How to get a good night sleep

My personal experience

How to get a good night sleep
How much sleep would I get if I go to sleep right now?

As a child, I used to have a terrible time going to sleep. Sometimes, I would be awake almost the entire night. I had a real aversion to snakes and I would lie there imagining myself falling into a pit of snakes! (Please don’t try to psychoanalyze me in that regard <grin>.)

Even later in life, I continued to have problems getting to sleep at night. I don’t recall the exact date that I started to overcome my insomnia but, over time, it has been a total change!

Now, my wife gets a little frustrated that I can go to sleep “as soon as my head hits the pillow.” (I sometimes snore and that keeps her awake.) Many people ask me HOW I do it. I hope to give you some of my answers in this article. First, we need to understand insomnia. Continue reading

The Blessing of SMALL Things

Hurricane Isaac

Hurricane IsaacHurricane Isaac hit (such an appropriate word) on Tuesday (28 Aug ’12) when we started getting a lot of tropical storm force winds in our area. It was not too bad but things got worse.

On Wednesday morning, it was clear and windy so I decided to cut a tree near my home since it was hollow at the base. Better to be pro-active and drop the tree in a safe location than to wait and let the storm drop it onto my home! We dropped the tree and had the brush cleared by about 9 AM. Right after that, we started getting some pretty heavy bands of rain coming through.

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Forgive and Forget?

Forgive and Forget?

Forgive and forget?Over the years, I have had difficulties with many church leaders. Some have treated me with disrespect, some have lied to me, others have gone behind my back to cause me harm. I have also had troubles with secular bosses and coworkers, with church members & church “bosses.” I have been disappointed by friends and family.

Still others, some of whom do not even consider themselves to be Christians, have helped me, encouraged me, and came to my rescue.
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5 Elements of Love

On the 15th of May, 2011,  I was honored to conduct the wedding ceremony for my youngest daughter,  Katrina.

Walking my daughter down the aisle
Walking my daughter down the aisle

I love my new son-in-law and consider him to be my newest son.  But I did give him some words of warning encouragement about treating my daughter well!  Coincidentally, I mentioned that I do have a shotgun in my home (grin).

I also believe that Aron and Katrina have a deep love for each other.  However, with so many marriages ending in divorce these days, something must be broken in our present-day concept of love.  So, during the ceremony, I offered some advice about what might help couples “stay in love. ”

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Insatiable!

Insatiable – the word seems to describe the very fabric of our society today. It is defined as…

Not satiable; incapable of being satisfied or appeased; very greedy; as, an insatiable appetite, thirst, or desire  en.wiktionary.org/wiki/insatiable

It describes our individual (and collective) appetites for excitement, food, money, drugs, technology, entertainment, power, ego, sex, and prominence (and possibly every other desire that can be imagined). While much of the world struggles to just survive, in our society we work several jobs in order to have more than our neighbor. The collective motto seems to be, “He who dies with the most toys, wins.”

However, the REASON that people are never satisfied is that what they are searching for things that cannot satisfy. The deepest need/desire of a human being is to have intimate fellowship with our Creator.

One of the most unforgettable Scriptures is Jeremiah 31:14. In the King James Version it reads,

Jer 31:14 And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD.

This applies to me (and you if you have been born again) – since Jesus died on the cross for our sins, we have become a nation of priests. Each Christian now has direct access to God as a priest. The word “satiate” is used to describe feeding until the receiver stops eating. That means that every child of God has a blessed promise that our Father will MORE than satisfy our desires!

When we receive God’s love in our hearts, we become satiated. We can stop seeking the ever more elusive “high” that adrenaline, power or other drugs can never deliver!

Be blessed & pass on the blessing…

 

Emotional Book

What is the most emotional book that you have read?

I just finished reading “90 Minutes in Heaven” by Don Piper. I found it compelling and extemely emotional. I cried almost throughout my reading. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!

Here is a summary from the publisher:

As he is driving home from a minister’s conference, Baptist minister Don Piper collides with a semi-truck that crosses into his lane. He is pronounced dead at the scene. For the next 90 minutes, Piper experiences heaven where he is greeted by those who had influenced him spiritually. He hears beautiful music and feels true peace.Back on earth, a passing minister who had also been at the conference is led to pray for Don even though he knows the man is dead. Piper miraculously comes back to life and the bliss of heaven is replaced by a long and painful recovery.For years Piper kept his heavenly experience to himself. Finally, however, friends and family convinced him to share his remarkable story.

You can buy the book in most outlets. Click here to see a list of sources from a Google search.