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Jun 14

Mercy

Posted on Friday, June 14, 2013 in Emotional, Financial, Relational, Reviews, Social, Spiritual, Values

1111You know that I’m hungry and feeling sorry for myself when I post about food twice in the same week.

I love Thai food; and my dairy-free and gluten-free wife and I can both enjoy Thai food.

Amy and I may disagree on which Thai restaurant has the best Thai food, but we don’t often complain if one or the other suggests we get take-out, especially after a long day of gardening.

Mercy

One evening after a long day of conquering weeds I called Reuan Thai in Osseo, MN and placed our order.

Jun 13

Hunger pt 2 & Happy Anniversary!

Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

1987d-Scan-120610-0003On June 13th, 1987 I married the girl of my dreams.

My dreams have not always been my reality.

For instance, we didn’t always agree. In fact, she once called me “wishy-washy” because I didn’t 100% agree with her political statement. I responded with a self-defensive snarky-pout, “I’m just open-minded!” We didn’t always agree the, nor do we always agree now.

And yet, my wife Amy continues to be someone I admire. She hungers for God, and hungers and thirsts for righteousness. Amy does so with grace and humility, in fact, if she reads this post she’ll be annoyed that I bragged about her and she’ll hate that she might not live up to someone’s expectations.

Jun 12

Hunger

Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 in Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, Values

751px-JucyLucyHunger?

I have been on a carb-limiting diet for the past two weeks. I am quite aware of the self-pity, whiny attitude that I can have when i don’t get to have what I want, when I want it and as much as I want.

Jesus told his listeners, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” 1

I wish that I cared as much about my spiritual well-being as I do filling my belly.

1 – Matthew 5:6, NIV

Note image from Wikipedia

Nov 26

Contentment Leads To Generosity

Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 in Emotional, Financial, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

As I was approaching fifty years old I sought the wisdom of my elders. I sought out men and women older than I was to learn lessons on life that they had been learning.

Monday I began a series entitled A Treasure Chest Of Wisdom, including:

1. Don’t Hold Grudges
2. Take Care Of Your Health.
3. Compassion Makes Sense and Giving Is Better Than Taking
4. Greed Gains Momentum

5. Gratitude Leads To Contentment

Contentment Leads To Generosity

Note: This post in NOT intended to brag or boast.

Nov 24

Gratitude Leads To Contentment

Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 in Emotional, Financial, Intellectual, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

As I was approaching fifty years old I sought the wisdom of my elders. I sought out men and women older than I was to learn lessons on life that they had been learning.

Monday I began a series entitled A Treasure Chest Of Wisdom, including:

1. Don’t Hold Grudges
2. Take Care Of Your Health.
3. Compassion Makes Sense and Giving Is Better Than Taking
4. Greed Gains Momentum

Instead of focusing on what we don’t have, it’s important to be grateful for the amazing gifts we already have.

Loving family
Faithful friends
Good health

Nov 23

Greed Gains Momentum

Posted on Friday, November 23, 2012 in Emotional, Financial, Intellectual, Social, Spiritual, Values

As I was approaching fifty years old I sought the wisdom of my elders. I sought out men and women older than I was to learn lessons on life that they had been learning.

Monday I began a series entitled A Treasure Chest Of Wisdom, including:

1.  Don’t Hold Grudges 
2.  Take Care Of Your Health.
3.  Compassion Makes Sense and Giving Is Better Than Taking

Today is the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday.  A nationwide marketing “holiday” to trigger sales in anticipation of holiday gift-giving and gatherings.

Jul 3

Sir, do you remember me?

Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 in Education, Emotional, Financial, How To, Relational, Social, Values

Remember me?

Like many men of the time, Elkanah had two wives. Peninnah had children, but Hannah did not. Hannah wanted to have children. 

One day Hannah and her husband were traveling to while the other wife stayed at home with the kids. On their journey to Shiloh her husband asked, “Hannah, why are you so sad?”

Heartbroken, Hannah replied, “Give me children.”

Elkanah loved Hannah.  Her words hurt.  Frustrated he said, “Am I God that I could give you children?” And he added, “Aren’t I better to you than many sons? Aren’t you satisfied with me?”

Nov 22

Cut Gluttony Cultivate Contentment

Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in Emotional, Financial, Relational, Social, Values

I’m not a hunter, but I can relate to the feelings that many of my hunting friends have enjoyed.  I love thinking about food, the hunt for food, capturing my food, preparing and consuming my food.

My love for food — like many loves — can easily be mismanaged.

Mismanaged MMMmmms

I loved Arby’s “5 for $5.95″ deal.  I remember sitting in an Arby’s with a freshly filled bag of Arby’s Beef and Cheddar sandwiches — toasted bun, piled high with sliced beef, a doll up of tasty cheddar cheese, complimented by Arby’s Sauce and Horsey Sauce.  Since Arby’s no longer sells that amazing sandwich a quick search turned up the nutrition information. 1