Friday, October 9, 2009

A minute to reflect

I have some time this afternoon so I thought I would go ahead and do another blog. I just wanted to take a minute to reflect on how much God has blessed me. I think too often I take for granted the things He has blessed me with and believe it is important to just reflect on these things.

First and foremost my salvation is the best gift He has given me. One day I will be in Heaven with my Father and Savior for eternity. Although I am not ready to die and I do not fully grasp exactly what Heaven will be like. I know that it will be perfect because He is perfect.

Next, I am very grateful for my family. Beginning with my wife, Melanie. We are growing every day and learning more and more about having a relationship with one another. It is definitely a challenge at times, but if marriage was easy the divorce rate would be much lower. Although it is challenging, it is also very rewarding. Melanie is a wonderful wife and mother. She does so much for me and Brice. Of course, Brice is amazing and near perfect. He makes Melanie and I smile and laugh more than I think we ever thought he could. He is such a genius (seriously). He continually picks up on things and learns more and more. Then of course, my parents. They are always there for us and doing things for us. They are tons of fun to hang out with and always willing to share their time. They also cook really good ; ) The rest of my side of the family is amazing as well. We do not get to hang out with them as much as I like, but when we do it is always fun. My in laws (or as my mom would say in loves) are awesome too. They really accepted me from the beginning as their own and treat me very well. I am blessed to have such nice and loving in loves. I only wish we lived closer to one another so we could all hang out more often. Finally, there is my church family. Our church is small so we really are like a family. Everyone is very serving and gives so much to the church. I couldn't be blessed with a more serving and loving church family.

Finally, my job. Sort of the reason I even have this opportunity to blog right now. I was blessed with a day off today by my supervisor. I truly work for the best supervisor anyone can ask for. I have had some rough experiences with supervisors in the past. However, I believe God provided this job and blessed me with the opportunity to work for such an awesome company and an amazing supervisor. He has taught me so much in programming and truly cares about my success. As much as he strives to excel, he takes the time to make sure I excel too. That is a very important quality in a supervisor in my opinion.

There is so much more I am grateful for. I am in good health and my family is as well. I have been blessed with a nice comfortable house. Two vehicles that work (most of the time : ) ). Plenty of electronic gadgets (I am for sure a tech nerd). And so much more. Praise God for His provisions. I pray that God has blessed you as much as He has blessed me.

Wow, it has been a while

So it has been quite a while since I have blogged. I think I am going to try to pick it back up and do a little better this time. Maybe I can work on blogging once a week or maybe twice a week. I am impressed how some are able to blog everyday.

Today I think I will blog my opinion on social networking. I have to say I was not really big on it at all. I never had a myspace and just recently created a facebook account. To be honest with you, I think it is a great tool. You are able to connect with so many people that you knew and know. It allows you to see what is going on with people that you would otherwise not even hear from except maybe at High School reunions. What is really awesome is that it really gives you an insight into people's lives and different situations they are going through. This of course, is great because you can see exactly what things people need prayer for in their life. A good friend of mine posted something earlier on Facebook just asking everyone to share with what God is doing in their lives. I thought that was an awesome post. What better way to be encouraged than to read about how God is moving in other people's lives. You would be surprised that if everyone shared how similar our situations are. The enemy wants us to believe that we are the only ones going through the things we are going through so we feel sorry for ourselves and wallow in our misery. However, it is very likely that someone is going through the same things you are and possibly even someone you know. This can give you the opportunity to see that you can weather the storm so that you will have a testimony that will benefit others. Look for God in the situation you are in instead of always looking for God to take you out of the situation. He is always with us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. God is good all the time. Continue to look for opportunities to bless others. Thank you to those who have shared with me and given me encouragement in my times of need. Thank you for sharing things in your life that might make you vulnerable so that I can be encouraged. Have a great night.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Thought I would give blogging by text a go. Lets see if this works.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Golf season is here

It is has been quite some time since I have done any blogging. I figured I post something to anyone that is interested in reading. Yesterday I was able to get out and enjoy one of my favorite past times. I went golfing with my Dad and my good buddy. None of us scored our best by far, but we had a great time. There were moments of amazing golf, i.e. 2 birdies and a par on the same whole. Then there were other moments of not so great golf, i.e. I have already forgotten the scores since they were so bad but I am sure something like triple bogey or even quadruple bogey could be mentioned.

Sometimes our walk with Christ can be similar to the game of golf. We have moments of brilliance where things are just going great in all areas, but there are also times where things are not so great. In golf, if you have a bad hole or a stretch of bad holes it can easily get you down and if you do not have the right mindset it can effect your entire game. If you allow yourself to be negative and get discouraged about these few holes you might quickly find that a bad whole or two ends up being a bad nine or even entire round. However, if you forget about the bad whole as quickly as it ends and have a positive attitude about the next hole you most likely be able to improve your situation. You might not necessarily score well on the very next whole, but mainting this outlook will increase your chances of improving your score. Life often has a few bad holes here and there. Alot of times these things are caused by something that we do not have much if any control of. What we can control though is our attitude about our current situation. If we keep a positive attitude and trust God during these times of struggle, once the things that are beyond our control start to improve our situation will likely improve as well. However, if we get all upset and allow these difficult situations to affect our life more than they should then when things could be getting better we will most likely be caught up in our own attitude that a few "bad holes" will turn into a bad round. The next time life presents you with some adversity be optmistic about your situation. God is in control. Know that whatever you are walking through is only for a season. He will never leave us nor forsake us. Trusting in him and maintaining a positive attitude will help limit the "bad holes" in life. Let God bless you this Resurrection weekend. Happy Good Friday and Happy Easter.

Sunday, January 4, 2009


I was blessed to be able to combine gift cards with some of my own money and buy a PS3 this year. I have to say my initial thoughts are that I am very impressed. The PS3 has some amazing capabilities unlike any other system I have owned.
My first gaming console was the original nintendo which I got for Christmas some 20+ years ago. I have to say that it was from then that I new I liked to game. My game of choice back then was probably Mario Bros; however, I had many other favorites including Tecmo Bowl (no offense 10 yard fight, Tecmo Bowl was ahead of its time). I later got a Sega Genesis which gave me my first experience at online gaming using a device that connected over dial. Later came the Nintendo 64, then the PS1, PS2, and now PS3. As you can see I am a Sony person over the comparable Microsoft Xbox. I personally told my mom that I would like the PS2 or the Xbox, and she chose the PS2. I have to say I am very happy with her decision 7 years ago. The PS2 was and is a great system. I have some where around 21 games for it. Most of which are NCAA football, Madden, Tiger Woods golf, and Bond game. Oh and of course Gran Turismo. I imagine my future purchases for the PS3 will closely resemble the PS2 game collection.

So enough about the history of my gaming consoles, all of which I still own. The PS3 as I mentioned before is impressive to say the least. I spent almost 2 hours the first night on the system before even putting in a game. In fact, I didn't put the game in until the next day. The system can serve as a media hub for all your pictures, music, and videos. It has wireless built in so that you can easily stream this media from existing computers on your network. It has a fairly nice browser built in so you can surf the web. You can also go to the Sony store and download game demos, movies, tv series, and more. They also have a feature called Sony Home, which is like a virtual world where you can interact with other PS3 owners and challenge them to games. It is still in beta, but it looks very clean and is promising. I would say I have alot to do with the PS3 still before I see what all it is capable of. Also, I can only imagine the system getting better as game developers utilize its computing power including the ability to put out 1080p pictures (which as far as I know is the top right now). Here are some more of the features I like:
1. It can connect to the PSP to stream the same music, pictures, and video to your PSP anywhere you have a wireless connection.
2. The controllers are very solid and completely wireless. This means no more tangling up wires, being restricted to a certain area, or wireless running from the console to wherever you choose to sit.
3. It plays Blu-Ray discs (the new technology for high definition movies).
4. It also can play DVD's.
5. It can even dual boot to Linux if you are interested in doing so (I personally have never been big on Linux and will leave the computing to my computers).

So, I am very happy to have gotten a PS3 and hope to utilize it for every penny that I paid for it. If you are wanting to do some gaming, let me know. Also, if you own a PS3 and have some input on some good games or even other things that a PS3 can do let me know as well.