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Take Heart, God Never Changes

Change.  Do you like it or hate it?  Either way, the only constant in life seems to be change.  Change careers.  Change homes.   Change cities.  Change your clothes.  Change your interests.  Change the color of your wall paint.

Yesterday I spent part of the day helping my dad load up a semi trailer full of boxes as he and my mom prepared to embark on the newest adventure in their lives.  They are moving up to what used to be called The Cabin, and will now become their house.  My mom took a new job up north and my dad is hoping to retire soon after their house sells.

This is a big change not only for them but for our entire family. Papa and Nana will be farther away.  My brother won't be able to drive over and mooch lunch anymore!  Christmas and Easter and special days will look a little different now.  The change will be hard at times.  However, we know the this is the place God has been leading them for some time, and it is a change that will bring them delight and happiness as…

10 Year Anniversary Lists About Stephanie

10 Little Things I Love About Stephanie
1. Her Hawaiian complexion and Polynesian nose
2. Her tenacity in the pursuit of her goals
3. Her gifts of hospitality
4. Her interest in sports
5. Her spontaneousness and adaptability
6. Her desire to grow as a woman
7. Her interaction with our kids
8. Her cooking
9. Her sacrifice for the sake of others
10. Her happiness in finding 'little treasures'

10 Ways Stephanie Love Me
1. She prays for me daily. 2. She encourages me when I'm down. 3. She believes in my potential. 4. She follows my leadership. 5. She challenges my blind spots. 6. She corrects my errors. 7. She forgives my sins. 8. She teaches me new things. 9. She cares about my spirit. 10. She practices my love languages.

10 Great Memories   1. Summer trips to MI 2. Going to Hawaii 3. Watching her in the 2011 Iron Girl Duathlon 4. Visiting Duluth 5. Visiting New York 6. Visiting Colorado 7. Visiting Toronto 8. Watching her coach Girl's High School basketball 9. Going to MN Wild/ MN T…

You Worry About You. Quit Comparing and Complaining.

Comparison, and the concern for equal treatment in all affairs, is a deadly trap that begins in children and if not squelched, carries over into adulthood.

Last week my oldest son and I were watching the NHL play-offs.  My son was really enjoying the game and laying quietly on my bed as he watched.  It was quite enjoyable just being with him and taking in the excitement of the game together.  My younger son, however, was unable to settle down and he was being a distraction.  Since it was getting late, and since he couldn't handle staying up to watch the game peacefully, I told him it was bed time.  His response?

"What about Jake?  Why does he get to stay up?"

No doubt if you have children you have heard something along the lines of, "But what about Jake!  How come he gets to (fill in the blank)!"  Or, "Not fair!  Susie doesn't have to (fill in the blank)!"

My wife and I are doing all we can to teach our children how to be concerned with themselves…

10 Treats My Wife Loves

Today is my 10 year wedding anniversary.

1. Diet Coke fountain pop 2. Diet Pepsi in a plastic bottle or can 3. Mike and Ikes 4. Cheddar cheese Combos 5. Qwik Trip breakfast sandwich 6. Mounds Bar 7. Brick Oven Bakery caramel roll 8. Nachos 9. McDonald's Strawberry/Raspberry Lemonade 10. German Chocolate Cake

10 Things I've Enjoyed With My Wife

Today is my 10 year wedding anniversary.

1. Summer trips to MI 2. Going to Hawaii 3. Watching her in the 2011 Iron Girl Duathlon 4. Visiting Duluth 5. Visiting New York 6. Visiting Colorado 7. Visiting Toronto 8. Watching her coach Girl's High School basketball 9. Going to MN Wild/ MN Twins games 10. Baseball game in Detroit

10 Things I Love About My Wife (pt. 2)

Today is my 10 year wedding anniversary.

1. She prays for me daily. 2. She encourages me when I'm down. 3. She believes in my potential. 4. She follows my leadership. 5. She challenges my blind spots. 6. She corrects my errors. 7. She forgives my sins. 8. She teaches me new things. 9. She cares about my spirit. 10. She practices my love languages.

10 Things I Love About My Wife

Today is my 10 year wedding anniversary.

1. Her Hawaiian complexion and Polynesian nose
2. Her tenacity in the pursuit of her goals
3. Her gifts of hospitality
4. Her interest in sports
5. Her spontaneousness and adaptability
6. Her desire to grow as a woman
7. Her interaction with our kids
8. Her cooking
9. Her sacrifice for the sake of others
10. Her happiness in finding 'little treasures'

6 Tips to Improve Your Parenting

Parenting is awfully hard isn't it?

On Sunday our pastor made a comment highlighting one of the difficulties of parenting.  He talked about how quickly kids move through different life stages, and how just when we as their parents think we've got things about figured out, they move on to a whole new territory.

In college some friends and I made up a game called Crazyball.  We had rules, a scoring system and even a traveling trophy.  It was a great game!  One of the things that made Crazyball so fun was how the rules evolved over time.  We found that some rules worked well, while others were unnecessary, or even detrimental to the flow and feel of the game.  Through trial and error, over time, we discovered how to make Crazyball a fantastic dorm room game.

I think successful parenting is a lot like playing Crazyball.  You do your best to set up a system that you think will be best for you and your kids.  Then you work your system and make adjustments as you go.  You adapt and …

MN Marriage Amendment - How Would Jesus Vote?

There was a popular Christian campaign years ago with the slogan WWJD, which stood for What Would Jesus Do.  Adults and kids alike were wearing bracelets, drinking from coffee mugs, and slapping bumper stickers on their car with the WWJD letters on them.  The idea behind the campaign was to remind people to think through all aspects of their lives from the perspective of Jesus.

One of the core aspirations of a Christian is to be a "Christ follower."  This means Christians should strive to follow the teachings and life model of Jesus Christ, as told through Scripture.  That is what WWJD was  all about.  One reason people latched onto the idea of WWJD was because following Jesus is a task that demands a lot, and it is easy to get off track.

One of the things being a Christian demands is that you actually know what Jesus taught.  If you want to follow him you need to know what he said and did, and this is revealed in the Bible.  So, if you're honestly trying to understand…

What Are the Keys to Finding Focus in Your Life?

Focus.  Knowing where you're going and sticking to it.

I've been thinking about focus recently.  My kids are great at starting projects and then losing focus and not completing them.  They leave halfway built lego creations, coloring pages partly filled and rooms half cleaned.  It is hard for kids to focus when they have so many interests and so many things that grab their attention.

With children it is understandable, but issues with focus can carry forward into adulthood.  Adults who start and stop projects, careers, goals, and behaviors.  I was talking with a guy at work yesterday who told me how he used to happily attend church regularly, but has since stopped going and can't get back into it.  He's lost his focus.  The passion that was once there is gone.

My pastor shared yesterday about his father's focus on being a provisonary for the family.  He shared how his dad worked construction for thirty years, without complaining, so that he could provide for his ki…

Just Finish One More Mile

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I'm not a regular runner by any means.  I jog from time to time, but I don't have a regime that I follow with any kind of discipline.  Last week however I decided to go for a run.  I think it had to do with all the calories I've been consuming at graduation parties, and I was feeling the need to exercise.  Whatever motivated me to do it worked.

Usually when I run I try to challenge myself and see how far I can push the distance.  For some reason, last week I decided that I would try to go 6.2 miles, which was almost two miles further than any distance I'd attempted to run this year.  To make the situation even more punishing, I took off on my run at 2:30 in the afternoon with the sun beating down and temperatures in the high 80s.  Hardly what anyone would consider ideal conditions for distance running.

The first three miles of the run went great.  I was cruising along and I covered the first half of the run in twenty six minutes.  For someone who doesn't run much…

How to Get Some More Patience

I remember my parents singing a little song to us kids, many times, while we we're growing up.  The song said,
Have patience, have patience, don't be in such a hurry.  Cause when your, not patient, you'll only start to worry. Having patience is ridiculously hard for some people, and I am the leader of the team.  Some days are better than others, but being patient is a daily struggle for me.  So often I want things to happen 'right-now,' and when they don't I get frustrated.  This applies to my kids, my health, house projects, and work.
I'm starting to see the same traits in a couple of my kids.  The funny thing is that impatience looks a lot uglier in other people than it does in ourselves.  Do you know what I mean?  When my kids get impatient I correct them and tell them they need to just relax and stop complaining.  Then I complain under my breath and get impatient with their impatience.  It's all silly, but it is quite real and maddening.  
Here's…

5 Tips for Better Tweeting

I love Twitter for many different reasons. I like have a quick way to share my thoughts and feelings with others. I like being able to hear 'what's up' in other people's words. I also use Twitter as a news source, a scoreboard, an information pool, a tutor, and a networking tool. Twitter has enabled me to connect with all kinds of people I never would have meet or interacted with. I think that's pretty cool.

Over the course of two years I've learned a few things about what makes a tweet good or bad. These 5 tips, from Jason Fell, are a great introduction to some of the do's and don'ts of great tweets.
Offer context in tweets. Don't be cryptic.Include personal commentary -- especially if you retweet a news source.Don't over-stuff tweets with hashtags and @ mentions. Consider direct messaging someone over @ messaging them.Don't whine or complain. Happy sentiments, the report says, are valued more than negative tweets.If you ask a question, use a…

4 Helpful Ideas for Creating Social Media Campaigns

Loved the advice - Fish Where the Fish Are.

Video from Entrepreneur blog.

Just Go For It

My neighbor is a fast runner.  He also plays in a baseball league.  So, when he gets on base the coaches have given him the go ahead to steal bases whenever he feels like it.  He's been given a green light to "just go for it."

I think there are times when God gives us the green light to "go for it" and we miss out because we spend too much time wondering if it is the right thing to do or not.  Paralysis by analysis.

I love the story in Joshua when the Israelites were to cross over the Jordan.  Only problem, the river was wide and deep.  But God had told them to cross.  So the priests led the way and the waters parted...after the priests put their feet in the water.  Just go for it.

There's a guy I know who quit his job in faith that the Lord would provide another one.  I know another lady who took an extra day off of work to interview for a job she wasn't even sure she'd be able to get.  Bold move.  Big faith.

Garth Brooks once said, "Nothing…

Video: Raising the Stanley Cup

This Fast Company post highlights some of the cool NHL ads that have been running during the Stanley Cup play-off this year.

This is one of my favorites.