Scott Pruitt

The other night, we dusted off the container of heaven and made what I love more than anything on this earth (other than my wife and family)…homemade ice cream. The only problem was that Whitney sent me to the grocery store, recipe in hand, to find all the ingredients. She even sent me pictures of […]

Vision

Yesterday I had to take a little 2 hour drive, and I must say that I was focused and deep in thought about a particular lesson coming up. And then...it happened. Distractions Apparently it was bug migration season and I was in their direct path. And then...a massive...

Be Brave

24 Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD. (Ps. 31:24 NIVO) I just had the honor of speaking to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Homewood High School. I walked into their meeting room at 7:20 a.m. and found a packed room full of high school...

“I Just Can’t Stop Smiling!”

Out of all the pics we took at Give Kids The World Mission Trip, I choose this one. Kaylyn Tomlinson (her good friends call her KK) recently graduated from Pelham High School and will attend Troy University in just a few weeks. KK is an incredible blessing to all who...

Where Happiness Inspires Hope

I met a little boy in a wheelchair yesterday at Give Kids the World Village, who was obviously blind with other serious health concerns. Several on our mission team were in charge of operating the rides. After we got this boy strapped in safely to this ride that...

One More Conversation

6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (Col. 4:6 NIVO) Have you ever visited someone who is fighting for their life in the hospital? It is difficult to watch them hooked up to cords and...

I Just Wanna Be Like…

Over the past several months I have noticed a severe depletion of my t-shirts and socks in their respective drawers. This is the crazy thing; they reappear on Tyler’s body. Sure, they are too big for him, but he doesn’t care. I noticed him wearing my shirts months ago...

Corrective Lenses

Farsighted people can see long distances.           Nearsighted people can see at close range.  People with astigmatism struggle either way, because the muscles are always straining to focus. People with any...

Leaders

Birthdays, Christmas, Tests, Results, Health, Weather, Game Time, Fridays, Sundays, Wednesdays, Vacations, Mission Trips, Heaven. What do all those above have in common? Some make you anxious while others we greatly anticipate. Some of them have moments of temporary...

Invitation

Have you ever been invited to...anything? Of course, you have. More than likely, you’ve been invited to multiple parties, events, get-togethers, business meetings throughout your life? Some, you wanted to be there. Others...not so much. Invitations are special,...

One Word

I asked the teens and adults in class last week to share one word that summarizes the past year of 2018. Upon reflection, the following words were shared: Complicated Change Aggressive Pressure Eventful Tiring Privileges Magical Joyful Adventurous Terrible Expensive...

Life is Fast

Who are those people in your life that you love to see coming and that you love to see going? Which category do you fall into and why? Life can get a hold on you and not let go or you can get a hold on life, strap in, and stay focused on the destination. This morning...

Share…Become…Represent…

There is joy for those who promote peace. Proverbs 12:20 Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out. Whistle. Take a brisk thirty-minute walk every day. Smile a lot. It costs nothing and is beyond price. Who comes to mind when you consider...

Walking

Finally, a cool, crisp, chill was in the air this past weekend, and a host of teens and adults took advantage of the opportunity to go camping together at Oak Mountain State Park. We did exactly what you are supposed to do at a campout...sat by a campfire cooking...

Anticipation

I am on a road trip to the mountains of Colorado with my mom, dad and aunt from Texas. Have you ever been to Colorado when the Aspen trees are at their peak, bears are active, moose are roaming the woodlands, possibly a sighting of bighorn sheep, elk, buffalo, and the...

Growing Up

Last night was the Shelby County Band Showcase at Helena High School. It’s amazing how quickly life changes. Years ago, it was my mom and dad slaving away in the concession stand and hauling equipment all over the stadium. Now, I’m the dad. The running joke all night...

Blank Canvas

Each Tuesday, I stare at a blank column. I could choose to fill this space with meaningless words or meaningful words to begin painting a beautiful masterpiece. I am so thankful that God chose meaningful over meaningless with each one of us. We just have to do one of...

Words of Wisdom

20My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body. 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the...

Blessed With A Gift

As the craziness of summer winds down for me, teachers across the nation and especially our beloved teachers in Birmingham are walking into their classrooms this week to do what they do best...bless our children with the gift of teaching. This is the time of year that...

Golden Age Banquet

This is the week of the Golden Age Banquet. There is no way to calculate how many hours of script writing, revising, rewriting, practices, planning and preparation that have gone into what will take place Saturday night for our Livewires!. Mary Poppins was a big box...

Today

Over Spring Break, my family and I got to spend one day at the beach. Well, a few hours is more realistic. We prepared well since we only had a very short time. Sandcastle tools, swimsuits, towels, sunscreen, hats, and beach chairs. It was a very overcast day so I...

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