With tax season upon us, I thought I’d post this in case you were thinking about using the tactic mentioned…
“The IRS returned my tax return to me last year after I apparently answered one of the questions incorrectly. In response to the question “Do you have anyone dependent on you?” I wrote, “9.5 million illegal immigrants, 1.1 million crack heads, 3.4 million unemployable scroungers, 8o,000 criminals in over 85 prisons plus 650 idiots in Washington.” The IRS stated the answer I gave was “unacceptable!” I then wrote back “Who did I leave out???”
Ryan is lying there grimacing at me. I can hear him now…”You’re not funny Dad!” Hey! I don’t write the material. I just share it…
Last Wednesday a passenger in a taxi headed for the San Francisco airport, leaned over to ask the driver a question and gently tapped him on the shoulder to get his attention.
The driver screamed, lost control of the cab, nearly hit a bus, drove up onto a curb and stopped just short of plowing into someone’s living room.
For a few moments everything was silent in the cab. Then, the shaking driver said, “Are you okay? I’m so sorry, but you scared the daylights out of me.”
The badly shaken passenger apologized to the driver and said, “I didn’t realize that a mere tap on the shoulder would startle someone so badly.”
The driver replied, “No, no. I’m the one who is sorry. It’s my fault. Today is my very first day driving a cab. Prior to this, I’d been driving a hearse for 25 years.”
All is well with Ryan today…that is, all but his injury. But, it is well with his soul…
Matthew 6:33-34 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
What keeps you up at night? God’s got the PERFECT remedy for whatever it is. “Seek first His kingdom”! In other words, focus on what truly matters…eternity in heaven, and all that can be if we believe in Jesus. And, try placing (imagining) whatever it is we’re going through into God’s master plan. See what significance our circumstance has in the grander scheme. If you do this, then whatever it is we are going through will pale in comparison.
God has actually allowed me to see what desirable impact Ryan’s circumstance is having on eternity, and I couldn’t be more grateful. It is most praiseworthy. Thank you Lord!
Ryan’s been sleeping a lot during the day for the past several days. Don’t know what it’s all about, but at least he’s resting. Speaking of resting, today was a lazy day around here. We had a late night last (and therefore no post yesterday), and it was a much-needed day of lazing around today. I always feel guilty just lying around doing nothing…
Tonight, a new nurse will be watching Ryan throughout the night. She seems to be a very nice person, and we’re hopeful she’ll work out well and stay consider staying on fulltime. It’ll be nice to sleep in my own bed again. It’s been a while…
Even though I rested for the entire day, I’m going to bed early so I can wake up early tomorrow and watch Ryan. I can’t wait!
Lord, Thank you for your love and grace. Thank you for giving us another wonderful day. Please watch over all of us tonight, and keep us safe and healthy. Amen
What’s with kids anyway? My kids could never find their shoes, but they sure could find a piece of onion in their dinner immediately.
Wouldn’t it be nice if they could find a cure for Ryan? What an amazing miracle that would be! I’ll just have to keep pestering God for a remedy. Can’t give up asking…
Praise Report about Fred, from Dawna his wife: Pathology came back! No sign of cancer anywhere!!! Such a huge relief! God is good 🤗
Keep the faith and keep praying folks! Please remember Bernard and Luke as well…
1 John 5:15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
Ryan slept through most of my shift today. I’m talking from 11 last night until 1 :30 P.M. today. I’m beginning to think he’s shutting me out; like when he meets someone new. Nah, that can’t be. Sometimes he just needs to sleep…at least, that’s what I’m telling myself. I know we’re not supposed to envy, but I kinda envy all that sleep he’s getting…
So, yesterday I mentioned I would look up what “major events” happened the year Ryan was born (1994). Here are a few of the ones that stand out to me.
a. Tanya Harding had someone whack Nancy Kerrigan in the leg.
b. The Northridge Earthquake, magnitude 6.7, hit the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles
c. Major League Baseball Players Association began 232 day strike causing the 1994 season to be cancelled
d. The Whitewater scandal investigation began
e. Lisa Marie Presley married Michael Jackson
f. Kurt Cobain committed suicide
And probably the most astounding event that happened…
g. The OJ Simpson white Ford Bronco chase
These were just some of the major events that happened in 1994; in the US alone. They seem like they happened just yesterday…you know what I mean?
Time really does fly, doesn’t it. That’s why I encourage y’all to live each moment to the fullest. Take it all in. Enjoy and be grateful for ALL God has given you. And, praise Him for it!
I’m on my way in to watch Ryan now. I thank God for the opportunity I have to watch over this special child of His. I am honored and humbled by God’s trust in me. Thank you Lord!
When we were in SoCal this past weekend, we were discussing what Jacob would be doing for Spring break. Spring break? Already?!? Seems like only yesterday we were celebrating Christmas; yet, at the same time, it feels like it was a hundred years ago. That got me to thinking about how Ryan will turn 24 this year, and how it feels like only yesterday when he was born; yet, at the same time, it feels like it was a hundred years ago. How can that be?
Now, I’m thinking about how it is coming up on seven years since Ryan’s incident. That was a major event…for us anyway. And now, I’m wondering what other major events happened seven years ago, and what major events happened twenty-four years ago when Ryan was born. I’m going to look that up tomorrow.
Point is (and as I’ve posted before), time goes by way too quickly. I’m actually afraid to close my eyes at night, because when I wake up, another 7 or 24 years will have passed. Or, many more years than that…
I think the combination of it being cold out today (upper 30’s which is cold for here), a brief sprinkle of rain, and Ryan and I watching the Winter Olympics brought on a bought of coughing for Ryan. He’s been coughing since around 3 P.M. It’s that or he’s just play acting. Most likely it’s the former. Anyway, it’s taken its toll on him, and he’s exhausted from all the coughing. We’re hopeful he’ll sleep well tonight.
We don’t know if tomorrow will even come, so we’re saying our “I love youz” and “goodnights”, as we pray God will grant us another wonderful day or come and take us all home…
Matthew 24:44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
Just got home from our visit with Jacob. He’s in his element at Chapman U; enjoying every bit of it. I miss him already…
Came home to a healthy and relaxed Ryan. His grandparents and nurses took excellent care of him while we were away.
To sum things up, we’re glad to see Ryan, but missing Jacob. While we were away, we were glad to see Jacob and missing Ryan. If we could only get them together at the same time, now that would be awesome!
Enjoy your loved ones while they’re still around…