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I Found a Gold Nugget Hiding in a Stack of Taxes

This week, I was going through that dreaded process we all engage this time of year. Unless you’re a certified public accountant or simply overachieved in math, taxes are probably not your fancy. I’m not begrudging taxes; I’m just not a fan of the process. Besides, there’s rarely a gold nugget hiding in a stack of tax paperwork. However, this year, I found one.   As I was going through my files, I saw an interesting change in my spending […]

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Wrestling Can’t

What do you wrestle with? For most of us, we have something that is an opposition in our lives; something we toe the line with daily. You may automatically know what it is. However, whether we consciously realize it or not, most of us wrestle with the word can’t. The tricky thing with can’t is that we usually fail to recognize our struggle with it. We often accept things as we believe them to be and refuse to push any […]

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“The Richest Man In Town”

(An excerpt from my book, You Make My Life Rich) It’s a Wonderful Life We all know Frank Capra’s 1946 classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life. Most of us catch the film around the holidays, as its final scenes are set during Christmastime. The film takes place in the town of Bedford Falls, a small, simple community that gives the impression the story could take place anywhere. The great James Stewart plays the lead character, George Bailey. Bailey has aspirations […]

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The Great Debate Between Action and Faith

In high school, the number that adorned my baseball uniform was, forty-one. It was my number. I took possession of it and owned it. It didn’t have any significant meaning at the time, but since has taken on a life of its own. In college, I became a huge Dave Matthews Band fan, something like twelve shows in four years. Ironically, Dave Matthews has a song called #41 – creative considering it was the 41st song he had written. Through […]

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All Too Familiar: Brokenness and Healing

I ran into an all too familiar face, or rather, an all too familiar place, last night; The Betty Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital here in Wilmington. The twins lived there for almost 5 weeks when they were born and we had an overnight visit with Greyson earlier this year. I didn’t expect we’d be there yesterday; Wyatt was admitted around 5pm with respiratory complications from a cold. As I walked towards the hospital, there was a range of emotions, […]

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The Hardest Blog Post I’ve Ever Written

My grandfather, Mendel Ham, grew up on a farm in rural South Carolina. Although racial inequality was rampant, I’ve been told that one of his best friends was an African-American farm hand. And that pretty much sums up my grandfather. The stares and jeers of others weren’t strong enough to break his spirit. Throughout my childhood, Paw Paw, was a figure of strength in my life. He was my rock. I didn’t know him as a young man, but I try to envision him approaching my […]

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