The Weekly Babble

A Broken Phone

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 11/05/2019 - 08:37

It is time to replace my cell phone.  A few days ago my phone slid off the kitchen counter and was broken.  Obviously the upper left corner hit the floor first.  That corner looks like the center of a spider’s web with a few threads extending out across the screen.  The damage did not make the phone unusable, but something has changed.

The Rising Generation

Submitted by Chris Conly on Wed, 10/30/2019 - 09:41

When each generation has crested the peak of life and has begun the descent to life’s end, they believe that the following generation is in worse shape.  I believe this to be true for all people regardless of race, gender, economic status, citizenship, or religion.  All adults, when they hit those later years, believe youth face more challenges than they did.  I could quote many Bible verses that give reasons for this belief, but that would only explain the understanding of those  that believe the Bible .  Here is one universal concern, population increase.  Population increase always prese

A Haircut to Remember

Submitted by Chris Conly on Sun, 10/20/2019 - 14:40

I saw a new weed in my yard.  Last Sunday I was on the back patio trimming my hair before church and I noticed a new weed growing in the yard.  It definitely was not grass.  It was taller that the blades around it and it looked a little rough.  Not rough like it might hurt to step on barefooted, but rough.  I do not claim to have a weed free yard, not even close.  Weeds are the majority in our yard, so seeing a weed is not surprising.  However, seeing a new weed is interesting.  Where did it come from?  Weeds might not be the lawn element we desire, but they have to come from a

Prepared is always Better

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 10/15/2019 - 04:54

Yesterday morning at 7:35 the temperature at Rockwall Municipal Airport was 36 degrees.  We call that cold here in Texas, and it is.  It does not matter where you are from everyone wants a coat if they are going to be outside when it is 36°.  36° is especially cold when our bodies have experienced very few mornings below 75 degrees and 85% humidity over the last four months.  We love the Fall and look forward to the break from triple digit temperatures.  We just get a little nervous when we hear about temperatures in the thirties.  We rarely see ice anywhere other than our sweet

What to take, What to leave?

Submitted by Chris Conly on Thu, 10/03/2019 - 05:13

Over the past four years my family has moved four times.  Five years ago I was not working on a plan to move our family an average of one time per year.  I was, however, and I am continuing, to work on our plan of following God’s Will for our family at Any Time, Any Where, and at Any Cost (ATAWAC).  With that being the plan for our family, I know that what I want for our family may not come to pass.  One thing I do know is that whatever God desires will come to pass, with or without my family.  When my will and God’s Will collide, I already know who’s plan will be left behind. 

Where's The Piccolo

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 09/23/2019 - 17:56

At certain times in life we may feel insignificant and useless. Surrounded by people with greater talent than ours, we are tempted in our weak moments just to settle back and let somebody else do the work. We reason that what we have to offer won't make much difference anyway. We forget the truth suggested by our Lord's use of five loaves and two small fish to feed a multitude.  Each of us has something important to offer in His service. It's much the same way with the use of our abilities for the Lord.

13.1, Here I Come

Submitted by Chris Conly on Wed, 09/18/2019 - 08:04

A marathon is 26.2 miles.  Two years in a row I ran in the Little Rock Marathon.  I did not run 26.2 miles either year.  Like many cities, the Little Rock Marathon is as much a festival as it is a 26.2 mile race.  There are events and activities for several days leading up to the big race.  One of the events is a half marathon and another is a 4 man relay marathon.  I participated in those two events.  The first year was the half marathon.  Although I have been a runner all my life, I had never competed in anything more than a 5K which is 3.1 miles.  I was given the opportunity by a friend

Strong Dependency

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 09/09/2019 - 17:55

As an adult I have never been fully dependent on someone else.  I mean this in a physical sense.  I have not had a surgery or an injury that has left me immoveable or incapable of taking care of my basic needs.  I have had an injury or two, a sickness or two, that have caused great discomfort and slowed my pace to a crawl.  But I could still crawl if I had to.  My wife and I did not see eye to eye on my needs in these moments.  I was down and it was her moment to shine.  She wanted me to be dependent on her.  She wasn’t glad that I was hurting.  She felt much sadness to see me in a weakened

The Reason We Labor

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 09/02/2019 - 08:18

Monday September 2, 2019 will be the 125th anniversary of Labor Day being celebrated as a national holiday.  For 125 years we have celebrated the achievements of the American worker by shutting down thousands of businesses on the first Monday of September.  Am I the only one that thinks not going to work is a strange way to celebrate our achievements through labor?  There is definitely some irony at work here, but I think Labor Day is a well deserved holiday for our nation.