To Run a Mile

“I ran a mile today without stopping.” This simple statement can mean so many different things to different people. To some it is an everyday occurrence, to others it is a huge accomplishment. Others would be disappointed to have just run one mile, or it would only matter if they improved their time. For me,…

The Greatest Marriage

As I write this post, my sister is set to get married in 5 days. I’m really looking forward to the wedding for numerous reasons. The first reason is that I’m really happy for my sister. I’m thrilled that she has found a Christian man who loves her and whom she loves. I am excited…

Too Deep for Words

There are times in life where I just don’t have the words to say; Times when my heart feels weighed down and burdened with the pain and brokenness of the world; Times when there are no answers, or at least no easy answers; Times where my heart is broken. In times such as these, I am…

A Mess of Perfection

Indulge me, if you will, while I provide the following: Public Service Announcement If you are 60 years of age or older you are part of Encore! Ministries. You do not have to join Encore! You are in because of your age. Yes, I know, you do not consider yourself old enough to be an older…

Through the Eyes of a Third Grader

I’ve spent quite a bit of time with the third graders these past few weeks. I’ve been preparing for Third Grade Bible Sunday, Bible Camp at Glen Lake, and Bible Adventure Fun Night with much excitement. My excitement does not even compare to the excitement that the third graders have experienced these past few weeks….

It’s Like Riding a Bike . . .

We’ve learned a new skill at my house. My daughters have learned to ride their bikes. First, it was my oldest who wanted to learn to ride a bike without training wheels, then once she learned, her younger sister wanted to do it too. What’s amusing to me is how each of my daughter’s personalities…

Stronger Together

“What Iconic Movie Heroine Are You Based on Your Myers-Briggs Type?”  Those words came across my Facebook feed this week, and I instantly clicked on the link.  I needed to know.  Which heroine am I?  I was really hoping that the answer was going to be someone exciting like Princess Leia.  But, according to this…

Will You Hold the Hope?

I’ll be honest. I have been sitting here staring at a blank screen for quite some time now. I had several thoughts last week about what I was going to write about, but in this moment, none of them seem right. Hurricane Harvey continues to wreak damage, days after it was no longer an official…

Connecting with Communities, New & Old

About a month and a half ago, my wife and I packed up all of our possessions and moved from Northern California to Hurst, Texas. We left behind everything that we knew for a city that we had only been to once. We knew that moving so far away after recently getting married would be…

The Peace of Music

One of my favorite places to have time with the Lord is alone in my car. There is something about driving that sets the perfect scene to open my heart to God. Having the freedom to sing off key or pray out loud with only God to hear me gives me a sense of calm….

How Churches are Helping African Immigrants Settle in America

First United Methodist Church of Hurst (FUMCH) offers a Ministry with African Immigrants. The purpose of this ministry is to welcome African newcomers, give them hope and provide them with a sense of belonging. The following story is an example of how FUMCH assisted an African family after they immigrated to the United States.  Bagimu,…

Blessed by One Another

This past Sunday I had the joy of witnessing an animated conversation between a college student and another adult member of the congregation. The young adult was excitedly sharing news about her summer as well as plans for the upcoming school year. Smiles lit up their faces and you could tell just from looking at…