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

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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

Prayers Needed


Good morning everyone and happy Friday! I’ll cut right to it today. We need prayers! For those that read your Bible you know that Job went through a lot. So much though that if I stop I think about it, I would take what we are dealing with any day. With that said, I feel like our family is going through something similiar and I’m just a a loss….

I won’t get into specifics for privacy reasons but we have been dealing with sickness (some potential fatal), job loss, poor choices, the list goes on and on. It seems as our family is just “up to bat” the last couple of months dealing with one thing after another. So, here I am, pleading with God to give us comfort, strength, and if it is His will to start to take these situations away. I ask prayers from all of you because despite all of this, I know God is in control and He does hear our prayers. So I ask for only that; your prayers. Thank you for reading and may you find peace in Jesus today.

NOTE: Tomorrow’s blog will be totally different. I will be posting my feelings about the current situation with my favorite sports team, THE Miami Dolphins. 😉

Peace and Love,

David

I Wonder..

Good Thursday morning friends. I write this to you feeling pretty lousy. I get a lot of ribbing because its just a head cold, but I guess if that was the only thing I was dealing with it would be understandable. I deal with a lot of pain everyday, (yes, I know much of it is because of my weight), some days just getting up from my bed or my chair takes everything I have. My knees feel like they are rubbing against bone, my hip has started this new thing that makes me cringe and now I am sick on top of it…

I used to be able to mask my symptoms but as I have gotten older it becomes increasingly more difficult. I titled this I wonder because I wonder what it feels like to feel good. I wonder what it feels like to just wake up and not be in discomfort or sick. I wonder if there is ever going to be a path that gets me there. I know everyone has pain and deals with things that make my issues look pale in comparison, but it still doesn’t take away what I feel. I wish people could sympathize, I guess when you are going through your own pain it makes it difficult to see the forest through the trees so to speak…..

I ask for your prayers everyone. I am off to work in what I am sure is going to be a long day ahead. Thank you for reading my blog and have a peaceful day my friends.

With the love of Jesus,

David

Back At It

Good morning peeps and welcome to Wednesday. Still not feeling that great but got to just suck it up and head in to work. Took a sick day yesterday to try and help; literally almost all I did was rest which I guess at my ripe old age of 46 is just what I need when I’m not feeling up to snuff. So here I go again, lol (Did you catch the Whitesnake reference? Good luck getting the song out of your head, haha)

So I had a talk with someone recently that just bolstered my point about the Church today. No this will not be a long post bashing the Church. In fact, for the record, I am very aware that there are SOME local churches out there actually abiding by the principles and teachings of the Messiah. So when I say the Church, I mean as a unified body as it was intended. What my point wil be this morning is that WE as the church are doing a horrible job of equipping our members with the ability to carry out Jesus’ greatest commandments. Love others more than we love ourselves, preach the Gospel to all that will hear it, that like Jesus we are here for the “sick” not just for the “well”.  I used to be one of these; where the minute someone started launching profanity or was engaged in a lifestyle that didn’t match up with mine, I was outta there. I ask you this morning, is this what Jesus did? When Jesus went to preach His teachings, did He say, “all may listen except for those of you that cuss?” Quite the opposite actually! So much so that the Pharasiees would even question why He associated Himself with such sinners? Has anyone ever asked that of you? Is your love of Jesus so great and your desire to spread the Gospel so deep that there is no person you wouldn’t associate with to tell it to? Guess what? Most don’t and there in lies the problem. It’s not something that you are usually just gifted with, it has to be taught and if the Church isn’t teaching this then what will?

I will put this out there by saying I do not go to a local church right now. Not because of any other reason than I have not found one that puts the teachings of Jesus at the top of their priority list. There is no perfect place but quite honestly the only desire I have seen is to build up the numbers and stay within their four walls. I can do that from home…..Friends, if this is to change, we need to help do it. We need to get away from these mega-church entertainment industries and back to the root of what Jesus wanted for the Church; to be the place where the brethren can lean on and learn from and be equipped to carry out the mission that God has laid out on their hearts. Amen?

Friends, have a good hump day and please follow me along on this crazy journey I am on. Let’s get this ship going in the right direction shall we?
Peace and Love,

David