Tag Archives | Hope

Defining Trust

Yesterday, I was blown away to find out that a fellow blogger quoted my writing on her site.  Please understand that it wasn’t the fact of using my words, although I was honored and so glad they spoke to her, it was the quote she used that got my attention.  (PS – Robin writes about a Courageous Heart here, go check it out!)  She quoted words about my grandfather’s suicide. “Life will be full of moments that can define you, […]

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Trust

I’ve been picking one word for four years now. One word I will use as a lens to engage my life; one word to ignite the hope inside of me that I can become who God would have me to be. One. Single. Word. This year my word is TRUST. A fairly simple and common word, right? Twenty-four definitions stare at me as I opened the dictionary this morning. As I read through them, I’m thinking that maybe there’s another word, […]

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Embracing Christmas: 12 Days of Christmas Cheer: #ARichChristmas Day 9

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed with joy in a particular moment you want to hold on to that moment forever? You want to squeeze that memory so tight, take a mental picture and remind yourself of it constantly. I had a moment like that this morning and I’ve been reflecting on it most of the day. This morning, for the first time ever, we took MJ to “BIG CHURCH“.  Seeing how much he loves music, we thought he’d love […]

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Josh Groban Sings “O Holy Night”

Listening to Josh Groban sing “O Holy Night” makes me want to run around like George Bailey shouting “Merry Christmas” giving people the impression that I’ve gone crazy. Maybe I have… In my opinion, it doesn’t get more amazing than this. Beautiful Song. Beautiful Voice. Beautiful… At the 3:45 mark, my hair stands up on the back of my neck EVERY time! As I read through these lyrics, I try to fully grasp the truth and meaning in each line. […]

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A Few Things George Bailey Taught Me About Prayer

When I graduated from high school, a friend gave me a book with the words NO MAN IS A FAILURE WHO HAS FRIENDS written inside. I thought it was catchy and I thanked him for the gift, but I had no idea where that phrase originated. When I asked he said, “Watch It’s A Wonderful Life sometime. I think you’ll enjoy it.” To be honest, it always seemed like one of the boring black and white films that I intentionally avoided, so it […]

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One Word Can Change Your Life

In college, I was a Dave Matthews fan; something like 13 shows in 4 years.  As an avid guitar player, witnessing his shows was watching a work of art unfold on stage in perfect harmony. Last year, I made epic plans to see him again for the first time since 2004.  Dave was coming to Raleigh; the perfect setting for a night away with Liz! A couple of days before the show, one of the boys came down with the […]

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Do Something About One Thing: A Guest Post by Mike Ashcraft

Mike Ashcraft is senior pastor at Port City Community Church in North Carolina and co-author of “My One Word: Change Your Life with Just One Word”.  You can follow him on twitter @mikeashcraft or watch his sermons on portcitychurch.org   Do Something About One Thing In just a few weeks, once the holiday bustle is safely in the past, we will turn our attention to the hope of the new year.  Our minds will drift towards the many ways we […]

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