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Month: August 2010

I Spent a Week With Angels

I spent a week among angels. I’m sure that’s what they were, these beautiful creatures whose smiles imprint themselves in your mind forever. They weren’t like the angels you see in movies or read about in scripture. These angels were not there to guide you. In fact, they would take you by the hand and walk wherever you wanted to go. These angels were not there to provide miracles. In fact, they were in need of miracles, most importantly food, even if their spirit and energy distracted viewers from this fact. I’m back home now – back to work in this world of concrete and cars. I’m back to worrying about numbers and dollars and whether we are working fast enough. I’m back to a world with a million distractions calling for my attention. But those angels are still there – hungry, many unaware of how special they are. It would be easy to step back into this river and be carried away by technology, schedules and leisure. The choice is mine; I can slip into an inner tube and float along enjoying the ride or I can hop into a speedboat and charge ahead to forge my future. And the odd thing is that I don’t want to do either. I guess spending a week with angels will do that to you. Will you help children in Haiti?...

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Signs Technology May Be Damaging Your Marriage’s Communication

Technology seems to impact everything around us. Our jobs, our hobbies and our interactions can all change with technological advances. This is even true in our marriages. Since relationships are real and not virtual (if your marriage is virtual then this blog may not apply) it may be easy to overlook the impact of technology. Today’s post aims to point out some of the areas where technology may be impacting your marriage for the worse. Here are some warning signs that technology may, in fact, be damaging your marriage’s communication: You use Internet shortcuts when actually talking – e.g....

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Packing the Bags

My wife and I recently went on a trip to Haiti with an organization called A Home in Haiti. And while we enjoy traveling together there is one task that pushes our marriage to the limits – packing the bags. I’m sure this is not specific to our marriage so today’s post will take a closer look at the perils of bag packing. There are two basic types of bag packers. The first is the Type A bag packer. This person likes to pack clothes in sets (or “outfits”) and packs additional sets just in case they are needed....

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These Crazy Strangers Whom I Love

This is my Fourth journal entry from my trip to Haiti with A Home in Haiti (www.ahomeinhaiti.org) Thursday, July 29 One of the highlights of this week has been the group that I am with. The fact that we are all strangers has created an amazing dynamic. I cannot recall a time when I have grown so close to a group of strangers in such a short time. We call ourselves the Courageous Group – named after the host church of the organization that brought us here – A Home in Haiti. But courageous is only one word that describes this group. They could also be called people of action. If something needs to be done, several people jump in to do it. Whether it be carrying a lady to the eye doctor; cleaning in the Miriam center or moving furniture the group will not stand idle where there is a need. Another word that describes this group is passionate. Perhaps that is what bonded us so quickly. Many of us are Christians and have a passion to make Christ known. All of us have a heart for the disadvantaged, poor and needy. This is the passion that brought us here; a passion which allowed us to believe in the vision of A Home in Haiti. A vision for the Miriam center in Boneau where disadvantaged children can have...

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These Crazy Strangers Whom I Love

This is my Fourth journal entry from my trip to Haiti with A Home in Haiti (www.ahomeinhaiti.org) Thursday, July 29 One of the highlights of this week has been the group that I am with. The fact that we are all strangers has created an amazing dynamic. I cannot recall a time when I have grown so close to a group of strangers in such a short time. We call ourselves the Courageous Group – named after the host church of the organization that brought us here – A Home in Haiti. But courageous is only one word that describes this group. They could also be called people of action. If something needs to be done, several people jump in to do it. Whether it be carrying a lady to the eye doctor; cleaning in the Miriam center or moving furniture the group will not stand idle where there is a need. Another word that describes this group is passionate. Perhaps that is what bonded us so quickly. Many of us are Christians and have a passion to make Christ known. All of us have a heart for the disadvantaged, poor and needy. This is the passion that brought us here; a passion which allowed us to believe in the vision of A Home in Haiti. A vision for the Miriam center in Boneau where disadvantaged children can have...

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