The dog whispers.

We’re dog-sitting for a few days while Andrew and Allie are on vacation. Chevrolet Beyoncé is small and blackish-grey. I’m not a dog person, though we’ve had a dog in our house for fourteen of the last 21 years. Shiloh was with us for thirteen years. A couple years after he was gone, Jude lived […]

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You could have a good day.

Some of my friends work with people who don’t have many days of breathing left. They sometimes ask a simple question: “What would be a good day for you?” For someone who has machines and drugs and pain and a failing body, it’s a way to find the things that matter. “A good day is […]

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Looking for energy?

“But I don’t have the energy.” For the third time in the conversation I said “I would think [X] through but I don’t have the energy.” I made a note in my journal to find the energy to figure out why I was using that excuse. Because it was an excuse. I was telling my […]

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Characterized by distraction

“Don’t let your life be characterized by distraction.” I wrote that in my journal Tuesday morning. I’m not sure why. I mean, I know that I wrote it as I was taking some notes on a mentor’s last letter to his closest follower. A couple blank lines later, I wrote “Timothy, let your life be […]

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Nehemiah talks about focus

This is from my weekly enewsletter about Nehemiah called “A Great Work“. Nehemiah is talking here:  “What you are reading is a God-driven case study of how we built the wall first and then the nation. What you are reading leaves out all the parts about my momentary doubts, my hesitation before plunging in. Because […]

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