Happy Anniversary to my bro & sis-in-law

Nov 11, 2010 in Society

My brother and sister-in-law celebrate their wedding anniversary today. From personal experience, I know how busy we can get with life, work, and kids. We always need to take some time to remember what’s really important.

This is a video of a song I wrote with my brother for him to sing to his bride at their wedding.

On this remembrance day, hold your family and friends close to your heart and celebrate the freedom you enjoy because dedicated soldiers gave their lives fighting for it.

Peace out.

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Water my camels and I’ll water yours

Jul 16, 2009 in Personality

Last weekend I took my family on a trip to visit my friend Caleb who pastors a church in Port Alice, a village in North Vancouver Island. Along the drive up the coast I had a lot of time to think. My kids slept in the back seats, and my wife focused her eyes on the unexpected conditions of the road ahead as we joked about how dark it was. Then the thought hit me to pray for all my single friends, who drive this road alone or with friends, and don’t experience the unspeakable joy that comes with being (in my case) a husband and father.

I prayed for my friends that God would provide for them a suitable help-meet who would offer to water their camels. That picture stuck with me, and now I can’t get the idea out of my head. I shared my prayer with Caleb, who in turn brought the topic up when we went out for coffee with his friends. After explaining the idea to this group of young married couples, Caleb has taken off on the idea and I’m finding comments in his friends’ Facebook sites and everything. This is going viral!

If you’re really daring, please visit Caleb’s blog, The Almost Weekly Report and leave a comment that says that you are excited for the work he’s doing at Ocean View Church in Port Alice and that you prayed for him to find a wife who is willing to water his camels, and he willing to water hers.

Almost Weekly Report: that about sums it up

Almost Weekly Report: that about sums it up

In my next few posts I plan to expand on this idea in the hopes of eventually writing a book out out of it. I will provide links to different resources on marriage and family relationships that I have found especially helpful.

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25 Not-so Random Things About Me

Mar 01, 2009 in Philosophy

I was tagged on Facebook with this meme by at least three people. Fortunately nobody sent it by email because I totally hate spam. Not one to follow the crowd, I chose to ignore it and just let it die. But then I got the inspired to turn this excessive waste of Internet bandwidth into something constructive and inspiring—something that I hope will start a world-changing revolution.

Here is my list of 25 things that you need to know about me, with thanks to Pastor David Koop, who, over ten years ago, first introduced me to “Who I Am”, scripture-based affirmations of our true identity.

The Bible predates me, so I can’t claim any any copyright to this list. Feel free to share this list with anyone, print a copy to read daily, or post it on your own blog. Better still, compile your own list of affirmations based on what God shows you about you. In my introduction I said this list is endless—after all, it’s eternal! For example, here’s a version of Who I Am from Joyce Meyers’ website, with links to confessions, prayers, and additional scripture references “for a sound mind”.

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Walking with daddy dinosaurs

Dec 23, 2008 in Personality, Philosophy

One of my sons’ favourite shows right now is a Land Before Time episode, “The Great Long Neck Migration”. In the movie, the dinosaurs embark on a journey to find a new feeding ground, based on a sleep story (dream), or vision. Along the way, they meet other long neck dinosaurs, one of these being Little Foot’s long-lost father.

My youngest son is especially touched because Little Foot sings a song about how daddies are so great. He always wants me to watch this film with him, cuddled under a blanket. Oh for these days to last forever!

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Oh to make that much in a year

Dec 18, 2008 in Personality

Hot on the heels of Trevor Linden’s jersey retirement ceremony, the Vancouver Canucks signed Mats Sundin for a reported $10mil/year (pro-rated for the mid-season start). You know, I’m so glad that when I sign a new contract, the newspapers aren’t obligated to report what the companies pay me. One day they just might pay me $10mil/year. And nobody would ever know!

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Remembering 9/11

Sep 11, 2008 in Creativity, Personality, Philosophy

At first I thought I should write a post about where I was at the moment the planes hit the World Trade Center. Then I remembered I wrote an article shortly afterward that I posted on a reflections website. I could easily revisit that article, adding any new thoughts and reflections from today’s perspective. But then Rick Detorie completely floored me with todays strip. Pictures really do say 1000 words. Or at least the core three.

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Fireproof: Never leave your partner behind

Aug 12, 2008 in Creativity, Personality, Philosophy, Technology

Thanks to today’s email from Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, my favourite marriage and family specialists, I learned of a new movie being released by the creators of Facing the Giants. I have to warn you. I’m a sucker for a good love story, so I cried just watching the trailer.

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