Author Archives: Jay Morris

Breathing life into the Valley of Dry Bones

“Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.” – Ezekiel 37:5 My visits to Greensville Correctional Center, Virginia’s largest prison, remind me of one of Ezekiel’s visions. It’s the one in Ezekiel 37 where God restores a … Continue reading

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Libraries can teach us something about customer experience

When’s the last time you went to the library, and what did you go for? If you’re like most Americans, you’ve used your local library’s services at least once over the past 12 months to borrow books or other media, … Continue reading

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The power of a handwritten letter

This week I’ve been writing letters to inmates at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Va. Forty-two handwritten letters to be exact. And I’m not alone. There are about 45 volunteers on our Kairos prison ministry team, and each of us is … Continue reading

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Seven things not to do if you want good volunteers

Some years ago when I was volunteering on a board, the chairperson turned to me at a meeting and whispered, “I’ve given up way too much of my time for this organization.” I was surprised to hear her say that … Continue reading

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Stop procrastinating and start hustling

I’ve been thinking about writing about procrastination for some time now, but I keep putting it off. Ha, ha, but it’s true. For some people, this post will seem foreign. You are the ones who tackle every project with gusto … Continue reading

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Honey, have you seen my Apple Watch?

All of a sudden, we are obsessed with watches. It started with those images of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his Rolex. You know, the one that Jonnie Williams gave to Maureen, who then gave to Bob, who wore … Continue reading

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The blogs that got away…

This month marks the third anniversary of The Wayward Journey. It seems like a good time to take stock of how far I’ve come on the Journey, but I think I’ll leave some of that reminiscing for another day. Instead, … Continue reading

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From ‘good eats’ to fine dining…

Looking for a good restaurant to go to this weekend? Then this post is for you. I had a chance to be part of a local blogging team that is promoting our fair city of Washington in preparation for the Public Relations … Continue reading

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Why limitations can lead to greater creativity

My guitar teacher, Matt, likes to remind me that there are only 12 notes in music—A, A#, B, C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G and G#. Millions of songs and compositions, from hip-hop to classical, and they all … Continue reading

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