“Words” spoken/written…life and love shared

In my retirement I have made little effort to spend time journaling, which at best, is the only way to extrude my sentiment and charm as my loved ones know it. I want readers of my words to know, I believe, not all of it comes from shared experience or sentiment. I have been inspired by the Spirit within me to message out the deeper meaning behind my learned experiences, and how I believe there has always been a presence with me, one of greater care or concern for my life than I myself deemed necessary. One of my greatest champions of the oratory mastery of words and sentiment is Charles Spurgeon. In beginning my deeper journey into writing I have fancied his writings about the Word of God, and its interpretation, to be the closest to my faithful study, bereft the effort he put in its defining. Needless to say, because of this fact, I begin with a quote below from his writings on the book of Psalms, volume I.

“It is written* must of necessity apply to words, for only words are written. Those words which the Holy Spirit teaches are, however, by no means to be regarded as mere words, for besides their office of conserving the inner meaning, as the shell preserves the mystic germ within the egg, they are themselves spirit and life…”

In recent days and facing some health concerns, I realized it’s time, I needed to begin writing while the opportunity allows and before that window of time passes and I become too complacent with the life I’ve lived and lack the effort required. My life is so full of activity, although having a little one to care for, at my age, has in no way diminished my capacity to write, despite the energy it takes to “keep up.” My heart is so full and my spirit alive, with thought and purpose, my sweet bride Amy and daughter Selah have had so great an impact on my life journey, no doubt this journal will include them much of the time. Because of my age (63) it is for them that I write, to provide a look back, a place filled with memorable times and experiences. My mother was very forthcoming with her life journey and walks in the past, however, it is my father who was the classic ‘closed book’ and his thoughts to date remain a mystery. It is for that reason I choose to find the time and effort to provide a legacy for my loved ones. I thank my Lord Jesus Christ for my life, being surrounded by His Spirit and comfort, and my family I love beside me, which make my journaling possible.

Blessings to my readers…


July 3rd 2019 Remembering Judah

One year since he left our world, I thought there may be time to reach him, but the reality is Judah is better now and in peace with the Lord and a much greater family to share new memories. I miss him.

Prayers for Braden…

Father God,

Our lives are moving so fast with so much of life before us to attend to.

As I pause to honor you and praise your glory, I see there is a boy who is suffering.

Please lift him up into your arms this day and heal him from his disease.

I pray your Spirit be with his family and comfort them.

May your strength in them see him through this time and build their bond of family along the way. May your love and grace be upon them in every way.

Help me once again to share the burden of this child’s suffering and not be given over to complacency and a mediocre response, because I know it could be our daughter suffering and our family looking to you for answers and healing.

Today I join Braden Haskell and his family in his struggle for life and wellness.

Show me how to pray and how to serve you this day. Fill my heart with the compassion and love for others who need a kind word and gentile touch. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day – Remembering the ones we lose…

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan designated the month of October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. However, PAILRD was first observed much later. In 2002, it was held by 20 states. Since 2006, it has been proclaimed annually by all 50 states, with 8 states adopting permanent proclamation.


On October 16, 2009 we lost our son Tommy at birth. He was alive six (6) hours earlier and his death left us with heavy hearts mourning his passing. Had it not been for a loving church family, I am not sure we would have recovered with such strength as we did.

Every year we take a day or weekend off for a long drive to a remote quiet place where we can remember our son Tommy and celebrate his life, however short. Our life commitment is to remember him. This year we will take a drive to a remote lake in Northern Idaho.

In remembering the ones we lose, we honor their life and in their passing celebrate the time we spent together.

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