Archive for February, 2013

In Praise of my Wife

Posted: February 26, 2013 in Family, Life

Didn’t sleep well last night. The headache kept getting worse, despite taking meds. Finally awoke this morning at three something ready to vomit. Bad stage in the life of a headache. I knew today would be an ER trip day. Spent three hours there. Finally got the pain under control. They also gave me a parting gift – an injection of something else (I had the quite the cocktail today) that would help keep the pain away and would, in the words of the PA, “Amp you up”. So now the pain is mostly gone, but I have the jitters and find it difficult to think in complete sentences.

Where was I originally going to go with this post?  Oh, yea… I am so thankful for my wife who had to deal with this stuff. I am so thankful that she drove me to the ER, and came and picked me up. I am so thankful that she made me some oatmeal when we got back. I am so thankful for such a compassionate wife who takes care of the kids and me with such selflessness.

Thank you Jenn. Ei elvte.

Strange Good Day

Posted: February 25, 2013 in Faith, Life

It’s been a good day. It’s seems strange to say since I’ve suffered from a Migraine since saturday and sometime last night it hit with full force. I’ve been out of it a lot today, between meds and sleep, etc. It seems strange to say since the meds never really knocked out the pain. Yep, I’ve been hurting all day. Only now can I look at a computer screen without stabbing pain assaulting me. So what made it a good day?

It’s been a day of prayer. I’ve done a lot of talking to God and listening too. I couldn’t read, but I thanks to youversion.com and my Kindle I was able to listen to scripture and literature.

Through the pain I spent the day communing with God. That’s a good day.

Confessions of a Human Father

Posted: February 22, 2013 in Family

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Yesterday, due to the snow, I worked from home. My five-year-old son could not understand why, since I was home, I could not LAN play Minecraft with him. This morning I started my day at home again and went into the office after the roads had been better cleared. Again my son wanted to LAN play with me. I’m afraid I got rather short with him. I regret that my last words to him this morning were harsh. Now I spend my day with that guilt and regret. What I really want to do is go home, pick him up, and hug him to me … and then do some LAN play.

Random Daily Thoughts

Posted: February 22, 2013 in Faith, Life

The following are just some random thoughts and sound bites without commentary:

There’s stuff we can do, and then there’s the one thing that God really wants us to do.

Don’t settle for tracks someone else has laid.

Sometimes we have to leave good things to do God things.

Russian Roulette of the Fridge

Posted: February 21, 2013 in Life

The trouble with repurposing used margarine containers as tupperware is that it goes something like this: Chile, rice, “Gah! What the hell was that?”, Spagetti (when did we have that last?), ah the margarine.

 

You Spin Me Right ‘Round…

Posted: February 20, 2013 in Life

We’re currently experiencing something of a winter storm. The roads are slippery. I work approximately forty-five minutes away from my home. On the way home there is a hill at the bottom of which lies a stop light. You can probably tell in which general direction this is going.

Knowing the down hill was coming and that the road was slippery and I might need to stop at the end, I downshifted. I should probably also mention that I drive a Jeep. ‘Nuf said. Anyway, as I came over the rise I noticed the light was indeed red and there was a line of cars stopped. As I proceeded slowly down the hill my vehicle began to slide. “This is sub-optimal,” I thought to myself as I continued around till I was sliding backwards down the hill facing oncoming traffic and proceeding toward stopped vehicles.

A slight application of the gas brought me to a stop as the Jeep attempted to climb back the way it had come. I could not, however, take the time to sort myself out there on the road as there was a new line of cars approaching my position … facing the wrong way on a slippery downhill run. Shifting into low I managed to turn and get off the road before the line of oncoming cars reached me. There on the side of the road I managed my turnabout and waited patiently for a break in traffic whereupon I re-entered the road, facing the correct direction and proceeded home with no further incident.

I’m a Sinner

Posted: February 18, 2013 in Church, Faith

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Yeah we walk through the doors, so accusing their eyes
Like they have any right at all to criticize,
Hypocrites. You’re all here for the very same reason…
— Lyrics from Breathe (2am) by Anna Nalick

That’s how many unchurched feel walking into a church service. I know because I’ve asked. I know because they’ve told me. I know because I felt the same way as a pastor. I know because I feel the same way as a visitor.

Posts like these may not win me many friends among the church set, particularly among churches possibly considering my resume. But it’s truth, and we must face it. Years ago a friend of mine was sent to a rehab facility to overcome her alcohol addiction. When she got out she joined Alcoholics Anonymous. She observed in that group she experienced both acceptance and accountability. She observed that in church she felt like she had to hide her problems. In AA she confessed them and received loving accountability and support. She felt that had church been more like AA her alcoholism wouldn’t have been allowed to get so bad.

Where’s the understanding in our churches? Where’s the loving accountability? Where’s the honesty? Why are we all pretending we have it together instead of confessing that we have a sin problem?

Hi, my name’s Jason, and I’m a sinner.