NEWS FLASH is basically news or thoughts that may be changing over time - an update or an evolution of thought that covers a multiple of topics. It is what makes a blogger tick and it is the reason why we read. So, with that in mind, I came up with NEWS FLASH as an acronym that stands for what is going on in life:

News (or current events)
Entertainment (movies, TV, celebrity, etc.)
Work (thoughts on the job or employer)
Spirit (thoughts on God and/or the supernatural)
Family (or friends)
Anxiety (a rant or a trouble)
Sports (also considered should be contests, reality tv, recreation, cards, games), and
Home (house, yard, or even another family type of thought.


NEWS - Scooter Libby gets his sentence commuted by President Bush. I have been critical of Bush in the past and a lot of folks are coming out bashing him for this. I don't see it that way. I think Libby was the fall guy. He shouldn't have to suffer for just being part of the team that outed the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame. Might as well help a brother out.

ENTERTAINMENT - A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned how CBS's "Big Brother" was nowhere to be found in news, promotion or anything current on the Internet. I was concerned that this summer vice of mine had fallen by the wayside since it was suppose to start this week. Well, out of nowhere, promotion began and it is set to air this Thursday. Check it out if you can find the time. After all, I may be referring to it from time to time. You want to be "in the know" don't you?

WORK - As mentioned in my last email, my work computer crashed last week. It was very tragic since it contained all the files and information I need to do my job. Blah blah blah about backing things up. It didn't happen for various reasons that I need not get into at this point. There was a storm. The power went off and came back on. Despite having a power strip/surge protector, the C-drive disappeared and lost format. The tech guys checked it out and told me it was a lost cause. I had been looking to get a new computer for work anyway, but not time was of the essence. Technology. . . (keep reading).

SPIRIT - God is good and He has been busy with me. Life at home is not too good right now. I feel overwhelmed by it most of my conscious hours. Then, my work computer blew up and that was it for me. After exhausting every possible way of recovering my hard drive and even having the tech guys here write the death certificate, I in total exasperation, prayed like a child would, "God, things are getting too much for me. Just please fix my computer." The next day when I turned it on (as habit), it fired right up like nothing ever happened to it. I am using it as I type right this very minute. I explained it to the tech guys, and they said it was impossible, except one who reminded me how great God is.

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, "With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible." (Matt 19:26)

You want to know what God did for an encore? He fixed my car. No lie.

FAMILY - My sister is hosting a Fourth of July cookout tomorrow. She is one the most awesome and dear people I have ever met. She is the perfect hostess, too. It will be a good respite for me. I wonder if my wife will be willing to go.

LOVE - Things are tough around the house. My wife and I are not understanding each other. She gave up a good, solid job because she doesn't like who she works next to (among other things but that is the main thing). I simply can't understand that. One can't give another such power over one's life that they put one's family in financial distress. She can't understand why I am concerned. Then, in the same moment, asks me how we are going to pay the mortgage this week?

ANXIETY - We simply do not have enough income now, to cover our bills. When my father got ill and died when I was a kid, we struggled financially. I hated worrying about having electricity and eating beans and rice all the time. As a result, I worked hard, received two degrees and landed a fine job. I married a woman with a decent job and we had an acceptable financial status. Now, a monkey wrench is thrown in the works and I am stressed out all over again. It is hard for me to take. God, please fix my finances. I NEED TO SELL THAT HOUSE!

SPORTS - Barry Bonds, of the San Francisco Giants, will soon have the most prestigious record in sports - the coveted Major League Baseball all time home run record, currently held by Hank Aaron. Bonds is not a nice guy and most everyone believes that steroids is the main reason he will get the record. I once witnessed Bonds disappoint a 7-year-old kid that wanted an autograph at a hotel after a night game. Not very many people around (I just happened to be staying in the hotel with the Giants that night). Bonds turned the boy down and told him he only signs before the games - to look for him the next day. I decided to turn up the next day and look for the Bonds and that boy. The boy was there, but guess who didn't show? Other Giants signed for the fans, but not our golden boy. When Aaron's record falls, baseball will lose some luster.

HOME - I need to pay two mortgages and sell a house. Help a brother out?


Michelle said...

I hope you get to go to that family cookout.

Anna Nemuz said...

things will work out. you'll see '_'

The Real Mother Hen said...

I'm praying for you Jeff.

Jeff said...

Michelle: Oh, I will be going to the cookout. No problem there.

Anna: Oh yeah, things will work out. I have no doubt. It is just a little tough sometimes. But hey, if God can fix my computer . . .

Mother Hen: Thanks. Always can use prayer. For every tough part of life, comes more faith, a polished soul, and a secret blessing. I am trying to stay focused on that. No worries.

Anonymous said...

Jeff, I'm so sorry you are having to deal with so much at one time. Relationship and money issues are difficult enough apart from each other, but combined can be incredibly overwhelming, I know. Hang in there.

Unknown said...

... wow that must have been an awesome feeling... to switch on the computer and it working... after long hours of agonizing...
... praying that your other problems disappear just like that.
Here's wishing you all the strength and faith in the world....

Sayre said...

The computer. The car... wonder what else he'll fix?

I hope things start going more smoothly for you and the wife. I can't believe she just quit her job after your objections. Is she at least looking for another one or is Ebay calling her name?

Jeff said...

Steph: Thanks for your thoughts. I am sure things will work out fine.

Amber: Yeah, it was outstanding to see that even when I feel "alone" in my problems, God is behind the scenes letting me know that He is in charge - if I let Him be.

Sayre: God will fix anything I let Him. Only, He is the only one that knows what "fixed" means. I am just happy that we saw eye-to-eye on the computer fix thing. I will also say that He fixed my car only long enough to get my "new" car (given to me by my friend), licensed and insured. I had to drive that thing about 50 miles that day without one problem. Once I got the my new car ready, the old car started acting up again. Amazing.

My wife is in job search mode. I didn't tell her to, she just realized that money isn't plentiful, I guess. We'll see what happens.

Loz said...

I hope you don't mind Jeff but I've taken up this idea as well. Hope things work out with you and your wife