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I never thought in a million years I would even consider writing a book, let alone a novel. I’ve always read non-fiction books. Many of them have been based on Christian theology, biographies and a large amount of music magazines. I’m having a lot of fun writing this book especially since it allows for another creative outlet. Playing bass guitar has creative outlet as well, but at times, it requires other people to contribute. Writing is a singular process which makes things much easier to be creative without relying others. Until next time, on with the writing.

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It has been a long time since I have posted anything on my blog. I’m glad to write that much has happened in 2011. Even though it was a really hard year for me and kim, we are still standing. I’m also glad to say I’m working on my first novel. I hope to have the first draft finished by March 2012. I’m praying that this year, 2012 will be a good year and many aspects. Until next time, keep on keeping on.

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In the spring of 2009, a couple of friends had encouraged me to run a marathon which I never thought in a million years I would even consider. Let me take one step back. Unemployment can be hell on your emotions. The desire to feel validated, wanted, needed, accepted, etc; out weighs the desire to be left alone. The way God designed humans is to be in relationships. I decided to start running again which gave me a sense of belonging. Through the community of other runners, I felt part of something that was better than what I was dealing with. I was around other people with similar goals and stories of failures and victories. To be around other people who had a positive attitude is what I really enjoy about running as well as running itself. I guess you can say it is an escape for me. A temporary healthy escape.

After some consideration, I decided to run a half marathon. The training process allowed me to tackle challenges which in turn strengthened my confidence and motivation as well as developing a sense of purpose. The more I trained, the more focused I became in over coming my circumstance. As I grew to be a confident runner, I ran my first half marathon in August of 2009. That was an awesome experience. I felt really good about my accomplishment. I ran 13.1 miles in 2 hours and 2 minutes. I took a week off and I began training for a 10k run in march of 2010 and then I entered another 10k run in May of 2010. My personal record for running 6.2 miles is 47 minutes an 17 seconds. How cool is that.

Unemployment could have rendered me useless, worthless and possibly suicidal, but it didn’t. I found an avenue to turn a negative into a positive and now I stand in victory. No government, company, agency, individuals, or person can take that away from me.

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During this time of hardship, I endured much mental and emotional difficulty, to the point of questioning the existence of God. I eventually came back around to the reality that God does exist but my deeper question was “does He exist for me?” In other words, did he abandon me? I know that the bible says that God will not abandon nor forsake me, but that’s just it. The book in and of itself says that, but does God really hold true to that promise?

Many days have been filled with emotional roller coaster rides of violently plunging into the depths of hell to the highs of heavenly bliss. Such transitions on a daily basis did a number on me psychologically speaking. For instance, I thought about the process of this part of my life.  Life is hard, but how much deep intense difficulty can I handle. It’s not the quantity of hardships that’s in question, but the quality of the deep brutal pangs of pain.  In other words, when you twist your ankle, sometimes it hurts worse than other times. The fact remains that the ankle twisted, but the degree of intense pain varies from one experience to another.

Jesus said “take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

The problem with this passage is Jesus doesn’t say he’ll take away the struggles, he will simply give us rest to get up and keep going.

keep on keeping on

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