Tuesday, October 23, 2007

A New Look At Life

After getting out of ICU and the hospital I have a new look at life. I see differenly than before I had GBS.
I take time to tell my wife how much I love and appreciate her and for all that she has done for me and our boys. Every morning, when the boys wake me up, the first thing I do is kiss my wife and then my boys and tell how much I love them.
As I enjoy a cup of coffee, I pray to God, thanking Him for the day, life and ask for his help to get me though another day. I cherish the one on one time with the Father. I spend time feasting on His word, eating it up, it's taste is that taste of breakfast for my soul.
On the second cup of coffee, I ask my wife her plans for the day; I kiss her and if I free time, I spend meditating in the Spirit asking the Holy Spirit to help me and guide me in my sermon preperation. The Holy Spirit guides me and works with me as I plan topics, passages, and life application. I have come to really apprecaite the Holy Spirit more.
I enjoy visiting widows and listening to their life stories and them sharing their faith it is so encouraging to my faith.
On my 3rd cup of coffee I start reading and blogging, posting on blogs (that explains a lot of things :-) ). I am striving to slow down and not take things so personal when it come to my children, and other things in life. I am just trying to enjoy the life that God has given me.
I work at a small congregation of about 35 members so I have come to apprecaite the men who are ready and willing to serve at a moments notice if I am not feeling well or will say prayers, wait on the table, read scripture, teach class, and preach when I'm gone.
I look at night and take in the beautiful creation that God has made and give Him glory as I see all the countless stars in the sky. At night, I tuck my boys in and ask them the question, "You know how much I love you?" They say, "More than the whole wide world."


Blogger Terry said...

Good post, Kinney. It's good to enjoy the life God has given us.

9:42 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Thanks. You are right. Thanks for your comment and for your encouragement brother it means so much to me.

7:26 AM  
Blogger jel said...

am glad to hear you put the cup down, :)

have a great day!

7:44 AM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Thanks Jel,
I hope you have a great day!

10:23 AM  
Blogger laymond said...

Kinney I hope this is the prices you were asking about.

Silencing of God Seminar DVDs
Price: $24.00
10+ $12.00
20+ $10.00
30+ $8.00
60+ $5.00

11:19 AM  
Blogger Jason Campbell said...

Wow, I wish I could get that much done before my 3rd cup of coffee...

Glad everything went well! Praise God for a great ministry in your life, may He continue to empower you to serve.

11:23 AM  
Blogger Alan said...

Hi preacherman,

Your example preaches a great sermon without a word being spoken. I imagine the spoken sermons are pretty great also.

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am more than glad for you.
I know that even with these well chosen words the feelings you have are much more.

We need to get together ... finally a man who knows that coffee is to be consumed in vast quantities :)

11:37 AM  
Blogger Monalea said...

It's funny that it takes a life changing experience to make you look at the real reason for living. I guess that is why they call it 'live changing.' DUH!


1:24 PM  
Blogger David Kirk said...

Thanks for the encouraging words.

3:04 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Thanks for the prices.

7:04 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Oh, by the way you can buy me the best one if you like. :-). Just kiddin.

7:04 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Thanks Jason for your encouraging words. God bless you as well brother. You such an encouragement to all on this blog as you bring your comments and thoughts to the discussions.

7:07 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Thanks brother.

7:07 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

I do know that coffee is to be consumed in vast quanities. Maybe we can meet in Abilene and spend the day (notice I said, spend the day at) Starbucks sometime. :-)

7:09 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...


7:10 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

David Kirk,
Thank you so much for yours as well brother it means so much. I believe it is important to encourage people as much as I can because as Christians we need to, strengthen, sharpened, and be built up in the faith. I try to do that as much as possible.
You my brother have done that to me and I thank you. Keep up your great blogging.

7:14 PM  
Blogger Wade Tannehill said...

May God continue to bless you. You have blessed many others. Thanks for your friendship.

9:47 PM  
Blogger DJG said...

I am glad you are enjoying life and feeling better...missed your posts...

10:03 PM  
Blogger cwinwc said...

Glad to see you back. It's time for my first cup of coffee. Thank you for reminding us that we need to slow the pace of life down so we can enjoy the important ones around us.

6:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait on those DVDs right now. I have more information that I hope get out shortly.

But keep them in mind. Hopefully this thing is going to take off in a big way.

4:46 PM  
Blogger jel said...

say it aint sooooooo
U drink starbucks!!!!!!!!!

it's a sad sad day!

5:07 PM  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

So glad you're out of ICU. Hope you're more than on the mend.

Thanks for the post here. Good thoughts that we need to receive and live in.

Yes, I'm a lover of coffee as well. I have been moving more and more to decaf, though I still have some caffeine when I'm tired, particularly in the morning.

10:41 PM  
Blogger David Kirk said...

Thanks for your kind words in return. How many cups are you up to now?

12:16 AM  
Blogger jel said...

Morning PM,

have a great day! :)

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my deal was that i liked a little coffee with my cream and sugar.

i like the end of the post about tucking your boys into bed!

so good.

9:16 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Thanks. You have been my best friend and mentor for many years.

6:12 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Thanks for your encouragement it means so much brother. God bless your in many ways.

6:13 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Yes, we need to slow down and enjoy the life, the abundant life that God has given us. Please let, every Christian young and old cherish every moment that God has blessed them with and make the most of every opportunity to see the good in every situation. In the negative world let us see the positive things around us. Let us make a difference and influence the world as Jesus did, one person at a time; whether it be a son, daughter, wife, mother, niegher, or stanger, and even enemy. God has given us abundant life. May we enjoy it. Amen.

6:18 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

I drink folgers when I have money I drink starbuck. I guess that it is "star buck $ :-)."

I mostly drink folgers breakfast blend. It taste good. Like I said, when I have the fundage I treat myself to starbucks. :-)

6:22 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Today the day before I preach I have about have a pitcher. :-)

6:23 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Sounds like how I use to be.
I like coffee black, or with creamer (Freach Vinilla, Carmel, Hazelnut, etc & 1/2 and 1/2). I like it some days with sugar and some days I like it without. I like it somedays with equal too. Tastes pretty good.

I love esspresso.
So, if you like strong coffee, buy a French Press.
Or, if you want to just try it first, go to a coffee house that offers, French Press. It is great! :-) mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.............

6:28 PM  
Blogger jel said...

don't U know I was just razzing U about the coffee :)

hope u R feeling up 2 par!

6:31 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Thank you for your kind words.
I have changed since being in ICU.
My relationship with God is stronger. I love my wife and family more. I am striving to be a better husband and father. I am among all things living in the will of God. Striving to do His perfect, and please will in everything I do. He is what Christianity is all about. Relationship. Wow.

As well as coffee, decaf. I'll have to think about that one. :-)

Again thank you so much for you encouragement, friendship, and your wisdom from your blog. I love it and greatly appreciate it. Keep up the great work Ted.

6:32 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

I hope the meeting is wonderful and is spread throughout the world in a powerful way. May God bless it, as well you and your ministry brother.

6:33 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

I hope every one will understand will slow down and understand that life is about having a relationship with God. God wants to give us an abundant life of earth. It doesn't mean wealth. It means to cherish your relationship with God,your family, your friends, your church, the opporitunities that God provides to share your faith. Slow down to enjoy the creation of God. Remember his voice was in the gentle whisper. Even though I feel like I have been through hell an back. I have a new relationship with the Almighty and look at life. I am thankful for the what God has done and continues to do. Even though I continue to suffer. I will trust in Him.

7:12 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

And to those who have never tried coffee...Taste and see that coffee is good!

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i stoped drinking coffee and eating chocolote. oh well.
my brain just can not handle it.
i read that coffee is acidic in the body so eat lots of green leafy veges!

i still love the smell of it!

12:10 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

I'm glad you're doing well, preacherman. It's interesting how things can change your perspective.

5:54 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

To each their own, :-).

9:37 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

You are so right.
My perspective has change and the told my congregation that this morning. We cant put God in a box. His thought are not our thoughts nor his ways our ways. Is. 55:8-9. was my message. God is still powerfully working in our world and lives today and in so many and unexpected ways. How dare we put in in the box and I praise God that he did change my look at life. :-)

Thanks bird for flying by you are ways welcome here brother.

9:40 PM  
Blogger David U said...

Preacherman, Sorry you have been sick brother! I hope you continue to get better and better!

God bless you and your family!

10:25 AM  
Blogger preacherman said...

David U,
Thanks brother.

10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ahh, yes. well.
i suppose so.

each to their own.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Kansas Bob said...

"not take things so personal"

..the obstacle we often face when we follow the HS.

11:59 AM  
Blogger MrsLuke said...

I love this post!

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