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Well I'll swanee . . .

Pardon my use of the old phrase my paternal grandparents would say out loud when they were surprised by something . . . 
But, you see, when I left my chiropractors office this morning . . .  I was surprised.
For the first time in about 7 years, since my big mountain bike wipeout at Cameron Park in Waco (where I really screwed up my right knee) . . . I am not wearing an orthopedic heel lift in my right shoe.
Dr. Ratliff, my chiropractor,  gave me a knee adjustment today . . . and when he had me stand up . . . I was standing on my bare feet . . . and my hips were level.
Which means . . . no need for my heel lift.   I don't think I have stood this straight in a long time, and my right leg isn't bowed out like it has been the past two years!
Well I'll swanee!
We recheck things on Friday, which will include an x-ray.   Hoping this is all finally coming to a good conclusion.
God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Ken's Daily Devotion Blog

Ken Diehm is blogging as part of his Lenten daily devotional readings.

To view Ken's blog, go here.

Well worth the time . . . Ken is a very wise and discerning individual. It is an honor to work in ministry with him, and I am proud he is my friend.

I can't get it out of my head . . .

Not sure what happened . . . or is happening . . . just know I am going to be dealing with this as my personal Lenten journey this year.
I just can't seem to get this "simplifying life" thing out of my head.
Been reading some home and office organizational stuff on
I have also been taking some careful stock on all the "stuff" I own but do not use.
That list is still growing, and is much, much too long.
Don't know yet what event, thought, person, thing, action has been the catalyst for my feeling the need to address simplifying life.  Several things actually have worked together to guide me down this path.
Perhaps this also comes out of my desire to do something different during Lent this year.
I do know one thing . . . that for some reason, the thought of simplifying life has something to do with the idea of ridding one's life of clutter.   I think Lent is the same sort of thing  . . . a specific period before Easter when we focus on removi…

I can't seem to get this out of my mind . . .

Simplifying life!
Yep . . . just like the song "Drop Kick Me Jesus Through the Goal Posts of Life" . . . (which after hearing it for the first time  . . .  it takes months to forget it)   I seem to be focusing on a plan to simplify life.
First things first . . . what does it mean to simplify life?
Well . . . I think I am going to have to keep asking myself this question over and over . . . because I have a feeling that the answer is going to change.
Right now . . . simplifying life, to me, is about intentionally removing as much clutter from my life as possible, in order to find / reconnect with the things that are important to me, which have been covered up by the clutter.
And my home study . . . is more cluttered than my garage!
I know one thing for sure . . . I sure have / keep a lot of junk.  I think the biggest help to me may be my going to Lowe's to purchase a new box of trash bags.   There is just a lot of useless stuff that needs to be thrown away.
Then, there is the st…

New Wesley Study Bible

Earlier this week, my new Wesley Study Bible arrived.
It is in the NRSV translation, with study notes from over 60 pastors from the Wesleyan tradition.
It is on sale at Cokesbury for less than $30 through the end of February.  
Although this Bible with not replace my ESV Study Bible as my primary bible for in depth study and scripture teaching, it will be a good reference for comparison study.

Trying a half-day . . .

I promised a church family that I would be with them before a surgery this morning in Dallas. So I ventured out very early this morning . . . and afterward, went to the church office to catch up on emails and phone calls.

Pain is still and issue . . . but just moderately so now. One interesting thing about back pain, it will take you mind off the arthritis you have in your knees. At least it has for me.

I think I see a light at the end of the tunnel . . . just going to be a very slow trip.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

2nd full day on inactivity . . .

Well, I think I am noticing a little difference in my back.  Sitting in the hard white plastic folding chair in my home study seems to be the most comfortable place in the house to sit.
Laying down on the bed with an ice pack three times a day . . . and I have officially boycotted television.   Take that Alec Baldwin!!!
Nothing new to read here at the house, so I have been reading the most recent Bass Pro Shops, Cabela's and Guitar Center catalogs / flyers I have received in the mail.
Not a good thing to do . . . making plans to spend money you-do-not-have on stuff you-do-not-need.
Taking one trip out today to take my wife to lunch.  
Funny . . . when you are alone in the house, and the dog and cat are asleep . . . you begin to hear things you are not normally aware of.   
-The sound of ice machine making ice in my fridge.
- The sound of the thermostat "clicking" before the air comes on.
-The sound of the trash truck starting and stopping - starting and stopping . . . as the tra…

M.A.S.H. was on 4 different channels today at the same time . . .

I'm serious. For those who do not know . . . I have had a back problem for the past 3 weeks.  Turns out I have an inflamed nerve in my back.   My doctor has advised me to stay home for 2-3 days, and to be as inactive as possible.
By 10 AM, I had finished my latest Colin Fletcher book, and I do not have any new books here at the house.  So . . . after checking facebook, etc., I was lying on the couch and watching the old boob toob.
At 11 AM, as I was checking channels, I noticed that M.A.S.H. was on at the same time on 4 different Dish Network channels.   And they were all different shows!   
For the day, I watched 4 more episodes of M.A.S.H. (my all time most favorite TV show), 3 episodes of Andy Griffith (I know a lot of people my age who wished they were Opie Taylor), and three different Biography shows (Bob Crane, James Coburn and Howie Mandell).  
Couldn't find a decent fishing show.
I hope I can stay focused on reading and writing tomorrow.  Cause' I don't want …

The ever continuing saga of a sore back ...

I officiated at a funeral service today at a nearby funeral chapel.  A lovely service, and I was asked to bring my guitar as sing as well as officiate.  
I am always glad to do that.
Afterward . . . I decided since I had a little less than half-a-day off left, I would run out to Cabela's and look around in their fishing department, and get some more steps on my pedometer.
I had been at Cabela's about half-an-hour, just walking around looking at stuff here and there . . . anyone who shops aimlessly without a battle plan knows how it is . . . when I  found a clearance rack of fishing stuff.  
Now, here I need to explain Cabela's definition of "clearance."  It means 10% off, maybe 20%.   Anyway, I saw something on the very bottom of the display rack that I thought I might be interested in "looking at" more closely . . . and when I reached down to pick it up . . . I felt a "twinge" in my lower left back.
I muttered a "chosen" cuss word that, …

Current discussions on theology . . .

I am engaged, as usual, with my friend Floyd, and with several other friends who have not given me permission to use their names, in conversations about things theological.

I often find these discussions fresh, and almost always a challenge.

One of my friends I am discussing a topic with currently, wrote that he compared our friendship with that of the Star Trek characters, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy.

My friend now begins his emails with "Hello Dr. McCoy" or "Hello Bones!" Bones was the name Captain Kirk called Dr. McCoy . . . a term of enderment I hope.

He also signs his emails now with "Mr. Spock."

I guess that is not as bad as relationship being compared to that of Lucy and Charlie Brown!

I'm guessing I would be Charlie Brown.

Good grief!

From what I remember about the first Star Trek series . . . Dr. McCoy was often frustrated with Mr. Spock's devaluing of human nature, especially human emotion. Dr. McCoy's response . . . "It's what makes us…

Godlen Lab needs a home ...

My youngest daughter and her husband are moving from Crowley to Allen, TX. Due to pet policies, they will not be able to take their female Golden Lab with them.

"Leah" has spent most of her life inside, and is very good with people she knows. Strangers get her excited, until she gets use to them. She is a good dog, who needs a good home.

If you are "local" to the DFW area, give me a call. I will put you in touch with my kids.

Chiropractor visit #2 . . .

My back has been feeling better, but not so better as to cancel my appointment yesterday. So I went in.

More adjustment with the "gun" (the "Impluse iQ Adjusting Instrument"). Then I received some electrical stimulation and ice pack therapy while I was sitting in a very comfortable recliner.

When the treatment was over . . . I asked for 15 more minutes on the ice pack . . . a little quiet time if you will . . . which Dr. Ratliff and his staff were more than happy to allow me to do.

Guess I fell asleep. I opened my eyes, and Dr. Ratliff was smiling at me . . .

I sure hope I didn't snore!

Left feeling better. My back is straighter, but there is still some pain when I stand up from a sitting position. Still using the ice pack three times a day . . . and I feel that is helping.

Set another appointment for Monday morning . . . just in case.

Chiropractor visit #1 . . .

It went pretty well.
Went to see Dr. Ratliff in Grapevine.  I did not know that some chiropractors these days do not manipulate by physically pushing down on your spine, but now use instead what amounts to a mini electronically controlled jack hammer the size of a large syringe.  
Very interesting.
And, very tolerable . . . no neck jerking . . . no crunching.
Dr. Ratliff was very thorough, and said after one more treatment on Wednesday, that I will be as right as rain.
I just love the guy.  
A very professional and compassionate office.  
And, although my back is still sore . . . I left Dr. Ratliff's office walking straighter and more erect.  
One piece of advice he gave me . . . was to throw away the heating pad . . . and to use ice.  The rationale being that when the bones in the spine are out of alignment . . . they are actually sprained.  The inflammation I thought was muscular inflammation, was in fact a sprain in the joint of the spine.   
And what do you do for a sprain . . . you pu…