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A Prayer For My readers…..

Precious Father, who comforts us with holy comfort,
I bring my  readers and followers before You asking You for a fresh look at things  through Your eyes. I pray for everyone who is battling a problem — whether it be man’s making  or satan’s making. I ask You for peace. In this world we live in Lord, we struggle to make  sense of the horrible ,senseless, and tragic world we live in. But Lord, You say that in this world we are going to have tribulation. Lord, Humble us and bring us closer to You so that we can use Your passions to help others. 

In Jesus Name…..

AMEN!

“In the midst of sorrow, faith draws the sting out of every trouble, and takes out the bitterness from every affliction. “– Richard Cecil

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A Pirate’s Look at 30

Hi Wonderers!

Today (October 26) is a milestone day in my life. I turn 30 years old on this day. I am not an old man nor do I need any walkers,wheelchairs, or assistive aids like that to help me get around (although that time is coming!!!). But this birthday has me being surprisingly introspective thinking about the past 3 decades of my life. From being born premature, to living in a small town, to being diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 6th grade, to my numerous attempts at love, to holding a job down despite the screwups, to finding Jesus, to have dramatic experiences, and to losing 2 members of my family in a very short time…. Thats a lot to take in in 30 years!!!!! I thank God for it, and expectantly  wait for the next 30 years to begin offering me more blessings and more experiences that will no doubt shape me into the man He wants me to be. 

To my friends and family: THANK YOU for not giving up on me when I was at my worst.   

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​L’Envoi (Rudyard Kipling)

When earth’s last picture is painted, and the tubes are twisted and dried, when the oldest colors have faded and the youngest critic has died,we shall rest, and faith we shall need it–lie down for an aeon or two,till the Master of all Good Workmen shall set us to work anew!
And those that were good will be happy;  they shall sit in a golden chair;they shall splash at a ten-league canvas with brushes of comets’ hair;they shall find real saints to draw from—Magdalene, Peter, and Paul;They shall work for an age at a sitting and never be tired at all!

And The Master shall praise us, and only the Master shall blame,and no one shall work for money, and no one shall work for fame;But each for the joy of the working, and each in his separate star,shall draw the Thing as he sees It for the God of Things as They Are!

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Special post….

Paul’s Epistle 

“Shouting The Warning” 

Picture this in your mind: Someone you love – perhaps a son or daughter, spouse or other family member – is, for whatever reason, going for a walk down a railroad track, alone. 

As they walk, they’re enjoying some of their favorite tunes with earbuds firmly plugged into their ears and, of course, into their iPod. All’s right with the world. It’s a beautiful day. In fact, from a distance, you can see this person simply enjoying a walk. 

But then, to your horror, you see a speeding train approaching this person from behind. You scream a warning, but the in-ear music blocks out your frantic cries and even the sound of the approaching train. 

Now you’re running, screaming at the individual to get off the track, but they don’t see or hear you. The train’s engineer spots the trespasser and sounds his whistle. Trains cannot stop on a dime, you know. (A train traveling at 55 mph takes a mile to stop!) The engineer’s warnings, too, go unheard and, of course, unheeded. 

If the walker doesn’t hear the warnings – or ignores them – and if you can’t reach him in time — his doom is inevitable. You don’t tangle with a train and survive. 

Just this past May, a 55-year old man walking on train tracks and listening to music on his iPod was struck and killed near Hartford, Michigan. The train had approached the man from behind and, apparently, the man had no idea of his peril until it was too late. Ironically, a 23-year old man – also walking with headphones in his ears – was killed by another train near the same location two years earlier. 

If only someone could have shouted a warning. If only those men weren’t so distracted by the music blaring in their ears. If only they could have heard the train’s warning whistle before it was too late. 

These men could not say that they hadn’t been warned. Most railroads are clearly posted with “no trespassing” and/or “Danger!”signs. And common sense would dictate that you should not walk down an active railroad track – just as you would not obliviously go for a stroll down the middle of a busy highway. 

Two observations: 

First, your unsaved friends and loved ones are like those men walking down a railroad track, oblivious to their oncoming demise. They have no idea that, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, this life could end – and their death would bring eternal punishment. 

Sure, they’ve heard warnings about all this – perhaps from you. But they’re just not listening. They’ve turned up the “music of this world” in their ears to block out your warnings. 

Friend, you need to redouble your efforts to break through this static and reach this person – before it’s too late. Each year, more than 500 people die in the U. S. while walking along railroad tracks and subsequently being struck by a train, according to Operation Lifesaver. Each year, millions of unsaved individuals die doomed to hell because they have “blocked out” warning shouts from Christian friends. 

Second, the world these days confuses love and hate. If you’d see your loved one walking down that railroad track and you shouted a warning, would that be an expression of love? Or hate? Obviously, it would be love. 

But if you shouted a warning to your unsaved friends that they should repent and accept Christ as Lord or be lost forever — which, of course, would be ultimately much worse than being hit by a train — the world would say that’s an expression of “hate.” The only “hate” here is our hatred of sin. And sin, of course, is something the world loves and understands. So what we see as love, the world sees as hate. We should never confuse the two, knowing that the warning itself — a warning against sin — is a great expression of love. Remember, as Paul says, “…do not let your good be spoken of as evil” (Romans 14:16). 

Please, do all you can to shout that warning – over and over again, as needed – to your unsaved family and friends. The “train” is fast approaching. Remember, you’re doing it as an expression of your love. But it’s based on the ultimate expression of love found in John 3:16, and evidenced by Christ’s sacrificial death on the Cross.  Now, that’s love!  

Oh, and stay off railroad tracks. 

– Paul Heil (The Gospel Greats)

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I Want

Hi Wonderers!
Reblog time again. This post is from my Insta Friend Teana…. She is a Biblical Counselor, speaker and blogger. Hope y’all enjoy ( and thanks Teana!)

For HIS Glory

I want to sit at Jesus’ feet
and listen to “The Word”.
His words like honey are so sweet,
the truest ever heard.
I want to sit in Jesus’ lap
and lean upon His chest,
be comforted, peacefully nap,
accept His perfect rest.
I want to hide ‘neath Jesus’ wing
when storms of life pass through,
to understand they’re meant to bring
me confidence in You.
I want to live in Jesus’ world,
heaven eternally,
not in the Lake of Fire be hurled,
tortured in misery.

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What A NICU baby would say if it talked

​I was born premature and spent quite a few days in the NICU…. so this speaks to me…… 

A shortlist of things that if given the chance, NICU babies could say……

  1. I want to be held.”

Just before I was born, I was enjoying a buoyant bath in warm fluid that had such a calming effect on me while I listened to the steady beat of my Mommy’s heart and soothing hum of her breaths. Even the cacophonous sounds of her bowels does not compare to the frequent noises I hear outside now in this strange NICU space. From the time of my conception, I enjoyed this meditative, cocooned environment only to be harshly disrupted by my delivery. My perpetual bond with my mother is gone, and as much as I try to communicate this I spend most of my day lying here alone, reaching out for some human touch. Whenever you get a chance to touch or hold, please go ahead. It gives me so much relief to be close to another human being again.

  1. “It hurts.”

Even though there was a time when medical doctors believed that babies like me did not feel pain and thus there was no need for analgesia, I want to reassure you that I do feel pain just fine, and lots of it. I can give you so many examples of when I feel pain or discomfort that I get tired and overstimulated. I sometimes just want to sleep or go back into my mother’s womb. Could you please pay attention to my face? Yes I know it is small, but it is one of the main ways I try to convey how hurtful some things are to me. If you are waiting until the time my heart is pounding and I can’t breathe very well, then I am done, simply done. Can you please find another way to know when I am spiraling down in discomfort? Also, I want to remind you that no matter how young I am, I really like my pacifier to suck on. Figure out a way to keep it in my mouth and I will be eternally grateful. Sugar is sweet but for me it triggers opioid pain receptors to truly give me real pain relief. Just don’t use too much because it doesn’t work so well after too many doses. I really like being held when I am feeling pain and in particular being held by my own parents. When I am older and can swallow my milk I also look forward to getting great pain relief from breastfeeding from my Mommy.

  1. “I am hungry! No, seriously, I am very hungry!!”

As a premature baby I am growing faster than any other stage of my life. Compared in relative terms by weight, an adult would need to gain 2-3 lbs of weight gain every day to match preterm growth rates. Unfortunately this means that I find myself hungry often. Every day you don’t provide enough calories, protein or other nutrients I am hungry, and when I am hungry for even a day, I don’t grow so well. Still, many units don’t immediately start babies like me on early protein in my intravenous nutrition from the time they are born. Also when you feed our guts sometimes you can take too long to fortify my mother’s milk — so please start some of this before I am halfway up on my feeds. My growth continues to be so bad that by the time I am ready to go home, if you plot me on a growth chart I know that I have a very high chance (40-100%) of falling behind 90% of my healthy peers. Please remember that every day of nutrition counts.

  1. “Why do you keep feeding me according to a clock?”

My body tells me when I am hungry and it really never follows an every three hourly schedule. I sometimes get so frustrated that I get my milk when I don’t need it and can’t get it when I am starving. I really wish you could get this right most of the time because it wreaks havoc on my behavior and sleep pattern. When I am learning to take my milk by mouth, can you figure out a way to keep me from being hungry that works with everyone’s schedule that is so busy too?

  1. “Where is my Mommy?”

I spend most of my days alone without my family. I don’t recognize the many faces I see although some are more familiar than others. I know who my Mommy is by her face and how she smells. If my Mommy is not here, please remember to at least give me some of her milk to remind me of her and give the best fighting chance against all the infections I could get and against the terrible disease called necrotizing enterocolitis. By the way, my Mommy’s milk tastes so much better than the preterm formula that you want to give me so often. Please help her make as much as possible so I can feel safe and protected.

  1. “I am bored. Can someone please read to me?”

It is not easy being trapped in my bed. I want to look around and try to make sense of the world around me. When I hear the voice of another human being it excites me and gets my brain whirling. I really like listening to people talk or read to me and even though it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, it calms me and I feel energized by the experience. Perhaps you could occasionally play some soothing music every now and then just like my Mommy would have done had I just stayed inside of her.

  1. “Can you just turn the lights out and be quiet!”

Most of the sounds I hear are foreign to me, they startle me and I am not comforted by most of what I hear. I wish I could plug my ears but I can’t. Sometimes the noises I hear lying in my bed and in my incubator can get very loud. The incubator echoes any sounds that are made outside. If you can please use inside voices it would help a lot. Even the opening and closing of the side ports startle me out of my sleep. I heard that the developmental care practice called NIDCAP did not show it could improve my long-term developmental outcomes, but I still want to plead my case that I am built to sleep most of the time, so please respect my desire to sleep more than I am.

  1. “Close the incubator door, I am cold!”

My independent existence is putting some high demands on me, especially to regulate my own body temperature all the time, resulting in the first time feeling cold. Remember that I am lying half naked here most of the time. So every time you open my doors I feel the draft coming in. If you could figure out a way to make a bed that could keep me cozy warm all the time I would greatly appreciate it.

  1. “Thank you so much for saving my life and taking care of me as a team to give me the best chance on life.”

Despite the fact that there are many things that I wish could get better with my care, I have not lost sight of the fact that I am here solely due to the incredible and valiant efforts of the perinatal and neonatal team that took care of me. You folks are special people that tirelessly kept your eyes on the ball and saved me when I was born, helped my mother get through the birth process, and nurtured me in my most vulnerable moments to reach a safe place of growing and thriving. I am grateful to be alive and thankful to have made it through with all the scary risks that preterm babies like myself have to face. You have been an amazing team of healthcare professionals to offer me a great future that is full of hope and great quality of life. So please take my comments in the best context only to inspire you to keep doing the best you can to saving and improving the lives of each and every one of my preterm friends.

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I’m a bit geeked out right now…..

Hi Wonderers!

I am a BIG Olympic wrestling fan. I started a wrestling only Instagram account – @wrestlerstrong – and the overwhelming positivity surrounding this account has been astronomical! I have even had some pretty famous wrestlers like or comment on my posts:

  • Adeline Gray – 3x World Champion (@adelinegray)
  • Zain Retherford- 3x NCAA Champion, Hodge Trophy winner 2016-17 (@zaintrain_psu) and
  • Kelsey Campbell – 2012 Olympian.

I also have met so many younger wrestlers who are interested in my page. 

(Honestly, when Adeline and Kelsey commented on my posts, I geeked out a bit. I wasn’t expecting that.)

I feel so Blessed to pass on my love of wrestling to others!!!!!!

“Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy. “
Dan Gable

“More enduringly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self-control and pride. Some have wrestled without great skill – none have wrestled without pride”.
Dan Gable

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BULLETIN
Hurricane Irma Intermediate Advisory Number 42A
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL112017
200 PM EDT Sat Sep 09 2017

...IRMA LINGERING OVER THE NORTH COAST OF CUBA...
...MAJOR HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXPECTED OVER THE FLORIDA KEYS AT
DAYBREAK...


SUMMARY OF 200 PM EDT...1800 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...23.1N 80.2W
ABOUT 65 MI...100 KM E OF VARADERO CUBA
ABOUT 145 MI...235 KM SE OF KEY WEST FLORIDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...125 MPH...205 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 280 DEGREES AT 9 MPH...15 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...941 MB...27.79 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

None.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...
* Volusia/Brevard County line southward around the Florida
peninsula to the Suwanee River
* Florida Keys
* Tampa Bay

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...
* North of the Volusia/Brevard County line to the Isle of Palms,
South Carolina
* North of the Suwanee River to Ochlockonee River

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* Fernandina Beach southward around the Florida peninsula to
the Aucilla River
* Florida Keys
* Lake Okeechobee
* Florida Bay
* Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus,
Villa Clara, Matanzas, and Havana
* Andros Island, Bimini and Grand Bahama

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* North of Fernandina Beach to Edisto Beach
* West of the Aucilla River to Indian Pass
* Cuban provinces of Holguin and Las Tunas

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Cuban provinces of Holguin, Las Tunas

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* North of Edisto Beach to South Santee River
* West of Indian Pass to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line

A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening
inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline,
during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations. For a
depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather
Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at
hurricanes.gov.  This is a life-threatening situation.  Persons
located within these areas should take all necessary actions to
protect life and property from rising water and the potential for
other dangerous conditions.  Promptly follow evacuation and other
instructions from local officials.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-
threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the
coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.
For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather
Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at
www.nhc noaa.gov.

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected
somewhere within the warning area.  Preparations to protect life and
property should be rushed to completion.

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible
within the watch area.  A watch is typically issued 48 hours
before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force
winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or
dangerous.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

Interests elsewhere in Cuba and the southeastern United States
should monitor the progress of Irma.

For storm information specific to your area in the United States,
including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor
products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast
office. For storm information specific to your area outside the
United States, please monitor products issued by your national
meteorological service.

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