A Thanks For Suffering

One of my great family Thanksgiving traditions is going to a church member’s log cabin up in the hills of rural Alabama. Several of us that are living too far away from our biological families gather there every year to enjoy an old fashion Thanksgiving fellowship.  Right before we eat, we form a large circle…

You Are A Son Of God!

At His Way, we teach that the life of recovery is living out the kingdom character of the beatitudes.  Jesus states that that character begins with realizing your poverty of spirit, the bankruptcy of your own spirit.  This beatitude begins our journey in the kingdom of heaven while the remaining beatitudes reflect the pattern of…

A Summertime Romance Ends

We met her at the beginning of the summer.  My sister-in-law called her, “Natasha”.  I first met her in a crepe myrtle tree near our house, a beautiful black and yellow garden spider that had spun an intricate and beautiful web in our tree.  But when I went back again during my next weekend yard…

“Sweet 16”

What did you want to do for your 16th birthday?  Line up at the Department of Motor Vehicles to get your license?  Your ticket to freedom and independence.  Your right of passage into adulthood.  Did you want to go to Disney or the beach?  Did you want freedom to do fun things with friends without…

A Spiritual “Stay-Cation”

Growing up in Tacoma, Washington, we lived at the base of Mount Rainier.  Its 14,411 foot elevation as seen from sea level in Tacoma is a majestic sight.  Yet having grown up with that view every day, it quickly became simply an unnoticeable backdrop to the daily hustles and bustles of life.  It lost its…

More Blessed To Give Than Receive

(taken from His Way’s entry for a local church’s prayer journal) Addicts, like most Americans, are notorious takers.  They value things and even people based upon their usefulness to them.   Having been so effectively marketed by our economically driven culture, the only question we have about anything or anyone is, “What can that (they) do…

Catching Character

They say character is caught not taught.  And unfortunately youth sports have, over the years, displayed some pretty bad character by parents and coaches, who are more concerned about winning or living out their dreams vicariously through their children.  But today I offer you a vision of hope and it comes from the world of…

Discovering Lasting Joy

A couple of weeks ago, I shot my best golf score at Huntsville Country Club, a 77.  Having finished my round, I couldn’t help but tell everyone.  The club pro asked how my round was and I was glad he asked.  The cart boys heard the story.  The girl who served me a diet coke…

Hope

Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Most of us who have been touched by addiction know the thief.  Satan has ravaged our lives with doubt, loss, betrayal, theft, and brokenness.  Both the addict and their…

Collateral Damage

The stories of the innocent victims, simple bystanders cheering on their loved ones and friends at the end of one of the most grueling of human endeavors, the Boston Marathon, is horrifying.  The highly respected Richards family now has a little girl missing a leg, a mother battling for her life with metal fragments lodged…