Put the Past Behind, and Press On

This week, I’ve had some doubts about the goals I posted.  That ugly voice inside, that sinister naysayer that tears you down and gets to you when you’re weak has been doing what it does best – talking, talking, talking.

Pastor Stephen Furtick calls it “the chatterbox.”  Seth Godin refers to it as “the lizard brain.”  Whatever you call it, the voice’s purpose is always the same: Throw you off your game, and distract you from the important and great things you set out to do.

One of the chatterbox’s most common tactics is to remind you of past failures.

“Why are you trying that again?  You failed miserably and embarrassed yourself last time.”
“What makes you think anyone cares?  No one listened last time you had something to […]

By |January 8th, 2015|Faith, Life, Money|0 Comments

Start Small

It’s the first Monday of the New Year.  Maybe your are just tearing out of the gate, ready to roll.

You were at the gym with another 129 people in your neighborhood that are feeling the same way.  You’re going to slash your budget so hard that you reach your financial goals by March 1.  You’re gonna blog like you’ve never blogged before, pray like you’ve never prayed before, read like you’ve never read before, exercise like you’ve never exercised before, and journal like you’ve never journaled before.

Can I offer one suggestion?

Slow down.


Yes, slow down.

It’s easy to get caught up in the fervor and excitement of the New Year, a new start and fresh resolutions.  The bad news is that we burn out easily, especially if we’ve […]

By |January 5th, 2015|Faith, Life, Money|0 Comments

Happy Birthday, Nancy!

I have the privilege of being married to the. Most. Incredible. Woman. Ever.

She blesses my life every day, and I’m so thankful I have the chance to love her, live with her, enjoy her, work with her, do life with her, and… grow a family with her!

I love her more now than I did when we got married, and I love that she’s now carrying our first child!  As those of you who know her know, she is genuinely kind, gracious, caring, and forgiving.  She is driven, committed, loyal, and an inspiration to me and many others.

Even in the early stages of pregnancy, I have been amazed at her willingness and commitment to do what is best for her and our baby.  I can’t wait […]

By |December 31st, 2014|Faith|2 Comments

Top Posts of 2014

Don’t forget to enter to win your choice of two great books!  Enter by December 31! 

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It’s been a great year of blogging.  This year, I feel like I’ve really gotten into a bit of a groove, and writing has come more naturally.

In case you missed them, here are my top posts for the year 2014:

1) Two Years of Complete Debt Freedom
2) Everybody Needs a Little Grace Sometimes Part 1 – Part 2
3) The Thing That’s Ruining Us
4) It Won’t Be Like This Forever, Dangit!
5) How to Replace Cable in 6 Easy Steps
6) We Have Some Exciting News to Share! (pregnancy announcement)
7) It’s a New Season
8) 7 Ways to Trim Your Budget
9) How to do a Budget
10) I Can Save You $90,000 with One […]

By |December 29th, 2014|Faith, Life, Money|0 Comments

The Season of Giving [03]

I love this video.  It’s been around, but powerful.”Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.” – II Corinthians 9:6She sowed generously and reaped generously!  And don’t you love it when someone appreciates a gift so deeply?  You can see she was truly touched and had such a sweet spirit. How can you take your generosity to the next level this season?

By |December 17th, 2014|Faith, Life, Money|2 Comments

What Are You Thankful For?

Oh, why I’m glad you asked!  My mom always forced us to make a gratitude list when we were young around Thanksgiving, which we hated.  Like many things, I’m thankful for it now.

Gratitude takes your focus off of what you lack and places it on the blessings you have.  It crushes selfishness and inspires generosity.  Gratitude removes angst and frustration and promotes peace instead.  It’s a powerful thing!

That being said, I’m thankful for…

– My amazing wife, who is an incredible life partner, friend, lover, confidant, business partner, counselor, encouragement, and blessing to me.

– The tiniest member of our family, who will be arriving in May!

– Jesus.  I’ll never be able to fully grasp the profundity of the gospel.  It’s new every year.

– Freedom.  While I […]

By |November 24th, 2014|Faith, Life|0 Comments

Don’t Settle for Default

The iPhone 6 came out a few weeks ago.  Many of you probably got one.  But let me ask you this: How many of you got your iPhone 6 and left it with all the default options?

Do you still have just the standard, pre-loaded apps on there and no others?  Still have the default wallpaper and background?  Still all the default settings?

No way!

You’ve put your favorite picture or graphic as your wallpaper.  You’ve customized each option to your liking; you’ve downloaded every app, and you’ve signed into all your services so it works just right, exactly how you want it.

You do this because the default options aren’t really that great.  Maybe they were at first, when the iPhone was originally invented, but now the default […]

By |October 30th, 2014|Faith, Life, Money|0 Comments

Announcement for WordPress.com Subscribers

As my blog has grown, I’ve made use of a plugin from WordPress.com for email subscribers that also serviced WordPress.com reader subscriptions.

After some research, I’ve decided to go with a different service for email distribution of blog articles.  The bottom line is this:

If you already receive blog posts in your email or prefer reading the blog in your web browser, you don’t have to do anything.

If you currently get my blog posts via a WordPress.com reader and would like to continue to subscribe for regular updates, just put your name and email in the signup form in the sidebar.  

The current WordPress.com reader distribution will be discontinued, though RSS is still supported.

Your email is always held securely, and I will NEVER share it.


By |October 3rd, 2014|Faith, Life, Money|0 Comments

Living (and Giving) Like No One Else

At the risk of sounding pretentious, I’m going to share something personal with you today.

The young man in the picture above is Horacio Giovani Vilchez Zamora (quite the mouthful).  He’s from the small city of Diriamba, Nicaragua, so his name is pronounced in Spanish “or-AH-see-oh.”

He lives in a poor community outside of town, and goes to the Donna Holland School there in Diriamba.  When we visited Nicaragua last year, we went to the DH School and saw the great work they were doing, educating and feeding large numbers of impoverished children, all because of supporters and sponsors.  We found out you could sponsor a child to go to the school, cover their tuition, a uniform, a backpack, and a pair of shoes.  All for $200 […]

By |September 8th, 2014|Faith, Money|1 Comment

“Are You Going To Trust Me?” [video post]

I know not all of you may be into watching/listening to sermons, but I’ve had a number of requests for this so I wanted to share it.  A few months ago I shared a message on trust at my home church, and had a very special guest join me.  If you get the chance to watch or listen to it, I hope it’s challenging and uplifting for you.

Scripture References:

– About half of Psalms (too many to quote!)
– Matthew 6:26
– Matthew 14

By |August 6th, 2014|Faith|0 Comments