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Sabbatical

I’m taking a short break from writing this blog. I have been blogging at least once a week for over 3 years.

I have some projects that will demand a lot of my free time and energy in the upcoming months.

I am taking the time to create margin in my life.

I will occasionally post here but not as frequently or consistently as in the past.

Having to write every week has been a great discipline. Thank you for reading and your words of encouragement.

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5 Steps to Relax

1. Refresh. We all need down time to recover and replenish our souls. When we run on empty for to long we cease to move forward and become an obstacle to others and our own progress.

2. Energize. Some activities stir our souls and give us a boost. We need to make room for these activities in our schedule on a regular basis.

3. Lighten up. Sometimes we take ourselves to seriously. The best thing we can do is to be a little silly and pursue fun.

4. Act. Indecision can drain us. Sometimes we need to make the best choice we can and move forward.

5. eXamine. We need to ask why we are doing what we are doing. Are we stressing over something that will not matter in the long run?

10 Signs that Football Season is Here

1. The pastor’s messages are significantly shorter on Sundays with a noon kickoff.

2. At work you see football jerseys worn by employees prior to the game and after a victory.

3. Fantasy leagues are taking as seriously as the actual games.

4. Tailgating before and after the game.

5. Man caves are given a thorough cleaning.

6. Big screen TVs are on sale everywhere.

7. Football widows.

8. Instant replay controversies.

9. Cheerleading.

10. Marching bands.

Cleansing Rain

My usual morning ritual begins with black coffee and reading a passage from the Bible. This is followed by a brisk walk where I meditate on the passage and pray.

A few weeks ago, I had read 1 Samuel chapter 7. In this passage, Israel earnestly sought God in repentance and cast down their idols. As the enemy approached them, God spoke in the storm, and Israel was encouraged and routed their enemies.

I was thinking about this as I began my morning walk in darkness. As I walked I noticed the storm clouds on the horizon and it began to lightly mist.

The coming storm reminded me of my morning reading and I began to think about my stubborn resistance to God’s grace and lordship. I cried out for forgiveness and cleansing for my lack of trust in Him.

The mist turned into a light rain and then a steady rain.

As I continued to walk the words of Psalms 51 began to dance through my mind. In the driving rain I felt God’s presence, provision, and protection as I shouted the words of Psalms 51 over the storm. (Create in me a clean heart. Restore to me the joy of your salvation.)

By the time I reached the house I was soaking wet but acutely aware that I had met God in the midst of the storm.

Darkness

I walk in the early morning hours when it is still dark. The moon, street lamps, and porch lights give just enough indirect light for me to safely proceed.

I have learned that when you walk in darkness even a little light can make a world of difference.

That little bit of light keeps me from stumbling over a crack or rise in the sidewalk.

That little bit of light keeps me from running into unexpected obstacles in my path (like a chair sitting on the sidewalk).

I’ve learned that we don’t have to be a bright light to make a big change in someone else’s world. Just a little light is all that is needed to make a difference.

How can you and I shine a little light into someone else’s darkness today?

10 Things I Learned in 22 Weeks

It was 22 weeks ago today that I had my neck fusion surgery.

A lot can, and did, happen in 22 weeks. Here are 10 life changing things I learned.

1. I learned how to get out of bed under my own power and get in and out of the car without a concussion. Someone had to show me how to do things I had taken for granted.

2. I learned to sleep on my back with a neck brace. Both of these sounded impossible when I started. As a lifetime side-sleeper I now find it hard to sleep unless I am on my back.

3. I learned to not get dehydrated and faint. Your local fire department and family will appreciate this. Being properly hydrated will cover a multitude of sins.

4. I learned how impatient I was in my own recovery. Especially watching other people drive and finding out how easy it is to be a back seat driver. I wanted instant gratification in my recovery. Instead it was one good day of work after another. Boring but effective.

5. I learned to walk by looking ahead so I would not stumble. I have a new found appreciation for level sidewalks and painted curbs. I also now appreciate the sounds of nature and the caress of a gentle breeze.

6. I learned what cutting refined sugars and adhering to a high protein / low carb diet could do for my health and attitude. As my physical appearance began to change, my attitude and spiritual outlook began to improve.

7. I learned to make time for reflection and to value what was truly important. Somehow my workplace survived without me. My sense of identity and self worth were redefined for the better. Friendships became deeper and more precious.

8. I learned that rest is vital and that you cannot rush the recovery time in a major surgery. No matter how much we want others to be well yesterday, it is a process. Last week my surgeon told me that I was way ahead of schedule in my recovery but I am still getting better. There are still limitations that I will have to overcome.

9. I learned to be a gracious receiver of money, time, prayer, and physical help. My self sufficiency and pride eventually gave way to gratitude.

10. I learned that God really was with me in the process and that prayer really is just a conversation with Him.

I look at my calendar and wonder what you and I could accomplish in the next 22 weeks?

7 Things I’ve Learned About Installing Deadbolts

7 Things I’ve learned about installing deadbolts.

1. The cheaper the cost of the deadbolt the more difficult it is to install.

2. You can’t install a deadbolt in the dark. You have to have a lot of light to see to line things up.

3. You have to have the right tools. And they are never what you have on hand.

4. That once you start the process your obligated to finish it. Otherwise you have a drafty insecure door.

5. Sometimes it takes two sets of hands to finish the job.

6. That a person with a recent neck surgery probably shouldn’t be tackling the task.

7. That if the installation instructions are incomprehensible you should return the set immediately.