A Precious Little Blessing at the Perfect Moment

There’s something to be said about babies, especially grandchildren. They are proof of God’s ever abundant blessings to not only the parents, but to an entire family’s life. Continue reading “A Precious Little Blessing at the Perfect Moment”

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Do We Only Live Once?

Have you ever heard the phrase, “YOLO”? It’s an abbreviation for “You Only Live Once”. When it’s said, however, has the person saying it really thought about it? I mean really thought about it? While sitting at a salon with my wife, I overheard another beautician talking with her client about this phrase and it starting making me think, “Do we really only live once?”

Today (June 6, 2019) is the day we remember the 75th anniversary of “D-Day”, the storming of Omaha Beach in Normandy, France that led to many alliances, including the U.S., Canada, France, and many others, defeating Hitler’s Nazi regime of Germany and providing freedom to many then and now. Our live could look a whole lot different if we hadn’t one. Thousands of men lost their lives on this day, many only 18-years old and having never been anywhere further than their own hometown. Today, there are only a handful of veteran survivors left that could join in the remembrance of the friends and fellow comrades they lost that fateful day. The survivors were dubbed “the greatest generation” of people to have lived. After fighting this bloody battle, those that returned home started families and many industrial facilities and jobs that have shaped the generations to follow and what we now know.

Do you think these veterans, and those that lost their lives, ever thought, “What the heck, you only live once”? Maybe.

“I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and do good while they live.” – Ecclesiastes 3:12

Let’s take a look at “YOLO” and see what we can come up with. Living once would mean that you only have one life to live – to be honest, you do. However, with that life, what do you have to live for? Hmmm…you have yourself, family, friends, maybe a job, and toys (houses, cars, boats, etc.). But is that enough for us? Is YOLO just an excuse to keep striving for anything and everything at any cost? Some may think or even believe so. But, I would like to interject with another thought – what if living once meant living “once each day”? What do I mean by this? We are given each day as a blessing and no one knows when their last day will be. If we have each day to live, that would mean we live days and days until we don’t. That, then, would then mean – “You Only Die Once” (YODO). This is more true than not, right? You can’t come back to life, right? Only one person in history has done that – our Lord Jesus Christ!

So, the next time you are wanting to use the phrase “YOLO”, maybe think about the fact that yes, we only have one life, but we have each and every day to live that life and do good while we are here. We only have one life to give to the glory of God!

Begotten But Not Forgotten

“But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”
– Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)

What do you think about during Easter? Is it the special sales at the mall and shopping centers, or the bunny that brings your kids baskets full of sugary sweets? Have you taken a moment to think about what this time of year is really all about? What does it mean to you? Continue reading “Begotten But Not Forgotten”

What They Don’t Tell You About Cancer (from MindHeartMatters)

What don’t they tell you about cancer? I came across this post the other day and it said a lot in words that I might never had thought about myself. Below is a post from “Mind Heart Matters” written by PMeyer. She writes about her family’s walk alongside their mother as she deals with Stage 4 Glioblastoma – the ups and downs, the tears shed and being grateful for the gifts we have been given. If you have never had cancer yourself or watched a loved ones journey, I encourage you to click on the link below and dive into a better sense of a family’s dealings with cancer. God bless!!!

mindheartmatters.wordpress.com/2019/02/28/what-they-dont-tell-you-about-cancer/

Welcome to “A Breath of Fresh Air”…

Welcome to “A Breath of Fresh Air”! My name is Randy and I have Lung Cancer. Lately I have been feeling a pull and drawing-in to share my story with people in hopes that, with the help of Christ Jesus, I can provide a place for people to 1) keep updated on my status, and 2) provide insight, hope, and inspriation to those struggling through any cancer and how I am attacking my cancer back Continue reading “Welcome to “A Breath of Fresh Air”…”

More than a 4-Letter Word?

When this time of year comes around, people – especially couples – find themselves wanting to spend time with the someone they love. It’s a 4-letter word that is, at times, over-used and most often phrased as, “I love you.” Many associate love with Valentine’s Day that may include chocolates, romantic dinners, mushy cards, sappy movies, etc., in hopes that their loved ones are overcome with joy and a sense of their true feelings for them. Do we only do this one time a year, or do we show them love the other 364 days a year as well? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not here to bash Valentine’s Day or anyone that wants to celebrate it, go ahead and celebrate. I’m going to celebrate with my beautiful wife, whom I love and have been married to coming up on 28-yrs. Continue reading “More than a 4-Letter Word?”

Whose in Your Corner?

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

Whose in your corner while on your journey with cancer? Have you taken inventory of who is cheering you on and lifting you up and giving them thanks, or are you fighting this battle alone? I pray for the former! Continue reading “Whose in Your Corner?”

Is it always “bad”, or can it be “good”, too?

We hear the word “cancer” and we gasp, go into shock that we even have it, maybe break down here and there, then worry starts to set in (what going to happen to my spouse, children and family). How do we handle this worry and our cancer diagnosis (what type of cancer do I have) and prognosis (can it be cured and if not how long do I have)? The harshness of this cancer can always have a positive outcome, whether we feel it is simply bad or turn it on its head and believe it can be good. Continue reading “Is it always “bad”, or can it be “good”, too?”