Able, Not Willing

I can do this.  But will I do this? A good-hearted soul spoke a blessing into my life recently. The content below is paraphrased, and reframed as a general blessing, as opposed to a specific blessing:   “God loves you and He will turn your sorrow into great joy. He will show up, and give you ___________ … Continue reading Able, Not Willing


Fathom . . .

  Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom. (145: 3) An odd word.  Five occurrences, NIV? 1 Corinthians 13:2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, … Continue reading Fathom . . .

Good Morning, Short Message, The Message

Romans 12, 14-16 … The Message 14-16 Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody. 17-19 Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it … Continue reading Good Morning, Short Message, The Message

Desert … A Waiting Room?

"In the desert can remember your name, 'cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain ..."  From the song "A Horse With No Name", performed by a group called America.  'Came out in 1971, Europe, and in 1972 - - - the States. The desert: frequented by Jesus; and JTB (John … Continue reading Desert … A Waiting Room?

Something Is Wrong . . .

Something ... is wrong, and yes ... some things are right. And, yes: there will always be something wrong. And, yes: there will always be some things that are right. For some reason, maybe I know what that reason is, I sensed the strong pull to take time out of the bedlam to acknowledge that … Continue reading Something Is Wrong . . .

Valley of Elah: There’s Going to Be Some Trouble

They came from the south ...  at least that is what some say.  Mean-looking fellows.  And in this case, their looks matched up with who they were.   These thuggish men were born and bred for battle, and intimidation, and violence.  Bullies, they were.  Bullies indeed.  They were the bad-guys of the Hebrew Bible, residing in a … Continue reading Valley of Elah: There’s Going to Be Some Trouble

Once I Was A Wild Man

Once I was a wild man, and Old Man was in the wild man.  One wild man, among others, who I looked up to was John Belushi ... my high school days, on through early college years.  A solid candidate for the quintessential wild man.   'Few fellas, couple of years older, inspired me during … Continue reading Once I Was A Wild Man

I Can Only Speak for Men … Women? Don’t Know

“Misfortunes one can endure--they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one's own faults--ah!--there is the sting of life.” Oscar Wilde Self contempt comes, and not rarely.  I'm practiced at this art.  A particular expression from the past, and thankfully it faded out of popularity: "Don't go there ... " When self … Continue reading I Can Only Speak for Men … Women? Don’t Know

Courage, Authenticity, And Man Watched A Chick Flick

Something is wrong, here.  I come to write about spiritual pieces.  I think I am supposed to be somewhere else. Let me explain what happened, and then I will make a graceful-or-not-so-graceful exit.  Okay, well, you see ... this is what happened.  My wife talked me into watching a chick flick called Little Women (1994).  … Continue reading Courage, Authenticity, And Man Watched A Chick Flick

Wants to Hide and God Knows Her

This post comes from "Be Real, Please!!, found on one of my blogs: "Other Side of the Trees" blog (  This post is rewritten specifically for SpeakListenPrayDon'tBeStupid. I learned about a woman, today, who wants to be Barbie  As I am writing this, I think of the woman ... at the well, where Jesus came … Continue reading Wants to Hide and God Knows Her