May 17, 2015 at 7:53 pm • Posted in Uncategorized2 Comments

We all have our strengths and our weaknesses. We all also have things that we struggle with, many of which will never go away, yet we can manage these struggles and grow in them. We can find a way to push past them and address them when the come. One of my greatest challenges & weaknesses is insecurity. Throughout my life, insecurity has plagued me. As I have grown, matured and sought support in this struggle, I have learned to better manage it. It has not gone away, but when it comes, I am more aware of it and most times am able to recognize, name and address it. Below are some key questions I try to ask myself when I am struggling with insecurity.


  1. What is the evidence?
  2. Is there an alternative explanation?
  3. What is the worse that could happen? Could I live through it? What is the best that could happen? What is the most realistic outcome?
  4. What might God want to do in this situation? Where is God currently present? What are some of the possibilities for redemption?
  5. What’s the effect of my believing the automatic thought? What could be the effect of changing my thinking?
  6. How can God impact or change this situation?
  7. What should I do about it?
  8. What is God calling me to?
  9. What would I tell someone else if they were in the same situation?
  10. Where is God right now?


I hope this helps you as you wrestle with uncertainty or insecurity.

Updated Bucket List

May 11, 2015 at 1:40 am • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

On this eve of my 37th birthday, it seemed appropriate to update my bucket list. Here is the latest:


To Complete:

  • Take extended family to Disney World
  • Go to Africa
  • Meet Peyton Manning
  • Take Micah & Abby to El Salvador to meet our Compassion Kids
  • Go to Germany
  • Go on an African Safari
  • Go to Australia
  • See Syracuse play in NCAA Final Four
  • Take Micah to a Super Bowl
  • Visit every other Disney resort besides CA & FL


Partially Complete:

  • Visit all 50 states after graduating high school (AK, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NE, NV, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV, WI, WY Complete)
  • Go to NCAA Final Four (National Championship game complete)
  • Visit at least 3 other continents (South America Complete)
  • See a NFL game in every teams stadium (Broncos, Colts, Jets, Giants Complete)



  • Take my family to Disney World
  • Take my family to Disneyland
  • See Peyton Manning Play Live
  • Go to the Super Bowl
  • Get doctorate
  • Visit Israel