2023 April/May Update

  Blog-Time With... I am going to age myself here but have no better way to explain what has happened lately. Have you ever felt like the song from the late 70’s "Fly Like An Eagle" by the Steve Miller Band? It starts out by saying, “Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future.” How many of you sang the song as you read it and can actually relate to the feeling those words say.  Those words have become the lyrics of your life? That’s what it has felt like trying to write this blog for the past two weeks. I have thought through, I have prayed, and have sat down several times to start writing to inform you of what is going on, what has happened, and what is planned. But time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future! Or sometimes it’s like Paul Simon’s 1977 hit “Slip Sliding Away, You know the nearer your destination, The more you're slip sliding away!”  Without God leading, life can feel like both those songs and even when we allow Him to lead, h

2023 Spring Blog 3 - MiLO Get It Done!

  Spring 2023 MiLO Blog 3 Get It Done! It’s an odd feeling when you are sitting in your home office typing this blog and not on a plane flying over the Atlantic heading back home after a three-week MiLO in Croatia. If you read the last blog, you know that I stayed behind this spring, because God had placed a check in my spirit about leaving home at this time. With all that had been going on with my bride’s mother passing away, dealing with her 94-year-old father and my health, I chose to remain home and be by my bride’s side. Let me tell you, it was the best decision and was realized quickly and often. Spending this quality and often times tearful time with my Baby Doll was such a blessing, and the opportunity to lean on one another through this difficult time was so vital.   Also, the day I made my decision to remain home, our youngest son Clay, who lives in Austin, told us he was coming home for a long weekend. Both he and Grant, our oldest, were home for 5 days and we had an excitin

2023 Spring Blog 2 - MiLO Global Flag Football Camp

  Spring 2023 MiLO Global Flag Football Camp Although it has been hard to sit here stateside while we have a Flag Football Camp going in Sisak, Croatia with the Croatia National Team, I have been at ease and comforted knowing we have the best people in charge of making this the best camp ever. I can rest easy knowing we have people in place to help with logistics, housing, food and overall accommodations. To no one's surprise, the camp was a huge success and everyone seemed to be happy with everything.  I was scheduled to leave on Tuesday March 7 and be in Sisak for 3 weeks, but as most of you know, I had a pause in my spirit in whether to go or not. With all that we had going on here stateside, I knew it was best that I stay home and care for my bride, family and myself. God gave me instant peace in making that decision, knowing we had the people in place there in Croatia to handle the situation and take care of the over 25 players coming to HiS House for the camp. God confirmed t

2023 Spring MLO - Blog 1

  March 2023 Blog Check in My Spirit It’s March 9 and I’m sitting in my home office in Texas, instead of flying over the pond to join my brothers and sisters in Croatia. I was to leave on Tuesday March 7 for Croatia. This is the time of year for our spring Mission Learning Opportunity (MiLO), but due to family circumstances and other personal and physical issues surrounding me, I had a check in my spirit as to whether to stay at home or travel overseas.   In the 17 years that I have been going to Croatia, I have never felt a hesitation, or had a check in my spirit like I did this time. I knew it was important for me to spend time with the Lord, asking him for a discerning heart, so that I could discern what His desire was and why I had this question in my spirit. This past weekend I was invited to speak at a men’s retreat for WoodsEdge Church from the Woodlands. They were having their retreat at Camp Cho-Yeh in Livingston, and it was a blessing to join these 160 men and pour into them

2023 New Year Blog

  New Year Blog 2023 Here We Go! Already a week into 2023 and it seems like it was yesterday, and we were celebrating the New Year. Actually, I was in bed asleep by 10:00 on New Year’s Eve and didn’t celebrate 2023 till I was having my coffee and quiet time with God early on New Year’s Day! There you go, my confession and admittance that I am old and need my sleep. I would like to start out this year with a few thoughts for us to chew on, contemplate and ask ourselves as we walk this journey called 2023, reminding ourselves to remain vertically focused on Jesus, spend thoughtful time with our Papa God and always elevate the Holy Spirit to execute every aspect of life. So, if you have some time, read on and I pray you are encouraged, challenged, and reminded of how important your life is to Him. I heard this quote recently  “By the time you desire a drink because you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.”  After thinking through that I realized that the same concept applies across all

2022 Fall MiLO Blog 10

  Fall '22 MiLO - Blog 10 These Boots Tell a Story Making it home late Wednesday night after an over 20 hour layover in Amsterdam, 10 1/2 hour flight and a 2 hour pick up at the terminal at IAH, I was never so happy to be back home in my Baby Doll's arms and to sleep in my own bed. It doesn’t get much better than that. Especially when I realize I flew 6,000 miles and it took me only 2 days and I look at what Mary, the mother of Jesus had to go through to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem while pregnant with Jesus. A distance of 90 miles over rough terrain and on dangerous roads, while walking or riding a donkey, that would have taken at least 4 days. No complaints here! I was actually blessed with a completely empty row and was able to lay down and sleep a little, and while awake I had a constant view of a sunset for 8 of those 10 ½ hours, while we headed west.   Me in my row View of the sunset out my window that lasted for 8 hours.  Beautiful. But this blog is not about my tri