• Divorce,  Faith,  Featured,  life

    Intentional Weakness

    “Intentional living is the art of making our own choices before others’ choices make us.” Richie Norton It started with the divorce. And it seems to have continued with unintentional acts of procrastination, haggardness, and dismal outlook. Continuing my revelations about how divorce has affected me and what the future (God’s plan) holds for me, I came to another realization this last week. I realize I have succumbed to the very worst obstacle to walking out my destiny – my weakness of being unintentional. As if a prophecy had years ago been uttered about how my life would turn out, I’ve allowed fate – life – to determine what has…

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    Passion’s Thief

    Have you lost your passion? Have you let depression and complacency rule your spirit? Have you let the enemy take all that is dear to you without a proper fight? Then it's time that you too rise from the ashes. It's time that you too remember why you started down this road. No journey ever began in a vacuum. It began with passion toward something. Toward a vision. Toward a future.

  • Faith,  The Friday Muse,  Writing

    From the Ashes

    You may kill a fire. And everything you know falls to dust and ash. Yet the remarkable treasure in this seemingly hopeless pile, is hidden deep within. The burning embers incarnate the perpetual desire to go from spark to flame. - Akilnathan Logeswaran

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    The Value Of Perseverance

    perseverance noun – 1. steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. It’s a word I don’t hear much these days, let alone see in action. The act of staying on course regarding one’s goals, despite difficulty and discouragement, seems to be something of a rarity nowadays. I grew up in an age where perseverance was the norm. When people had a goal, when they had a dream, they ran after it with everything they had. They didn’t give up, they didn’t pull out a multitude of excuses, they didn’t cast blame for their surrender to others. I…

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    Jaded

    There was a time I knew who I was. It was very long ago, back when I was still in grade school. Back then – back in the 90’s – I could care less if people liked me. I was comfortable in my own skin, as weird as it was, and I thrived on moving through life to the beat of my own drum. It was a period in which I made many forgettable enemies, but also made many unforgettable friends. Those who gravitated toward me were those who saw me for who I truly was and found they enjoyed that version of David Alderman. Those who hated me hated…

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    Distractions

    Every day, it’s the same thing. Over and over and over again. Distractions. On Friday evenings, I set up my schedule for the next week. I fill out my calendar in Thunderbird, I scribble out various tasks and projects that need to get done in the following week, and then I set myself up to follow the schedule as if it were being imposed upon me by a high-paying employer. But each week it’s the same thing. Over and over and over again. Monday starts off great. Projects are getting done, tasks are being checked off. Work runs from morning to night, and I place my head on the pillow…

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    Leaving The Mountaintop

    “The praise and glorification of God doesn’t exclusively spring from deep and untroubled understanding; it is in spite of – and even because of – deep and troubled circumstance.” Joyce Rachelle I tend to cling to the mountaintops of life. I love the view, the fresh air, the feeling of being so high up above my daily issues. I can regain my focus on the mountaintop, recalibrate my life, my goals, and my attitude. The mountaintop is a sanctuary, safe from crisis and anxiety and the complexities of life. It is a place to grow closer to God… Many of us cling to the mountaintop as if it were a…

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    Dissatisfied With The Satisfying

    “What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.” – Maya Angelou Today is a good a time as any to confess something to all of you: I complain. A lot. What’s funny, is I don’t even notice I’m complaining most of the time. But my wife does. My friends do. Strangers hear it. As the years have moved on, I’ve grown into more and more of an introvert. I’m not sure why that is. I guess I’ve just experienced so much heartache and so many struggles that I just don’t…

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    Creating Our Fears

    “Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves…” Cheryl Strayed We all have a story to tell. Some of us, many stories. We sit around the dining room table and tell our family about our day. We gather round the campfire with friends and tell ghost stories. We sit at a lonely wooden desk and sketch out stories pulled from our imaginations. But there are other stories we tell ourselves, stories born from the blurred lines between fiction and reality. Stories of what-ifs, stories of what-could-be. Stories enhanced by anxiety, depression, tragedy. These stories all have the same title: Fear. It took me many years…