Thanksgiving 2017

There are some incredibly adorable little boys over at my parent's house this week for Thanksgiving, and as I think about gratitude I am thankful for the energy those little guys bring me. We've also even broken bread together before the big day. My sister-in-law Crystal said that she has 21 cousins that live within … Continue reading Thanksgiving 2017


Being Sure of What I Hope For

Life is about give and take, tradeoffs and forgiveness. I hope I give more than I take. I'm experiencing a tradeoff now as I choose to write rather than watch television. Forgiveness is a daily practice because I let myself down every day. Never mind the limitless times others let me down. As I said, … Continue reading Being Sure of What I Hope For

Think On These Things

This past year, and I mean from August 2016 to present, has been a particularly harder time period than normal. I'm not going to go into detail about the circumstances and parties involved, but I do want to pause and share a passage of Scripture the Holy Spirit has put on my heart. ...Fix your … Continue reading Think On These Things

Guitar Confession

As you all know that have been with me over the years I have a desire to learn the guitar for small group worship purposes. I'm just going to lay it all out there because God knows, and this blog's url is the real daniel. I've been trying to learn the guitar for several years, … Continue reading Guitar Confession

Darkness Does Not Decide

Jason asked me about the memoir today. I told him not so much these days. Jon Acuff's Finish inspired me briefly, but alas it fell by the wayside again. You cannot expect greatness in any endeavor when you only do it when inspired. I think Jon has said and written that many times. Jason has … Continue reading Darkness Does Not Decide

Journal Entry: Church

I used to date my journal entries when I kept an ink and paper journal, but as I'm inspired by All Things Steph I'm going to start titling posts with random bits of drivel Journal Entry. Thank you Steph. I'm not at all saying Steph's blog is "random bits of drivel" because it seems quite … Continue reading Journal Entry: Church

What Cannot Be Lost

I am saddened by the senseless murders and injuries inflicted on innocent people in Vegas. Evil is real, and Satan is behind it all. My friend Joe Beam wrote a book called Seeing The Unseen. You may not feel like reading right now because of the terrible things that have happened from the hurricanes to … Continue reading What Cannot Be Lost

His Will For Mankind

Thank you Joe Beam for writing Seeing The Unseen. It gives me hope in light of the evil I face. Language is important when battling evil. The reason the Bible is living and active is because it's message is continually creating language such that is found in books like Seeing The Unseen. I'm not saying … Continue reading His Will For Mankind


It's amazing how we give away our power. Once again, shame rears its ugly head, and we let past fail control future success. I was somewhat successful last night at a football game in jettisoning past fails. Now when someone wrongs me I have a mantra, good or bad, I live by. Fool me once … Continue reading Shame

The Power of the Tongue

Being a writer is not easy. It's not easy for me because thoughts are sometimes a burden. I remember studying the book of Jeremiah in grad school, and I'd imagine he would concur. My life is a cakewalk compared to Jeremiah, but tormented thinking is nonetheless a part of what I struggle with daily. I … Continue reading The Power of the Tongue