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Hunting With My Sons

Last week I got to go hunting for pheasants and ducks with a bunch of guys, and it was an incredible day of laugher, conversation, meaningful dialogue about life and God, and just hanging out. I also got to go deer hunting with my two older sons, Shea and Trevor. My younger son, Landon, couldn’t come because of work. Now, a lot of people would think I would start talking about the game that was harvested, but that wasn’t the most significant part of either of those experiences. It was all about the relationship and the conversation. It was about getting to know one another on a deeper level.

When I was out with my sons, it was an awe-moment because once again I was struck by the fact that I could not be more proud of them. They love God, they love their wives, they love their children and they’re seeking to follow God and His plan for their lives every day.

I thank God for the influence of my wife in my children’s lives because she faithfully, before our children went to school she read scripture and prayed over them and for them. When I was in town I did it too, but she did it far more than me. That was a priority in our house for that to happen every day.

Those seeds that were planted are harvesting some incredible fruit. I thank God for the time we took to answer their questions, for how they have come to know God and how they’re moving forward with their lives because they’re putting Christ first.

I am a blessed man.

I am humbled by even what I learn from my two sons when I now ask questions of them and I just listen to what they have to say.

I had an incredible couple of days last week, and I look forward to many more this season.

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Football, Cider Mills and DONUTS

I’m kind of like a Fall Freak.

I love the Fall because of cider mills, although I have to tell you I’m not a connoisseur of cider but I am a total, unequivocal, undisciplined indulger of those donuts that come out of the deep fryer and I don’t want them if they’ve been out even half an hour I want them when they’re literally dripping with sweet oil and immediately thrown into the cinnamon sugar.

I want it so that when I bite into the donut my lips and tongue practically burn right off. If you’re also an indulger of cider mill donuts then you know exactly what I’m talking about.

But Fall is more than that. The reason I love cider mills and getting donuts is because you usually go there with friends and family. I love the changing of the colors on trees and shrubs. The very air smells different during this time of year.

And, of course, I love football. Right now, MSU and U of M are both feeling good – although my prediction would be that it won’t be long-lived for MSU. I love professional football too, and right now even the Detroit Lions’ fans have reason to celebrate.

I also love to spend time with family and friends hunting.

Why I Love Fall

In all of those reasons I listed for loving Fall, believe it or not, I feel closer to God in all of those situations. Part of that may be the way I’ve been raised or part of it may be just how my experience with Jesus has grown, but the truth is this: We can see the creativity and the unbelievable handiwork of God in so many things.

Being out in creation, viewing a sunrise, feeling the coolness of the day as night approaches.

Some of you may ask: Well how does football fit into this? The human body is absolutely a masterpiece of God’s ingenuity.

And when you think about Fall, it’s another season. It’s a season of rest and of preparation for new life.

And so, as you approach the Fall, approach and appreciate every day and every moment with God, with family and with friends.

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Is it Indian Summer? Is it deer season?

I just like to call it God smiling before true fall and winter sets in.

Michigan in Fall

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those people who don’t like winter or snow, but I do like the variation of temperature that happens during an Indian summer and the fall. There’s a different crispness in the air. There’s a different way to look at life and that’s a biblical concept:

Psalm 118:24: This is the day the lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Whether it’s Indian summer, pouring rain or snowing, I like what WJR’s Paul W. Smith says “Greet today in a special way, because it’s a special day.”


You never know what tomorrow will hold, so appreciate today.

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