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Aug 26

Surfing For God by Michael John Cusick

Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Reviews, Social, Spiritual, Values

Subtitled, “Discovering The Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle”, Michael John Cusick begins with an abrupt and compelling question, “What’s Better than Porn?” He spends the majority of the rest of the book answering that question.

“You and I were created to fly. But something has gone terribly wrong…Adam and Eve lost their innocence and…barely a day goes by that I don’t hear a story about a man losing his (innocence) in exchange for pornography…(and) the losses are devastating.”

Jun 12

The Vows We Keep

Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

On our 10th Anniversary we renewed our wedding vows.

In 1997 we renewed our wedding vows — not that we were a mess and needed a restart, but — because ten years into our marriage, we were adults, “grown ups”, who had a better idea what we were doing and we wanted to be positive role models.

During our wedding we repeated vows I don’t recall and hope that we kept.  At our 10th we wrote these vows, planning the keep them.  And, aside from moments of selfishness, my inclinations to be a workaholic, and an occasional crabby day, we’re still keeping them.  These vows help us keep on track toward our goal of a lifelong happy marriage.

Feb 17

Love or Lust?!?

Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

Run — flee the evil desires of youth; run away; run away from infantile indulgence; run from temptations that capture young people; run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts — instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.”  1

Okay, yeah love is the obvious choice, but why does the choice STILL have to be so [expletive] hard!

 

1 – 2 Timothy 2:22

Feb 15

4 Things I Got Right This Valentines Day

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

Yesterday was Valentines Day.  Yesterday was also the anniversary of the legend of the green hippo.  If you don’t know that story or want another opportunity to laugh at me, feel free to read it again in Sex, Lies & the Truth – Pt 3 of 3 – The Truth.

I’m trying to grow up, grow more appreciative, take my Valentine less for granted, show the love I think of, feel the love that lives within and follow her example of generosity.

I worked a fourteen-hour day yesterday, but I still got a couple things right.

Feb 10

Clutch Plays At Home

Posted on Friday, February 10, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, TreeHouse, Values

Mario Manningham, the NY Giants wide receiver was a good receiver in 2010, but the 18th worst at catching the football this year.  Fortunately, when it mattered most he caught the football that helped save the season for the Super Bowl winning Giants. 1

Most of us live life like Manningham, success one moment and we fail the next.  We want to be the best but stumple into stupid fights with the people we love the most.  It’s a those times we need to be the clutch player and choose to do what’s most needed.

Clutch At Home

Feb 6

Clutch 4 Life

Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 in Education, Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values

Did you watch the Super Bowl?

Here’s a short summary:
Eli Manning was poised.  
Tom Brady looked panicked.
Aaron Hernandez dropped two passes.  
Mario Manningham caught the one that mattered most.

As you can imagine Manning and Manningham play for the Super Bowl winning New York Giants.

Winners Win

NFL players are generally assumed to be the best players in their sport in the world.  While some would argue that the Giants and the New England Patriots were not great teams, they were successful and won when it mattered most.

Feb 4

The Love & Respect Experience By Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Posted on Saturday, February 4, 2012 in Emotional, Financial, How To, Relational, Reviews, Social, Spiritual, Values

The Love & Respect Experience By Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
“A Husband-Friendly Devotional That Wives Truly Love”

If you’re a typical husband:
– you’re not eager to be vulnerable
– you don’t want to be corrected or enjoy opportunities to challenge your behavior
– you don’t want to schedule weekly interrogation sessions
Those concerns are addressed in the book. 

This book is meant to build you up, not to break you down.

The devotions are easy to follow and quite short — 800-900 words each — three or four minutes of reading.

Jan 28

Sex Trafficking in Scotland

Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2012 in Emotional, Financial, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

Just in case I needed another “WHAT is happening in our world” moment, news out of Scotland:

Sex trafficking victims reveal horror of witchcraft and torture being used to enslave women in Scotland

Assuming it’s true — and I have no reason not to think it isn’t — it’s so heart-breaking and horrific.

FML

One “victim had been trafficked from Africa and was only prostituted in Scotland. She was trafficked by a trusted community member she turned to after witnessing the murder of her parents and grandparents by the police.”

Jan 27

If Only She Knew…If Only He Knew

Posted on Friday, January 27, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

Cuts lined her arms.
He drinks himself into oblivion.

She chases after “Mr. Perfect.”
He’s looking to “hit it.”

She’s settling.
He’s settling.

You must love yourself before you can love another.

Accept yourself for who you are, but don’t “settle.”
- Don’t let addictions stand in your way.
- Don’t let lies blind you.
- Don’t let self-pity poison your heart.

“You’re better than that!!!”  That’s mysilentscream.

Mar 28

Weird Stuff – Sex, Porn & God

Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 in Relational, Spiritual, Values

I’ve worked several jobs in my life.  Twice I’ve had jobs at motels.

When I was in my early twenties I worked the graveyard shift [11pm-7am] as a desk clerk at a hotel in suburban Chicago.

Back in the day, it was known as “a no-tell motel”; the kind of seedy place people took late night dates for an hour, or so, of privacy.

I won’t tell you which motel I worked at.  Today it’s known as “the ultimate in comfort and good taste”.  There is no reason to dispute that based on my experiences from two decades ago, but it’s safe to say that when I worked there the rooms were not chosen for their “comfort and good taste.”