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It’s 10:50 in the morning. I’m sitting in a booth at the local McDonalds. I’ve been here since about 9:00. My seat is next to a window. I can see the traffic going by and the sun is pouring in. Some days this McDonalds is my office. Why McDonalds? Because my community doesn’t have a coffee shop with deep arm chairs and low light. That would be nice.
A very precious lady from my church came by about an hour ago and expressed to me that she knew I was having a hard time getting anything done with all these people around me. It’s quite the opposite. I don’t do it often but it seems that I can get more done in McDonalds that in the supposed sanctity of my office. There my desk is populated with notes, invoices, clutter and more. Things that distract me and draw my attention away from what I need to be doing. Here at McDonalds the only thing on my desk are a salt and pepper shaker, my phone, my coffee and of course my computer.
I think the employees here think I’m homeless. Or maybe the owners of this establishment might want to charge me rent for this space. Or, I might get the gossip lovers fired up. I can hear it now. One gossiper is talking to another fan of gossip saying something like, “I’ve been by McDonalds several times this morning and that preacher’s truck has been sitting there all morning. Surely we’re not paying him to hang out at the coffee shop.” Please excuse my limited grasp at humor. I don’t have any people in my church that are like that (wink).
The truth of the matter is I’ve had a quite productive morning. Life is full of distractions. Sometime escape is discovered in the most unlikely place.
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In the spirit of full disclosure you must know that I am opposed to abortion. I believe it’s wrong to kill and innocent person.
The Texas state legislature passed a new bill restricting abortions Friday night. It says, 1. No abortions after twenty weeks. 2. It requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and 3. It requires all abortions to take place in surgical centers.
If I WAS pro-choice I don’t know how I could argue with these three extremely common sense points.
Democrats want exceptions in the case of rape or incest. What? If you’re raped or conceive a child because of incest or rape and you are pro-choice are you really going to wait 20 weeks to have an abortion?
I still scratch my head over the lack of morals in our nation. I heard former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee say on his national radio show that there are more abortions performed in the United States than any other place in the world. I’m embarrassed and grieved.
I am proud of the Republicans in the Texas legislature who have taken a stand for life.
I could write pages and pages on this subject. I could rant until the cows come home. I won’t. I just wanted to comment in light of the battle going on in Texas.
I welcome your input.
I like a good cup of Starbucks coffee as much as anyone. I like the casual, relaxed atmosphere that Starbucks offers.
Today Time Magazine reported that Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz has taken an even stronger stance in favor of same sex marriage telling the stock holders that if they didn’t like the position that they were welcomed to sell their shares and invest somewhere else.
Have we completely lost the battle of Biblical values in our nation? Is it time to give up and just not concern ourselves with companies that take anti traditional value positions?
According to an article in The Voice Magazine, McDonalds pulled back from a position to support gay rights because of boycotts pushed by the American Family Association.
This post is not for people who don’t drink coffee or have never visited a Starbucks. I’m talking to coffee lovers and those who love a good cup of Starbucks coffee or iced tea.
What is your position? Do you care? What will you do, if anything?
I don’t know exactly what to call it. Being in a winter funk, writers block or something else. I love to write however it seems that the last few months I’ve drawn a big fat blank when it comes to writing.
Writing experts say that writers should write everyday. No matter what, write something. I’ve failed miserably at that.
It hasn’t helped that I’ve been dealing with a painful health issue for the last couple of months. It’s some kind of back thing that causes sever pain in my leg. It’s called anterolisthesis . I’ve been under the care of my physician who has really done nothing for me and now I’m seeing my chiropractor. The whole episode has put me in a bit of a funk with the pain and pain medication. Well enough excuses.
So I’m writing this ramble about the fact that I haven’t been writing hoping to just get the juices flowing again.
I know that in order to make this blog a success and build a readership I have to write and post regularly. I’m going to really try to get back in the groove.
Maybe you can help me. Give me some subjects to write about. Subjects such as Family, Christian life, leadership etc. etc. etc.
The title of this blog is Real Issues. I named it that because my plan was to write a lot about just that, the real issues of life. Now I need your help. I need you to give me subject matter. If you will help me what I plan to do is use your suggestions for this site and for chapters in a future book.
So, what are the real issues that you deal with, that you would like for me to address?
- The Real Hard Issues
- The Real Discouraging Issues
- The Real Family Issues
- The Real Financial Issues
- The Real Christian Life Issues
- The Real Child Raising Isses
I think you get the idea. I’m not looking for deep theological subjects. I can use those for another project. This is just the stuff that you deal with day to day.
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Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.
In the book of Colossians chapter 3 verses 15 and 17 the Apostle Paul wrote these words. “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
In verse fifteen he says, “and be thankful.” In verse seventeen he says “, giving thanks to God the Father….”
Thankfulness is not just something we do on a holiday. As believers it should be a part of our spiritual and emotional DNA. Should Be!
So many are not thankful. Why?
They are negative: they don’t see anything positive in anything and would rather complain about what is not than to be thankful for what is.
They are Selfish: Just spoiled brats who think that life is all about them.
They have an attitude of entitlement. It’s sad but so many people in the world today think that they are owed something. So when they do get blessed they are not thankful. Whatever it was, it was owed to them.
People are not thankful because they are thoughtless. They just don’t take the time to think about the things they should be thankful for.
Are you a thankful person and if so, what are you thankful for? I made a quick list for me. I’ll share it with you but not to be bragging or to somehow convey the thought that my thankful list should be important to you. All I’m trying to do is get you thinking. So, here’s a quick list of the things I’m thankful for.
My Life Partner , Felicia
My three grown children who all bring me joy in their unique way..
My Son’s in law’s.
My grandson, Jackson.
My parents and Felicia’s parents.
Reasonably good health, which is a big deal concerning where my health went. I’ll write more about that in the future.
My salvation, along with the temporal and eternal benefits that come with it.
I could have given some sort of explanation with each of these items but it would make this post too long. I just want to get you thinking.
Now my challenge for you and the question I ‘d like you to answer is this. What are you truly thankful for? I hope to hear from you.
I love to read. Admittedly when I started blogging and podcasting my reading schedule hit a wall. I started this year with intent to read 52 books. I’m not going to make it. Now I’m hoping to finish with 30. But, I do love to read.
Catagories of the books I like to read include:
- Fiction – Clean Stories. I really like legal thrillers.
- Leadership – Anything that will help me grow as a leader.
- Christian Life – Books that encourage me and help me in my life as a follower of Christ.
I think books make great gifts for someone who likes to read. Their not expensive and they bring pleasure. If the reader in your life is like me not only do they like to read they like to collect books. There are those who like to read but would rather use an electronic device such as a Kindle or iPad. Oh by the way Kindle’s and iPads are AWESOME Christmas gifts.
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I also want you to know that these links are for products I do recommend. If I provide a link for something I haven’t used or read I will tell you at the link.
- Killing Lincoln, Bill O’Reilly HISTORY- Excellent, historical book written in a very entertaining way.
- Killing Kennedy. Bill O’ Reilly HISTORY – NOTE: I have not read this book yet but plan to. If it’s as good as Killing Lincoln it is good.
- The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson PRAYER – A must read for every believer.
- In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day, Mark Batterson . Excellent
- The Eye of A Needle, Jeff Scurlock, I wrote it! I’m proud of it! Very encouraging book.
- Weird, Craig Groeschel (9) 238 pages.
- Crazy Love, Francis Chan (10) 186 pages. This is another one of those books that you need to read if you are a radical, sold out Christian or want to be.
- Not A Fan,Kyle Idleman (9) 200 pages. Good book on being a follower of Christ.
- Spirit Rising,Jim Cymbala
- Wrecked: When A Broken World Slams Into Your Comfortable Life. Jeff Goins. This is the best book I have ever read.
- Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson I like biographies and I was very interested in the whole Apple and Steve Jobs thing. It was very detailed and very eye opening.
- Beyond Justice, Joshua Graham I accidentally downloaded this book to the Kindle app on my iPad thinking I was purchasing a John Grisham book. I was well into this book when I realized that it wasn’t a Grisham book but by then the book had me gripped. This is an awesome, legal thriller with Christianity in it. If you like fiction.READ IT!