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Truant For Life

Another month, another random series of life-altering events. Honestly, if I was not praying specifically to be used by God however He desires, I think I’d have been committed to the psych ward by now! 

But I have prayed and surrendered to any and all changes. I do believe that change is crucial to faith. New adventures are about attitude and the willingnness to experience the ride. 

In the past month, I helped plan a wonderful party for 1,000 of our friends. The next day I left my job at the church. Shared my daughter’s fear of failing grades and truancy letters. And began the process of enrolling in college without federal aid. I am realizing that I am chronically late to everything regardless of how prepared I try to be. I trip up and bottom out when I strive to be perfect. These things are patterns throughout my entire life. 

I have found five conclusions to summarize my theory that I am simply truant (not being present in my own life).

1. I literally got a letter that my youngest has missed too much school.

2. My judgment is reactionary and emotional, but also filled with confidence. 

3. The mastery of ‘Courage Under Fire’ & ‘Resourcefulness’ after the fact.

4. Passionately, yet blindly, pursuing self-awareness & other-centered love.

5. And lastly, I am certain three things are not synonymous: Gratitude. Joy. Contentment. 

Until next time, friends, let’s pray it is not a month away…



I have been a Lorain county resident for five years now. Anywhere you go you can see quintessential American life in our backyard. From scarecrows to Organized Labor Day, from urban decay to rural homesteading, and my question has been, "Where is the joy?!" People need more reasons to smile. While I am committed to educating and empowering people, I promise this blog will always share the hope and joy I have.

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