Archive for September, 2007

For many people today is just another day.  It’s just another day to live, to work and to play, to laugh and to cry, to be happy and to be sad.  It’s just a bridge between yesterday and tomorrow, the past and the future.

But not to me. On this day, 35 years ago my future wife was born.  My best friend and my reason was born.  Although I was only four months old that day, I believe that God knew I would need a strong, beautiful, loving, compassionate, sexy, fun, Christ-filled woman to sit beside me, hand-in-hand, on this caravan we are traveling on down these roads of life.  He knew I would need you to tuck me in every nite and kiss me awake in the mornings.  He knew I would need lots of hugs and selfish attention.  He knew I would need a gentle voice whispering “I love you” in a world filled with hate.  He knew I would need a moral compass in those times I would drift off course and life would challenge my values.  He knew I would need a quiet place to rest my soul when I became weary from walking through life’s storms.  He knew I would need a light to guide me through the darkness and back into God’s arms.  He knew I would need a woman crazy enough to follow me to Brazil and beyond in the name of Jesus Christ.  He knew I would need a woman that would be there just for me, even when no one else would be.  He knew I would be a life-long “work in progress” that needed a lady to smooth the rougher edges of me and help me to grow a little at a time.  He just knew I needed YOU!

On that day 35 years ago he gave your mom and dad a little girl to love and to raise so that one day you would grow to become the woman God knew I needed.

Thank you God for sending this precious gift to me, and thank you Sammy and Nancy for having her. 

But most importantly, thank you Baby for loving me and being my wife.  I love being married to you and I love having you to experience my life with.  It’s been an awesome ride so far and I can’t wait to see where life’s caravan takes us next.

Happy 35th Birthday Baby!!!   I love you!!!




“Life’s journey is not about arriving safely in a pretty, well-preserved body…but rather skidding in broadside, all used up, totally worn out, and yelling, “Wow, what a ride.””


While at the “Downtown Turnaround” festival in Littleton, NC this past weekend, I came across this quote on a piece of art.  It didn’t attribute the quote to any particuliar person so I got to thinking who it could be. 

Maybe Madonna?  I could see it, especially the “worn out” part but probably not.  Mother Teresa?  A little too wild for her I think.  Michael Jackson?  No…he’s a little too preserved.  Evel Knivel?  It would seem to fit but in the end, he’s had a few too many knocks to the head to be that articulate.

Hmm…who could it be?  I thought a while longer and it finally hit me!!!! 

It was Jesus Christ over 2,000 years ago!!!

I mean, just look at his life.  He faced satan himself and conquered pure evil, more than once, raised the dead, healed the blind and crippled, turned water into wine, fed 3,000 AND 5,000 people with a couple of fish and a few loaves of bread, walked on water, quieted raging storms and seas, preached to the Gentiles, conversed with a Samaritan woman by the well, predicted the future, hung out with thieves, murderers and tax collectors (scum of the earth back then), healed and touched lepers, cast out over 2,000 demons into some pigs just trying to enjoy a little mud and relaxation, openly rebuked and criticized the pious Jewish religious leaders, was Transfigured, was arrested for doing nothing wrong but being the Son of God, brutally tortured and beaten, carried the burden of all mankind’s sin onto a wooden cross where He was nailed and killed, buried in a dusty, dark and damp tomb only to be raised from the dead and resurrected to the right hand throne of God.  All in just 33 years of life. 

Yep…it definitely had to be Jesus Christ.