Day 143 You got to fight

30 05 2013

Day 143 You got to fight.

Day 143 You got to fight

29 05 2013



I love the 4 day work week but good Lord I’m so off track. Tomorrow is Thursday and I thought it was Tuesday today. Actually missed an appt today but so did the customer so I was in the clear. I also got hail damage to my truck today. So I might get a new paint job.

I know we all go through a daily battle/ war but do we know its a an everyday battle.  John Eldredge who is a great author and Christian leader says It could be tiny or small, but everyday we fight. Until we come to terms with war as the context of our days, we will not understand life. We will misinterpret ninety percent of what is happening around us and to us. It will be very hard to believe that God’s intentions toward us are life abundant; it will be even harder not to feel that somehow we are just blowing it. Worse, we will begin to accept some really awful things about God. That four-year-old little girl being molested by her daddy—that is “God’s will “? That ugly divorce that tore your family apart—God wanted that to happen, too? And that car accident that took the lives of so many—that was ordained by God?

Most people get stuck at some point because God appears to have abandoned them. He is not coming through. Speaking about her life with a mixture of disappointment and cynicism, a young woman recently said to me, “God is rather silent right now.” Yes, it’s been awful. I don’t discount that for a moment. She is unloved; she is unemployed; she is under a lot. But her attitude strikes me as deeply naive, on the level of someone caught in a cross fire who asks, rather shocked and with a sense of betrayal, “God, why won’t you make them stop firing at me?” I’m sorry, but that’s not where we are right now. It’s not where we are in the Story. That day is coming, later, when the lion shall lie down with the lamb and we’ll beat swords into plowshares. For now, its bloody battle.

It sure explains a whole heckuva lot.

You won’t understand your life, you won’t see clearly what has happened to you or how to live forward from here, unless you see it as battle. A war against your heart.


Day 141 I got beat up yesterday

28 05 2013

Day 141 I got beat up yesterday.

Day 141 I got beat up yesterday

28 05 2013

Day 141 I got beat up yesterday.

Day 141 I got beat up yesterday

27 05 2013

A great weekend with my kids and always action packed. We spent a lot of time with our family. Last night we went to the Fort Worth Cats minor league baseball game. They just brought my childhood baseball hero Jose Canseco tot he team at the young age of 46 so I was anxious to see him. He didn’t disappoint but either did my son. My s0n can be heard from 60 miles away in a hurricane at 4 years old. The guy was selling peanuts and my son yelled I want peanuts. Well at 4 it sounded like he wanted Penis. I told him to be quiet but so many people were laughing and he thought it was great so I kept letting him yell  yet it until the guy came over. We are working on our annunciation of words.

My daughter has amazing  perspective and honesty she is not lacking. Yesterday we were washing the dog and cleaning the apartment and she stopped me and said what are you doing. I said doing laundry. She said no what is going on when were not here. I said I work and do whatever. She said you tell me your going to do this in the apartment, and you’re doing to go here and your going to date  but when we get here you haven’t done it yet. I was stopped in my tracks. I didn’t know what to say then I got this. Dad its okay to move on, you have done a great job in becoming a new daddy and guy. You have done all you can do to get better now live. I have never felt more beat up in my life. My 11-year-old sees things I don’t and you beat me up yesterday pretty good. Now she spoke the truth but what do you say. She left it at that then kind of morphed back into an 11-year-old and said I don’t want to clean anymore and then things napped back into place. Nothing else was spoken until we were driving to my sisters and she said dad I hope I didn’t make you mad but I m tired of you being alone and I heard my friends mom say you’re a great guy so please listen.

I told her I’m working on it and I appreciate her more than she will ever know. I got beat up yesterday but like every time in my life I have  learned a lesson but this one may be my best.

Day 138 Life and Love

24 05 2013

Day 138 Life and Love.

Day 138 Life and Love

24 05 2013

I get my babies back today and I have missed them greatly. Never thought about the distance between my kids would be so hard.

Please remember that we have Monday off ((Memorial Day) because many people lost their life so we could have the life we have. The freedom, the free speech, the ability to be able to have Facebook and a day off on Monday. Thank you for all you sacrificed for Veterans.

I wanted to give a few lessons I have learned in just the past 3 months that I hope we can follow and use. Thank you to Yee Shun-Jian

1. The more you chase, the more they run. Work on attracting (pulling) people to you instead of chasing after them. This doesn’t work great with women but you can attract people to you. We have a lot to give.

2.If you never ask, the answer is always no.

3. Facebook isn’t real life. Real life is when you go out and do crazy stuff. Facebook just reminds you of all those crazy stuff you did.

4.Nobody likes doormats. Nobody respects doormats. Stop agreeing with everything I say. Have an opinion. It’s attractive.

5. Spend time with your family. Take your parents out for meals and movies. It doesn’t cost a lot… but it makes them really happy.

6. Nobody owes you anything. I repeat… nobody owes you anything!

7. If you aren’t happy single, you won’t be happy in a relationship. Another person only magnifies your problems. You’ll project all your unhappiness on the poor guy/girl and he/she is going to leave you and you’ll reaffirm to yourself that you suck. Happiness doesn’t start with someone else… it starts with you.

8. There is no magic pill.

9. Don’t always try to be the hero. You can’t help someone who’s not willing to help themselves.

10. At the end of the day, no matter what you do, you’ll have critics. Just do what you love and what makes you happy, and be thankful there are people who care enough to talk about you.

With that pick one and try to use it. Love you all!

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