Posts Tagged ‘Family’

7 Ways To Jumpstart Your Day

January 6, 2016 4 comments

Each of us begin our day much the same: we wake up. From there our days probably vary greatly. However, we all probably want one thing.

A productive day.

A productive day doesn’t just happen. We have to be intentional about having one.

Here are seven way to make your day productive:

1. Drink water.

I begin each day by drinking 16 to 32 ounces each day. This helps me bring my water levels back up and gives me energy to begin the day.

2. Exercise.

Finding time to exercise is difficult. Time is always at a premium. Exercise will often get crowded out. Doing it early seems counter-intuitive. It will increase your energy throughout the day. 

3. Spend time with God.

It’s important for us to know God. Unfortunately, few of us  know God well. To know Him, we have to spend time with Him and we don’t spend enough time with Him.

Take in God’s word. Spend time talking to Him in prayer. Do it before the day gets away from you.

4. Spend time developing yourself.

You are always told to place a air mask on yourself first on a plane in the event of an emergency. You are no good to anyone else if you pass out.

No one will develop you if you aren’t spending time developing yourself first. Read a little. Listen to a podcast. Do something to make yourself better early each day.

5. Love your loved ones. 

Kiss your wife. Make sure your kids know you love them. Text or call someone and let them know how you feel about them.

6. Avoid the news.

Let’s face it. Most of our news is negative. Letting negative news influence your life will bring you down.

7. Eat breakfast.

Don’t skip this. Fuel up. Don’t run out of gas early.

You want to be successful each day. Don’t just let the day happen. Kickstart your day by developing a routine similar to what I set forth above.

What would add or subtract from this list?

What Christmas Means To Me

December 22, 2015 4 comments

I can sum up what Christmas means to me in two words.

Faith and Family.

There are few Christmas presents that I can truly remember. One of them is a Bible I received.

I thought it was a brick, but when I opened the gift it was my very own King James Bible. I proud to carry that particular book around, although the King’s English was probably a bit advanced for my little kindergarten mind. To this day, if you really want to get me excited, buy me a Bible as a gift. There’s just something about God’s word and the foundation it is for my faith.

My family is the second most important thing to me, especially at Christmas. My spiritual gift if gifts, which I love receiving and giving. Seeing the looks on their faces when they get something excites me and makes the holiday perfect.

Christmas means many things to everyone. What does it mean for you?

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One Week Until Christmas

December 18, 2015 5 comments

It’s one week until Christmas.  Folks are beginning to finish their shopping. The world, in some ways, is beginning to slow down. Blogs, definitely, slow down this time of year. After all, who really has time to focus on everything we ship out on a daily basis?

So, I just have one question today.

How are you going to be spending the next week?

I am going to buy the last few things for Christmas. I have three days of work left after today. There will be some church things going on. More than anything, I am going to be spending time with family.

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How I Raised Two Perfect Children

March 3, 2015 4 comments

If someone asked me how I have raised two perfect children, my answer would be simple.

I didn’t.  I havent.  They aren’t.

That doesn’t mean that they aren’t great kids.  They haven’t caused their mom and me a moment of real heartache.  They are really good kids.

Sometimes people will comment to us how really good they are.  Eventually they will ask how we have managed to do such a good job.  I’ll joke around and say that it’s because of their mom.  That is certainly a huge part of the reason.  I hope that I played a part too.  However, it really boils down to one major thing.

We listen to our kids.

Several years ago, when Lauren was in elementary school, she asked Jan a question about why she was older than a school mate’s mother.  This led to a discussion about how sex works.

Jan could have beaten around the bush about it, but instead used it as an opportunity to build her relationship with her daughter.  We have had countless opportunities to do this with her since, as well as with Andrew.

These have been opportunities for us to draw closer to our children.  Instead of pushing our children away, we have built our relationships over years.  Our children, in turn, listen to us and take us seriously because we have listened to them and built those relationships.

How have we raised perfect children?  I laugh even writing that sentence.  To sort of quote the country group Alabama, though, they’re “close enough to perfect for me.”  I look forward to watching them continue to grow over the next few years.  It’s going to be an exciting time.

Are your children as perfect as mine?

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10 Things Now That High School Football Is Over

November 3, 2014 8 comments

High school football is over.  Well, it is for Andrew’s team.  It was an exciting season with the team winning 300% more games than a year ago.  With just another couple of wins, our season would be heading into the state playoffs.

On the downside, it has been a grind for the past several months.  We have been leaving the house early and getting home late.  Now, for the time being, we’ve got a bit of a break.  So, how will I be spending my time?  Here are ten things I plan to be doing over the next several months.

1.  Read – I have a stack of books that have been ignored.  It’s time to dive back into them.

2.  Run – I have a half marathon that I want to run in a few months.  I can devote a little extra time to that.

3.  Bible – I have an aggressive reading plan that I want to jump into.  I want to soak up God’s word.

5.  Family – While we have spent a lot of time together through football season, I look forward to spending non-football time with them.

6.  Friends – I would like to spend some time working on our relationships with our church friends.  We haven’t been able to do that much over the last little bit.

7.  Projects – I’ve got projects galore around the house. Lately it’s just been about doing what I had to do.

8.  Prepare – Last Sunday I finished my campground ministry for the year.  That will be starting again in May.  I want to be prepared for that ahead of time.

9.  Write – I want to do some writing.  I want to finish that long rumored ebook that I have threatened to write.

10. Plan – I want to take some time to just plan our some areas in my life.  Financial.  Home improvement.  Career.  You name it.

Those are just some of the things I want to do over the next few months.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to do them.

What kind of things are you wanting to do over the next few months?

Happy Birthday, Jan Carter!!!

July 15, 2014 4 comments

Today is a holiday of sorts around these parts.  We will celebrate the birth of Jan today.  Truth be told, we have probably already celebrated it, since today is a Tuesday.


As it stands as I write this, the kids will give her cards.  Me?  Rather than flowers, I’m already given her a couple of Crepe Myrtles, which will display their beauty much more often than a mere floral arrangement.

Jan is the glue of our family.  She is who holds us all together.  When any of us get sideways over an issue, it’s her  that pulls us back to where we need to be.

I’ve been blessed to spend 23 of these birthdays with her now.  I hope to spend many more with her.

I don’t spend enough time telling the Deuceology community how much I love Jan and bragging about what she does for me.  I owe so much of who I am today to her.

Nothing more profound than that to say today.  I just want to tell Jan that I love her and Happy Birthday!!!

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Is Your Cat In The Cradle?

Most of us have probably heard the song, Cat’s In The Cradle.  In it, Harry Chapin sings the story of a young boy whose father doesn’t have time for him while he grows up.  It ends, sadly, with the son no longer having time for the father.


I heard a similar story recently where a teenager wanted to do something.  The parents did not let it happen.   The teenager’s frustration was that the parents would go do what they wanted to do without allowing the child the same opportunity.  Of course there may have been more to the story as well.

I totally understand both the song and the teenager’s frustration.  Both sentiments  have guided me in being a parent.  I never wanted that song to be the story of my life as a father.  I’ve never wanted my children to feel as this teenager did.

I’ve missed one of my son’s ballgames in his life and it killed me to do so.  I’m pretty sure that I never missed one of my daughter’s track or cross-country meets.

During the last fifteen years of being a parent, I haven’t picked up a golf club.  I happen to love playing golf.  Does laying aside something I love make me parent of the decade?  No, absolutely not.  I’ve done plenty of other things that  I’ve enjoyed.  However, I tried to do the things I enjoyed that I could do alongside my family.  The day is coming soon when I will begin playing golf again.

I feel like I’ve had one shot at being a father.  The Lord blessed me with two great kids who I love spending time with.  My time in this stage of being a father is drawing to a close.

What have I gained through all these years?

A couple of kids who love spending time with their parents.  Friends for life as they grow more and more into adulthood.

What I don’t think I’ll have is a cat in the cradle.

Have you ever been haunted by the song Cat’s In The Cradle?