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Thanksgiving 2009!!!

Thanksgiving 2009

Thanksgiving 2009 wasn’t the norm for me. I usually spend it with my excessively large family back home in Denver, Colorado. This year I spent Thanksgiving in Chattanooga, Tennessee with some of my VOL family.

The gang at "THE HOOD"

The day started off as normal. I woke up to several Thanksgiving text from friends and family and I sent some of my own out as well. Most of my family and friends from back home hadn’t waken up yet so the responded later in the day. After an early morning practice for the VOLS, the players all rushed to go their separate ways. Everyone was anxious to get that good ol’ Thanksgiving food into their stomachs. Most of us haven’t eaten like that in a long time.

I wasn’t really feeling the holiday but I didn’t want to miss out on the tradition so I got dressed and hit the road to head to Chattanooga with my roommate, Quintin, my daughter, Sanaai, and her mother Chardae.
After the one and a half hour drive we arrived to Chris Walker’s, mother’s house. There, I met Chris’ other siblings as well as Eric Berry’s family. His parents, 2 twin brothers, and grandmother were there as well as Victor Thomas’ and Quintin Hancock’s mother. Soon after we arrived, Chris and E.B. came in with some other teammates of mine, Tauren Poole, Bryce Brown, and Janzen Jackson were all there.

After being there for a few minutes, I took a walk into the kitchen and as I stepped in, there was an array of wonderful foods presented to me. After socializing and watching some of the football games for a little while, Chris lead us in prayer as we blessed the food.

After letting our food settle some of us headed outside. As we were walking out the door I heard someone say, “OOOOH, he’s short!” I looked back and it was E.B.’s grandmother. Everyone laughed. I then introduced myself and sat to chat for a while. That’s my new buddy now.

Once I got outside I realized that Chris and E.B. are really 13 years old at heart. I never knew they were so silly. Janzen Jackson fit right in with them. Chris would constantly taunt E.B. with his theme song, “ERIC BERRAAAY, ERIC BERRY!” E.B. would come back with, “GO! GO! Christopher Walkerrrrrrr!”

After being out there for a while, everyone noticed Janzen had went and got lost in the woods somewhere and they went to go look for him. Sanaai and I stayed back. After finding him everyone headed to jump on the trampoline and then returned back into the house. Later, our team Chaplain, Roger Woods and his family arrived to the house. Everyone gave him a standing ovation because he had been running a little late. He then prayed over the home and everyone headed to “The HOOD.”

This wasn’t the average hood that I was expecting to see. “The HOOD” was actually the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hood. The Hoods have a beautiful home. When we walked in the son gave us a tour of the house and I was amazed. Once we got to the theatre, the tour stopped because everyone got comfortable in the recliners and didn’t want to move. However, we all headed downstairs to eat desert where Mrs. Hood had several choices that all looked great. We had more choices for desert than we did for the actual meal. Mrs. Hood did a great job preparing the desert.

After desert, some of us headed back up to the theatre where Janzen and E.B. were trying to teach themselves how to play the guitar. They then did a premiere of their new single, “That FAT Man.” It was hilarious. When we heard Chris and his brother singing on the mic downstairs, the rest of us headed down. Chardae then sang a couple of selections and Sanaai blessed us with her voice to finish it off. I have to get that recording on here.

Overall I enjoyed my Thanksgiving and I am glad I made the choice to head to Chattanooga. Thanksgiving with the Walker, Berry and Hancock families turned out to be one to remember.
I would like to THANK Chaplain Roger Woods as well as Mr. and Mrs. Hood.

“Gratitude consist of being more aware of what you have than what you don’t.”

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

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November 30, 2009 Posted by | My Life... | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Delay Is Not Denial…

Delay Is Not Denial

LUKE 18:1 NKJ
1 Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to
pray and not lose heart,

Many people give up too easily in prayer. When they don’t see
the answer almost immediately, they quit.

God is not pleased with this approach.

You may say, “God knows my need. Why doesn’t He just give it to
me, instead of playing games?”

Whether you agree with God’s ways, or not: God is still in
charge and makes the rules — not you. So, it does you no good
to argue or complain. Better to just line up with God instead
of fighting against His plan. Besides, in reality God’s ways
are perfect, it is just that we are often too immature and
ignorant to understand all God is doing.

Scripture has many examples of people pressing in and receiving
answers to prayer. We should never be quitters when it comes to
prayer.

It is God’s will to answer your prayers. He is the One who told
you to pray. God actually delights in answering your prayers.

(Never forget that God loves you more than you can imagine. God
loves you more than He loves Himself, and proved it by dying in
your place, so you could go free.)

“Then why are there so many delays?”

There is an enemy, the devil, who hates you and is against you
receiving your answer from God.

Second, some prayers involve other people, and God does not
force people to do His will, but works with them patiently so
they can see and do the right thing willingly. This takes time.

Third, there are things that God is working in you while you
are persevering in prayer. God’s plan is for you to grow up
spiritually. God wants to enlarge your faith and encourage you
to develop a closer relationship with Him. If every answer
always came immediately, would you really press in and spend
time drawing closer to God and studying His Word?

Don’t despair in prayer. Keep on praying in faith as long as
you are praying according to God’s Word. A delay, even a very
long one, does not mean that God is saying no to your request.

SAY THIS: I will not give up in prayer.

A Devotion

November 29, 2009 Posted by | Devotionals | Leave a comment

Take Care of Your Body…

Today people tend to focus a lot of their lives on spirituality while they neglect their physical bodies. Others tend to focus on how good their physical bodies are put together and spend less time on their spiritual growth and maturity. Some don’t improve on either one. This does not  show a balance for this person. The bible tells us that both of these are needed in 1 Timothy 4:8:

“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”

Notice how it says that exercise is of value. However it sets the priorities straight by saying Godliness is of greater value. Godliness profits the well-being of the entire person, body, soul, and spirit. Bodily exercise only covers one of the bases. This verse is also an example of how one can profit through dedication, which goes back to everything else in life.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 also tells us to NOT NEGLECT our physical bodies:

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

However, you are not just supposed to take care of your body just so others would notice and maybe even admire you. Dont let vanity be attached to your exercise, but do make it a priority to be in good physical health.

November 25, 2009 Posted by | Fitness and Health | Leave a comment

Bring Excellence to LIFE…

Today I received an e-mail from The Daily Motivator (via an aunt) that I would like to share with everyone…

Bring Excellence to Life

You cannot achieve excellence just by proclaiming it to be. Excellence is built in the details.
Attend faithfully and competently to the details, while staying true to your purpose. That is how to bring excellence into your world.
What is done with genuine love is done with excellence. Let love guide you in each moment and you will consistently create excellence.

Excellence resonates with what is true, what is good and authentically valuable, with what is right. Work with honesty, integrity, and a commitment to truth, and excellence will permeate the results.
Intention is critical, yet excellence does not come from good intentions alone. Excellence comes from actions persistently and consistently guided by the highest and most authentic intentions.
In each thing you do is the opportunity to create excellence. Again and again, bring excellence to life, and live true to your highest purpose.

November 24, 2009 Posted by | Encouragement | Leave a comment

5 Tips On Money from the BIBLE…

Today I just wanted to post 5 Biblical Financial Tips that we could all use to help us get to our PINNACLE point in life. These steps may seem like common sense but many of us are not following these rules and it is exactly why we have the problems that we have. We can all get physically and financially fit. Here are 5 steps to get FINANCIALLY fit…

1. Get Out of DEBT.

  • Godliness with contentment is great gain.
  • “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave of the lender.” (Proverbs 22:7)

2. Act Your WAGE.

  • Learn to live on less than you make.
  • “A foolish man devours all he has.” (Proverbs 21:20)

3. Get On A BUDGET.

  • Those who manage well get to do more.
  • “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost to see whether he has enough to finish it?” (Luke 14:20)

4. SAVE and INVEST.

  • There are 3 basic things we should save for:
  1. Emergency Fund (Rainy Day): 3-6 Months of expenses.
  2. Large Purchases. Use cash to pay for things.
  3. Wealth Building
  • “In the house of the wise are stores of choice, food, and oil.” (Proverbs 21:20)

5. GIVE!!!

The fifth and final step is my favorite…..GIVING.

  • “Bring all tithes into the store house that there may be food in MY house.” (Malachi 3:10)

This plan DOES NOT work unless you do them all. You can not give if you haven’t saved. You can not live on less than you make and save if you are in debt. So if you follow this plan, DO ALL OF THE ABOVE STEPS. It may be hard but will be rewarded tremendously in the end.

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but it yields a harvest of righteousness.”

November 23, 2009 Posted by | Personal Finance | Leave a comment

Have A Happy Life…

Have A Happy Life
 
1 PETER 3:10-11 NLT
10 For the Scriptures say, "If you want a happy life and good
days, keep your tongue from speaking evil, and keep your lips
from telling lies.
11 Turn away from evil and do good. Work hard at living in
peace with others.
 
Why just tolerate life when you can have a happy life?
 
Obviously, you have some choice in the matter, according to
these verses. So, make the obvious choice, and ask God to help
you.
 
Notice that the first instructions given in these verses
concern the words you speak.
 
What you say is enormously important, according to the Bible.
Yet, most believers are unaware of the importance Scripture
places on the words they speak.
 
Why not ask God right now to help you understand and apply this
instruction, so you can reap the benefits?
 
SAY THIS: Thank you Lord for giving me a happy life and good
days. Thank you for helping me not to speak evil or tell lies.
Thank you for helping me to avoid evil, do good, and live in
peace.

A Devotion

November 20, 2009 Posted by | Devotionals | Leave a comment

Every Good Gift Is From Above…

Every Good Gift Is From Above

JAMES 1:13,16,17 WEYMOUTH
13 Let no one say when passing through trial, “My temptation is
from God;” for God is incapable of being tempted to do evil,
and He Himself tempts no one.
16 Do not be deceived, my dearly-loved brethren.
17 Every gift which is good, and every perfect boon, is from
above, and comes down from the Father, who is the source of all
Light. In Him there is no variation nor the slightest
suggestion of change.

God is not doing evil that good may come from it.

“Do not be deceived,” the Bible tells us in verse 16 above.
Obviously then, brethren CAN be deceived — and many ARE.

God is NOT the one behind the bad things happening. Storms,
earthquakes, and tornados are not acts of my God. Only good
comes down from my Father God — and He does not change or vary
from day to day.

John 10:10 LB
10 The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My
purpose is to give life in all its fullness.

John 10:10 is the dividing line in the Bible. The purpose of
the devil is made clear: to harm you. The purpose of the Lord
is also clear: life in all its fullness — life as God intended.

Jesus is for you. The devil is against you. It’s as simple as
that.

SAY THIS: The devil is against me, so I am against the devil.
God is for me, so I submit to God.

A Devotion

November 19, 2009 Posted by | Devotionals | 1 Comment

Success…

What is SUCCESS??? Below are some of my favorite inspirational quotes that have to do with SUCCESS

There is only one success–to be able to spend your life in your own way.
-Christopher Morley

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
-Thomas Jefferson

Keep steadily before you the fact that all true success depends at last upon yourself.
-Theodore T. Hunger

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
-Robert Collier

The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
-Frank Loyd Wright

Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.
-Orison Swett Marden

A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience.
-Elbert Hubbard

The greatest results in life are usually attained by simple means and the exercise of ordinary qualities. These may for the most part be summed in these two: common-sense and perseverance.
-Owen Feltham

Failures do what is tension relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving.
-Dennis Waitley

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.
Vince Lombardi

November 17, 2009 Posted by | Inspiration | Leave a comment

Dave Ramsey and Unity…Part VI

The fifth and final enemy of unity is…SANCTIONED INCOMPETENCE. Sanctioned incompetence is when someone on the team has a destructive attitude but no one wants to address it. This is said to be demoralizing. The discourages team members when they see this. If the leader has someone on the team like this, it kills the motivation of the team if it isn’t addressed. The leader HAS TO take action when someone on the team can not and/or will not do their job.

When you allow someone to mess around, or not execute and live up to their potential, you damage your witness.

A leader MUST go to battle as soon as any sign of these enemies are put on display. There will always be drama within a group of people, but the leader must put time into dealing with these issues instead of turning a cheek and hoping for the best. When unity is valued within an organization, team, etc., they will all be sure to keep these enemies out of the workplace.

Don’t be afraid to address these problems. That is what a LEADER is. It’s not easy and it might make you feel you have had a bad day, but it may be what pushes your TEAM to the next level.

November 16, 2009 Posted by | Dave Ramsey | | Leave a comment

Don’t Wait for Tomorrow…

Don't Wait For Tomorrow

PROVERBS 27:1 NIV
1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day
may bring forth.

Do what you need to do today.

Tomorrow 3Don't wait to receive Jesus. Don't put off doing the will of
God. Don't wait to tell someone you love them.

JAMES 4:13-15 NIV
13 Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to
this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and
make money."
14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is
your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and
then vanishes.
15 Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we
will live and do this or that."

You don't know what tomorrow holds -- or even if you will be
here tomorrow.

Keep your focus on God. Trust in Him, and do His will today.

SAY THIS: I will do what God leads me to do today...

A Devotion

November 16, 2009 Posted by | Devotionals | Leave a comment