He cried a few minutes after we met

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It was at this time that the Food & Beverage Manager and i met.


He cried (briefly, and almost unnoticeably) a few minutes after we met.

The waitress behind the Hotel lobby cafe counter gently pushed my oatmeal breakfast tray across the counter while the manager got my cup of plain hot water. The boringness of my drink started our conversation.

And in a handful of minutes what began casually turned into a profound moment for both of us.

How i quit drinking coffee and diet coke and replaced that with plain water led to health talk, which led to…

Him sharing that his wife had a massive heart attack and died less than two years ago.

He shared that because he too is taking steps to become healthier.

i signed a copy of my book and included a personal note about Debi and told him i didn’t expect him to read it, but if he did, i hoped it would have a positive impact on the people he loves.





On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

This website is about our spiritual health. To leave this site to read today’s post on jeff’s career health website, click here.


Would an ultra pure heart find fault in an awful situation?

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This photo and what happened between Trayvon and George is challenging to explain


Trayvon Martin’s Mom and Dad lost their Son. Under any circumstance, losing a child is tragic. Period.

As a father, I grieve. Children should bury their parents, not the other way around.

May God’s Grace, Mercy, and Never Ending Love provide a blanket of peace and comfort for every parent (Aunt, Uncle, etc) who buries a child.

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Say It Ain’t So

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Loving Servants Are We

Ever find yourself going through your daily motions and you get a text, email or phone call that stops you in your tracks?

Yesterday was one of those times and I’d like to ask for your help in praying for one couple in particular. They were all set to adopt a newborn child, when “a Father” suddenly appeared where there wasn’t.

This couple has struggled a long time to start a Family, like many couples do – more than most people realize. They had finally reached the end of one journey and were about to begin the next chapter in their lives – as Parents.

God has some other plan, because they are not going to be Parents this time. When will their next time be?

Let’s hope that their pain and grief at the “loss” of their first child will be overcome by an outpouring of God’s Grace, Mercy and Never Ending Love, and all of our kind and generous prayers.