Weekend Kickoff Mini-Thoughts

Let’s try this again – a rapid-fire session of thoughts on my mind right this minute:

  • It’s been awhile since I last did this.
  • In fact it’s been 5 weeks.
  • I enjoy writing these spontaneous off-the-top-of-my-head “Mini-Thoughts”.
  • Let’s get started, as I look at my wall calendar.
  • Can you believe that November is nearly half-over ?
  • Thanksgiving Day (here in the U.S.A.) is 2 weeks from today !
  • This will be my final Thursday blog post of November.
  • I’m going offline again next week, so no new blog posts.
  • I’m going on a 12-day hiatus from blogging and social media.
  • After this weekend’s full slate of posts I won’t post again until December.
  • That’s December 01ST when I return with “Sunday Scripture”.
  • This has been a big year for attending shows and concerts.
  • My 9TH concert of 2019 was this past Sunday night.
  • I enjoyed Casting Crowns, Hillsong Worship, and Elevation Worship.
  • I wrote a nice review of it this past Monday here on the blog.
  • My 10TH concert is coming up on December 22ND.
  • I’m seeing comedian Jim Gaffigan LIVE in concert in West Palm Beach.
  • 10 shows and concerts in a single year makes it one of my biggest years ever.
  • 33 years ago tonight I was at the Oxford (England) Apollo at a concert.
  • I saw Ultravox back when they were big in England.
  • I still have my original tee-shirt that I bought at the concert !

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  • That tee-shirt doesn’t fit me anymore.
  • I weigh over 40 pounds more now than I did back then when I was 19.
  • Ultravox scored with a minor Top 40 hit at the time – “Same Old Story”.
  • I always thought that the song underperformed.
  • It didn’t get much airplay on national radio, and that stunted its growth.
  • I think it’s one of the greatest songs of my life.
  • I still love it 33 years later.
  • Its style of music wasn’t particularly popular in the U.K. in 1986.
  • Check out lead singer Midge Ure practically inventing the “selfie stick”:

  • I don’t think I’ve ever featured a music video as a “Mini-Thought” before.
  • That was Midge Ure at 33 – half his age than he is now.
  • I had a wonderful 2-year stay in the U.K.
  • This weekend marks 32 years since I left and moved back home stateside.
  • I haven’t been back since, but sometime I’ll make it back.
  • Well the Arctic Blast has avoided South Florida so far.
  • Our lowest temperature recorded so far is a mere 67°F.
  • But much cooler air should invade us this weekend.
  • We could actually drop into the upper-50s by Sunday morning !
  • The natives will be breaking out their flannels, coats, and hats.
  • We may not reach 80°F all weekend !
  • Incidentally I live in Homestead Florida.
  • This is the home of the NASCAR Championship !
  • The Homestead-Miami Speedway is just 3 miles from my home.
  • I’ll actually be able to hear the echo of the cars racing this weekend.
  • You can watch all of the action LIVE on NBC-TV this Sunday at 2 PM.
  • Well that’s gonna do it for this edition of my “Mini-Thoughts”.
  • I’ll be back again tomorrow for my regular Friday feature. #RETRO

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250,000 Hits

Well it took a little over 12 years to do so, but I’ve finally done it – or I will do it later today or possibly tomorrow. What did I do ?  Well it’s not really what I did, but it’s what you helped to do, and that is – record a quarter of a million hits to this blog !

250,000

The first 200,000 hits were easy. I did that within the first 2 years of this blog – back when it was far more popular than it is today (especially with busy web robots). It’s since taken over 10 years to get the next 50,000 hits. So I went from averaging 100,000 hits per year to a mere 5,000 hits per year.

That’s one big difference. Another difference is the fact that I’m having more fun with this current era of my blog than I ever did previously on both WordPress and Facebook. Thank You my friends for continuing to support this blog by checking it out and reading it. It’s my pleasure to share this blog with you each week.

I’ve got some fresh new ideas for 2020, so you’ll see those soon. I plan to continue posting 4 blogs per weekend indefinitely, but this weekend (and other select weekends) I’m adding an extra one on Tuesday !

Your time is precious on the web, and my blog posts are designed to be read in about 3 minutes or less. I don’t like reading long blog posts, and I think that most of you feel the same as I do.

Tomorrow on the blog it’s my normal Friday feature, as I go RETRO back to November 07TH 2004. New posts go online at 3 AM EST (U.S. East Coast Time) on Thursdays, Fridays, and Mondays. My “Sunday Scripture” posts go online at around 3 PM EST (after I return home from my church family).

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Weekends Begin On Thursdays …

… and they end on Mondays. Every weekend is a 4-day weekend here at #CountUp – at least when it comes to my blogging. I blog on Thursdays and Fridays. New posts are published at 3 AM EDT (U.S. East Coast Time). On Saturdays I generally go offline, and I stay off social media (for the most part). I may post a tweet or two of Scripture that leads-in to my Sunday.

On Sundays I blog post church service, so usually at or around 3 PM EDT. Finally on Mondays (back at 3 AM) I publish my brand new weekly hit music chart. It’s the continuation of a hobby of mine for the past 40+ years. (Casey Kasem was my idol as a preteen during the late-1970s. I wanted to be just like him when I grew up.)

So this is my Thursday blog that’s unlike my Friday, Sunday, and Monday blogs. My Friday and Monday blogs are music-based. My Sunday blog is Bible-based. My Thursday blog can be about anything that I can think of at the time.

So the big thing this week is something that I’ve been thinking about doing for the better part of the past 6 months. I finally did it this past Tuesday night. I began a weekly subscription with Freshly. Maybe you’ve heard of it ?  Maybe you know how it works ?  It’s basically a service that ships to your front door (via FedEx or a similar company) a certain number of chilled microwavable meals on the same day every week for a set price. I’ve set up my account to receive 6 meals per week every Friday. The meals are cooked by real chefs with high-quality ingredients. I’m not going to say much more about it in advance (prior to receiving and eating a single meal), but I’ve watched a few videos online, and they were mostly favorable towards the service. It’s got its pros and cons. I’ll give it a chance. I can cancel at anytime if I decide that it’s not worth it.

Basically at age 52 I need to take much better care of myself. That starts with eating better. I eat (for the most part) terribly. I don’t cook, so I either eat out (way too much food at one time), or I eat in (prepackaged frozen foods). The Freshly meal service is designed to be refrigerated, microwaved, and then eaten within 4-6 days. Hello Lunch and Dinner !

I’ll have to get used to eating smaller portions than I’m used to, and that’s another goal of mine. I’m actually overweight. My ideal weight (for my height) is right around 165. I’d love to weigh 165. I’d love to be back in the 170s. I’m about 20 pounds overweight. I’m thinking that these Freshly meals will help me lose weight. Oh yeah – that – and far more exercise.

My main form of exercise is walking. How’s that working out for me ?  I’ll let you know on a future Thursday blog.

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Weekend Kickoff Mini-Thoughts

Let’s try this again – a rapid-fire session of thoughts on my mind right this minute:

  • It’s been awhile since I last did this.
  • In fact it’s been since Thursday August 01ST 2019.
  • I’m not sure that some of you “get this” feature.
  • If you’ve been following my blogs for the past 12 years then you “get this”.
  • For those that don’t “get this” no worries – just follow along.
  • Last night was our last sunset at 7 PM or after here until next March.
  • It’s getting darker earlier, and I like that.
  • In a little over 3 weeks we return to Standard Time.
  • I prefer Standard Time over Daylight Saving Time.
  • I wish we stayed on Standard Time all year long.
  • Most people don’t know what Daylight Saving Time is.
  • Pretty soon we’ll start getting cooler here in South Florida.
  • By “cooler” I mean the 60s in the morning instead of the 70s.
  • We’re still a good month away from feeling some 50s.
  • Our 5-month rainy season is almost over.
  • It’s been a below average rainy season.
  • I enjoy our 7-month dry season from October to May.
  • I hope to begin my dry season weekend fitness walks soon.
  • I hope to do much better than I did last dry season.
  • It’s Columbus Day Weekend here in the U.S.
  • I adore 3-day holiday weekends.
  • Maybe I’ll go for a walk in the park this Saturday morning.
  • I mostly plan to continue writing my next sermon this weekend.
  • It’s on God’s “Kindness & Love”.
  • I have another sermon that I’m working on titled “Ways & Memes”.
  • I’ll be stepping completely out of my comfort zone for that one.
  • There’s a few movies that I hope to see on HBO On Demand this weekend.
  • One of them is that World War 1 movie, “They Shall Not Grow Old”.
  • I’m really looking forward to a quiet and productive weekend at home.
  • Tomorrow on the blog my RETRO series continues with 15 years ago.
  • My new blog posts go LIVE at 3 AM U.S. East Coast time aside from Sunday.
  • I blog 4 times per weekend on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays.
  • I don’t blog on Saturdays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
  • If I were to add a 5TH day of blogging then I’d add Tuesdays.
  • But I have no plans to do that anytime soon.
  • Programming Alert:  The 50TH GMA Dove Awards are coming soon.
  • The show occurs LIVE in Nashville next Tuesday October 15TH.
  • It airs on TBN the following Sunday October 20TH at 8 PM EDT.
  • I’ll be live-tweeting during the entire telecast !
  • Join me that night on Twitter @ChrisMDay as I talk God’s music.
  • The next morning I’ll reveal my brand new Top 10 music chart.
  • Well those are my rapid-fire one-line thoughts for now.
  • Enjoy your weekend and this 10TH day of the 10TH month.

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Homestead Homecoming

I’m back from vacation, and this blog is back from its 2½-week hiatus. This is the 13TH season premiere of this blog – a blog that started on Myspace in 2007 towards the end of my first year of salvation in Christ, went to WordPress a few months later, drifted over to Facebook for a few years, and then returned back here to WordPress almost 2 years ago.

I returned home to Homestead Florida after one of the longest road-trips of my life – a 2,990.5-mile / 13-day / 12-night / 6-state / 2-time-zone road-trip to and from North Texas to visit family and friends along the way. It was great to see and catch-up with everyone !

It’s great to be back home again. I went back to work today – almost 10 hours of it. I even loaded-up on groceries at Publix after work. (That’s my favorite store in the world.) I’m especially looking forward to reuniting with my church family this Sunday. I’ll be leading Communion. Life is good. God is great !

All of my regular weekend blog series are back for a new season. Tomorrow (Friday) I’ll go RETRO – back to 2009. On Sunday I’ll share God’s Word with Scripture. On Monday it’s my brand new Top 10 hit music chart. I blog every Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday with new blogs going up at 3 AM EDT (U.S. East Coast time) – except for Sunday which posts later in the day. In-between blogs I tweet occasionally @ChrisMDay.

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 135

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday September 15TH 2019:

  1. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West
    [# 1 last week / 7TH week on chart]
  2. “Fear No More” – Building 429 [2 / 7TH]
  3. “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp [3 / 9TH]
  4. “Yes I Will” – Vertical Worship [5 / 5TH]
  5. “(Love Is The) Reason” – Unspoken [4 / 9TH]
  6. “I’m Gonna Let It Go” – Jason Gray [6 / 6TH]
  7. “Symphony” – Switch [7 / 15TH]
  8. “Raise A Hallelujah” – Bethel Music [8 / 15TH]
  9. “You Know Me Better” – Stars Go Dim [- / 1ST]
  10. “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Only Jesus” – Casting Crowns

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Broken Things” – Matthew West

There’s not much change in this week’s chart from last week. Chris Cleveland and his band from Tulsa Oklahoma – Stars Go Dim – score their 2ND hit on my chart with “You Know Me Better”. It was actually released as a single some 14 months ago back when “Heaven On Earth” was spending 6 weeks on my chart. “Heaven On Earth” turned out to be such a big, catchy, and long-lasting radio hit that “You Know Me Better” had to wait awhile to get any substantial radio airplay. Now it’s arrived on the scene. Better late than never.

Zach Williams scores his 4TH hit on my chart with his “Rescue Story”. The more I hear it – the more I love it. Zach is testifying to his Lord & Savior Jesus Christ in it.

You were the voice in the desert
Calling me out in the dead of night
Fighting my battles for me
You are my rescue story
Lifted me up from the ashes
Carried my soul from death to life
Bringing me from glory to glory
You are my rescue story

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. This blog post serves as the season finale. This is my 78TH blog post in a row since early-May 2019. I have not missed a Thursday, Friday, Sunday, or Monday since then. I’ve even posted on a couple of bonus Tuesdays as well.

This blog needs a break, and I need a break. I’m unplugging from all forms of social media (WordPress, Twitter, and Flickr) for the next 2½ weeks. I’ll return on Thursday October 03RD 2019 with the first of 4 new entries for the weekend.

While I’m on hiatus feel free to go back in time and read (or re-read) any of my recent blog posts, or you can go back even further to the late-2000s. I posted over 1,300 blog posts from 2007 to 2010 back during the first 5 years of my salvation. One of my favorite things to do is to read what I was blogging about exactly a decade ago (to the date) as a baby Christian.

Your likes, follows, and comments are always appreciated. Thank You for being part of my online ministry to share God’s Good News and win souls for Christ through His music. Enjoy the rest of the month of September my friends. I’m on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m also the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL. May the God of hope fill you completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

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Happy New Weekend !

It’s the start of a brand new weekend of blog posts here at #CountUp, as weekends begin on Thursdays and end on Mondays. I’ll have my usual assortment of blog posts on Friday, Sunday, and Monday, so let’s kickoff this weekend with my Thursday blog post. This is a spontaneous “anything goes” blog post. I have no idea what I’ll be writing until I hit the keys on the keyboard.

So I’ve entered the 14TH year of my salvation. Lord may this new season of this journey bring me steadily closer to You through Your Word – reading and studying and understanding Your Way – the only Way forward towards Your light. May others hear about Your Good News through my writings – through my testimonies – through my sermons. May they too be brought to You, and be rescued and saved by You. In Your loving name I pray this to You – AMEN.

My next sermon is just about complete. I need to tighten the ending of it, as it’s running just a little bit long right now. My Lead Pastor wants our goal (for himself too) to preach sermons that are closer to 35 minutes in length rather than 45 minutes or more. Right now I’m too close to 45 minutes. My sermon has a new title too – “Neco & Nebuchadnezzar”. It’s all about the 23-year fall of the Kingdom of Judah from the day that King Josiah was killed at Megiddo to the day of the invasion and destruction of Jerusalem.

I’m also working on my next sermon after that – “Ways & Memes” – which will be a first-of-a-kind sermon for me that physically takes me away from the pulpit for the first time. I’ll share more details on that in a few weeks.

This will be another relaxing stay-at-home weekend for me (after work on Thursday and Friday). I’ll do Bible Study (includes sermon writing), and I’ll catch-up on DVR and Hulu watching. I’ll also update various Excel spreadsheets and Word documents. I’ll pay some bills too. Maybe even do some laundry.

So that’s where we are right now on this 22ND day of August of 2019. Go forth and enjoy this day, and come back here tomorrow for my normal Friday blog post that goes RETRO.

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