25
May

Dealing with Stress

Josh resting on the bed during a ministry trip in SpainMaybe I should just move to a beachtown in Spain.

I’m not exactly sure what they do there to make a living.  It looks like they just relax in the sun on the beach with their friends, play a little guitar, and then barhop with tapas (appetizers) and wine in the warm evening taking in the breeze.

Do they make swords for a couple hours when they feel like it, or maybe fight bulls?  I don’t know, but it looks nice.

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22
May

Taking Time for What’s Important

A view of Lost Lake and Mt Hood out by Hood RiverGroan

My arms are tired.  I did a shift earlier, but didn’t catch up on sleep like normal in the daytime.

Oh great.  Another small 40-50 pounder on the floor.  Another one.

One more.

Doesn’t sound like much, but many throughout a shift are hard.  Plus shoving the big ones out of the truck.  Don’t bend Josh, use your powerzone.

Groan

No working out today.  This is enough.  Normally I get easier jobs.  Taking a double-shift unloading trucks might be hard, but it’s great overtime.

Josh, you mean you’re not a rock star yet?  Well, as much as I’d love to wear leather pants and jam with fancy guitars over huge marshall stacks and have hot girls all wanting my autograph, I’m doing this for now.  (Don’t worry I probably won’t break out the leather pants.  I’ll leave that to Klaus Meine.)
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18
May

Thoughts on Blue Like Jazz the Movie

Blue Like Jazz the Movie logoBlue Like Jazz as a movie is something I’d been looking forward to for a long time.  It’s pretty obvious that I’m a big fan of Donald Miller’s books.

I remember first reading it and loved the questions, humor and general writing style. It sparked a whole conversation among leaders in my church and other churches a few years ago about the relevance of modern church, problems and potential solutions.  It at least shed some interesting light on the subject, rocked a few boats, and I think churches have changed for the better since.

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14
May

Love as a Process

Flower plant in my yard at night with the moonSpring is out, flowers in bloom, birds are chirping.

Allergies.  Bugs.

Chickflick weather.

Love is in the air and new couples are enjoying each other’s company.  Bleh.  I know.  I’m more of an epic war movie fan.

But I guess love isn’t so bad in real life.  I suppose it’s better than getting your arm chopped off by an orcblade.

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11
May

Releasing the Creativity of God

A Rock Climber at Smith RockFaith used to be one of those things I’d get bored of hearing about.  I thought it sounded like something from a theological textbook.  Or one of those “name-it, claim it” guys back in the day when people would say cheesy stuff like, “Tell the person sitting next to you this or that.” or “Can I get an amen?”.  But when you really start to live it.  It gets pretty exciting.

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7
May

Dealing with Conflict

Mount Hood National Forest Road Sign with BulletholesDo I really seem like the guy to ask about dealing with issues?  Well, I’m certainly not perfect, but I can share a few things.  These are just a few things I learned in life that apply to relationships, family, ministry teams, church and dealing with co-workers.

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