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Mansfield, Texas, United States
Mr. E is a Christian, Husband, Father of 2, former Army Officer and Texas Rangers Baseball fan.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Trying to Beat An Unhealthy Addiction

I have an admission to make, I am addicted to food! I have put on 10 pounds this summer! I have been eating out of control. Not being being able to get outside much is not helping either. I am eating when I'm bored, and I when I find something good, I just keep eating, even after I am full. I'm not eating because I don't think we don't have enough food. We have plenty of food in our pantry's and fridge. I think I am mainly eating due to boredom and I just like to eat. I need to lose about 12 pounds to be back to my healthy weight or at least put on more muscle weight to justify the weight gain. All the extra fat I am packing on, is being stored around my gut and a little bit in my face. I don't get fatter in my arms, legs, thighs or butt. I have been told that getting a fat "beer belly", even though I am not a drinker, is not a good sign of health. A fat gut is supposedly not good on your heart and heart disease runs in my family.

As a result of this admission, I am going to start a diet, Weight Watchers, and an exercise program. My beautiful wife has video tapes and DVD's of the "Walk Away the Pounds" program, that I will use on odd numbered days of the month. I know these two programs work, because my wife once lost over 50 pounds doing these two things. If I don't walk at home, I will walk around my neighborhood. If it ever quits raining, I have a couple of one mile and two mile routes mapped out, that I can walk. My kids and my dog, love to walk with me so it can be a family thing.

I ask GOD's blessings with my new plans for better health. If I let GOD be the center of this new endeavor, I will succeed.

P.S. - I got the job I interviewed for in my last post. It is only part time for now, but it has potential. So in the meantime, I need another part time job, to balance out and fully replace my old income. Thanks be to my GOD for this blessing and I continue to seek his guidance and wisdom in my further searches for income.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

A Bad Day & A Good Day

Today has not been the best day. Not sure if it's the rain or something else but I have been extremely irritated and short-tempered. I need to relax and try to focus something positive. A little sunshine might help! Another thing that might help is that I have a job interview today (Hurray)! I guess that makes today a good day too.

Now for a prayer the first of it is borrowed from Psalm 63: 1-5;

"Oh God, You are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands." Forgive me also for being short-tempered with my children today. Help me to show them as much love as possible. No matter the outcome of my job interview today, I will praise you, Oh my LORD, for you are my true master, and I am your servant. Through the name of Jesus, the Christ and your Holy Spirit, Amen.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Hiding In Plain Sight

My children and I just finished watching the movie "Transformers". Great movie!! Despite all the action and adventure, explosions, and transforming robots called Decepticons and Autobots, it was one of the last quotes from the film, that seems to be sticking with me. The quote was from Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots. He said, they were aliens on earth, living among the humans while, "Hiding among them in plain sight." Heroic as the Autobots were, they recognized they were aliens on the Earth, and they had to hide (disguised as cars) to avoid scaring humans who did not understand them, or being hurt or worse by others.

My recent efforts to focus my mind on being a man of God, got me to thinking about that last line, "Hiding among them in plain sight." The Autobots, although fiction, are not the only aliens living on earth. In 1 Peter 2:11, the Apostle Peter, calls his fellow Christians, "aliens and strangers in the world." In Romans 12:2, the Apostle Paul tells us, "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Not only are Christians "aliens" to the world we live in, we are to "transform" ourselves into the likeness of God, (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Unlike the Autobots, who have to hide themselves in a strange world, God calls us to let our Spiritual Lights shine! He does not tell us to hide, but to live lives worthy of notice. We want others to see that we are different from them. God wants the world to see Himself in us, and we cannot do that hiding under a bush, as the old children's song says. Unfortunately many Christians live among our fellow humans as Christians and the world does not know who we are. They are "hiding in plain sight" of the people that God has called them to save. Many Christians are afraid of how the world will react to them, if they tell them the truth about Jesus, or if we do not conform to the way the world wants us to live. Thus, they hide their weak faiths and disguise themselves to avoid being noticed. It makes me sad.

No longer will I hide myself from the world! I will transform my mind and my spirit into the likeness of God! I will not be ashamed of being a Christian and I will let my light shine to a lost world. Will you too become a Transformer of souls or will you continue to hide in plain sight?

Monday, July 2, 2007

Angels and Volkswagens

Do you believe in Angels? Especially angels that can fix Volkswagens? I am starting to believe.

I have always believed in angels. They are mentioned in the Bible over and over again, and I even wrote a book about them called "Messengers From Heaven: A Biblical Look at Angels, Satan and Demons". Until recently though I never thought one could fix a Volkswagen.

In the past couple of months several things have been on our family's mind, regarding finances; 1) I am looking for a new job, so income is not consistent at the moment, 2) We needed money to fix a leaky roof, and the damage it did to our kitchen ceiling, 3) We were concerned about money needed for a hotel room for our recent trip to Kentucky, and 4) My wife's Volkswagen Bug had some major car trouble (possibly a bad clutch) that would cost over $1,000 to fix. Oh, how the Devil loves to lay problems on you, just when you were trying to turn you life over to GOD and be a better man.

Well, before we left for Kentucky I prayed to GOD, that he would send an angel who knew how to fix a Volkswagen Bug, so we wouldn't have to pay to get the car fixed, and we could get the roof fixed instead. I didn't think much about it, while we were on the trip, until we got a phone call from the repair shop. They said, they needed to speak to us, "As soon as possible" about my wife's car. We assumed the worst and dreaded calling them back. This morning I called the repair shop back...WOW, they told us the problem with the clutch was fixed and it was probably just a little rust caused by the recent heavy rains. They total bill would be just over $68.00 rather than the $1,000 plus we thought it would be. A MIRACLE, at least to us, it was. GOD heard my prayer and he must have sent and angel to fix my wife's car. It is the only explanation I can think of. Just a few days earlier, the repair guy, couldn't even get my wife's car to shift into any gear at all. And now he has driven it a good 5-6 miles around town to confirm the clutch and transmission are working, and he can't explain it, other than a little rust that was causing the clutch to jam. GOD is so awesome!!! Now, we can get the roof leak fixed before the middle of the month.

And to top everything else off, the hotel over quoted the price of our hotel rooms, and the final lodging bill for our mini-vacation was about $38.00 cheaper than we thought. Doesn't seem like a lot, but it just another sign to me anyway, that GOD is looking out for our family, just like HE always said HE would.