Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Continually Giving Thanks: 2017 Edition

Hello everyone!!! Welcome to November, and you know what that means. We're going down the home stretch and hitting that stride to finish the year strong.

Looking back on my Timehop today, a blog I posted in 2014 caught my eye. It was my response to those who put up a post a day in November of something they are thankful for. I said on that post that I was going to put it all on one post because I may forget a day and have to catch up.

I thought I would revisit that post and maybe repost what I am thankful for...

-- That God so loved the world -- that He so loved me -- that He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our salvation. I am thankful that Jesus didn't stay on that cross, but He rose again and is seated at God's right hand.  I am also thankful for the Holy Spirit and the work He's doing in our lives today.

-- For my family -- my parents, my sister Stephenie and Josh and my brother Jeremy for showing me unconditional love. I am thankful for my nieces Kaitlin and Kensie and my nephews Charley and Jaxson. I am thankful for my extended family -- my aunts Mary and Phyllis and my cousins in Western Oklahoma as well as my aunt Marsha, Anthony and Indee and their families and my cousins in Burneyville.

-- I am extremely thankful that God gave me a good thing to spend the rest of my life with this year in my lovely bride Sharon. I am thankful that she loves me even on days when it feels like I am failing as a husband. I am thankful that I have two wonderful young women that I inherited as my daughters in Elizabeth and Sarah. I am thankful for my mother-in-law Wanda and her Godly wisdom.  I am thankful for my brothers and sisters in law David and Tonya and Joe and Angela.  I am thankful for my nieces Katherine and Grace and my nephews Braden, Matthew and Josh.

-- For my Immanuel Baptist Church family and for my Pastor Todd Fisher and his family.

-- For my friends all over the country and the world...those I went to school with, those I have come in contact with over the years, those I served in the community with...I am thankful for all of you.

-- For my hometown of Clinton...despite all its qualms (and what town doesn't have them), we should be proud of our town.  I am also thankful for the town I live in in Shawnee.  It has a Three Bears feel to it -- not too big, not too small, it's just right.

-- For those who take care of me...the people at wound care (Judi, Janet, Sara, Arika, Shelley, Dr. Martin), for Kristi and Debby at therapy in Midwest City and for my nurse prac Kendra and her staff.

--For living in the greatest Nation on earth and in the greatest State in the Nation.

That should cover everything for now...if I have forgotten anything, I'll come back and either edit this post or write a new one.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Podcast Update and other things...

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Keil's Comments blog.  Let's get right to it...

I know I haven't done a podcast in a while and there are a few factors as to why I haven't.  One being as soon as I have a thought about something I don't write it down and by the time I can get around to either write it down or record it, it's gone...like it's not that important or anything.  Another reason being right now I get busy with other things that time just gets away from me...that and also I am needing to replace some equipment (i.e. a headset that accidentally got run over).

With that in mind, I am looking at tentatively shooting for a return date of the Keil's Comments podcast for around the first week of January. Reason for then is so I can get back to somewhat of a normal schedule of production, and so I can prepare for helping Sharon with what she wants to do with her students with writing and recording their podcasts and that sort of thing.

I've also been getting a new newsletter put together for our neighborhood...it's still in the writing phase and I've got a major case of writer's block that I need to overcome.  Like with many other projects, sometimes it just takes a strategically placed item of footwear to get something going.

Don't have much of anything else to write about right now...of course as soon as I do, I'll make sure to write it down and post it on here, unless it's fueled by emotion then it's just best to not publish it or broadcast it so it won't add any fuel to any kind of fire that might be going on.

That is it for now...until next time.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Showing Restraint...

Hello everyone...Robert here.

As the title of this post states, I have been showing a lot of restraint as of late. As a lot of you know, I rarely if ever talk about politics on my Facebook page. It's not that I don't have any political views, I do but I choose not to publicize it.  So you can imagine how hard it was to not get on here or on Facebook and take umbrage to all the shenanigans that DJT and his cronies are pulling, the latest being what VP Pence pulled this past Sunday at the Indianapolis Colts game, supposedly at the request of the aforementioned DJT.   Do I really give any sort of rat's backsides about our VP? No I sure as heck don't!!!

I also showed a lot of restraint after the mass shooting in Las Vegas and the "political football" that soon followed, i.e. more gun control legislation.  Although I do support the 2nd Amendment, 1) Wayne LaPierre and the NRA have not seen a dime of my money nor will they ever, 2) the only time I fired a weapon was when I was in the military and even then I was nervous and 3) I know how I am when I am upset and adding weapons to the mix just adds fuel to the fire.  Let me elaborate...I realize certain hunts call for certain types of rifles. But yeah, having an AR-15 or an AK just for the thrill of it, it does get a little excessive. As for the last point...I have been known to be a little upset about things (in the past, not lately though), but as I said if I had any kind of rifles or revolvers or whatever at my disposal, it would make matters worse for me. The last thing I want is to let my frustrations out on innocent bystanders.

That's all I want to get off of my chest for now...Until next time.

Friday, August 18, 2017

YOU HAD ONE JOB!!!!!!!!

Today's post kinda invokes a Kelly Ogle "My Two Cents" feel so bear with me...

Anyway...in the news this week was a report that the Oklahoma City Public School district is threatening to sue the Oklahoma Legislature to get them to figure out how to fund not just them but other school districts in the state. Story from News 9

The response to this is typical from the non-education types.

"Not only would a lawsuit waste the school district's money, it would waste additional taxpayer dollars to defend it. The Oklahoma City Public School District needs to stop playing political games and get back to educating students,” says House Speaker Charles McCall.
“This is merely a media stunt by the Oklahoma City Public School district,” says Senate Pro Tem Mike Schulz.
With all due respect...IF YOU HAD DONE YOUR JOBS IN THE FIRST PLACE, WE WOULDN'T BE IN THE SITUATION WHERE IT WOULD HAVE TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION TO LIGHT A FIRE UNDER YOUR COLLECTIVE BUTTS!!!!! Now thankfully the people I have gotten to know over the last year or so (Rep. JP Jordan, Sen. Stephanie Bice and Rep. Rhonda Baker, who by the way is a former teacher) were trying to get something going to help out our teachers.  But it's people like Mr. McCall and Sen. Schulz who are aggravating those who actually are making an effort.  Seriously, I would like to see what their point of view is, but I can't stick my head that far up my rear assembly.
I know this is not a post conducive of someone who is training to be a minister of the Gospel, but I am human and I have a vested interest in the educational system in this state both as a product of public schools and as the spouse of an educator. I haven't gotten to meet with the people who represent my area here in Shawnee up at NE 23rd and Lincoln yet, but if I did I would definitely let them know (in a nicer tone than what I'm displaying here).
That is all for now...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Comparing 1 vs. 2...

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Keil's Comments. Let's get down to the brass tacks of today's post...

I am working through a workbook that my pastor gave me that deals with the call to ministry. There's one question that asks "How do you view ministry in relation to other career options?" That's one of those questions that you really have to stop and think about. So I came up with a few right off the top of my head and see what you think.

Being in ministry is like...

  1. Agriculture: Till the soil, plant and water the seed, reap the harvest.
  2. Medical: Minister to the sick (physically, emotionally, spiritually)
  3. Service: Being a servant 
  4. Legal: Speaking up and caring for those less fortunate (orphans, widows, etc)
I know I am probably stretching on those last two, but at least it's a start.

Let me know what other professions can be compared to being in ministry. If you're friends with me on Facebook, leave a comment there.

That is it for now. Until next time...

Monday, July 24, 2017

There's a Call for You on Line 1...

Hey there everyone and welcome to Keil's Comments. As I'm writing this, I'm waiting to go back for my weekly visit with wound care, so this may take a little bit to compose since I am on my phone.

I have written on this blog before about possibly going into ministry (See "A Pastor? Me?!?!", written on December 30, 2012 --yes almost 5 years ago) and I have shared some encouragement on this blog over the years. This will probably come to no surprise to those who have followed this blog since I've started and who read the aforementioned post.

With the support of my wife and my mother in law, I started going through a process of what God would want me to do -- or if you wanted to put it another way; at 45, I think I finally know what I want to be when I grow up. After completing a book detailing God's vision for my life and praying and several other things, I have decided to answer God's call to go into ministry. I am going to be meeting with my pastor and one of the associate pastors at Immanuel Baptist Church this week (as of this writing, it's scheduled for tomorrow afternoon) to discuss what steps to take.

I ask for your prayers and support also -- I know some of my friends will say it's a long time coming.

That is it for now. Until next time...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Another Round of Random Thoughts...

Here it is...another rousing edition of Keil's Comments.  Notice I didn't qualify it with "the Written Blog" this time around...I think I'm going to take a break from the podcast for right now.  It seems that every time I want to get an episode ready to record, I have to help with something or there's something else going on.  I will pick it up again though because I think Sharon wants to incorporate a podcast with her curriculum this year so I'm going to try to pick it back up for the fall...also looking at another audio host site for the podcast.

I was going to do a video on this but writing it out is better because I can always either proofread or censor myself as I go whereas if I'm doing a video or recording on Audacity, I'd have to go back and edit it out.  Anyway, on to the topics at hand...

1.  I'm amazed at what some people say in regards to our teachers and their income and such.  There is a site called Oklahomans for Teachers which shows what discounts teachers can get at businesses around the state.  It started in Tulsa and is working its way down here to the Oklahoma City area. (There's a story on it on News 9's site if you want to see it.) But some of the comments seem to suggest that the teachers don't need such a break that they should just "get a second job" or things of that nature.  I'm sure other teacher spouses can relate to what I'm about to say...my wife spends a considerable amount of money each year OUT OF HER OWN POCKET MIND YOU to not only have some supplies ready at the start of the year but along the line as well for some projects that might come up.  In the past few weeks, it seems that there is a box from Amazon or some other site that shows up daily here at the house because she's ordering material to either read up on or have it on the ready when August rolls around.  And that's not including what the kids are supposed to get on their supply list.

Trust me, I'm doing my best to do my fair share to ease some of the financial burden.  I applied to be an audio tech for a husband and wife traveling music ministry -- I didn't get the job outright but I am in the bullpen should someone not be able to make it.  I'm still looking at some places for work, also looking at some organizations to volunteer with here in Shawnee.

So for those who seem to think educators shouldn't get so much off their meal at Arby's or what have you, maybe you should get off your "blessed assurance" and make sure our legislators get off theirs and figure out some way to get them a pay raise...even if it means getting rid of the turnpikes!!! YES I SAID IT...use the money that would be collected from turnpike tolls to make sure my wife and others of her ilk are worthy of their hire!!!!!!!!!!!!

Next topic...I'm sure some of you know if you either follow on FB or Twitter or watch that Lacey Swope, one of the meteorologists for News 9 is leaving, but she's staying within the company as she is going to KWTV's sister station in Tulsa.  Her spot on the morning show is being filled by Robyn King, a meteoro brought in from Terre Haute, IN.  Among the well wishes that Lacey has received from me and other people are comments of "well I'll just have to watch 4 or 5 now" not even giving a hint of a chance to Robyn.

Folks, it happens in any TV market...OKC, Chattanooga, Little Rock. Heck, even the Top 5 markets like DFW are not exempt from meteoros moving from one city to another, honing their craft, learning something new, making new friends along the way and hopefully move up to a big market or even network (although Ginger Zee has her position locked up on ABC as well as Al Roker with the Today Show.  That just leaves CBS and I think they use their owned stations for weather).  But you get the point...anymore no one stays in one market for more than 10 or 15 yrs, unless you're James Spann or Gary England. Robyn at least deserves a little bit of a look-see...from what I've seen on FB and Twitter she's getting the intricacies of forecasting in Oklahoma down, including how to pronounce some of our communities.

That's about it for now...finally able to post after rebooting my computer 2 or 3 times just to get my tabs up.  Until next time...