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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Weekend Kickoff Mini-Thoughts

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

  • Yesterday was not such a good day at work.
  • It only takes one person and a minute to ruin a whole work day.
  • I know that today will be a much better work day.
  • I know that God is always in control no matter where I go.
  • Sometimes during those not so good work days I forget that God is with me.
  • The past 12 years of my 34-year USAF career have been the best 12 years.
  • Is it a coincidence that Jesus Christ rescued and saved me 13 years ago ?
  • No coincidence, as God doesn’t do coincidences. He does intentionals.
  • Back on the homefront I enjoy relaxing in my 77°F living room.
  • I’m feeling good with my air conditioning taking care of business.
  • All of my modern technology is right here where it belongs.
  • If it’s summer then I’m watching “America’s Got Talent” and “Big Brother”.
  • I’ve never missed a single episode of either show since the beginning of both.
  • I’m also addicted to “Live PD” on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • There was a political debate on the NBCs last night.
  • I don’t get political online or offline.
  • As an apolitical person I’m in the minority fringes both online and offline.
  • I have very solid political beliefs, but I choose not to share them with anyone.
  • I’d rather talk about the weather.
  • I’m a weather expert, so I know what I’m talking about there.
  • I’ll even talk sports with you. Hail to the Redskins !
  • I’m so looking forward to the start of the NFL season.
  • I may go to a game this season – my Redskins against the Cowboys in Dallas.
  • 33 years ago tomorrow I attended the first concert of my life.
  • I was 19 at the time, and this young teenybopper was at the final Wham! show.
  • That was at Wembley Stadium in London England.
  • Google it. It was June 28TH 1986, and I was there singing and dancing.
  • I’ve been to 100+ concerts since that first one – an average of about 3 per year.
  • My two years of living in England as an 18 to 20-year-old were wild and crazy.
  • I haven’t been back since.
  • July starts in just 4 days.
  • 2019 is almost half over.
  • This whole decade of the 2010s (or #TwentyTeens) is almost over.
  • Will we all see better in 2020 ?
  • Will we all have the vision to love each other in 2020 ?
  • Will we change the world in 2020 ?
  • Time keeps on slippin’ slippin’ slippin’ – into the future.

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Welcome To The Weekend !

It’s 3 AM on this Thursday the 23RD day of May of 2019. That’s 3 AM here in South Florida U.S.A., so 8 AM in the U.K., 9 AM in South Africa, and 7 PM in New Zealand. Welcome aboard wherever you’re reading this from.

I kickoff most new weekends of blogging on Thursday at 3 AM my time, and this weekend is no different. It’s a holiday weekend here in the States – Memorial Day Weekend. Monday is Memorial Day where we honor those military personnel who died while serving their country in a time of war. I’ll have a special tribute to our fallen heroes this Monday here on my blog. That pushes my new Top 10 personal hit music chart back a day to Tuesday. So I’ve got 5 new blog posts for you this weekend in lieu of the usual 4 – starting with this one.

I’m staying in during this long holiday weekend – not going anywhere – staying out of traffic. It’ll be a sunny, dry, and hot weekend here in South Florida, so I just want to relax and enjoy my air conditioning. I’ll do my usual Bible study on Saturday, and I’ll hopefully finish writing my next sermon that I’ll preach titled “Pray & Believe”. I also want to get started on my next sermon after that. We’ll see where God takes me this weekend. Sometimes I think I know exactly what I wish to write, and then God leads me in an entirely different direction. That’s the Holy Spirit at work. I just want to go where He guides me.

I just ate a pear a few minutes ago, and it was absolutely delicious. I then Googled the health benefits of eating pears, and I found this article. I really need to buy and eat more pears. I need all of those health benefits. The results of my recent ultrasound are in. My liver, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts, and right kidney were all checked-out. There were 3 “impressions” or anomalies, but nothing to be overly concerned about. My liver is normal size, and it measures 13 centimeters in length. The “impression” there was a “minimal diffuse fatty liver”. If I improve my diet, exercise more, and lose a little weight then the fat can go away. More pears !

I’ve been eating smaller lunches at my desk at work, and then after that I’ve been using the 2ND-half of my lunch hour by walking it off – basically walking around the exterior grounds of my building. My Fitbit likes that. I’ve been walking about 0.6 to 0.7 miles in a nice casual walk after eating. Nothing too strenuous. In fact once I break a sweat I walk back inside. Today my walk after eating was 15 minutes – 3 minutes “peak”, 8 minutes “cardio”, and 4 minutes “fat burn”. My average heart rate was 130 BPM, and it peaked at 145 BPM. More exercise !

I think that most of you will agree with me that blogging peaked about 15 years ago during the mid-2000s (post-AOL and pre-Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). I started this blog in 2007 towards the end of my first year of salvation to begin a dialog online about the God I know. There’s a lot of hatred on social media today. It’s one of the main reasons why I returned to the WordPress community 16 months ago to get back into full-time blogging again. Many of you reading this blog host your own blogs. I know that because I visit them on a regular basis. Some of your blogs surely glorify our God. This is the LORD’s doing, and it is wonderful to see. Never be discouraged that you’re not getting enough visits, or likes, or comments. Keep blogging and writing about your life. Keep expanding God’s Kingdom – one blog post at a time.

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Another Cold Morning !

It’s another cold morning here in America’s Riviera – mid-50s with wind chills in the low-50s. We dropped down to 51°F on Wednesday morning, and 56°F on Tuesday morning. Now you may think that temperatures at dawn in the 50s is a heatwave for you, but here at sea level at 25.5° north latitude (near the Tropic Of Cancer) that makes for a cold morning. Our average minimum temperature for the entire year (right now – mid-January) is right at 60°F, so once we drop below normal – it’s cold outside !

When we drop into the 40s – now that’s downright frigid. That’s “severe weather” for us. We’ve had two such mornings so far – one in late-November and one in mid-December. Last winter we had 12 such mornings in the 40s. The last time we hit the 30s ?  February 20TH 2015. Most of us hibernated that day.

South Floridians don’t dress like everyone else in North America. When we hit the 50s in the morning we’re all bundled up as if there’s a raging blizzard out there. When we reach the 40s we start calling in sick (cold) from work.

YES – This is the exciting time of the year where our weather changes rapidly based on approaching and passing cold fronts from the northwest. Once our rainy season gets started in mid-May – well then we pretty much know what to expect for the next 5 months after that. We can expect everything – except for cold temperatures. During the rainy season we’ll be stuck in a narrow 20°F range from 73°F to 93°F day and night.

Uh-oh. We just dropped another degree as I wrote this blog post. It’s 54°F at 6 AM.

 

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The Major’s Walk-A-Thon

Date: Wednesday December 05TH 2018
Time (EST): 8:15 AM – 9:06 AM
Sky: Mostly Cloudy
Temperature: 67°F
Dewpoint: 58°F
Relative Humidity: 71%
Winds: NW 15 MPH
Barometric Pressure: 30.08″ Rising

On a cool and crisp morning of a federal holiday (“National Day Of Mourning” for President George H. W. Bush) I decided that it was the perfect time to kickoff the 12TH season of “The Major’s Walk-A-Thon” yesterday morning. I did so with a 2.88-mile power-walk in 51 minutes and 13 seconds.

I’ve been blogging about my personal fitness program since I started it 11 years ago this Christmas. It was inspired by a guy I never met – the younger brother of my Executive Pastor at the time. He walked around his neighborhood some 1,000 miles away, and he prayed for everyone. When he returned home he blogged about it. That inspired me to do the same. I intentionally walked my neighborhood for the first time in my life at high noon on Christmas Eve of 2007 to spend time with God, to pray for my neighbors, and to get fit. I had quit drinking alcohol nearly two months prior to that, and I would soon quit smoking cigarettes forever (after 30 years) about 4 months later.

So here it is – Season 12. This walk is seasonal. It generally starts in October or November and ends in April or May. I only walk in the Fall, Winter, and Spring – because I live in South Florida – where it’s unbearably hot, humid, wet, and buggy for about 6 months out of the year. Last season (11) was a bust. I only walked 6 times for a total of 15.12 miles. That was way down from the previous two seasons when I walked between 45 and 50 miles per year. Season 8 was the best. I walked over 73 miles !

Peppered all throughout the 11-year history of this blog you’ll see historical accounts of “The Major’s Walk-A-Thon”. When this blog was dark for more than half of this current decade I blogged about my walks over on Facebook. Sometimes I tweet about them. I won’t blog about my walks on every occasion, but I’ll keep you updated throughout the season as to my progress.

Finally I dedicate “The Major’s Walk-A-Thon” to my dad – William Lesley Day (1941-2010). He developed ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) – “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” – in 2006. He lost the ability to walk on his own shortly after that. God encouraged me to walk for my dad, and follow Him. I believe that my dad is cheering me on now from Heaven.

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Sunday Scripture

I have returned home from vacation up north. In one of my longest vacations ever (14 days) I visited my mom, brother, sister-in-law, two nieces, and dog up north of Cincinnati Ohio. I flew up there on Saturday November 10TH (Veterans Day holiday weekend), and I flew back home to South Florida on (Black) Friday November 23RD. It was probably my final trip to Ohio for awhile, as in about 5 months my family will very likely move SW back to north of Dallas Texas – where they lived previously from 2006 to 2013.

The weather up in Ohio was mostly cloudy, wet, and miserable with 20s, 30s, and some 40s. On my 9TH day there we actually crawled up above 50°F for the only time. I returned home with dry, flaky, cracked, white skin with isolated spots of blood. The healing process began immediately as I stepped foot in our moist tropical air. It was almost 80°F with relative humidity near 70%. No more cold weather for me aside from perhaps a dozen mornings between now and the end of March. We’ve actually got a powerful cold front in the forecast for this Tuesday. We’ll have a rather chilly 48 hours from Wednesday morning to Friday morning with afternoon highs in the low-70s and morning lows in the mid-50s. No complaints here. I survived 14 days of winter up north !

My last two Sundays felt a bit empty, as I was without my church family. I was definitely looking forward to this day – the day the LORD has made. We rejoiced, and we were glad in it. It was great to be back home with my church family celebrating our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Our Lead Pastor Bob spoke on “Knowing God ” – our Creator. He began with this Scripture:

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak. Night after night they make Him known. They speak without a sound or word. Their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world. God has made a home in the heavens for the sun. It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding. It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race. The sun rises at one end of the heavens, and follows its course to the other end. Nothing can hide from its heat. (Psalm 19:1-6 NLT)

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The Major’s Top 10 Hits – Week 92

Every Monday night I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday November 18TH 2018:

  1. “Only Jesus” – Casting Crowns [# 1 last week / 12TH week on chart]
  2. “Even Then” – Micah Tyler [2 / 14TH]
  3. “Well Done” – The Afters [3 / 5TH]
  4. “Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin [4 / 3RD]
  5. “Known” – Tauren Wells [5 / 15TH]
  6. “Who You Say I Am” – Hillsong Worship [8 / 17TH]
  7. “Not Today” – Hillsong United [7 / 9TH]
  8. “You Say” – Lauren Daigle [6 / 12TH]
  9. “Stand In Your Love” – Josh Baldwin [9 / 7TH]
  10. “Survivor” – Zach Williams [10 / 9TH]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week – “Different” – Micah Tyler

Casting Crowns remain at # 1 for the 10TH week in a row in a rather quiet week on my chart. Nationally on Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart Lauren Daigle remains at # 1 for the 10TH week in a row.

I’m currently on vacation in cold and cloudy and dark and gloomy Ohio. It’s one of the coldest Novembers of the past 100 years, and I just happen to be here for half of it. This is my 10TH day here, and I think I’ve seen the sun for a small portion on about 3 days. A few days ago we had fog, rain, freezing rain, ice, and snow – all in a matter of hours. We hit 52°F / 11°C yesterday. It was and will be the only day in the 50s while I’m here. I’m ready for the return of the 70s and 80s back home in South Florida this weekend !

Thanksgiving Day is just 3 days away. May you enjoy the day with family, friends, fellowship, food, and football.

I give thanks to you – O Lord my God – with my whole heart, and I will glorify Your name forever. (Psalm 86:12, ESV)

Aside from this flagship Monday night post my blog remains on hiatus until Sunday November 25TH 2018. I’ll return with “Sunday Scripture” and my new chart next Monday. I’ll return to 4 blogs per weekend starting on Thursday November 29TH 2018.

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 this week my friends. I’m on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m also the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL. May God bless you – always and forever.

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