Feeling lost

November 29, 2012

Do you ever feel overwhelmed? I do all the time recently. Overwhelmed isn’t really the right word though, it’s more of a totally lost sort of feeling in most aspects of my life. My faith and my wife are about the only parts of my life that feel stable and secure right now. I’m not where I thought I would be when I was younger, and I’m not where I feel like I should be either, yet I’m here so this is where God wants me to be. I don’t understand why. I don’t see the reasons, as is so often the case with God and life in general. I feel like the scene from the Firefly episode “Serenity”

Inara: [to Simon] You’re lost in the woods. We all are. Even the captain. The only difference is he likes it that way.
Mal: [walks in] No, the only difference is the woods are the only place I can see a clear path.

I wish I could convince myself I could see the clear path through the woods, but I can’t right now. My biggest comfort is that I’m at a place where I can look back into the woods I’ve gone through and see the path I followed , unbeknownst to me at the time, to get out of them, so I know God is in control I just don’t know what he’s got planned. I’m at a place in my life I don’t like. I’m in a rut. I don’t really like where I’m at, but I’m afraid of what may be around the bend. To quote a Rich Mullins song

I can’t see how your leading me, unless you’ve led me here, to where I’m lost enough to let myself be led.

That’s how I feel right now. So many things have gone wrong in the past couple years and I’ve had so much heartache and sorrow. I’ve been in a deep valley and I’m ready to come out on the mountaintop. I’m sorry if this post has gotten you down. That wasn’t the intention. I guess the main point was to get this out there for others who may feel the same way or worse. My sister once told me that sometimes it helps us to “call God out on his promises.” Not to remind God, but to remind us. That’s what I’ve been doing. I know God is with me because he said he would be. I know this dark time is for my benefit because God seeks out my good (Romans 8). I know he loves me because I could not love without his love being poured out upon me first. If you’re feeling low and broken, lost in the woods, you’re not alone. I’m there too.

On a different note, the Bearded Bloggers campaign is almost over. We’re $160 from our goal right now (11/29/12 @ 9:00 AM). If you’re able, please give for those who don’t have access to clean water. 1 in 9 people in the world have no access to clean water. Please help by donating and/or sharing the link with others. You can go here to donate http://mycharitywater.org/the-bearded-bloggers-2012. Please help these people not have to drink disease infested water. Here’s my latest pic of my no shave November for Charity:Water

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Poetry Monday!

November 26, 2012

So, as the title says, I’m starting a new thing where on most Mondays I will post an original poem from my own twisted mind or from that of some of my friends if I can get them to do it. Today’s is an acrostic poem about thanksgiving. Here goes:

Thankful for the people in my life,
Having a wonderful, loving wife,
A loving family who cares for each other,
No matter what happens between sister and brother.
Knocking my glass with my knife
Saying I’m blessed by God in my life.
Giving my friends a hug or high five,
I’m reminded of the fun we’ve had that made us feel alive.
Very grateful for what I’ve received,
I know God will keep me, for this I’ve believed.
Nothing can snatch me from his hand,
Going to live one day in that glorious land.

Giving thanks

November 22, 2012

I’ve seen several people doing series about people who influenced them and thought. Might try that, but then I didn’t want to just d what others are doing, so I thought I would talk a bit about people I’m thankful for. It’s is not in any order.

I’m thankful for my wife. She is always there with an encouraging word for me. She listens to me and cares about me. She understands me and loves me. She takes care of me. She is the love of my life.

I’m thankful for my parents. My father taught me what it means to be a man and has always looked out for what’s best for me. He loves me and mentors me still as I approach my 30s. My mom is an example of what Christian love and endurance should be. She deals with physical problems of her own (serious ones) and her own emotional problems as well as everyone else’s. she is the glue that holds our family together.

I’m thankful for my sisters. They have always looked out for me and take time to talk to me when I need them and help me any way they can. We laugh together, cry together, and have lived some of our best moments together. They are cherished by me.

I have wonderful in-laws. My sisters’ husbands are good t them and are great additions to the family. My wife’s family is fun and I’m so glad we get along well. I’ve seen man of my friends end up with in-laws that hate them and I’m s thankful that I feel like part of the family with all my in-laws.

I’m also constantly thankful for my friends. My lifelong friends, Patrick and Matthew, have suffered and rejoiced with me through my entire life. They know everything about me and still love me anyway. All my other close friends, you know who you are, are wonderful. We’ve had so many great times together and I’ve been blessed by you all so much I don’t want to list your names because I’ll be sure to forget someone this morning in my sinus medicine stupor, but know I love you all.

Finally I want to simply say HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Pruning

November 17, 2012

This time of year I get a lot of questions about pruning/cutting back trees and shrubs, so I thought I’d write a brief post with my basic rules of thumb for pruning.
1. If the plant drops its leaves and/or dies back then you can go on and cut it back once it dies back. Be sure to wait for it to die back first, otherwise you may be pruning too soon and it could get more new growth before the first couple of hard freezes and that’s bad for the plant. It stresses it out.
2. If its an evergreen and just needs some shaping up, you ca do that anytime. If it needs some serious cutting back though you want to wait till its not actively growing (after the first few hard freezes) or right at the beginning of spring. Right when you start to see new growth on it, cut it back. These are the best bets for having it fill back out by summer time.
3. For blueberries, I like to wait until the very first bit of new growth shows up then prune it. You want three or four main stalks (leave them alone other than tiny stuff close to the ground) and you want to open up the center a bit for airflow.
4. For azaleas, if you want blooms the next year you must cut them back right after they bloom and be sure to cover them whenever it freezes, because the next years blooms come off of this years growth. Encore azaleas are a bit tricky because they bloom so much, but I’ve had luck pruning them right after their first or second bloom. I wouldn’t recommend cutting back after their fall blooms though because that’s getting a bit too close to the end of the year.
I hope you enjoyed this little informational on pruning. If you have any questions just leave a comment.

Giving Challenge

November 15, 2012

Week 2 of the Bearded Blogger campaign has finished. If you’ve been following us on Instagram, twitter, or Facebook you know we’re all getting furry in the face. While most of us would be growing beards anyway, I’d like to remind everyone that we are doing this for a GREAT cause. If you’ve forgotten, we’re trying to raise $1000 for charity: water We are at $565 as of the writing of this, which is great because we’re over halfway there. However, what worries me is that we haven’t had a donation in a week. We’ve lost steam somehow and we’ve gone from the 9th to today, the 15th, without a single donation. I think what happens is everyone sees the fundraiser and says, “that’s nice, others will surely give to this good cause.” The problem is everyone thinks others are in a better position to give so they don’t give or even help by spreading the word. If you really can’t give, please spread the word. I think, if we’re honest with ourselves though, that most of us can give. $5 isn’t a lot of money, but if everyone of just my Facebook friends gave $5 we’d raise over $1500. I know the others have more Facebook friends than I do. If every single one of our friends shared the link with their Facebook friends and so on and so forth we could reach thousands, probably millions, easily.
So, here’s my challenge to you. “But wait a minute David, you already gave us an inferred challenge above.” Yes I did, good for you to catch that, but I want to be clear with everyone. I encourage you to give in several different ways. Number 1 is specifically for Christians, but the others are for everyone. 1. You should tithe. Most moderately sized churches in America would have no problem meeting or exceeding there operating costs if every member were to tithe. I know it can be scary to cut that 10% out of your budget and set it aside for God, but I promise you God will provide. Maybe he’ll show you a way you can cut back in other areas, or maybe it will be something totally unexpected. I wholeheartedly believe, and have seen it happen many times, that if we are diligent with our finances, God will show us a way to make ends meet. 2. Give of your skills. Do you have a special skill? Maybe it’s something you can teach others who are “at risk” or maybe it’s a skill or talent that is needed by a local non-profit or charity. Anything from painting to plumbing to playing music can all be used to help people who need it. 3. Give of your time. I know this can be included in number 2, but I wanted it to be its own because many times people just need someone to listen and maybe give a little advice or an encouraging word. Being a friend to someone can turn their life around. It takes effort, but it makes a huge difference. 4. Give financially if you can. I’ve talked about this some already, but I really want to emphasize that I think most everyone can give something. Take your lunch to work instead of eating out one day a week, make your own coffee a couple times a week instead of buying overpriced, undersized stuff from a coffee shop, filter your own water at home and take it with you in reusable bottles instead of buying expensive bottled water. All these things can save you money so you can give to whatever charity you like. Of course I’d like you to donate to our project at http://mycharitywater.org/the-bearded-bloggers-2012, but the important thing is to give. Maybe you’d like to support some missionaries or a special project at your church. Any way you want to give, do it, just give. It makes a difference in your life and others’. If you play music, maybe you could do a free show and ask for tips to donate to a charity. Whatever you do, find a way to give to others.
P.S. Almost forgot in my rant. Here’s my picture for this week

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P.P.S. if you have stories of how God has provided for you please leave a comment and share them.

What’s happening

November 8, 2012

Sorry The posts have been so few and far between the last couple of weeks. I’ve been extremely busy. Life has gone kind of crazy the past two weeks. I’ve had to deal with many different things on my plate. I can’t really go into all that’s been going on, but I’d really appreciate your prayers.
Despite all the business right now I have had the chance to do some fun and cool things. Firstly, I got my hands on super munchkin and got a chance to play. It’s very fun and I highly recommend it. Also, while I’m on the topic, I played my first round of Epic Munchkin (playing to level 20 instead of 10) this week. I found out it is quite aptly named because it was epic.
I’ve been listening to the Munchkinland podcast put out by major spoilers and enjoying it a lot. They also do a D&D podcast as well as their eponymous podcast. You should check them out if you like comic books, D&D, or Munchkin. They rock!
Finally, no shave November is still going on and the Bearded Bloggers are still raising money for Charity: Water. Thank you to all those who have donated. You are making a real difference. To this who haven’t, there’s still time. Just click this link: mycharitywater.org/the-bearded-bloggers-2012. Every little bit helps. We are halfway to our goal thanks to your generosity. I was looking at my Facebook friends the other day and if everyone just gave $5 that would surpass our original goal. That’s not even a decent sized value meal. It’s giving up your Starbucks or Cups run for one day. The amount you give isn’t important, it’s that you give that makes the difference. Please prayerfully consider what you can give. On a lighter note here’s my picture for this weeks blog:

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I think I look rather dapper in my hat:)
I hope your week is going well. Let me know if you have anything you’d like my take on. Be good, be safe, and, even though it’s a day early, have a safe weekend.

An important project

November 2, 2012

So my friend Joseph Craven tweeted and posted about this and I had to join it. A group known as the Bearded Bloggers is growing their facial hair for no shave November and raising money for charity: water. If you haven’t heard of them go here and watch the video. To donate toward reaching the Bearded Bloggers’ goal go to http://mycharitywater.org/the-bearded-bloggers-2012. This charity gives 100% of its donations to clean water projects overseas. To find out more about the Bearded Bloggers go to Caleb McNary’s blog. You can also follow me on twitter @filmfan83 to see my update pics throughout the month. I was busy yesterday so I forgot to get a clean shaved pic but here’s day two

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I’ll be updating my picture at least three times a week on twitter and on e a week here. If you want one every day, that could be arranged. Comment and let me know.

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