Thursday, May 18, 2017
Saturday, March 26, 2016
For anyone who reads this and are dealing with some unseen issue don't hide it. Reach out to those around you. Everyone is a treasure of God, no matter what wrongs you have done, no matter what it is that troubles you or haunts you there is peace in the Father. "Let the little children come to me....for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children." Matthew 19:14. All of us are like these children, Jesus wants us to come to him. Seek him. Seek out those who love you and share your pain, those who love you will not mind, I promise you. Talk to someone, a friend, a parent, a sibling, a minister, a teacher, someone, anyone don't keep it inside. That which you hide away will only fester and boil to the point of breaking you.
For those of us who are friends, loved ones, or trusted individuals of others (that is all of us) be vigilant, keep your eyes and ears open to those around you. Sometimes the cries for help are barely audible, almost silent. Look past the facade, past the masks. Have compassion and empathy, be willing to be the shoulder to cry on, the arms to comfort, and the ears to listen. It could save a life!
In closing, I want to share my favorite song right now. As you listen to it read the lyrics, it's very powerful.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
I hugged my daughter a little extra hard tonight and I am sure the next time she sets out on her own in one of our vehicles I will worry a little more than usual. If you are reading this, hug your kids tight, let them know you love them no matter what. Life is too short and you never know what tomorrow holds. Be safe my friends.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Ladies - leave it all on the court tonight, no excuses, no regrets!
Thursday, November 20, 2014
I can't sleep! Insomnia? Nope...it's just basketball season and tomorrow is our 1st scrimmage. This week has been filled with emotional ups and downs. It had been a long week but it culminates in our first test tomorrow. I am anxious, excited, and though I don't want to admit it probably nervous too. I feel good about the progress we have made since our 1st practice. I love my girls. They work hard and they are getting better each and every day. I told them earlier tonight that tomorrow is the first step in our journey. It is a journey that we really don't know what the end will be. The future is unclear. Regardless, I couldn't be more excited to be taking this journey with these young ladies. Here's to a season filled with more ups than downs, a lot of growth and even more memories. We are Vestaburg! We are ONE!
Friday, November 7, 2014
James 4:12 says "There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you - who are you to judge your neighbor?"
Additionally in Ephesians 4:29 it says "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."
I hope I haven't offended anyone in my post tonight but I will not tolerate negative comments made about my wife. She does not deserve it and they certainly are not warranted. God blessed me with her and I will honor her as God has instructed.
I love you Nicole!
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Do you remember the Deep Thoughts bit from Saturday Night Live? Definitely one of my favorite skits. The above quote of J. Handy is one of my favorites. It is actually probably believable for some kids. I know it would have been for me if my parents ever told me that as a kid. I got in trouble a lot.
Anyway, it came to mind tonight when I started to think about what I wanted to blog about. This wasn't the reason but I thought it was funny that it came to mind for some reason.
On to what I really wanted to write about. Coaching.
I love coaching, and it really doesn't matter what sport /activity it is. This past Saturday my son's 6th grade football season came to an end. I have been the head coach for his football team the last 3 years and I love it. Though I in no way do it alone. I have a great staff of coaches that really are the key to our success. Phil, Paul, Todd, and Tim have been a huge help and asset to our team. I love that we are all Christians and that we pray together before every game. But now football season has come to an end for us and it is on to the next sport.
For me, it is the start of something new. I was recently named the head coach for the Varsity Girls Basketball team at the school I graduated from, Vestaburg High School. I can't be more excited to be in this position. I lie awake at night thinking about what offenses I am going to teach the girls, what in-bounds plays I want to try, and what drills I will put them through. I dream about it, I wake up and within minutes my mind wanders to basketball. It is going to be a good season, I can feel it.
This fall has been filled with so many blessings. As the school year started I didn't have a job. Within a couple weeks or so I started filling a part-time teaching position in Vestaburg teaching math, reading, and writing to some great 3rd grade kids. I absolutely love my job. It was the perfect position at just the right time. I can't wait to get to school every morning. You know you are in a good spot with your job when you aren't dreading getting out of bed and heading to work. I am so appreciative of the administration at the school for allowing me to be a part of the great things that are going on at the school. The teachers and other staff are excellent and a pleasure to work with.
Blessings just abound, every where we look. So often we take them for granted but we need to stop and just take them in some time. Today when I got home from school and a coaches meeting I started working in the yard and Maddex and Ella (my youngest 2 kids) were hanging out and helping as much as they could. Soon the other kids started getting home and joined us. We were blowing and raking leaves, I did a little mowing, but most of all we were just having a good time. (well I am not sure how much fun they were having) A couple of times I just stopped and watched them as they were working and I felt such gratitude that they could be out there doing what we were doing. That they are basically healthy and overall they are really great kids. When we got done and took the last tarp load of leaves to the road the kids started jumping in the leaves. The joy in their faces was priceless. So, I grabbed my phone out of phone and took a couple quick pics of them in the leaves. It is a memory I will cherish forever.