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Daily Grit Podcast: Winning in the By-and-By

DailygritRumination and conversations about the uncomfortable trials in life. Recovering from failure, learning from success, and embracing humility and community. Raised as a grandson and son of Police Officers, I grew up under the banner of Tough Servanthood. My family taught me Compassion and Sacrifice, and how to never give up. I grew up with a framed and faded piece of parchment paper hanging on my wall. An heirloom passed down to my dad from his father, a World War II Veteran, my father then gave it to me as I launched out into the world as a teenager. The words on the paper, a poem titled “The Test” by Carlyle Strauss, have been etched on my soul for decades since.
 
“The Test of a man is the fight that he makes, and the grit that he daily shows…”
 
And so the premise for this podcast has been some 20 years in the making as I have ventured out to see if those inspiring words can actually be lived out in reality. To see if failure is indeed, not final. To see if success can be won with humility. To see if “it isn’t the Victory after all, but the fight that a brother makes.” To see what it takes to drive on when you are “bleeding and bruised and pale.”
 
I can tell you, honestly, that what it takes will take everything from you. More than you know you had to offer. It will take away all the lies that would love to make you quit. It will replace those with the truth that you are capable of far more than you could imagine. So what does it take to win in the by-and-by? "You carry on no matter what the obstacles. You simply refuse to give up - and, when the going gets tough, you get tougher. And, you win.” - Vince Lombardi

Corie and I Share Our Story with Gardner-Webb University 02

us 400Corie and I fell in love at Gardner-Webb University.  This fall, we had the opportunity to go back and speak with students who are just starting out like we were.  With our intention to ease anxiety for students who are still unsure of God's calling on their life, we encouraged them to be diligent with what God has already asked them to do- today.  In this interview, Gardner-Webb's radio show asks about our start in wokring with military families and why we love what we do.  

More than anything, we feel a calling to heal brokenness in others individually and together.  I am thrilled to share with you my husband Corie and her love for me and others.  I hope it encourages your marriage and inspires you in your own calling.  

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Episode 1: A Personal Story of PTSD & Moral Injury

529819 10151737001677627 612141946 nHey Everyone, thanks for joining me on this endeavor! The initial Episode is an interview with Jory Brown, a Veteran of Iraq & Afghanistan. We deployed together in 2009 and he agreed to discuss his struggle with PTSD & Moral Injury, his fight against suicide, and his road to recovery. He is honest and vulnerable, and I believe that Veterans will find much in common with what he opens up about. We know that these types of conversations are happening all-day, every-day across the globe, but there is still so much that needs to be done. We hope that this encourages you to begin and continue your combat conversations with the end result of connection and healing. Listen to this episode now   

 If you are struggling with Suicide, there are dozens of resources available. Visit: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org or https://www.veteranscrisisline.net or call 1-800-273-8255. 

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