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THANKFUL THURSDAY: 3 Ways I Am Thankful (For My Spouse)

Hello, Hipsters, and welcome to the first ever: “Thankful Thursday!” My wife and I just celebrated 9 years of marriage earlier this week! This entry could honestly go on and on.  To adequately do it justice, this would be an unending post and yet it still would somehow be incomplete. So in an effort to be brief, I will simply …

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TUESDAY TRANSFORMATION: 4 Ways A Hipster Makes Peace

  Hello, hipsters and welcome to the first ever: “Transformation Tuesday!” Today, in pursuit of transformation, we will explore how peace is possible, both personally and globally. I am so excited!  This is why HOPE4Hipsters exists because far too many have experienced the pain and punishment of not “fitting the mold.” Let’s take a look at how peace is both …

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MONDAY MOTIVATION: 3 Ways A Hipster Finds His Humanity

Welcome to the first ever: “Monday Motivation: Meaning In Media!”     To begin this new series, let’s go big by reclaiming our humanity through a clip from “Open Range” starring Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall.  Yes, I’m a huge Western fan! Even though most of us cannot relate at a surface level, there are a few things that stand out: 1) …

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A Walk To Remember

…for we walk by faith, not by sight. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:7 I take the blessing of mobility for granted.  I’ve never known otherwise.  Being around infants, however, reminds me daily of the painful, prolonged process required to develop this skill. My wife and I have been blessed with three children, and our youngest, Elias, recently started showing interest and capability for mobility. …

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New Year, Old Me

Take it all down, Christmas is over. But do not despair, but rather be glad. We had a good year, now let’s have another, Remembering all the good times that we had. Oh no more lights glistening, no more carols to sing. But Christmas, it makes way for spring. Though hearts of man are bitter in weather, As cold as …

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A Hipster Holiday (in hindsight)

So, it’s been a while… Between hospitals and holidays, life has been a little “full” since my last post.  I’m sure it has been the same for you. Enter our societal scrape — the future is continuously bombarding our present, leaving us with no margin.  We’re overflowing, and no matter how much will “fill up,” we still part with a …

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A Shunt To Save

Elias’s life with a brain shunt begins. Well, the last 28 hours have been quite full for us!!  We arrived at the hospital yesterday at 10 AM for admitting and prep.  At 11 AM, we got Elias into his hospital gown and got ready to say our temporary goodbye (this was mommy’s hardest part). At 12 PM he started anesthesia, and …

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Sons For Rams: Under The Second Knife

This is a big week.  Tomorrow is the day we’ve been nervously anticipating for the last year.  Tomorrow, October 18th, 2016, our son Elias is scheduled to have surgery.  He will be getting VP brain shunts.  It’s hard to believe.  It’s real.  We would not have chosen this road, but it is a part of his story. Just a little …

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Politics: Vanquishing A Vehicle For Vitriol

“Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your …

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I’m Ready To Hope

Hope in a hospital…where else should it be brought? “It’s hard to dance with a Devil on your back, so shake him off!”