Jay Payleitner Blog

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

One Lucky Dude

June 15, 2021

Hey Friends: This pic made me laugh and I wanted to share it. That’s right. Rita and I have two granddaughters and six grandsons. And we were all together last weekend. My […]

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How to End Conversations

May 26, 2021

Most fathers expend much effort to launch conversations with their kids — especially teenagers. But perhaps even more important than launching conversations is finishing them wisely and well. You probably shouldn’t expect your son or daughter to punctuate every conversation […]

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Give Away Your Books

March 16, 2021

With the recent passing of Norton Juster, I’m reflecting on the importance of The Phantom Tollbooth in my life.  It’s a must-read classic. Tollbooth was the first chapter book I read back in grade […]

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Note to Self . . .

January 18, 2021

You know Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. That passage begins “To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven  . . .” and follows up with a long list. Including a […]

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Eat the frog.

January 3, 2021

Consider this healthy strategy for achieving greatness in 2021: “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”  This quotation […]

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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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If it’s important to your kids, it should be important to you

October 24, 2020

Friends: Watching LA win the 2020 World Series, my mind flashed back to the 1988 heroics of Orel Hershiser. During that season he pitched 59 consecutive scoreless innings. (A record that may […]

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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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