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Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas-Celebrating the Birth of Jesus

I had a great Christmas. Cheri and I celebrated at our house with 21 family and friends, a house full at my mother's and a group at my Dad and Stephanie's, (my stepmother), Jeff, Susye and Andrew were unable to make it this year. My grandmother, 95 years young made it to my Dad's house. I was happy for that. I know that Grandma Martha, Gretchen, and I all had a big Christmas with several celebrations. I think that we were in need of a little R&R.
I did create a video Christmas card for Facebook. Here it is.https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=562494460486300&l=8569421858028982852


A little girl asked her father, How did the human race appear?

The father answered, God made Adam and Eve and they had children and so was all mankind made.

Two days later the girl asked her mother the same question.

The mother answered, Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved.

The confused girl returned to her father and said, Dad how is it possible, that you told me the human race was created by God, and Mom said they developed from monkeys?

The father answered, Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about
my side of the family and your mother told you about hers.

Much love, Dennis

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Censorship

 I occasionally watch Duck Dynasty on A & E.
When I do watch them I enjoy their Christian values and the comedic circumstances that they portray for the cameras. Phil Robertson is the patriarch and the one who leads them in prayer to God through Jesus before their family meals. Phill sat down for an interview with GQ magazine. During the interview he was questioned about his views concerning homosexuality. He paraphrased 1st Corinthians 6:9-10. As a born-again Christian I believe that what is written in the Bible came from God and is intended to help us become more Christlike. Those two verses standing alone do not do justice (in my opinion) to the overall meaning of chapter 6. Everyone has sinned and fallen short of the standard God requires to be considered righteous. Jesus took care of that problem on the cross. Anyone, Anyone who confesses the Lord Jesus with his mouth and believes that God has raised  him from the dead, will be saved. Here is the amplified Bible version.
Romans 10:9  Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Phil has been indefinitely suspended from the show. His family has come out with the statement supporting him and decided that No Phil = No Duck Dynasty show. I fully support his right to speak freely. Many have tried to silence him in the name of tolerance- PC.  Tolerance in today's world appears to be a one-way street. To some people you may say whatever you like - unless it does not coincide with their views.

Thursday I decided to express my opinion on Facebook. To show my support for Phil Robertson I posted his picture as my profile picture at about 11 AM.
Facebook obviously decided that I didn't need his picture, so they put up the generic photo at about 5:15 PM.
I reposted Phil as my profile picture and wrote this as my status. "Okay Facebook, your move". Within 15 min. my picture was changed to the generic again and my status was altered to say- "Okay".
I had Cheri look at what had taken place, she immediately sent a note to Facebook explaining that I was being censored and that she would be letting others know about their actions. 10 min. later my profile picture was restored and my altered status was changed back to the original statement. I have to thank my wife for her actions. She caught FB with their hand in the cookie jar and called them out.
In today's world, free-speech is fast becoming "politically correct free-speech".  It's okay to speak your mind unless your Christian values are expressed. You will then be labeled a bigot and someone who uses hate speech.
When you make Jesus the forefront of your life... you know the Enemy gets upset. By the way, I paraphrased that from the Bible.

I know that I've been long-winded on this post, so I will say Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

God bless and much love, Dennis

Monday, December 16, 2013

Lighthearted Offering

I left my last post without my usual lighthearted closing. Here is that offering, it's one of my favorites.


A married couple, both 60 years old, were celebrating their 35th anniversary. 

During their party, an angel appeared to congratulate them and grant them each a blessing. The wife wanted to travel around the world. The angel waved her hand and instantly the wife had 2 tickets in her hand for a world cruise. Next, the Angel asked the husband what he wanted. He said, "I would like a wife 30 years younger than me." So the Angel lifted her hand and the husband instantly became 90.


Much love, Dennis










Friday, December 13, 2013

FCA


On Thursday I was able to attend a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Christmas luncheon at GB's restaurant here in Fairview. I have been a part of that group since last school year and it is very good therapy for me. I have been unable to attend for several weeks due to a combination of my health and bad weather. I don't know exactly how many members there are but attendance varies from week to week. For the luncheon there were around 30 students and I know there were several regulars who were unable to attend.
                           Looks like I needed to raise my hat.                

 These guys have something in high school that I lacked at that age, basically a willingness to spend time each week to gather with other young Christians and grow their relationship with Jesus. Special thanks to Linda Zimmerman (directly to my left), for allowing me to be a part of this group. Mrs. Zimmerman is the group leader and a very special person.

Because I am unable to drive, I have to make arrangements any time that I commit to outside engagements.
I would like to thank my mother (Jan Boyer) for getting me to and from the restaurant. She has a lot of things on her plate right now and her time is limited. 
I would ask that you continue to pray for my sister-in-law Gretchen. She is home now and gaining strength daily.
No joke today, but it is on the way :-)

Much love, Dennis

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Darla Olson My Mother-In-Law

Wednesday was my mother-in-law's birthday.
Most of you know that after my accident in 2006 she and my father-in-law moved in with us. Now it's just Darla, Cheri, and myself. She has sacrificed a lot so that I can have the freedom of living at home. Darla does 99% of the cooking and much of my daytime care giving. Even though she has been in the workforce longer enough to retire, she still does "work from home" accounting for a local car dealership. I know that I am in good hands because I can see that God has his signature on my lifestyle here at home. Sometimes I know that my mother-in-law gets tired of saying "you're welcome", but when you have been blessed as much as I have it's hard not to say "Thank You".

The way that the puzzle of my life has been carefully crafted is sometimes almost unbelievable. There are too many things that have happened in the last 7+ years that coincidence could not be a factor. Thank you to my mother-in-law for all that she does.

Cheri, said to her husband, Dennis, when he returned from work, 'I have great news for you. Pretty soon there are going to be three in this house instead of two.'
Dennis started glowing with happiness and kissing Cheri , 'Oh darling, I'm the happiest man in the world.'
Cheri smiled and added, 'I'm glad that you feel that way, Dennis, because tomorrow morning my mother moves in with us.'

It is just a joke, I love you Darla and a Very Happy Birthday to you.


Much love, Dennis

Monday, December 2, 2013

The theory of evolution

I'm just starting my third week of antibiotics. So far I'm tolerating them pretty good although I have spent some time dozing off in the afternoons. My energy level is low and I've spent some extra time just watching TV. It's amazing to me how much information about evolution is presented as factual, when even Darwin himself said that unless the missing pieces of the fossilized records were found, evolution was and is a theory. I don't want to go into detail, but I believe that some people that subscribe to the evolution theory have more faith than those of us who believe in "God's Creation".


How many evolutionists does it take to change a light bulb?
Only one, but it takes millions of years.


Much love, Dennis

Monday, November 25, 2013

More Antibiotics


It's been a while since my last post. I shared my wife's (Cheri) blog explaining some of the circumstances that we have been fighting for about four weeks. I have been referred to a infectious disease Dr. in Oklahoma City. He changed my antibiotics and I am now getting oral medication twice a day and an IV three times daily. I'll be on this for 4-6 weeks. Before the change I felt like I was on Nyquil 24-7.  I'm feeling better now, but my energy level is still lagging behind. All of this is due to a pressure sore on my left ankle. It really doesn't make any sense because there is no pressure on that part of my foot.

My plan is pretty simple. 

I'm not anxious about anything, but in all things by prayer and petition with thanksgiving I will make my request known to God and peace of God that passes all understanding will guard my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus.

http://youtu.be/FGK8IC-bGnU


You might be a redneck if:  
In tough situations you ask yourself, "What would Curly do?".


Much love, Dennis

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Antibiotics...Ugh

I'm feeling better today, but not 100%. Talking is a strain, so I'm typing using onscreen keyboard. Here is a link to Cheri's blog.
http://cheri-scicaregiving.blogspot.com/2013/11/its-always-something.html

Much love, Dennis 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Short Testimony


Today, Thursday is the day that I meet with the Fairview FCA on a weekly basis. I was very proud of my niece Karly who decided to address the group and share how God is directing her through a time of trials. I won't go into details, but what she did today touched a many people.




Since we recently honored our veterans I wanted to relay a story about a Marine. There are several places on the Internet with this story and it may or may not be true however, I can totally believe that this could happen.


A Sergeant having served his time with the Marine Corps took a new job as a school teacher. Just before the school year started he injured his back. He was required to wear a plaster cast around the upper part of his body. Fortunately, the cast fit under his shirt and wasn't noticeable.

On the first day of class, he found himself assigned to the toughest students in the school. The smart alack punks, having already heard the new teacher was a Marine, were leery of him and decided to see how tough he really was before trying any pranks.

Walking confidently into the rowdy classroom, the new teacher opened the window wide and sat down at his desk. When a strong breeze made his tie flap, he took a stapler and promptly stapled the tie to his chest....... twice.

He had no trouble with discipline that year.

Much love, Dennis

Friday, November 8, 2013

Postscript

I usually like to close my posts with something lighthearted, yesterday I neglected to do that. So I will fulfill that today.
My mother-in-law likes to let me know that she is smarter than me and I normally have to humble myself and admit it. LOL occasionally she will send me a quiz or IQ type of test. Two days ago she sent me this 13 question quiz. However she was unaware that what was involved was right in my wheelhouse. Here is a link to the quiz
http://www.pewresearch.org/quiz/science-knowledge/

Guess who is humbling themselve today.
much love, Dennis

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Side Effects


I have noticed that there are many prescription drugs that  advertise on TV. I am assuming that they are required to disclose any possible side effects. Some of those side effects are extremely serious and make me wonder whether or not consuming that particular pharmaceutical would be worse than the condition it was supposed to cure. Here is an example of one that I looked up. I'm intentionally leaving the name out.

SIDE EFFECTS: Drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, constipation, difficulty concentrating, swollen arms/legs, and weight gain may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any unlikely but serious side effects, including: blurred vision, unusual bleeding/bruising, unsteadiness, confusion, muscle pain/tenderness/weakness (especially if you are tired or have a fever), swelling of hands/legs/feet, change in amount of urine.

A small number of people who take anticonvulsants for any condition (such as seizure, bipolar disorder, pain) may experience depression, suicidal thoughts/attempts, or other mental/mood problems. Tell your doctor right away if you or your family/caregiver notice any unusual/sudden changes in your mood, thoughts, or behavior including signs of depression, suicidal thoughts/attempts, thoughts about harming yourself.

I like to say that before I was saved I had JDD… Jesus Deficit Disorder. Fortunately I found the cure.This made me think about something that I noticed in the Bible. There are side effects to those who become Christians. They are listed in Galatians 5:vs 22
But the fruit of the Spirit Is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. Against such things there is no law.
much love, Dennis

Friday, November 1, 2013

Is God Real? Duh

I'm going to relate a series of events that has unfolded recently. This is not the first time that I've seen God's hand move, but it just reinforces my faith in God's promises that are clearly found in the Bible.


My grandmother who lives across the street from me recently moved to the Fellowship home. My dad has been working hard to whittle down her possessions with the proceeds going into her account at her new residence. He sold a refrigerator to a person in Fairview. That person, Margaret was having trouble making arrangements to get the refrigerator moved to her place in Fairview. We had talked through Facebook and I was planning on calling on some of my friends to get this project completed. While I was pondering who to reach out to, I had a thought (a prompting from the Holy Spirit). This was on Wednesday. I meet with the high school Fellowship of Christian Athletes on Thursdays. I was prompted to challenge that group to reach out and help her, because she had a need. I discussed the Scripture about "give and it shall be given unto you", and reaching out to people who are in need. I told them that I knew they couldn't just pick up a refrigerator by hand and move it, but they know people and God provides resources and meets the needs of those who have trusted in him. I gave them a couple of names and asked them to stretch their faith-comfort zone and make this happen. At 7 PM Thursday Cheri noticed that my dad was across the street at my grandmother's house. Shortly thereafter there were three people there with a pickup and a dolly moving the refrigerator through the garage and into their pickup. I was explaining to Cheri what I told those at the FCA meeting. It was a really good feeling seeing that in less than 7 hours, the challenge was being met. But the best part was yet to come. Cheri has an iPhone and she follows Joyce Meyer on Twitter. While we were watching the work, Cheri's twitter chime went off and Joyce Meyer had just tweeted this:

Joyce Meyer ‏@JoyceMeyer 19h
If someone has a need and you can’t meet it by yourself, get a group together to do it. Have fun meeting people’s needs!

I wish you could have seen the smile that was plastered on my face when Cheri read that message to me. Never, Never, try to convince me that God isn't real and that he doesn't work in the lives of those who believe in Him and His Son, Jesus.
Much Love, Dennis

Monday, October 28, 2013

Being Politically Correct

I'm not a high profile political person. I have my views and I repost some things on Face Book occasionally, but I have never really tried to engage in conversation with the intent of changing anyone's  mind. One thing that does bother me is the ever-increasing political correctness (PC) movement. I believe that in the beginning there were people with good ideas and good intentions, but now it seems like being PC is considered to be part of our United States Constitution.
 I'm not a scholar, but I have glanced through the initial laws of the land and I cannot find where it says that anyone has the right to "not be offended". I know that there are laws governing libel and slander, those are not the same as having your feelings hurt. We do have the right to "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Constitution



One of the most recent spectacles concerns the Washington Redskins football team. Bob Costas has started a trend of scolding football fans during halftime of two NFL games. We all have the constitutional right to express our opinion, even Bob Costas, but many times there are repercussions. I know that on TV we have the fashion police, criticizing or praising what "important" people wear and we have the PC police doing the same. I think they both belong in the same category. Just a handful of people who believe that their opinions carry more weight than all others.

http://youtu.be/FGK8IC-bGnU

A married couple, both 60 years old, were celebrating their 35th anniversary. 
During their party, an angel appeared to congratulate them and grant them each a blessing. The wife wanted to travel around the world. The angel waved her hand and instantly the wife had 2 tickets in her hand for a world cruise. Next, the Angel asked the husband what he wanted. He said, "I would like a wife 30 years younger than me." So the Angel lifted her hand and the husband instantly became 90.

Much love, Dennis

Friday, October 18, 2013

Psalm 23

The last 7-10 days have been a roller coaster ride. I really enjoyed speaking to the FCA and meeting an amazing young man, Tyler Zander. He talked about his faith, forgiveness, and what he is doing now.

I've also spent some time pondering several situations currently on my mind. I won't go into specifics, but it seems like Satan has been working overtime in the lives of my family and friends. There are some things that all I can do is pray and there are other situations that make me want to retaliate in some form. I know that we are to cast our cares to the Lord, but sometimes I just want to go back under the Law and say "an eye for an eye". It's very hard when someone you care about has been wronged but I know that the battle belongs to the Lord.
In this world we will have trials and tribulations. I just have to remember that we are going through the Valley and not setting up camp.

A Psalm of David.
23 The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Yea, 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.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord

Forever.


And now for something completely different
A couple had two little mischievous boys, ages 8 and 10. They were always getting into trouble, and their parents knew that if any mischief occurred in their town, their sons would get the blame. 

The boys' mother heard that a clergyman in town had been successful in disciplining children, so she asked if he would speak with her boys. The clergyman agreed and asked to see them individually.

So, the mother sent her 8-year-old first, in the morning, with the older boy to see the clergyman in the afternoon. 

The clergyman, a huge man with a booming voice, sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly, "Where is God?"

They boy's mouth dropped open, but he made no response, sitting there with his mouth hanging open.

The clergyman repeated the question. "Where is God?"

Again, the boy made no attempt to answer.

So, the clergyman raised his voice some more and shook his finger in the boy's face and bellowed, "Where is God!?"

The boy screamed and bolted from the room. He ran directly home and dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him.

When his older brother found him in the closet, he asked, "What happened?" 

The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied: "We are in real BIG trouble this time! God is missing, and they think we did it!"

Much Love, Dennis

Friday, October 11, 2013

Tyler Zander

Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to meet Tyler Zander. He was the keynote speaker at a FCA rally. He shared his story and how his relationship with God allowed him to overcome many obstacles that he has faced since August of 2011. His lower body was crushed and the doctors didn't expect him to make it. Just a few months after his accident Tyler was walking with crutches. Although the doctors were able to save his life, he lost his right leg up to his hip. That did not slow Tyler down at all, he graduated with his class as Valedictorian. He is now a sophomore at Oklahoma State University. When he is not involved in school activities he speaks about his faith to Church groups, FCA, civic organizations and in schools.Through his journey to recovery, he said that-Joshua 1:9 kept him strong.
It says ‘Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go,"

I would like to leave you with a couple of short videos featuring Tyler. I expect that we will be seeing and hearing great things from this young man. To me, he reminds me of Revelation 12:11
And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony 
http://youtu.be/At54PrxWRhA


http://youtu.be/_puC81smKaw

And now for something completely different. A Pastor at a church told everyone who needed prayer to come to the front. There was a long line to see him. It was a scruffy looking man's turn in line and he said he needed prayer for his hearing. 

So, the Pastor grabbed his ears and said a prayer. 


The Pastor let go and asked, "hows your hearing now''.


"I don't know replied the man... it's not till Friday," 

Much Love, Dennis

Monday, October 7, 2013

My Niece at Homecoming


I'm very proud to show off some pictures of my niece, Karley Boyer. She was the Sophomore Homecoming Queen Attendant at last Friday night's homecoming. The weather played a factor, but as you can see it did not dampen the smiles of Karley and her family. Game time was moved up to 6 PM because of incoming heavy rain and lightning. The football game was basically over at halftime with Fairview amassing a huge lead after two quarters. The homecoming ceremony was at halftime and was completed just a few minutes before the storm hit. Because of the huge disparity on the scoreboard Fairview was declared the winner and no second half was played.

As you can see Karley has grown up in the last few years. She was stunning in her gown, but I couldn't resist posting some pictures from just a few years ago.






























much love, Dennis

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Vacation Time


In my last post I talked in general about the bombing Memorial and our lunch at a well-known and highly recommended restaurant. Today I'm going to give some specifics and I know that some will say or think that I am a religious fanatic or a holy roller, but believe there is a God in heaven and there is Satan and evil that oppose anything good here on earth. He tried to steal our joy, but it did not work!

First of all we had planned on going to OKC Monday or Tuesday. The weather outlook was not in our favor, so we decided to shoot for Thursday. Once again last-minute changes, but Friday morning we loaded up with the many essentials that I have to travel with. We were still in the driveway when my pacer battery alarm went off. Normally the first warning gives you six hours until the second warning and after the second warning  2-4 hours before it runs out and quits. (Meaning no stimulation to my diaphragm). We always carry a second pacer with a new battery and a spare battery in my backpack. Therefore we weren't too concerned about the alarm.
We met with Rubena  (family friend) and went to the restaurant. Cheri's mother was staying the weekend with her.
You have seen the ADA ramp, actually it was not a problem for me. We were seated and had a super nice waitress take care of us. We all ordered and the food arrived quickly. Cheri and I were anxious to get to the museum, so we skipped the coconut cream pie,
however Cheri's mother decided that she needed to try it. To make a long story short, she had a bout with food poisoning for about six hours. I'm so glad we skipped dessert.
Once we arrived at the museum, we unloaded the essentials and stored the extra pacer in a secure spot. The inside of the Memorial starts on the third floor and you navigate down through the second floor. There are many hours worth of exhibits. We went through the third floor, took the elevator to the second floor and my pacer alarm went off. No big deal, we've got several hours to view the rest of the Memorial before getting to the van and changing it out for the new pacer. 10 minutes later the alarm sounded. We stopped at a spot where Cheri could sit down and just change out the battery with the spare. Spare was changed and immediately the alarm went off…battery dead. I'm able to breathe on my own for a few minutes, so battery changes are not a big deal. She put the old battery back in and headed for the van.

 Once we were at the van Cheri discovered that she did not have the keys. Fortunately we always have a spare key on the van for just such emergencies. We surmised that when she was changing out the batteries on the second floor that the car keys were misplaced on the bench. We did get in the van, started it up and replaced the entire pacer with the spare. Once she retrieved the spare pacer, the keys were laying near it. PTL 
I'm sure I left out a few details, but throughout this whole ordeal neither Cheri or I lost our cool and allowed Satan to steal the joy of each moment. The only drawback is at some time we will need to return to finish our tour.
Much Love, Dennis

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial

I've had a very eventful week. My plans have changed nearly every day, but Cheri and I still enjoyed having the week together. Most of the time just doing "stuff". Friday we ended up at the OKC Bombing Memorial. She is writing about that on her blog. I'm going to make a link so you can get her perspective.
http://cheri-scicaregiving.blogspot.com/

 Satan loves to steal joy. I know from experience. I'm sure that he is going to be tired and frustrated soon, because what used to work doesn't work anymore. I am an over comer and I overcome all evil but the blood of the lamb, Jesus, and the word of my testimony.

We had a great time in spite of several small bumps and made it home safely.
We ate lunch at a restaurant that has been in Del City for a long time. I could tell by the new concrete that they had just recently complied with some ADA regulations. I noticed this on the way in and I'm glad that I didn't have to rely upon this handrail for support.
Did you notice the duct tape holding the rail to the bottom pole?

Much love, Dennis

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Busy, Busy, Busy!


It's been a while since my last post, but that is because I have been busy. First of all, three of the four antibiotics have been extended for another two weeks. No complaints will be forthcoming, only positive words and expectations. I'm still practicing and learning the Pool Studios software. I've got the basics down, but there are some hurdles to overcome due to the way I operate this computer.

I am preparing for a couple of doors that had been opened for me to speak about my faith.

This week Cheri is off for vacation and we had plans for a couple of day trips. The weather has altered our plans somewhat, but we have been on the road every day except today.
Tomorrow we will probably go to OKC and see the Bombing Memorial, I have never been there.


Here is a picture of a freestyle ramp owned by a friend of mine, Kenny Bartram.

Over last weekend, I tried out some software similar to Photoshop. Here are a few of my artistic renderings.



 This picture of a riding buddy, Brett Cue and myself




Much love, Dennis

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Whitney

Last Sunday was my daughter's wedding shower. It seems like just a year or two ago that I was having her tag along with me, teaching her the things that I thought would give her independence. I didn't want her to be helpless when she had a flat tire on her bicycle or on her car later on. She always was a little bit of a tomboy, but I didn't want her to be a stranger to wrenches, screwdrivers, and hammers. I played basketball 2 - 3 times a week, and she went with me starting at an early age. I wanted to give her every advantage when it came to playing a sport that I loved. She learned how to use her skills to her advantage when playing against guys/men who were taller, stronger, and many times, quicker that her. She'll never know how my spirit lit up when I would see her pump-fake a guy and then drive around him for a open shot. I know that, that skill will not benefit her in the years to come, but the confidence that she learned should be an asset for the rest of her life.

 I remember a time when her lawnmower would not start and she called me for advice. Within 15 min. she had successfully removed water from the carburetor and her mower was running.
Don't misunderstand me, my wife and I did not raise a boy, but a beautiful young woman who knows how to jump start a car. 

She had a wonderful time at the wedding shower and was truly blessed with many wonderful gifts. I thank God for Whitney and I pray that God will continue to bless her and her husband Nick.

Marriage is a mutual relationship if both parties know when to be mute.

Much love, Dennis

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Answered Prayers

I received my last antibiotic injection today and will finish the other three oral doses by tonight. I was told that these would cause me agony and distress throughout the 14 day period. God is good! My stance and Your prayers have been answered by the Lord. There have been no side effects and I'm certain that God has more restoration for me in the near future.Thank you for your prayers (past & future) and most of all~~THANK YOU JESUS.

The blind man is here


A Nun was taking a shower one day and she heard the door bell ring, she yelled "Who is it?"

And the person ringing the door bell yelled, "I'm the blind man."

So the Nun got out of the shower and wrapped her hair in a towel, she didn't bother putting a towel around herself because the person behind the door was blind.

She opened the door and said, "What do you want?", and the man said, "I'm here to check your blinds."

Much Love, Dennis 

Saturday, August 31, 2013

one week

video
Just say short note to let you know that God is in control and my joy is intact.
Much Love, Dennis

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Day Four

For those of you to have not read my previous post- WHATEVER, I'm not concerned, this will not make much sense. After you read it this will be clear.

I'm into my fourth day of antibiotics and I'm doing great. One of the Scriptures that I am standing on is Revelation 12:11   They overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony

Jana, I'm sure you will be disappointed because the only swift kick, will be me kicking Satan's butt.

Now, for something completely different

Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math. 

Much love, Dennis

Friday, August 23, 2013

WHATEVER-I'm Not Concerned

I have been feeling pretty good for a while now. I went to see my wound care Dr. at Enid on Monday. I have one very stubborn spot that is not progressing as it should. They took a culture and sent it to the lab. They now tell me that I have three different types of infection that will require 14 days of shots and high-powered antibiotics. They told me to expect two weeks of feeling rundown and run over. I believe that God uses Dr.s and I know that what they are giving me will take care of what is ailing me. However I am taking a stand right now and I refuse to let Satan steal my joy.
 John 10:10  The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
If you see me, and I'm not smiling, you have my permission to deliver a swift kick to my backside. Now that I have declared my JOY I'm going to continue with my tradition of closing with something that I found humorous.

http://youtu.be/XvJ8JWV44Tk


You can retire to the Deep South where...
1. You can rent a movie and buy bait in the same store.
2. "Y'all" is singular and "all y'all" is plural.
3. "He needed killin" is a valid defense.
4. Everyone has 2 first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob, Mary Ellen, Betty Jean, Mary Jo, Mary Beth, etc etc.
5. Everything is either "in yonder," "over yonder" or "out yonder."
It's important to know the difference, too.

Much love, Denni Bob

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Evidently I made a mistake while posting this update. The link to the video did not work. I'm going to try it again.




http://youtu.be/IFPnwpkGioc

Much Love, Dennis

Monday, August 19, 2013

My Anthem

I ran across this video on Facebook. It really made an impact on me. I think that I may adopt it as my anthem.



Romans 8:18-25
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
Much Love, Dennis

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Power of the Tongue


I've been hearing a lot of teaching concerning the words that we speak. It seems as if God is trying to get my attention concerning my tongue and the way that I use it. 

I was reading Mark 11: 21-26 from the Amplified Version of the Bible

21 And Peter remembered and said to Him, Master, look! The fig tree which You doomed has withered away!
22 And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly].
23 Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.
24 For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].
25 And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop.
26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your failings and shortcomings.
I thought I was reading about how to use my words and my faith in God, and then I got to verse 25 and 26. It's like God said "Pay Attention, Dennis, this is what you need to hear and put into practice".  OUCH
Be corrected never gratifies quickly, but I do know that God works on all of our shortcomings and the end results produce attitudes and actions that are beneficial for our life here on earth.

John Wesley was a great English preacher of the 1700s. He was considered a rather spiffy dresser. One Sunday morning he wore a bow tie that had long ribbons that hung downward. After the sermon was over a lady walked up to him and said, "Brother Wesley, are you open to some criticism?" 

He said, "I guess so. What would you like to criticize?" 

She said, "The ribbons on your tie are entirely too long and inappropriate for a man of God." And she took out her scissors and cut them off. 

A hush fell over the people standing there as Wesley calmly asked, "Now may I borrow the scissors for a moment?" As she handed them to him, he said, "Ma’am, are you open to some criticism?" 

She answered, "Well, I suppose I am." 


He said, "All right then, please stick out your tongue."
Much Love, Dennis

Monday, August 5, 2013

Finger Prophecy


Had you ever been searching for a word from God.
Then you decided that you would close your eyes, open the Bible and with your eyes still closed put your finger on a spot, expecting that God would give you a mighty word. Don't raise your hand, because I'm pretty sure we've all done it at least once. Honestly, I've done it more than once. I know that God can use that if he so desires, but I really don't think that is how he expects us to seek his will. Occasionally there may be something there that might make sense to you. I started thinking about some of the words and phrases in the Bible that you would certainly not want your finger to land on. 
Genesis 6:5
Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Matthew 12:34
Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Matthew 23:27
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.
Leviticus 20:9
‘For everyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. He has cursed his father or his mother. His blood shall be upon him.

20 Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, My anger and My fury will be poured out on this place—on man and on beast, on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground. And it will burn and not be quenched.”

I'm sure there are other but, context is key in understanding the Word.

I have nothing against blondes, but I thought this was funny.

                                      THE PORCH
A young blonde girl in her late teens, wanting to earn some extra money for the summer, decided to hire herself out as a "handy woman" and

started canvassing a nearby well-to-do neighborhood.

  
She went to the front door of the first house and asked  the owner if he had any odd jobs for her to  do. 

"Well, I guess I could use somebody to paint the porch" he  said.  "How much will you charge me?" 

Delighted, the girl quickly responded, "How about  $50?" 

The man agreed and told her that the paint and brushes and everything she would need were in the  garage. 

The man's wife, hearing the conversation, said to her husband, "Does she realize that our porch goes ALL the  way around the house?" 

"That's a bit cynical, isn't it?" he  responded. 

The wife replied, "You're right.  I guess I'm  starting to believe all those dumb blonde  jokes." 

A few hours later the blonde came to the door to collect  her money. 

"You're finished already?" the startled husband asked. 

"Yes," the blonde replied, "and I even had paint left over so I gave it two coats." 

Impressed, the man reached into his pocket for the $50 and handed it to her along with a $10 tip. 

"Thank you," the blonde said,  "And, by the way, it's not a Porch, it's a Lexus."

Much Love, Dennis
 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Joy

 I'm going to be talking about joy that goes far beyond a smile. A smile is outward. Joy is inward. A smile at its best can last a few hours. Joy is eternal. As a matter of fact, do you know what the shortest verse in the Bible is?  It is " Jesus wept".  John 11:35  Well, there is another verse with only two words: 1 Thessalonians 5: 16, which says, "Rejoice evermore".  Not 10 hours or two days. Rejoice, and again I say Rejoice. I'm going to remind MYSELF that joy is an inside job.  Because we live in a generation that's seeking happiness, that is "Don't worry, Be happy". Everybody thinks that's good advice. That's terrible advice , you're not going to be happy all of the time. You'd get tired of being happy all of time even if you could be happy all of the time. What's the difference between happiness and joy? Happiness depends upon what happens. And therefore we call happiness. If you're circumstances are  good, you're happy. If your  circumstances are  bad, you're unhappy. But if you put your trust in happiness, then you're going to be a victim of circumstances, because your happenstance will change.  God never changes. The Bible doesn't tell us to rejoice in circumstances. The Bible says, Rejoice in the Lord. And therefore, since He never changes, He says, Rejoice evermore. Now, happiness is like  makeup, Joy is like character. Happiness  comes from outside conditions. Joy comes from within, it meets your deepest needs. Happiness is like a thermometer. It registers conditions. Joy is like a thermostat. It regulates conditions. Now, happiness many times evaporates and disappears in times of suffering. Once again I have allowed my circumstances to override my faith in God. I'm glad to say back on track and I am busting out a couple of my favorite examples of joy in my life.

Sorry. Garen
Much Love, Dennis


Monday, July 29, 2013




I'm self-controlled and alert because I know that my enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. But in my lack of self-control I allowed him come close and whisper in my ear. The party that followed was not a "tea party", but a "pity party".  I wasted a perfectly good day that the Lord had made just for me. I'm thankful that my wife refused to participate and did the right thing by telling me to get over it. There is only one person responsible for my mindset and that is me. I know the Scriptures, I have heard them preached and I failed to implement them until late in the day.

NOW,  Love, Joy, Peace, Patients, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control are back in charge.

I have no excuses and I do not want any comments concerning this post. Just know that God is good and His Grace is sufficient for me.

Much Love, Dennis

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Mentor/Friend

I have a long time friend that I've never discussed on my blog. We communicate on Facebook several times a week, but in the last year he has stopped by many times. I consider him to be a mentor and a great example of a godly man. He bought my ticket and made arrangements for me to go Dallas, Texas and attend a Promise Keepers meeting in 1994. I think we had seven people in his suburban on that trip. That was a growth spurt in my spiritual life and walk with God. We have been in several Bible studys and have worked on a few outreach projects together. He has gone out of his way on many occasions to help out people in need as well using many of those times to witness. I'm sure that God looks down at him sometimes and says "Atta Boy". 
He brought his grandson, Jake, over last week and we had a good time. Jake got to see some of my squirrels in action.  A couple of days later Garen brought a big block of squirrel food. I've seen three squirrels scrunched together all gnawing on that 8 inch cube.
Garen has a keen sense of humor, a wealth of intellect and a vast amount of wisdom. One of the things that Garen has taught me is how to pick your battles. Maybe I should rephrase that, I understand his teaching, but I haven't mastered the technique [yet].  Having mentors/friends are a blessing.


Did I mention that he has a good sense of humor ?


A young boy asked his grandmother:  How old are you?
Grandmother said:  You're not supposed to ask!
Boy:  Grandma, How much you weigh?
Grandmother said:  You don't need to know that!
Boy:  Grandma I found your drivers license. I know that you are 62 years old, you weigh 160 lbs. And

you got an " F " in sex.

Much Love, Dennis





Thursday, July 18, 2013

job training


I have been working at a project called Pool Studios. It is something that I am able to do online. Basically it is a course in computer-animated drawing. It requires specific software that will change two-dimensional drawings into simulated 3-D. It is similar to Photoshop, something that I have a very small ability to perform. I have ran into a few challenges because of the way that my hands-free system works. This is something that the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) has been helping me with. They work with people, like me, to try and reenter the workforce. The people at Pool Studios have allowed me to use a temporary version of their software so that I can train at my own pace.  I am starting to see some of the fruits of my labor, and it is rewarding.

I have something that I would like for everyone to try. It is something that I saw on a program called Brain Games.

Pick a number, 1 through 5
multiply that number by 9… 
That is 1x9 = 9
2 x9=18
3x9=27
4x9=36
5x9=45
Now add those digits together … for example 2+7
Next subtract 5
Now take your number and assign a letter of the alphabet… 1-A ...2-B …3-C  and so on
Think of a country that starts with your letter
Now take the last letter of the country that you thought of and think of an animal that starts with that last letter
Now take the last letter of the animal you thought of and think about a color.
You should now have a Country, Animal, and a Color.
Scroll down to find out your answer!






Much Love, Dennis






Orange 
Kangaroo 
Denmark 



Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A MERRY HEART DOES GOOD LIKE A MEDICINE, but a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17: verse 22

After three days of much-needed rain, the sun is out and I am feeling better every day. I've decided to post a list of actual sayings from church Marquis. Some of them have been around a while, but I got a good laugh, hopefully you will too.


"No God-No Peace. Know God-Know Peace."

"Free Trip to heaven. Details Inside!"

"Try our Sundays. They are better than Baskin-Robbins."

"Searching for a new look? Have your faith lifted here!"

An ad for St. Joseph's Episcopal Church has a picture of two hands holding stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments are inscribed and a headline that reads, "For fast, fast, fast relief, take two tablets."

When the restaurant next to the Lutheran Church put out a big sign with red letters that said, "Open Sundays," the church reciprocated with its own message: "We are open on Sundays, too."

"Have trouble sleeping? We have sermons - come hear one!"

A singing group called "The Resurrection" was scheduled to sing at a church. When a big snowstorm postponed the performance, the pastor fixed the outside sign to read, "The Resurrection is postponed."

"People are like tea bags - you have to put them in hot water before you know how strong they are."

"God so loved the world that He did not send a committee."

"Come in and pray today. Beat the Christmas rush!"

"When down in the mouth, remember Jonah. He came out alright."

"Sign broken. Message inside this Sunday."

"Fight truth decay-study the Bible daily."

"How will you spend eternity-Smoking or Non-smoking?"

"Dusty Bibles lead to Dirty Lives"

"Come work for the Lord. The work is hard, the hours are long and the pay is low. But the retirement benefits are out of this world."

"Our arms are the only ones God has to hug His children."

"It is unlikely there'll be a reduction in the wages of sin."

"Do not wait for the hearse to take you to church."

"If you're headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns."

"If you don't like the way you were born, try being born again."

"Looking at the way some people live, they ought to obtain eternal fire insurance soon."

"This is a ch_ _ ch. What is missing?" ---> (U R)

"Forbidden fruit creates many jams."

"In the dark? Follow the Son."

"Running low on faith? Stop in for a fill-up."

"If you can't sleep, don't count sheep. Talk to the Shepherd."

Much love, sinneD

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Favor of God continues

This is a continuation of last week's post, so if you missed it I would suggest that you read it first.
 I have told you about how God blessed us with the batteries and how we were in the right place at the right time to receive help changing out a tire that was ruined. There is something new to add to the tire blessing. I found out yesterday that I have a check due to arrive in the mail, any day. It is for the amount of the tires plus mounting and balancing. I don't have the check in my hand yet, but I give all the glory to my God. 
Romans 8:28   And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 

 In the last few weeks he has blessed me and my family in many ways. His grace, love and mercy have no boundaries.

 
Our God is an awesome God
He reigns from Heaven above
With wisdom, power and love
Our God is an awesome God

Much Love, Dennis

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Favor of God


Blessing #1
My diaphragm pacer requires a special battery that Cheri has to order. They are normally $15-$20 each and they last 22 days. She thought she would check out eBay to see if anyone sold those specific batteries. She found an auction with the batteries and bid $10 and won the auction and was able to order what she thought was five batteries at $10 each. Her order arrived yesterday and there were 25 batteries. She knew that she had only paid $50 so she sent an e-mail to the seller and he said, what you were bidding on was a pack of five batteries, you had the high bid and you ordered five packages. So now we have 25 spare batteries and they ended up costing us two dollars each. What a blessing from God.

Blessing #2
On Monday I had a doctors appointment at St. Mary's in Enid. My dad and I were on our way home and about 3 miles east of Ringwood. Suddenly we felt a bump and heard a thud, neither of us saw anything in the road. Just as we reached Ringwood the low tire light came on so we headed down Main Street. There is no place in Ringwood for tire repair. I knew that Hamm and Phillips had a tire machine and I still know several people there and was sure that they would help us out. We turned and started for their shop. About three blocks away the tire went completely flat and my dad pulled into a vacant lot with an old driveway and shade tree. We were right across the street from Dee Nightengale, the mother of one of my friends. She saw us and asked if we needed some help. Dad said that we probably could use some help because the jack was not working well. Dee said her neighbor was on his way. Her neighbor is Buddy Briley, someone that I used to play basketball and softball with. Within 5 min. of us stopping Buddy brought over a wheelbarrow with a floor jack and a lug wrench. He had the tires changed out in less than 5 min., however our spare tire was low. He said I have an air compressor, just pull into my driveway and I will air up your spare. We tried to pay, but Buddy refused. We were on the road in less than 25 min. and that included me visiting with Buddy for a few minutes. I told my dad and Buddy that these circumstances are not luck, God put us in the right place at the right time.
 We found out today that all four tires were weather checked and the other three were likely to do the same in the near future. Even though we were not expecting to buy four new tires, we were blessed because this will keep us from being stranded on one of the several road trips that Cheri and I are planning in the near future.

PEOPLE, These things don't just materialize on their own, God orchestrates circumstances.

A man in Arkansas has a flat tire, pulls off on the side of the road, and proceeds to put a bouquet of flowers in front of the car and one behind it.

Then he gets back in the car to wait. A passerby studies the scene and is so curious he turns around and goes back. He asks the fellow what the problem is.

The man replies, 'I have a flat tire.' The passerby asked, 'But what's with the flowers?'

The man responded, 'When you break down they tell you to put flares in the front and flares in the back. Hey, it don't make no sense to me neither.'

Much love, Dennis