Home today

Surgery completed succesfully yesterday and I’m home already after only 1 night in the hospital. Sore but doing pretty good considering what’s taken place in the last 36 hours. Hopefully as the days roll by my body will slowly return back to normal as I regain strength and mobility. Hard for me to take it easy but will have no choice for the next month or so. Thanks to all for thoughts and prayers.

Donnie

Done Deal

Sitting here now in my hospital bed resting with the surgery over earlier in the day. I’m able to walk gingerly but still on a Full Liquid Diet. Doctor says the surgery went just fine and I should be able to go home tomorrow if progress continues. I’m so relieved and thankful to my Lord in heaven for bringing me through and I’m confident I’m going to have a full recovery. Also, so blessed to have the best family and friends any man could possibly ask for.

My heartfelt thanks to all for your support and continued prayers.

Donnie

It’s Almost Time

Well … what was at one time very far off and almost out of my mind because it was so far off is now just around the corner and dominates my every thought. Can’t help but feel anxious about surgery this coming Tuesday but taking comfort in hopes that it will soon be over. Strange that at 62 years old this will be the first time in my life I’ve had surgery for anything. Never liked hospitals and thoughts of Doctors cutting off the wrong limb and removing the wrong organs comes to mind. Or perhaps contracting some mysterious illness from the plethora of bacteria that resides there.

Be still my mind and move my thoughts to happier days to come trusting in a God that loves me and waits patiently for me. May I not disappoint him no matter when we meet.

 

 

Rhyme and Reason belong to God alone

Jeff Jernigan, my friend, co-worker and boss for several years while I worked for HMR and IBM has passed away. He died last night. He had ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and had been slowly getting worst since last year. What a horrible horrible disease. I’m extremely sadden by this news. He was a good man and he helped me on more than one occasion regarding my career and personal issues I faced at that time in my life.

Innocent children and so many others killed in an instant in Moore, Oklahoma from a massive EF-5 Tornado.

Oh if only my mind could understand why these things must happen and for what reasons. I know God is on the throne but it is I that can’t understand and am left staring into space not knowing what to do with the sadness that fills my heart. So difficult to move forward and a waste of time to over analyse the past. The sun still rises and sets each day but only God knows the rhyme and reason for what happens under it each day of our life and what twists and turns it will take. I trust and believe it will all be good in the end. It’s just too dark right now to see very far.

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” … Rev 21:4

Blessings

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalms 118:24

What a blessing each day is and Yong and I are especially blessed to be able to take the Goldwing out together on a road trip for the next few days. We’ll be riding to Robbinsville, NC relaxing and riding the roads over there in the Smokey Mountains and the surrounding states. Kind of a break for us and get away prior to my upcoming Prostate Cancer surgery on the 28th. Worry be gone.

Life is Good … Enjoy every day!

What a wonderful blessing to have been given so much in this life and a new breath each day to enjoy it to its fullest. All gifts from my heavenly father … but best of all is his gifts of mercy and forgiveness that he gives freely to me daily.

Hoping one day I will be clean.

It is me

Does inactivity in an endeavor diminish it’s purpose for existing no matter how noble the undertaking or sincere the heart? The need is still there. The deficiency still outstanding. The cure available and readily obtainable and only seems unreachable. The action lacks attention and instead waits for an execution that never comes. Is the timing off? It’s not working the way I thought. It’s been said if you want to make God laugh … tell him your plans. Accountability for the lack of not having any can only point to me.

Sad things happen every day …

… but every day is a blessing unto itself.

Nothing puts your own life in perspective faster than seeing some one else’s life shattered. I’ve been so busy here the last several days … we got hit with some flash floods right here in Stewart County Tennessee this past Saturday night and I’ve been working with the Red Cross ever since. We got 4-6 inches of rain in a very short amount of time late Saturday night. A small community only about 15 miles from where I live and just outside of a small town in Carlisle, TN was flooded out with flood water from and overflowed creek and many people were affected. Our road to our house was only passable in our truck for the first few days as all kinds of debris and mud wash across and washed out many many roads in the area.  the people out there will be hurting for awhile yet to restore what was literally washed away in the middle of the night..FBC FLC

It all started with spring storms and a steady downpour late Saturday night when I was called to help open a Red Cross Shelter at the First Baptist Church in Dover Tennessee. We got it opened using their Family Life Center but no one ended up staying that first night as many were evidently getting help else where from family, neighbors or friends for the night. We ended up closing the Shelter Sunday morning around 2:00 a.m. but by the time the sun came up the next day we were hearing about the devastation in a little community outside Carlisle, Tn.

I was assigned over to the Baptist Church in Carlisle the next day where various support groups were staging. The largest group were the folks from the Souther Baptist Convention, Tennessee Disaster Relief team team. We all panned out to try and help as many people as we could. Naturally we stumbled over each other at first but it was all good people with genuine desire to help others. There just allchurchisn’t any way to be perfectly organized at a time like this so we all did the best we could. Supplies came in and we were able to give out not only food but much needed cleaning supplies to those in need. Biggest enemy was mold and trying to get everything mopped up and dried out was the order of the day for many of the volunteer work force. Of course everyone needed help “now” with debris pick up, bridge and driveways restored and clean up with their houses. Cars in the creek along with sheds and items like boats and propane tanks torn from there spots from upstream that had been washed down made getting around difficult. It was a mess and tempers flared for a few of the victims that showed up at the Church Shelter to receive aid and help. It was impossible not to be proud of the community and the volunteers who showed up to help along with their spirit of cooperation and love towards all that were affected. Some of the affected people literrally just needed hugs to feel better. Affection and love at its most basic level. If we all only loved this much in times of no disasters. Shared tears of hope. This went on for a few days and today things are slowly starting to get better although it will be a much longer wait for normalcy for those that lost so much to get their lives back on track.

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Never take a day for granted because it can always get worse in a hurry and it can start with some thing as simple as a spring storm. No one had a clue this type of destruction waseverythingwet coming.

Enjoy Every Day and give thanks for what you have at the moment.

“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalms 118:24

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