When Our Quest in Misguided

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This past July I was sitting underneath a whirling fan on my back porch with a huge glass of sweet tea at my side, typing out the daily devos that would become our Heart Wide Open journey. At the time, I had no idea what the Advent season held for my immediate family and that I would be needier than ever for my sweet Jesus come December. But He knew. He moved me to write words for all of us knowing full well that He would use them to strengthen me in the days ahead.  We'll talk more in the next few days, more about this amazing God who is with us, who meets us every morning with unfailing love and faithfulness. Oh, friends, everything we think we need from others is found in acknowledging Him. Let's take the message of our devo with us today and see how often today we can turn our … [Read more...]

Mea Cupla from Video Woman and a DVD Give-a-Way of Heart Wide Open

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I’ve had zero qualms about chatting up the world about Heart Wide Open, at least in the book format. The DVD teaching? Not so much. And that’s not right. My relative silence doesn’t do justice to do the message of Heart Wide Open and it definitely doesn’t honor the self-sacrificing labor that so many people poured into the DVD’s release. This, then, is my mea culpa to all involved. My hope for  this transparent post is to blow my own cover about this thing once and for all. To join me on this odd little journey, you’ll need some back story. Producing a DVD teaching wasn’t on my radar when I finished writing Heart Wide Open.  My friend, Jonathan Wiggins, senior pastor of Resurrection Fellowship in Loveland, CO had been a call in guest on my radio talk show the evening the opportunity … [Read more...]

This CLOSE to a miracle!

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Hear ye, hear ye! My son and daughter-in-law presented us with grandchild number five this week. Meet Weston Phillip Tomlinson, 8 pounds 8 ounces, born 12:22 PM, 11/13/13. As you might imagine, Weston has already staked his claim in my heart. My cup runneth over in a big way... The z-monster was pulling on my eyelids last night when I was tip-tapping these words. It would've been wise to get in bed. Weston's older sisters are staying with us until he gets home with his parents and those two don't know the meaning of sleeping late-- at least not in this house. The way they see it, there's too much playing to do at Keggie and Pops and not enough time to do it! But I couldn't, turn in that is-- not until I tended to this most important thing weighing on my mind. Precisely … [Read more...]

Trouble in Texas? I report, You Decide

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Perhaps you've seen images of Coach Les Miles "holding" his frenzied caged Tigers in the tunnel before a big game. It looks like this.  He waits as long as possible before he "releases" them on the opposition. What you may not know is that there is another coach in Houston, TX who is tasked with restraining a similar group of frenzied athletes. While they are playing a different sport, you can clearly see from the following picture that it takes a supreme effort from Coach Maher to keep his ferocious ball players restrained until the time comes for them to take the field. In the interest of full disclosure, I will confirm rumors that the coach in question is indeed our son-in-law. That said, an image has been captured that manages to convey the level of aggression displayed by … [Read more...]