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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.

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

Much love, Dennis

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


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.

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


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

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