Pneumonia…

20 02 2012

I’ve always known my wife loves me.  She doesn’t always tell me in the same way that I tell her though.  I get my verbal communication about loving my wife from my mom…yea, I get it honestly.  Karen gets her communication skills from…well, God!  She is the most incredible servant on the planet earth.  Whenever I feel like I want or need to hear it from her, SHE SHOWS ME BY SERVING ME!  I was diagnosed with pneumonia last Friday and I have been as sick as I have probably ever been in my life.  It’s been horrible.  Then I “EXPERIENCE” her love and it is almost life changing.  I’m still very weak and not all there but I am so encouraged.  I feel the love and compassion and grace that LOVE is!  And that is making me feel better than ALL the medicine the doctor has me on.

I feel so blessed and frankly, probably needed the bodily rest.  I’ve been working 50-60 hours a week and I personally think I just got run down.  I am feeling rejuvenated and hope to get my energy back soon.  Our pastor has been preaching a series called OVERWHELMED!  I love my job, my family, my wife and all the opportunities I have to serve in life.  I can’t wait to get back at it.  A couple truths stand out from all this…

1) You can’t do life alone!

2) Serving is always better than being served but when you are being served, be grateful!

3) Keep your priorities straight.  I’ve hated missing work – I LOVE MY JOB and the PEOPLE I WORK WITH!  But I’ve been forced to rest!  It’s been very good.

4) Jesus is still the answer to everything.  Yea, this has forced me to rest and focus on ALL the truths I know about.  I’m so thankful for His grace and healing power.  Medicine is good, but a right relationship with Him is essential.

5) Finally, we’ve had friends check on us (Karen is sick now – upper respiratory infection), bring us things we’ve needed (thermometer, ginger ale, soup) and pray for us.  True friends are really rare and make sure you nourish those friendships with character and integrity.

Thank you for your prayers for Karen and I and I’m certain we’ll be back to full strength soon!  Go and cause God joy!

Garry





In Honor of Bryce Caison…

21 11 2009

I Samuel 1:27-28

“I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has given me my request. Now I am giving him to the Lord and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.”

Tomorrow, Saturday, November 21st, we’ll remember and celebrate the life of  Wilbur Quinton “Bryce” Caison, IV.  He was an exceptional 3 year old boy that made a huge impact on so many people because of his courage and strength.  His mom and dad did an incredible job of raising him to have faith even at his young age.  His brother, Blake, and sister Baylee, loved their brother and honored him through their support of him as he battled cancer.  I’m proud of this family and we can all learn from them!

This week his parents shared a great story with me.  Will and Judy and their family are University of South Carolina Gamecock fans.  Brian Maddox, a Gamecock running back, is from Anderson.  Brian actually had the USC football team pray for Bryce and they dedicated the first game of this season to Bryce.  Brian was Bryce’s favorite player.  So here is something for them to remember him by…

Brian Maddox (10) vs. The University of Florida

I hope and pray everyone will not stop praying for this family.  There will be tough days ahead and they need their Christian friends and family to stay with them!  Pray for them at 12 noon tomorrow, Saturday, November 21st as we Celebrate Bryce’s life!

Thanks and God Bless You!

Garry





Exercise – DO SOMETHING!

31 07 2009

I got this from Wikipedia regarding exercise…

Physical exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health. It is performed for many different reasons. These include strengthening muscles and the cardiovascular system, honing athletic skills, weight loss or maintenance and for enjoyment. Frequent and regular physical exercise boosts the immune system, and helps prevent the “diseases of influence” such as heart disease, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity.  It also improves mental health and helps prevent depression. Childhood obesity is a growing global concern and physical exercise may help decrease the effects of childhood obesity in developed countries.

I struggle with exercising, in particular, running.  It requires discipline and begins with a desire and passion to live a healthy life.   I know I’m going to die one day of either old age, an accident or something!  But I want to do all I can to live longer and be able to be active.  Why?

1.) I love living life!!

2.) I want to be able to enjoy my grand kids one day!!

3.) I don’t want my kids calling me fat daddy ever again!!

4.) I don’t want my wife, Karen, to have to look at a fat hubby EVER!

Am I saying there is anything wrong with fat, or obesity?  Well, yea, because it shortens your life and is a detriment to being active.  Good health is good for you physically but it is also good for you emotionally and psychologically.  You look in a mirror and you either can live with what you see, or you decide to do something about it.

But let me encourage you with something…

GOD wants you to be healthy.   He wants you to take care of your body.  He is the One that gave you life and your body and well, if the Creator wants something, I say give it to him.  It doesn’t mean all of us will look like this…

Me running in water...NOT!

Me running in water...NOT!

But it does mean that you have a higher liklihood of feeling better, living longer and enjoying life a whole lot more!  So go exercise, eat healthier and ENJOY YOUR LIFE!!

********** CAUSE GOD JOY ****************