November 30, 2011

Til Death Do Us Part...

Anne and I will be married 45 years on December 6th. She had just turned 16 and I was 19. Honestly, as I look back and reminisce I must admit we had no clue what we were doing. We were just ‘in love’. So how did we stay the course for almost 45 years? I think it was love but not the kind of love we read about in romance novels rather the kind of love that is described in the Bible. Love is more than a feeling because feelings change. Anne and I have not always felt in love or felt like we wanted to remain married. Love is a choice. Love has to do with the will. We must love when we don’t feel like it because this is what God requires. This is real love.

We don’t feel we are better than others in the marriage arena. We’ve had our ups and downs, our sharp disagreements. Yes, we have allowed the sun to go down on our anger as well as come up while we were still angry. Maybe we’ve stayed married because we were both to proud and stubborn to leave or quit. We had 3 wonderful children and they deserved better than us giving up or just quitting.

I know a little about young love and romance. Through the years in ministry I have learned about covenant. I know which one is most likely to last. Romance so often is seen in the phrase “as long as,” while covenant is ‘until”.

If you know me, then you know this is not written to belittle anyone who has experienced the hurt and pain of divorce. It’s about how it takes God, and two people who are willing to hang in there when the going get rough. Hopefully, wherever you are in your marriage relationship you will allow God’s love to prevail in your heart, and keep choosing in the hard times to will it so. We are but one of many testimonies that declare you can make it.
Thanks for rejoicing with us.

October 17, 2011

A Cardinal is just a noisy red bird...

I don't want to make a big deal out of the upcoming World Series. I want to be fair and non-bias. I am sure you who know me believe this. To be honest, I'm not even an avid baseball fan. I usually tune in during the play-offs right before the championship.

Now I don't want anyone to take what I'm going to say all wrong. I don't hate the Cardinals. I have nothing whatsoever against the Cardinals. A Cardinal to me is just a beautiful red bird that makes a lot of noise.

But there is something about me I would like for you to know. I am a God loving, God fearing man. I love God, my family, my many friends, the USA, and last but not least the Republic of Texas. I root for every Texas person or team who is competing with anyone outside of Texas. If two Texas teams are competing against each other I flip a coin (unless I have a dog in the hunt = a bet)(either way I win) to choose my Texas team of the day.

I have difficulty understanding how a Texan can root for another team who is playing a Texas team. I know this happens and I am sure there are many good reasons one could give. I just said, "I don't understand it."

So my friends, as the World Series begins tomorrow, I hope you'll sit back and enjoy and root for the team of your choice. GO TEXAS RANGERS!!!

October 16, 2011

The Filing Cabinet Finale... +Go Rangers

I'm really not interested in the assembly of the filing cabinet becoming a series, but I would like to wrap things up in a positive way. When my children were growing up and they made a bad choice or had a bad experience, I would always encourage them to put it behind them and move forward. I would then ask them what they learned from the experience. Now I can hear my children saying to me, "OK Dad, what did you learn from this, or what is the principle behind this experience?" It is amazing what our children remember from their childhood and how it will often come back to bite you in the butt. So here are 3 things for us (me) to remember. First, when the price is not an issue, go with what you most like. Second, if you're not good at assembling things, don't do it. Third, finish what you start...even if there are parts left over. So if I was a Texas Ranger going to the World Series I would be batting over 600. First, I bought what I liked, and thought would fit the decor. Second, I finished the project. But I struck out by not having it preassembled. Go Rangers!

October 15, 2011

The Saga of the Assembly: When Will I Ever Learn...

One would think by the time you reach my age you would have learned certain things to do and not to do. Yesterday, I told Preacher's Wife that I was going to shop around for a filing cabinet for my office. So I rushed off to Office Depot to check their selection. I must admit they had a nice selection of standard preassembled metal filing cabinets in various colors. All I needed to do was pick the color and determine if I wanted one that locked or not. But no, my eyes had to see a nice beautiful black wooden one that matched my office decor. It looked so good there on the showroom floor and the price was right, so I said to the salesman, "I'll take it." I went to the cashier and paid for it. He returned shortly from the back of the store pushing a huge flat box. Immediately my memory of all my life experiences concerning assembling purchased items had not served me well. I knew better than to buy things that had to be assembled. But I loaded it up and brought it home...Thinking... Yes, thinking, I can do this. Well here I sit posting on this blog and the cabinet is in the garage only half finished after 3 hours of intense frustration. I will finish it sometime today, hopefully before college football begins. Just to think it could have been assembled in the store for $50.00. When will I ever learn?

June 6, 2011

Payback Time...

This past Sunday I was speaking at New Covenant Church in Longview, Texas. For you who are not familiar with Texas, Longview is a town 120 miles east of Dallas. The people there are avid Dallas Mavericks fans. So a couple of years when the San Antonio Spurs beat the Mavericks in the playoffs, being from San Antonio I decided to preach there in a Spurs T-shirt. It wasn't a very nice thing to do, but I did it anyway. They laughed but somehow I knew it was the kind of a laugh that said, "we will repay - someday."  This past Sunday was that day. After being introduced I moved toward the podium and as I did I heard the crowd begin to laugh. When I looked on the huge overhead screen this is what I saw. Payback time it was. We all had a good laugh.

May 29, 2011

Good Looking Family...

Anne and I were at CFC McAllen yesterday and we were able to pick up these new pictures of the Philip Corzine family. We are proud of all our children but it really is nice to have a new set of pictures of Philip, Trish, Lauren and Lenzy.  I know we're partial but surely you will agree they are one good looking family. Take it from me they're some very gifted and talented people in this picture.


March 30, 2011

E-N-E-R-G-Y...

A couple of weekends ago, our youngest daughter who lives in Fort Worth, loaded up her toddler and 5 week old baby and headed south to San Antonio to visit for the weekend. We were so excited and could hardly wait for them to arrive. It would be my first time to see my newest grandson.  It was a 5 hour journey and she did very good at managing the two. Between stopping to feed the baby and changing DVD's, things went really smooth.  When they arrived we hugged, kissed and cooed.  Then I heard this little voice say, "Poppy let's ride on the golf cart."  Now we have owned that golf cart for almost a year and we put more miles on it in two days than since it was first purchased.  Occassionaly we had to stop for the golf cart and me to recharge and so I could hold the little one. But all the while he was faithful to sit on the cart and guard it while it was getting recharged.  Then off we'd go again.  I am in good health. I try to walk on a regular basis, but the E-N-E-R-G-Y of that boy just about did me in.  I know why young people have children.  It's called  E-N-E-R-G-Y... God bless them everyone - everywhere!  




February 16, 2011

Treat them like family - Feed them like family...

Preacher's Wife never gets angry or says a word, she just shakes her head and rolls her eyes. Today, I took Bo and Jake to Petsmart to have them groomed. While I was there I picked up a bag of dog food. I decided to get them a new brand of food called BLUE made by the Blue Buffalo Company. It was advertised as "Treat them like Family, Feed them like Family."

Since I really love my dogs I thought I would treat them like family.  I proceeded to the counter to check out when I soon discovered that I was paying more than I had for a weeks worth of groceries when my children were growing up. I won't disclose how much I paid so you won't think I'm a bad steward. Preacher's Wife loves Bo and Jake as much as me, so I thought she would be thrilled, until she said, "how much did you pay for this?" When I told her she just rolled her eyes and shook her head. It looks like the dogs and I will be eating BLUE, the all natural, holistic dog food for the next month. The upside is that it promises a shiny coat as well as longevity. So when you see me next, congratulate me on my shiny look and my new lease on life.

January 25, 2011

Downsizing and Organizing...

Many of you may know that last year we decided to downsize and relocate to a smaller home. We chose to live a simpler lifestyle. Now, I didn't take a vow of poverty, but did reach a place where I felt we no longer needed all the big ticket items I had collected over the years including the 3500 square foot house we lived in. The big two story home with just the two of us didn't seem feasible anymore.  I spent a lot of time chasing Preacher's Wife up and down the stairs only to realize when I finally caught her I forgot why I was chasing her.  We now have a nice little one story home comfortably furnished. I just finished my workshop and storage below the deck and find it nice for everything to be in its right place.

January 14, 2011

Fredricksburg Bound...

Several years ago Preachers Wife saw an article in an RV magazine about a group of women who called themselves "Sister's on the Fly". We talked it over and decided it was just the kind of group she would enjoy being a part of.

She has always loved adventure and as an only child she grew up being rather independent and self-sufficient.

These are just a few of the many things I love about her. At any moment she may hear about a group of sisters going to Tennessee, Georgia, or Arizona. So she stays packed and pretty much ready to hook up her vintage trailer (Maxine; named after her mother) so as to leave in moments notice.

So today she and Maxine are off to Fredricksburg to meet up with a group of sisters to enjoy a weekend of talking about grandchildren, while eating and shopping. So in a couple of hours this is what I will see. Have fun sweetie!!

January 12, 2011

Seven Deadly Zins

Being the son of a preacher I was made aware at an early age of the 7 things God hates found in Proverbs 6:16-19.  I grew up being throughly taught about all the things a Christian is NOT to do.  Of course in the New Testament the list of bad things, set forth in the Epistle of Galatians (Galatians 5:19-21), includes more of the traditional seven sins, although the list is substantially longer: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, "and such like".  I have no problem with believing we should avoid these things.  But just this week I came across something that arrested my attention. 7 Deadly Zins not Sins...Zins.   Of course I checked and rechecked the list and it was not there, so I bought it and have now tried it, and think in moderation it is quite nice.