Ten years ago today, my first child — only six days old — was sleeping soundly, as was my wife. I was exhausted too, but in the stupor of exhaustion, I decided to start a blog.
My baby girl inspired my first blog post: “Six days into fatherhood, my baby teaches me a lesson about marriage.” And in the days, months, and years that followed, I continued sharing stories about discovering God in everyday life. Now, after 575 blog posts, essays, and/or online articles (plus a book!), I’m still writing.
I figured I’d do a flyover of the most popular pieces of each decade and give readers a chance to see some of my work that they may have missed. Here you go:
2010: Man Enough to Love a Real Woman, thoughts about the need for single men to reconsider the way they evaluate potential spouses.
2011: Why Hasn’t God Healed Me?, in which I shared what I was learning from waiting for God to cure me of a chronic illness.
2012: So Thankful God Said No, reflections on finding gratitude in God’s plan, even when He seems to withhold the thing we most want from Him.
2013: The Kind of Spouse Who Cheats, thoughts on the adultery of a seemingly-devoted husband from my old church.
2014: How to Fall in Love with Your Spouse Again, in which I suggest ways to revive some of the infatuation from the early days of your marriage.
2015: Where Have All Beautiful Women Gone? an award-winning essay about learning to discover the true, enduring beauty in women.
2016: I May Have Witnessed the Beginning of an Affair, my thoughts on how an innocent relationship can turn into something awful.
2017: What Happened When My Daughter Saw Me Kiss My Wife, reflections on the lessons learned from my daughter’s reaction to seeing me kiss my wife.
2018: I Made a Great Discovery When I Stopped Staring at a Woman on the Beach, the recollection of my feelings when seeing a woman on the beach and assuming I knew what was going on with her.
2019: I was on national TV talking about my happy marriage — but my wife knew the truth, in which I revisit a painful moment in which I appeared to be OK while on national TV but there was more going on under the surface, which only my wife fully understood.
I’d like to thank all of you who have prayed for me, cheered me on, and assured me that God was at work in the ordinary stories I have shared for ten years. I hope to join you in finding God in the ordinary for years to come.