Fear Not

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Although I am not a horseman, we do own several horses and I do enjoy working with them.  Do not assume this means I know much about horses…I don’t…but I enjoy learning.  🙂 One of our horses is a little … Continue reading

Relational Idolatry

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  Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them,“If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even … Continue reading

God’s Beloved Misfit

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Those of you who have read Michelle DeRusha’s new book, Spiritual Misfit, will recognize the title of this post as a quote from her book.  I read Spiritual Misfit shortly after its release, loved it, and promptly posted an Amazon review. … Continue reading

Warm Up

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Although I am not a horseman, my wife grew up riding horses and our 12-year-old is a rodeo athlete.  My role seems to be a crazy mix of stable hand, horse groomer, cheerleader, photographer, and student. I’m learning and having a lot of … Continue reading

Alphabet Epiphany

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It’s hard to believe he’s a grown man, now.  It seems like yesterday this strong young man was a child taking in the world with wide-eyed wonder. I recall one day, when he was five years old, watching him recline … Continue reading

Hannah ~ Trusting God with Our Children

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[Republished from October 2011, with minor edits] Most of us are familiar with the Bible story of Hannah, mother of Samuel.  Though barren and childless, she prayed and believed God would give her a son.  Hannah is often held up as … Continue reading

Christmas Mourning

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Reposted (with minor updates) from December, 2012.  This holiday season I am especially praying for my mother, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and children, as we each struggle to process the myriad of emotions related to my father going home to … Continue reading

Extraordinary Service

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Last week, I had the great honor of participating in my father’s funeral…the celebration of Papa’s homecoming! I know that phrasing sounds unusual…but it was an unusual service…an extraordinary service, really! I’ve attended a fair number of funerals over the … Continue reading

Coming Home!

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Papa as a young soldier in WWII Henri Pote (October 15, 1924 – November 2, 2013) Yesterday evening, my father, Henri Pote, went home to be with Jesus.  His last hours in this life were spent peacefully, at home with … Continue reading

The Skilless Horseman

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  I am not a horseman. I want to make this perfectly clear. When people ask, I always answer, “No, I’m not a horseman.” Now, any of you who visit my personal Facebook page know that I spend a fair … Continue reading