A Gift in Every Moment

Speaking Topics
Several years ago, I had the privilege of working at a retirement community as a chaplain. I learned so much from those that lived there- they had such a strong faith, wisdom gleaned through the years and a perspective that challenged my thinking every day. One day I was facilitating a Bible study and asked the question, “How do you experience God?” One man, without hesitation answered, “With every breath I take. With every breath I take, I experience the presence of God.” Awesome. What a reminder of God’s faithfulness, His unconditional love, His desire to be near to us, His heart for us. Immanel—God with us. As I reflect on this man’s statement, I also see that with every breath we take, we can experience God’s “presents.” Our lives…
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Time for Change

Speaking Topics
There's a saying a good friend of mine told me once that I'll never forget: "The most successful people aren't necessarily the most intelligent, but those who are willing to adapt their thinking to change." So much of my life this past year has changed that there's simply not enough room to tell you, and I'd have no idea where to begin. I will say, though, the very beginning of this new journey in life started with a single step of faith. A few years ago, I saw a friend of mine do the exact same thing... no idea what he was going to do next, no idea how he'd provide for his family and no idea how to stop the nagging desire to ask "why." But he did it.…
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Perspective Changes Everything

Life Coaching, Mentoring, Speaking Topics
In order to go forward in life, in situations, in emotions, in relationships, in forgiveness, in health, many times we need to change our current perspective. Our mind is one of the greatest weapons we possess. Our thoughts can fuel victory or defeat in every situation. Victory doesn't always look like obtaining the results we want. Victory is being able to shift perspective, lean into Christ and trust Him in the results. Changing perspective comes when we slow down emotionally and step back to take in the entire picture. It means to reframe our situation, come at it from a different angle, and think outside the box. It means asking myself, "What can I learn from this situation?" It means stepping back, identifying lies, detecting our typical patterns of thinking…
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Increasing Measure

Speaking Topics
Proverbs 11:25 says, "A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed." We don't need to worry about if God will "fill our cup" or not. We will be refreshed! As we're generous, we "will" prosper, thrive, stretch and grow. This means we'll then have a "larger capacity" to share of our time, talents and treasures with an increasing measure. In referencing several Godly traits, 2 Peter 1:5-8 says, "For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive…
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Mission Accomplished

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[caption id="attachment_170" align="alignleft" width="225"] Near the end....[/caption] One of our goals this summer was to complete the 88 mile trek from Cleveland to Dover via the Towpath Trail and various other roads. This has been a goal of mine since 2008 and now the mission is accomplished!  It feels really good to finally have completed the walk with Jocelyn and thanks to generous sponsors, be able to help the Special Olympics of Ohio in the process. Many lessons were learned as we pressed on toward the finish line of this goal. Our experiences on the four sections of the trail could be summed up by the following four words: Joy, Heat, Flood and Mosquitos. If you want to hear more, just ask. :-) But even more than these circumstances, the overriding theme…
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Different Paths, Same Direction

Life Coaching, Mentoring, Speaking Topics
Our third leg of the walk from Clinton to Navarre was quite different than what we anticipated when we left home that morning. One week prior, the surrounding area had experienced intense rain and storms leading to some serious flooding. However, we had no idea that the trail would be under water. Looking at the "lake" before us, we sat in our car and considered our options. Do we postpone our walk and head for home or do we walk the twenty-one mile trek via roads for the next seven hours? How many miles will we walk off course if we follow the roads? How wide is the berm and how dangerous is this going to be with traffic? And most importantly, how often will we see an available rest room? After several minutes and a silent prayer,…
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Don’t Look Back

Life Coaching, Mentoring, Speaking Topics
Our family was hiking the Chimney Tops Trail in the Smokey Mountain National Park. This trail requires a two mile arduous ascent to reach the mountaintop. Because of the intensity of the climb, hikers stop and rest along the way. As we passed one couple who had stopped, I overheard one of them instructing the other raising his hands above his head to demonstrate some type of exercise recovery technique. My interest peaked, and thinking I too could learn something, I wanted to turn around and see what they were doing. But there was no way I could. To take my eyes off of the trail ahead of me would have been dangerous and only inviting injury. The trail was steep with sharp rocks jutting up and outward. Exposed tree roots, uneven terrain, and…
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Mile by Mile, Step by Step

Life Coaching, Speaking Topics
[caption id="attachment_138" align="alignleft" width="300"] From the city....[/caption] [caption id="attachment_139" align="alignright" width="179"] ....to the country...[/caption] Walking the twenty-four miles from Akron to Clinton was a great experience. We walked through the city, past Canal Park (the Akron Aero's baseball stadium) and crossed beautiful Summit Lake on the floating bridge. The weather was much hotter than our first twenty-six miles making the walk more intense physically, so we were thankful for the shade of the canal's tree-canopied trail.  After the first sixteen miles, to think about finishing the last eight was a little discouraging. Instead we chose to focus on the next trailhead which was two miles ahead. Once reaching that point, we then focused on the next trailhead, only one mile ahead, and then the next and the next until we completed that…
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From One Generation to Another

Mentoring, Servant Leadership
As apostles of Christ…we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us….For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory. 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8, 11-12 “YOU CAN DO IT! KEEP GOING, GIRLS. WE’LL BE UP THIS HILL IN NO TIME. THIS IS WHY WE RUN- IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!” Sweat dripping down my face and short of breath, I focused on putting one foot in front of…
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Walking for a Goal

Speaking Topics
[caption id="attachment_111" align="alignright" width="297"] 88 mile trek on the Towpath Trail for Special Olympics of Ohio and Toward the Goal Ministries.[/caption] Leaving the cityscape behind, the trail led us into a shaded grove of beautiful pink-flowering trees and lush green bushes. All was quiet. A family of ducks swam in the river next to the trail and the birds sang in the trees above. As I enjoyed the new stretch of scenery, I commented to Bruce that this trail was a lot like the path of life. We will never see this exact scene again on this 88 mile walk, so what a privilege to be able to soak it in and enjoy what’s right in front of us. The “scenery” of our lives changes as well and life’s seasons…
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