Would You Take a Selfie With God?

No matter how old you get, I think you’ll agree that none of us will ever forget the friendships we had in High School. Those were formative years of our adolescence. And if you were anything like me, you had different friendships.

Yeah, you know what I’m talking about!

I had 2-3 friends that my parents didn’t care for. They would strongly encourage me to stay clear of them. “That guy’s bad news, Brent” they would say. “They’re going to just get you into trouble.”

Generally speaking, they were wrong. One friend, however, they were dead right on with…..but that’s a different blog post ūüôā

I digress.

Have you ever viewed God as a friend? You know, like the friends you associated with in school? Well, this thought entered my mind recently and I ended up mulling over it a while.


Whether you already have a relationship with God or not, I think this concept of the Creator of the Universe actually wanting to have a real friendship with you and I is difficult to grasp. I mean….he’s God! But he still calls us ‘friends.’

Anyway, the more I thought about it I determined that there really are two types of friend that God offers to us. See what you think.

Friend #1 – That friend you have a lot in common with. You have so much fun just being together and in each other‚Äôs company. It doesn’t even matter what you’re doing. You really look forward to spending time together. This is the friend you’ve taken selfies with in about HALF of your Instagram feed.
Friend #2 – The person you work to build a relationship with because of what you can gain from them. Maybe because of who they know, what they have, or the position they hold. This friendship is not the kind that just evolves naturally. It requires initiative, but the investment is worth it!
I would argue that there are aspects of both in God. The longer we know him and spend real time with him, the more comfortable we become. The more we learn that he really is very relational.
Additionally, I’d be willing to bet that God would take the most epic selfie! (we just might have to edit the brightness down afterward)

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3 Things to Avoid When God Begins to Speak

The other night, I sat down to have what I assumed was going to be 20-30 minutes of prayer and reading in one of my devotionals.

Then, God showed up and decided to join me!  What a novel concept.

I read one random page in my devotional book containing one particular scripture verse.  Next, I felt prompted to check out the verse of the day in YouVersion.  This was a different passage, but same theme.  Huh?

I then decided I would pop my earbuds in and experience some worship music. ¬†You want to know something? ¬†The bridge of the song I chose relayed the exact same message as those two scripture passages! ¬†What the heck? ¬†You know God’s trying to get your attention when he puts the same thing in front of you 3 different times.

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When God takes you down this sort of path, it goes without saying that it would be wise to pay attention more than usual.  I would suggest, however, 3 things to avoid when he starts speaking this clearly.

  1. Avoid DISTRACTIONS РRemain in that moment as long as possible.  But sometimes God catches us just as we are on our way out the door to work or an important engagement.  In these times, it is critical that we come back to this moment and word with God as early as possible to allow him to continue speaking.
  2. Avoid HURRY – Don’t jump to conclusions trying to quickly decipher what is being said. ¬†The things of God are often quite large and can take time for us to truly gain a grasp on the specifics of what he is either telling us or asking of us. ¬†Be patient. ¬†Meditate calmly on his voice.
  3. Avoid PRIVACY – Shortly after you’ve had a bit of time to process what you are experiencing with God, go ahead and share it with 1-3 people. ¬†These should be individuals who you know love Jesus and who honestly care about you and your future. ¬†Ask them for their thoughts on what God might be saying. ¬†Then, look for a common theme.

What have your experiences been when God starts communicating in such a bold way that your mind and heart are simply taken captive? ¬†I’d love for you to leave a comment below.

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9 Months After Moving To Colorado

Well, it’s been 9 months since we moved to Colorado Springs from Georgia. ¬†There has been A LOT that has happened in that short window of time. ¬†This has been the most difficult stage of my life in 25 years of marriage and ministry…hands down! ¬† A few months ago I wrote a post about taking a break from blogging for a season. ¬†I’m still not blogging regularly until December, but I felt compelled to post this update.

Colorado Springs is amazing! ¬†It is beautiful, has very few bugs, and virtually zero humidity. ¬†I see the majestic Pikes Peak every day…multiple times a day. ¬†But simply living in a beautiful place doesn’t necessarily make the experience¬†beautiful.


You see, when we moved to Colorado I left behind a son, an incredible church family, and a ministry career that had become my identity. ¬†I didn’t know it while traveling across the country in a 26 foot U-Haul truck, but I was about to spend the next 3 months lost, confused, and depressed.

First, the family unit split in two. ¬†We originally thought we were just moving with our youngest two sons. ¬†Then just hours before hitting the road our oldest child asked to move with us. ¬†This is her story so I’ll allow her to tell it on her own another time. ¬†But this is a huge reason God led us to Colorado.

Our oldest son had a career and friends in GA and decided to get his own place and stay there. ¬†My wife and I blessed his choice to stay, but I really struggled (honestly, I still am) moving without him. ¬†I guess it’s a natural part of the whole ’empty nesting’ thing….but it really sucks!

Once we arrived here, I began working at a popular coffee shop. ¬†Every coffee-lover’s dream job, right? ¬†I have also been working hard to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology online. ¬†After working there for about a month or so, I hit a wall. ¬†For 2-3 weeks I remember feeling anxious and emotional driving to work. ¬†There were even a few times I had to pray that God would strengthen me to overcome the flood of tears so I could perform like a ‘normal’ barista. ¬†Those tears were sure to come later in solitude moments in my bedroom. ¬†One evening here, another there…just me and Jesus. ¬†Real men do cry, so don’t judge.

It was in this brief season that I realized that I had allowed ministry (being a pastor) to become my entire identity. ¬†Loss of title, income, and the comfort of knowing a job well. ¬†When you’ve done nothing besides pastoring full-time for over 20 years it’s not the easiest thing to transition out of that world and into retail coffee at 45 years old.

Slowly, I began to realize that God had me in a new, very specific, season on purpose. ¬†First and foremost, I was to enjoy really being there for my wife and kids without the demanding work schedule of ministry. ¬†Second, He was aligning ¬†co-workers and customers at the coffee shop for me to interact with…to live my faith out for them.

In March of 2016 I had the honor of speaking at a Children’s Pastors conference in Kentucky. ¬†This was a true gift directly from the hand of God to me. ¬†He knew I needed this. ¬†I loved it! ¬†I got to share my ministry experiences with young leaders, and then encouraged them after each talk. ¬†This rekindled a fire for ministry in me.

Yes, we left an amazing church in Georgia, but God led us to another one.  (we thought this would be impossible).  My wife, Cailey, is serving PT on staff there now working with kids and equipping leaders.  I am volunteering in the Connect ministry to help people discover a meaningful and fulfilling place of service in God’s community.

Most recently, the Lord provided me with a new job working with a medical bill sharing ministry. ¬†Another new experience, but I’m trusting God in it completely. ¬†Cailey and I have also begun co-writing our first book. ¬†We welcome your prayers with this.

What does He have in store for me in the next 5-10 years? ¬†I don’t have a clue and I’ve given up trying to figure it out ahead of time. ¬†I used to have this quote hanging in my church office. ¬†Now it is mounted above our couch in the living room.

“The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.”

This has proven to be true in my life and I’m confident it will be in yours as well. ¬†My Jesus is faithful, he knows what he’s doing, and he really does care more about my personal success and happiness than I ever can.

Here’s to another year of adventure, obedience, and remaining in Him!



An [infographic] on New Approaches to Your Spiritual Growth

Do the words ‘Spiritual Disciplines’ make you cringe?

Well, you’re not alone. ¬†Many followers of Jesus in America wrestle with what they are and are intimidated when encouraged¬†to practice them.

I really like this infographic  (by Tehanna.com)

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I’m speaking from personal experience here. ¬†Most people over-complicate their¬†spiritual maturity journey. ¬†Mainly due to naivety. ¬† ¬†The biggest key, I believe, is to put perfection out of your thinking and simply start somewhere…don’t quit…and focus on practicing one or two of the disciplines.

(I’d encourage you to click on the infographic and read the rest of their article)

Where have you struggled or flourished in some of the spiritual disciplines? ¬†I’d love to hear from you.

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