Issue 10: The Pursuit of Happiness

Prayerfully you had a great Thanksgiving as you practiced being “Grateful for Grace” (referring to last week’s edition). Now we enter the period called “Advent,” a time of waiting for the celebration of Christ’s birth and the anticipation of Christ’s Second Coming. This is really a pretty good analogy for resilience — looking back to […]

Pursuit of Happiness

Early one morning I found myself with some unusual “idle time” in the Nashville airport. Walking past the entrance to the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) checkpoint, I noticed an elderly African-American lady scurry up, looking very dignified in her well-pressed volunteer clothes. Her apparent duty was to serve at the volunteer desk just outside the […]

Issue 9: Grateful for Grace

Welcome to Thanksgiving!  As always, this will be a week of mixed emotions for many — perhaps a sarcastic “What do I have to be thankful for?” Or a bittersweet time to remember fond times with family and friends who are now deceased or estranged. Or a lonely Thanksgiving as a deployed soldier, or a […]

Grateful for Grace

Soon many of us will find ourselves seated around a Thanksgiving meal with family and friends, just as God has “seated us with Him in the heavenly places.” The word seated in this Ephesians 2:6 verse is past tense, meaning that “even when we were dead in our transgressions, (God) made us alive together with […]

Issue 8: Resilient Enough to Get Back Into the Saddle

Fellow Resilient Warrior Randy, I hope your week is going well! No doubt we all are experiencing the normal ups and downs of life. Prayerfully, each of us is able to place whatever joy or trial we may be facing into the strong, capable, and loving hands of God. This is, after all, the essence of Resilience […]

Issue 7: Where would we be without our Veterans?

Fellow Resilient Warrior, Greetings in advance of Veterans Day next Monday! This edition will appropriately focus on honoring our Veterans. While we all need Resilience God Style, we recognize that our Veterans often represent the “exoderm” of our Nation, suffering wounds, trauma, family separation, and challenges that many of us never face. It is fitting […]

Where would we be without our Veterans?

On this Veterans Day 2019, we must ask ourselves a very important question: “Where would we be without our Veterans?” What if they had concluded it was too windy, too wet, and too uncomfortable to venture onto the beaches of Normandy in June 1944? Gratefully, they didn’t ask such a self-serving question — they were […]

Issue 6: Embracing the Moments When Your Entire Life Changes

Fellow Resilient Warrior, Greetings in the Ultimate Resilient Warrior, Jesus! We have discussed the reality of disappointment, heartache, and trauma in each of our lives. Jesus likewise went through this — Hebrews 12:1-3 summarizes it well: Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance […]

Embracing the Moments When Your Entire Life Changes by Charles George

I recently attended a thought-provoking and insightful Resilience Conference conducted by Bob Dees. What made this conference significant to me is the timing. Four years ago on July 30, 2015, I experienced one of the most devastating days of my life. It was a day when my entire life changed. Getting Ready for the Storm […]

Issue 5: Growing in Hope During Seasons of Infirmity

Fellow Resilient Warrior, Avoiding bitterness is key to a healthy and joyful life. Bitterness is the poison we drink to kill someone else — how crazy is that! In our culture of microaggressions, safe spaces, and trigger warnings; bitterness has grown to epidemic proportions with many carrying a “Spirit of Offense” into every life encounter. […]