Sunday, December 30, 2007

Goatee or Not?


Well, I've had a goatee for the last few years and wanted to see what I'd look like it without it again. Here ya go or here I go! It seems like I do this whenever I have an extended period of time off... that way I can always grow it back if I don't like it.
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What do you think? Goatee or not? Leave a comment and let me know. You can click on the pictures to get the scary closeups.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Merry Christmas

I'm two days late with this post, but I was having way too much fun! Merry Christmas, ya'll!

Here's our annual family picture before we head off to Christmas Eve service. After service, we did our usual drive through of checking out Christmas lights in the Willow Bend and Deerfield neighborhoods.

We got up nice and early on Christmas. As our Lindsley tradition has it, we read the Christmas story together and discussed it. We then commenced the unwrapping of gifts. Later in the day we went over to a dinner at one of our friends from church. It was great fun!

I hope you and your families had a Merry Christmas!

P.S. - Joseph is still missing.

Monday, December 24, 2007

GB Quote

I'm a huge fan of the senior pastor at our church, Grace Outreach Center. Gerald Brooks has over 30 years of ministry experience. He prides himself in a constant message of change and he is a leader among leaders.

I appreciate his messages and love how God is using him. Here's a quote from his teaching from yesterday... "If you don't like what you are getting, then change what you are saying." In his message, he referred to Proverbs 12:14 "A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, and the recompense of a man's hands will be rendered to him."

Simply put, our words affect our lives!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Joseph is Missing

One of our two cats, Joseph, is missing. He's been gone since about Thursday/Friday of last week. He's been gone for a few days before, but usually not this long - 1 week. I've gone out and hollered his name a few times, but to no avail. I don't think he would have gone off very far. He's not very adventerous. He also stays to the bushes as he's not too social. He's a big scaredy cat!

Joseph, also know as, Joe Joe, is a super cuddle cat. He helps me with all of my naps! I do hope that he turns up. I've been checking the local animal shelter website as they have pictures of all of the animals that they have. Up top is a picture of Joseph chillin' in my sink!

Marriage Unlimited Teaching

I was called up to the big leagues! My pal, Pastor Jesse needed someone to teach his class, Marriage Unlimited, on Saturday night. His son's high school football team, Plano, made it to the semifinals and would be playing at Texas Stadium. He called me up on Wednesday and asked if I'd fill in. He jokingly, and of course honestly, said that I wasn't the first choice. I can live with that! God knew that I was going to be teaching.

I taught on 10 Gifts to Give This Christmas... and all year long. I actually borrowed, stole, adopted this idea from David Foster at davidfoster.tv. I discussed each of his gift ideas and then put my spin on each of them. I've enjoyed Pastor David Foster's blog for a few months now. I love his posts, titled, "Hello, my name is __________ and I'm coming to your church tomorrow." It really makes you think about everyone that's coming to church. I made sure to give David Foster props and recognition for his blog post.

I first started out with the Ultimate Gift (God's gift to us, Jesus Christ) as described by Logan's Phone Call. This set the tone for the teaching. There was some serious points, but a lot of laughter as usual.

I enjoyed sharing so much that I asked if I could teach again on Sunday morning. Nobody left the church so I was in. It was a joy! The bonus was that Cairo helped me with A/V both times and Ursula & Briana checked out my message on Sunday morning.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Wise Beyond His Years

Incredible to see how the youth actually understand God and relate to him better than we do.

Logan is a 13 year old boy who lives on a ranch in a very small town in Nebraska. He called a Christian Radio station to share his story - he was distraught because he had to take down a calf. His words have wisdom beyond his years.

Check out more information from the church that put the YouTube video together.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

She Did It! She Did It! She Did It!

Denise did it! She ran 26.2 miles in 5 hours, 10 minutes, and 10 seconds. Her personal best is 5 hours and 9 minutes. After the marathon, she jokingly said that maybe she could have beat her best time if she would not have stopped so many times to pet the dogs. In case you didn't know, she is huge dog lover and she counted 8 times that she stopped to visit with them. Want to check out how well she did? Click here

I am so proud of her! I cannot imagine the thoughts running through your head when you're body says, "No!". My response would be "You're right, let's stop and pet all of the dogs, cats, ducks, monkeys, etc.!"

Well, I did run, jog, crawl next to her for awhile. At one point I ran about a mile and a half with her. She was quite the motivator! She would tell me... OK, just a little bit to the corner... now, just a little bit to get up and over hill... now, the fun easy part, going down the hill... oh, goodie, a water checkpoint, you can make it to that... great! Now drink without spilling and throw the cup on the ground! ... Here comes a mile marker, you can surely make it there! I'm not the running type as I cannot stand hearing myself trying to breath. I sound awful! I prefer racquetball where there's a lot of running, but it's all start and stops.

What a fun experience to have with Denise and Gary. We all had fun driving from one location to another to track her down and to root for her. Also, you just couldn't help but root for everyone else. The look of appreciation from the runners as you called out their name and encouraged them was priceless. One thing that I noticed was that running created a common bond among the runners! It was one huge fellowship that the runners shared.

It's been awhile since I've had Denise here in Dallas to visit. I, of course have spent time with her when I've gone home to Cleveland. But, one thing sticks out in my head about her... she is so happy and friendly! I thought I say hello to a lot of people, which sometimes I do, but other times I don't. She takes the cake! She is naturally happy and friendly! It's just downright contagious!
Above are pictures that we took at the marathon. It was agreed that Gary took the best pictures! :)

If you want to experience something awesome! Go to a marathon and cheer the runners on! If you want to feel even better, run in the marathon! There's nothing like thousands of people cheering you on!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Denise is Coming to Town

It's been a couple of months since I started this blog and a couple of months since I've been waiting for my sister Denise to come to Big D. Up above is a picture taken of her about 14 years ago. Sad to say that her eyes are stuck like that... nah... not really!

As I mentioned in my first blog post, Denise will be running in the White Rock Lake Marathon. I'm so proud of her! Cool techie stuff going on there... I've signed up for cell phone alerts for whenever she passes a checkpoint.

Denise is an awesome sister and friend! She always puts a smile on my face when I call her. I think it's because she laughs at my jokes!

Syrup in the Fridge

Interesting topic, eh?

I loved having Debbie and kids out to visit last week. An interesting thing happened while she was here. She was making waffles for her kiddos on one of the mornings and told me that she couldn't find the syrup. She looked everywhere in the refrigerator. To some, this may sound weird as most people store their syrup in their pantry on a shelf. However, this is they way that our dear mother stored it and we were just doing the same thing as we were brought up. I actually remember having this same discussion with my wife, Ursula, over some 17 years ago. Of course, I defended my position very well, but in the end I saw it her way.

Debbie, being Debbie... she had to inspect the bottle of syrup and noticed that it said, "Refrigeration not required." She was content with that and even laughed it off.

This whole situation made me wonder how often we do something because we've always done it that way or because that's how we've been raised. If we only took the time to read the label! I don't mean to compare the Bible to a syrup label, but if we only took the time to read the Bible and apply it, we'd know the proper way to do things in life. God intended it that way.

I'll leave you with one of my favorite verses that I always try to strive for...
"...Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak,
and slow to become angry" - James 1:19

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Thanksgiving FUN!

It was a blast having a house full on Thanksgiving. We had a total of 16 poeple in our humble little house. Food was awesome! We had a lot of fun eating and playing games afterward. We, of course, also enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys win! It was pretty cool seeing some snow flakes over at Texas Stadium during the football game, but we didn't get any over here in Frisco.
Debbie, Michael, Kayla came in on Thanksgiving day! We did everything with them except for seeing the largest ball of twine. I'm sure the largest ball of twine would be in Texas as everything is bigger in Texas. :)

Here's some of the fun stuff that we did while Debbie and company were here...
  • Played racquetball at the newly opened Frisco Athletic Center. By the way, we signed up with a Family Membership. I'm really excited about getting in shape and playing more racquetball.
  • Swam at the Allen Natatorium - Indoor Swimming is awesome when it's 40 degrees out. This is probably the best kept secret in North Dallas as it's such an awesome value. $5 for adults and $4 for children.
  • Ate pizza and played games at Gatti-Town. Gave Debbie and the kiddos a taste of Texas by eating at Dickey's BBQ and Trail Dust.
  • Ursula took Debbie to IKEA. Thanks - Urs. I like the place, but I overload pretty quick with the huge variety of household choices. They spent a couple of hours there. Definitely over my threshold. Debbie loved the place. She said that if there was one in her area that her whole house would be IKEA.

Favorite quotes from their visit:

  • Trust Me - Michael enjoyed telling us his life view on alot of different topics. When he really wanted to get his point across he would end the explanation with "Trust Me!" For example, he would tell Briana, I'm faster than you and can beat you in a race... Trust Me!
  • Ya'll - This was Debbie's favorite of what us Texans say. By the end of their visit, we had both kids saying "Ya'll" like they were naturalized Texans.

I really enjoyed Thanksgiving with family and friends! I hope you enjoyed yours as well! I thank God for such a wonderful family!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Debbie is Coming to Town

Debbie my oldest sister is coming to town for Thanksgiving! She's bringing her two awesome kiddos - Michael and Kayla. I think she's also bringing the cold Cleveland weather with her. We're in the 80's today and tomorrow and then a cold front is coming. I think I might give Debbie the nickname of Cold Front. Somehow, I don't think she'd care for that.
I get to see Debbie every once a year when I go home to Ohio, but it's been about 5 years since she's been here in Texas. I wish it was going to be a bit warmer as we had or have outdoor plans. Below is a picture of Debbie the last time she was here in Texas.
Yes, I'm sure she'll be dressed in Cleveland Indians attire. Do you think I should tell her that we're going to have Boston Red Sox fans for Thanksgiving Dinner? Wow! This will really be like a true Thanksgiving Dinner - Indians and Pilgrims (Red Sox)!! OK - maybe it's a stretch!

Forward March

Briana had a soccer tournament out in Tyler, TX this weekend. We had a lot of fun! Our defense held strong for all 3 games allowing only 3 goals with a shutout in the last game. The last game is when we finally connected and scored with a score of 2-0. Briana usually plays defense, but every once in a while she gets to play forward. I'm always excited when she gets to play up front, because I think she adds a spark up there. She had a huge part in one of the goals scored. She drove the ball down the left side and then crossed the ball into the center. A defender received the ball, but the ball had so much velocity, torque, back spin, momentum, mojo... that the ball went into the net. Well, maybe it wasn't all that, but the defender made a mistake and scored the goal.

Although we lost the first two games, it was great to win the last game and leave on a positive note. It's always fun travelling anywhere with the family. Although it seems like I'm only one awake when we're in transit!

It was a pleasure to see Aunt Evergrace at the tournament. Ursula's aunt -- her mom's sister. I really appreciate her making the 40 minute drive over to Tyler. She's always got the biggest smile on her face! She also has the biggest heart for her family! Here's a picture of her, Briana, and Ursula. I'm not quite sure what Urs is laughing at. It was a bummer that we couldn't spend more time with Aunt Evergrace. She had to high tail it back home.

Below are some pictures of Briana in action as a forward. I'm surprised that I got these action photos of her, because I'm so caught up with her, that I cannot take pictures. I usually have at least 2-4 pictures of the sky or grass.
I'm very proud of how hard and determined Briana is when playing soccer. She is very passionate about the sport and it shows on the field.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

First Place in My Book

This weekend was a fun and exciting weekend for soccer in our house. It was also heartbreaking for Cairo. He worked/played so hard. He wanted nothing less than First Place in his soccer tournament. His team did very well during the season and in the Tournament of Champions tournament. Their record in league play was 7 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties. They landed up in 2nd place to their rivals. The last couple of seasons they landed in 2nd place as well. Not too shabby, but kind of frustrating to an 11 year old soccer player.

They played awesome during the tournament. The won their 3 intial games to make it to the semi-finals. They scored 10 goals and were only scored against once in those 3 games. They decidely won the semi-final game with the score of 5-0. The finals matched them up against their rivals. It was a hard fought game, but we just couldn't come back from the 2-0 deficit. The score ended up being 4-1. We had plenty of scoring opportunities, but couldn't connect.

Cairo was pretty emotional after the game. He really wanted to win the game. My heart went out to him. It's times like this that you feel helpless as a parent. I did my best and assured him that I was very proud of him and that they had a great season and tournament. I asked him if he played his best and he said, "yes". I said in the end that's all that counts. I also reminded him that the previous night after winning all 3 games on Saturday that we both said that it was the most fun season so far. He agreed.

I'm so proud of him!

I'm proud of his work ethic. He always worked his hardest at practice and at game time. On the drive home from soccer practice he would tell me how he'd be frustrated that not everyone gave it their all. He's not quite sure if he'd like to play competitively, but he's definitely committed wherever he plays.

I'm proud of his competiveness! He's competitive, but he's not over the top. I'm glad that he cared about winning. I believe this whole experience will give him the drive to get even better soccer and as well in advancing in other areas of life.

Cairo is definitely #1 in my book. I'm very proud of him!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Cannot please them all or can we?

In my job I get to work with alot of churches throughout the U.S. I just love seeing how God is working in all of these areas. All of these churches are doing everything that they can to reach His people for Christ.

Each of these churches pretty much have Guest/Visitor Registration Cards that are used to get visitors connected into the church. However, alot of people will use the cards to communicate with the church what they liked and didn't like about the service or church. Below is what I perceive as a Drive-Through Guest Registration Card...


One thing that I truly appreciate about Pastor Gerald Brooks is that his message is consistently the same. His messages are always about change. Changing yourself to become a better Christ-Follower. He encourages us not to blame our parents, our past, or our surroundings. He shows us that we can overcome any of these and change ourselves into people that God will be proud of.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Hey Ref!

It's now been a full soccer season that Briana and I became soccer referees. It's been a fun and educational experience.

I did this for a few reasons...

1) I wanted to do something where I spent more time with Briana. Soccer is definitely one of her top interests. As well, she enjoys making money. Spending time with her was the most important thing. It didn't matter that we didn't have any earth shaking conversations, it mattered that we shared the same experiences. Even if it was both of us getting up at 6:30am for an 8:00am game. She definitely enjoyed hearing about my aching bones(muscles) as she couldn't understand why I was complaining. It's great to see how fit she is.

2) I wanted to get in shape. The doctor said so and I know it's good for me. The beginning of the season was a challenge with the heat in September. Those mid-afternoon games were a killer even though I just started at the U6 level (under 6 years old). Refereeing on Saturdays made me exercise during the middle of the week. It'd be too darn painful if I didn't do something during the middle of the week.

3) Making a couple of dollars while exercising sounded like a good thing to do.

Some notes about our experience in refereeing soccer:
  • Both Briana and I got "promoted" to older age levels rather quickly. We got promoted after refereeing the U6 level after 3 weeks. Some of Briana's peers went through a whole season or year before they were promoted. This happened for a couple of reasons... we tried our best and listened to the mentors. I also taught Briana the art of schmoozing. Whenever we saw the Referee Assignor, we (I) made the effort to say "Hello" and talk about how things were going. Briana was promoted to U8 and I was promoted to U9. The higher the age level, the more you get paid.
  • I learned alot about the rules especially with offsides. I also have a greater appreciate for referees and all that they do.
  • I got used to parents and coaches yelling at me with my calls or non-calls. This didn't happen too often, but it was weird when it did happen. Because when it did happen, I had this internal argument in my head... should I have called it, should I have not? Bottom line is that I tried my best.
  • Briana takes great pride in what she does. She received several compliments from coaches and parents on how well she refereed her games.

I enjoyed my time and am looking forward to next season in February.

Question for you ---- Is there something that you can be doing to be spending more time with your son or daughter? Don't like video games? Try it and you might like! They will appreciate all of the time that you spend with them! Remember that you don't have to be perfect at what they enjoy. It's the effort of being there and showing an interest in what they like.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Plugged In

We, as parents, need to watch what our children are being exposed to on an ongoing basis. There are many places that we need to preview their exposures... Movies, TV, Music, the Internet, etc.

Ever want to find out the true ratings of a movie before you kids want to run off to see them? Check out Plugged In Online at http://www.PluggedInOnline.com. The site does a great job rating movies by the following:
  • Positive Elements
  • Spiritual Content
  • Sexual Content
  • Violent Content
  • Crude or Profane Language
  • Drug and Alcohol Content
  • Other Negative Elements

They also rate Music & Television shows. The web site is brought to you and me by Focus on the Family.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Anniversary Fun!

Friday and Saturday were so much fun! Ursula and I had a blast. Here's what we did...

FRIDAY
10:00am - We stalked... I mean watched FC Dallas practice at Pizza Hut Park. I read on the FC Dallas blog that they'd be practicing at 10:00am. However, they didn't get started until about 11:15am. It was fun watching them park their cars and then go into the stadium. We saw a lot of the players arriving such as... Juan Toja, Alex Yi, Denilson, Adrian Serioux, Dario Sala and others. It took them awhile to get changed and start practicing. We didn't watch them practice for too long as Ursula was nervous that they'd think we were up to no good. We do look pretty suspicious!

1:35pm - We watched Tyler Perry's - Why Did I Get Married? It was a very good movie. We both enjoyed it. While at the movies, we saw Pastor Gerald and Ms. Geni. They are such an awesome couple! I love how she greeted us, "Hi Kids!" We had to compare movie ticket stubs to see what each other saw. They saw "Dan in Real Life" and they said it was better than the previews.

7:00pm - Dinner at Randy's Steakhouse. It was good, but not great. The service was very good, but the food itself could have been better. We're just not the type to say "Hey, it would be nice to taste some crab in the crab cakes!"

9:00pm - After making a quick stop at DSW Shoes, we checked into Embassy Suites. The room or suite was great! After getting settled in, we had a knock at the door... the hotel actually gave us a bottle of champagne for FREE in celebration of our wedding anniversary. This came to me as a complete surprise! A complete surprise since the hotel room was free since I used my Hilton Points. We had a free movie and free breakfast as well.

SATURDAY

8:00am - Nice casual wake-up. Check out the view from our room on the 10th floor. If there was a game going on for the Frisco Roughriders, we'd be able to watch from our balcony.

9:15am - Breakfast down in the atrium of the hotel. Wonderful made to order breakfast. I don't get omelettes too often, but I did this morning - ham, cheese, and mushrooms. Yummy!

**** Now for the awesome part of the day/weekend...

While we were having breakfast, we saw a couple of FC Dallas players. I didn't really know them, but I knew they were players. Then after a little bit, a familiar face came in... Kenny Cooper. I love this player. He always looks like he's having a lot of fun when he's playing. I told Ursula that I wanted to talk to him and get a picture. She, of course, thought I was crazy. But, I did approach him and got a picture of him with my camera phone as you see below. He was very nice. We talked about him being healthy again and the playoff game for tonight. We wished him luck for the game against Houston and we walked away on cloud nine! By the way, FC Dallas will stay at a local hotel for big games, such as the US Cup and now the MLS Cup Playoffs.

12:30/1:00pm - Briana and Cairo's soccer games. Briana had a rough one losing 7-2. She played hard and well. She played all 70 minutes as Left Defender except for about 5 minutes where she played midfielder in the last 5 minutes of the first half. The fun part was that she scored a goal off of a penalty kick in the last few minutes of the game. Cairo played hard and well during his game as well. He played his rival team and beat them 5-4. His team is now in sole possession of first place. I'm proud of both of them of how hard they play on the soccer field.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

17 Years

I'm probably late with this post as Sunday was officially our 17th Wedding Anniversary, however, we're celebrating this coming up Friday. Plans for Friday... Dinner at Randy's Steakhouse in Frisco. Movies - Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married. Evening Accomodations - Embassy Suites in Frisco. Sorry... no room number will be posted!

I'm so glad that Ursula said those two magic words 17 years ago, "I do." I cannot imagine anyone bringing me more happiness and love throughout all of those years. I always tell her this and I hope she believes me... she's my comfort! She brings me comfort and peace that no other person can humanly provide.

There's a song by Robin Thicke called "Lost Without You" that has the perfect lyrics... "Baby, you're the perfect shape. Baby, you're the perfect way!" Ursula was made for me in so many ways. Thank you, God!
For entertainment purposes only, here are some pictures from that blur of a day.

I love making her smile! She has the same wonderful smile after all these years with me!

The List

Denise, my crazy "running" sister pointed out that I should have posted the list of "What Wives Need from Husbdands" back in my original post. So, to comply with my sister's request... here's what Pastor Jesse had to say on that topic:

First what God has to say...
Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— 30for we are members of his body. 31"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."

What Wives Need From Husbands

A. Non-Sexual Affection
1. Husbands must learn to give their wives affection without Sexual motives.
2. When a husband shows his wife this kind of affection it sends the following messages:
- I'll take care of you and protect you.
- You are important to me and I don't want anything to happen to you.
- I'm concerned about the problems you face, and I am with you.
3. Non-sexual affection between husbands and wives will also help children to feel safe and secure.

B. Security - It's More Than Finances
1. He must communicate that he cares for his wife above anyone or anything except God.
2. A husband must communicate his admiration and love for his wife.
3. A husband must communicate his faithfulness.
4. A husband must communicate his dedication to provide financially.

C. Open Communication
1. Every husband needs to accept the fact that communications is a bona fide need of his wife, not merely a want.
2. Every husband must understand that lack of communication breeds insecurity and frustration.
3. It takes time to communicate. A goal is 10 to 15 hours a week for husbands and wives to talk with each other.

D. Leadership - Commintment to Family
1. Husbands are to be the Spiritual Leader.
2. Husbands should be involved in every area of the family.

Wow! I needed that... I'm glad I typed these up. I now have 10 to 15 hours of communication to catch up with Ursula. Just kiddin'... just 9 to 14 hours.

Keep doing all that you can do to keep loving that precious gift from God - your wife!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Everything

This video has been out on YouTube for over 8 months, but it's timeless! The video moved me the first time I watched and every time after that.


After seeing the video, I had to go out to iTunes and purchase Lifesong's song Everything. Everytime I hear the song on my iPod, I cannot but think of what God thinks of me! He yearns for me to be in his arms! There are several other skits that have been performed based off this skit. To locate them, just search on Lifesong and Everything in YouTube.

God truly loves you!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The Study of Your Wife

In my first post, I mentioned my friend Pastor Jesse and his Life Group that he leads for married couples. I remember one class some time ago. It's been probably been a few years now, but it sticks in my head. A class member, Randy, shared with the class something very important about loving his wife. He said that to truly please her, he had to first know her and study her. Since her name is Nitra, he called this Nitraology! Very cool!

When you get right down to it, how much time do we spend on studying things we enjoy? Some things we throw ourselves in way too deep such as golf, fantasy football, cars, {insert your passion here}, etc. God commands us to "... love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her" Ephesians 5:25. That's a pretty tall order, as we know how much he loves us! When we love something or in this case someone, we have to know that person. Study how that person needs to be both loved and what their passsions are. I challenge you to put more time into studying that special someone!

In this blog, I'm going to be sharing my favorite books... so here comes my first recommendation... "For Men Only: A Straightforward Guide to the Inner Lives of Women" by Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn. It's a great book that attempts to fill us in about this wonderful gift from God, our wives. It really does a great job of trying to explain what's going on in their heads. Also, it let's us know how they need to be cared for. I recommend this book for all husbands!

Besides reading "For Men Only", you still have your work cut out for you. First, if you don't know what she enjoys, FIND OUT! Secondly, once you have this knowledge, use it. Use it to please her. Here are some examples of how I use Ursulaology...

  • I know the TV shows and sports that Ursula enjoys. I might not particulary enjoy them as much as her, but I know that it please her that I'm there with her.
  • She likes it when I make sure there's gas in the car and especially if there's air in the tires. I don't know how she does it, but I believe she's a human air pressure gauge.
  • I know that she relaxes so much better if there's less clutter in the house. When I can and when God pushes me off the couch, I'll straighten up, vaccum and do the dishes. I love to see the smile on her face!
  • There's plenty more, but you need to find out those special needs of your wife!
Alot of this all sounds so easy, however, for me it's a God thing! When it comes down to it, I'd rather vedge out in front of the TV and have "Me Time 24/7". But, there's that commandment from God to love my wife. After all, it's all about pleasing God. I know that when I do the right thing, he's pleased with me.
Also, it's a choice... a conscious effort that we have to make each and every day. The great thing is that when we succeed in choosing this choice, everyone wins! God is pleased! Your wife is pleased! Our sons will learn how to love their future wives and our daughters will learn how they should be loved. Pssssttt... the really cool part is you never know what goodness is going to be coming your way by pleasing your wife.

Blessings to you with your ____ology! I plan to get a PhD in Ursulaology!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Hello World!

Hello World!

Mark Lindsley here! I've watched so many of my friends working the blog world, that I thought I'd dip my toe in. Why? I think I have some thoughts and ramblings to share. Also, as of late, I've been inspired. Inspired by two special people in my life, my sister, Denise and my friend, Pastor Jesse.

First of all, my sister, Denise defies my comprehension! My mild mannered sister is a marathon runner! She is not shooting for first place, but for the finish line. (at least that's what I think) I would have never thought that Denise would have been a marathon runner. Debbie, the oldest of us Lindsleys, has been the one blessed with the athletic and competitive genes. I got the competitive gene, but Denise must have stole the athletic gene from me. Anyway, Denise inspires me by her drive and love of running. It's not natural for me to say those two words in the same sentence - "love" and "running". I asked her why she likes or loves to run... she says the she likes to eat! Good answer! She recently ran in the Akron Marathon and here's a picture of her finishing. I think she ran the half marathon event. That sounds shorter, but I get queezy thinking about running a half mile. When I need to be inspired, I call her... I love to hear her excitement for not only running, but for her family! She rocks! Yes, my two other sisters are awesome, but we'll brag on them later. I'm so excited that Denise will be coming to Dallas for the White Rock Marathon in December. I only get to see my family once or twice a year so it's always a special occasion when we can catch up.

Secondly, Pastor Jesse Daniel, inspired me this morning with his discussions of what wives need from husbands. It was great to hear what other husbands were doing for their wives. I feel like I'm doing a pretty job in this role, but I know I can always do better. This is something that I think I can share with others. What I do for my wife or try to do and what I've learned from others. Pastor Jesse leads our Life Group called Marriage Unlimited at Grace Outreach Center.

So... I'm planning on sharing the following on this blog...
  • My love for God
  • My love for my family
  • My love for my job and calling
  • For husbands: How to love your wife (tips from someone that's trying to do it right for 17 years)
  • For fathers: How to love your children
  • Additional ramblings:
Technology
Soccer
God only knows!

If you've made it this far in this posting, congrats and thanks. Nonetheless, I look forward to sharing with you and hearing your comments.

Blessings,



Mark