Filter Through Life

September 26, 2008, 1:41 pm
Filed under: Daily Living, health, Life Happens, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , ,

I just drove back from my doctor’s office…with BOTH HANDS!!!  I am not out of the sling.  The following is a transcription of the conversation going on in my head right now:


David’s Id, “I am going to celebrate tonight!”


David’s Ego and Super-Ego, “How so?”


Id, “By dousing the sling in gasoline and setting it on fire!!!”


Ego, “I wouldn’t do that.”


Super-Ego, “Hrrrmmmm.  Could be fun if not entirely logical.”


Id, “Shut up, I’m burning it.”


Ego, “Well, with the Fuller propensity for injury being considered, you may want to reconsider; you never when we may need it again.”


Id, “Ugh!”


Super-Ego, “You are probably right.  However, if and when we need it again I am sure we will be charged for a new one.  BURN THE STINKING THING!!!”


Party tonight!


Prayer for my Buddy
May 13, 2008, 8:22 am
Filed under: Faith, God is good, health, Jesus, Prayer

Will you please pray for my friend?  His wife is having some serious heath issues (she was taken to the ER this morning) and we are agreeing in prayer that God will give the doctors wisdom to correctly diagnose the problem, He will give comfort to her and the family and above all that He will heal her condition.


Thanks for your prayers.

Oatmeal is a Drink, Right?
April 28, 2008, 8:26 am
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I was informed by my doctor recently that I have high cholesterol.  Not the most exciting news since I already have high blood pressure but I guess it was inevitable since I have not changed my diet at all.  Well, I actually started eating yogurt every once in a while but that’s good for the digestive track, right.


I decided I would try oatmeal.  Apparently, among other things, oatmeal is supposed to help lower cholesterol.  The reason I bring this up is because when I made it this morning it turned out like soup.  I poured my hot water over the oatmeal and waited for a several minutes for it to thicken up; it never did.  I drank it down because I didn’t want to waist it.  Yuck!  It felt like I was drinking warm, curdled milk.  Thank God it didn’t taste like it.


So, if I have a smallish Styrofoam cup and my oatmeal, how far do I fill the cup with water to have oatmeal as it should be?  Maybe I should just switch back to bacon and eggs or coffee and donuts.

A Hard Call to Make
March 18, 2008, 10:39 am
Filed under: Daily Living, Faith, Family, Friends, God, health, Life Happens, Prayer, Relationships, Religion, Senior Citizens | Tags:

I recently learned that a long-time friend of my parents, and a lady I love very much, has stage 4 cancer.  She is currently undergoing intense chemotherapy.  It has been quite a while since I have seen her and she has been on my heart for several months.  I have wanted to call her or take some time to go see her when I went home to visit my folks but I just haven’t.  I sucked hearing this news all the more because of this. 

I called her yesterday and if you didn’t already know she has cancer you wouldn’t know by hearing her talk.  She was in the same high spirits I remember her being in every time I saw her.  I was thankful for that because I tend to turn into a rubbery, slobbering mess when I am met with these kinds of situations.  She said she was going to do her due diligence and she would let God do His if He saw fit to keep her here for a little while longer. 

I admire her strength and faith.  She said she appreciated it so much that I called her and that I had no idea how much it meant to her.  I told her I was praying for her and I loved her and I gave her a hard time about the Dallas Cowboys (she’s a fan, I am not).  It was almost like old times.  I don’t know what my phone call did for her but I know I felt so much better hearing how good she sounded.   

It has me thinking: do I have faith like that?  Is my attitude that positive?  Who else do I need to call? 

Who do you need to call?

Bad Medicine
January 18, 2008, 9:33 am
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This weekend and the early part this week was pretty brutal for me.  I was sick; so sick that I went to the doctor.  Normally I just suck it up or just stay at home and rest.  Not this time.   

So I am prescribed a couple of drugs to help with the problem.  I take them to the pharmacy where I am informed I will have to wait 45 minutes to an hour.  Oh well, I am at H-E-B Plus so I can pick up some provisions.  When I am finished with my shopping and my prescriptions are ready I go to pick them up.  “The pharmacist would like to talk to you about these medicines,” says the friendly assistant. 

I move to the neighboring window and the pharmacist approaches with two amber colored bottles.  Big ones.  I am thinking to myself, “Self, how long do you have to take these pills?”  Not too long, actually.  Oh no, these are horse pills, they just need big bottles to hold them.  The pharmacist exclaims emphatically, and I paraphrase to spare the details, “These will help control some of the symptoms of your problem.  Take two, every six hours as needed.  They will help you feel a lot better.”  Easy enough.  “Now, this antibiotic is really strong and is going to work very well.  It is not a very pleasant medicine.  It is going to leave a bit of a metallic taste in your mouth.  And, make sure you take it with food because if you don’t you will throw it up.”  Okay!?! 

Today is four days later.  I am now able to translate her pharmacist jargon.  “Medicine that works tastes terrible so suck it up.  You are going to gag a little when you take it and for the next 5 days your mouth is going to taste like you have been sucking on an aluminum lollypop.  Enjoy.”

December 4, 2007, 9:20 am
Filed under: Daily Living, Faith, God is good, health, Prayer | Tags: , , , ,

The last couple of weeks have been crazy busy.  With work, church, and school all going at the same time, as well as Christmas coming up, mixed news about my back and kidneys, and my wife’s office closing down I am a bit stressed.  And my body is beginning to revolt.    I want to sleep but my body won’t let me.  I want to be awake and alert but it won’t quite get there either.  I want to eat a big, fat, greasy cheeseburger and fries with a few chocolate chip cookies and milk.  You don’t want to know what my body wants to do with that.   

I am finding more and more lately that there are ample opportunities for me to put my trust in God.  I need to trust Him for everything.  Do I trust that He will grant me restful sleep?  Do I trust that He will keep me sharp throughout the day?  Do I trust that He will bless my juicy, delectable cheeseburger and allow it to nourish my body to peak form?  With God, anything is possible.  Whether or not He chooses to bless my cheeseburger as opposed to telling me to eat a palm full of nuts and some yogurt is another thing.  I am however, now looking for things that I can give over to God.  

There are a lot of seemingly little things that I like to keep for myself, things I can handle.  God wants to be a part of everything.  He wants to help us handle the things we can.  He wants to handle the things we can’t.  

Therefore, I will start a new revolution.  A revolution my body will not be used to.  I will trust God in all things…BIG and small.

Cereal and Arsenic, MMMM!

I heard a great quote on the radio the other day and I had to share it.  It goes a little something like this:    

“Holding a grudge against someone is like taking a spoonful of arsenic everyday and hoping the other person dies”.

 I think that is an absolutely fantastic quote.  It is one to live by.  It is also one that is difficult to master.  I am guilty of holding grudges and had struggled for years with one in particular.  I believe I have finally forgiven said person and I rarely think about what happened anymore, but it took nearly tens years to do so.  I know my heart is healthier now that I have forgiven those trespasses against me.  I also know that, had I not done so, my prayers for forgiveness would have been futile.  Jesus tells us in Matthew 6 that “if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions” (vv. 14-15).  Ouch! 

By forgiving others, not only do we gain forgiveness from God, we also gain health in our heart, mind and bodies.  Studies have shown that resentment can lead to many health problems.  I am sure my grudge never helped my Acid Reflux. 

Do you want to sleep better?  Do you want to stop eating a bottle of Tums every week?  (I mean really, arsenic can’t be good for the stomach.)  Ask yourself this question; is there someone in your life you need to forgive?