Tag Archives | Joy

3 Things to Remember This Christmas

Christmas makes me feel like a kid again—like I’m ten-years old sitting in the kitchen at Grandma Ham’s house on Christmas Eve, anxious and giddy about what Santa might bring. But this year, I had the stark realization that those memories are twenty-five years old. It’s hard to believe, but I’m days from turning thirty-five. I’m no longer the little kid. I’m a father to four beautiful children and we’re having Christmas at my house. For whatever reason, that reality has been a […]

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The Reality of Depression at Christmas

I’ve recently gained a deeper appreciation for the reality of depression. Whether it was my own naivety or an unwillingness to be honest, I refused to go there. But the truth is, many people will spend this Christmas and the coming year in a battle with depression. And I would never suggest that I have any answers, but I wanted to unpack a few thoughts and share a story that may provide some perspective. For those of you who struggle, know that […]

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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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Be Calm, Be Quiet, Be Content

Too often, I feel like no one can relate to my life–no one can understand where I’m coming from. In my frustration, I isolate myself on my own little island, set up camp, and throw a one-man pity party. However, I found some consolation this week from the Old Testament that gives me the strength to persevere. David knew the joy of victory. He also understood the pain of defeat. He danced with gladness, yet at times, his soul was troubled to […]

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Perfectly Crazy – Simply Greatfull

Crazy This week has been packed full of crazy.  Well, most weeks are, but this week particularly!  My family is renting a beach house down at Wrightsville Beach; a tradition we started in 2001 after my Grandpa Ham passed away.  For those of you that know my family, this is much more than just a family affair.  Family and friends fill the house and meet at the beach which makes it such a special time.  This, however, is the first […]

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Greatfull: What I Learned by Misspelling

I have created a word that helps me see a clear picture of what it means to live richly: GREATFULL Greatfull is my vision of a life full of greatness, achieved through learning the power of gratitude. Read that again – using gratitude to accomplish greatness. Can we learn how to harness gratitude as the primary fuel to live the life we choose; to live a great life? I learned this lesson over a cup of coffee. Normally, before going […]

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