I never would have thought in my wildest dreams that I would have a baby in my 40's. Well God gave us the awesome opportunity to adotped a foster baby we've had in our home for over a year. Elijah Michael Dempsey. He's 18 months and we have priveledged be be called his forever home.
Many thoughts went through my pea sized brain as we felt the call to be his parents. I asked a few close friends to help me pray through this thing and God's voice seemed very clear.
So, now we have a new generation to raise. As you can see from the picture .... Amy and I have an age gap between all the kids. Wes is 24, Amanda 15, Spencer 8 and now an 18 month old.
Thanks for praying for us in the days ahead. This is a HUGE task God has given me. I desire to be the dad Elijah deserves. Mistakes will happen. But, I want him to clearly see Christ in me and become a strong Christ Follower as he grows.
As you may already know ..... I'm one for the folks you hear on His Radio. I work along side Kristin, producer Jim Mann and an amazing team of talented God gifted people both on and off the air.
God has allowed me to be a part of the Christian Radio ministry for over 20 years. It's been amazing to see how HE uses this ministry to impact lives. The fact that listeners financially support this station makes it even more special.
This is the first time I've ever asked any of my friends to pray for a Sharathon in the way I'm going to ask you today.
His Radio needs your prayers and support. We are running behind in our financial goals for the first time in 26 years!
Please, PRAY FOR A MIRACLE! This weekend, Monday and Tuesday needs to be the biggest fundraising days His Radio has ever seen. Also, SHARE this need with as many Facebook friends as you can. Post on your wall, their walls and use your Twitter to get the word out for the urgent call for prayer.
Anyone can make an E-Faith promise go to http://www.hisradio.com/sharathon.php
This Monday morning you can make a difference by CALLING...1-800-447-7234.
Your gift of any size will make a big difference.
Our starting goal was $700,000 or 1,944 new Vision Partners to cover operating expenses.
Our current status stands at 745 Vision Partners or $268,403.03. We still have $431,596.57 or 1,199 Vision Partners to go. We have reached only 38% of our total goal.
Thanks from the bottom of my heart for Praying. I know God will hear your prayers.
I'm Gonna Make A Change, For Once In My Life, It's Gonna Feel Real Good,
Gonna Make A Difference Gonna Make It Right . . .
As I, Turn Up The Collar On My Favorite Winter Coat This Wind Is Blowin' My Mind
I See The Kids In The Street, With Not Enough To Eat, Who Am I, To Be Blind?
Pretending Not To See, Their Needs
A Summer's Disregard, A Broken Bottle Top, And A One Man's Soul, They Follow Each Other On
The Wind Ya' Know, 'Cause They Got Nowhere, To Go, That's Why I Want You To Know
I'm Starting With The Man In The Mirror
I'm Asking Him To Change His Ways
And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself, And Then Make A Change
I've Been A Victim Of A Selfish Kind Of Love
It's Time That I Realize That There Are Some With No Home, Not A Nickel To Loan
Could It Be Really Me, Pretending That They're Not Alone?
A Willow Deeply Scarred, Somebody's Broken Heart And A Washed-Out Dream
They Follow The Pattern Of The Wind, Ya' See
Cause They Got No Place To Be
That's Why I'm Starting With Me
I'm Starting With The Man In The Mirror
I'm Asking Him To Change His Ways
And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make A Change
*Thanks for the reminder ~ The Legendary Gospel Artist Andrea Crouch & Michael Jackson
Who would have thought that working in radio would require travel? Since, I'm in operations and programming I seem to do more traveling every year. Plus, our morning show has grown and is now heard in 8 markets. So, traveling is a part of life.
I've learned in the past 4 years that you CAN eat healthy on the road. More fast food chains are offering healthy choices. You can also order off menu in restaurants. Don't setting for something on the menu if it's not healthy.
I look for grilled chicken, salad, vegetables, fruit and always order water. If they have those items on a menu item then I order simply a piece of grilled chicken, veggies and a house salad with the dressing on the side. It helps me to make it a personal challenge to order something that isn't a menu dish.
You can do it! Eat healthy and treat your God given gift of life right.
This is a travel week. I'll be in Nashville for Gospel Music Association (GMA) Week.
Training for the Miracle Hill Cycling Challenge.
Monday: 6 mile Tempo run
Tuesday: 45 mile Bike
Wednesday: Spin Class and 30:00 Swim
Thursday: (Travel Day to Nash) 4 mile tempo run
Friday: Spin Class at the Downtown YMCA in Nashville
Saturday: 8 mile Run in Nashville.
Help me get the word out about the Challenge and send out this link ....
I had the morning off and took advantage of it to beat the on coming storms. Today's train called for a 29 mile ride at 20 mph. My legs felt surprisingly good after yesterday's ride over Paris Mountain. Which happened to be over and back 2 times total of 22 miles.
The morning was brisk and windy. Although the Donaldson country ride seems to be kind when the wind is strong. I went early and started peddling at 7:54am.
Once I passed by Micheline I opened up the after burners for some speed. It's been a while since a real hard cycle workout since the past 16 weeks I've focused on Marathon training. This route has some fast stretches and it's easy to get a good 28 to 31 mph. Top speed turned out being 42.7. Downhill of course.
The morning was very still and my mind started focusing on things God has helped me overcome. My childhood wasn't the best with an abusive step-father. The teenage years were the worst with addictions and being forced out of the house because of my behavior. The most recent victory is overcoming obesity and the poor health it brought.
This is my 4th year of living a healthy lifestyle. Today I felt myself grateful to be able to jump on a bike and hammer out 29 miles.
There is a lot to see on this route. It is country in ever sense of the word. Cows, horses, chickens, and a few chasing dogs. Thankfully the dogs are safely behind fences. I saw a hawk, a deer, and 6 vultures (by the deer). Lots of pretty open fields.
This route also passes by two churches. I began to think about the services they'll have and the opportunity to reach the lives of broken people walking into their church for the very first time.
On one stretch you pass by the road clearly marked by a sign that reads "Perry Correctional Facility". The high security prison that holds some toughest South Carolina convicts. I started to think of the prisoners and the mistakes they've made and the price they are paying for their crimes.
I'm not unlike any of them. Like you - I was in prison. But, this prison was the chains of my sin. Yet through all the mess I made of my life... God choose to send His Son to die for me and YOU.
Being a Christ Follower is amazing. I'm so far from perfect and God doesn't care. He'll use broken people like you and me.
"Because of what the Son has done, we have been set free. Because of him, all of our sins have been forgiven." Colossians 1:14
By far was this was not an ordinary marathon. This was the 2009 Mauld-ING marathon. Pre-race festivities were simple and NO LONG LINES at the john. At the starting line the light turned from Red to Green and we were off running the first Mauld-ING marathon.
This is my 5th and best marathon I've ever run in. If you've followed my story then you'll know I was battling an unhealthy lifestyle 4 years ago. I was obese at 308lbs. My good friends at the YMCA, Activate upstate, along with Kristi Arledge, Matt McFadden, and Jeni Schumacher nursed me back to health. They've helped not just learn about health but also gave me the tools needed to become an athlete. I now run Marathons, Triathlons, and cycling in long endurance events.
Today I was supposed to be running in the ING Georgia Marathon in Atlanta. Jeni put together my training plan and I felt ready. This is my way of celebrating turning 42 and best yet celebrating 4 years of being healthy! I dedicate these runs to every person who have helped me along my journey to health.
But, something happened this past week with the health of my 14 year old daughter and even worse our 10 month old foster baby. After a doctors visit our planned trip to Atlanta was canceled. My whole family insisted I go. But, I couldn't. This came down to choosing my FAMILY FIRST. I'm glad I made that decision because our foster baby took a turn for the worse and we had to take him to the ER. Fluids, observation, and test concluded Asthma and the flu.
I mapped out a 26.2 mile course and set with a new birthday gift of a fuel belt for a lone marathon. God had another plan. Ron Jerina from the P3C3 Challenge to Conquer Cancer Ride emailed and said he was coming to ride his bike next to me and give me water and fuel when I needed it. What an awesome soul. I show up this morning to see Ron and a surprise visitor. There was Chris Giordanelli, a local multi-sport athlete. Chris had a race bag filled with goodies like a nice running hat, Gatorade, gels, said it was sponsored by Janis and Chris.
Ron took pre-start pictures, we walked to the stop-light and we were off. 26.2 miles ahead of us. It was a brutal course. 1,300 feet of hills and a 27 mph head wind. Chris paced me the whole way and Ron kept the fluids and gels supplied. Ron also took a lot of pictures. You'll see them soon.
Fast forward to the finish line. Our legs feeling the hills and wind. Ron took more pictures and Chris said wait. The award ceremony began. Chris took a trophy out and medal. Put the medal on me and handed the trophy "FIRST PLACE MAULD-ING MARATHON 3-29-09.
These two men gave up a Sunday morning and made it special for my day of celebrating health! That moved me and I am forever grateful.
I came home to my family. Got hugs. Tears filled my eyes as I count my many blessing today. Thank God for family, friends, and a life of health.
Sixteen weeks. That's how long I've been training for the ING Georgia Marathon. It'ss been a good training season. Every training run I've become stronger. I'm ready for the start line. However, something happened.
We've been dealing with sickness this week. Both Amanda, my 14 year old, and our foster baby came down with Strep Throat. Last night the foster baby spiked a high fever. We rushed the little one to urgent care. Walked our 90 minutes later and several prescriptions.
We've decided to stay home this weekend. Which this directly effects the marathon. My family insisted I go. They pleaded I go. but, I cannot. I have to live by my morals and keep my family first.
So, last night I went to http://www.gmap-pedometer.com and mapped out my own Marathon course. So, when the starting line in Atlanta goes - I'll be running right here at home.
WHY run when there is no race synergy. No health fair and the great prices off running gear. No cheering crowds. No water stations. No paramedics. No medal at the end. WHY do a stupid thing like this?
Because this is more than a marathon to me. This is a celebration. Four years ago I was obese at 308 pounds. My friends at the YMCA and Activate Greenville helped me get healthy. This was going to be my 5th marathon. Set on my birthday weekend to thank every person on this journey for helping me overcome the disease. This is a way for me to "THANK YOU GOD" for giving me life.
Family must come first. So, while they sleep Sunday morning... for 3:30 hours I'll be running a little further than a marathon. 26.43 miles. Then get in my car and drive home from the grocery store parking lot in Mauldin I'll stage my lone man marathon start and finish.
Thanks for praying for my kids health as they heal this weekend.
This video speaks VOLUMES! (Excuse the portuguese subtitles)
For those who asked ..... here it is.....
Monday = 8 mile run (easy)
Tuesday = 10 mile run (tempo)
Wednesday = Spin Class and Lift
Thursday = 8 mile run (easy)
Friday= 30 mile bike and lift
Saturday = 20 mile run (long/easy)
ING Georgia Marathon in Atlanta 3/29/09
This is how God used His Radio and the Love Dare Challenge to speak to us in such a powerful way and to mend our broken marriage0 Comment Published 1:45 AM in By Rob Dempsey
This is an email I recieved at His Radio. Very powerful story that will give hope to any broken marraige. ~Rob
Hi…I’m Brandie and I’ve taken the His Radio Love Dare Challenge. I never in a million years would have guessed that God would use such a small challenge in such a powerful way.My husband and I, after only being married just a little over 2 years hit a very difficult time in our short marriage. At the age of 25, I never thought I would be saying the words separation and divorce, but I was. My husband had decided that he no longer wanted to be with me. He was hurt, tired and worn down. This hit me like a brick, and left me being desperate, lonely and broken. So I set off to try and resolve this big problem that we were facing, thinking that I just needed to stay in control. I bought us books and we even went to Christian marriage counseling, but nothing seem to be working and he still wanted out. Finally, my last effort to save our marriage was the Love Dare. I started it with a very heavy heart and a crushed spirit. I was devastated that this was happening to us and couldn’t believe that God was allowing it. Completing the dares and all the aspects that the dares entailed was a very difficult task when I wasn’t getting anything back. And then I got to the Dare about unconditional Love and my outlook changed. After reading that, I wanted to love my husband with “God’s Kind of Love”..Agape love which is unconditional. And I set out to do just that.
God showed me through that one Dare and through many others along the way, that love is not determined by the one being loved but rather by the one choosing love. And the only way that love can last a lifetime is if it’s unconditional.
While on this journey, God showed me that I wasn’t giving all of myself to Him and wasn’t giving Him my very Best. I know that so many times I was leaving Him feeling broken and lonely, just as I was feeling. I wasn’t letting Him take full control of my life and my marriage. He had to teach me that He loves us…not because we deserve it..but because he chooses to love us….He is the designer and maker of Agape Love. We love, because He first loved us” which is laid out for us in 1 John 4:19 Through all of this, I feel that His ultimate goal was to bring myself and my husband closer to Him…and that HE did. My new life verse became
Proverbs 3:5-Trust in Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding….in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight!! About two weeks ago, in the midst of continuing my Love Dare Challenges, my husband came home and as soon as I saw him…I knew that God had answered my prayers. He was a changed man of God. My miracle had arrived and God had mended my broken marriage. He had told me that God had spoken to him in a mighty way and he knew that first and foremost he wasn’t where he needed to be with the Lord and knew that he had a lot of work to do strenghthening his relationship with Him. And 2nd he knew that I was the one that God had sent for him. And that he was ready to love me as God intended. Wow..I had been waiting to hear those words for what seemed like for ever!
God is so good and His grace and mercy are sufficient. I know that we are not completely out of the woods yet and we will probably have to work at our marriage for the rest of our lives, but I truly feel like we have put God back where he belongs, in the center of our lives and marriage and in full control. I couldn’t be more thankful to God for what all He has done and for the miracle he has performed in our lives! And I thank God for using something as simple as His Radio and the Love Dare to speak to us in such a powerful way."