The Bad Guys Have Their Acts Together

I’m an aspiring fiction writer, and I read a lot of stories as well.

Have you noticed that in a lot of stories, the bad guys are WAY more organized, sophisticated, and together than the good guys are?  It seems like the good guys are always three steps behind.  I’m currently reading the (otherwise excellent and enjoyable) Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull and so far the villains are running rings around the good guys.  You have to wonder how civilized society ever made it to the present day.

Voldemort was stronger and tougher than Dumbledore.  Emperor Palpatine reigned for decades while the last of the Jedi were in exile on Tatooine and Dagobah.  Lex Luthor regularly has Superman on the ropes; he’s never beaten him totally, but he’s still walking around free, powerful, and respected, and Superman has gotten WAY more grief at his archenemy’s hands than the other way around.

I get that the story’s no fun if the good guys don’t have challenges, but it often seems more than a little lopsided to me.

Hope all’s well out there, friends, and God bless.

New Toy

I have a new toy, an IPhone 5 that I actually got as part of an upgrade.

I’ve never had a smartphone before.  My previous cell was so out of date that they can’t import the contacts; I’m having to do it manually.

And this new gadget has SO many toys on it I’m really having to discipline myself to keep my mind on my actual to-do list.

The discipline has slipped a little, here and there…..

Insert hyperlink to test page.

Hope all’s well out there, friends, and God bless.

God’s Watching Over Us

My son is adopted, although his older sisters are our biological daughters.  Long story short, around fourteen years ago Adored Wife and I felt God’s overwhelming message that we were going to have more children, and then a scant few weeks later we learned that a family friend was expecting a child out of wedlock and wanted to know if we would adopt.  He’s thirteen now.

 He’s grown up knowing he was adopted and it’s never been a big deal to him.  But it was only in conversation with him this past week that all the miraculous “God’s leading” stuff came up.  I don’t use the word “miraculous” lightly, and I’d just never had the occasion to tell him the particulars.

But, yes, it was a miracle time.  I’ve rarely experienced a sense of God’s direction as clearly as I did fourteen years ago, but it’s happened a few times in my life.

 And I needed the conversation this week.  I have a few stressful situations in my life right now, and I’m earnestly praying for God’s guidance to see me through it.  And the conversation with my son was a reminder that God has always watched over me and seen me through times of testing.  And the timing of that conversation, relating to my son the Providential circumstances surrounding his birth and adoption, came in the midst of me seeking reassurance from God.

Yeah, He’s still watching over us.

 Hope all’s well out there, friends, and God bless.

Losing Weight

I’m overweight.  Not hugely, but enough that I need to do something about it for my overall health.  It’s not a matter of willpower; it’s a matter of consistently making the right choices.  All I need to do is be more selective with what, and how much, I put in my mouth.  It’s not complicated.

Over the past three years I’ve lost a lot of weight, gained most of it back, lost some of it, got lazy and regained it, that sort of thing.

I’d made some real progress, then got lazy over the holidays and lost some ground (and found some pounds.)  It’s January, and I’m deliberately heading back down.

What works for me personally is stringently, rigorously keeping an eating log.  If I consume it, I write it down.  Straightforward.  Prayer also helps tremendously, in overcoming boredom/emotional eating.

I’m on the way back down.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Hope all’s well out there, friends, and God bless.