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Where am I heading

ImageJust touching base with everyone.  Sorry about the lack of content lately.  Life has been interesting.  New job, new challenges, new opportunities.  I am just heading through life right now, and the only thing I can clearly see is what is right in front of me.  The things in a distance are blurry, but at least I have something close to grab onto.

A lot of things are  changing around me – I have friends who are talking about health problems, financial problems, family problems.  I have two daughters who are growing up faster than I want (I still want to hold them close to me and wish they were 10 again).  I have a wife who continues to move through life and criticizes anything that has to do with religion, but is loving and compassionate in all other areas.  I have friend (half/calf – now no/caf) who might be starting out on a new exciting journey.  I am getting ready for a bike ride to raise money for cancer – in part because I am a cancer survivor, but more importantly, because I have lost to many family and friends to this awful disease.

I am looking for some clarity, so please pray for me in that area.  Also, please look at the list below and pray for them as well.

Alece R (divorce)

Scott W (life and divorce)

Linda D (divorce, and life)

Dad (cancer)

Cheri G (life, son’s health problems, and mom passing away)

Shanelle V (uncle passed away September 2011)

Jack H (continued struggles with his relationship with his wife, job and another baby)

Peggy F (her son has cancer)

A and T (relationship)

Susan E and her dad (dad has kidney cancer and she just adopted a little child from China)

Sheila C and her daughter (daughter’s health issues, and commute to and from Mayo)

Bob H (mom died this year (2011))

Eric W (for strength, and exceptional leadership)

Eric W’s extended family – specifically his wife and dad have health issues

Monica (life – give her clearness of mind to make the right decisions)

Carrie C  (figure out the next phase in her life)

 

Take care my friends.

Michael

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getting ready for the new year

Just like all “traditions” we feel we need to prepare for the new year.  Plan out our resolution(s).  Decide on what we want to do, or not do.  Lose weight.  Get a new job.  Find a new boyfriend/girlfriend.  Get married.  Move on.  You get the point.

Rarely do we sit back and say, “How can I serve God better?”

Well, that is what I am doing right now.  I am trying to decide how best to serve God.  How best to be a better follower.  As I have said in the past, I have failed a lot.  I continue to fail.  I don’t always show the love I should.  I continue to beat myself up over this because I know where my trust should be.  I know how best to do this, but I am allowing past issues to hamper my progress.

Is a new years resolution the answer?  Most likely not.  We all know we fail at those.  Heck, I don’t think I have kept a new years resolution more than a few months.  No the answer is prayer, leaning in toward Him instead of away.

I will work on this now and into the future.  Why… well because my life depends on it.

What about you?


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The day after – choosing to live like Christ

Looking back over Christmas, the one thing that stood out is I never really took a moment (except during church) to really say thank you.  I know… I know… thanksgiving right…well, if you are Christian, you know that Christmas is the first thank you followed by easter.  But I will leave that for another post.

What I am doing… with this blog and my life… is I am going to try and live it in a way that God will say well done good and faithful servant.  Right now, I’m not sure He would say that.  I am not sure He would embrace me.

Yes, He loves me.

Yes, He forgives me.

But embrace me?

Things need to change, and so I choose to change to live more Christ like.  I choose to do it now, rather than some artificial day like new years.  I choose to start now, and with God’s help I will become a better man.  I will become a better servant.  In the past I use to say, I would do my best.  Now I choose to say with God’s help I will be my best.

Join me on this journey.  Let me know if you want me to pray for you and I will – faithfully.

take care,

M


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Wow – sorry for the delay…

Today life is clear, but tomorrow is still a little blurry.

Wow… sorry for the delay in writing and updating.  It seems like life has to accelerate faster than I can keep up before I decide to sit down and write anything these days.  There are times when I have every intention of writing and then life gets in the way, or I just need to sit back and relax for a minute.  Anyway, enough excuses.  I will write from time to time, but mostly likely not every day.  My promise going forward – to be inconsistent.

With that said, life has been coming at me from all sides.  So much so that I am just heading through life right now and can only see is what is right in front of me.  The things in a distance – well they are a blur.

A lot is changing around me – I have friends who are talking about health problems, financial problems, family problems.

I have two daughters who are growing up faster than I want (I still want to hold them close to me – wishing they were 10 again).  I have two daughters who want to change the world – one through medicine, and the other through an NGO. I have a daughter who broke up with her boyfriend, and continues to hide the pain.

I have a wife who continues to move through life and criticizes Christ and anything Christian, but is amazing in so many other ways (thus the need for constant prayers for her and me.)

I have a friend – Half/caf (now no/caf) – who is going through life and trying to figure out what’s next – open a coffee shop, change the world, change a life?  Who knows, but isn’t it fun to explore, discover, and exam life?

Then there is me.  I want to do so much, but I am hesitating.  I think of it this way – it is one thing to plan for the future, it is another to live for the future.  Right now, I feel like I am planning for the future, but going nowhere.  If I was living for the future, things would be moving.  I don’t know.  Maybe this time is needed.  But I feel disconnected from my plans and the people who were once close to me, and I’m really not sure why.

For example, “T” down the street is top of the list of people I feel disconnected to.  I really don’t know where to go with this friendship.  He has seemed distant for awhile now, I know a lot is going on, but every effort to reach out yields a smile and “I am fine.”  I often make the mistake of saying too much, or trying too hard to help, so I am making an effort to back away, and let it go.

So with that said, I ask that you pray for me.  I ask that your prays focus on clarity and anything else you feel moved to pray for.  In addition, I ask that you pray for the following people who continue to need some Godly touches (feel free to add to the list):

Alece R (divorce)

Scott W (life and divorce)

Linda D (divorce, and life)

Dad (cancer)

Cheri G (life, son’s health problems, and mom passing away)

Shanelle V (uncle passed away September 2011)

Jack H (continued struggles with his relationship with his wife, job and another baby)

Peggy F (her son has cancer)

A and T (relationship)

Susan E and her dad (dad has kidney cancer and she just adopted a little child from China)

Sheila C and her daughter (daughter’s health issues, and commute to and from Mayo)

Bob H (mom died this year (2011))

Eric W (for strength, and exceptional leadership)

Eric W’s extended family – specifically his wife and dad have health issues

Monica (life – give her clearness of mind to make the right decisions)

Carrie C (figure out the next phase in her life)

Take care, and let me know if I can pray for you.

Michael


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Cancer conversation

Family and Friends,

Last week many of you saw my email requesting that you pray for me and my family. As each of you know from that email my doctors found a 2.4cm mass on my right kidney – the outcome will most likely be Renal Cell Carcinoma.

Last week when I typed those words – Renal Cell Carcinoma – reality had not set in. I was in a good spot. In fact, I wore one of my favorite life is good brown shirts the other day. Well, the funny thing is I am actually still in a good spot. I feel blessed to have some fantastic doctors who are getting ready to do their thing. I feel blessed that I had a kidney stone that allow the radiologist to find the mass. I feel blessed to have a loving and wonderful wife. I feel blessed to have two fantastic daughters. I feel blessed to have loving and caring family and friends. I feel blessed, period. But at the same time reality has started to hit home.

Reality for me is knowing that cancer is a very real thing. I know that cancer has the ability to devastate lives – physically, emotionally, and financially. I know that, but I have also come to understand that it also has the ability to enlightened lives. The first time when it truly enlightened me was when my dad got cancer back in 2008 – I realized for the first time that life was more precious than I realized. I learned that life is most likely shorter than I expected. I learned that life was more valuable than I sometimes appreciated. I started to appreciate that every word matters. I started to appreciate every hug. I started to appreciate…

Learning from those life lessons that were thrown in my path, people around me saw a change. I saw it too. I started to avoid the negative, and preferred to focus on the positive. In addition, I also ended up leaning on my faith in God for support – realizing that I am much too small to go it alone.

Now after just a few short years, this ugly word has reared its head once again in my life. This time I am not a bystander. I am the one sitting on the exam table with the tumor inside. This time I am the one listening to doctors with renewed interest. This time it is my journey that I am forced to walk. This time it will be me who is asking for help, rather than being the helper. And to quote a close friend, I need to remember the word “Trust.”

So with that said, I humbling ask once again that you continue your prayers for me and my family. This is not easy for me to do. To put it bluntly I am stubborn and simply hate to ask for help. But my family needs those prayers, and yes so do i.

So in conclusion, I will say that we promise to keep you apprised of the situation – hopefully not in book form. If you don’t hear anything, then I am most likely sleeping, recovering, or just being lazy. In any event, take care, and I look forward to visiting with each of you soon.

Love,
Michael