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Thursday, October 29, 2009
I garuntee anybody who is anybody has heard of this slogan once or twice in their life. That slogan is, If YOU fall down pick yourself up...
For me that wasn`t just a saying for around the house, that was a way of life. As a child I never could get my feet right with my balance, everytime I fall , my father would say `Anthony get yourself up.`I did that. Eventually my father got tired of seeing me fall all the time so he did the best thing. He took action and when I say action I don`t mean he took me to baseball games and we shared popcorn. I mean physical action.
My father would be one who would train me, so that I would be in the best physical shape that I could ever be in. My father trained me like Rocky, and no that is not a pun it actually happened.
Training for me began at age 13-14. I was to eat eggs like people drink water. Every morning my father would say I would have to drink 3 eggs so that I could be bigger and stronger. I would have large portions of pasta, meat , rice and vegatables on a daily basis. But I`m a small guy and really didn`t put on weight for all that I was eating, So to regualate my weight, I was put on a protein shake and started going to the gym. Well alot of people don`t know how I got to the gym, I`ll tell you... His name is HULK HOGAN. The first time I saw him on TV it was Hogan vs the Warrior. I said to my dad I want to be just like him.
In this commerical you see here, that kid resembled me and what I thought I should look like.
Than as I got older, I started to get busy and had less and less time for the gym. So eventually it became a none existant priority.
That all changed the moment I saw a video of John Cena working out....
Thus brought me back to my home away from home the gym. John Cena and I actually share a painful injury that we both suffered. A torn pectorol.
Coming back from an injury like that was not easy for me, mainly because I am very unique in the sense that my body differs from a regular adult. Because I have C.P. No save your pittu for the dogs... I don`t want it...For ,e it was difficult because my injury was very painful. I did ask for surgery, but doctors refused many times. Thinking that it would heal natrually. BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER sitting around made the injury worse and it was hell on my mental state.
To get back to GOODLIFE I hired a trainer, to help me eat well, exercise properly and get results. My pectoral injury happened in the gym when I did the stupidest thing I could ever do which is lift 180 pounds. Now I did it, and I was so happy I called my father and said I did it dad just for you. I AM STRONG. But the downside to that is , because the weight itself was 180 I used my entire body to lift the weight. BAD IDEA, You know those WWE don;t try at home commericals , well yeah pretty much the same thing but with the workout.
With that being said, I have plenty of stress from time, to time. The gym itself is a great stress relief. However in the words of John Cena, I will Adapt and OVERCOME. Psalm 91
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. [a]
2 I will say [b] of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you make the Most High your dwelling—
even the LORD, who is my refuge-
10 then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation."
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
When I need a reminder of why I write these devotionals I watch this....
Matthew 7:7-12 (Contemporary English Version)
Ask, Search, Knock
7Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. 8Everyone who asks will receive. Everyone who searches will find. And the door will be opened for everyone who knocks. 9Would any of you give your hungry child a stone, if the child asked for some bread? 10Would you give your child a snake if the child asked for a fish? 11As bad as you are, you still know how to give good gifts to your children. But your heavenly Father is even more ready to give good things to people who ask.
12Treat others as you want them to treat you. This is what the Law and the Prophets [a] are all about.
Ray Comfort once said in a debate with RRS squad, that if there is a painting, there must be a painter. He was of course refering to God as the painter and earth as the painting.
Through the ages atheism was known as scientific intelligence to explore significant meaning for the world. Even in times in the 1500's the enlightened minds of scientists still gave create to a higher power , that higher power is simply known as God. The first and the last, Alfa and Omega. These days scientists or people that develope certain theories credit themselves as atheists and actually go out to denounce faith.
Do you know that it took the compliant of one mother in the U.S. to get prayer out of schools....
This video is an interesting one....
Case in pointt.. Take a valued lesson from Romans 1:16 Stand up. "Do not be ashamed of the very word of God."
Who said Jesus can't have a sense of humor?
Look at this and you might see it another way.
So the next time you look outside, stare at the wonders of God's beautiful creation.....
Blessed is the LORD!!!!!
Romans 1:20-22 (New International Version)
20For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools
Friday, October 23, 2009
I was watching this commerical last night and it was a commerical to reduce the look of wrinkles andd lines from a womens face. Taking nearly ten years off her face, and it was as if she was molded in a new them. The advertisers would have just love that line. Well Monday evening I pointed a sin out to one of my roomates and she did everything to blame others. Leaving me in a bit of distress because of the disagreement. The whole reason the woman got mad is because I showed what her sin was to her.
8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him
She claims to know what the law says. Yet she continues to live an Holy life. In the eyes of the father that is a much worse offense than someone who does not know the law and breaks it.
She may say that God is a forgiving God, and that would true, but just how many times is he going to give a chance at forgiveness and refuse to praise him for that?
I am reminded of the psalmsist when they wrote.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Have you felt like nothing was ever going right for you. Have you ever struggled with something you just didnt understand. In times of trouble , what do you do. I find that its often easy to go to God when bad things happen. I find more people goto God in troubled times than happy times. Why is that, in happy times dont you have good health, a beating heart, food on the table. So instead of going to God just tin sorrow why dont we also go to God in times to be thankful.... I mean after it is because of him were all here in the first.
So when things look bleak, remember this verse. [b] As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
3 My tears have been my food
day and night,
while men say to me all day long,
"Where is your God?"
4 These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go with the multitude,
leading the procession to the house of God,
with shouts of joy and thanksgiving
among the festive throng.
5 Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and 6 my God.
My [c] soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.
8 By day the LORD directs his love,
at night his song is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life.
9 I say to God my Rock,
"Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?"
10 My bones suffer mortal agony
as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
"Where is your God?"
11 Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
Keep this in mind as well. Mathew 5:6
5Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Lately I have seen major change in people. One person in general, my roomate. I am quite worried for her. Although the life she leads sometimes looks like fun, I have to say her attitude has changed. I can't seem to do much but just observe her going down and it kind of makes me feel sorry. Much in the same way of how Jesus felt sorrow for the world.
The life she leads is going too fast, its not glamourous.
This house has kind of become party central. I see people come and go and it makes me cry a little inside of how the world is so easily fooled. It seems kind of funny that in world where we all claim to be indiviuals, its looks like nothing such the kind. It feels like the devils playground.
Luke 6:39 (The Message)
39 -40He quoted a proverb: "'Can a blind man guide a blind man?' Wouldn't they both end up in the ditch? An apprentice doesn't lecture the master. The point is to be careful who you follow as your teacher.
When that happens, I raise my head up high and boldy walk. Does this mean I have never fallen. Of course it doesn't
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of good. Do some people even realize what your salvation really means? Oh I wish I can be a solider for Christ, marching boldy leading Jesus's sheep that have strayed away to the cross.
Matthew 16:26 (New International Version)
26What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?
Monday, October 12, 2009
Do you ever question your walk in faith? I believe it is common to question it from time to time. But in a plesant way. Sometimes you feel wonderfully connected with God one day and than not so much the next day. Do you ever wonder why that is. It could be the littlest things that seemingly take you away for a bit from God. Thats ok, I understand the world is a big places and theirs lots of distractions that get in the way at times. Jonah is a story of great obidence.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I am happy that I was atleast able to write 2 devotionals this week....
So what is war games about, well its about something that has been with me for a couple months. I have slowly figured what they are, and that somewhat puts my mind at ease, but there are many times where it is overwhelming.
I've been stuck in a world I do not like. I've talked to many people the general feedbacl I get is "suck it up!" My daily consists of going to school, going to the gym, coming home (which I hate.) Why do I hate it, because I'm spiritually strangled. Theres absolutely no connection at all anymore between myself and my roomates. I've been outed as the fourth person. Its deeply fustrating. It seems like because I don't get drunk or smoke a joint I'm not cool." Maybe its that all my roomates have done is turn this house into a "Pot Party." Its not just one or two days, but everyday.
I don't why I crave this attention. I'm not into it. But maybe the reason why I think I want to be involved is because I see it going on. Thats when I should learn not to trust my eyes.
Another they always stay up in their rooms and do the joints. They only come down to make food. I would feel inprisioned if I was them. But its ok to them , because dude they got there marajuana and they love getting high.
There defense is "Its natrual God made weed so its ok to smoke it."
There is a certain one liner that Fred Willard used to describe his wife's smoking in a episode of Everybody Loves Raymond.
The line is "Why don't you just drink poisin."
I believe they do this because they don't know too much. They love to live in the fast lane.
I have a few words of advice for them....
1 Cor 6:19-20
19Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
So I haven't written a devotional in a while. But I sware thats going to change. Why is that, because God's is knocking at my door trying to wake me up..... How , well I've been in school for just a bit over a month. I seem to have alot of time on my hands, but when it gets down to it, even though I have alot of time on my hands, I've never felt busier. So I used to update the world about God has done in my life once a week I would post a bible reflection. Some would call that a devotional. Others a blog. So how has God tried to wake me up. Well it seems lately that the topic at hand is how often styles clash on more than one level.
While being in school, I have somewhat stopped praying, and I found out that my friend is not the best thing to do. I've lived like the world for too long now. Theres something that was appealing to me about them. When I openly think about it, to live according to the world is in my opinion quite foolish.
It seems like every where I turn lately God is telling to "Wake up." From my fittness to school, to writing devotionals. reading and praying. Tonight I got a good vote of confidence from a nutrion I often visit sometimes. Apparently many fittness trainers and nutrionist are impressed with my deternination in my fittness.... I do it because my body needs it on many levels.
At the same time, because I felt so busy I've forgot about the church. This doesn;t do me well... Because Ive gone through emotional problems, felt lost or blank at times, I can tell you because I recieved with the vote of confidence. While walking to the bus I smiled and said out loud, Haha , I guess God is real awesome. In referece to that I'n always been taking care of.
I guess I know for the next time to spend more time spiritually. I do hope to do just that....
Thank you God for waking me up....
1 O LORD, hear my prayer,
listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
come to my relief.
2 Do not bring your servant into judgment,
for no one living is righteous before you.
3 The enemy pursues me,
he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in darkness
like those long dead.
4 So my spirit grows faint within me;
my heart within me is dismayed.
5 I remember the days of long ago;
I meditate on all your works
and consider what your hands have done.
6 I spread out my hands to you;
my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.
7 Answer me quickly, O LORD;
my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.
9 Rescue me from my enemies, O LORD,
for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground.
11 For your name's sake, O LORD, preserve my life;
in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
destroy all my foes,
for I am your servant.