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Removing the Bandages

My wife took a sabbatical. No, not from me (please don’t tell her that might be an option.) She took one from posting on her blog. Well, she’s back baby. And I thought today’s was exceptional. So I want to give you her post for my post. After all, what’s mine is hers and what’s hers is hers. At least that’s the way she tells me it is. So here is “Removing the Bandages” …

When I was a child, my sister and I would stay up with my father watching the classic movies. Not just any black and white vintage movies. The scary movies from the 1930s-1950s. To me, no one is a better Dracula than Bela Lugosi. Only Boris Karloff perfectly portrays the Mummy and Frankenstein. And the best Wolf Man is none other than Lon Chaney, Jr. Of course, let’s not forget that every horror film needs an amazing comedy team to lessen the fright. Who else but the best … to finish, click here

((Oops, your gonna need to go to her blog to see the rest. You won’t regret it.))

Entering that door … Surprise!

Surprises. Some love them. Some despise them. Others are like ho-hum. I am the latter. And so is my son.

I drove 2500 miles just to see surprise him. The excitement filled the room, albeit a tiny, itsy-bitsy room. But we both know it is kind of cool, for that’s how I roll. More on lessons from this trip later.

For today, I want you to enjoy a great article written by my wife. It is 2 minutes of your time that really is exciting. Click here to read the whole article. But here is a snippet …

What a thrill to watch one who has pressed on to reach a goal! We may think of examples of those competing in a race though they were injured. Either a competitor or someone from the stands comes to help them to the finish line.

There will be a day when believers will go through a victory gate–the gate in which one passes from this life into eternal life. Revelation 21 describes the …

Finish reading the article, click here

Keep on rolling people. And be excited!

She Danced With Him First

Not another wedding story! Yes. I only have one kid so this kind of took a lot of our attention. We left Dallas yesterday – pretty early. Didn’t expect to see the couple again so off we drove – until a couple hours out, Calvin texted and wanted to hug his mother good bye. No delay was too long for that.

I calculated where they were – where they were headed – where we were – best place to meet without too significant a loss of time.

Paris. We could go to Paris. The city of lights – love – mystery … or a small farm town in northeast Texas. Yep, the second one. Detour, and a long wait at Starbucks (if there is a Starbucks, Lisa will find it.)

But no delay was too long – it was worth it. Some bonding time. Some exchange of convo, she signed my rock I took from the venue (oh yes I did – and it was the first time she ever signed her new name as one officially owning that new name) … and final hugs for this trip.

It was worth it. For before that woman came in, took him away, and danced with our son – before then, he danced with his mother long before her. They danced to Barney, to Power Rangers, and more. Then at the wedding, they danced again – to Beyoncé this time. Halo – for she was and is his angel. He even got her a halo to wear.

She danced with him first. And will gladly yield to his new dance partner. But she is always willing to dance anytime with her greatest joy.

I encourage you to read the words from her own heart – with a special spiritual challenge included.

Thank you for anxiously awaiting the posting of this blog! I am sure you were counting the hours to find out the outcome of the wedding of the century! The ceremony beyo

Nope gonna make you go to her blog to read it. Enjoy

Here is the blog insight from the one that danced with him first.

Fear is …

Lisa used to love scary movies. Then she moved out of the house and lived by herself for a bit before we got married. Everything changed. Now, she doesn’t want to watch horror flicks at all (except the old Bela Logosi era shows). Maybe movies like The Strangers are a bit too realistic. Now, was it the living alone or getting married to me that makes her really scared? I will never really know what goes on in that mind of hers.

I am traveling these couple of days. Headed back to Virginia for some business and hopefully see my mother. There have been a few scary moments on the road. There was one section near Atlanta where about a half dozen motor cyclist were going near 100 and weaving through the cars like a Fast and Furious movie scene. One almost nicked our front fender. Now I wasn’t scared for me, but I just imagined the rider flying through the air to land in front of on coming truck.

To my point … I am a bit scared of the future. As I ponder alternate treks of my journey, which is the best? What if I choose wrong? What if I fail? Calvin is looking at some career choices too. He ponders the same questions. Whether one is a millennial just figuring out life, or a boomer still searching, we face the same questions, the same concerns, the same … fears. What if?

Lisa wrote a great entry on her connections2excellence today. She emphasized two aspects of God’s character – He is eternal and He is enough. He will always be there, never leaving my side, and never losing sight of me – even if I make a few missteps. And, he is enough – provides and protects.

What if? Doesn’t matter, God is alway there and always taking care of me. What if? He won’t leave me or give up on me. What if? Every step of my journey, God knows and will not be caught off guard. All things work together for the good … even through the what ifs.

So I can take my fears and leave them with Him. This weekend, it is some scary stuff, I often wonder what if. But in the end, God is eternally enough and enough for all eternity.

See Lisa’s whole article here.

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