Its been a while since writing. I have been and still am exploring who I am. Scary ha? Things I like to do seem to be  a waste of time, things I should be doing are getting done at least. It is not fun when money is the main driver or lack of money I should say. We are not in horrible shape but I am still concerned, it’s my nature.

i am reading a book titled STRENGTHSFINDER 2.0. The book sounds like it expounds o n the idea that former GE CEO Jack Welsh taught that you should focus on your strengths and not your weaknesses. By focusing on your weaknesses you can become average. By focusing on your strengths you can become exceptional. I agree.

I am going to take the assessment and see the results. Kind of frustrating that I have been told I am good at public speaking yet I have little to no desire to speak in public. I might desire to speak in public if I find the right subject or topic that I think is worth sharing.


Mike A


Acts 9:18New International Version (NIV) 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized,

I believe Paul’s post scale vision was different than his pre scale condition. It is as though scales are falling from my eyes and I can see for the first time.


Mike A


Have you ever planned to be productive in general only to find you have accomplished little. I feel this way today and recently. i am trying to do something simple as buy concert tickets, but cannot get passed the service charges. The weight of this process is making me frustrated though it seems simple enough. The variables add to the confusion as there are so many vendors with different charges. I tried to find a site that reviewed all vendors and found the best price. I have not been able to find the site.

I am trying to build our emergency fund but one thing after another keeps coming up. I don’t want to disappoint my wife but these little expenses are adding up at an accelerated rate. I feel i have answered my own dilemma. We will have to forego the concert for something more fun that involves a little bit of traveling.

My refrigerator is leaking from a small tank or reservoir. I am not sure if the leak is from the tank, hose or fittings. We are using paper towels to keep water from dripping on the floor each time we open the refrigerator door. Doesn’t seem like much, but  little concerned about making it worse, but it cannot remain like this

My wife care has “Service Engine Soon” light on which is a bit discomforting so we ignore it. I bought an onboard diagnostic tester to check code. I am procrastinating. I am being highly optimistic about the car. We just returned from a 1300 mile road trip which was fun. The car ran like a champ. All of our cars need some kind of service. This is our life, at least aspect of it. I sure am busy doing nothing.




James 4:13-15

13 Now listen,(A) you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”(B) 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.(C) 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will,(D) we will live and do this or that.”


Philippians 4:12-13

12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry,(A) whether living in plenty or in want.(B) 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.(C)

Proverbs 19:23 The fear of the Lord leads to life;

then one rests content, untouched by trouble.

As simple as these words seem, they yield great power in truth. Rest in Christ and you will be content.


Mike A


Philippians 4:6-7

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Often have I found comfort these promises


Mike A