Family on Ham Buns SetI believe that the universe is a work of God’s artistry – embellished by Van Gogh’s brush, Miles Davis’ trumpet, Bob Dylan’s lyrics, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, Tolkein’s imagination and Michael Jordan’s jump shot. I believe in hot coffee, Gregorian chants and quiet conversations with God before dawn. I believe in baseball parks on warm summer evenings. I believe in good food, good wine, good company and dinner conversations that keep you at the table for hours. I believe in guitars, cigars and back porch music under the stars. I believe that life is a journey with an eternal destination and in having good companions for the sojourn. I believe that the Cubs will one day win the World Series and the Vikings will one day be Super Bowl champs. I believe grace is costly and salvation is free. I believe in the blues. I believe in second chances, my wife’s love, and the reality that my children are my life’s masterpiece. – Tom Vander Well

Tom was born and raised in Iowa (but please don’t hold that against him). After a brief college sojourn, he returned to Iowa where he now lives with his wife, Wendy. He is involved in the local community theater (finally putting that college degree to work), and enjoys playing bass for the church worship team. Tom is a consultant with c wenger group, where he blogs and helps companies measure and improve service quality and customer satisfaction in their contact centers (e.g.: “Your call may be monitored to ensure quality service.”). He is also the contributing Customer Service writer for the Des Moines Business Record’s Iowa Biz blog.

Tom can be contacted at tomvanderwell@gmail.com.


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  1. I appreciate your belief statements here. And guess what? The Cubs did win the world series. How about that. Thanks for visiting my blog. I will travel around yours as well. I am especially enjoying your photos.

    1. Thanks so much, Rachel. I love your blog, as well. I really like your writing style and love the typeset theme. It’s been a while since my wife and I have been to upstate NY. Our friend was a pastor there and we took the opportunity to visit (and go to Cooperstown!). All the best to you.

  2. Tom, do you have a published book (yes, the old-fashioned, paper kind…) with your daily devotionals? I have so many print outs and I just wondered if you already had them compiled in something I could buy? Thanks!

  3. I share your passion for the arts. Too many of them were hijacked by our enemy. In response the religious ones put them on the “taboo” list, and we lost touch with the Creator of everything beautiful – and His desire to create through us. I say it’s time we take ’em back!

    Great blog. I look forward to reading more. 🙂
    Praising Jesus

  4. As a Jounaling Artist & a Believer I’m often questioning how to incorporate both my art & my faith….without appearing preachy. A recent move to a new residence, in new state, on a new coast, has created a clearer perspective, especially after readig your Chapter-a-Day…….thank you!

    1. It’s a bit of a sticky wicket at times isn’t it, Roberta? I’m glad that my posts could provide a little inspiration. I still struggle with it, to be honest. Sometimes I feel like I’m stuck between two worlds and I don’t quite fit inside the box either side wants to put me in. I’ve determined just to be honest to the Truth I know and who He created me to be. I end up disappointing and confusing a lot of people, but I hopefully resonate with a few as well.

      1. I very much relate to the “stuck between” and “not fitting in the boxes” feelings. Lately it has resulted in pulling away from both boxes and that is not good. The wicket is indeed sticky…

  5. I love your blog and how scripture-filled it is. How apt that I stumble upon your blog as I am in the works of earning brownie points with God. It’s so encouraging to see someone openly profess his faith, something that is hard to come along and do these days.

    You have such wonderful family and friends. You are truly blessed.

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Janis. I’m glad you stumbled upon my blog. I’m just trying to be honest about who I am (and sometimes I’m better at it than others). Hope you’ll keep coming back to visit!

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Just another wayfarer on life's journey, headed for Home. I'm carrying The Message, and I'm definitely waiting for Guffman.

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