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Back Again

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Its been awhile but I am back. Been getting my health problems worked out.

In July I was having trouble breathing. After seeing the pulmonologist and some testing. I found out I have asthma. Then I went to the sleep clinic and found out I have sleep apnea. So, I am now on a cpap machine through the night and taking Symbicort.

After about a month, I am beginning to feel normal again. The cpap is making a difference in my strength and outlook on life.

I am still working with my weight. Working at getting off the pounds. A slow process butt seems to be happening.

  
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NANHBH 10/18/2014 12:32AM

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Welcome back, Dennis. Glad to hear that you are feeling better. It sure helps to know what you are dealing with, doesn't it? Keep on keeping on! You can do it.
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JOYATLAST 10/14/2014 4:30PM

    I'm so glad you got some answers and relief!

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Always room...for a friend...

Monday, December 02, 2013

In this season of hustle and bustle let all be reminded of this story:

The old professor stood in front of his class. Sat an empty jar on the table. Filled it with golf balls. "Is the jar full?" asked the wise old man. "Yes it is." replied the young'uns in his class.

Then he filled the same jar with pebbles which shook downward as they went in between the golf balls and rested until he had filled the jar. "Is the jar full?" asked the prof. "Oh definitely" replied his students.

Then the sage filled the same jar with sand and it went in between the balls and the gravel. He shook the jar until the sand filled the jar. "Is the jar full?" "Yes it is! Without a doubt FULL."

Then the professor took a cup of coffee and poured it in on top of the sand, on top of the pebbles on top of the golf balls. The coffee ran downward 'till it filled the jar to the brim. "Is the jar full?" "Yes sir! It is now!" was the reply.

The wise prof then reminded: When you think your life too full, there isn't room left for anything, always remember: THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR A CUP OF COFFEE with a FRIEND.

  
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NANHBH 12/4/2013 11:34AM

    Dennis,

Love this! I don't drink coffee, but I'd sure have a cup of tea with a friend.

Wishing you a peaceful holiday season.
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MOMMY445 12/2/2013 8:01PM

    that is so true! have an amazing day!

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A Matter of Life and Death...

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The other day I was driving down a street in which I remembered a man I used to know. He was a good man. A good husband (he and his wife were high school sweethearts) and family man. He had a hangup with anger but his job made him take an anger management class: 3 times! Now that's enough to make you mad! haha His blood pressure, weight and smoking were out of control.

He simply told his medical doctor when the Dr. told him if he didn't change he was going to die: Hey, I know the Lord and if I should die then I know where I am going and that I am in good Hands. He wouldn't control his blood pressure, losing weight was out of the question and he continued to smoke like a fiend. His idea of relaxing was to go gambling at the casinos where of course smoking and drinking ( and lots of it) is allowed.

Well folks, he died at age 60. No doubt, because of his acceptance of Christ, he is with the Lord. But many times I have wondered did he tempt the Lord? By not taking care of the precious gift God gives to us? That being life and this body in which we only have one of. I know his wife of 42 yrs misses him. His children miss him. His friends miss him. And perhaps the Lord still had some big plans and big blessings for him yet in this life.

It's a dilemma. On one hand Jesus seems to be indicating to throw our lives away. Yet, he calls us to do the work that requires our bodies be in the best of shape. The spiritual is always more important than the physical yet the physical is important too. When Elijah was depressed & running away. The Angel of the Lord prepared good food and commanded he eat it several times, because he had a long journey ahead. The disciples were always hungry it seems and yet Jesus provided for them even on the Sabbath. After giving spiritual lessons to 5,000 men in addition their wives and children, he fed them fish and bread to strengthen them for their long journey home.

It appears that the spiritual and the physical go hand in hand. If you are spiritually strong you are also physically strong and vice versa. Jesus is our great example of both being the strongest Spiritually and Physically.

Should we do any less? This is a question each individual must answer for themselves.
Because it is a matter of life and death...

  
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NANHBH 9/24/2013 11:49AM

    Dennis,

I'm so sad for this man's family that he left behind at such a young age. He never got to see his grandchildren grow up. With an attitude like that, he surely wasn't thinking of his family's welfare after his departure. I hope he left his wife with the means to live out the rest of her natural life.

In addition to the scripture stories that you point out, I am reminded of the story of Daniel (I think it was Daniel) who refused to eat the king's rich meats and instead ate only vegetables. He was healthier than those who ate the rich foods.

Our body IS the temple of God. We should not desecrate His temple. Just my humble opinion.

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NWFL59 8/1/2013 8:48AM

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JANNEPERRY 7/31/2013 8:46PM

    Thanks for your insightful words. It is sooooo hard to give control of every portion of our life to Christ!

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CAROLINAKIWI 7/31/2013 4:40PM

    I think God wants us to take care of the precious gift He has given us so we an carry on His work.
Good blog - makes you think!!!

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MARTA_M 7/31/2013 4:36PM

    So many good words.

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In Memory of Frances - My Wonderful Mother-In-Law 1925-2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

When tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see.
If the sun should rise and find your eyes, all filled with tears for me.
I wish so much you wouldn't cry, the way you did today,
While thinking of the many things we never got to say.

I know how much you love me, as much as I love you..
And each time that you think of me, I know you'll miss me too..
But when tomorrow starts without me, Please try to understand..
An angel came and called my name and took me by the hand,
It seemed my place was ready - In Heaven far above,
and that I'd have to leave behind, those things I dearly love..

But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye.
For all of life, I'd always thought, I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for, so much yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible, that I was leaving you..
I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad..
I thought of all the love we shared, and how much fun we had..
If I could relive yesterday, just even for a while,
I'd say goodbye, then kiss you ‘til I saw that special smile..

But then I fully realized, that it could never be,
'Cause emptiness and memories, would take the place of me.
And when I thought of all those things, I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow. .
But when I walked through Heaven's gates, I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me, From his great & golden throne,

He said, "This is eternity, and all I've promised you.
Today your life on Earth is past, but here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last,
and since each day is the same day, there's no longing for the past. .
But you have been so faithful, so trusting and so true,
Though there were some times you did some things you shouldn't do. .

But you have been forgiven, and now at last you're free,
So come and take me by the hand, and share my life with me.."
So when tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart,
for every time you think of me, I'll be right there - in your Heart..

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NANHBH 9/24/2013 11:54AM

    Beautiful poem, Dennis. I hope the memories of your beloved Mother-in-law are alive in your heart as you approach the first anniversary of her entrance into Eternal Life. Peace, my friend.

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SIGLED 10/29/2012 8:08AM

    Thanks for your beautiful thoughts! On Saturday Oct 27th we gathered for Mom's funeral. I used this poem in the funeral sermon. Much of it was Mom's testimony.

As we met, as relatives & friends in a full chapel, we cried, we laughed, we shared, we remembered & we said farewell for but a moment in time. For the day is yet coming when we too will join our beloved in the Promised Land where there will be no more parting & no more tears! emoticon

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BILL60 10/25/2012 8:07AM

    Incredible poem. Thank you so much for sharing and my deppest sympathies for your loss.

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JANNEPERRY 10/25/2012 7:38AM

    Thanks so much for sharing this special poem

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NWFL59 10/24/2012 11:44AM

    Lovely poem. My humble condolences upon your recent loss of your beloved mother in law.

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wow! It has been way to long since my last blog.

Let me do a little thinking...some planning...and some action and soon a brand new blog will appear to cheer, encourage and help.

Meanwhile, enjoy the Spring and the May that is calling us all to get out there and JUST DO IT!

--Dennis

  
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NANHBH 9/24/2013 11:57AM

    "A Matter of Life and Death" was worth waiting 14 months for!

Just teasing ya.
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DAVEINSEOUL 7/14/2012 7:13AM

    Just Blog it :-)

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JANNEPERRY 5/18/2012 10:29AM

    Good to hear from you again! Thanks for the call to action! emoticon

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NWFL59 5/17/2012 8:12PM

    Thanks for the 'Just Do IT' and getting out there and enjoying May and the last of Spring for summer sets in with its way too high temps and humidity (at least here in Northwest Florida). Looking forward to reading your next blog.
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