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Red Top Mountain

Red Top Mountain

Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville, GA. Lots of beautiful spots and trails to walk in a place not too far from home. This has quickly become one of my favorite spots to visit.

Second Chances

Second Chances

Around this time of year, we all start to count our blessings and make a more concerted effort to express our thankfulness. Even in the past couple of days, I’ve started to really ponder how much I’m blessed with. While I know I’ve got a lot of physical, material things to be thankful for, the main thing that’s hit me so far is not something tangible. But it is the greatest thing anyone could ever have. Something that we all…

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The Third Command

The Third Command

Growing up in the church world, you hear about the Ten Commandments a lot. These direct commands from God adorn rooms of classrooms and courts everywhere and it’s not uncommon to memorize them for church or Bible class. Many of these commandments are pretty simple – don’t kill, steal, or covet, have nothing above God, and don’t commit adultery. But there’s one I feel that’s slightly misunderstood, like there’s something more below the surface. When you hear someone talk about…

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Aspire to Perspire

Aspire to Perspire

Once upon a time, there was a guy. This guy had great ideas and ambitions, truly on the level of the famed American dream. He wanted to started a blog were he wrote about whatever may be on his mind. The plan was to put out quality content every single week. But slowly the desire to sit down and write began to fade and once a week became once every other week. Then it became whenever he felt like it….

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Eyes Opened – part 2

Eyes Opened – part 2

After my weekend adventure came the typical Haiti trip, typical as any Haiti trip can be. The rest of the group flew in on Monday and we had until Friday to love on the people and make a difference in their lives. The main goal or objective changes every trip. Sometimes, we build schools or remodel orphanages. This trip had a more relational focus as most of the team are in middle or high school. Our big idea for this…

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Eyes Opened – part 1

Eyes Opened – part 1

At the time of writing this, I’ve been back in the states for a full week. Normally over the course of that time, I’ve got a good idea on what I’m going to write about in my Haiti recap. But the words haven’t really come to me this time. Honestly, I still have a hard time answering “how was your trip,” with the best thing I’ve come up with being “heart-filling but also heart-breaking.” That may be a step up…

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30 Years

30 Years

As my next semester of college looms ever closer, my thoughts constantly revolve around how much further I’ve yet to go. This will be semester number 9 for me, the beginning of year 5. The idea of the typical 4 year college experience departed from my mind long before I enrolled for this semester. Honestly, college has been such a trying experience for me. My first few years were plagued with indecision and constant change – I had no idea…

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Through the Waves

Through the Waves

There was this one spot at our hotel in Haiti I found myself constantly drawn to. A stone wall with large concrete steps leading down to the beach. Ants were always crawling around and it was right in the sun’s path, but it was quiet and had an amazing view of the ocean. Over the course of the week we spent in Haiti, I probably sat at that spot for a solid 5 hours, just watching the waves come crashing…

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Haiti: An Anthology

Haiti: An Anthology

Last week, I embarked on my third trip to Haiti. This trip was the most challenging but most rewarding one yet. My heart has never been so simultaneously full and yet so broken. The only regret I have about this trip is that it ended. Before I go any deeper, I need to say this: whatever words you may read or pictures you see can never come close to doing this trip justice. To fully understand why Haiti left such…

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Father’s Day

Father’s Day

Father’s Day is one of the hardest days of the year for me. Like so many people, I don’t have a father to celebrate on that day. My step-dad is a wonderful man and I know he cares for my family as if we were his blood family, but there’s still a hole in my heart no one can fill. I should clarify, my dad is still alive. I just no longer have any desire to associate myself in any…

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