Fighting Through

I come to you asking for prayers.

I haven’t been blogging lately. I have been sort of down in the dumps due to life circumstances. I have been unemployed since May 15, 2015.

One month away from being out of work for two years.

In these two years I have put out well over seven to eight hundred or more applications with no bites.  Needless to say the stress and worry sometimes gets the better of me. For the past few months I felt I have been in a funk. Not having any energy or ambition to do anything. During this time my walk with God had suffered. As you may have noticed the blog had went dormant also.

Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.

Denis Waitley

So here is my prayer request. Pray that I keep my head up and my eyes fixed on God for guidance and strength through this trial of life. I am working hard to keep positive and keep busy. I am trying to get a daily routine going again where I write a little every day. I need this in my life to keep me going in the right direction. Pray that I do not let the worries of life steal my joy of God from me.

I will leave you with this parting bible verse. I try to remind my self of this verse when I am going through a tough and trying time.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NIV)
1  There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
    a time to be born and a time to die,

    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,

    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,

    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,

    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,

    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,

   a time for war and a time for peace.
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A Christmas Eve Blessing

I hope you and your families had a Merry Christmas. This year I received an unexpected blessing of monumental proportions.

Every year we go to Christmas Eve candle light service with my in laws at their church. After church we went to my brother in law and sister’s house to help finish assembling the trampoline my niece and nephew received for Christmas. While installing the safety net my six year old nephew wanted to help. So he started pulling the safety net across the trampoline. All of a sudden he fell over the edge. I was two feet away from him, I didn’t see him fall but I did see the second before he hit the ground. Now I have seen him fall many times playing on his swing set and at the park and such so I didn’t think nothing of it. He was kind a whining like most kids do when they take a fall but I was not expecting to see what I was about to see. He started to roll over and I seen his arm was bent in a spot it was not suppose to be bent. The lower part of his arm was bent at a 30 degree angle or more half way between his wrist and elbow. It was something I had only seen in pictures and TV. I was never so scared in my life. So I picked him up and got his dad’s attention and handed him off. Then I ran in the house and started yelling for his mother and my wife to hurry up that he had broken his arm and he needs to go to the hospital.

Well they take off to the hospital and still my nephew had barely shed a tear. That alone is amazing to me. After they left I was sick to my stomach after seeing my buddy’s arm like that. Knowing he was helping me and his father is what gotten him hurt just made me feel terrible. It had taken me a while to calm down. All I could do is pray for him. I got word from my wife on his condition throughout the night. Not long after they were there he made his mother call me to let me know it was not my fault and that God will take care of him. He wanted to make sure I was OK. All I could say is WOW. How can a little boy with both his radius and ulna broken completely in his left arm be more concerned for me than himself?

Fortunately his arm was able to be set in place without surgery. Doctors got him all taken care of and sent him home. Before he went to bed he came to me and hugged me letting me know he was going to be alright and to make sure I was OK.

On our ride home my wife began telling me of all my nephew had said while at the hospital. The whole time he was there he was spreading the word of God. He kept telling the doctors and nurses that God will heal him and that he is not mad at God for the things that happen. He didn’t even flinch when the nurse put in the IV needle.

To set his arm they had to put him under. When he woke up the first thing he asked the doctors were did he have to have surgery. The doctors told him no. To that he said loudly “PRAISE GOD!”

The last thing she said was that right before he was discharged the brought another little boy in the room with him in the bed next to him. He asked my wife what was wrong with the little boy, she responded that she didn’t know.

He then responded “Poor little fella.”

My nephew surely showed us adults how it is done. In the face of extreme adversity and pain he was still spreading the Word and Joy of God with everyone h
e met.

This is my nephew a couple days after he broke his arm. This little guy has taught me so much on that fateful night. I am amazed how brave and tough he was and is. He is doing well since that day and has not let his arm slow him down.nephew

I hope this story helps to inspire you to spread the Word of God to everyone you meet no matter the obstacles.

What does Christmas mean to you?

Below is a guest post by my wife. She posted this on her blog Faithful Woman on November 30, 2016. Please go over and show her some love and follow her page.


Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

As we are approaching Christmas what does Christmas mean to you? Is it about Santa Clause, the shopping, gifts, family, friends, food, decorating, traveling, Christmas movies, the birth of our CHRIST?

Christmas means to me the birth of Our Savior! If Jesus wasn’t born, we wouldn’t even have Christmas. Christmas isn’t about the gifts. It isn’t about Santa Clause.

Yes it’s fun to believe in Santa and put up the Christmas tree and lights and decorations. It’s fun shopping and buying gifts for our loved ones. It’s fun planning for Christmas day.

Today Christmas is so commercialized that a lot of  people forget about the only reason for the season which is CHRIST! A lot of people are too busy in the hustle and bustle of Christmas to even stop a realize what Christmas is about. Our government doesn’t even want to say Merry Christmas. It’s just Merry X-Mas. This frustrates me to no end. If it wasn’t for the first 6 letters of CHRISTmas we wouldn’t have Christmas. I will never say Merry X-Mas. I refuse to. This year let us all say Merry Christmas to everyone you come in contact with.

Before your children open their gifts that Santa brought please make sure they know the true meaning of Christmas. Please don’t get so involved in the hustle and bustle to forget what the real meaning of Christmas is. If we want a better country and better lives we have to put Christ back in Christmas, in our country, in our schools, in our homes, and in our own lives!

I pray everyone who reads my blog will share it. I pray that everyone has fun this Christmas. Most importantly I pray that everyone knows the true meaning of CHRISTmas! Jesus is the reason of the season!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Louisiana Sunshine

This is the best time of year to live in Louisiana. Weather is usually a little cooler. A few less mosquitoes. Most of all fresh citrus in the back yard. How I look forward to this all year long. Even on a gloomy rainy day like today, fresh navel oranges, Louisiana Sweets oranges and satsuma’s brings that touch of sunshine into your day.
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It is a luxury I never think about. No matter how bad a day I am having picking fresh oranges always warms my heart and puts me in a better mood.

 

Joy On A Gloomy Day

December is probably the month that more people are depressed than any other. Many are strapped for cash and others have lost loved ones. The gloomy weather does not help with this either. On these gloomy days I always remember this quote,

God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.
James M. Barrie

What a wonderful quote. The Christmas season is always a great time that churns memories of days gone by. How many ornaments on my wife and I’s tree bring back memories of family and good times? Just hearing a certain song brings you back to your childhood in a second.

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It is very easy to let all the commercialism of the Christmas season take the joy out of this time of year. I always try to use these times to thank God for the many blessings I received. At times I get caught up thinking about presents or loved ones that have past then remember all the good times I have had with my family and friends through the years. I also remember that this time of year is really here for us to celebrate the birth of our savior Jesus.

When everything is dead outside and the sky is gloomy this December just remember to harvest those roses that were made all year long.

God bless you and Merry Christmas.

LANTZ

Out On A Limb

On this Thanksgiving Eve I am starting a great and exciting challenge. We have had my niece and nephew for the past few days. My six year old nephew and I came up with an interesting idea. I am writing a children’s book with his help and ideas. Not a long novel style book, but rather an illustrated child’s book for children less than ten years of age. We have the main characters names and have most of the first volume’s outline done. We have done plenty of brainstorming last night and today. We are really excited about the idea. In the next few weeks we will be talking on the phone and video chatting about the first story.

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I know this is a bit off topic for my usual post but I was excited to share this news. After we finish the book we will have it proof read and edited then we will submit it to multiple publishing companies. Regardless of how little a chance it has at getting published we will still do it with our full faith in God leading us.

I pray you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless!

LANTZ

 

A Time For Thanks

After being stuck in a rut for a while thankfully Thanksgiving week came. My sister’s children came to spend six days with my wife and I. We picked them up after school on Friday and are will be here until we go to their house on Thanksgiving morning. What a great time we have had having them here. Not having children of our own it is great to have them for such a long period of time. We rode bikes, went walk in the wood. They made cupcakes, created a bunch of crafts and played video games.

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After reflecting of life the past few days I truly am tremendously blessed.  Then I remember the words of King Solomon in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.

 

 

 

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NIV)
3  There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2     a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3     a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4     a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5     a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6     a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7     a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8     a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for pea
ce.

In the holidays to come remember that there is a time for everything. No matter what you are going through, remember that it will change eventually. I have to remind myself of this every day.

I pray that your Thanksgiving is a good one filled with laughter and memories.

Until later God Bless.

LANTZ