You Never Know When A “Keeper” Will Happen

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A keeper in life

You Never Know When A “Keeper” Will Happen

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A keeper in life

Babies first steps

A “Keeper” – those moments in life that we cherish. Seeing your daughter take her first steps. An extra special holiday. It may even be an event from your childhood, like the first time you rode your bicycle without training wheels.

We can’t plan these events. They just happen when we are experiencing life.

Hopefully your wedding day and graduation are keepers too. Sure, they are planned events that rock. Beyond these moments you never know when a keeper will occur.

The key to experiencing the “keepers” in this world is to live life to the fullest. (Click To Tweet)
And to always be thankful.

What separates us most from these experiences?

Well, I try to keep busy. However, I know there is a point where I am too overloaded. It’s an evil lure. A keeper might happen when we’re hustling. However, often times were emotionally unavailable then. We’re disconnected from our friends and family. During these times the potential for memories pass us by.

“Cherish the fabulous, the fantastic, the beautiful, the graceful, the moments of abandon, laughter, quirkiness. Cherish the tiny incredible details, the gigantic & varied display, and the infinite depths – of life.” Jay Woodman

Now there’s perspective. From this mindset, we have much to be thankful for.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
and into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
and His truth endures to all generations. Psalm 100:4-5

Remain available with an eye open for the keepers in life and make yourself accessible to them. You may be surprised at how many you find!

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Bridging The Gap With Trust

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bridging the gap with trust

Bridging the gap. It’s an idiom used to connect two things, making the difference between them smaller.

Sometimes in life there is a gap. It may be the difference between something we learn and applying it. Or, it may have something to do with the future or uncertainty.

There are many examples.

For instance, when we walk across the street we bridge the gap with trust by believing the drivers are going to act in a certain way. Hopefully, in a manner so they will not run us over! On the road, we trust that drivers will stay in their lanes. We believe the airline pilot will be sober and alert.

To trust is to believe that someone is going to act in a particular manner.

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Are We Alone In The Plot With An Eternal Result?: Part 2

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This is Part 2 in a 2 part series. To read Part 1 please click here

Space AliensIs there intelligent life elsewhere? What does the Bible say about that? Did God create life on other planets?

Well, here goes my take on it:

An interesting concept of creation is that God created earth on the first day. Does that infer the earth is the center of all creation? He also created light on the first but didn’t work up the sun until the 4th day. While we currently revolve around the sun, that apparently wasn’t the case on days 1, 2 or 3. And where did the light come from before the sun?

Why did God create such a massive universe? Maybe to show us how omnipotent He is and to glorify Him. When I think about all that, He created it certainly focuses my attention to how awesome and great He is.

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Are We Alone In The Plot With An Eternal Result?: Part 1

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Space AliensI was watching an Andy Andrews podcast recently, and he was talking about how we have to escape thinking through an incomplete thought. Incomplete thoughts are dangerous. Well, not like tornadoes or anything, but still. We want to think things through. Granted sometimes that can take time. Sometimes when I write here at I’m Just Thinkin’ I will end an incomplete thought with an ellipse (…). In fact, I do it quite frequently. Why? Well, it generates thought process that leads to conversation. Conversational exchange broadens the thought. Questions come up that might not have emerged.

Questions. A major turning point for me in my faith journey was when my faith grew more substantial than the issues I had. Questions? Yes, some of them I still have. Here’s one: Is there intelligent life elsewhere? That’s a pretty big concept to wrap my mind around. Are we alone in the plot with an eternal result? Let’s think this through and we’ll be coming back to that shortly.

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Turning Thoughts Into Action

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213012319_5396a19210_zHoly cow I haven’t written on here for a long time! God took me on a bit of a tangent for a while. That was great working at my church, and I learned a lot about people and ministry. Oh yeah, and a wee bit more about Information Technology. I felt God nudging me along in a different direction near the end of last year. So I did some thinking and took some action steps to figure out what exactly that would look like.

I sure have missed writing every day. While I looked at several other options, He seems to be intent on making this my full-time gig. So I’m pretty stoked about that. Part of my return to writing full time will involve writing here. That’s right; you can expect regular content on my blog again. I am going to be laser focused on two writing projects here:

  • One of my previous books is pretty short. I have been working on content that will expand that theme, and I will be rebranding the book. Much of the new material will be posted here as I fill in the gaps for the new release.
  • I will also be working on finishing up a new release that is currently 85% written. This one is a blend of my faith story and finding your calling.

Hoping to have both of these finished up before the end of 2016. In the meantime, I am also working on several other projects; freelance writing for sailing magazines (3 articles submitted and ALL accepted so far!), web content, writing copy and paid blogs for other sites. It’s a lot of variety that I thrive on. Plus, BONUS: it’s all transportable!! What’s that mean? Well, I can write from wherever… so I’m thinkin’ Caribbean!! Heck yeah.

I feel a fresh perspective from the time off and glad to be back!

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