Filter Through Life

No Rest for the Jostled
September 21, 2008, 1:20 pm
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Ever since my surgery, I have had a difficult time getting a good night’s sleep.  However, last night was one of the worst in a while.  I remember having a dream that I was trying to outrun a tornado.  I was running from it on foot and in a car.  It was crazy but I eventually found refuge…IN A DOUBLE-WIDE MOBILE HOME!!!


No wonder I rolled and twisted all night long and woke up with no covers.  I’m stupid in my sleep.


Lack of Self-discipline
April 25, 2008, 7:50 am
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I missed men’s prayer this morning; I over slept.  I was so stinking tired when the alarm went off this morning I set my other alarm just in case I feel back asleep.  I did just that.  Cheri finally had to wake me up.


I think I was doing gymnastics in my sleep last night because I woke up in the black with a soaking wet head, pillowcase, sheets and body pillow.  I was drenched.  Maybe I felt like sleep jogging last night, I don’t know.  The point is I was tired.  Worn plumb out.


I have been thinking about it this morning, as I was stuffing my Jack in the Box breakfast down my pie hole, and I think I have figured out why.  I have terrible self-discipline.  I think I could change several things about my life with a little more self-discipline.  “How is that?” you say.  Well, I am glad you asked and I will tell you how. 


If I were to discipline myself to eat more healthily then I would probably begin loosing a few pounds.  With that motivation I could convince myself to start walking on a regular basis and loose a few more.  After dropping a kindergartener I might just have the confidence to show myself at a gym.  I know that is totally backwards but I think that’s how most people are anyway.


So, after getting into a little bit better shape I imagine that my energy level would increase, in turn increasing my activity level.  I would then burn my energy and sleep better at night instead of doing nocturnal Tai Bo.  This in turn could theoretically help me not sleep through the alarm or at least stop hitting the snooze.


Then I could make it to men’s prayer every week.

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?

September 28, 2007, 1:03 pm
Filed under: Commuting, Daily Living, Motorcycles, Uncategorized | Tags: , , ,

Just a few observations: 

1)      5:30am comes very early.  For those of you (farmers, mail-carriers) that are up at the crack of dawn and earlier, I applaud you.  However, I recently read that it is bad for you.  Read the article.  The study was done by the Japanese; they are smarter than we are so listen.  I think 7:00am is the earliest time of day one can get out of bed and keep oneself safe.  Also, if it weren’t for the different time zones I am sure Jesus would still be asleep at 5:30am.  Though seeing as everyone doesn’t live in the Central Time Zone He has to be awake.

2)     I used to think chiropractors were witchdoctors.  I recently aggravated an old injury to my back so I decided to try it out before I took pain killers.  Three words: A, MAZE, ING!  Go get yourself adjusted by a pro.

3)     There are very few things more enjoyable than riding a 919cc engine with two wheels at 80 MPH on a brisk morning.  I love my motorcycle!