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#2056808 by Chris Breva - Is grateful!
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ANNOUNCEMENT: I am now a student at Marshall University and will be in school on Tuesday and Thursday all day. However I am going to do my best not to allow that to interfere with my blog.

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January 21-27, 2018

February 11 - 17, 2018

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December 16 - December 22, 2018

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November 16, 2019 at 9:32am
November 16, 2019 at 9:32am
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"November 11, 2019 Image for BCOF members to put in their blogs

Image for BCOF members to put in their blogs Prompt: "Veterans Day"

I don't recall doing an entry for November 11. I left early that morning to go to work. Thank you Applebee's for the delicious sirloin for Veteran's Day and thank you Golden Corral for the buffet in honor of Veteran's Day.

I am a veteran who lives at the West Virginia Veterans Home in Barboursville WV so every day is veterans day to me. I served in the US Army for a very short period of time and was injured so I was discharged. Even though I brought the injury on myself by making choices I would not make today, the guys here at the veterans home assure me I am just as much a veteran as somebody who served in combat. They all tell me I became a veteran in their eyes the moment I raised my right hand and took the oath to serve. The fact that I was discharged from Basic Training due to injury/illness that made me unfit for service does not seem to pause them. I often beat up on myself for not being able to complete the course but they do not. Perhaps they are correct. What makes us veterans is not necessarily how long we served, but the fact that we served at all. I still would have liked to have carried out my intentions and made a career out of the military, but it was not meant to be.
Today I serve in the army of the Kingdom of God. The branch I serve is the Salvation Army, a universal evangelical movement started by General William Booth in London England in 1865. The Salvation Army is best known for the benevolence programs we offer, particularly the Christmas programs and feeding the homeless, but we are so much more than that. We are also a church that holds regular worship services. Our officers and soldiers are our ministers. The officers are the commanders in a hierarchy just like the army, but we are all Christians united to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the end of the globe. I have been a soldier for two years and likely will remain a soldier until the day I close my eyes in death. I serve the Huntington WV Corps, Maryland-West Virginia Division, USA Southern Territory. I am the corps community outreach coordinator, welcome sergeant, men's minister,men's club treasurer, and adult Sunday school teacher. As the Community Outreach Coordinator my duties include nursing home ministry (I am chaplain of the West Virginia Veterans Home under the Salvation Army umbrella, jail ministry), and other outreach programs. As a soldier I signed a covenat with the army called a Soldier's Covenant declaring that I would abstain from certain activities and intentionally carry out other activities. For example a soldier does not use tobacco or alcohol/other drugs and a soldier does not divorce. A soldier walks a Christian walk and reads the word of God, preaches/teaches the word of God, and maintains a level of integrity. I am humbled to be a part of this organization.

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November 16, 2019 at 8:19am
November 16, 2019 at 8:19am
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Image for BCOF members to put in their blogs Prompt: "Why do you blog?"

I blog for the same reason I do any other writing: I enjoy it! I also like competing and winning prizes and titles such as Blogger of the week. Maybe it's a bit vain and I don't usually go for vanity in myself, but I thrive on the idea of winning prizes for my writing efforts. I have been a writer for nearly fifty years and have yet to be paid any real cash for my efforts. The only pay off I can reallly get it in the comments I receive from others and knowing that possibly, just possibly, something I said or wrote may have meant something special to them. I am a peer support specialist vocationally. My whole life is wrapped up in supportive services. If my writing can in some way help another person achieve something good in their life then that is all the pay off I need. Of course winning some prizes or titles along the way is also very beneficial because it tells me that I am on the right track. It also strokes my ego and we all need our egos stroked from time to time. *BigSmile*
The main reason I write nowadays is to have the opportunity to brag about what Jesus Christ has done in my life. I don't want to come across as "preachy" but my life has changed so drastically since I became a Christian that even I do not recognize myself. I was a train wreck before to put it very mildly. I was mean, evil, right down cruel. All of that has changed since I was saved. I love to brag about Jesus and writing gives me the venue to do so. Today I hold down two jobs, one part time and one full time. I also attend college two days per week as a part time student and will graduate in December 2019 with a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree and a minor in history. None of this would have been possible without Jesus. Writing gives me the chance to express my gratitude and just possibly shed some seeds of light for others to follow. I know there are people who read my blog who struggle daily. Those struggles may be addictions or other life related problems.. I overcame both a mental illness (bi-polar disorder) and drug addiction. Part of my solution was my faith but I did not start my journey to recovery through faith. I started it by applying principles to my life that literally changed my thought patterns and behaviors. I am more than happy to share those with anybody who wants a non-religious solution to life's entanglements. Just hit me up and we'll talk.

Blog City image smallPrompt: "Do you wander when you go shopping, or are you focused on a prepared list?"

I hate shopping, so I go in, get what I need, and get out of Dodge!

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November 16, 2019 at 7:48am
November 16, 2019 at 7:48am
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Image for BCOF members to put in their blogs Prompt: "What’s the greatest advice you’ve ever been given? What if you lived solely according to it?"

The greatest advice I have ever been given was to trust Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I did so and my life and my personality have completely changed. At one time I was addicted to drugs and I was the epitome of evil. I was a liar, a cheat, and a thief. I would steal from you and then help you look for whatever was stolen! I would fight at the drop of a hat and it did not matter to me who you were. I would fight a man, woman, or even a child. I believe I would have fought a buzz saw if it had crossed my path in some way. I was lazy, useless, and a drain on society. I used mental illness as a cover and spent my days getting loaded. I am not saying that mental illness did not play a role. I have bi-polar disorder and many addicts use to self-medicate. I may have done so as well. I do know that I often used mental illness as an excuse and used it to get my way. I no longer do so. Today I try to be a productive member of society. I hold down two jobs, go to college part time, and write for several websites including this one. Jesus is the one who changed all of it for me. When I was lost He found me and changed me into the person I am today. It was a slow process because I am hard headed and had a long way to come. I made it though and am continuing to grow in Christ.

Blog City image small Prompt: "What was the strangest thing you’ve ever seen in public?"

I once seen a pink elephant. No, I literally see a pink elephant every time I go down Route 60 in Barboursville WV because there is one standing in the yard of an insurance agency here. It makes a terrific landmark. You simply say "Behind the pink elephant", "south of the pink elephant" or whatever and most people here know what you mean. We also had a bar called the Purple Pig and a place that has a huge green giraffe standing by it! You name your poison we probably have it!


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November 14, 2019 at 5:57pm
November 14, 2019 at 5:57pm
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"November 14, 2019 Image for BCOF members to put in their blogs

Image for BCOF members to put in their blogs Prompt: "Do you look for the best in a situation or prepare for the worst?"

I like to think I am a pretty positive person so I usually look for the best in a situation. As a Christian I know that no matter what happens God has it all under control. I know some people question that, particularly in the face of tremendous suffering. They question why God would allow such a thing to happen to them. Sometimes there is no real explanation. Sometimes God tests us because He knows we have it within us to take anything Satan can dish out. Look at the example of Job! If any human being ever suffered it was Job, yet God allowed Job to suffer. We must remember that God did not spare His own Son from suffering, but rather willed that Jesus die on the cross. As such God Himself suffered and died on the cross. If He is willing to subject Himself to such tremendous suffering why should I expect to get through life without suffering loss, ill health, poverty, or the myriad other problems we suffer? The thing is that I can choose to suffer and accept the suffering or I can choose to suffer and be miserable. Either way I am going to suffer. I choose to do so with dignity, integrity, and grace.

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November 13, 2019 at 3:49am
November 13, 2019 at 3:49am
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"November 13, 2019 Image for BCOF members to put in their blogs

Image for BCOF members to put in their blogs "Prompt: Use these words in your blog entry: confidence, peace, thrill."

Jesus Christ is my confidence: He gives me strength and peace. It is a thrill to be a Christian!

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November 12, 2019 at 1:36pm
November 12, 2019 at 1:36pm
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"November 12, 2019 Image for BCOF members to put in their blogs

Image for BCOF members to put in their blogs Prompt: Veterans Day

I am a veteran who lives at the West Virginia Veterans Home, which is an assisted living facility/domiciliary for veterans. I love the guys I live with and would argue or fight for any of them. They are some of the best people I have ever had the pleasure and privilege of meeting. They show their metal all the time. I served briefly in the US Army and was injured in basic training so I did not get to serve long. Most people tell me that serving at all was a big step, even if I was injured and discharged. I just know that I appreciate the veterans who sacrificed and really did serve.

Today I serve in a different army. I am a soldier in the Salvation Army, an international evangelical organization. The idea for the Salvation Army is based on the fact that the Apostle Paul says that Christians are an army. The founder of the Salvation Army, General William Booth, was a Methodist minister in London England who began converting alcoholics on London's skid row. When he took the converts to his church, his church rejected them. General Booth then rented a hall and continued to preach to the alcoholics and continued to make converts. In time he asked his son what they were going to call their army of Salvationists. His son said "The Salvation Army" and the movement was born. To be a soldier in the Salvation Army one signs a covenant that you will behave a do certain things and abstain from others. For example you will value the sanctity of marriage and abstain from alcohol and intoxicating substances. I have been a soldier for nearly two years and it has changed my life.

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November 9, 2019 at 9:55am
November 9, 2019 at 9:55am
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"November 6, 2019 late entry Image for BCOF members to put in their blogs

Image #1997652 over display limit. -?- Prompt: "Was there a time you wanted (or needed) to say something, but kept quiet?"

I do that a lot. You see, I am a Christian. It is my duty as a sworn soldier of Jesus Christ to preach the gospel at every opportunity, yet there are times I do not do so because I feel it would be inappropriate to the conversation or context. As a soldier I should never worry about that. It's none of my business but I am always afraid I will look foolish. More than that, I don't want the church or God to look foolish.

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November 9, 2019 at 9:22am
November 9, 2019 at 9:22am
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"November 5, 2019 Late entry Image for BCOF members to put in their blogs

Image #1997652 over display limit. -?- "Prompt: Use these words in your entry : herald, dawn, pivotal, light, and shadows."

I am still hoping to win blogger of the week so I will be working toward that today. I herald a new day in my life. A day when I will spend many Saturdays catching up my blog. I work from dawn to dusk 5 days per week now and it is hard to find time to blog and catch some shut eye! It is pivotal for me to be working because I have been a full time student for a year and could not work. Now I am a part time student and full time staff! I see little light when I wake up because it is 0dark30 (0430) and the sun is not yet up. The shadows are still looming. Pray for me! Pray I become accustomed to the schedule.

I didn't answer some prompts this week. I will be entering them late. I have been working all week. I work as floor leader at the West Virginia Veteran's Home where I also live and I work wearing multiple hats at Huntington Salvation Army, including community outreach coordinator, welcome sergeant, adult Sunday school teacher, peer support specialist, and men's club treasurer. I have put in nearly 35 volunteer hours this week as well as 8 hours paid and 12 hours at college. I have not had much time to do my blog and hope to catch up today.

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November 9, 2019 at 7:46am
November 9, 2019 at 7:46am
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Image #1997652 over display limit. -?- "Prompt: November 9 to November 14 is the International Week of Science and Peace . How do you think technology affect international peace?"

You asked that question early in the morning when the cogs of my brain haven't even started churning! I believe that technology has a profound effect on peace. The world avoided nuclear war because the country leaders all understood that pushing the button as it were was mass suicide. Even the radicals know better than to unleash technology because it may mushroom into something that nobody can win. I believe technology will someday turn on us however. I believe some self aware machine is going to come along who realizes just how flawed humans are and it is going to try to eliminate us.

Image #1971183 over display limit. -?- Prompt: "What is the best book you have read lately? Is this an author you've read before? Do you tend to read everything an author has written if you like their work or is it a book by book basis?"

I have been reading mostly my text books for college. No! I do not recommend them. I am a history buff but even my history book puts me to sleep!


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November 8, 2019 at 5:39am
November 8, 2019 at 5:39am
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"November 8, 2019 Image for BCOF members to put in their blogs Prompt: "Write An Open Letter. It is “A Letter To My 16-Year-Old Self”. With this, think about all the things you'd tell your younger self to help them through the things you went through."

I wouldn't do this even if I could. I like who I am today and if I did that I might change something and no longer be who I am. Sorry! I'll leave that one alone.

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