Archive | December, 2010

I think my mom is really Wonder Woman

13 Dec

Several months ago I made a promise. A promise I kept this weekend. My niece graduated from Abilene Christian University on Friday night and my mom wanted to attend. So, she and my little sis (affectionately known as “Wheeze”) flew down to Dallas and attended together. My family spent Friday and Saturday in Easley watching Dad.

To quote Chuck Kelley’s favorite Hebrew expression, “WOW!”. Another word would be INTENSE. There were great moments and really tough ones. My dad is very dependent on my mom, and not just for care. There is something about their emotional bond that is really good. And strong. That is wonderful, but it also complicates some of the necessary actions and decisions. But we will make it through!!!

Today I have a much deeper appreciation for my mom, for EBC peeps like Linda Belcher, Martha Ham, Walter Miller, and many others. And I always suspected that my mom was Wonder Woman … Now I KNOW it’s true!

I had to post this …

8 Dec

Today’s funny from

A calorie-conscious woman drove past a bakery and saw some gorgeous Christmas cookies.

She decided to pray about it:  “Lord, if you want me to have some of those delicious cookies, let me have a parking place directly in front of the bakery.”

And sure enough, the eighth time around the block, there it was!


8 Dec

15 degrees outside!  WOW!  I guess physiology or time can explain this, but cold weather has more of an affect on me now that it did when I was young.  Growing up in Easley, I braved my share of these temps in years gone by …  Back then I was more of a polar bear.  I could walk outside in this weather in shorts and a t-shirt (I had to wear that around the house because dad kept it so warm in there with our buck stove).  One of my jobs was to keep wood in that stove.  I had to go outside A LOT in the cold.

Now, I am not a huge fan of the cold.  Days like these make me miss the beach in June!!  So that is what I will be thinking about today!!

The Christmas Double-Clutch

6 Dec

Christmas-time is here!!!!  Hard to believe another Christmas is upon us.  From a church calendar perspective, EVERYONE who is somewhat active has A WHOLE LOT OF STUFF TO DO this month.  And it will go by like a flash!!  Will you slow down and see it for what it really is??

Even though Christmas is here, we are STILL CALLED TO BE THE CHURCH in every way!  I am appreciative for over 80 people who want to take their commitment to God to the NEXT LEVEL and really BE the church He planted us to be!  My prayer is this:  As we move ahead, we won’t lose it all in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season!

It all begins with PRAYER.  Prayer needs to be at the foundation of EVERYTHING we do, EVERY TIME we do something as individuals or as a church.  So, as we get caught up in the Christmas double-clutch, don’t forget who we are and what we are called to do!!  And PRAY about it!!

23 Years ago today …

5 Dec

23 years ago today I did the best thing I’ve ever done, next to accepting Christ as my Savior!!  I married my sweetheart, Diana Lynne Duncan!  Some said we were too young … and maybe we were.  But here we are, 23 years later, still in love and still goin strong!!

I definitely got the better end of this bargain … When she married me, I was a computer programmer in an up-and-growing company.  She never bargained for the pastor’s wife gig and all the heartaches that come with it.  But when we surrendered to this, we did it together.  And she gives it her all in everything she does for the Lord.  And she doesn’t complain when we miss holidays with our families … or when the phone calls come at weird times (sometimes with really strange reasons) … or when the money is what it is.  Much like the Energizer Bunny, she just keeps on going and going!!

There is so much more that I could write, but I think she’d enjoy it more if I told her face-to-face!!

A Wild Week

3 Dec

Yeah, this has been a wild one. Nothing scandalous or controversial happening this week, but a wild one indeed!

The highlight (or maybe lowlight) happened yesterday while taking Drew to West Florence. We were riding down Hoffmeyer Road and we heard a CRASH! I thought a rock had hit my window … Drew said “uh, Dad … Your back window is shattered.”. Sure enough, it was!! And we have no idea why. Hit by a rock? Rear-window defroster malfunction? Church member shooting at me??

We will never know. And for now, my glass is being replaced. Thank God for insurance!