It’s been a long time, hasn’t it?

I haven’t posted to my blog for a very long while. I’ve been suppressing this part of me for various reasons, and I can’t do it any longer. While I may not be able to post to this as often as I would like, I will post to it with some regularity again, God willing. There are things that are working in my mind and in my heart. I believe changes are in store for me soon, and I am praying that I am following the path He has set before me. More to come ….


Long time, no see

I haven’t updated my blog in a long time, I know. Not that there are that many regular readers here, but there were some. And there are many reasons for the delay. One of those reasons was that I was tossing around the idea of moving my blog to another platform. I have decided against that. It shall stay here. One of these days, I may purchase a URL for it, but it will still be here when I do. So, now that crisis is solved, and I can move on. I do have much to share, and some of it has to wait for a very special day, but I’ll do everything I can to make sure this stays much more up-to-date than it has. Until then, do take a gander at some of the blogs in my blogroll on the right side of the page here. Down, just a little bit. There you go. These are all A-1 approved-by-me blogs. Enjoy!

Old Directions, Anew

Priorities are something one should take out, dust off, and give a good once-over every so often. It’s healthy and reaffirming. It’s nice to know that you, yourself, still approve of what you’re doing, since you’re not likely to get that from anywhere else. The media will hound you, day after day, with messages designed to make you re-evaluate what you think and do. That, in and of itself is another rant for another time, but it’s still good to get that affirmation from yourself, if you can’t get it anywhere else.

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Some Minor Changes

I’ve made a couple of changes to my blog here. The changes are fairly minor, but it occurred to me today that the title “The World According to Me” sounded self-centered. That wasn’t what I intended. So I changed it to “The World, One Step at a Time.” This also reflects the notion that I’m taking things one step at a time right now. My world has been turned completely upside-down in the last month. I also changed the tagline, because connecting with my “legions of imaginary fans” doesn’t come across as so amusing anymore. It probably never did. The final change was of my page icon. As of this writing, it hasn’t shown up yet for me, so I’m not sure it’s going to come across. It may be too small as a page icon to decipher what it is. I hope it works out. Anyway, I’ll have another full post up this week. I’m trying to do one long post a week, with smaller updates (like this one) as needed. Thank you all for coming, and comments are always welcome.

The Valley of the Shadow of Death

Today, this is on my mind:

Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (ESV)

This may be Trevor Morgan’s fault. Or maybe not. Either way, there are things to contemplate here. I think I know what the Valley of the Shadow of Death is. Or, rather, where. I think it is the streets of Joplin. If not, that must be what it looks like.

I promise I will stop posting depressing tornado stuff, just as soon as I get it all out of me. I take that back. I don’t know that I will ever get it all out of me. I will carry it with me throughout my days, I’m sure. Eventually, peace will return. Until then, I pray He will restore my soul … and my city.

Their Stories, Their Words

As I’ve read the stories and followed the media concerning the Joplin Tornado (I understand that is to become its “official” designation, according to Bill Davis of the National Weather Service), and they are heartbreaking, but also inspiring. It’s made me want to write more, because there is so much to be said. I’ve thrown around several ideas, some good, some not-so-good, but then it came to me: why not let these people tell their own stories? After all, it was their words that inspired me in the first place. So, I’ve collected some here for your perusal.

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