Friday, March 23, 2018

Movie Plans Today for Paul, Apostle of Christ

There is no greater influence on the early church than Paul, the Apostle of Christ.  Today is opening day for his movie and I can't wait to see how they portray his final days.  He's credited with mentoring Luke, the physician responsible for a large portion of the New Testament.

Some argue we should always strive for successful outcomes in life.  When I think of Paul, his life seems to contradict these goals.  In fact, most of the early followers of Jesus ended up with negative outcomes, as in death and persecution.  The same is true in modern times.  There are consequences for accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior.  Why, then, are disciples of Jesus willing to risk everything in this world, including their own lives, to follow Jesus?  The answer is eternal life.  Paul believed this with every fiber of his being.  I'm making plans to see one of the first showings today.  Put this on your to do list.  Have a great day.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Face Your Fears

Anxiety can be debilitating.  I experienced this first-hand after my auto accident last month.  I found myself deferring the driving to my wife when we ventured out of the house.  I wasn't eager to get behind the wheel again, especially on bad weather days.  I started out with short trips to the post office and finally worked up the courage to get back on the interstate.

Another fear I've been working on is "white coat syndrome."  This fear is rooted in my fear of needles.  The irony for me is that my auto accident played a role in downsizing this fear.  I was poked by needles so many times that I finally stopped worrying about it.  I can finally visit my doctor without any elevated blood pressure or heart rate readings.  Repetitiveness seems to be the key to success.  The more times you face your fears, the better your chances for reducing anxiety.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Happy Birthday to My Two Siblings

They were both born on the same day but in different years and they're celebrating their birthdays today.  Please join me in wishing Ann and Lisa a happy birthday.  I feel blessed to have five siblings and three of them happen to have birthdays in the same week.  We may be separated geographically but these siblings are always close to me in my heart.  Happy birthday, sisters.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Envelope, Please

The best way I know to prevent a vacation hangover is to avoid credit card spending.  I'm a big believer in the cash envelope method.  The cash goes in the envelope before the vacation begins.  I plan to use this idea for all future travels.  It works best if you give yourself enough time to set aside funds, a little bit at a time.  If a credit card is required, make sure to mark the purchase on the outside of the envelope so the cash is there when the statement arrives.  Whoala!  No hangover!  Have a great day.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Cleared for Take-off

It's official.  My restrictions have been lifted.  I'm cleared for take-off.  The snow is melting quickly and things are heating up.  My boss agreed to honor my request for a two week Winter leave I asked for before my accident and it begins today.  This will give me time to get acclimated to the next chapter of my life.  It's time to spend time with friends and family.  My social media time will be limited and I may not be able to respond right away but the messages will continue daily.  The next two weeks is dedicated to thanking all the people who reached out to me when the chips were down.  The best way to do this is in person.  Don't be surprised if I'm knocking on your door.  Yes, it's time to celebrate.  Have a great day.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

R.I.P. Vicky Tate, Wife and Mother of 7

My friend, Jim Tate, posted news of his wife's passing after a challenging battle with Frontotemporal Degeneration and ALS.  Vicky will be missed by her loving husband, seven children, friends and community members of the town of Ramona, located northeast of San Diego.

I would like to share with you something Vicky did for me that forever changed the course of my life while I was living in Ramona.  Our pastor put together a retreat to help people get closer to God.  Jim and Vicky were one of the first people in our congregation to answer the call.  Their retreat was such a success that our pastor decided to host another retreat for those who missed out.  Jim and Vicky volunteered to help out as "shepherds."  On the third day, our pastor called for an invocation of the Holy Spirit using an ancient technique known as the "laying of hands."  Our pastor first laid his hands on the shepherds to receive the Holy Spirit.  The shepherds repeated the laying of hands on the "sheep" in the congregation.  Vicky was my shepherd.  When she laid her hands on me, she felt something, like a heat coming from my head.  She knew something significant was happening and she was right.  I received a vision.  If you ever want to know what I saw, ask me and I'll share more.  All I can say is the moment Vicky laid her hands over my head my life changed forever, just as the first apostles were never the same after their encounter with the Holy Spirit.

Vicky is at peace now.  Her work here is done.  I'm one of the "sheep" she helped.  I will never forget what this couple has done to help make the world a better place.  R.I.P. Vicky Tate.  Peace be with you and your family.  You will be missed. ¡Vaya con Dios!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Mother Nature is giving us the cold shoulder today in our hometown.  The snow is coming down in heavy clumps this morning.  We refuse to let this get in the way of our celebrations.  There is so much to be thankful for.  Special birthday wishes to our daughter who is 25 today and our cousin, Patty, both born on St. Patrick's Day.

I'm super thankful to be savoring this amazing day.  My wife and I spent the morning looking at family photo albums.  There is no greater blessing than to be a husband and dad.  Happy St. Patrick's Day to all my friends and family.  May your day be filled with great joy.  Have a great day.