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Andrew Arthur Dawson
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A spiritual man dedicated to adding love and light everywhere he can in the world.
A spiritual man dedicated to adding love and light everywhere he can in the world.

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Welcome to this week’s Grateful Heart Monday, where I reflect on a single piece of gratitude to start my week off on a positive note, which for today is for two local automobile places, Tireman (on Alexis Road) and Jim White Toyota.

I’ve always been wary of any place that deals with either automobile sales or repairs. So many dealerships and repair shops have swindled far too many in this world, including me. Hence the reason why I tend to get quite wary when I walk into one of these types of establishments. Thankfully though, I’ve discovered two very reputable places here in Toledo, Ohio that I am grateful for and feel I can honestly stand by and support 100 percent.

The first is Tireman, a place that does vehicular repairs. While there are a number of them in this area, I have come to really appreciate the one nearest to my home, that being the one on... (Please click the picture/title below to continue reading today's Grateful Heart Monday over on my blog's website.)
Grateful Heart Monday
Grateful Heart Monday
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If you are a fan of any specific sports team, what is the name of the team and what factors in life led you to becoming a fan of them? #QuestionToPonder
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Since moving to Ohio almost five years ago now, I quickly became aware of a huge rivalry between Michigan and Ohio. For those who are from this neck of the woods, know that I’m NOT speaking of the one that often plays itself out on the roads here between drivers from opposing states. Rather, I’m speaking specifically to the one between the Michigan Wolverines and the Ohio State Buckeyes football teams.

Every year since first coming to this area, I’ve witnessed the constant bashing, taunting, and bragging those goes on around here from far too many. It seems to come up constantly in conversations all around me. It’s also on plenty of social media postings as well. And by the time the annual big game between the two arrives on the weekend after Thanksgiving, the trash talk has usually reached its peak. That is, until one of the two teams become the victor, leaving the other to bear the load of a ton of shaming comments. Frankly, I’m not a fan of any of this, as I feel there’s too much negative energy that comes out of it.

The reality is that... (Please click the picture/title below to continue reading today's article over on my blog's website.)
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Welcome to another Silly Joke Friday, where the jokes may either cause you to groan, smile, or laugh a little. Hope it's the latter and that you start your weekend off on a positive note! #SillyJokeFriday

Silly Joke #1

A man is dining in a fancy restaurant, and there is a gorgeous redhead sitting at the next table. He had been checking her out since he sat down, but lacked the nerve to talk with her. Suddenly she sneezes and her glass eye comes flying out of its socket towards the man. He reflexively reaches out, grabs it out of the air, and hands it back. “Oh my, I am so sorry,” the woman says as she pops her eye back in place. “Let me buy you dessert to make it up to you.” They enjoy a wonderful dessert together, and afterwards, the woman invites him to the theater followed by drinks. After paying for everything, she asks him if he would like to come to her place for a nightcap…and... (Please click the title/picture below to continue reading today's Silly Jokes over on my blog's website.)
Silly Joke Friday
Silly Joke Friday
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What is one aspect of yourself that positively changed, solely because you successfully navigated through an exceptionally difficult storm of life?
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Eight and a half years ago now, I was still deeply engaged in an adulterous relationship with a married man and was very spiritually sick, so much so, that my mental and emotional state had become completely unstable. On one particular afternoon, the pain had become so great that I humbled myself enough to finally ask God for help. I prayed to be freed from everything that separated me from Him. I prayed to have ALL my addictions removed and asked that I be brought through the healing as fast as I could handle it, so that I didn’t waste another day of my life living apart from Him. And I meant EVERY word of it, as torrents of tears fell from my face while I said those prayers. What I didn’t know was that two weeks later, a storm would begin in my life, one that I continue to believe is somehow the answer to all those prayers. But sadly, that storm still rages on in my life and has yet to depart.

There are many slogans, passages, and uplifting words out there in the world about the storms that fall upon us in our lives. I’ve been quoted many of them, often from... (Please click the title/picture below to continue reading today's article over on my blog's website.)
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If you had an entire day to do whatever you wanted and were suddenly given the ability to beam yourself anywhere in the world to spend it, where would you go and why?
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Welcome to another chapter of Grateful Heart Monday, where I begin each week with a piece of gratitude to start things off on a positive note, which for today I want to express my thanks for the life I’ve been given.

For those who know the suffering I’ve been going through, there have been far too many days where I’ve lost focus on the life I’ve been given. Instead, I’ve chosen to focus on self-pity, misery, and often even anger for what I continue to go through. But, after watching two movies today, one about a famous journalist who toured many war-torn countries, and one about a low-income writer who suffered immensely from a poor self-image, dishonesty and alcoholism, I realized I needed to be far more grateful for the life God blessed me with, even if it currently is filled with tons of physical pain.

The fact is I could have been born into a family that was utterly poor.

I could have been born into a family from an area on this planet where... (Please click the title/picture below to continue reading today's Grateful Heart Monday over on my blog's website.)
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Grateful Heart Monday
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After watching the movie "Boy Erased" I looked for several quotes that I felt represented much of my own views of the damage that can come from gay conversion therapy programs... @BoyErased #GodLovesEveryone

Quote #1

“Terror doesn’t change people from gay to straight. It just hurts innocent people.” (DaShanne Stokes)

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“You can’t pray away the gay, but you can... (Please click the title/picture below to continue reading today's Thoughts For The Day over on my blog's website.)
Thought For The Day
Thought For The Day
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There are many in this world who continue to believe that homosexuality is an abomination and a sin in the eyes of God. While I don’t believe it’s my place or anyone else’s for that matter, to ever try forcing any of them to see it differently, the same can’t often be said for them, especially when one of them is also a parent facing a child’s struggle with sexuality. As many of those parents frequently resort to sending their child off to gay conversion therapy programs with the sole hope it will remove the part of them that’s gay. This is the very premise of an eye-opening movie I recently saw in theaters titled “Boy Erased”.

Based upon a true story from Garrard Conley’s 2016 memoir of the same name, the film follows the life of Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges), who is the son of a Baptist preacher, Marshall (Russell Crowe) and a Baptist mother, Nancy (Nicole Kidman). When a disturbing sexual event from his life catches up with him, Jared is directly confronted by his father and asked if “IT’S” true. When Jared finally admits his deepest, darkest secret to his parents, that he thinks of men, his father becomes immediately disturbed, so much so that he consults a few other pastors for help, both of which convince him to send his son off to a gay conversion therapy program. Once there, Jared witnesses... (Please click the picture/title below to continue reading today's article about Boy Erased over on my blog's website.)
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