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Saturday, January 31, 2009

No Comments This Year Yet, But I'm Still Coming Strong

When I started thinking about this blog, that title came to me. I feel disappointed when I get no comments, but with the subscribers and followers, I at least know they're being read. Luke 6:31 says in the Message Bible, "Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them!" That's why I try to comment all the blogs I read because i want comments myself. Now, when I comment celebrity blogs, I don't expect them to comment my blogs, but you'll never know what will happen. The same thing with the podcasts. I haven't got any comments on a podcast this year either, but besides getting down about it, I keep them coming because I know people are listening to them. How do I know that? Well because most of the podcast I've do has made it to the top 10 of the charts on SoundClick in my category. With my videos also. Most of my videos get little to no comments, but I do my best to comment other videos. So do i want comments? Yes. Can I live without them? Yes.

As I was reading up yesterday in the Bible, I found something interesting. 1 Peter 2:13-17 in the Message Bible says, "Make the Master proud of you by being good citizens. Respect the authorities, what ever their level; they are God's emissaries for keeping order. It is God's will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think you're a danger to society,. Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking rules. Greet everyone you meet with dignity. Love your Spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the government." So notice it didn't say that you had to agree with them, but it said respect them. I think we need to set a standard for the next generation by respecting authority. We all know that our leaders are far from perfect, but we still need to respect them. This generation has a bad rap for not respecting authority. Now sometimes we want to be anti-authority because some authority is not good authority, but the Bible says, "The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace." That's found in Exodus 14:14.

So I just watched most of Saturday Night Live, and I was disappointed. I went in with high expectations because Steve Martin was hosting, and he's a SNL legend. The show overall was brutal as all get out. The final straw for me was a brutal performance by Steve Martin where he was playing the banjo with his band singing about going to school. I watched with my jaw on the floor thinking, "Are you kidding me?"

Anyway, thanks for reading. I'll be back next week. Stay saved.

~Daniel

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Addiction is a heck of a thing

Addiction is a heck of a thing. If you don't control it, it will control you. Sometimes you think you've broke the addiction, but you haven't killed the source of the problem. So you go from day to day doing what's right. You're praying constantly, you're fasting, and you're reading the Bible. Again you haven't killed the source. One day you're searching through the internet and you see one link, one word, one picture...the specific thing that triggers the addiction you thought you killed. All of the sudden you're back in a funk. You're back to hiding and driving everybody away just to satisfy your fleshly desires. We try to crucify our flesh, but do we really know what that means? Or do we really know how to do it? If we don't kill the source of the habit, addiction, or what ever the problem is, we'll never get rid of the addiction. That means if we have to stop watching certain programs on television, so be it. If that means we have to stop going to certain sites, so be it. It's like you're trying to lose weight. You know you got to sacrifice certain foods. In essence you got to sacrifice what's feeding your addiction, but unlike most diets, no free day.

So my right ear has been giving me trouble for the past number of days. It's not infected or anything, it's just full of wax. All and all, make sure you clean your ears daily. The wax will build up. You can't imagine how hard it is to sing in the right key, while you can't hear out of one ear. It's annoying. Wednesday night at church, I went up with the choir, and when I started singing, I could literally hear my voice in my head. At some point, I stopped singing all together bercause of how annoying the sound of my voice was in my head. By the way, if you comment the blog and you coment about my voice being annoying, I'll consider that judging.

As like last week, I'm writing this blog by pencil and paper, and then I'm going to transfer to the lap-top. I'm sitting here thinking of what else to put down, and Ginger, my dog, is begging to me to take her out. I don't know how, but I think Ginger knows how cute she is. That has to be how she gets me to take her out early in the morning because if she was an ugly dog, I don't think she'd have the same luck. Either way, I'm going to take Ginger out and end this blog. Stay saved.

~Daniel

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Saturday, January 17, 2009

God Loves You

I'm going old school with this blog. It has been a while since I've done a blog this way. I'm writing this blog using pencil and paper. Yes you read it right, pencil and paper. The reason I'm doing it this way is because I think better this way. I can just think and write this way without worrying about a key getting stuck or the lap-top freezing up. FYI, I'm using the lap-top to listen to music. I'm listening to songs we sing at church to keep the songs in my head and to help me stay focused by putting life in my ears. By the way it's 11:55 at night Jan. 17, 2009.

So earlier tonight I read Psalm 119, the whole chapter. What I usually try to do daily, better yet what I should try to do daily, is i go to Bible.com, look at the daily verse, and read that whole chapter. Today it happened to be a verse from Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible. I read the whole thing in the King James Version, and the Message Bible version. All in all it's a powerful chapter.

You know, I've made mistakes. Sometimes I forget to let go and let God. Time after time I take my eyes off the good and focus on the bad. I have a bad attitude that was inherited. I'm overweight. I've been called ugly. I've been depressed. I don't have many true friends, hardly any at all actually. Sometimes I feel like an outsider. And with all that said, God still loves me. In spite of, God still loves me. I may be judged by my appearance everywhere i go but God still loves me. I may be slow mentally sometimes, but God still loves me. What am I'm trying to say? God loves you. When you make a mistake, God loves you. When you've been hurt, God still loves you. John 3:16 says for God so loved the WORLD, which means he loves everybody. The song writer said, "It's not an ordinary love."

So Tuesday is approaching fast. This tuesday, if the Lord tarries, we will offically see the first Black President, or as I like to say, the first mixed President. Either way it's history. it's written in Proverbs 18, that the power of life and death lies on the tongue. I know some of you don't agree 100% with Obama's standards, but you can still speak life into the brother. If Obama makes any major mistakes, I'm going to do my best to speak life.

I hope you enjoyed this blog. I hope it blessed you in some way. This is probably the way I'm going to do blogs from now on. The last couple of blogs got no feedback at all. What's up with that? It's all good though. Y'all be good this week. Stay saved.

~Daniel

Friday, January 09, 2009

Lord, whatever you're doing in this season, please don't do it without me

I think the title is what we all should long for. Whatever God is doing in this season, I don't want to be left out. None of us should want to be left out. If you're sick and God is healing process, you don't want to be left out. If you're been waiting on an answer from God, and He is blessing in this season, you don't want to be left out. I didn't want to dwell on this. This song just popped in my head and I just wanted to share. That's my prayer every night. Lord, whatever you're doing in this season, please don't do it without me.

So if I'm on your buddy list on AIM, AOL Instant Messenger, you notice my status says, "Man if I didn't have a friend in Jesus I'd be a lonely dude." That's truly how I feel sometimes. I don't want to repeat myself but in a blog I wrote about a month ago, I talked about how it used to be with me back in the day with the friends I had at the apartment complex I was living at. If you want to read it, the blog is titled, "yo yo yo yo, yo, YO!" Seriously, that's the title. Don't judge me. But yeah, that's something I thank God for is being a friend when it seems like nobody else is there. I'm not trying to make y'all feel sorry for me or anything, I'm just stating facts.

Now changing the subject all together because I'm random like that. What's up with the media all up on Obama's kids? I know most of the media are classless, but leave the kids out of it. All the Obama haters, I'm hoping your classy enough to not bring the kids into it. I don't want to know what Obama's daughters are having for lunch, it's not my business. It's not any of our business. I know there are slow news days, but I seriously doubt that the news is so slow that you got to discuss the Obama daughters going to school in the morning and eating lunch at school. I did that for 13 years, how come I didn't get news coverage? A lot of kids still do go to school and eat lunch without news coverage. Let the kids be kids. Say what you want about Obama, but leave the kids out. That's just low.

So I was checking out this internet radio station, SpaceCoastFM.com. First of all let me say that if you're a fan of reggae music, check out www.spacecoastfm.com. Anyway, I was just listening, and all of the sudden the dj said that a song called, "You Got It Bad" was coming on. I thought nothing of it. Then the artist starting singing the same lyrics from Usher's song, "You Got It Bad." Y'all they made a reggae version of that song. Some songs don't need to be remixed, especially to a reggae beat. I left the site out of the disgust and confusion.

Before the year 2009 showed it's head, my sister and I went to see the Brad Pitt movie, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." From IMDB.com, "Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences." Anyway, my sister and I truly enjoyed this movie. Brad Pitt is brilliant, but I think that Taraji P. Henson really shined. She really made the most of her part. The movie really told a good story, and I'd recommend if you haven't seen it to go and see it. If I was Ebert and Roper, I'd give it 2 thumbs up.

Speaking of critics, what's with all the hate for Tyler Perry? Is it because he's black? Is it because his first movie was number 1? Is it because he makes movies cause he can and not because he has to? Is it because he doesn't show his movies to critics before he releases it? Is it because he gives back and he keeps it real with his fans? Is it because his sitcom, House of Payne, is the highest rated cable sitcom of all time? Is it because he's actually a good man? Is it because he pushes the name of Jesus in his movies? I mean what is it? Me personally I'm a huge fan of Tyler. From his plays to his movies, I like 'em all. Ok most of them, but I tell him on his messageboard on his website what I like and don't like on his messageboar on his website, which he reads by the way.

Ok, I'm going to watch the rest of this basketball game on ESPN. Thanks for taking time to read this. Please share your thoughts and comments on what I wrote. Please subscribe. Stay saved.

~Daniel

Friday, January 02, 2009

First Blog of the new year

So, it's now 2009. We made it. We all need to be thankful. Some people calling 2008 the best year ever as far as sports goes. 2008 was an historic year. Micheal Phelps handled business in the Olympics. USA redeemed itself as the dominant country in basketball. We got the first mixed Presidential-elect. Yeah yeah, I know people saying he's black. Let me explain something, one of his parents was white, the other was black. Therefore he's mixed. 2008 is behind us, and now we got 2009 to look forward to. Now the question is, are we going to go through 2009 with the same crutches we had in 2008? Are we going to let the same issues and habits from 2008 control us in 2009? Or are we going to let go of all that and let God have his way?

As most of y'all know, I'm a little bit on the heavy side. Society would say that I need to lose weight to become "healthier." I was thinking about that. Now I would love to lose weight, but do I want to lose the weight for the right reason? Do I want to lose the weight for me, or do I want to lose the weight to be accepted by society? Do I want to lose the weight for my on health, or do I want to lose the weight to somehow have a better chance of finding the "better half?" Basically what I'm saying is, what ever change you want to make, weather it's a short term or long term change, do it for yourself. Don't let society or the media inspire you to make your life changing decisions. If you want to lose weight, do it for you. Now when you lose weight and people that wouldn't give you the time of day when you were fat try to be your friend, be careful. Me personally, I wouldn't let them in. I'd let them know that they didn't me the time of day when I was fat, now that I'm fit, you want to be my friend. The devil is a liar.

So I know this is pretty short compared to other blogs, but it's the first of the new year. Hope y'all have a safe and prosperous 2009. Stay saved.

~Daniel