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The WitStop blogs are our joint effort. We enjoy writing about dogs, travel, leadership, self-improvement, home schooling, and the duties of husbands and dads.
Interests: education, marriage, home schooling, leadership, fatherhood, service before self, politics, dogs, self-improvement, travel
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Thank you for stopping by. Please accept my apology for the empty site, but I'm taking this site down to facilitate my move to a newer, better server and hosting service. When I return, will load faster (your time is too valuable to waste waiting!) and the site will be more stable (so you'll have more up time). This process will take a short while (partly because I'll be working on it while traveling for the next several weeks), but I'm sure you'll be happy with the results. In the meantime, please pop over to MyHelpSource, where you can BUILD THE LIFE YOU'VE DREAMED OF ... 5-MINUTES AT A TIME for a quick dose of inspiration. Finally, please complete the form below if you would like me to add you to my list to notify you when I'm up and running again. See you soon! Loading... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Guy E. Wood
Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, 'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.' Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. (Matthew 4:18-20, NASB) ____________________ A ruler questioned Him, saying, 'Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?' And Jesus said to Him...'You know the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at My Help Source
Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. (Isaiah 49:15, NASB) At first blush, this seems like a silly question. Surely a woman can't forget her nursing child, right? Sadly, it is indeed possible for a woman to forget her own child. To have no compassion for the fruit of her womb. On the other hand, God says that if you're one of His, He'll never forget you. In fact, He has inscribed -- that is, written, carved, engraved -- you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at My Help Source
I have a simple premise for today's post -- education ain't wisdom. This concept is beautifully illustrated in this short parable about a conversation between a "well-educated" Harvard grad and a simple fisherman. The story speaks for itself. Enjoy... A powerful executive was walking along the beach in a small coastal village, taking a much needed vacation. It was his first in more than 10 years. He noticed a small boat with just one fisherman pulling up to shore. Inside the small boat were several large fish. The executive complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at My Help Source
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Posted Aug 8, 2014 at My Help Source
We have a problem, ladies and gentlemen. We work more and play less. We earn bragging points with our unhealthy sleeping patterns. We burn time on our social networks and have nothing left to give to the ones who mean--or should mean--the most to us. Thankfully, more people and organizations are starting to recognize this dangerous and debilitating trend. And thankfully, they're doing something about it. Greg McKeown, the author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less , suggests four simple-but-not-easy ways to get more out of our lives by doing less. 1. Schedule a personal quarterly offsite. 2. Rest... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at My Help Source
"The Lord knows those who are His." (2 Timothy 2:19, NASB) Paul shared this truth with his young friend, Timothy, with certainty. You see, there's no guesswork, no doubt in the Lord's mind. He knows those who belong to Him. The questions to be asked, then, is this: To whom do you belong? What are you going to do about it? How will your answer change your life? Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at My Help Source
Southern Cross (Nordhavn 47) to the Rescue [Photo:] Here's an on-the-edge-of-your-seat sea story for you about tireless and daring efforts to save a Dutch-built 48-foot yacht, called Stormvogel. I love this story for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that it features one of our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at CruisingOnward
"But they were expecting that he was about to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had waited a long time and had seen nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and began to say that he was a god." Acts 28:6, NASB At first, the people thought Paul was a murderer, worthy of death. Justice was being served to this vile criminal, care of a deadly viper. The people were satisfied with that thought and unconcerned about Paul's fate. He could run, but he couldn't hide. But then something amazing happened. Paul shook the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at My Help Source
I am a big fan of using vinegar as a cleaning agent. It's inexpensive, safe for animals and humans, easy on the environment, versatile, and it smells fresh. Carolyn Shearlock, over at The Boat Galley, shared this tip from one of her readers and we're anxious to give it a... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at CruisingOnward
Blessed by Happy Hands Open your heart today to enjoy even the littlest of big blessings. My two-year-old granddaughters reminded me of the beauty of little blessings as they made happy art on one of my legal pads. As I thumbed through the pages for my work this morning, my eyes were kissed by one sweet image after another, each drawn by tiny hands and left there to make my heart happy. I smiled on the outside and laughed on the inside. And then I gave thanks to God for these little blessings. Thank you God for E and Fi! Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at My Help Source
[Source: Anonymous] God made a dog - WhichDog101 Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2014 at Which Dog 101
Every time you send an email, you enter an arena in which you fight with dozens or hundreds of other senders to get your post opened. I receive hundreds of emails every week -- businesses, students, family members, friends, bloggers, and even from unknown Nigerian relatives who want to give me money. Every one of these people is hoping I'll open their post, but just between you and me, not only do they not all get read, but I actually trash many without ever opening them. I delete them on my first scan of my inbox and never give them... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at My Help Source
Image: tiverylucky | Check out these touching images. Notice how many bull breeds there are, especially American Pit Bulls and similar friends are shown here. It's a tragedy that so many are willing to just discard these animals. Today is a great day to rescue a dog! Check Petfinder... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2014 at Which Dog 101
I am not what you would call a "dog person," but somehow it has fallen to me to walk our Tuffy every morning while she...well, you know what she does. She loves those walks and usually sports a big, goofy, ear-to-ear doggie smile as she struts around looking at birds... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at Which Dog 101
Image courtesy of patrisyu / What attitude or behavior are you hanging onto that doesn't serve any beneficial purpose? That is, what vestigial structures could you do without? Let me explain. You see, unless you've had them removed -- or you're a very unusual specimen -- the physical part of you is carrying around a few unnecessary parts. Your appendix, for example, doesn't appear to do anything except give the surgeons who remove them the opportunity to make another car payment or upgrade their club membership. Likewise, your coccyx (aka tailbone) isn't really necessary. I mean, unless you actually... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at My Help Source
When I was young, all my questions had answers. Now that I'm older, all my answers have questions. That's the way life goes... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at My Help Source
I've got to admit it...I love and I'm not even a geek! This piece--How to Spot Truth in the Sea of Lies, Rumors, and Myths on the Internet--may turn you into a lifehacker lover too! In a nutshell, lifehacker suggests the following steps to determine whether what you find on the internet is true: Prime your brain with a simple question: "How do you know what you know?" Follow the source list and find the context for claims Learn to ask the right questions (e.g., Is it safe to try this?, Is the statement coming from a reputable source?,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at My Help Source
I searched for the image you see at the top. The images you see below it are the ones that Google thought were close matches. Sort of stinks if you're Nicolas Cage or one of the Olsen twins (i.e., Mary-Kate or Ashley). Maybe Google Image Search isn't quite ready for prime time. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at My Help Source
Image: Sura Nualpradid ( I'm reading The 4-Hour Workweek , by Timothy Ferris again -- this is my third or fourth time through this life-altering book -- and relived this wonderful allegory this morning. It requires no comment -- the meaning is clear -- so I will just share the story in its raw form, as presented in The 4-Hour Workweek. The Fisherman & The Businessman An American businessman took a vacation to a small coastal Mexican village on doctor’s orders. Unable to sleep after an urgent phone call from the office the first morning, he walked out to the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at My Help Source
Fairhope Pier, Ala. - "Do people live on those boats?" July 2010. Planning for retirement, we were searching for a place near salt water. Our search brought us to Fairhope, Alabama, on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay. It was hotter than blue blazes and we were standing on the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at CruisingOnward
You know something? The strongest, longest lasting, most pleasant, and closest relationships are built on little things; not big. Please let me explain: It's early on a Saturday morning. Today is not necessarily a "work" day, but we have a few things to tend to. I'm up before my wife, Vickie -- a rare occurrence these days, as she's grown into even more of a morning lover than I. The coffee machine just gurgled out its last bit of coffee and sang its five sweet beeps to tell me its work is done for today. It smells wonderful and I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at My Help Source
Image: bplanet at Just revisited a thoughtful piece posted a while back by one of my favorite marketing gurus, Seth Godin. In this piece, Signals vs. causes, Mr. Godin explores the miscalculations we humans are prone to makes when it comes to determining causes and effects. Whatever it is that you're trying to sell -- ideas, products, services, whatever -- you need to understand the relationship between your pitch and the reaction of the person or people to whom you're delivering it. From Seth: It turns out that people who use Firefox are more likely to engage in certain... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 12, 2014 at My Help Source
Just a thought. If you base your joy on your circumstances, you're building on sand. If, on the other hand, you resolve to be filled with joy, then you are building on solid rock. Instead of allowing your joy to be crushed by what's happening to or around you, build your joy from within, without regard to the situation, and remember that you've been adopted by God. You are a child of God! Why in the world would you not be filled with joy? Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at My Help Source
You were designed for a purpose and you have a spark within you that is capable of kindling the flame of imagination, creativity, and fulfillment. What are you doing with that spark? Do you even know what it is? One of the problems in our lives is that we are too busy to build the fires within us that will make us excited to roll out of bed every day. Laptops, tablets, and smart phones are great tools. But all these lines of communication are directed outward. We need to enhance our inward communications. Take some time soon, preferably today,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at My Help Source