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After becoming MVP and hitting a record number of home runs as a t-baller at age 9, I lost my ability to hit home runs and my dreams of a professional baseball career never materialized. Now decades later, I’m thrilled to be hitting home runs in areas I call “Calendar, Cash, & Calling,” and I’m excited to share what God has taught me. Don’t get stranded at third base—this blog is all about making it home in these critical areas of your life.



Marveled at

We all want to be marveled at, don’t we? Today’s technology makes it easier than ever to chase after adoration from strangers and friends alike. We put ourselves out there on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and every social media outlet you can think of—including blogs! Our goal is to be marveled at—for people to think we are special.

I’m guilty of this, and it’s a battle I fight daily.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines “marvel” as “one that evokes surprise, admiration, or wonder.” That doesn’t sound like such a bad thing. We want to be admired and “liked.” Isn’t that one of the main drivers getting us to these social media sites so often?

But what if we had a different mindset? What if everything we did, we did with the goal of being marveled at by Jesus?

Think of the centurion who inspired Jesus to say these words:

“I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith” (Luke 7:9).

Jesus was really impressed by the Centurions faith; so much so that He wanted to tell others. Jesus even added emphasis, using the equivalent of “I’m telling you!” Jesus marveled at the centurion’s faith.

I want so badly for Jesus to be impressed with my faith and with all of my actions. But I fall short. I still care more about what others think than what Jesus thinks.

This is changing! I’m headed in the right direction, but it’s a fight every day.

How about you? How are you doing when it comes to being marveled at by Jesus and others?


Giving Tuesday

I love that we have a “Giving Tuesday.” It’s only been around since 2012, and I think it’s a fantastic addition to our holiday lineup of Black Friday and Cyber Monday and all the rest.

What a concept – a day in which we focus on giving to causes that …

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Friday Inspiration


The Bible is unclear on exactly how much we should give. I believe this lack of clarity is because the decision concerning the amount an individual gives should be based on a personal relationship with God. As we seek the guidance of the Spirit through an active prayer life, …


Fast Forward…..2072

In 1907 my Grandmother was born. Lulla Belle Stewart. She was an amazing, strong, feisty woman. I loved her so much. Most importantly, she loved the Lord. She came to Christ later in life even though she was born and raised in Kentucky.

In 2010 my son Luke was born. …

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I Am a Grump

Being raised an only child, when I was growing up everything revolved around me. Even when I was older, this continued, and I often felt frustrated when things didn’t go my way.

This is a battle I fight to this day. It gets worse around my birthday, November 13th, and …

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Friday Inspiration

I never would have been able to tithe the first million dollars I ever made if I had not tithed my first salary, which was $1.50 per week.

John D. Rockefeller, Sr., American industrialist and philanthropist…



I have been fascinated with this word lately.


That is a big word, and a scary word. I think of when someone demands, like my son Luke, “give it all to me”—that is quite a bold statement. Or the bank robber: “give me all of your money.”

I did …

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Trust, Love and Vegas

Recently, Luke (my six year old son) and I went on a trip to Vegas, for one day. Family live there and other family were going to be visiting so we thought it would be a good time to fly down.

The car temperature said 122 degrees–the trip turned into …

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When I’m With You

I’ve always liked numbers. Growing up I played the card game Cribbage and memorized dozens baseball statistics of professional baseball players.

I’ve never been much of a reader or a writer. It was all about the numbers.

My Dad and I decided that I would major in accounting in college …

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When I moved to the Bay Area from LA in 2012, I went from working 65+ hours per week to around 40.

It felt very strange; like I was cheating life, not working enough, not worthy of anything.  But I kept to this new schedule.

My relationships got better—still not …

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