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At the writing of this particular article, I’ve only been married to Rachel for about two months.

So far, I love it!

Of course, when I say that, I’m often accused of having “honeymoon feels.” But I can understand that sentiment too. I still stand by what I said, though. I love Rachel and I love having the newly upgraded life of husband to a beautiful and supportive wife.

Even though it has only been a couple of months, I have been able to see at least ONE thing that has made the reality of marriage so unbelievably amazing:


The Ability & Support To Do More!

All within the time that Rachel and I have been married, we have already accomplished some really cool personal goals.

We have seen some things that we both individually and collectively would like to work on. And we are planning some really amazing adventures for the future!

Can you say “Road Trip!?”

None of that could truly be possible without Rachel in the mix!

My lifestyle has totally changed since I got married.

I’m taking more vitamins and considering my overall health more because my wife and her family is focused on the health and well-being of themselves and others.

I’m actually eating food that’s cooked at home rather than living off of bag after bag of quickly processed food…with a side of fries.

Nothing felt more manly than spending a whole Saturday with football playing in the background while I put together a bookshelf piece by piece. “Some assembly required” felt more like “ALL assembly required.”

Singleness did have its benefits. I was able to actually grow and learn and spend time by myself with the Lord. I was able to walk through some deep issues of brokenness and face fears and failures that would’ve otherwise made commitment to married more challenging.

Now that marriage is the new reality, I am both humbled and grateful and watchful. So far, it has been a fascinating and wild ride.

It has only been 2 months. And so far, I feel like multiplying that 2 by multiples of forever.

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Love Goes With Trust

April 11, 2017

 

I was working in a cubicle at a major bank doing home loan underwriting. While there, I met an older gentlemen, whose name I won’t mention here.

Fast forward a few years later and he’s now my best friend and mentor. He’s like a Father to me.

Well, a few hours ago, just before writing this blog post, he shared something with me via the phone that was so important and so key to relationship building. It is something I know I’ll be keeping in mind for the rest of my life…and that…is the issue of real love.

In his own words, as I listened to him over the phone, he told me this:

Some people never get to experience real love. In order to truly love the way you’re supposed to love — where you give all of your love instead of holding back out of fear — is to be filled with God — because God is Love.

Some people will never know this kind of love — the love that says that the other person with you is free.

Even now, Kendall, you only know of a certain level of love. But there is a type of love greater than where you are, Kendall, that you know nothing about

Wow and double wow.

And he was right. Being single (at the time of writing this blog post of course) and writing this article, it is true. I do not know what it is like to love a spouse. But, I should know what it is like and what it means to love a person.

1 Corinthians 13 is the scripture that often reminds me what love is and is not and my friend continued to explain what He had learned and large amounts of it were very Biblical.

If you truly love someone you will trust them. Some people have zero trust, and therefore, can’t love that person fully. Because they can’t learn that person fully, it is evident that they do not have real, true and genuine love. At least, not enough love that person, regardless of how they may have treated you or regardless of what you may think is in there heart.

Imagine what could happen if we actually opened up, loved more and genuinely cared and trusted one another.

We just need to get over our fear.

Being In Love

August 18, 2016

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I am in love….there, I said it!

I believed that love existed and I believed it could be. But, I was pretty skeptical about it ever happening to me.

Then, I met her…this amazing women whom for the long time was a friend. I’m not mentioning her name here right now because, frankly, I didn’t ask permission to do so.

The more I got to know her, the more I wanted to know. Curiosity turned into something else…appreciation…affection…love. And this time, I didn’t fight it. Every other thought about her began to turn into every single thought.

Interesting thing about love…real, genuine love. It makes you want to be a better person. You’ll want to step up your A-game. You’ll want to think of awesome ways to make that person you truly care about feel special. You even want to improve and grow and learn a little better. And everything in your life gradually stops being all about “me,” but turns into “we.”

You know the feeling, right? Your heart races, you get lightheaded and you can barely speak because it’s like the wind got knocked out of you and, add to it, silence seems to say so much more than your own words.

The feeling is AMAZING. It’s like, as Charlie Brown said in “The Peanuts Movie,” “all of life’s possibilities become so clear.”

Part of me, as I write this, wants to say, “you should try falling in love sometime,” but that would be like asking you to experience something that is actually a gift…a gift that I didn’t think I was truly ready or capable of handling…until now.

Kickstarter Kicking Me

February 29, 2016

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I have probably done more drawing over the past few weeks during the month of February than I have over a span of this year and last year.

And I LOVE it!

Kickstarter has done something to me that I didn’t anticipate. The whole experience, regardless of how it ends, has caused my heart to quite literally open up to bigger possibilities.

It is as though God has been pursuing my heart and reminding me of how much He loves me and wants use me for His glory!

While I desire big success from the Kickstarter campaign and want to go big or go home…even if I go home, I still win!

At any rate…I’m still in it to win it. And I know it’s way bigger than just Kickstarter and the goals therein.