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February 21, 2014 Leave a comment

So you may already know I don’t blog here any more… and haven’t for quite some time. Please head on over to http://chrisvonada.com and subscribe to my blog, check out my books and let me know what you’re thinkin’ too!!

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The Word

March 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Got a lot going on here… here’s The Word…

… on The Blog… I’ve received some very helpful insight on how this blog thing is going, and decided to try to take it to the next level, I’m finding already that it needs a few fresh coats of paint. At the same time, I wrote a comment to a post on Michael Hyatt’s blog, a guest post by John Saddington. John developed the Standard Theme for WordPress and was giving away 10 free copies to folks that replied to the post and let him know why they wanted a copy, and yours truly won one!! So I’m working double time (in my spare time when not being a Geologist), trying to keep up with writing as the Spirit moves me to, and working on getting the new and improved blog up to speed.

… and The Word (Category Spotlight)… one of the comments that I fielded about the blog is that it’s hard to find what I’m looking for. My blog, like many of them, discusses a few different subjects. They’re basically the things that I’m passionate about. So I decided to write a NEW SERIES of posts about the categories, or subjects, that I’ll be writing about. So here’s the first subject that I wanted to touch on: God’s Word, which is NOT going to be a category!! Why not? Well, I’m planning to make this a central theme of all the categories (Yahoo!!!).

stick with me here for a few more days, I’m planning to have the new blog up by Happy Monday Morning.

As always, your thoughts and encouragement are appreciated….

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What Day is it Anyway?

March 15, 2010 1 comment

Kowa-bunga-lujah I love Mondays!!

I don’t have a favorite day of the week, but I really look forward to…

Sunday morning… serving, worship, Stanley Jr’s message, seeing the Lord’s love shine through the awesome people at Access Church, and bringing it. Most of the days of the week blend together for me, except for Sunday (remember Rule #4 !!)

Monday… YES!! The work week is here (please read more about Monday below… under Friday…)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday… these three are a mix, nothing really noteworthy here, except: – I usually stop by to see Rachael and baby Nolan during the week, and keeping life in perspective is important.

Friday: The weekend is upon us! I wrote most of this on a Friday, at the end of the work week, and one of the things I’m fired up about on Friday is Monday… so what’s that say? I really enjoy what I do for a living, I love helping other people and the science that is involved. I believe that I’ve found a part of God’s purpose for me in my work, and that God’s love shines through me there.

Saturday… hanging out with friends, and weekend excursions.

There seem to be a few keys to enjoying each and every day… BALANCE… finding and living out your purpose… and living happily in the moment.

This blog will be forever indebted if you share your thoughts on your favorite day of the week, and why 🙂

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A Few of My Favorite Things…

March 12, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m running the Gate River Run tomorrow, a 15k race, and trying to decide what I can’t live without during this race… here’s my list:

  • some jammin’ tunes: I’ve loaded up my tiny iPod Shuffle with 90 minutes of the stuff I love to listen to really loud (YES YES YES, I SAY, I have hearing issues!!)
  • Carbs!! I’m getting my body ready… Loading my skinny-ness tonight with a good dose of carbs (in addition to loving to cook I also enjoy indulging in what I make).
  • Gu: this is new to me… I stopped at the Jacksonville Running Company store the other day after FOOD across the street at the Thai place, and stocked up on Gu for the race. I have no clue what Gu tastes like yet but am thinkin’ it will be macho to guzzle Gu while rippin’ up the road in my NEW New Balance ROCKETS!!
  • Hydration: I’m peeing A LOT… because I’m drinking a lot of water to hydrate. FYI – peeing is not one of my favorite things but I thought I should mention it here (I’ll spare you the visual media 🙂 )
  • A lucky rubberband, OF COURSE!! These don’t weigh a lot, are flexible, and if I get in a jam I’m thinkin’ I can do something MacGyver-ish with it (plus I just LOVE rubberbands)…
  • Enough clothes to keep me from being arrested, and to pin my necessary number on me.
  • I can do all things through Him who gives me strength… yep, I’m taking Him with me too…

Ok, so, what are your favorite things?

The Elusive Buried Treasure…

March 10, 2010 1 comment

Think back to one of those “ahhh haaa moments”… when you continually stumbled on the same stepping stone in life, eluded by THE ONE THING that you wanted or thought you needed most… when all of a sudden the lights came on and you declared – “GADZOOKS!!! – I’ve finally figured it out.” Or, maybe it still is eluding you to this day…

Whatever “IT” is for you, and IT’S a little different for each of us, figuring it out is transforming.

We have no clue why this “IT” has eluded us for so very long but all of a sudden, when we figure it out, it becomes crystal clear. It’s like finding your buried treasure. To give you a great example, lots of folks will tell you when you’re single that love will find you when you’re not looking for it. Or, here’s another popular one, that I may not enjoy my work but I’m making A TON of money, so one day I’ll have this big huge pile of money and be really wealthy so I can retire and enjoy myself.

Hmmmm, well, here’s what I’m thinkin’…

To me, finding your IT is all about FOCUS, and FAITH… if “it” is eluding me, my focus is simply in the wrong place. So if I’m looking around for IT, whether “it’s” money, happiness, my soulmate, a job, more time to do what I enjoy, or whatever, and if my focus on IT is out of perspective, then I simply need to adjust my perspective, and have FAITH, being content in any and all circumstances. I know, easier said than done sometimes…  but remember… “store up for yourselves treasures in heaven… for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” -Matthew  6:19-21.

I think that part of the wisdom here too is that if we are content with the simple things in life, our blessings are given more freely and the walk is much more enjoyable. And, the bottom line is that whatever it is that eludes us, what we’re really seeking most is HAPPINESS, and that true joy, peace and happiness only comes from Him. So just focus on Him, and not IT, and you’ll be happy!!

Please share your thoughts on IT, finding IT, figuring IT out, or what IT is for you…

A divine adventure really is unfolding!!

Andy Andrews’ books are relatively new to me… six months ago I had never heard of him when my friend David Keough mentioned his books and I started checking them out at the library.  The first one I picked up was The Traveler’s Gift, and it was as if God himself handed it to me, one of those “perfect books at just the perfect time.”

It’ s funny how things unfold according to God’s plan.  Those moments of “I really don’t understand why this is happening to me,” unfold into “EUREKA!!! – Thank you Lord!!!” – I’ve learned to take it all in stride and keep living happily in the moment, learning from the past but not holding onto it, and embracing every moment of this awesome time here on the planet Earth.

The Traveler’s Gift is about the 7 decisions that determine personal success but written in a time traveler’s perspective. The time-traveler guy, David Ponder, goes from being at the top to desperation, like in a snap, and is introduced to THE 7 decisions that can turn a life around, no matter how impossible the situation may seem. Along the way our friend gets to meet and receives wisdom from Christopher Columbus, Abraham Lincoln, King Solomon, Anne Frank and Harry Truman. I loved this book because Andy takes a serious subject and makes it entertaining.

Since reading The Traveler’s Gift, I’ve been making my way through Andy’s collection, steadily enjoying them one-by-one. Thank you God for working through David Keough to introduce me to Andy Andrews, I’m forever grateful!

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Cooking up the Dream that Delivers a Smile

March 4, 2010 1 comment

If you didn’t already know it… no, I’m not a poet… but I do enjoy cooking! I can plant it in the kitchen for hours hanging out cooking, even better with good company, but am perfectly content here just hanging with my hero (that would be the J-man… nope, and I’m NOT talking about Jay-Z!!)

I love to make some of my old-time favorites, Steak Diane is definitely near the top of the list, have been known to overdo the brandy flambé a bit, sending flames to the ceiling… this is one of the fabulous recipes that I learned at the Gainesville Hilton, back in the Prime Rib Room days (the stories are endless from that place!)

I also enjoy new recipes, the stranger the better, last week it was low-fat cottage cheese pancakes, they were yummo! Epicurious has plenty of superb recipes, and a great iPhone app (but of course!) to boot.

Cooking just seems to be one of the most enjoyable ways for me to relax, unwind from a busy day, or share an experience with good company. I could go on and on here… I’m daydreaming just thinking about this as I write… isn’t that great! Maybe you share my passion for cooking, or maybe it’s something else that really floats your boat, please do share with us whatever it is that you’re passionate about… and make sure to spend time doing it, with passion, and for His glory… and if you like to eat fun food, see flambé to the ceiling, and enjoy intriguing conversation, send me a shout, and let’s hang out (I really am a poet, and now I’m gonna show it!!) heeheehee…

Peace,

Chris

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