Left Hand, Right Hand


Hello everyone and welcome to HUMPDAY!! This may or may not mean much to you depending on your work day but for me it means the week is half over and the weekend is near! Made it through the night and now working from home today so I can go to my next PreOp appointment for my hip replacement. Continued prayers please as the day gets ever closer..

So one of things I did last night was watch a movie called The Circle. The Circle stars Tom Hanks and Emma Watson which is pretty much a movie that depicts shall we say Facebook on steroids. The idea behind it was that there was one central location where all information was stored in the world. All information including emails, texts, social media inputs, you get the drift. And of course the best place to house all this information was at The Circle. I will tell you this wasn’t the best movie I have ever seen as far as acting and plot. You pretty much get the whole idea of where the movie is going in the first five minutes and the casting seemed a little over the top for a movie like this; Tom Hanks and Emma Watson just seemed to “celebrityish” for the roles that they played. With that said, by the end of the movie, I wanted to toss every piece of technology I had in the shredder and go live like the old school Amish do. It literally puts chills up my spine and as much as I have seen in life, that is hard to do…

While the movie was an exaggerated view of the power of social media, I don’t think we are that far off from the Uptopian style visions it laid out. I mean, just look at us today. Look how much privacy we have given up in the name of convience; ever wonder where all that information you just searched for in Google is stored? Ever wonder how when you walk into a grocery store your phone gives you that alert, “Welcome to Walmart, would you like to check in and look at the weekly ad?” Most of us think nothing of it, that it is just a convenient way of living and don’t give it a second thought. You should, you really should though….

See my friends, we have come to a crossroads. Our society and business is so wound up with technology that to destroy it now would be to destroy our complete way of life; that is not happening. I have seen people that seriously lose their minds when they can’t find their cell phone, I can’t even imagine the chaos if the technology no longer existed. But make no mistake, there is an agenda. The agenda is to keep you looking at the “left hand” while the “right hand” is doing all the orchestrating. Did you know that your cell phone camera can be used to track you and record your every movement? Did you know that even when that cell phone is off it generates a location tracker that could detect exactly where that phone is at any time? Did you know that every time you search for something in Google it is stored on their servers to determine your habits? All in the name of convience; how much more are you willing to give up? Do we even care that we are puppets?

Friends, I’m not asking you to give up technology. Like money its not evil its the love for it and the way it is used. The Prince and the Power of the Air have orchestrated things so that you are now totally dependent on these devices and the convience they bring. Is there any limit to which you would not go to have it? Heck without it I couldn’t be writing this very article, but are there levels that we must declare are unacceptable? What say you? Remember, I offer only the Truth, what you do with it is up to you my friends. Remember, you still have control; use it while you can…..

Peace, Love, and Truth,

David

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Quick Post

Good Monday morning! Just a very quick post to say remember this; no matter how bad your Monday is today, someone is always got it worse. Be thankful for the blessings God has given you and move forward! 

Peace and Love, 

David

Happy Sunday!-Be Still


Good morning everyone and welcome to Sunday! Hope you all had a great Saturday, I know I did. Got to spend some time with my soon to be Daughter early in the day then with my youngest son later watching a scare the poop out of you movie. (It is kind of our thing since no one else in the family likes them). Also had a relatively sick free day which was definitely needed; I almost feel human again. My hip what my hip is; learning to live with it I guess until the doctor can fix me haha. Now onto the meat……

I posted this quote from Ted Dekker because he has such a grasp on what has happened to us as believers. I mean, do we not always try to analyze things with our brains? God did give us our brains to use but He gave us something even more powerful to use; our hearts. He also tells us that our lives are not encapsulated in one moment but in a series of moments throughout our lives; in essence, our journey. A journey that is often filled with many “noises”. Everywhere we go we have something trying to distract us; our phones, our tablets, our PC’s, our TV’s, all filled with one purpose; to distract us and keep us moving like the pervebial gerbil on his wheel…….

However, before we can truly start on our journey that God has laid out for us every day, we must be still. Be still in our thoughts, in our actions, and in our hearts. We must be still so when God speaks to us we can actually hear what He is saying and not just assume that something is “what God put on my heart”. How do we know when we are so distracted? More often than not its really what WE want, not necessarily what God has for us. To know for sure we must be still so God can truly transform our hearts and our minds. Have a great Sunday everyone! Love to hear from you and welcome to the new people that started following this writer yesterday; he very much appreciates it 😉

Peace and Love,

David 

Good Morning!

Good morning everyone and welcome to Saturday! Sorry that I haven’t posted anything in a couple of days but it has been a bit of a crappy stretch for me health wise and just didn’t have it in me to write anything. I’m about 85% or so; still have the lingering cough and of course the hip issue (which I will get to in a minute) but overall feel like I’m at least on the right path again. Hope everyone is doing well out there and would love to hear from you guys. You can communicate to me through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and of course right here as well.

So, apparently I am officially mortal…..For those that don’t know a lot of my backstory, one of the more finer moments in my life happened when I thought it would be a great idea to not tackle other people but instead up the ante and try and tackle a car. Didn’t work out real well for either of us but I think the car probably got the worst of it lol. Seriously though I was getting off the city bus at the ripe old age of 14 and didn’t look both ways, darted out and BAM! Got flipped up in the air, somehow landed enough on my feet that I was able to walk about 20 yards before collapsing over a railing….I don’t remember much after that except for waking up in the hospital about 12 hours later not having any idea what happened. I was truly blessed that day because one half second either way in time and I would not be here writing this blog. God was in control even then….

I tell you this backdrop story of mine because I had thought that all my wounds had healed; not so much. See many people have told me I waddle rather than walk because one leg is shorter than the other. Really though its not my leg but my hip and back area got knocked pretty good and I never really got it taken care of; so now at the ripe old age of 46 its back and back with a vengeance…


Now, keep in mind my pain tolerance is pretty low, even for a guy, but this pain I knew was different so I went to doc about it. He did some X-rays and I got the call yesterday that I have some “very significant” arthritis in said hip and need to go to an Orthopedic specialist. I do understand this is not life threatening or anything like that, but it did give me my very first sense that “hey, goofball, you really won’t live forever”. It also reminded me of a very dark time in my life where by all rights I should have died that day. (Satan has been trying to take me out ever since). It reminds me that I’m over half way done with this crazy thing called life and my physical body will never be the same. Again, there are those in my life that are dealing with so much worse, but for me, this is a little bit of a sobering reminder of my mortality. Make sense?

I’m very aware that me losing weight couldn’t hurt the situation, however, I also know I would be dealing with this heavy or not. Back in the 80’s cars were still made with steel and so were not as forgiving as they may be today. This pain in my hip is that constant reminder; maybe the new doc will be able to help, maybe not, but as for me the first reminder that my days are not as many as they used to be just creeped up and said hello. Cute thing though that I will continue to remember as well that even though my earthly days are getting smaller, my eternal days are just around the corner. Maybe someone out there is also dealing with a similar experience? I would love to hear from you about it! Leave a comment in the comments section or however you see fit. In the meantime remember also that God is still in control and while the earth will reclaim your body, God has your eternal soul which if given to Him will live for all eternity where pain does not exist…..

Peace and love my friends, Happy Saturday!!

David

Monday!


Good morning everyone; hope all of you are doing well. I am finally on the way to recovery feeling a lot better than last week; except for the stomach ache the mess give me….(Oh well, can’t have it all lol)

Not a long post this morning; actually more of a simple reminder. The world looks at weakness through a different lens than we as Christ-followers should. See here in this verse, God is reminding us that He and He alone is all you need; so much so that when we are aware lowest, He is at His strongest. Sounds awkward I know but its only when we stop trying to fix everything ourselves and place those burdens all upon OUR shoulders that God will show just how strong He really is…..

God’s Grace IS sufficient my friends, willing to give it all to Him and experience His Grace? It’s just a prayer away my friends…

Make it a great day and talk to you soon,

Peace and Love,

David

Who You Are


Good morning friends and Happy Sunday,

Well I took a brief break yesterday from my normal faith based posts to post about another great love of mine, the Miami Dolphins. As I write these blogs you will probably notice from time to time I will switch up topics just to keep things fresh. Also as you will all see I’m sure, there are many layers to yours truly so I like to write about them all. 🙂

Today I came across this verse out of Ephesians and knew I had to share it. We have an Enemy that loves to make us think we are unworthy, unloved, and unimportant. He goes to great lengths in which to do this using all means necessary to impose these feelings into our lives. The thing is that he couldn’t be further from the Truth. The One that created us loves us more than you can ever imagine! The problem is that we have pushed Him out of our lives and out of our hearts and when the Enemy sees an opening in our hearts he takes it.  He takes that opening we have given him and makes us feel unimportant, unloved, and alone and after a certain amount of time we start to believe that lie. Remember, our Enemy is THE deceiver folks and he very much exists….

So what can we do? Simple! Don’t let him in! Fill your heart every day with the Truth that our Creator loves you and loves you in ways we can’t even imagine. We must know that even when everyone in our lives lets us down, God never will. He will always be there with you; always has been there with you; and never will foresake you. He loves you so much that He made the ultimate sacrifice so YOU and I wouldn’t have to; He paid for our sins and allowed us to make the choice to follow Him and live with Him in Paradise forever. It does come down to choice though; as a pastor of mine used to say, God is a gentleman, He wont force His way into our hearts. We must ask Him and keep that space open for Him at all times….

Friends, I know there are those that are out there that can relate to this verse; do yourself a favor and mediate upon it. Memorize it and place in firmly in your heart where the Enemy can’t steal it. You can feel this love right NOW, its up to you whether or not to accept it. Will you?

Love and Peace,

David

Not The Usual Post


Good morning everyone! Well we made it through the work week (apologies to those that have to work weekends). It has been a very trying week for me and my family and now on top of it I have this frustrating cough and had to have hip X-rays done to find out what is causing me this pain. Typically I would lead off with a Bible verse and then get into a deep element of my faith. Well, since this week has been so stressful, I thought with everything going on with my beloved Dolphins, I would write about them and the latest heartbreaking news. I don’t know how or why but writing about my favorite team brings me joy so here goes. 🙂

So until yesterday, this looked like the most promising season my Fins have had before them in YEARS. Finally we have our franchise QB, loaded at almost every skill position, and to top it all off FINALLY have a Head Coach that can lead a team partnering with a front office staff that is finally competent. Then our QB had a little misstep……

To understand how devastating this is I have to take you back to last season. Ryan Tannehill was having a career year and leading us towards our first playoff birth since I was changing my kids’ diapers (or least it seemed like it). Anyway, he was having a fantastic year despite having an offensive line that was getting him beat up all year long, receivers that always seemed to have a case of the dropsies and a defense that quite often forgot how to tackle. With ALL of that we were on a playoff run at 7-5 after starting at a miserable 1-4. Most thought another high draft pick was in order (myself included) but our new Head Coach and Tannehill took this team on their back and played lights out football. Then came Arizona….

I don’t really blame them, the hit was not illegal or ugly, but after getting beat up all year, Ryan’s ACL could take no more and as “sprained”. Another word for partially torn but whatever, he was OUT. Thankfully we do have a great backup in Matt Moore and we went full steam ahead into the playoffs but a much healthier team, the Steelers, handed us our hats and we went home. So then Ryan has a new age type procedure instead of having typical surgery. Many athletes have had this including Kobe Bryant who went on to still have a great career. Rehab went great, OTA’s, workouts, mini-camps all went great. Then training camp came, one month or so away from what could be an All-Pro year for this kid from Texas A&M. Well, until he rolled out and ran past the linebacker and hyperextended said knee….As of this writing many are blaming him for not having the traditional surgery; well, that is BS. What happened to him the other day could have happened regardless of his knee situation. Just a stroke of bad luck, nothing more. We all like to play doctor in social media, but most experts say the two injuries are unrelated. Got to feel so bad for this guy that has worked his butt off to become great only to have some really bad luck thrown his way….

With all of this I still feel like Ryan will be our QB into the next decade (barring any unforeseen health issues). Problem now that faces the Dolphins is what now? Well it seems like Jay Cutler may be coming on board. I really, really hate this idea. We have a strong locker room and Jay is known for his tearing locker rooms apart. He is also known for not playing his best when it counts. I mean with Kap and a few other quality players out there, why Culter?? Well our Head Coach has a history with this guy, in fact the last time they were on the same organization Jay had his best year by far. He also, quite frankly grew up a lot that year. He got married and had a kid which will change even the most pathetic of personalities. So, you really have to support this decision if that is indeed where Gase goes. I mean, you bring in Kap, you alienate your fan base because of reasons I just don’t have time to go into, plus in reality he really hasn’t done much in recent years just like Jay. So bringing in someone that basically already knows the playbook and can compete at a relatively high level is what we need right now. I still say give Matt Moore the job until he loses it but we need more than just him and our new Head Coach has earned my trust and so has this new front office. Until they get stupid again, I’m on board no matter what….

Well folks, that is it for now. I will be anxiously refreshing my Twitter feed this weekend to see if Miami makes a decision or not. I have been a Miami Dolphins fan my whole life; through the great times and through the bad times. This time is no different; I would say that if you are a praying person, pray for Ryan Tannehill and his family. They are great people with great character even off the field. How often can we say that today in professional sports? Let get behind this kid and this team and shock the world again….Have a great day friends and if you have liked what you have read, share my blog with others and keep the train moving!

Peace and Love,

David