Jay Payleitner Blog

Don't try to figure out a pattern to my blogging. There isn't one. 

Rita serving squirrel for Thanksgiving

November 24, 2020

Friends: The eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) is not a bird. Yet, this one happily dines daily from Rita’s bird feeder attached to our kitchen window with suction cups. And by daily I mean constantly. […]

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Dad, See the Glory

October 6, 2020

  Gentlemen: Are you a new dad, up to your knees in dirty diapers, baby bottles, and stained bibs, with a young wife mired in postpartum depression? Are you the […]

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For Pastors Only: Two surprising weeks on finding balance, contentment, and purpose.

August 31, 2020

Dear Pastor: Good news. SermonCentral.com is offering a two-part sermon series inspired by Proverbs 30 and my book, The Prayer of Agur. (Multnomah, 2020, Forward by Josh McDowell) My informal […]

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Not sure you matter?

August 4, 2020

Friends: Don’t know about you, but I have a hard time relating to most of the larger-than-life characters in the Bible like Noah, Moses, Elijah, Abraham, David, and Paul. After […]

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My Favorite Family Photo Hint

June 29, 2020

Take two-person photos. The next Payleitner family photo will have 18 people in it – me, my bride, our five kids, four daughters-in-law, and seven grandkids. Like you, I have […]

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What Your Husband Really Needs

June 23, 2020

Dear Ladies: You know most of this already. To begin with . . . just about all the conventional wisdom is true. Men like to eat. Men like sports. Men […]

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Finding answers while mowing the lawn

June 7, 2020

A well-worn statue, a national rallying cry, and my dad’s illegal prayer. Dear Friends: I just mowed my lawn. Which means I just silently prayed The Prayer of St. Francis. Let me explain. A few years […]

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Waiter, Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup.

May 28, 2020

Use with care. Dear Friends (especially dads): There are several ways to use the following list of snappy comebacks. Try a different joke the next 20 times you have soup […]

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Giving Away the Ending…

May 21, 2020

Dear Friends: It’s been almost a year since The Jesus Dare came out. Lives have been changed. What a privilege. If you have not yet seen or shared the book, here’s […]

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It’s all good.

May 12, 2020

Time for a Little Big Picture Thinking. Dear Friends (especially Moms and Dads): Trusting God to take a cruddy experience and use it for good is a theme that arches over […]

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