Last night we had our monthly ‘Tool Group.” I’m not sure if I have talked about it before but several post-college friends had the idea of getting together and encouraging one another around the teaching of Jesus. Many of the guys are married and facing the challenge of wife, family, work, health, friends- how do you do it all. Since I am a long way from a post college guy, I was to be the Obi-Wan Kenobi for the group. So, over the last 3 years we have gotten together over dinner once a month. We have invited speakers who have been through many of the life challenges we face, in trying to balance so many priorities. Of course you quickly realize you can’t do it all, and that leads to how you define success and other in-depth discussions.

Last night was our Fall kick-off meeting and it was really sweet. It was a small group of about 15 guys, but the depth of sharing was amazing. I shared a bit about recent challenges and the importance of investing our time wisely- thinking about how you dance on the edge of Heaven without having to go through cancer. A number of the guys talked about challenges they faced at home or at work. I was so encouraged by these guys I could hardly sleep last night.

Today I am so energized I decided to record a video blog. I hope you enjoy it- notice my Aquaman superhero shirt.

God is good, all the time, God is Good!

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6 Comments so far

  1. elthomas on October 8, 2007 9:37 pm

    Hi, this is cousin Liz!

    I am writing to you once for every hundred thousand times I think of you! So I guess I owe you at least a thousand more emails! But tonight I just want to say how great you looked on the video, you glowed!

    I picked up Sophia from her sixth grade Bible study today after they studied “Joy” . . . (there is a Bible Study Leader Mom who showers love on twenty plus sixth grade girls twice a month) . . . I am a little low on Joy lately, but I see Joy in my kids lives and it lifts me up, and YOU really lifted my countenance tonight — I experienced Joy listening to your voice, and seeing you smile!

    Keep up the videos, it is like “being with you” to watch them.
    Love from Ian and Olivia and Sophia . . . bedtime prayers include you all . . . I love you


  2. abdoulaye sarr on October 8, 2007 9:48 pm

    It’s always good to hear from you Don.
    I am sorry I missed last night get together, I had to work extra hours.
    I would love to hear the challenges that my brothers and friends are facing. That would be such an encouragement, because I can relate to it.
    Mary hasn’t been working for 5 months now and it hasn’t been easy trying to budget with one income, and last month we found out that she is pregnant. It’s a joy beyond description but at the same time you can’t help but worry. I trust in the Lord our Lord and I believe that everything is going to be all right.
    Please pray for us.
    God bless you.

  3. art curtis on October 9, 2007 8:05 am

    Another wonderful blog that really effectively projects the insights that you are having about family, life and the on going challenges of cancer. Thank you for these cinematic gems. It does sound like you are in a good place right now and the strength of your faith has made that possible. I hope you get to Europe and have a wonderful experience there with Heather.My prayers to you, Heather and the boys.


  4. Brian Ely on October 9, 2007 12:00 pm

    Thank you Don for your raw authenticity. I thought of you when reading Ezekiel 47:3-12 this morning. In short, Ezekiel was led ankle deep, knee deep, waist deep, and then eventually was led to water that was over his head. All future progress at that point is dictated by the waters flow and your best chance is to yield to the river and travel where it leads you. Knowing that everywhere this river flows it brings life. You are doing a great job of leading me into a healthy perspective of “chaos”.

    Brian Ely

  5. hollythompson on October 9, 2007 12:45 pm

    Hey, Don!

    It’s great to see you on your video blog– it feels like I get to see you in person! You look great! We are continually in prayer for you and your family. I hope you’re having another energetic day today!


  6. PamBrooks on October 10, 2007 9:49 am

    Hey Aquaman! I felt like I was sitting right there with you. You look fabulously strong and healthy. I feel as confident as you that this new round of chemo will be the ticket. The surgery option seemed too dangerous. We are guided by your faith and your teachings. It was just yesterday that I quoted you to my daughter Tara.
    Keep the video’s coming, we love to hear and see you. You all are in our prayers daily.

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