-law both recommended books … Continue reading

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Getting pushback? Embrace the opportunity

The pastor seemed sad but determined as we talked. His young adult daughters had recently left the denomination and he was disappointed. They grew up in Alabama Baptist churches where he had always been their pastor — and now they … Continue reading

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Simple act of love or veiled criticism?

My attempt at a gentle teaching moment for a child I’m close to but who is not my actual child wasn’t met with appreciation. I certainly never intended to overstep. I care deeply about a large number of kiddos in … Continue reading

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Touch of kindness makes a difference

Big Jim didn’t like the formality at all. “James Salles” on his nametag just wouldn’t do. He promptly requested a Sharpie and took care of it. Now that’s better, he said. The proud Texan and his wife, Sue, (or Mother, … Continue reading

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