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A Slice Of Life To Go is an online Christian blog written by Todd Thompson. It encourages people to see the beauty in ordinary moments and to know God’s unconditional, unfailing love in everyday life.

When Bad Things Happen

Cactus In A Cottonwood

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Growing up in Iowa, I’ve seen a lot of cottonwood trees. Having lived in Arizona, I’ve seen a lot of cactus. Here at the lake in Texas, I’ve seen them both together. Down the road in a neighbor’s backyard is a large cottonwood tree. About seven feet off the ground in the notch where the […]

Of Lemon Pledge And Little Things

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

During my studies at Phoenix Seminary I was a full-time graduate student, worked full-time on staff at a church and had a couple part-time jobs. It was a gloriously exhausting season of life. One of my part-time jobs was a cleaning business. A single newspaper ad stating that I had been “trained by meticulous Grandmothers” […]

Playing For Keeps

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

You’ve probably heard about it in the news this past week. Pat Robertson, ordained Baptist minister and former Republican presidential candidate was asked a question on his “700 Club” TV show. Robertson was asked what advice a man should give to a friend who began seeing another woman after his wife started suffering from Alzheimer’s. […]

Lonely At Christmas

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

It began as a desperate act of self-preservation. In December of 2007 I’d been living in Lubbock for several months after 14 years in the Phoenix valley. I was a not by choice divorced single Dad living in a place I never wanted to live. Somewhere in the middle of the month I realized that […]

When Your Burden Becomes An Idol – A Confession

Monday, July 26th, 2010

The following is a confession. I’ve apologized and asked forgiveness of the offended Party. Now it’s time for that “confess your sin to one another” part of the process. In a sentence…I have allowed my burden to become an idol. For my readers who don’t know me, four years ago my spouse chose to walk […]

Tapped Out Of Dreams

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

I can’t remember what it was about. I can’t remember who was in it. All I remember is that it was a happy place. Relaxing. Peaceful. Serene. Everything good dreams are made of. TapTapTapTapTap. Each poke of her little index finger on my shoulder hit the elevator button on my slumber, bringing me up from […]

No Words

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

It was January of 1994. The first night of my first ever seminary class. I sat down at a round table and shook hands with a guy I knew went to the same church I did, but had yet to meet. “Hi, I’m Greg.” “I’m Todd. Good to meet you.” Dr. Oberholtzer opened the class […]

Penalty Flag

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

It’s been said a picture is worth a thousand words. For this Minnesota Vikings fan, the two pictures I saw recently were worth at least that many. And no small number of them were cuss words. No worries. I didn’t say anything. Not out loud, anyway. I was hanging out with my daughters at The […]

Walking Forward Facing Backwards

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Have you ever been deeply wounded by another person? Have you ever been deeply wounded by another person who, with deliberate action and malice aforethought, hurt you on purpose? Have you waited for justice to be served? And waited some more? Are you still waiting? (Maddening, isn’t it?) In our broken world, wounds come in […]

Charla

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

At the suggestion of my friend, website designer and all-around good guy Adrian, I recently joined Facebook. It’s been fun to reconnect with people that I’ve known from my years in Iowa, Arizona and now Texas. One email came from VJ, a good friend with whom I was on staff at First Baptist Church-Tempe during my seminary days. VJ says, in part…   […]

The Unknown

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Years ago my good friend Fred told me about a delightful conversation he had with his then 3-year old grandson, Nathan. Nathan was just about to have another birthday. “Grandpa, I don’t want to be 4. I want to stay 3.” “Why is that?” “Because after you turn 4, then you turn 5.” “What’s wrong with […]

Bad Day

Monday, June 25th, 2007

9:45 AM on Friday, June 8th at Aqua-Tots Swim School in Mesa, Arizona. Ron was working on his laptop while Paul and I were sitting at the meet and greet desk behind the glass. A guy in a faded, forest green golf shirt walked up to the window. He looked a little frazzled. Paul slid the window open. “Hi. How […]

It’s Not Fair

Monday, February 5th, 2007

I don’t know why I ever decided to keep it. It makes me mad every time I look at it. The cover of the Sports Illustrated from 1975 says, “Cowboys Win A Shocker”. The Minnesota Vikings had the playoff game in the bag. Roger Staubach and the Cowboys were down and time was running out. On a desperation […]

Fire and Stuff

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

It’s a question that’s been posed to most of us at one time or another. “If your house was on fire, besides your family, what would you grab?” This past week a friend of mine called and asked me to come help him on a job. We both have a cleaning business. He also does […]

October 18th

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

“So I’m not four anymore?” “No, Annie. You’re five now. Happy Birthday!” For weeks Annie and Emma have been talking about how they would soon be five years old. Now that the day is here, they seem a tiny bit wistful pondering that being five means they are no longer four. I understand that. We […]

The World Is Going To The Dogs And Why Maybe That Would Be A Good Thing

Tuesday, May 10th, 2005

The Fox News headline says that two 2nd grade girls were found murdered in Zion, Illinois today. These best friends went out to ride their bikes together and never came back. Some despicable, evil bastard stabbed them multiple times and left them for dead. In an unrelated Fox News story, a stray dog in Nairobi, […]

Peace (Audio Message)

Sunday, April 17th, 2005

[audio:http://www.asliceoflifetogo.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/09/Peace.mp3] The storms of life are constant. You’re likely in the middle of one right now. Maybe your work is going smoothly but there’s rough waters with your kids. Maybe it’s calm waters at home but your job is threatening to swamp your canoe. Maybe home and career are floating along but inside your heart […]

“Dude, It’s Only Stuff”

Thursday, January 29th, 2004

Walking across the parking lot to my truck, I looked up at the blue sky and thought how glad I am to live where I’m not shoveling snow the day before New Year’s Eve. Unlocking the door on my Mazda and getting in the way I’ve done thousands of times, I stopped half way. The […]

Extra Cars

Wednesday, September 24th, 2003

The extra cars parked in front of the house could have been there for any reason. A gathering of friends to watch Monday Night Football. A Pampered Chef party. A Neighborhood Watch meeting. Maybe even a Bible study. There’s lots of houses in this valley of 3 million people and more cars than houses. So […]

Going For A Ride

Thursday, May 30th, 2002

It was the kind of Saturday Iowa kids look forward to from January on. A sunny, windy, “Mom said wear a jacket but I’m pretending I didn’t hear that” Saturday. After months of being parka-wrapped like a polar mummy, 60 degrees is the glorious after-life. A thawing, muddy nirvana whose only recollections of the former […]

Of Control Freaks And Helicopter Rides

Wednesday, March 20th, 2002

We’re almost through the first quarter of 2002. How’s your year going? Is everything unfolding according to your plans? Or have unexpected events caused you to make adjustments? During the first week of 1996 Sara and I were in Iowa visiting my family. One afternoon I sat looking out the window at the snow while […]

Cactus Callus

Tuesday, March 5th, 2002

   A pleasant discovery upon moving to the Phoenix valley was how much life exists in the desert. God has created a number of both plants and animals to thrive in this climate. One enjoyable way to get some exercise during the months October through May, the time when it isn’t a gazillion degrees hot, […]