Posted by: jmdenham | October 7, 2017

Morning by Morning (10/6/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Watching Levi and Carleigh get married tonight, and having had a part in their awesome wedding.
  2. Getting to know family of the bride and groom, and hearing all the fun stories that each family treasures and to see the personality of the bride and groom in those families.
  3. Wedding cake. So, so good.
  4. Suit shopping with Elana today, which landed a fabulous gray suit that I love.
  5. Ryan’s laughs.
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Posted by: jmdenham | October 5, 2017

Morning by Morning (10/5/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Bobbie Huebner, and the presence and eyes of God she brought to our church.  She was one of the first to welcome me to SWC and is still a great supporter of my ministry.  Blessings Bobbie! (And we miss you down here in Houston too!)
  2. A great staff meeting yesterday and the warmth and encouragement between colleagues.
  3. Good, intellectual, kind and assuming best intentions conversation and debate.  It is hard to have and really, has always been hard to have about anything political or cultural.  But when you experience it, it feels amazing and so encouraging.
  4. My son the fireman!! He got his muscular fireman costume for Halloween and wears it every day and it makes me laugh at his cuteness and the costume hilarity!
Posted by: jmdenham | October 4, 2017

Morning by Morning (10/4/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Elana’s work/boss/job, which both sustains her fulfillment and takes good care of her.
  2. Mornings with Ryan- he’s hilarious and so lovable with me.
  3. The great work of Ronald McDonald houses in hospitals across the country.  What a beautiful and needed work they do!
  4. Performing weddings.  
  5. Enneagram podcasts “Typology” and “Road Back To You” which have been quite fascinating and encouraging in developing my character and tapping into my strengths and needs in my walk with God and others.
Posted by: jmdenham | October 2, 2017

Morning by Morning (10/2/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The tiredness in my body.  It tells me I have been caring for others and that I need the retreat of my family and quiet time, and I am aware that it means I have a body with which to serve.
  2. Elana’s willingness and support to help me share my grief and care for A and her family I deeply care for.
  3. Good friends who listen and are willing to give their time to be present as I grieve for A.
  4. Another good dinner with Stephen and Dawn Marie, with good food and a great friendship.
Posted by: jmdenham | September 30, 2017

Morning by Morning (9/30/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Watching Aiden play for his Select baseball team- he loves it, he enjoys his friends, and it makes me nostalgic for when I played baseball as a kid.
  2. Ryan’s calm this afternoon at the baseball game that Aiden is playing, which has allowed me to enjoy and watch it…and treasure the time with him rather than stressing!
  3. A really beautiful day and a beautiful afternoon.  I love sunny blue sky days regardless of the heat.
  4. The kindness of strangers around us.  It doesn’t take much time to see good people and kind acts all around us, like a smile in passing or another parent being gentle with Ryan, or funny food vendors, or water offered without cost, or kids being sweet with one another in the playground.
  5. A, a sweet teenager friend from the hospital who is sassy and faithful and spirited, and this may be her final days.  She, and her parents, have been a gift and blessing to me and someone who I feel very comfortable being playful and myself.  
Posted by: jmdenham | September 30, 2017

Morning by Morning (9/29/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Having a really delicious dinner with a whole crew of fun and good people, including Elana, Mikey, Andrea, Stephen and Dawn, Aiden, and Ryan.
  2. Playing Dominion with Stephen and Dawn Marie tonight, which was quite fun and full of laughs.
  3. Morning stretches with Ryan! Lol!
Posted by: jmdenham | September 28, 2017

Morning by Morning (9/28/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Visiting with one of my favorite families today, and celebrating the two kids birthdays.  Such a great family, great parents, and 2 great kids!
  2. A great conversation with an interpreter tonight about life in Honduras and seeing his excitement talking to another person from Honduras.
  3. Going to the park with Ryan and seeing him love driving his big wheel from his grandparents! Thanks for your gift that keeps giving Mom and Dad!
  4. Prayer. It’s such a gift with families at the hospital and a gift personally as I walk with God.
  5. Preparing wedding ceremonies, which is so special and encourages me in my marriage.
Posted by: jmdenham | September 26, 2017

Morning by Morning (9/26/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The good doctors and nurses who I work with in the PICU who show so much compassion to families, especially those we have known for so long.
  2. Parents.  Not easy. Few easy answers.  But there is a connection I make with any other who I learn is a parent.
  3. My best friends, including Mike Bell, Josh Day, Stephen Lucas, and from a far, Cambry, Adam, and Joe.  Good people I get to be surrounded by!
  4. Dinner in Papaw’s back yard!
Posted by: jmdenham | September 26, 2017

Morning by Morning (9/25/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. People finding whatever ways they can to protest life status quo in our world, from the big to the small.  There is often more complexity and more depth to a protest, and we as Christians ought to understand since our Christ refused to bend to the dominant culture and societal norms of his day.  
  2. The everyday heroes of our world, like those who go out of their way to protect strangers or the people who serve sandwiches to homeless people or the people who give up time to just talk with isolated elderly or the people who fight fires protecting our homes and families.  And those are just four types of the amazing everyday heroes that I am grateful for.
  3. The story of Jonah, of which Jonah’s almost drowning story speaks volumes to a father of two sick boys right now.  Thankful that Scripture can speak to the unspeakable tragedy and pain in our world, even centuries later.
Posted by: jmdenham | September 23, 2017

Morning by Morning (9/23/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Sharing in service with a ton of people cleaning up a family’s flooded home belongings.  
  2. Ryan’s love of ketchup.​
  3. Hanging with Stephen today!
  4. A good round of disc golf today.
  5. Saturday morning donuts!

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