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Do you remember from the business world BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) and how it is is vital to a company and the employees????
Two weeks ago at a night of prayer at our church there were 6 of us in attendance. Myself, Roxanne and 4 others. I don’t know why but I started talking about BHAG and all of sudden the thought came to me. BHAP!!! For a believer we need to believe in BHAP. We need to have that mindset when we pray. IT MUST BE BIG HAIRY AUDACIOUS PRAYERS. We need to pray and then we need to believe God for the answer.
We need to believe that no prayer is too big for God. I have the 6 of us using the phrase BHAP now. I am wondering if this is something that can catch on? How many of you reading would say BHAP?
I have no idea where the original thought came from. Maybe it was myself and maybe God planted the thought in my head. Roxanne and I are choosing to pray that way going forward.
Not only Big Prayers, we also want to have Big Impact on People. With God’s help we want to make a difference in the lives of people.
What a way to start today’s Blog Post!!
I just finished driving my home from California, more about that in future writings. At this point I will say it was fun and memorable.
I flew to Palm Springs on the 29th, and we left on the 1st of February. Before we left Palm Springs one early morning I went for a walk and saw a robin. The robin was sitting in a tree enjoying the sunshine. Then I thought I wonder where that robin goes when winter is over? Does it fly to Alberta? Where does it go for the summer? I know it probably does not stay in Palm Springs but flies somewhere. Seeing the robin reminded me that it has a BHAG. It’s goal is so big, that little bird migrates. A small bird flies miles and miles and miles. It sets big goals and knows that it will achieve that goal. That confirmed to me that we need to have the BIG PRAYERS.
Watching that robin was a powerful lesson and I know that lesson came to me that morning from God. The bigger question is what am I going to do with that lesson?
Just a short post for today, but I wanted to share the story about BHAP.
Have a great weekend everyone, and I look forward to hearing from those of you who will start using the phrase BHAP in your life.
Thanks for reading today blessings to you.
A very quick post for today. Trust that everyone is having an amazing day. Roxanne and I have started the year doing a “Daniel Fast” that we started on the 6th of January. Since that time in addition to the prayer time we have been able to improve our diet considerably. I don’t even miss not drinking “Coke”!!!!!!
Last night’s dinner which I made was easy to make and very healthy. I wanted to share it with all of you. The taste far exceeded my expectations.
It was very easy to make and took very little time. The meal made for a perfect dinner.
That is another benefit of retirement, I have really enjoyed spending more time learning how to work in the kitchen.
Everyone have a great day, I have to get on the treadmill as I have committed to doing 20 miles per week of walking to enhance my recovery.
Have a wonderful and blessed day everyone.
It is so hard to believe that today is exactly 10 months since the bi-lateral hip replacement. Time has gone so very fast. Yet in some respects it feels just like yesterday. Bottom line I have to thank The Lord so much for being with me during the recovery. With out a doubt that I would not have progressed this far or this fast without His help. I am walking far more now than I have in the past several years. I looked at my FitBit last night and it showed that I walked 25 miles last week. That distance included shoveling snow several times and I truly enjoyed shoveling the snow and was pain free. I really missed not shoveling snow last winter and am making up for it now as I try to do the snow of neighbors as well. Many have asked my opinion on hip replacements. I stand firm in my belief that because I needed 2 done, doing them at the same time the right thing to do for me. Everyone has to make their own decision, I made the right one for me. I look forward to the coming summer and being very active outside. I appreciate all the comments and support from all my friends during the recovery process.
In addition to being 10 months since hip surgery, today is exactly 446 days since I retired from RBC. I have learned to really love Sunday afternoons. While working, many Sunday afternoons around 4:00 I started feeling a little anxious as my mind started going over all the things that I had to do in the coming week. The joy of the weekend slowly disappeared thinking about the coming week. I know many of you have the same feeling as you have told me so or acknowledged it to me when I asked the question. Now Sunday afternoons are perfect. No concerns whatsoever about Monday morning. It is such a wonderful feeling. But it does also have a downside.
I truly do miss the freedom of not working for the Bank but I do miss one thing in particular. I really miss not leading and impacting people as their coach. Leading and impacting people for 30 years was such a wonderful blessing. I know I was a good coach, and I truly miss not coaching, impacting and leading people. I have come to the realization that I will never lead people again, and I will have to find different ways to impact people. I don’t know what those ways are yet, but I know I have to find them. For me to be truly fulfilled I need to impact people. I need to use the talents and abilities that have been given to me. Who knows maybe I will be able to impact just one person who reads this BLOG.
This past weekend Roxanne and I were blessed to be able to host the International Messengers booth at The One Conference (Previously called Breakforth). IM is the organization that we have gone to Ukraine 6 times with. We met lots of great people, heard lots of great speaking/music and had many wonderful interactions. Our neighbors to each side in the booth area were also fantastic. We were blessed to meet Eliud and Gina from Intercede International and Robb and Lois from Global Leadership Network. Both couples were absolutely dynamic and were a joy to talk to. We have met some new friends and you can never have enough friends. The weekend was so great being in an atmosphere where the name of The Lord was proclaimed everywhere.
I think I forgot to let everyone know that I am working part-time. I realized during my recovery that I could not just sit around the house so I am working as a part-time travel agent. It is lots of fun, I am learning lots and also closing some business. I will give more updates on this in the future.
I think it is time to go for today, and I know I have said it before but I commit to write on a more regular basis. I appreciate you taking the time read my BLOG. Have a wonderful and blessed week everyone.
She will give birth to a Son, and you shall name Him Jesus (The Lord is salvation), for He will save His people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:21 AMP
Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality–faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].
HEBREWS 11:1 AMP
I cannot believe that I have been retired for over a year. Where does the time go? It really has been an amazing year but I am realizing more and more everyday that time goes way too fast. Another birthday will is just around the corner and I do not believe that I am doing as much as I can or should be doing. Wow, how is that for a first paragraph after not writing in my blog for a very long time?
It is 6:00 AM Saturday morning and Roxanne and I are getting our hair cut. Yes I did say 6:00 AM. We have been doing this for a number of years as our stylist likes starting his day early. So if you need a good stylist in Edmonton, call Van at 780-951-3960. He is great at what he does, and is a great person. You would really like him.
Another WOW for today, one of my former colleagues from RBC just walked in. Small world, I will end for today so I can talk to visit with him. Please know I am back and will be writing much more soon. I know you all want to hear about the 2 new hips which are almost 8 months old. Have a great weekend everyone.
Just a quick post today, I woke up and realized that today is 5 months since my bi-lateral hip replacement…..progress is wonderful and I can even go hiking again. God is so good.I even have had chance to recommend the surgery to other people. Bottom lineI wish I had not worn out my other hips. But I had the surgery and I am not going to stop enjoying life.. I actually feel better now than I have in the last several years.Have an amazing day everyone. Your best is yet to come.
I woke up this morning realizing that today is 9 months since I retired. Where has the time gone? It seems just like yesterday that it was November 1st. This really shows me how fast time really moves and I must be diligent in impacting people everyday. That is one of the things that I miss most about not working. I knew everyday while working that I had an impact on people. I truly believe that is one of my talents and gifts. I have the ability to impact people in a positive manner. Am I always perfect? No! But I sure try my best, because we have to use the talents that we have been given.
Wow, what a way to start today’s BLOG posting. Today is also 4 months and 11 days with my 2 brand new hips. Things continue to go well, and the healing and recovery is fantastic. For the last couple of weeks I have been telling people that I am feeling better now than I have at anytime in the last 2 years. I used to love to walk and then it became a real chore and not something that I liked to do. With these 2 new hips I once again love to walk. This morning I went for a walk, and according to the FITBIT I have walked 5000 steps so far this today. I will reiterate once again, that having the hip replacement was the right thing for me at this point of my life. I now sometimes wonder if I would still be working for the Bank if I had had the operation before retiring. I really did not realize how bad I actually was. I know it had been impacting my day to day activities. I have to say how thankful I am to the Lord for His strength during the healing process.
Speaking of steps, 2 weeks ago Roxanne had to go to Calgary for work. I decided to go and keep her company while she drove. Six hours in the car there and back and I did not have a problem sitting. The best part of the story, I went to the Calgary Zoo to spend the day. 15000 steps and I did not get tired. Seeing the zoo was great as I had not been there in 30 years. More importantly that day taught me that my healing was going well. At that time I was down to one cane, and for the most part I am only using it for my walks or when I will be away from home for a while. I am trying to get close to 10,000 steps everyday at this point in time. I am not always hitting 10,000 but I am sure trying.
Retirement has allowed me to do many other things that I was not able to do while working. Last week Roxanne had a couple of extended family events one during the week. It was great to be able to be out during the middle of the week and not have to worry about phone calls or emails. Roxanne has such an amazing extended family. I have enjoyed meeting everyone of them over the years. A positive trade off of retirement is being out during the week. Then last Friday I was able to take my parents and my aunt to Smoky Lake. It was a great day and we made lots of wonderful memories. Also you will see the picture of the pies. The apple pie I bought was the greatest pie that I have ever had. If you are ever in the Smoky Lake area stop in at Serben Farms. They have the absolute best food.
I keep saying that I will write the BLOG more often and I will, in saying that I appreciate all the people that are reading the BLOG. I trust that you are enjoying the story of The Retired Banker. Have an amazing day. Today I want to close by saying if you have any prayer requests let me know, and I will add them to my prayer journal and commit to pray for you daily. Take care.
Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]
JOHN 14:27 AMP