Little Girls & Cranes

“Daddy, can I play the crane?” Ellie Grace asked. I’ve got this. I’m at the mall with my three girls, so I’m already on my A game. She doesn’t stand a chance since I know what to say. “Go and ask Mom.” That’s a guaranteed negative, and I don’t have to be the bad guy. […]

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Blooming Too Early?

Spring arrived too early this year. Maybe not where you live, but it has here in South Central Kentucky. The buttercups bloomed in February. Seventy-seven degrees replaced the low 40s as the temperature one day. Thunderstorms have replaced blizzards. The Bradford Pear Tree blooms blanket the landscape with white where melting snow should be. Birds […]

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Don’t Say This

Two words come together to create a phrase that grates on my nerves. Well, three words if you don’t make it a contraction. I’ve caught myself uttering this phrase a lot lately to my wife. There are two reasons why I’ve said it. One reason is it shrugs off her concerns. The phrase says, “No […]

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Best Donuts

The Holy Spirit led me to a revelation about Sunday mornings. I live in a house with three girls, four counting the dog. Six out of seven days begin the same way with me yelling. Sure, we plan for this. The girls set their clothes out the night before. But, inevitably a shoe somehow is […]

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What to do when you can’t feel God

What do you do when you can’t feel God? I’m not a prophet, but someone needs to hear this song today. There are always people who struggle to feel God at times. Sometimes the season is short. Sometimes it’s long. You aren’t alone. We live with tension, hurt, and a certain amount of uncertainty on […]

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Sweet, Little Tempations

“Lead us not into temptation…” Jesus taught us to pray this, so it has to be important. I rarely feel tempted. I don’t feel tempted to get drunk, do meth, kill people because I don’t care for their sports team, steal a little kid’s bike, or cheat on my wife. I rarely feel tempted because […]

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Great Stories

Do you have a great story to tell? A story of how God showed up in your life when the odds were against you. If you don’t have one, you should. God told Moses this, “Go in to Pharoah, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I may show […]

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What’s In Your Hand?

Is what you bring to the table for God enough? Moses didn’t think so. He was so convinced of his insufficiencies that he argued with a burning, talking bush! I can’t believe I’ve never noticed this before in Exodus 4. After God had told Moses what he wanted him to do, Moses asked, “What if […]

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Social Media Mood Disorder?

Sorry for the absence of the Gravy. Life has been crazy busy, and I believe I have a little social media mood disorder (if that is even a thing). This is due to the current cultural climate spurred by politics. There has been too much arguing. Too much anger. Too much venom. Too much this […]

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Taking Your Trash With You

Something bizarre has happened not once, but twice in our life group over the last six months. Don’t worry–there will be no spilling of the beans or encroaching upon the life group covenant our church forces us sign. D.A.R.E. tricked me into not doing drugsĀ in fifth grade by signing a contract, and now the church […]

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