Fair Trivia

Hey Friends! I hope you are having a good week. Mine is crazy with different things going on. This past weekend was week two of trivia at Broheim’s Indoor Golf and Pub. We had another good turnout, but you can still join us every Sunday afternoon at 4. I have many friends that making their way to the Iowa State Fair. I was there last week to see For King and Country with Matt Mahr with Life 107.1. I always love meeting listeners and hearing their stories. Thursday was also the annual Des Moines East South Chamber gathering at Jalapeno Pete’s.

Friday was also another good day at the fair as well as preparing for Sunday Trivia. Monday I was hanging out at the KIX 101.1 booth on the triangle, I will be there this Sunday also. This weekend is a full weekend with trivia on Saturday at Snus Winery in Madrid, KIX 101.1 booth Sunday morning from 9-1 at the Iowa State Fair, then trivia Sunday afternoon at Broheim’s Indoor Golf and Pub.

I am thankful for all that are coming out to support the different events I am a part of. I am also working on something special for the Iowa State Fair next year. As many of you know me I am not stopping there either as my role with CISN grows, restarting my podcast with Rooster, and planning a weekly Pub Theology meeting.

I know God has a purpose for me and I am doing my best to make sure I am doing what he wants me to do. I appreciate all the prayers and support from you.

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No Shave November Week One

I am a week into No Shave November. Have you taken the challenge? This has been a interesting week for me so far. I am constantly astounded about every one listening to my podcast every week and I continue to add more chapters to my book I am writing. I also am enjoying the weather this week and getting in as much as I can before it turns colder. While I am enjoying the outdoors and getting in my exercise I meditate and evaluate what I need to do next. I cannot believe the comments I receive for my Facebook posts, blogs, and podcast. It is encouraging to know that what I am doing is inspiring others and that helps inspire me.

What are you doing to inspire others? From a smile or a hello to a stranger and friends. I believe the purpose is to lift up one another and help them become a better person. Both personally and professionally how are you helping others grow. As I keep making new steps in my life I am looking for who I can take with me. I decided a few years ago it was time to take control of my life and not let it happen.

I have been talking to a friend and we were discussing what I am doing for myself with working out and taking time out for me. This was something I was not good with for years and while I was evaluating my life I chose that I need to start taking care of myself. If I do not take care of me then who will. I have had people tell me I am being selfish and there is a little selfishness to it, but looking at the big picture I am also helping myself to be here longer for family and friends.

What are you doing to keep yourself health physically and mentally? We are important and though it is hard to understand our importance to others. It is something to think about. What legacy are you leaving behind and how are you influencing others? I want people to remember me as one who encouraged. Take time for yourself daily and during that time take care of yourself and look for ways to make you grow.

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Mid-year reflection

Here we are almost November 2015 and it has been an interesting year. Overall mid year has been good with challenges, obstacles, and disappointments. I have been working on so many things and I also have been back on the weight loss journey. I am down almost thirty pounds and I hope to be that and more by the end of the year.

I have been doing a podcast for almost ten years and last year I was able to get my own iHeart radio channel. I have had the channel one year and one month and I am over 13,000 listens and downloads. The average is about 250 per week and that is more than most churches have in attendance on a weekly basis. To have that many listens and downloads it humbles me that people take time out for the podcast each week.

I have had friends ask me to start my own bible study for those that have been hurt by the church. I am not sure it is a good idea because of personal issues and how people are very judgmental rather than loving and supportive. I have know many pastors that have lost their position due to mistakes because the congregation or the board crucified the pastor for the stumble.

I enjoy the podcast and it helps me with my spiritual walk and growth. I believe we have a purpose to love each other and build up one another. I grew up in church and doubt my salvation daily because I believed that no matter what I did I would never make it to heaven because I was not good enough. We are great at tearing people down and we are supposed to be people builders. Personally and professionally we should be lifting up each other daily with either a good word or a smile.

I want to be known for loving people and being their cheerleader. I want everyone I come in contact with to succeed. I know that is unrealistic because unless a person wants to succeed they will not be able to. I do my best to encourage people to be better, but they have to take the action to become better.

I want to thank everyone that is listening to my podcast, following me on Facebook, and reading my blogs. I am still working on my devotionals that I want to publish. I have thought about a kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to publish, but I am always afraid of rejection. In the past few weeks I have been told how I am different from others because I am willing to admit that I have faults and i have many faults. I am doing my best to repair my faults, but it is taking time. I know nothing happens overnight. I need patience and understanding of myself as well as others to grow myself and help others better themselves.