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Daily Passages Goes on a Hiatus

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Approximately one year from now, Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, I’ll be in Matanzas, Cuba, teaching and leading workshops and trainings. Kim and I plan to be there for the better part of a year. I’ve realized that it’s high time for me to hunker down and get serious with my Spanish language learning. Just a year away from being in front of a class of students, fully immersed in Spanish – ¡Ay Dios mío!

Recently our pastor led a 3 week seminar on the ancient Christian practice of a Rule of Life. This is essentially a practice of intentionality, creating some order out of the chaos of life and tending to priorities. It was a good exercise for me. As I reflected on all the various good and life-giving things that draw my energy on any given day or week, it was pretty obvious that I can’t give attention to all those things, no matter how organized I am. Some things had to give, or be put on hold. My first attempt at this re-ordering took me from around a dozen energy centers down to nine. My goal was to have four. After several more tries, here they are: family, church ministries, personal health, and preparing for Cuba. Among the activities that are being put on hold is one that is near and dear to me: writing the Daily Passages blog. Starting now I’m officially on a 2-year hiatus from the blog writing, as well as engaging on social media (such as Facebook).

I can’t boast having a large blog readership, but when I look at quality instead of quantity, it’s a huge blessing to see the caliber of folks who have interacted with the blog posts. I wanted to take a moment and thank you for being part of the conversation, and for your words of encouragement. Hopefully I’ll be ready to re-adjust the Rule of Life when we get back from Cuba, and crank the writing back up. I’m sure there will be stories to tell. In the meantime, I will still be available to do leadership coaching and to facilitate team-building workshops/retreats, if that need arises for you or your church or organization. That’s my tent-making work (part of my preparation for a year away necessitates generating some resources). So feel free to call me at 828-702-2120 or email at if you would like to engage my services. Blessings on you all. (Bendiciones para todos ustedes.)



  • August 29, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Stan, I want to personally thank you for giving so much of yourself through your writing channels. I know for a fact that it has been life giving to many and maybe a thorn for a few (but I think a little mind prick may have done some good too). You have given much food for thought and it will continue nourishing those of us who have learned from it. Enjoy your new focus and future work.

    Comment by Bro Dave

  • August 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Dear Stan,

    Thank you so much for all the wonderful stories, I sights and lessons you have given us. I will pray for you and Kim while you prepare for Cuba and will continue after you go.

    Much love,

    Comment by Sherry Morrison

  • August 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    That was insights.

    Comment by Sherry Morrison

  • August 29, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Congratulations on your upcoming adventure! I am delighted to hear that you and Kim will be able to go to Cuba to offer your multiple gifts in spreading gospel good news. I have not told you enough that I think that your Daily Passages blog is an extraordinary offering of gospel. It is an incredible intersection of biblical passages with current issues and the arts (“the arts” in all of its varied forms of music, story and images). I thank you. I will miss your regular musings. But I will take heart in knowing there will be future postings, and will be fueled by past postings, and will pray for your present preparations.
    Vaya con Dios,

    Comment by Nancy Sehested

  • August 29, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I may not post often, but I read almost every blog post and truly appreciate the quality of your thought and writing. God speed on your amazing journey.

    Comment by Jackie Lalor

  • August 29, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    I haven’t commented on many of your blogs, but I have read almost all of them. I am very glad, now, that I started a file back when you began and saved all of them. I can go back and re-read my favorites while you and Kim are gone! Vios Con Dios, mi amigo! (did I spell that right?)

    Comment by Cindy Whitaker

  • August 29, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Stan, all the best as you pursue your dream. I will miss your blog posts- but I am hoping to have a book to read instead. Lentamente Por Favor, Yo Soy Americana- the most important Spanish sentence I ever learned. : )

    Comment by Nicole

  • August 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    You’ve inspired and challenged me with your words, Stan, and now you inspire and challenge me with the decision you and Kim have made. Go with God, my friends.

    Comment by Vic Greene

  • August 29, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Land’o Goshen, hot tamales and hand-cranked ice cream!! It’s always freeing to clarify, however bad the news is for us readers. Our friends in Matanzas and around Cuba are lucky ducks. Thankfully we’ve got a year to plan your send-off party.

    Comment by Ken Sehested

  • August 30, 2013 at 5:05 am

    Thanks for sharing your stories and your heart. Cuba will be blessed by both!

    Comment by Rick Jordan

  • August 30, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Thanks for all these kind words! I am mightily blessed by all of your friendships and will carry this encouragement into the year of hunkering down with Spanish, and on into our time in Cuba.

    Comment by Stan Dotson

  • August 31, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks for your wisdom and creativity Stan. You are a gift and an inspiration. I am so very excited about the time you and Kim will have in Cuba.

    Comment by Terri Farless

  • September 2, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Well, what a bummer for us who have enjoyed, been inspired and sometimes had to just pause and think. I am really going to miss that. Thanks and we look forward to partnering with you and Kim in whatever way we can as you become Ecclesia in Cuba. Blessings my brother (and sister). Bro Jerry

    Comment by Bro Jerry

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