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Sick Family

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Every year about this time, most of us in our family get a cold, or maybe a touch of flu. However, this season has been especially hard on my wife and daughters. So far, I have been the only one who has been spared the onslaught of the flu bug. Of course, it's probably just a matter of time.

Is our's the only family that seems to be struggling with those seasonal illnesses this year?

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NEXTYEAR 11/11/2009 7:50PM

    Well, I'm praying that we escape because the flu almost killed my sister in July, the off season. Hope you escape too. You are needed elsewhere than in bed. Cheers! emoticon

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/11/2009 4:21PM

    We have all been pretty much been down for a couple weeks. I am finally just about back to normal and the youngest is about there. I'm hoping that we are done with it for the winter.

Hope you guys get better soon.


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4EVERBEUTIFUL 11/11/2009 1:12PM

    No I've been sick for months! The doctors say it must be allergies but i've never had them before... weird.

I hope your wife and kids get better soon!

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"I Don't Like Mondays..."

Monday, November 09, 2009

It seems strange to me that Mondays seem so much harder to get up for than, let's say, "Fridays", or virtually any other day of the week. Perhaps it's the sobering reality of the days that await us that cause us to hope for this day to simply move on.

However, a friend of mine used to tell me whenever I found myself in a rough stretch, or frustrated, "This too shall pass".

As I think about the challenges in life that you and I face, it would be good for us to remember this little phrase. When my day starts spiraling out of control, it helps me to remember that life is full of various ups and downs. It's as if there is an eb and flow to life.

Perhaps, it is helpful to remain focused upon the goal of our lives, rather than the mundane or frustrating circumstances that we find ourselves in.

Thanks for letting me share some thoughts and vent about "Mondays."

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LUTHERANGIRL 11/13/2009 7:25AM

    Growing up, my mom would always say,"this to shall pass" in
challenging situations.I don't like when my days feel so full
with work or activities that they are out of control.I'm self
employed and our business is open seven days a week so Monday
is just like the rest. I know my primary concerns should be
reading God's Word and Prayer and He will guide me through
the rest.

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LETSGOHUSKERS 11/10/2009 5:26AM

    Mondays are just another day that ends in Y. or is that S oh now I'm confused

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KKLENNERT809 11/9/2009 1:42PM

    Before I even read your blog, I was going to say that I look at Mondays as a challenge. It's kind of a game for me to see how much I can accomplish as it keeps pouring in. And just remember, each Monday that you dread or worry about, is one day less in the scheme of life. Don't wish your days away. Live each day to your fullest.

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Nothing like a morning run

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Each of us have exercises that give us energy and get our minds and bodies ready for the day. For some it might be a brisk walk in the neighborhood, or a game of pick-up basketball with some friends. Regardless of the activity, it is beneficial for us to discover our sweet spot when it comes to exercise.

For me that excercise has become running. I realize that this is not an activity for everyone, but it brings me satisfaction and energy for my day. We have been particularly blessed with some incredible late Fall weather here in mid-Missouri this year.

So what's your "go-to" exercise that you just can't wait to do?

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NAENAE1213 11/10/2009 10:23AM

    Loving this weather!!! Beautiful.
For me, it's either a nice nature walk or a good walk through my neighborhood that energizes me. Something about being outside!

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USFBULL 11/8/2009 9:17PM

    Not much for running, but I like the concept of a sweet spot for exercise, for me it is walking, walking outdoors and enjoying the time instead of enduring the exercise. We have had great weather this fall and it helps to motivate to get outside. emoticon Jeff

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MAMONTOYA 11/8/2009 6:38PM

    I love the morning run too. I love the energy and peace I get from being outdoors.

Have a great week.

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Enjoying the weather

Thursday, November 05, 2009

I have always enjoyed Fall, and it's not just because that's when football season starts. However, that is a plus. One of the great things about living here in the Midwest is experiencing the change in seasons. Perhaps, I enjoy this time of the year so much because I am able to get out and enjoy the outdoors without having to take a shower resulting from the intense heat of Summer. Also, there's just something about the crispness of the Autumn air.

Hopefully, you're enjoying this time of the year where you live. What is about this time of year that you enjoy? or don't?

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NEXTYEAR 11/5/2009 2:38PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I agree. Fall brings out the best in me. We're having sunshine along with a few rainy days here in NE IN. Got those leaves raked, closed up the garden, and finished touch up painting on the house. Only thing left is to feed the birds and get in a few long walks.

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What's Love Got to Do with It?

Monday, November 02, 2009

In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he lists the fruit of the Spirit-led life as he discusses what it means to live a life that is truly led by the Spirit. As followers of Christ, many of us profess our allegiance to Jesus, yet we sometimes struggle with the reality of His Lordship over our lives.
While I am not going to spend time in this article discussing this weighty theological issue, I do feel led to share some thoughts regarding our need as followers of Christ to exhibit the fruit of the Spirit. Specifically, I want to focus our thoughts on the first of these fruit that Paul mentions; love.
Obviously, most of us who seek to live in a manner that exalts the name of Jesus realize that our lives should be marked by this fruit of the Spirit. After all, Paul concludes the thirteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians with this often quoted line, “But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love” 1 Corinthians 13:13 NAS.

We all know that our love for others is a consistent expression of our love for our Savior. Still, many of us struggle with demonstrating the love that our Lord has given to us to those whom we encounter in the daily grind of life.
The Scriptures are clear that as believers we are called to love one another as our Savior has loved us. Following His observance of the Passover meal with them in the Upper Room, He tells them, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another” John 13:34.
He goes on to say, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15). Thus, our love for Him is not simply an emotion or an act of allegiance. Rather, it should be demonstrated through our obedience to His commands. Our lives should be living manifestations of the love that He has shown us. In essence, His love impacts how I relate to other people, especially my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
So when Paul speaks of love being one of the fruits of the Spirit in the life of a believer, would it not follow that we should consistently demonstrate Christ-like love towards others? Obviously, this is a significant struggle for some of us. It is easier for me to sing about how much I love God, than to demonstrate compassion towards the one who does not show me the respect that I believe that I deserve.
Why is this act of loving others so difficult for us at times? Of course, there are some people that are easy to love, admire and respect in the body of Christ. Then there are those whose conduct and attitude make this command more of a challenge to obey.
The struggle for many of us is that we see love as simply an emotion rather than a willful act. We must choose to show love to others even when they are unlovely to us. Jesus reminds us, “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them” (Luke 6:32).
Unlike those who hold to the standards of this world, those of us who seek to follow Jesus are expected to love even those who treat us with contempt. This can be one of the more difficult commands of Jesus for the believer to obey.
In case we think that this is an isolated command of our Lord that we can ignore, He furthers His case again just a few verses later when He says, “…love your enemies, and do merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:35a & 36).
The love that Jesus describes is more than the love that we often express in life. Some of us might say that we “love” pizza, jazz or a particular sport’s team. This does not seem to be the love of which Jesus speaks. The love that Paul declares as a fruit of the Spirit is one that can only be expressed as a result of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Perhaps, the Apostle best describes it for us in his letter to the Corinthians. “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).
May our lives show His love to the nations.

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NEXTYEAR 11/4/2009 10:55AM

    emoticon I need to pray more about how God wants me to show love to others.

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JOCHEBED1 11/2/2009 11:26PM

    this is a great blog....seems very God-centered, biblical and sound. that is very important in our day and age :D like`that you used the NASB..we use that as well.

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ETAGGEL 11/2/2009 8:05PM

    very ggod blog. I am afraid I find it very hard to love someone who has wronged me or one of my family.
I had an email from a very good friend today asking me, in a nice way, not to send her religious emails. Now I know that it is her choice, but it saddens me to think that she doesn't even want to know God! I will. however, keep in contact with her and pray for her that the day will come for when she finally knows and loves God.


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