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May 2015

Family Life

We All Need To Hear It!

Life and death are in the power of the tongue. There is a longing in all of our hearts to receive affirmation from our parents.  Whether we are male or female, young or old, we all want to hear our parents say, “I am so proud of you!”  “Great job!”  “You are so beautiful.” “I love you!”  Unfortunately, many of us have been cursed rather than blessed.

The Hebrew word for “bless” is barak. It literally means “to kneel or bow on bended knee in order to express awe and value.” So when we bless we recognize the value of something. When we bless our children we are saying that we recognize their value, that they are a gift from God. We bless them not because of their gifts and talents but because of who they are. We are not proud of them because of what they do but because of who they are.  In Gary Smalley’s & John Trent’s book entitled, ‘The Blessing,” it invites the reader to look at the life-changing gift the Bible calls “the blessing.”   Many of us-perhaps unknowingly-spend a lifetime striving for this acceptance.  Is this you? The unconditional love and approval that comes with the blessing is an important component of our self-esteem and emotional well-being.

A family blessing begins with meaningful touch. It continues with a spoken message of high value, a message that pictures a special future for the individual being blessed, and one that is based on an active commitment to see the blessing come to pass.  As a father of three young children, I am consciously aware of my words.  Our kids pick up on everything, from our language to even our body posture.  I want to be aware that life and death are in the power of the tongue, so I choose to speak life over my children, my wife, my circumstances, over others I come into contact with and even myself.  What about you?

Blog Life

Orange Conference – Atlanta, Georgia – Pictures

A few weeks back I attended the Orange Conference. It was an incredible time of learning and soaking up what others are doing to influence and reach the next generation. Over the next few days I will be posting notes from the conference, but first, here are some pictures of the recent trip. Most pictures are unedited.
















Creativity Life


Such an incredible video!

An experimental time lapse created for SKYGLOWPROJECT.COM, a crowdfunded quest to explore the effects and dangers of urban light pollution in contrast with some of the most incredible Dark Sky Preserves in North America.

sky·glow (skī′glō′)
1. Brightness of the night sky in a built-up area as a result of light pollution:

SKYGLOW from Sunchaser Pictures on Vimeo.


What I Am Reading

I have fallen a little behind in my goal to read 12 books this year, but I know I will be able to keep that goal as I have found a few new books to read. I was recently at the Orange conference in Atlanta, Georgia and came home with a few new books I am going to read. I have begun to read two of the books, but here is a list of the books I will be reading over the next few months and I am sure there will be even more.

Do Over – Jon Acuff (Started Reading)
Married People – Ted Lowe & Doug Fields (Started Reading)
Orange Essentials – Reggie Joiner
It’s Just A Phase – Reggie Joiner & Kristen Ivy
Heresies & How To Avoid Them – Ben Quash & Michael Ward
Getting Ready For Marriage – Jim Burns & Doug Fields
Playing For Keeps – Reggie Joiner & Kristen Ivy

What are you reading?