Living successfully with ALS

“The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their state of mind”—William James I cannot imagine being diagnosed with a disease that would one day cause me to not be able to walk, talk or even breathe on my own. This happened...

Continue reading

Football, Bruises and a lot of Thanks!

This picture is from my family’s first annual turkey bowl game played in my back yard this past Thanksgiving. The game ended in a tie. Despite a few hard hits and a few bruises everyone had a great time. At our Hedrick Thanksgiving dinner 2007 I instituted a new practice...

Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving from Centurion’s Watch

“For the Lord is good, His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation” Psalm 100:4-5 I want to wish you a happy and safe thanksgiving.  This is truly a wonderful time of year as we anticipate gathering with family and friends to celebrate the incredible blessings God has bestowed...

Continue reading

Achieve More by Sleeping Longer

In our fast paced culture, there’s a healthy pressure to do more with less. It makes sense at times when there is limited time and resources. But it’s a productivity killer when it comes to sleep.  Experts say we need about eight hours a night. But the national average is about 6.8. During times...

Continue reading

Your impact may produce a future war hero

I hope you and your family are doing well. I have a powerful story to share with you about the impact we can have with the people closest to us.  I hope you will be inspired.   If you’ve ever flown through the Chicago O’Hare airport, there is a statue that commemorates...

Continue reading

What will revolutionize your Marriage

When you joined the military, you learned very quickly that accomplishing your unit’s mission is far more important than your individual interests. You also learned that to accomplish your unit’s mission requires a high level of commitment from every member of your unit, despite personal sacrifice. You were trained that as good soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, you rise to the occasion...

Continue reading

4 Key Ingredients to Healthy Family Communication

Most people if asked whether they thought they were good communicators would typically answer yes.  But if their spouse was asked this question about them, the answer is usually very different. I too have always considered myself a good communicator, but after an recent incident involving my wife and kids, I realized I had gotten away from...

Continue reading

Having peace in the midst of life’s storms

As the government shutdown continues another day, many Service Members are struggling with its ramifications.  A military couple said this about the shutdown, “we count on the pay we earn from our monthly training.  Without it, we don’t have enough money to pay all of our bills.”   Like this military family, you might have certain challenges in...

Continue reading

The 5 Key Priorities for every Father

As a young boy growing up in Indiana I thought I had the perfect Father. He attended all my sporting events, gave me the opportunity to see the world and he genuinely cared about what was going on in my life.  After becoming a father of four, I quickly realized that being a good father takes a lot...

Continue reading

A reason for Hope in your military marriage

If you’ve spent anytime in the military as a married couple you know what it means to have “seasons” in your life when nothing seems to go right. It is no secret that many military marriages have struggled over the past decade.  In fact the divorce rate among military couples has risen 40% in the...

Continue reading