2021 Home Photo Challenge 3-23-21

The Home Photo Challenge was fun for me last year. Since I do not think much is going to be changing for me in the way of travel this year, I am going to continue the challenge for myself into 2021. This year I am going to add a little twist. I will give a brief description of each photo I take and write a Haiku to go along with it


My morning cuppa’s

Absolutely essential

To begin the day.

Share Your World 3-22-21

My schedule for the last few weeks has kept me from jumping into, THE SHARE YOUR WORLD CHALLENGE. Our lead pastor at Cornerstone Church (my boss) left four weeks ago ,and for the last month I have been working through the decision and process of transitioning into his role. This week the deacon board voted to advance my name to the congregation and so the last step of the process has begun! There are a few more steps to take, but before I go back to addressing them, I wanted to take a few moments to answer the questions this weekly challenge brings.

My answers are below. When you have finished reading here, please click the underlined link above and travel to Melanie’s site to see how her other contributors have answered her questions.



If not now, then when?

Made me think of this song….

Can you describe your life in a six-word sentence?


Do you remember that thing people used to say, about how you swallow eight spiders a year while you sleep? It’s not true, but do you think you’ve ever swallowed any? What bug do you think you’ve eaten the most of by accident?

I am pretty sure I have never swallowed a spider but I have swallowed mosquitoes.

What’s the best approach to resolving conflict?

Speak the truth in love. It’s a lot more complicated than that, but this is a start.

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration in the sitting and waiting spaces of life. Here are a few places I enjoy sitting and waiting.

2021 At the Vicarage Week #11

The weeks are whizzing by faster than I seem to be able to live them, certainly faster than I can write about them. This last week has left me very little time to blog, but one thing I have learned over the years is that blogging and living seem to have some sort of seasonal relationship (at least in my world they do). There are seasons of intense living and then there are seasons of quiet reflection which lend themselves to blogging quite nicely. What I have learned about the seasons of living is that I have to ride them like a surfer rides a wave, and then I need to take a rest on the shore. Every bit of water I ride on my way to “the quiet of the beach” requires me to maintain a balance of tensed muscle and relaxed heart. This last month has been a lot like that.

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March 12th- Today was my day off from ministry. So Brenda and I met with Sandy Freeman who is coming on Sunday to sit with Mom while we are out at church. Mom is getting much better. I think this might be the last week she needs somebody to come and stay with her while we are away at church. She is still using the walker but I think that might be the way things are now. She seems much more comfortable with it than without it.

May be an image of Debby Parker and smiling
Sandy is a member of our church and one of the artists in our artists community.

March 13th– Saturdays have become a day for housework and review for Sundays. I am currently teaching a series on Sundays called Enter the Promise based in Joshua chapter 1. This week we are talking about dealing with the mindset of discouragement so I spent some time reviewing my sermon notes and making sure everything was ready for Sunday morning.

March 14th– Sunday!


Melanie James and the girls came to visit after church. I had a board meeting, but they got to visit with Mom and Brenda and Amanda while I sat with the board for the second part of my interview for the position of lead pastor of Cornerstone Church.

Then I got to come home and hang out with the newest addition to our family, Abigail!

March 15th– Writing day! I put together my daily digging deeper video and then I wrote my sermon, my Wednesday night Bible study, organized my thoughts for staff meeting on Tuesday and organized my weekly schedule around my appointments. Then I taught a music lesson and attended a DLT (Doing Life Together) Group for men. I really need to figure out how to get my business writing done and then spend some time doing some blogging and novel writing. I know I will figure it all out I just have to be more disciplined with my schedule.

March 16th– Today was our first in person staff meeting since last year! We social distanced and what not It was nice to just be in the same room! his afternoon we had my good friend Jody out to coffee at The Vicarage and then tonight I had worship rehearsal. It is not back to normal…I am not sure what we knew as normal is coming back….I am less sure it should. Jody wore his mask into the house this afternoon. Our team sang with masks on as we worshipped tonight, but we were together!

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March 17th– The Wall tonight! We are almost finished the letters in Revelation 2 and 3!


March 18th– Today was office paperwork and pastoral meeting today. I met with some congregants and then got a chance to sit for an hour with Jon and Angela Bauver who are the founders of TWR House Of Prayer.

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Tonight the church board met and voted unanimously to recommend me for the position of lead pastor of Cornerstone Church. The official announcement comes Sunday morning and then we will have a congregational Q&A and a vote at some future date yet to be determined. God is in control. I am at peace.