Friday, June 29, 2018

For my Journalist friends...

Welcome to this edition of Keil’s Comments. The following post is mainly directed at the people I follow that brings us the latest on what’s going on locally and elsewhere.

After the news came out about the shooting at the newspaper in Annapolis and seeing y’all come to the defense of your colleagues, I thought that I would make my voice speak up as one who views and reads your work and address those especially in the current Administration who think y’all are the enemy.

I follow a lot of y’all on Social Media and I would consider most of y’all friends. When you hurt, I hurt for you as well. When you rejoice, I’ll rejoice with you. When a troll bags on you for some stupid reason, I come with encouragement. It makes me upset when those idiots who are followers of the Pied Piper of Pennsylvania Avenue want to attack you for simply doing your job.

I would like to remind those clowns that the real enemy isn’t the Annapolis Capital Gazzette or NewsOK or anybody working in local or network TV news!

“For we not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12 with added emphasis by me).

To use a marketing phrase by our local FOX station, “I’ve got your back”. Y’all can always count on me to laugh with you, cry with you, pray for you and rejoice with you!!!

My thoughts and prayers go to the families of those affected by the shooting in Annapolis.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Close Cover Before Striking

Hello everyone and welcome to the 100th Keil's Comments blog post. I was going to talk about this particular subject on the podcast but I don't think it can wait to get recorded.

There has been overwhelming chatter on the interwebs and on the news (like this story from News 9) about a move from the Oklahoma Education Association to a possible statewide school shutdown on April 2 if the State Legislature doesn't do their part and get something done to raise teachers' pay. Meanwhile, the Legislature is trying to do what they can to make sure a strike doesn't happen (here's another story from News 9).

And come to find out...we've been down this road before.  What's that old saying, "Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it." Let's hit the wayback machine to my senior year of high school -- 1990.  Once again from KWTV... Oklahoma educators moving closer to strike for first time since 1990

As I have stated many times on this blog and on the podcast, I have a vested interest in this subject both as a product of public school and as the spouse of an educator.  I am holding out hope that the folks at 23rd and Lincoln can get their collective heads together and do something!!! But if push comes to shove and the teachers do go on strike, if they'll let me I will be standing by Sharon's side. Yeah it may put a crimp in our financial situation, but I will do whatever it takes to help my wife and her colleagues make their voice heard!!!

That's about all I have for now...until next time.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Jesus Heals (but so does a Z-Pack)

Hello everyone! Time for another Keil's Comments blog post.  Just something to get off of my chest.

You've no doubt seen either on the newscasts or on Social Media a well known Full Gospel/Charismatic evangelist who will remain nameless claiming that we don't need to get a flu shot because Jesus paid the price for our healing and took the flu upon Him when He was on the cross (or something to that effect).

In the interest of full disclosure, I must preface my comments by saying that my brother, sister and I grew up in that environment and that teaching was pretty much a part of the doctrine of the particular church we attended. While I still believe that God can and will heal you if you ask in faith, you also need to use a dash of common sense and go get the flu shot!!! This year has already been one for the record books healthwise across the nation as far as the flu goes. In Oklahoma alone, nearly 130 people have died due to flu complications...and I just saw a story in the Shawnee News-Star where doctors have said that the stomach flu is getting to be bad too. 

So contrary to that particular opinion, Jesus may ultimately be the Great Physician...but it never hurts to use your head and go see your actual doctor!!!  Also, do all the precautions to keep from getting sick in the first place...wash your hands, cover your cough/sneeze, etc.  I've already been sick twice this year, I don't need to do another round...but I know that in the event it happens again, I'll go see my nurse prac and pray for my healing AT THE SAME TIME!!!

That's it for this edition.  I'll get started on Episode 2018-3 of the podcast soon. Until next time...

Saturday, December 30, 2017

My Goals for 2018

“Then the Lord said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.”
‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭2:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of the blog. Hope everyone is doing their best to stay warm this weekend.

You notice that the title of this entry is “My Goals for 2018” and not “My Resolutions”. While it would be easy to write “resolutions”, let’s be realistic here...when it comes to New Years, people make such lofty goals that they either forget about them after a couple of weeks or don’t act on them at all.

With that in mind, here are some goals that I would like to achieve in 2018 (with God’s and y’all’s help)...

  1. To grow in my role as a husband and priest of my home and follow Christ’s example of loving His bride, the Church.
  2. To expand in ministry and to listen to God’s voice.
  3. To attain and sustain a healthy weight, even if it does include weight loss surgery. Notice I didn’t write a specific number here.
  4. To not be easily frustrated over small things and to not “beat myself up” every time things don’t go the way I expect them to.
I am sure that there will be other goals that will come to mind, but these are the four main ones.

I am getting ready to restart the podcast... I got some of the production elements laid down already. Hope to have the first new episode up soon.

Here’s to a great 2018...until next time.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christmas Letter 2017

Dear Friends and Family:

Greetings from Casa de Keil -- Shawnee. It is time for that tradition unlike any other -- my not-so-corny take on the Christmas Letter.  Without further ado, here we go...

Obviously 2017 has been a great year, with Sharon and I getting married being on the top of the list. Looking back it was one of if not the best day of my life. I am very thankful that I finally have my helpmate and I look forward to many wonderful years with her and her family.

But this year was also kind of a bummer year...this past May we lost our uncle Kenneth due to a heart attack. Since then, all of us have been on top of our health to keep everything in check...but it hasn't been without an occasional trip to the ER. We changed my wound care doctor not long after getting back from our honeymoon and we've been making lots more progress than we would have had we stayed at Deaconess. A couple of months ago, I went to a vein specialist and he recommended looking into some weight loss surgery as one way to alleviate some of the lymphedema.  As of this writing, I am scheduled to consult with a weight loss surgeon on December 21.  Hopefully, in 2018 I'll be singing after surgery "I'm a new creation...I'm a brand new man."

Sharon seems to enjoy her job this year -- in case you may have forgotten, she moved from teaching 2nd graders in Moore to 4th graders in Harrah.  Without divulging too much information, she is not as stressful and at her wit's end when she comes home.  Plus, she has great support from the kids' parents...and that's always a plus!!!

I've managed to keep myself busy...when I'm not helping Sharon's mom with what she needs around the house, I have a little job in which I go and inspect properties for mortgage companies around the Shawnee area. I only get paid so much per house, but at least I get a lot of time to myself, listen to either music or The Franchise (sports station) while driving from house to house. It's not to say I am not continuing to pursue full time ministry, I am still doing that...just don't want my hands to be idling while doing so.

I am looking forward to what is in store for us in 2018.  Last year I prayed that God would grant us health and happiness for our families.  I pray that again for this year. I also pray that I can be the husband that God has called me to be and that I can love my bride the way Christ loves His Bride -- the Church. I continue to pray that Sharon can continue to strive to be the Proverbs 31 woman that she is.  I pray that my inherited daughters, Elizabeth and Matea (Sarah) continue to be great women and they love and serve their families with God's grace and favor. I also pray that Sharon's mom Wanda grows in her faith and continues to be the great pillar that Sharon and I can lean on for Godly wisdom.

I also pray that this year Sharon and I can be blessed with a healthy, beautiful child of our own...I know we would be akin to Abraham and Sarah but it has been a desire of our hearts since we got married.

All that being said, I pray that you have a very wonderful and Merry Christmas and may God's best be yours and have a prosperous 2018.

Until next time...

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 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'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.