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May 05, 2017

It was summer 2003 when the very beginnings of Zoweh were formed. It started with a holy discontent for where Robin and I were. God had begun to unhinge us from our current roles and assignments. We weren’t “unhappy” as much as we were experiencing more and more a growing restlessness. By summer of 2004, our unsettledness had grown to a place where we didn’t know where we were headed, we just knew we couldn’t stay. “Life” was becoming less and we were longing for more. God brought me back to a discovery I had made (you know how discoveries work… it isn’t “new” it’s just new to you—it had been there all along, but now you are aware) while working on my Master's degree in Biblical Counseling at seminary. It came to me while writing a paper on Romans 8… the kind of Life Paul was writing about

March 29, 2017

It feels like a Sunrise on a Battle Field... the day after it’s won. A Heart of a Warrior Weekend Attendee Dear BraveHearts, What an incredible act of God we witnessed this past weekend. 300 men getting away with God for 300 different reasons and, yet, for 1 reason… to connect with Him. It was hard fought on so many fronts and glorious at the same time. That is how Spiritual Battles go. Thank you for your prayers over and for these men and our team. I couldn’t be more proud of all who attended and all who guided and helped men to Jesus. There were so many beautiful take aways. Here are a few statements and phrases that were shared with the men that will echo in my heart for weeks… This is a safe place. You matter… you matter to God and you matter to our enemy. Wounded hearts wound hearts

March 14, 2017

It is a tricky question. When I am being loaded into a roller coaster with one of my daughters and I look at her and ask, Are You Ready? she is all grins and nods as she holds on to the safety bars just lowered all around her, and with great anticipation, we roll. On the other hand… When we are leaving the house at about the same time we should have already been there, and I ask my wife sweetly, Are You Ready? I don’t get the same grin or expression. As a matter of fact, I ought not to write about what I sometimes get. Needless to say, I shouldn’t have asked. Turning to the child you are dropping off at college or getting back in the car with your wife after doing so, two very different versions of the same question… Are you ready? Walking into a funeral or walking into a wedding… Are You

February 27, 2017

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder. Relational Drift... It seems at one time or another, every friendship, every marriage, every relationship experiences it... it's inevitable. Circumstances can add to the challenge. Whether someone said something they shouldn’t or didn’t say something they should’ve, all relationships have days or seasons in which they cool. 25 years ago, my wife Robin and I would stay up on the phone, often late into the midnight hours. Three states away, it was the best we could do. Back then there was a “meter” on the phone. MCI and ATT charged by the minute. There were times we couldn’t wait, and there were times we were tired and didn’t really want to talk. Over the years we have found many favorite places to “be together”. There is a great remedy... SEEK You will

February 24, 2017

God has often fathered me as I father my kids. It’s an easy place for him to get our attention as men, we think about, pray about, are concerned about our kids… they are “constantly on our hearts and minds.” It’s part of the Dad job. This morning, I was launching some prayers over and for them, journaling to God my heart for their hearts. Each of them has some tough things going on in their young lives. Bringing the Love of Jesus and the provision and protection of His Kingdom is always a good idea. As their father, I will always have some influence and authority in their lives, though as they grow up, that diminishes over time when their wills become more and more “theirs”. This nudge of God to pray over and for them started the day before. I was moving about in our bedroom putting

February 06, 2017

SuperBowl LI is now history and whether you are waking up to the news or you watched it unfold, people will be talking about it for decades. It had all the essential ingredients: defying the odds, down but not out, a band of hearts coming together on mission, and truly much much more as you collect each and every story that combined for an even Larger Story. Sounds more like a chapter from The Lord of the Rings or Narnia than a football game, and that is my point. We were made for a Large Story, to play a part that matters. It was Nelson Mandella, the prisoner who became president that wrote… There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. Haven’t you noticed, some days seem to matter more? Actually, it is the

January 02, 2017

Deeply Humble Fiercely Gentle Strongly Patient Dear BraveHearts, Welcome to 2017! Happy New Year!!! These first days of January are a good time for both reflections and forecasts. As I reflect back on the year, many missions for the heart were taken. Thousands of lives were impacted by Jesus and the "after shocks” are amazing as marriages and families are also affected. I learned more about Jesus this past year, and therefore, more about myself, you see, we are intertwined. Just a few weeks ago, He revealed some descriptions, some words about who He is and therefore, who He is inviting me to be. Humble, Gentle and Patient. Such loving words and at first glance a little passive. Of course Jesus is anything but passive, so another pass and ask… Jesus how are you Humble, Gently and Patient

November 22, 2016

But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (AMP) My good friend, Tom, and I are on our way home—back to our world in Durham, NC. This past weekend we had the privilege of stepping into the world of Northside Christian Church in Fresno, CA where we were invited to bring The Heart of a Warrior message to their men and to the church. We had a full day on Saturday with the men, 3 sessions on Orientation, exploring the important questions; Where Am I? Who Am I? and What is the Good that God is up to in my Life? These questions invite us to walk with God and encourage us to listen, heal, and engage in the restoration

November 14, 2016

My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence? It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid

November 08, 2016

God created marriage as a living, breathing portrait laid out before the eyes of the world so that they might see the story of the ages… God gives us marriage to illustrate his heart toward us. It is the deepest and most mythic reality in the world – that love is true, that God pursues us. John Eldredge, Love and War We are a few days removed from this past weekend and sitting heavy on a day that will be huge in the forecast ahead, Election Day. Not sure which day is bigger, today at the polls or this past weekend where 20 couples got away to spend time with God and their marriage. Honestly, we vote every day. We cast our wills at each other and for each other. Instead of stickers stating, "I Voted", we could have this embroidered onto our shirts, jackets, and purses because every day all