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Every Man needs a Band of Brothers

Men as they grow older, usually lose a great number of their childhood friends. If we are fortunate enough to get married, many times we leave our drinking buddies, college pals behind. Lately, some of my own brothers have been taken home way too soon. At some point, adult males begin to long for the fellowship of their brothers. Our work, our wives, and our hobbies are no longer enough to feel fulfilled in our journey. There is something to be said for a group of men that can share life together. I am not talking about a bunch of guys that sit around drinking beer every night after work instead of going home. Nor am I speaking of those that gather to belittle or pass judgment on others as they stroke their own egos. I am talking about the kind of brothers that you can lock shields with and fight the battles we face on this earth together. “Brothers don’t necessarily have to say anything to each other – they can sit in a room and be together and just be completely comfortable with each other.” It’s been a couple of years now since I found a couple of groups of brothers to lean into. One group is a spin-off of a bigger Facebook group I belong too. It was developed as a safe place for guys to share and well be guys. The other group is founded on 5 core principles or in this case stones with the foundation set around the story […]

Kari Jobe “The Garden”, Review and Giveaway

Come to the garden, rest your weary head, and listen. Listen to the heavenly vocals of Kari Jobe, get lost in her songs of pure worship. Personally, I have been a fan of Kari Jobe ever since I took my wife to see her in an intimate church setting a few years ago. Her passion for worship came through in every note. One could get lost in the ethereal bliss of that room that night, and anytime you listen to Kari Jobe’s praise as she uses the gifts of her voice to minister to others. When I saw she was bringing a new album entitled The Garden out this month, I could not wait. I knew that it would bring forth a spiritual awakening inside of me. As I absorbed each track, her voice was sweet like nectar to my ears. We have always viewed as “the garden” being the beginning of man’s downfall. What if as Christians we looked beyond the apple, to the cross? Then I saw The Garden, hope had come to me… #TheGarden Click To Tweet Kari takes her listeners on a rhythmical journey of sorrow, pain, healing and joy. Each track sets aside its story, stories that soothe our weary souls. She takes every emotion from fear, worry, anxiety, doubt and gives it all up in prayer. The Garden is a not just another worship album from another Christian artist. This is an album of prayer put to music to reach the ears of God to give Him all our burdens. […]

On the Edge of Darkness, Just be Held

Does it seem darker than before? How do you get the strength to go on? Feeling like you are drowning yet you raise your head and find the inner power to continue to push through. As a husband, there are certain roles that you assume. Provider, comforter, healer, leader, I could go on and on. We believe we are to hold it all together no matter what. Then comes that moment in time, where the sands slip through our fingers, and we begin to lose our grip. Fear and anxiety that we put our parents through as kids become a reality in that moment, as we lose control. Whether it is a spouse or child, you can be brought to your knees in an instant. One moment you are complacently going through your daily routines. Suddenly your life is turned upside down, and you are rocked to your core, no longer having control. My wife and I have not been blessed with children. I witnessed the stripping of all my power as illness took over her life. In a moment we went from our daily routines to feeling like we were barely breathing. Days and nights blended as I remained at her bedside. Every needle and pill she experienced pierced my helpless heart. I painstakingly watched as the doctors treated my wife more like a number than a person. All dignity and humanity were taken away as they tirelessly tried to find a label or condition to put on her. Our home was empty in […]