Remember to be Thankful

  Ashley and I went up to Kentucky to see her side of the family for an early Thanksgiving. It was great. Her Dad lives in Pulaski County, and the mountains there are just beautiful. We spent our time riding the kids through those mountains on four wheelers and visiting with family we see only a few times a year.     We came home the day before Thanksgiving. Traffic…

A land of abundance

  I read a familiar story with Ashley and the kids last night out of the biblical book of Numbers. In chapter 13 we read that Yahweh had just led the children of Israel out of Egypt, they’d organized themselves into an army, and were planning to spy out the Promised Land.   They chose 12 men for the recon mission inside of Canaan. Among them was Kaleb, son of…

Make a life, not just a living

Make a life, not just a living:   I had a very spiritual moment last week as I was out door knocking. I found myself on a little country road in Adairsville named Hall Station; it’s the road you take to get to Barnsley Gardens. Way down on Hall Station, almost to Kingston, there’s a pull-off on the west side of the road where kids go to jump off the…

Knock on the door of success

Knock on the door of success:   It’s that time of year again. It’s time to evaluate last year, to celebrate your successes and investigate where you need to improve. Once that’s done, you can move on to the all-important task of setting goals for 2017. Are you excited?   Something I love about this time of year is that personal development goes into overdrive. If you’re like me, you’re…

How the Fourth Commandment will make you a successful investor

How the Fourth Commandment will make you a successful investor   It never fails: each time we start a new property a contractor will ask me why they can’t work for us on Saturdays.   You see, our job sites shut down on Saturdays. That’s because I observe Sabbath from sundown on Friday night to sundown on Saturday night – and no it’s not because I’m Jewish.   Believe it…

Investors need to have faith like potatoes

Investors need to have faith like potatoes:   Since Ashley and I got married, I’ve been trying to grow potatoes – notice I said “try”- It’s been crazy: every year something happens.   The first year I didn’t know you were supposed to mound. Mounding is when you put dirt around the stalk of the plant. If you mound as the plant grows, it stimulates the plant to produce more…

I Am

I Am:   I’d like to invite you into a night ritual my three year-old daughter and I share most evenings in her room.   I lay her on my chest while we sing songs and pray.   Before I lay her down, I ask her:   “Are you beautiful? Are you funny? Are you strong? Are you fast? Are you smart? Are you a princess of Yahweh?”   With…

Yohanan’s Might

Yohanan’s Might:   We learned late last Thursday evening that something terrible had happened in our community. A family in our congregation had lost a child. Their 18-month-old son, Obadiah Dillard, had died due to an accidental drowning. Obadiah was the fifth of six children born in the Dillard house.   As I lay down Thursday night, I wondered what could be done to help. It dawned on me that…

The Oldest Recorded Deed

As you walk into a deed room, it can feel a little scary.   First, you realize you’re in a vault in the depths of your local court house. Second, the thick steel doors that protect the deed room from fire and flood are similar to something from a 1930’s bank heist. You’re sure Bonnie and Clyde are looming somewhere close. And since you are on the bottom floor, it…

The Proverbs 31 Woman

In chapter 31 of the book of Proverbs, Solomon’s mother tells him what to look for in a woman. This is fascinating because the Bible is often written from a man’s point of view. Here we have a woman giving her perspective as to what a woman should be.   Girls all over have clung to these verses looking to them as a guide stone for what a “real” and…