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Sep 1

My Story, Day 3

Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

I grew up in suburban Chicago with my Mom and Dad, and sister, Kristie.

Looking for Faith

Our family has Lutheran roots, but we were not regular church attendees.

When I was seven years old I was invited by my neighbors to Grace Community Church. 

John Schulmeister was the first person I remember hearing say, “Jesus Christ died for your sins.” That night I asked Jesus to forgive my sins.

I remember it seemed like an obvious decision. I knew that I had sinned. I trusted that Jesus was willing to forgive my sins, and asked him to do so.

Aug 26

Playing Simon Says

Posted on Friday, August 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

Remember playing “Simon Says”?

“Simon Says” is a game for three or more players. One player leads the game as “Simon”.  “Simon” gives commands.

Commands that are preceded by “Simon says” are to be obeyed.  Those that are not preceded by “Simon says” should not be followed.

For instance, “Simon says, clap your hands.”  Should be obeyed.  “Keep clapping”, should not be obeyed.

Anyone who breaks one of these two rules is eliminated for the remainder of the game.

The goal of the game is to be the last player playing after all other players are eliminated.

Jul 19

Secrets, Sins & Scandals

Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

Have you ever thought that after doing something wrong — if you just keep it a secret — that no one would ever find out?

I’ve done it; many times.

My parents were in town a couple of weeks ago with my nephew and niece. While we were talking we started sharing scar stories. I was last to share. I have many scars. I was trying to decide which scar had the most memorable or entertaining story.

Amy, my wife, spoke up, “Scott tell about…” and a secret was out.

May 10

Relapse, Slipping, Backsliding & Other Backbreakers

Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

I’m Afraid Of A Relapse!

THE QUESTION: Last week, my daughter was released to go home from the psych ward. After she got depressed, she cut herself. I was afraid that she’d try to commit suicide. How do I know he/she won’t slide back into this again?

OUR REPLY: “Don’t focus on what might happen (but probably won’t); focus instead on things that affirm your future and guide your eyes toward hopefulness. You can both set and achieve short-term goals and remember to focus your attention on the positive things that you have in your lives.”

Mar 26

Keep Your Love Alive – Buried Treasure

Posted on Saturday, March 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

If you want to find the buried treasure you have to look for it.

One of the keys to finding buried treasure is to look beyond the obvious.

That applies to people too.

If you want to express your love and help your loved ones to experience personal growth look for the buried treasure.  Try to find the positives in what may often feel like negatives. 1

Negative: Nosy
Positive: He/She likes to be very alert, friendly or social.

Negative: Touchy
Positive: He/She likes to be very sensitive.

Feb 13

Don’t Fear Love – Pt 10 of 10 – Ten Days Of *Loving* Advice

Posted on Sunday, February 13, 2011 in Uncategorized

It’s the 13th, February 13th, today.

Yesterday I wrote about my lack of natural romantic notions.  I have not figured out how to discern what gift Amy wants at special occasions, when to push her and when to wait for her to ask for my advice, but I have been able to add.  Since we started going out we have counted months just like teenagers do.  Today is our 306th month anniversary!

For some readers that may not be a hope, dream or a goal. I understand, it was never a goal of mine either. My goal was that our love, our relationship, would never end.

Feb 12

Don’t Fear Love – Pt 9 of 10 – Ten Days Of *Loving* Advice

Posted on Saturday, February 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

If You Screw Up, Fess Up!   Say “I’m sorry” and mean it!

In the classic 70’s romantic movie “Love Story” Jennifer Cavalieri said, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”

It’s a nice romantic notion to think if you really loved someone you would never say a hurtful word, always remember their favorite ___, text them back immediately, stop everything to take their phone call, always be certain to arrive when you said that you would, and never forget an item on the “pick it up on the way home” list.

Feb 9

Don’t Fear Love – Pt 6 of 10 – Ten Days Of *Loving* Advice

Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them.

I am timid and I am oversensitive

I am a lioness

I am tired and defensive

You take me in your arms

And I fall into you

I have insecurities

You show me I am beautiful

While she was embarrassed to stumble through the National Anthem on Super Bowl Sunday Christina Aguilera is an amazing vocalist. In her song “I Am” she explains her vulnerable weaknesses. Continuing:

Love me or leave me

Nov 13

You Blah-Blah-Blahed me!

Posted on Saturday, November 13, 2010 in Uncategorized

You Blah-Blah-Blahed me!”, Sammy said.

I laughed.

Recently to illustrate a point I intentionally misspelled a word while writing on a whiteboard.

When Ashtin pointed my error out I “ignored” her correction.

When Ashtin persisted I argued that I was right and she was wrong.

Undaunted Ashtin knew she was right.  She was quickly joined by Sammy and others in a chorus of voices correcting my spelling.

I stood my ground exclaiming, “oh, it’s no big deal!”

Finally standing in front of the board I defended by spelling with a dismissing “Blah-blah-blah!”

Nov 10

I Have What You Want!

Posted on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 in Uncategorized

I have what you want!

It’s my birthday and I have what you want! And I want you to have it!

I know you may be thinking what’s he got? Does he have that 700 hp Shelby I saw on the Speed Channel? No, I don’t. Does he have my mortgage payment? No, sorry nope. My tuition? My future spouse? My health? My hair back? My fantasy football title? An iPhone? Sorry, none of those either.

I do have a copy of The Truth About Chuck Norris that I’m gonna give away tonight at TreeHouse. But you can buy your own copy.