What Does Valor Mean to You?

Valor. What does valor mean to you? The dictionary gives us a working definition: val·or    /ˈvalər/    noun  1. great courage in the face of danger, especially in battle. “the medals are awarded for acts of valor” I like the list of synonyms that accompanies the...
Things We Hide

Things We Hide

Oh, the things we hide. Hiding is in our DNA thanks to Adam and Eve messing up in the Garden and quickly hiding in the trees trying to avoid their Creator. This week I spent almost four hours with a woman who has spent much of her life hiding. Hiding from her parents....
How to See and Not Just Look

How to See and Not Just Look

Life has a way of messing with your vision. Oh, to see and not just look. Some days tough situations blur your eyesight. Other days certain people leave you squinting and rubbing your eyes in disbelief. What the heck just happened here? Are you kidding me?! There’s...
Practicing the Habit of Forgiveness

Practicing the Habit of Forgiveness

For this article about his marriage and life on the rocks, my friend Tez Brooks won honorable mention for Best Inspirational Article in the 2018 Writer’s Digest contest. I appreciate Tez’ candor and authenticity in the struggle, and I think you will too....
Telling Your Story

Telling Your Story

You have a story, plenty of stories from your remarkable life. Yes, remarkable. But have you thought of being intentional in telling your story, more in-depth to your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, friends, and all the other special people in your life? It’s those...
The Folks Who Keep You Together

The Folks Who Keep You Together

You love your morning coffee, your lunchtime salad, and your ice cream for dessert. So God made a farmer. You adore the clothes you wear, the car you drive. And farmers are behind it all. They are the folks who keep you together. Growing up in America’s Heartland, I...
When Your Memory Starts to Fade

When Your Memory Starts to Fade

“Why can’t I remember that?” my almost 93-year-old neighbor quizzed me. “I mean I can remember back, but then I can’t remember yesterday or even what I was doing a few minutes ago.” After nine decades, there comes a time when the memory starts to fade.  Sigh. I...
Your Summer is NOT Over!

Your Summer is NOT Over!

The kids are trudging back to school. The grill is resting up after that last burger fest. But wait . . . summer is NOT over! There is still four weeks before summer officially passes the baton to fall. Granted, this week I’ve had to wear a thick hoodie when walking...