Thursday, 31 March 2016

When You Reach For A Goal

Training is all about reaching plateaus, finding what your body thinks is the farthest it can go and then you break that barrier, you reach for another and another...

Without proper food a person will fail miserably, you can have all the determination you wish but without fueling that determination you will miss out on the benefits. For me, when I had my stroke, I looked at every food possible that fed my brain, that brought me to the optimum potential for recuperation and triumph and I believe breakfast is the beginning of that great journey in a potential victory! Being diligent, constantly learning and flowing, bending and changing, adapting to new things and seeing what works and shedding all the stuff that has no purpose. The ultimate idea is truly cutting the fat in thinking, bad habits and reaching for new and healthier ones. Supplying your body the optimum foods is paramount in the challenge and embracing the difference.

Here is favourite meal I make in the morning!

I began my journey with learning how to read, write, walk and talking again and now I've just accomplished my first 1,000 vertical strike on my left hand and 1,000 vertical strike on my right hand. I also did parkour and jkd in the same day. Your energy level stays consistent and of course what you eat after is crucial for recovery!


Determination is a choice
and it's exercised
in every moment

                    By Ernie Kasper

When I Am Weak

                      It has been my greatest inspiration for poetry, artwork, photography and everything else I do, my stroke broke me and God healed me in ways I thought would never happen. He brought me confidence when my flesh was weak, He brought me faithfulness when faithfulness in friends could not be found, He restored my courage when no courage could be seen. My faith is in His devoted love and His perfect plan.

New Ever Morning

The faithful love of the Lord never ends
    His mercies never cease
Great is his faithfulness
    his mercies begin afresh each morning
                        Lamentations 3:22-23

                         Artwork By Ernie Kasper

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Never Give Up

Never give up on doing good, keep pressing forward and hold onto God's promises!

By Design

Psalm 139:16

You saw me before I was born.
    Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
    before a single day had passed.

That is the beauty of knowing God, knowing that He knows everything, past, present and future and yet with all that information, all that knowledge of our rights and wrongs, He loves us deeply and with such devoted grace through Jesus Christ his son. Never forget that He has everything perfectly planned out and what He sets in place, no one can silence, smother, crush or destroy...

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

I Will Be With You

I can't see how this will turn out...

It's that moment that makes us shake sometimes, especially when we are at our weakest moments, the moments that challenge our worst fears, our silent whispers but it's in those very moments that God speaks the loudest. He begins a good work in us and what He starts, He finishes! That's the comfort we can receive through each and every challenge that begs us to break, to give up, to throw in the towel. The real beauty is in God's perfect plan and His devoted compassionate love that abounds in wisdom and kindness...

Monday, 28 March 2016

Morning Light

Life has so many challenges...

Well I heard that when I was a little boy but man I never knew how much it would become the epicenter of everything I would do. There I was lying down, shaking, quivering and my mind felt like sand sifting through a strainer. My thoughts were out of place, my body was moving in the same direction, jolted, disjointed, marked by sudden jabbing motions. Everything was suddenly a different game, different rules and I had to learn how to master it without knowing the rules. I felt so alone at times, misunderstood but deep down in the heart of hearts I knew that God had it all in His hands and I was going to overcome this trial, this massive struggle called a stroke.

     Here it is nearly 10 years later and I'm running in Fort Langley, BC. Canada. Skipping while jogging and doing martial arts and parkour! Who would have thought that this brutal challenge would make my commitment to training become so strong and so deep. The seasons have changed and my life has grown much deeper and richer for it. I am pondering on all the blessings of this life and how God has comforted me in the loneliest trials and how my wife and kids have always looked much farther than my battle, deeper than my inability to walk, talk, read and write (back then) and now here I am doing impossible things and just loving it! Never say never...

A selfie before skip jogging for a 5 km distance
at the fort to fort trail in Fort Langley