Life can be a blur…

19 06 2012

Recently, our 2nd son Daniel got married to an incredible young woman, Emily Jelley (Harper) in Nashville, TN.  We are blessed to have 2 fantastic daughters-in-love now.  Mine and Karen’s 30th wedding anniversary followed with a cruise to the Bahamas, St. Thomas and St. Martin.  See pic!

We have had a great time and then back to work.  We followed all that with Father’s Day and that is what has motivated me to write this blog.  If I was the average man/person trying to keep everything together – I would be such a failure.  I love being a father and particularly, the father of Karen’s children.  Without Karen, I don’t know where I would be today.  In fact, yesterday after work I thought about this again and decided I would surprise her with a dozen roses.  She’s not a flower person necessarily but she knows when I try to do something like that, my heart is ALL IN!!

The real point of this is that the giver of all the good in life is Jesus.  I just want to thank Him continuously for providing me with a GREAT family, a GREAT job, a GREAT wife and kids, a GREAT home, GREAT friends, GREAT opportunities and basically, a GREAT life!  These things don’t just happen.  They come with recognizing who HE is and who WE are.  HE is the Creator and we are the creation.  Blessed?  You better believe it and for that, I will live my life for no other reason than to CAUSE GOD JOY! 

Now off to Columbia, SC for a board meeting for the George Rogers Foundation which sends 42 first generation kids to college every year. 


A Granddaughter can change your life…

4 09 2011

Reese Carolina has changed our lives for a few reasons…first she is the daughter of my firstborn son.  Shane and his incredible wife Shannon are incredible parents and are raising Reese in an incredible home environment.  Second, well, we love Reese and would do anything for her.  Her smile and personality melts our hearts.  Finally, we know she belongs to Jesus and He will guard, protect, guide and nourish her as she grows.  Having a daughter of my own, I know He is faithful and now He has another opportunity to show off with Reese.  More to come later…

Busy Times make for Fun Times…(see Pics)

10 05 2010

I have always found truth in the fact and experience that when you’re busy, you have more fun!  Yea it wears you out and you have to come up for air but it is more invigorating and thrilling than sitting around doing nothing.  Here is a sampling of our past week….

Moving Kara out of her Clemson apartment...never to be in Clemson again! (HA!)

Kara's Graduation! (We're doing the Hawaiin Shaka sign)

Shane and Daniel came for Kara's Graduation. They love each other!!

Kara's boyfriend Travis was in town. Great GUY!!!!

Even found time for a pool party at a friends house - Thanks Pattons!

Graduation Dinner at the Lazy Goat (Mediteranean) in Downtown Greenville.

Nothing like a little Phase 10 with 8 people!

Had to give Travis the Fish Camp (Tadpoles) Experience!

Mothers Day pictures will be coming but we had a great Mothers Day with my mother and Karen.  Karen LOVES it when all 3 of her(our) children are in town and with Kara moving to Hawaii May 20th and Shane and Shannon moving to Boston with Daniel on May 28th, these times will be few and far between.   We will continue to stay busy because those are always the BEST of TIMES!

Is anybody out there?

27 04 2010

Do you ever feel like your alone, embattled, struggling, depressed, angry, hateful, mad, tired or just plain agitated?  These are negative emotions that try to rob us of our life and our joy.  And yes, they are real.  Very real!

I have experienced all of these emotions at some point in my life and frankly am experiencing one of them right now (which is why I’m blogging about it).  Won’t tell you which one though.  I don’t mind being transparent but I do feel guilty for feeling mad and agitated (Oops, I slipped – ha!).

What do you do?  What is your next step?  How do you deal with it?  No real easy answers but here is my solution.

1) PRAY.  Seriously.  Just start praying that God will intervene and remind  you of His Sovereignty and Greatness!  If you believe in the power of God and you believe in the power of prayer, why not apply it.  Wisdom by the way is the application of knowledge to your life.

2) TRUST.  That’s right, trust.  Trust God to…

a) Mold you – into what He wants you to become.

b) Protect you – from emotional, psychological and physical harm (Depends on your circumstance)

c) Teach you – what He wants you to learn through the trial.  Remember James 1:2 says, “consider it pure joy, brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” He means it!  And that “WHENEVER” is an important part of the verse.

3) MOVE. Keep moving forward with your personal vision of what you know God wants for you.  Hopefully you know what that is.  For all of us it includes…

a) Testifying of His love and grace

b) Pointing people to Jesus

c) Loving Him, yourself, the body of Christ and the lost

Pray, Trust and Move.  I know it seems simple but at some point we need to take God at His Word.  His Word will not return void.  His Word is Faithful.  His Word is alive and active.

Remember I love you but most importantly, God loves you today, tomorrow and forever!


Two stories we can almost all relate to…NOT!

27 04 2010

Life has its way of throwing things at us that we don’t expect.  Those are usually the times that God shows off!  Seriously!  For those of you walking with the Lord, think about it.  When you are most stressed, drained and a sense of hopelessness creeps in, that is when He intervenes.  Unfortunately we have a tendency to not recognize it and continue trying to “fix” things ourselves or explain things away.  Here are 2 on-going real life stories where God has shown up – different results, but God’s will was and is being played out.  Please keep praying for these families.


Got this note on Face Book today from Gracie’s mom today(or last night).  Gracie is the little 5 year old girl with Cerebral Palsy and is going through a relatively rare procedure which we are praying will provide some, a little or even a lot of healing for her body.

Hey Garry! Just wanted to let you know that we are doing great in Durham! Gracie did GREAT today at the hospital for her blood draw. Tomorrow we’ll be actually having the infusion around 1:30ish. Today the phlebotomist that drew her blood was a believer and we sang “When We All Get To Heaven” while we waited. :)) I explained our faith to her and she prayed fresh peace to fall over us. It was amazing!! We believe!!! Love you and Karen!

Is that cool or what.  Sitting in the hospital singing “When we all Get to Heaven” with a doctor.  Gracie is in no fear of going to heaven any time soon but WOW, the promise that “The Kingdom of God is in our midst.”  Yea, that’s what Jesus says about it.   A little bit of heaven right here and NOW!


Amy passed away this weekend.  She was a wife and mother of 3 precious girls fighting a terrible cancer.  We were planning on getting her to Baltimore for a treatment but God called her home.  The family is obviously grieving and hurting BUT they know where she is.

The cool thing about this is that the pilot that I was speaking with to take her to Baltimore, when I texted him to tell him of the turn of events, he was walking on a cloudy day.  When he got my text, he stopped, cried and prayed.  As he prayed the clouds opened up and a ray of sunshine came shining through.  Mike was overwhelmed with the peace he felt.  Listen, neither Mike nor I know this woman – but our hearts felt for her and her family as if we were family.  And we are!  We are brothers and sisters in Christ because of our FAITH in the ONE LORD and SAVIOR Jesus Christ.

Life stories are something that can’t be made up.  They are happening all around us and it is these life stories which validate my faith!  The Word of God is alive and Jesus is alive and His Spirit is moving.  Take time today to consider what He is doing in your life and what He WANTS to do in your life.  You trust HIM and HE’LL SHOW OFF! You don’t have to be anything other than “crucified with Christ.”  Experience the power of His resurrection and the abundant LIFE He has for you (John 10:10).  Its REAL folks!  I KNOW!


In a negative world, its time for some UP TIME!!!

26 04 2010

If you see injustice, stand up

If something needs to be said, speak up.

If you make an appointment, show up

If you’re blind to your faults, wake up

If you make a mistake, fess up

If you’re overstepping, back up

If you get behind, catch up

If they knock you down, get up

If you’re out of line, straighten up

When your boss instructs, keep up

When your elders speak, listen up

When your teachers teach, sit up

When your preachers preach, wake up

When your country calls, man up

Ladies too – woman up!

When the fight is over, make up

If you’re being hard, ease up

If your heart is closed, open up

If you want to buy something, save up

Its not an entitlement, so shut up!

If you make a mess, clean it up

If you drop trash, pick it up

If a car is waiting for you to walk cross the street, Speed it up

If your cold busted, give it up

If people fall down, help them up

NOT the Government, YOU step up

If idiots start fighting, break it up

If the music is wholesome, turn it up

If the message is poisonous, throw it up

If your words are vulgar, clam it up

If your words encourage, keep it up

If your pants are baggy, pull them up!

If the belt is loose, cinch it up

If your fly is down, zip it up

If your dressed half naked, cover IT up!

If you’ve got to pawn stuff, pass it up

No bailout folks, pony up

If you made a promise, you back it up

And you can take your whining, and pack it up

Its called personal responsibility, So take it up

This country was founded on it, you can look it up

It’s the American way people, so turn it up

Because If life gets boring, you shake it up

If life is good, you soak it up

If life is unfair, you suck it up

If life is funny, you can yuck it up

If life is sad, just look straight up

And life’s too short people, so live it up

Am I right?   I know that I am very passionate about this topic of UPTIME.  But come on, if you don’t agree with all this stuff then you’re just messed up!

Want Relief? Joy? Peace? Stand in line!

4 04 2010

My accountant sent this to me and it just made me do some thinking.  These dogs need relief but they need a tree to relieve themselves. (or a fire hydrant. Eh!)  We all want relief (a different kind of course) and it seems that we are having to wait and wait and wait with no relief in site!  We’ve cut down trees and we’ve gone about the business of living our lives our way!  We’re tired, exhausted and worn down.

I’ve got good news for you.  The best way to get relief from the pressures of this world is to RUN, GO FAST and know that the VICTORY has already been won.

But be prepared to put the brakes on!

And this is where I think we are.  We’ve put the brakes on in our lives and we feel like the dog in the above picture.  I stay busy and go from one thing to the other knowing that the VICTORY is won and Jesus wants me to stay busy for his sake!  You see I do alot of things and have my hands in a lot of things but occasionally I have to put the brakes on, but the things I do are all intended to…

1) Point people to Jesus!

2) Bring Jesus glory and honor!

3) Make a difference in someones life!

This Easter, read John 3:16 and Matthew 5:16 and live your life with PURPOSE!!

1) For God…everything begins with Him.  He is the giver of life.  He has a plan and purpose for each of us.  He knows our hearts, our intentions, our motivations.

2) So Loved the world…you think you know what love is?  Not unless you know Jesus.  Love is in Him and he is the greatest example of love as he served and ultimately sacrificed His life in order that we might live.

3) That He gave His only begotten Son…GAVE HIS SON!  Having 2 sons of my own, not sure I would/could give either of them up to death so that someone else might live.  This is huge!

4) That Whosoever…that’s anybody regardless of race, language or whatever.    Jesus died for everyone to have the opportunity to live eternally.

5) Believes in Him…Belief, faith, trust.  John 14:6 says that Jesus is the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE.  Belief in anything else is misled religion.  Ready John’s gospel, read Romans and discover Jesus.

6) Will NOT perish…this physical life we live is simply temporal.  It will end and we just don’t know when.  We will all perish but the beauty of Easter and Jesus’ resurrection is that followers of Jesus, when they die a physical death go INSTANTLY into the presence of their Redeemer!  I like that!

7) But have everlasting life…and this is what it is all about.  No more relief needed.  No more standing in line.  No more getting squashed in the seat when the brakes go on.  No more pain, tears, sorrow or death.  LIFE!  EVERLASTING LIFE with the Creator and Redeemer!  I frankly can’t wait!

That was John 3:16.  Matthew 5:16 says “let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”  Find life then make it count! Yep, can’t wait!