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March 01, 2021
“I hear what you’re saying but do you hear what I’m saying?” “Yes, but I don’t think you understand.” “What don’t I understand? How can you say that? ... It’s you that doesn’t understand.” “That’s not fair.” “Oh, now I’m the one not being fair? I’ve told you so many times, I don’t want you to load the dishwasher.” It’s funny when its someone else. And yes, the story above really is one of the milder disagreements I had with my wife. Unfortunately, that’s how it often goes. Two people discussing who is more right, or at least defending themselves to the death that they are not the one in the wrong. Like a bus, our marriages seem to stop at these familiar places on a regular basis. And all too often, when one of us is getting off the bus, the other is getting on. There is always far more
December 04, 2020

Just because you like something, it doesn’t make it good, right or true. Just like because you don’t like something, doesn’t make it bad, wrong or untrue. We see this as parents for our kids, but often forget that we are still kids ourselves, with a Heavenly Father.In 56 years, I’ve learned a few things ... but not near enough to no longer need a Father (Thank you, God, I have one in you!). Because today holds some things and some people - those I know and love as well as a host of those I don't yet know and have yet to come to love. Each day holds circumstances and events that, though familiar, are unique to today - I’ve never been here before. I've never lived this particular day before. In every situation past, present, and future, I am ready to confess … I am tainted. My belief system

October 30, 2020

We were created for love, made by God for a love affair of the heart. Intimately connected in oneness. Jesus even prayed it in John 17:20:“I do not pray for these alone [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for [all] those who [will ever] believe and trust in Me through their message, 21 that they all may be one; just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe [without any doubt] that You sent Me.” (AMPLIFIED VERSION)And where there is a love affair, there can be jealousy. God? Jealous? Oh yes …You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a

October 09, 2020

Who knew a swab could go that far?For those of you who have been tested for COVID, you know the mixed feeling of concern and hope, the reasons you would subject yourself to such a test. You feel the need to be responsible - and to not be responsible for the spread of the virus. And, whether with symptoms or without, you want to know what might lie in store for you in the days to come.The week of September 18, COVID came calling on Zoweh. Eleven of us tested positive. Four weeks later, we have all suffered to varying degrees and endured symptoms from fever, chills and aches, to rib bruising coughs. A few of us have been more fortunate to see only the mildest of symptoms, while most hard pressed during their days of quarantine. The symptoms that are seldom talked about are the dreariness and

September 16, 2020

The Masculine Journey if full of training modules. Unfortunately, as others handle (and mishandle) our hearts for many formative years, we also find ourselves in need of healing moments as well. The Masculine Journey has its stages. You don’t trust an eight-year old with a chainsaw or to drive a car, but you can and should trust him to bring order to his room, choose whether he wants broccoli or green beans, the red t-shirt or the blue one. Just like you trust a fourteen-year old to get his chores done without being nagged (easier said than done) and don’t pick up after him or dress him anymore (although at 56, my wife does a pretty good job of selecting what I can and cannot wear). The older I get, the more I see the Masculine Journey which my heart has been on and the need I have to be

September 01, 2020

Along the masculine journey to becoming a good king, there are many opportunities for ceremonies of initiation/validation and for graduations - hundreds of such moments. Most men miss them, because most men aren’t looking. Nor are they seeing the bigger picture. God is growing you up as a man and wants you to engage, cooperate, and let him.When I was young, my dad taught me how to shoot a basketball.“Look at the back of the rim, see that hook the net is looped on? That’s your target. Hit that hook on the back of the rim and the ball goes in.” He used to say, “Never up, never in. With the right arch, hit the back of the rim and it will go in every time. Aim for the front, and you’re short even an inch, and you’ll miss every time. Never up, never in.” End of lesson.Brothers, what you aim at

August 24, 2020

The surmounting losses and continued compromises of COVID-19 have made the battle landscape fertile ground for our enemy to invite spirits of fear, hopelessness, depression, accusation and even hatred. Survey what you are invited to feel and think, and consider that not all of that is you. What an incredible and incredibly difficult time to be alive. This generation is facing challenging times for sure but I’m not sure I would trade this time for other wartimes. But if the battlegrounds are fertile for the enemy, they are fertile for the Kingdom of God, too. I wonder what God is moving us through and I wonder what He has for us in the midst of these days? When “death" is the headline of a time, the kingdom of darkness works overtime to move against God … death is its specialty, it fights

August 12, 2020

It was L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz that taught us that for our journey we would need Courage, Wisdom, and Heart. The Tin Man declared, “I shall take the heart. For brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.” It was the same Tin Man who later said, “Now I know I've got a heart, because it is breaking.” In The Four Loves C.S Lewis reminds us of the necessity of a heart in order to love. “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe

August 07, 2020

Several times a day, I am asked or am the one asking, so, how are you?What a loaded question these days. Like when you have a rainy day, then another, and another, we so long for the sunshine. The disruption has now given way to something that feels more permanent. I find the accumulative loss over time is an invitation to sit with God in both sadness and hope. It's been a long time since both were so tangible. As "life goes on,” it goes on in this fog of COVID-19, making every challenge a little more challenging and every blessing a little less beautiful.Jesus, what are you up to in this? Father, what is the good you are writing into our story these days? Holy Spirit, what do I need to move well through this fog?These are questions this Christ-apprentice can ask ... if I can remember to

June 09, 2020

When I was a boy in the late 60’s, we lived in Southern California. Most of my parents’ extended family was in the Southwest where we moved from, so we hosted many family visits to The Golden State. The beauty of it all was that we got to play host to all the attractions. This meant several trips a year to Disneyland, Knottsberry Farm, and Sea World! As a boy these were some of the best days of my life, stepping into these large worlds, environments of adventure, exploration, excitement and danger (yes, even in these places of wonder, danger existed). From time to time we would hear of accidents that happened in these parks. It only took a second for a wonderful vacation to somehow turn into an awful and regrettable tragedy. You don’t have to visit a theme park to step into a large