Those “holy crap” moments

This came through the ol’ email inbox this morning, and it got me thinking. First off, some Scripture:

 

Oh, what joy for those
whose disobedience is forgiven,
whose sin is put out of sight!
Yes, what joy for those
whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt,[b]
whose lives are lived in complete honesty!


When I refused to confess my sin,
my body wasted away,
and I groaned all day long.
Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.

Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”
And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

Psalm 32:1-5

Maybe it’s just me (and obviously David, who wrote this), but when you are doing something you just know is wrong, you always have this feeling in the back of your head that makes your stomach turn. You know, the “holy crap, I hope no one finds out” feeling. I have certainly been there, and it got to the point where I was pretending that it did not exist, even in talking to God. The thing is, that “holy crap” feeling became worse and worse, to the point where sometimes it seemed unbearable. It wasn’t until everything came to light and I was forced to be honest with God (and others) that the burden of sin was lifted off of my shoulders, and it became more of a peaceful feeling. Like David in this passage, the confession is such a freeing thing, especially knowing that we have a God that forgives us no matter what. All of your guilt is gone!

 

 

Do You Use an RSS Newsreader?

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About 2 years ago, I discovered the wonderful world of RSS feeds and newsreaders. All of a sudden, I had a nice, compact way to keep track of all of the websites I would frequent. I stumbled upon NetNewsWire for the Mac, and it was a great program. The only thing was that at work, I used a Windows PC, so I did not have a program to use that was as great at NetNewsWire. Enter Google Reader. I discovered this tool about a year ago, and what I liked best about it was that it was free and did not require a stand-alone program. I have been using it ever since.

So, my question is this: What do you use for a news reader, if anything at all? I am shopping for a new one for the Windows computer and need some advice. Comment below…

A Calorie Counter

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Here is a great website that is very basic and simple. Enter a food item into th search box, and A Calorie Counter will give you the nutrition information on that product. There is a TON of different food items in the database, so you will most likey find what you are looking for.

Use this information to improve your diet, your weight, your body and your health… for free!

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8 Reasons Windows Users DO Switch to Mac

As someone who made the switch almost 2 years ago, I can identify with this list. From the article:

2. Apple Stores
I started visiting the Apple store in my city looking for iPod accessories. I didn’t like Apple, and I didn’t like Macs, but I was already in the mall, so why not go look around, right? Of course, occasional visits turned into frequent visits, and before long I was in the store to check my email, do some web surfing, or just kill time while my wife was shopping. Even though I was resisting it, I was impressed by how fast and easy to use the Macs were. The stores are extremely inviting, and the employees seem to strike that perfect balance between giving you your space and helping when needed. When combined with the support, the classes, and even the children’s activities, it’s hard not to be won over by these wonderful stores, even if you start out as a cranky Windows know-it-all like I did.”

Are you thinking of switching? It’s one of the best decisions I have ever made!

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Pay Per Post – A GREAT Tool For Bloggers

Almost a year ago, I signed up for the service called “Pay Per Post”. I had read about this idea on another blog, and it looked like a win/win situation, so I signed up. Here is the deal. You submit your blog to them. They have advertisers request blog entries on their product/service. I, as a blogger, find offers that look good, and I get paid to blog about it. Let me retype that in case you missed it. I blog about something and get paid a few bucks to do it. Maybe I am missing something, but why wouldn’t you sign up?

My experience so far with their service has been great. I have made a few posts (and been paid for all of them, I might add). I have seen what other people have posted, and that has provided inspiration as to how to earn more from them. PPP as a company promotes strong blog ethics, which I respect quite a bit. Finally, as someone who sometimes wants to write, but is drawing a blank with ideas, this service gives ideas on things to write about. These guys are here to stay.

So hey, sign up. You will love it!

David Crowder Band Makes It to #4 on iTunes Top 100 Albums

 

I think we all need to give a round of applause to David Crowder Band for their latest cd Remedy. Not only have they once again outdone themselves with an AMAZING cd, they have managed to make it all the way to #4 on the iTunes top 100 albums chart, as well as charting well in other publications. From Christianity Today:

 

David Crowder Band debuted high on the charts with the release of acclaimed album Remedy. Selling more than 32,000 copies, their fourth full-length album bowed in at No. 22 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the publication’s Top Christian & Gospel Albums. Additionally, Remedy peaked at No. 4 on iTunes Top 100 Albums chart.

Again, if you have not picked this album up yet, please do. 10 songs of amazing music. It’s like love on an iPod. Yes, it’s that good.

Macbook Repair Update

Well, it looks like I am without my computer for the rest of the week. I took the Macbook into the Apple Store a few minutes after the previous post, and met up with a Mac Genius. He looked at it for a few minutes and determined it needed to be sent away to get fixed. Luckily it is still covered under the warranty, so it is free, but I am still without my Mac for a couple of days. I have this crap HP laptop I use at work, so that will have to do. I now know what it feels like to say goodbye to your child as they go to school for the first time.

 

This brings up another question. Another month or so and the computer would have been outside of its one-year warranty. I could get AppleCare for about $300, and that would cover it for 3 years I think. I am always a big advocate for getting the protection plan, and I really want to in this case, but I can’t afford the $300. Anyone out there have any experience with the paid AppleCare protection?