Fire-breathing dragons

Our five year old boys have amazing and wild imaginations.  Josiah in particular is usually a different animal every day.  For several days he was a "Little Panda" and wouldn't respond to being called anything but that.  On Friday Josiah chose all green clothes because he was a turtle.  On Saturday he was a bear, and as we walked around the block to my in-laws, he bear crawled across the … [Read more...]

When God shows up

There's something magical - something beyond words - something inordinately special - something indescribable when God shows up.  When you're in that place, and get to experience the move of the're left speechless and overwhelmed.  And when you get to be a part of the move of's an awesome experience. I've never taken the opportunity to speak, teach and preach the … [Read more...]

What all desire, but few have

Community is the buzz word these days.  Schools talk about it.  Churches attempt to create it.  Even communities long for it.  We all desire to be connected, to be known, to be seen, to know that we matter to someone else.  And we all long to grow in meaningful ways - to be transformed into new creations.  The Bible promises us, "if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old … [Read more...]

Getting poked

As I settled into the bed last night at the hotel, looking forward to a great night's sleep before the big day of Ministry Assessment, something about my pillow didn't feel quite right.  At first I couldn't figure out what was wrong.  Trouble with pillows is hardly something new - it's actually quite normal.  I'm a rather picky-pillow-person. I usually go through several pillows every … [Read more...]


As you might imagine, bedtime at the Marble house is a rather sacred, protected time.  We have established a pretty regular routine of devotions, pajamas, last drinks, bathroom, prayers and lights out.  For the most part, the kids are quite good about going to bed for which I am extremely thankful.  After a long day, there is nothing sweeter than the peace and quiet that envelops the … [Read more...]