Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The best Way to start my everyday!

5:00am - First alarm goes off...(sunrise light feature on the alarm clock starts to illuminate the room)

5:20am - Second alarm goes off...(rise out of bed, make the bed)

5:30am - Begin a 3-mile pilgrimage hike around the neighborhood (We live in quite a hilly area with lots of tree's, but also there's an urban uptown part of the hike that's wonderfully quiet at this time of morning)

6:30am - Return home, do 25x pushups (However, I only say to myself, do 10x pushups, once you're doing it, you do more, I'm up to 25 now...)

6:35am - Go to the 220-degree Sauna Church in the backyard. Listen to Pray As You Go M-Sat, Sundays are 15 minutes of pure silence and solitude in the Sauna. Afterward, during the lower level bench cooldown, read Imitation of Christ chapter, word of the day app, lucky day app(lottery and two scratch-offs), standard notation trainer app, and 15xp Duolingo Spanish lesson! 

6:50am - BFG (Bath-Floss-Groom) the body, wash away the sweat and germs.

7:00am - Get dressed for the day.

7:15am - Feed the dogs, treat them with a scrambled egg on top. engage and encourage the kids.

7:30am - Send the kids off to school.

7:45am - 15 minute Piano lesson.

8:00am - Leave for work (Audible commute, listen to an audiobook.)

8:30am - Arrive at work (perform 15x pull-ups(however I only say to myself do 5x pull-ups) and 1-minute bar hand reciting the Jesus prayer with the Lord's prayer at the end) "Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me." breathing in head bowed towards the heart. "Our Father who art in Heaven..."

8:35am - Complete one computer programming lesson/tutorial
By this point, I'm flying with energy, vitality, clarity, motivation, excitement, diligence, endurance to enjoy, tackle, troubleshoot, any and all that come my way! :)

9:00am - Morning Office: Flip calendar devotional

3:00pm - Midday Office: Finger walk the Chartres Labyrinth

It's a bit like tuning your instrument before you play, in my case my guitar, if I don't start my pilgrimage each day in this way, it's like trying to play a song with an out of tune guitar, my day is out of tune and it sounds weird!

Today I'm abundantly thankful that God grants all of us, at the end of our days, undeserving overly abundant GRACE.

Praise God from whom all blessing flow...
Amen brothers and sisters in Christ!

One might be wondering how I keep track of this whole daily disciplined routine...

I use an app called, "Streaks" it works wonders and really gives you a sense of accomplishment in my ongoing battle against being out of tune ;)

Streaks app

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Happy Anniversary Corinne!

It has been an honor being married to Corinne during these very difficult circumstances over the past year. She has maintained magnificent emotional strength. I am inspired by her integrity. Nothing has had a greater, longer lasting impression upon myself than the awareness that Corinne has transcended suffering, transcended circumstances, and is embodying and expressing values that inspire, ennoble, and lift up my life. If you have had the pleasure of meeting and knowing Corinne, you know exactly what I'm talking about. I'm honored to be her husband and am dedicated to continuing to take care of one of the greatest treasures man can ever know. I love you Corinne, Happy 3rd Anniversary! -Ed

Friday, April 15, 2016

Dairy of a Lunatic

¤ Awake!
¤ Pray, "Dear heavenly Father, thanks for EVERYTHING, I'm broken, forgive me, I LOVE AND HONOR YOU."
¤ Recite:
"We Become What We Think"
"We Are What We Eat"
"Eat Real Living Food"
¤ Dream goal on a note card in the pocket
¤ Let the dogs out and take a 3-mile walk with the Greatest Treasure of all at 6am
¤ Drink water
¤ Take a shower and dress like you own the place.
¤ Read, "Faith Alone" by Martin Luther
¤ Pack a lunch (70% Saturated Fat, 10% Carbohydrate, 20% Protein) 
¤ Listen to Audiobook during the commute to work from 8:10-30
¤ Arrive to work, read "The Imitation of Christ"
¤ Read, "10 Things You Need To Know Today"
¤ Work (drink water)
¤ Break your Intermittent Fast start eating at 12 or 1pm depending on when you last ate at 8pm or 9pm.
¤ Work
¤ Listen to an Audiobook on the commute home
¤ Walk to dinner 1.5 miles away
¤ Enjoy dinner at the Jade Grill. 
¤ Walk 1.5 miles home
¤ 20 pushups, 50 sit ups, 10 pull-ups
¤ Drink water
¤ Enjoy the Garden of Eden for 20 minutes
¤ Stop eating at 8 or by 9pm
¤ Turn on the Sauna
Take a shower
¤ Brush, floss, soft pick, my teeth, gargle
¤ Lay out clothes for tomorrow 

¤ Read a Proverb chapter
¤ Go to sleep

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Truth Will Set You Free

Verse 1:
     F                             G
O God, You are my God 
Early will I seek You
My soul thirsts for you

Verse 2:
    F                             G
O God, You are my God 
My flesh longs for you
In a dry and thirsty land

Chorus 1:
Am                 F        C
Where there is no water
    Am       F                 C
So I have looked for you
In the sanctuary
      F              G
To see your power 
And your Glory

Chorus 2:
          Am        F               C
Then we will know the truth
                Am           F         C   
And the truth will set us free
In the sanctuary
      F              G
To see your power 
And your Glory

                         Bdim/F  Bdim/D      Bdim/B   Am   G
Because your loving     kindness is better      than  life
                       Bdim/F  Bdim/D      Bdim/B   Am   G
Because your loving     kindness is better      than  life
               Bdim/F  Bdim/D      Bdim/B   Am   G
Because your loving     kindness is better      than  life

Chorus 2:
          Am        F               C
Then we will know the truth
                Am           F         C   
And the truth will set us free
In the sanctuary
      F              G
To see your power 
And your Glory

Psalm 63:1, John 8:32

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Never discount the power of Christ

We should never discount the power of Jesus Christ.
The disciples had already witnessed first hand the many miracles that Jesus had performed on people.
But when they were out at sea, 

Without warning a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat.
But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, 

"Lord, save us! We're going to drown!"
He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?"
Then he got up and rebuked the winds and waves and it was completely calm.
-Matthew 8:24

We often find ourselves in stormy weather either physically or emotionally where we feel God can't or won't work.
But when we truly understand who God is, we realize that he controls both the storms of nature and the storms of the troubled heart. Jesus' power that calmed this storm can also help us deal with every problem we face. Jesus is ready and willing to help us if we only ask him! We should never discount his power even in terrible trials.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cash only

Today I had two places to visit on my way to work. I bring in cookies and donuts for the employees and I needed to fill up my car. I got all the way to the Giant Eagle grocery store and realized while I was pulling in that I didn't have my wallet. I retraced my steps and realized I had accidentally left my wallet on my dresser. The usual feeling of panic, then frustration, then anger quickly ensued. Then as I was heading back home to grab my wallet I remembered putting $60 in my back pocket the day before. Thank God I always wear the same jeans multiple days in a row! So I quickly turned back around and headed back to the store!

Two thankful points: Thank God I realized I didn't have my wallet before I got all the way to the checkout! And Thank God I wasn't all the way back home before realizing I had a wad of cash in my back pocket. God had other plans for me this morning.

Then I thought, "Oh man I can't use the self checkout aisle because you need your Giant Eagle advantage card to use that automated check out machine thingy...I'm going to have to go to the aisle with an actual person!"

So I went into the aisle and had a nice conversation with a partially disabled young man named Carl working the register. I seemed to make his morning by being nice and thankful. I even made him laugh and then thankful he didn't have to bag my groceries because I had my own bag and bagged the cookies & donuts myself.  The total came to $19.80. So I used my first $20.

Then I thought, "Huh, that's interesting, cash forced me to interact with another person and not just a machine." So I headed over to the in-store Star Bucks to get peppermint mocha latte's for the wonderful front office ladies at work and of course my beautiful wife. And then had another pleasant cash exchange with a Barista named Josh. The total came to $19.90 and I used my second $20.

After that I headed to the gas station and pulled up to the pump and since I only had cash I had to go prepay at the tiny pay hut in the middle of the gas station.  I went up to the window and had another great conversation that seemed to wake Charles's up! So I pre-paid $20 of gas with my last $20. And as I was walking away I thought, "Yikes, that must get pretty lonely in there just sitting out your shift."

Its interesting to see how God works in your life if you pay attention. I realized I had no money, then all of sudden I had $60 cash in my back pocket. Its always so subtle. There were two paths I could have taken this morning. I could have stayed upset that I was so forgetful and annoyed that I had to deal with all these people now. But God taught me a lesson this morning. The convenience of credit cards is great, but be careful how you might be selfishly going through the motions for your own quick conveniences. There are a lot of nice lonely people out there waiting to wait on you and give you your change and connect with you even for a quick second. I feel like I was more connected to the community. Albeit in a very small way, but an important way. Consider doing some of your transactions in cash. It forces you to slow down and interact with people. Are you really in that much of a rush? Is your life really that busy that you can't stop and converse with people and maybe change their day for the better?

What are some other places other than the self checkout at the grocery store or the gas station in which you could converse with people other than machines?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What kind of good and merciful action can you take today?

"So in everything, Do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." -Jesus, Matthew 7:12

The Golden Rule.

But notice how Jesus makes it more significant by saying it positively.
This is a subtle but important distinction from the way many other religions and philosophers have stated it.
They state it negatively:
"Don't do to others what you don't want done to you." or some variation of this,
"Don't harm others if you don't want harm done to you"

Its not very hard to refrain from not harming others.
It is much more difficult to take the initiative in doing something good for them.

Jesus stated it as such and this serves as the foundation of active goodness and mercy.
This is the kind of love God shows us every day.