Going to back to Mn

Today I purchased a flight to the cold, cold state of Minnesota. My grandma (from PA) is going to be in Mn for a few weeks in April so I am going to visit 23.Apr – 26.Apr. Should be a good time.

Final Four

The Men’s NCAA college basketball tournament is heading into its final weekend. Only 4 teams remain. For the first time ever I correctly predicted 3 out of the 4 teams. I had Illinois, Louisville, North Carolina, and Duke. Duke lost to Michigan St., so close!! Anyway, I just want to say that March Madness is my favorite sports event of the year. More than the World Series, Superbowl, NBA championship, EVERYTHING.

Commish

I run a fantasy football league which means I am also the commissioner. Lately I feel that it has been taking up to much of my time. I have asked another person in my league to step up and take the spot of commish. I know I don’t want to be commish anymore, but I haven’t decided yet if I am going to not participate at all. I just want to concentrate on things other than sports (and especially football) lately.

Follow up on March Manifesto

Here is the update on the March Manifesto

Issue 1: Reading the word
— I did not stick to reading as much as I said I would and I have addressed that in the April Manifesto. I think the problem was that I didnt have any direction, so in April I am choosing to read and study one chapter from the bible.

Issue 2: Diet
— I had pizza once and I also had 1 medium curly fry from Jack in the Crack. The pizza was consumed during a lunch meeting at work, so I think it was legit. But the fries was a big time mistake. I fell into temptation. The salad part was a complete joke. I maybe had 2 salads all month. I am going to put a lot more effort into the salad portion of the goal in April.

Issue 3: Fitness
— I ran hot and cold on this issue. I would go 4 or 5 days in row of exercising every day, and then I wouldn’t do jack for a few days. I am revising this goal for April to wake up earlier and walk in the mornings.

Issue 4: Finances
— I did perfect on this goal. Zero spending on the cards, and if fact I called the credit card people and had my APR lowered. So I just need to keep up the hard work.

Ephesians 5

Today started off like crap. I was entirely focused on the future and I believe that Satan tries to do that to people. I can’t control the future and it is stupid of me to waste my time worrying about it. So then I started to listen to a few sermons by Chip Ingram. Afterwards I was feeling like Tony the Tiger (GREAT!!) and then my buddy Steve called and we went and read Ephesians 5 at the local coffee house. Man, that chapter has so much to offer. I have decided to study it and make it the top issue to work on in my monthly manifesto:

April MANIFESTO:

Issue 1: Ephesians 5
Goal — Read and study 2 verses a day. That way I will read through the chapter twice in April.

Issue 2: (Same as last month) Diet
Goal — No pizza or fast food this month. Salad for dinner at least twice a week.

Issue 3: (Slightly revised from last month) Fitness
Goal — 30 minute walk everyday before work. Some other activity on the weekend (Biking, Basketball, Frisbee, etc..)

Issue 4: (Same as last month) Finances
Goal — No spending on my CC this month.

Spiritual Warfare

The last few weeks have been pretty hard on me. I feel like God is testing me in every aspect of my life. Actually I think I am just paying attention to it more. I feel like I am making the right decisions based on God’s will. In the past I don’t think that I was totally aware of the spiritual warfare this is going on all around me. But now I feel it, it’s almost like I can see myself in a situation and the Holy Spirit is guiding me.

As I am re-reading this I am thinking to myself “Am I on Acid?” but I know that is not the case.

I just think that my relationship with Jesus is changing and maturing. He is preparing me for something. I don’t know what it is, but whatever it turns out to be I know that Jesus is in control and I am thankful for that.

Colossians 1:16
For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible,… everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him.

TV Sitution

A few weeks ago my TV which is 14 months old took a crap. Well, guess what… it is out of warranty (12 months) and will cost $300 to fix. So I have decided to make a bold statement and say that I am going without TV… at least for a while. TV has owned pretty much my whole life and I want some freedom. Sorry Mr TV, I am moving on. It was fun while it lasted but I envision a better life without you.

Just want I needed

a delicious meal (steak, baked potato, asparagus)
bottle of wine (Gallo of Sonoma Cabernet)
dessert (butter pecan ice cream)
smooth jazz (Chris Botti)

Tonight I had the apartment to myself so I did something I rarely do… cook!! I stopped at the local grocery store and picked up some various items and embarked on a little adventure in the kitchen. It was a very relaxing night after a stressful week.

Tomorrow morning I am getting together with a few buddies to play wiffle ball!! I haven’t played wiffle ball in probably 10 years. I am so looking forward to it, we are supposed to have beautiful weather and it will be nice to get out from behind the keyboard for a day.

Twitch

Last Monday my left eyelid started twitching. I was thinking, man I need some vitamins. But then today the person I share my office with said she was experiencing the exact same thing.

Last Monday the 3 managers of my dept forced down some new policies on us “worker bees”. I was very adamant and outspoken that I was against the changes, and I think I actually did a decent job of negotiating us a better deal. (Maybe I should work for the NHL??)

Vitamins…

or

Stress…

I am leaning towards the latter and I am asking you God to please help me with this situation.

Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.”

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