Clean Slate update

I finished my second week of Couch to 5k workout program.  It increased to jogging 1 1/2 minutes and walking two.  There is a 5 minute warm-up and 5 minute cool down.  I really like this program and I’m feeling stronger.  This is a 9 week program overall.  I’m targeting a couple of 5k’s to start. 

I signed up for some spinning classes.  I’ve never done this before and expected to ride the bike for 30 – 45 minutes.  NOPE!.   10 minutes on the bike, jumping while the bike, pretending we were riding up hills.  Then jumped and did aerobic workouts, simulating skipping rope.  The class was supposed to last for an hour.  I made it less than 30.  I got so light headed and dizzy, I had to sit down.  While recovering, a nice young man walked by and stated, you feeling ok, you don’t look so well.  I mentioned, Um…I’m not feeling so hot.  They called a couple of EMT’s to check me out.  Everything was fine after about 20 minutes.  I guess I found my limit Smile   I won’t be attending an advanced spinning class anytime soon.  I’ll start with a simple riding for a bit.  I’m humbled by those who can do the spinning classes, YOU are in great shape if you can make it through those.  In conclusion, people got a good laugh from it.  I’ll keep after it!

Anywho, I’ve felt the temptation to slack off running, but I’m committed to see this through.  Since it’s going to be the basis of the story for Clean Slate, I don’t want to let our Creator down.  He has blessed me with this great opportunity.  Results for losing weight is something I want to do see, but I’ve only had a couple pounds come off.  Nothing big, I like to see a boost at the start when beginning a project. 

One last thing, I plan to start bike training this week, at a more normal pace, and still trying to figure out the swim training.  Of all things, this has me a bit nervous.  I know this will work out. 

PS – This was a good week, I completed the manuscript for my second book.  Remember the Nails : 40 days of doing something uncomfortable on purpose.  I’ve engaged the graphic artist and have the first reviewer looking it over.  More review to come I’m sure, but this should definitely go faster than 52 pickup, which I’m working with a person to help market this online.  God is moving in many directions.  Stay tuned! 

What is in a layout? This is what God reveal to me for Remember the Nails.

Thought Iíd share this, Itís about my second book and a section I was prompted to add. 

What is in a layout?

Towards the end of putting together the layout of the manuscript, I had the forty poems in four sections with ten poems each. I planned on having a theme after American football. Section one was first and 40, section two was Second and 30, section three was third and 20 and last was forth and 10. That didnít quite feel right, but I had a feeling something else God would reveal to me.

To my pleasant surprise, the numbers have biblical meaning used in layout and communicate a message that goes along with the book title. For instance, the title includes forty days. Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness fasting and being tested in Matthew 4:2. When Noah was on the Ark, it rained for forty days and forty nights, mentioned in Genesis 7:12. The poems are categorized into four sections, the first three contain thirteen, which was the number of people at the last supper. Iíve seen accounts where people question that, but Iím going on he had twelve disciples and him, which is thirteen. Matthew 26:20-25 mentions twelve. The last section only contains one story, you may wonder why just one. Read on…

The first section is called Wood. The cross was made of wood. The second section is called Nails, which Jesus had pounded into his hands and feet. The last section is called Spear, which was used to verify he was dead. The last section is called Result, which contains a poem called Wounds. When Jesus returned, he showed doubt Thomas (John 20:24-29) the Wounds. As I was typing this section, we only have one savior, which is the result. There is only way to the father, mentioned in John 14:6.

As the title mentions, Remember the Nails. Each time you do something that is not Christ-like, you are contributing to the pain Jesus felt while hanging on the cross. He bore our sins for all people, for all time while on the cross. That is a chilling statement. Iím thankful Christ Jesus did that for me. I wanted to share the lengths the good Lord goes when prompting me to write my devotional book and the meaning behind them. They have subtle, yet powerful meaning. I surely know I canít think of these ways to make every section have a special meaning, but our Lord can do that. As you read, remember the layout has special meaning as well.

Share your story of doing something uncomfortable on purpose

I’m finishing up my manuscript for my second book called “Remember the Nails : 40 days of doing something uncomfortable on purpose”. I’m looking for up to 4 individuals willing to write a paragraph or two about what makes them feel uncomfortable.

The book is broken up into 4 sections containing 10 poems in each section. I’d like to lead each section with something from people and their story. Would this be something you would be interested in? I can share the manuscript so u can see if you want. We can do it even anonymous. Ping me in email at or facebook me if you’d like to explore this idea. I’m hoping to have the book published by 6/1/2013


Thanks to Rick Barber, has been updated.  Previous newsletters can be viewed, bio’s about Rick and myself. 

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Clean Slate — 21 Days to a fresh start — Third devotional book

Day 1 of the start of book three.  Clean Slate – 21 Days to a fresh start.  I’m typing this as a reminder when I start to put the manuscript together for this book.  I met a friend today to discuss presenting on 52 pickup : These are the words I give to you to share with everyoneHe is interested in me sharing the story to a local group of people.  As we were talking about my second book, which is currently in process of being edited by me, he mentioned a name of a friend who helped me gather some information that inspired me for Remember the Nails : 40 days of doing something uncomfortable on purpose.  he mentioned there is a triathlon in Greenville MI on June 1st.  For anyone who knew me during my high school years running track, running was the last thing I wanted to do, let alone bike and swim.  I’m still not sure the swimming part, my youngest son mentioned he might do this with me. 

Anywho, when I got to thinking, I was presented my third book title.  I was wondering what new things God had in-store for me.  Doing a triathlon is something way out there for me.  It’s Day 1 of the workout, a friend of mine told me about a program called Couch to 5k. I’m not quite I’m a total couch potato, but close to it.  As with my previous two books, there was an extended event I would be inspired to write about.  The third book themed around New Year’s resolutions, which is starting fresh.   Another item that inspired me was a couple years ago, I took a class and the teacher mentioned something about he works out year round (running, lifting weights), but takes the first three weeks off in January.  He typically will go back on January 22nd.  Which seems like an odd day. He told me the Gym’s are filled up until about the third week of January. 

After he mentioned it takes 21 days to develop a habit, I thought that would be a good theme for a book.   The 21 poems I typically write would be based on inspiring scripture I’m sure the good Lord would let me know about.   He doesn’t let me down, as I was driving to work on 1/16, he mentioned this is a new Beginning (I had the word Crisp laid on my heart too), where better to start in Genesis. I only have 20 more to write Smile  Unlike the first two books, I had plenty of poems ahead of time, I’m starting from scratch, as with the other two, I have an basic outline, just not the story, which I ‘m starting to write about, I’ll blog this one. 

Stay tuned!

God Bless