Divine Coincidence Quandry

Foreshadow – The Pain, The Heart, and The Spirit – Hint On September 13 one of my budget disqualified prospects responded to my check in and encouragement with a life changing catastrophe: I wish I could say I was doing great but I am doing ok. I couple weeks ago I was cutting down a few small trees to make a rope swing for my kids. About 2 minutes into a 3 minute job a piece of wood shot up and stabbed my left eye. I had surgery that night to remove the wood but I completely lost vision in that eye. I had a few consultations last week and another surgery a few days ago. I can see a little light now but that’s about it. Everything else I’m my life is on hold for now but I’m still serious about ___–Budget Disqualified Prospect He is a...

What You Have and What You Don’t Have

Just now I had 10 minutes to spend with Elizabeth on my lap. We had a discussion about some things that they have and she doesn’t. I explained how Satan and his team and the world will always show us what we don’t have and unless it is food, clothing, shelter, and love we needn’t listen. When get to choose at what we look at. We can look at what we have or we can look at what we don’t have. One of those choices will make you happier. “Daddy, which one is it?” “OK, think about not having the art kit your sisters have. . . Now think about this time to sit on Daddy’s lap. Which thought makes you happier?” “Sitting with you.” “I have two choices right now, I could go and write my journal, which is a...

Get the Facts

“Get the facts at any price.”Proverbs 23:23 (TLB)

What do you know?

He who knows not and knows not that he knows not is a fool; avoid him. He who knows not and knows that he knows not is a student; teach him. He who knows and knows not that he knows is asleep; wake him. He who knows and knows that he knows is a wise man; follow him. –Ancient Proverb

My Blizzard Walkabout

Just a little walk about on our property last night in the middle of the blizzard. I wish the tractor would start. I needed to be snow blowing tonight and again tomorrow:

Am I Overdoing Productivity

“Productivity is S*&^*%&!” yes productivity. I’ve worked so hard at being more and more productive while at the same time adding to the time I invest in being productive. I spin on my head when I’m not “productive” just wanting to get back to productivity. I can smell the flowers but I don’t need to stop to do so. . . or do I. I must be addicted to productivity. Starting my day at 4:00 a.m. and never stopping. Someone tried to help me and said, you can play with the children for 20 minutes. It seems to work. It feels good. It connects us. Maybe it is the right thing. But I think it feeds the productivity addiction as well. Maybe it is a process to break the workaholism. I’m reading Clockwork by Mike the...

Did You Pass the Marshmallow Test? Does it Matter?

Talking and Listening with God

Came across this statistical insight in my daily devotion from My Daily Bread recently: “Psalms are prayers to God from real people about real situations. In Psalm 16, David speaks to God about his hope and security. As if to underline the personal nature and heavenward direction of the psalm, David uses first person pronouns (I, me, my) an astonishing twenty-eight times in these few verses.  The book of Psalms has been contrasted to the rest of Scripture by suggesting that in sixty-five books God talks to us, but in one book we talk to God. To be sure, God also speaks to us through the psalms, but there is a special sense in which they are unique in their communication style. “–J.R. Hudburg in My Daily Bread...

I don’t have Time

I’ve got a hint for you (me). Take this phrase out of your (my) vocabulary: “I don’t have time…” and start telling the truth. To your(my)self. To everyone around you (me). Don’t be the victim of your (my) lies. Tell the truth: “I want to…” “I don’t want to…” The inspiring quote that led to this for me is from The Big Leap: “The moment you stop complaining about time, you free up the necessary energy to mount a similar campaign on the inner plane. You will need that energy, because it is one thing to stop complaining that your are the victim of time, but it is quite another to stop feeling that you’re its victim.” You (I) can do...

I play D&D

I play D&D. Also known as Dungeons and Dragons. A long long time ago in a state far far away (MN) dad bought the D&D Basic Set for mom for . . . must’ve been Mother’s Day. It was the late 70s or early 80s and we began to play. Dad was the DM or Dungeon Master and the band of adventurers (me, my brother, and my mother) proceeded to the Keep on the Borderlands to pick up some supplies: armor, shields, bows. . . tools of mass destruction and personal preservation. Mom, or rather mom’s character kept saying thinks like “I don’t want a dagger. I don’t want to hurt anyone.” Shortly after that, the TV began spewing the negative propaganda regarding the game. We quit playing and the game disappeared. An unknown time...

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