Don’t Hold it In

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 This is what I woke up to. This is what I needed. I rolled out of bed, Opened up my social media messages and saw oneContinue reading “Don’t Hold it In”

A Pastor’s Response to #MeToo: 3 Thoughts for Men

I’ve been praying over how to respond to the #MeToo movement for quite a while. Being candid,  I’ll tell you that I’ve put it off. Why? I’ve been so overwhelmed with so much to say, and (IMO) the fact that there are much better writers and voices to speak to what I cannot articulate regardingContinue reading “A Pastor’s Response to #MeToo: 3 Thoughts for Men”

Reducing your “…but”: 4 Thoughts on Encouraging Your Spouse

I’ve begun a few workout regiment. Physical fitness, in whatever form, has been a tremendous outlet for my own stress while being a great input for healthy living. I know there are people who tell me “there’s no time for working out.” I’m not saying you need to do the 2-hour gym-rat thing, but you canContinue reading “Reducing your “…but”: 4 Thoughts on Encouraging Your Spouse”

Set Up For Success : 2 Healthy Selfless Disciplines of Marriage

I’m a huge believer in the power of words in marriage. In fact, I believe your marriage will never rise above your words. Your words have power. They carry meaning, have weight, and convey emotional tone – good and bad. And just because you use a lot of them, doesn’t mean you excel at communicatingContinue reading “Set Up For Success : 2 Healthy Selfless Disciplines of Marriage”

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Unleash Encouragement” #TheTwo

Today I want to give you a place to start your week. It’s Monday and in the wake of a great weekend and long workweek ahead, sometimes you just need a “kickstart” to get focused.  So grab some coffee let’s start a great week together.  Discouragement is a detour to distract us away from God’sContinue reading “Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Unleash Encouragement” #TheTwo”

Marriage Blog: A Letter to Our Younger Selves

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6 Dear younger Dave and Anne (22 years old and 20 years old), It’s 2016 and I felt compelled to write a letter to you. LetContinue reading “Marriage Blog: A Letter to Our Younger Selves”

Rearview Mirrors: 3 Simple Steps to Keep Your Marriage Looking Forward

“…But one thing I do:forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14 Being a dad of a 16-year-old, I have a lot talks about using the car. In fact, I’m trying to getContinue reading “Rearview Mirrors: 3 Simple Steps to Keep Your Marriage Looking Forward”

Weekly Marriage Checklist – 8 Things EVERY Marriage Should Be Doing On a Weekly Basis

Today I wanted to get into an incredibly practical marriage blog. My wife and I are list makers.  Even though we do our lists differently, it gives us both a sense of accomplishment to check them off. I use my phone (Asana).  She’s old school with pencil and paper.  But nevertheless, we want to look overContinue reading “Weekly Marriage Checklist – 8 Things EVERY Marriage Should Be Doing On a Weekly Basis”

The Sticky Soul: Reason Why Pastors Need Celebration and Encouragement

Coming of a tiresome Christmas season and into our annual vision series (#MYCHURCH), I cannot say I was completely prepared for what I would encounter.  Within the previous month, the Lord put a few “Pauls” (older, wiser, experienced pastors) in my pathway that transformed January’s series into something special.  It created an excitement in meContinue reading “The Sticky Soul: Reason Why Pastors Need Celebration and Encouragement”

Complement-less Marriages: 6 Simple Ways to Complement Your Spouse

Proverbs 11:25 The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped. Who doesn’t like a complement?  It’s very rare (and I mean rare) where you legitimately find someone who doesn’t enjoy (not necessarily seeking after) a genuine complement. I’m not talking about flattering someone.  The purpose of flattery is to get aContinue reading “Complement-less Marriages: 6 Simple Ways to Complement Your Spouse”