My friend David Drury, who authored the book Being Dad, wrote something this week that has stuck with me. I hope it is insightful and encouraging to you.   “*After the Shipwreck* Lately, I’ve been able to reconnect with a few old friends. They might not want me to call them “old” friends, but my…

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As I was reading through the Blue Note this week, I found myself thinking a few separate times, “Wow. A lot is going on.” I look at my Google calendar and, “Wow, I have a lot going on.” It is easy this time of year to slip in and out of weariness. When we are…

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Last Friday, for the second year in a row, Zeeland Christian and Baldwin Middle School’s Unified Basketball teams played each other. Teams are made up of unified athletes, who are students with varying levels of disabilities and their partners who are students without disabilities. What happens on the court is beautiful, fun and energetic. What…

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“We are rushing to the broken.” A friend of mine spoke these words as he led students in chapel at a school I was leading. His message was inspiring, but my thought was, “No, we’re not.” My school was (and is) wonderful, but we didn’t rush towards the broken. I found myself often giving reasons…

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ZCS Family, Often in these early months of getting to know our school community, I will step back and pause as something strikes me and think, “This is the story of ZCS.” All year, but especially during this season, I’m often stopped in my tracks as I witness God working through and in us. This…

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Love Rescued Me. On December 2, 2003, Love rescued me when my daughter Lily was carried off the elevator in a hotel conference room in China and into our waiting arms, making me “Daddy.”  Looking back on that day, I didn’t know I needed to be rescued. To be honest, I thought I was doing…

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Recently on a morning run that turned into more of a walk, I found myself walking around the outside of our school. I said aloud, “Who should I pray for, Lord?” Very clearly He said, “Pray for those who are waiting.” I prayed for families waiting for medical treatments to bring results, wayward family members…

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When my Grandma McAboy came to visit, she would often stay for a few days at a time.  One night as I was falling asleep, I heard her in her room talking. After a minute or two I realized she was praying, and after another moment I realized she was praying for me. Grandma McAboy…

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Parents, Andy Stanley says that if we parent now the way God would have us to parent, there may be times when our children don’t like us very much. But they will like us later, and “later is longer.”   His parenting series “Future Family” helped me to see raising my children in seasons:  …

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This morning, Caryn Navis, our school counselor, met with teachers to discuss ways to address unkind behavior in students. While bullying receives a lot of attention (and rightly so), smaller instances of unkind behavior often go unaddressed. Karyn’s instruction to us, and my advice to you is that we address every single instance of unkind…

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