• Rich and Traci at the Gaylord
    at the Gaylord 2012
Technical Difficulties

Technical Difficulties

I’m sitting in an overcrowded Starbucks, feeling a bit anxious because a deadline is approaching in the next 28 minutes that I’m going to miss. While I’m enjoying my latte, for sure, it’s not how I thought Thursday morning, Nov 14th, would be going. Last night on the way to take my son to church youth group, I pointed at some flashing lights, the electric trucks, police cars, etc. There…

Greed, Unbelief, and Fear – Why I Didn’t Tithe – Part 2

Greed, Unbelief, and Fear – Why I Didn’t Tithe – Part 2

This is part 2 in a series. To read part 1, go here. I still didn’t completely understand why God has chosen to speak to me that morning in such an intimate way, back on October 6th. I didn’t think it was just arbitrary. But, if God wanted me to trust Him, then I would. I was tithing… and loving it. Then Came November 2 I was out for a…

Greed, Unbelief, and Fear – Why I Didn’t Tithe – Part 1

Greed, Unbelief, and Fear – Why I Didn’t Tithe – Part 1

This is Part 1 of a 3 part series. I felt like the topic was important enough because it marks a 180 degree transformation and change of my previous belief and understanding. For the last 90-100 years of my life, I have adamantly believed that “tithing” has no place in the New Testament church. Giving yes. Tithing No. Essentially I taught that tithing was an Old Testament concept that was…

Closing A Chapter

Closing A Chapter

Whew… I’m not sure if I can write this or not. Twenty-one years ago I became a dad. Eighteen years ago I became a father of two incredible daughters. Just about thirteen years ago, I became a father of three, and now had a son. One of the things we have “tried” to do with our kids is teach them to be lovers of Jesus and to pursue Him. We…

Taking New Risks

Taking New Risks

Last night I did something I don’t normally do… well at least not anymore. At 18 I wouldn’t have given it a second thought. At 28 I probably would have done it. At 38 I couldn’t afford to do it. At 48, I have settled in a bit too much and become a bit too comfortable with myself and my surroundings.  I hate that. It is the exact opposite what…

Staring at This Blankly

Staring at This Blankly

I’m not sure if “blankly” is a real word or even if it is proper grammar, but it is what I have been doing for the last 3 years. That’s kind of a sad testimony when you stop and think about it. Three years slipping by doing things with that blank look on your face. You know what I’m talking about. That passion-less existence That purpose-less existence That just-getting-by existence…

Stuck In The Middle

Stuck In The Middle

Life for a 48 year old American just isn’t easy sometimes. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but I’ve been busy. Traveling to visit family. Getting my oldest daughter home from an Alaska internship. Getting her back to college. Getting my youngest daughter off to college for the first time. Getting my son into Jr. High. He’s running cross country, so we’ve had those practices and meets. And going…

2 Weeks Down, 20 To Go

2 Weeks Down, 20 To Go

I have 2 weeks of my training under my belt now, and I’m down to the 20 week countdown before my marathon.  Lots of stuff to adjust. I actually am following a hybrid of the Runner’s World 20-week training schedule.  I added 2 weeks to it to help as an intro to get me back into a schedule of running.  The Runner’s World also has a 2 week intro, so…