Monthly Archives: December 2012

Joy in a messed up world

On this day some 2000 plus years ago, in a small stable a baby was born. This baby would grow up to become a man, hated and despised by the world. This man would pay the ultimate sacrifice, dying on a cross for you and for me.
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The world ends today!

The world ends

Well, maybe not the world, but another year for me. Another year older and the first of many more birthdays to come where I hope that my blog posts has changed lives. Lives of those I know and lives of those I don’t.

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Shopping takes time

I was listening to the radio the other day and heard a comment made by one of the announcers about shopping. He said that both him and his wife do the grocery shopping together so that they can get it done quicker. Hmmm, I go and do the grocery shopping with Michelle………..

Grocery Shopping

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Focus on the future, not the past

I was looking back over some photos the other week when I was designing the header for this blog site. Seeing photos of when I was a bit younger and more able bodied, made me think back to how things use to be like before now.

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Just a short note

Yes, thank you! Thank you to all those who have taken the time to read my posts about what I am going through. Even a bigger thank you to those who have left or passed on comments. It has overwhelmed me as to the number of people that have read them and from a number of countries.

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An ode to pain

Well, I was lying in bed having another one of my rough days and I thought, why not try something different. So here we go…….

As I was lying down on my own bed
Was thinking about what should be said

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A doctor, a chiro and a scooter?

This morning started with my doctors appointment to review my current pain management. High blood pressure, increasing pain, constant tingling in my lower legs, headaches and pins and needles in both feet were just the start of our conversation for this visit. Not wanting to increase the amount of Gabapentin that I am currently on, the doctor advised that I also take Panadine Forte when required.

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What is God’s plan in all this?

A few weeks ago my brother-in-law shared with me an article written by Dave Furman, pastor of Redeemer Church of Dubai. In his post titled The Struggles and Hopes of a Disabled Dad, Dave writes “Ten years ago I never would have dreamed that I would have a physical disability. But God knew the beautiful design he had for me and for the spread of his gospel would involve taking away the strength of my hands.”

God's plan

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Is it a bad sign?

a bad sign

I do have to laugh when I catchup with some people who I haven’t seen for a year or more. They see me walking ever so slowly and ask me what’s wrong? Most of them remember that I have had a bad back for some time. But the funniest time was when I recently saw a friend who we hadn’t seen for about a year. After explaining how things have gotten worse and that there is no fix for my back, he says “oh, so you really did have a sore back.”

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A challenge for all men

For quite sometime, I tried to keep everything that I was going through to myself. I constantly kept thinking and saying to myself “I can deal with this” or “it’s my own problem” or “no one else needs to know what I am going through” or “I just got to hide the pain that I’m going through”.

Men suffering alone

As men, we don’t want to look weak. We don’t want to have to ask someone for help. While that maybe what the world wants men to look or act, it’s certainly not what “real” men should be like. The “real man” should be the one who is not afraid to ask for help when it’s needed. They can have a cry and show their emotions. These aren’t a sign of weakness, but a sign of hurt, a sign of needing help.

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