Switch to WordPress Complete

Welcome to the new blog. Though you may not notice a ton of difference, there has been quite a bit of changes. The biggest one is the switch from Blogger to WordPress. This will give me much more flexibility and allow visitors to find articles much easier, since they are arranged categorically. There are many things still left “undone.” However, (Bezrat Hashem) they will all be taken care of soon. Some things that are still on my “to do” list are:

  • Create functional site navigation outside of the blog
  • Fix the “Judaism” category link (it’s whacko)
  • Make the rest of the site match the blog
  • Finish categorizing my posts

Please let me know if you run into any problems! There are bound to be some in making this transition.

Weeping Instead of Joy

Today should be a very happy day, but unfortunately it is filled with grief.

Yesterday was my youngest son’s second birthday. We drove back to NW AR this morning so that all of our family could get together to celebrate his birthday. Although it was still a day to bless him for the coming year, today was largely filled with sadness. Today my sister-in-law had a miscarriage. Not only did she have a miscarriage, but my sister had one less than two weeks ago. It seems out of sorts that they should happen back-to-back like this, and it saddens us to no end. My wife and I have wept many tears, and would ask that you remember our family in your prayers over the days and weeks ahead.

-darren

New Server

Well, I’ve kept my same host, but they’ve moved my site to a different server and it seems to be working very nicely now. Please let me know if you notice any pages missing that I need to republish that may have got lost in the shuffle.

-dh

No Pain – You’re Sane

This may be my new slogan. I’ve been trying to implement more discipline in my life, so I’ve started walking in the mornings over the past three weeks or so (and I’m blaming Boaz for it). I still haven’t gotten past the “I hurt. I ache. This is aweful. Why would anyone in their right mind be getting up an extra hour to do this to himself? Remind me what the point of this is…” phase. This morning as I was just past my midpoint, my calves started cramping. I actually called my wife on the way home to ask her if anyone has ever died from walking, because I felt as if I could at any moment. She laughed (some people are soooo insensitive!), I moaned, and pressed on.

By the time I made it home, I still ached, but not nearly as bad. I had to press myself to go beyond what I thought I was capable of doing in order to receive the payoff, rather than just quitting when it was uncomfortable. I guess this is the point of this entry: “No Pain – You’re Sane.” Sanity, as we know it, is just doing the norm. When things become tough and unbearable, we quit (or say G-d is “blocking” that path). But in order to rise above ourselves and go to that next level in our lives, we have to go beyond the pain, beyond sanity. We have to follow the lead of the Apostle Sha’ul (Paul) and beat our bodies (and minds and whatever else is getting in the way) into submission in order to attain the prize waiting for us in the end.

Here’s my plea: Don’t be sane!!! Start some insanity in your life and “crank it up a notch!” Let’s live beyond an egocentric existance. Let’s be movers and shakers for the Kingdom and see this world transformed!

I think I may have even inspired myself! Who knows…? Maybe tomorrow I’ll “crank it up a notch” myself and walk 2 blocks! :-D

-dh