I first made the shift from New Year’s resolutions to goals in 2020! I was on the right track and then, well…2020 happened. The goals I set morphed into three subsets of one big goal: SURVIVE! The subsets looked something like this: 1. Don’t get COVID-19. 2. Don’t fail any of the classes I was … Continue reading Goals: The 2022 Edition
I’ve reached the age where I really don’t mind waiting…for most things. It’s not that I have prayed many years for patience and have now, at 45 years old, finally had it granted to me. I’m on the go most days with a pretty full plate of tasks to accomplish and a lot of people … Continue reading Waiting for the Lord
A new year typically comes with new resolutions, but I’m over resolutions. In the past, my resolutions have turned out to be wishes that I try to make come true, and quickly fade into the background as I fall back into my usual patterns of life. Now, I’m taking a different approach. Goals! Realistic, measurable … Continue reading My 2020 Goals!
Happy New Year! It’s been a while, but The Stray Shepherd is alive and well! The Fall of 2019 was a very busy time in my life where some things had to be moved aside to make room for a bunch of other things God put on my plate. This blog was one of them. … Continue reading Happy New Year!
This week and next, I am on vacation! Well…staycation, which is like vacation, only a lot less expensive. People in the church often ask me, when they hear I’ll be on vacation, where I’m going. My staycation answer is usually, “Nowhere... very slowly.” That’s the goal of staycation. My normal work week is go, go, … Continue reading What is a Staycation?
Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting with a long-time member of our church who has been homebound for some time. I was surprised to discover that she has been a member of the church for over 70 years. She and her husband were married in the church building. All her children, except for … Continue reading What Happened to the Church Wedding?
I had a breakup this weekend. Breakups are hard, but most of the time, necessary. Don’t worry! My wife and I are fine! We’re better than ever actually! My breakup this weekend was with Dominoes. I’m on a new journey in my life toward health and well-being. So, the last thing I need when I’m … Continue reading Letting Go of Toxic Relationships
One of the things I liked about playing sports, especially in high school and college, was that I ate pretty much whatever I wanted. With all the running and working out, it didn’t seem to make much difference one way or another. (I know now that I could have been a much better athlete if … Continue reading Love Them Well!
OK! It’s time for a little Monday morning pastoral rant to get the week started. I’ve got a great week ahead of me, and I just need to get this off my chest now, rather than carry it through the week. So here it is: Can we just come to an agreement that we are … Continue reading We Are All Tired!
I’ve recently been reading and listening to the work of Dr. Brene’ Brown, the increasingly popular University of Houston professor known for her study of courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. Her work is fascinating. She brings a conversation to the forefront that nobody else is engaging in because, quite frankly, it’s uncomfortable. Dr. Brown, however, … Continue reading Created for Creativity