Showing posts from October, 2016

Bye, [Bye]Vocational

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it’s not easy marrying marketplace and ministry. After all, when you consider secular expectations, the challenge of availability matching flexibility, how most church leadership models are structured…it can be tough-sleddin’. Now, I’m not a church consultant or ministry life coach; however, in my brief ministerial experience, I’ve come to realize while tent-making is often praised behind the pulpit in an evangelism context, it’s rarely incorporated to the fullest in a leadership context. Case and point: I work full-time hours (7:00-3:30 pm) for TDOT Monday through Friday, where at the start of each day, I take the day’s game script, stack it against my church load, and do what I can accordingly for both. For instance, on slower days I create youth discipleship content, plan events, design social media promotions, and field church-related correspondence on my breaks, whereas on busier days, I keep a running ‘to-do’ list to better tackle my gamep…

3 Things On My Mind Right Now

Not goin' to lie: life’s been pretty full the past couple months. From ‘behind the scenes’ His Girl Fryday work and family travel to ‘end of the year’ LEGACYouth prep and childproofing the house, needless to say, our cup runneth over.

Yet, as summer green has slowly faded into a potpourri of burgundies and burnt oranges, so has my mind subdued into a more placid place, at least, enough for me to latch onto some fresh musings. Call it October nostalgia value; call it renewed perspective; call it whatever you want. I just figured it wouldn’t hurt to share a few life lessons I’ve been reminded of in recent weeks.

Let’s jump in, shall we?

1.Often times, our plan ‘C’ is God’s plan ‘A’.

How many of you have ever wanted what God wanted for you, but imagined a completely different scenario unfolding? I imagine most, if not all, can relate; however, for me, whenever I find myself on a separate page apart from God, I also find somewhere along the line I assumed my way was His way.

Ever wonder …

Flash Weather: 2016-17 Winter Weather Forecast

Well, folks. We’re two weeks past the autumnal equinox…and I think we all know what that means…

…break out the fall décor, have yourself a very merry pumpkin-space latte, and check Cameron’s blog for yet another preliminary winter weather forecast.
Now, I’m not gonna lie: my forecastlast year held up on snow, but not so much on temps, granted my overall pattern prediction was correct. If you recall, we absolutely torched in December with + ~13.0° positive temp anomalies (obliterating my December 2015 predictions) before a major pattern flip set the stage for Nashville’s most epic snowstorm in 13 years. By season end’s, most middle Tennessee locations had experienced a top 10 warmest winter, yet with more snow than the previous three winters combined.

Case and point: for Nashville, the winter of 2015-16 finished a full 7.0° warmer than 2014-15 mean temperature-wise, but with 5.2” more snow. I mean…you talk about defying some serious odds. I don’t know what’s more unusual: last wint…