9 Thoughts That Can Change Your Marriage

9 Thoughts That Can Change Your Marriage by Sheila Wray Gregoire tackled some closely held beliefs that we as women cling to when in actually they are not biblical or healthy to our thought life when it comes to having a strong marriage. The author gives insight and tools to help us replace these negative beliefs with 9 thoughts that could revolutionize our marriages if taken to heart and put into practice.  I specifically liked how I was challenged in each chapter with a thought, action steps and then a summary portion for another opportunity to reflect and meditate on my growth spiritually as it specifically relates to my marriage.

If God Is Good

“If God Is Good” is not a quick read by any means.  It is over 500 pages of information, but I have not a read anything on the topic of suffering that is as thorough.  The best part about the book is that it is an easy read.  Author Randy Alcorn tells story after story and gives great illustrations that will leave the reader stunned.  His points make perfect sense in the way that he communicates them and you find yourself wondering how that easy to understand point alluded you until the moment you read it.
Every pastor, minister, or person who deals with suffering, loss, and/or death needs a copy of this book!  I’ve become a huge Randy Alcorn fan!

Book Review: Greater

I was reading two books with the same theme simultaneously.  “Greater” was easily the better of the two books.  Furtick does a great job of telling stories and weaving the story of Elisha into each chapter as he challenges the reader to live a life that is “greater.”  Furtick also does a great job of writing as if he is having a conversation with the reader which makes the book an easy read.  Highly recommend this book to anyone looking to live a greater life!

10/10/14: (#12) Cedar Hill 45; Duncanville 31

Pre-Game
Coach Joey McGuire has the defending state champs and they are loaded.  Last year’s 5A coach of the year (DC) has gone 107-35 in 11 years at Cedar Hill and won two state championships.  DC is predicting Katy vs Cedar Hill III in the state championship game with Katy coming out on top, although the Longhorns are picked to win tonight by 24.  Duncanville has had a pretty exciting season so far.  They have won two games with 4th quarter comebacks and had two more games where they mounted big 4th quarter comebacks, but ran out of time.  Duncanville leads this series 46-22.

Game Summary
This was a rivalry game and it was obvious with how chippy the game was.  The officiating crew wore their arms out throwing flags and still had several blown calls.  Duncanville rotated quarterbacks and both struggled to be accurate.  When they were accurate their receivers dropped the ball.  They combined for a 42% completion rate.  The inconsistancy wasn’t enough to overcome Cedar Hill’s dominate rushing attack (349 yds, 11.6 yds per carry) and defense (8 sacks)

Highlights/Lowlights

Seeing a nationally ranked recruit live up to his billing (DaMarkus Lodge and Richard Moore)

The Duncanville pressbox has 3 sound effects and they must have used them at least 15 times each.  Less is more!

Players to Watch

CH – WR DaMarkus Lodge
Stat Line: 4-32 yds, 2 TDs, rush 1-67 yds, TD, pass 1-1-0 for 49 yds, TD

CH – LB Richard Moore (committed to Texas A&M)
Stat Line: 7 tackles (2 sacks, TFL)

CH – DB Darrell Miller (committed to Tennessee)
Stat Line: 4 tackles

CH – QB Justin McMillan (commited to LSU)
Stat Line: 12-20-0 for 106 yds, 3 TDs, rush 1-4

CH – RB Ara’Cedric Ware (committed to USC)
Stat Line: 19-204 yds, TD

CH – RB Denvre Daniels
Stat Line: rush 5-42 yds; rec 4-29 yds, TD; PR 1-0 yds, Fum

CH – ATH Jaylon Jackson*
Stat Line: rush 4-32 yds

CH – WR D’Aundrey Bradley
Stat Line: 2-31 yds

CH – G Randy Crystian
Stat Line: Line averaged 11.6 yds per carry and gave up 0 sacks

CH – DE Trevis Gipson
Stat Line: 2. 5 tackles

CH – TE Kobe Idumwonyi

D – LB Za’Carrius Green (committed to Oklahoma State)
Stat Line: 3 tackles (TFL)

D – LB Corey Smith
Stat Line: 3 tackles

D – DT Sami Awad
Stat Line: Tackle

MVPs
Cedar Hill – WR DaMarkus Lodge
Duncanville – WR Kevin Bell; 7-133 yds

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
CH – 37 yard run by Ara’Cedric Ware (PAT missed)
CH – 49 yard pass from DaMarkus Lodge to Elija Moore (PAT)

Second Quarter
CH – 25 yard field goal by Brooks Ralph
D – 26 yard field goal by Eric Carrasco
CH – 67 yard run by DaMarkus Lodge (PAT)
D – 9 yard pass from Michael Myers to Xavier Brown (PAT)
CH – 27 yard pass from Justin McMillan to Denvre Daniels (2pt pass from Elijah Moore to Justin McMillan)
D – 4 yard pass from Michael Myers to Le’Arious Allen (PAT)

Third Quarter
CH – 13 yard pass from Justin McMillan to DaMarkus Lodge (PAT)
D – 41 yard pass from Trevon McWilliams to Le’Arious Allen (PAT)

Fourth Quarter
CH – 1 yard pass from Justin McMillan to DaMarkus Lodge (PAT)
D – 2 yard run by Stedman Lanigan (PAT)

Attendees
Brett L
Jay W

October 10, 2014: David’s Seafood Grill

Knowing that we were headed to Duncanville, I texted a friend who had lived there for years and asked for a recommendation.  He told us we had to go to David’s Seafood Grill.  I was expecting a hole in the wall, but we pulled into a strip mall that had all kinds of restaurant franchises and David’s fit into the local area.  The inside of the restaurant was put together so well, I was afraid I had just walked into a $30+ meal.  I was relieved when we looked at the menu and saw that the prices were pretty affordable.  We tried the stuffed fish and a linguini that had chicken and sausage.  Both entrees were fantastic!  I rarely order dessert at a restaurant, but the food was so good, we decided to try the bread pudding and the creme brulee.  Those were out of this world as well!

Texas Tour score: 10/10

12/19/13 – (#5) Cisco 56; (#9) Refugio 36

Pre-Game
This is a rematch of the 2011 State Championship that Refugio won 36-35 which made them 0-4 in Championship games.  Refugio had their 27 game winning streak snapped in last years quarterfinals by East Bernard, but Refugio got redemption last week by knocking off #1 East Bernard 40-34.  Their 63 game regular season win streak came to an end earlier this year, but they can’t be overlooked.  They have 36 consecutive winning seasons (22 consecutive playoff appearances); 8 consecutive 11+ win seasons and know how to win close championship games (the last three state championship wins have been by a combined 3 points).  The picks are split pretty evenly (3 people picking Refugio and 2 picking Cisco)

Game Summary
Mason Reed.  Nothing else needs to be said.  The senior RB/DB nearly had 100+ yards rushing and receiving, led his team in tackles with 14.5 and even recovered an onside kick early in the second half (that eventual drive put the game out of hand).  Cisco was a hungry team and it showed in every aspect of the game.

Highlights

  • Seeing the all time state leader in career passing yards, career TDs, and TD in game in Refugio QB Travis Quintanilla
  • Seeing the all time state leader in extra points made in Refugio K Adolfo Cordero (also loved the fact that he is not built like a traditional kicker – 5’9″, 225)


Players to Watch
R – QB Travis Quintanilla
Stat line: 32-44-3 for 405 yds, 2 TDs; rush 7-28 yds; rec 1-28 yds; 2pt pass; tackle


MVPs
Cisco – RB/LB Mason Reed; 11-141 yds, TD, rec 2-95 yds 2 TDs; 14.5 tackles (3 TFL), PD, onside recovery
Refugio – RB Isaiah Perez; 15-102 yds, 3 TDs; rec 2-33 yds; KR 1-7 yds

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
R – 5 yard run by Isaiah Perez (PAT)
C – 50 yard pass from Colton Kent to Mason Reed (PAT)
C – 5 yard run by Colton Kent (PAT)
R – 79 yard pass from Travis Quintanilla to Tyler Castellano (PAT)

Second Quarter
C – 73 yard pass from Colton Kent to Kotie Hoover (PAT)
C – 95 yard run by Mason Reed (PAT)
R – 4 yard run by Isaiah Perez (PAT)

Third Quarter
C – 63 yard run by Colton Kent (PAT)
C – 45 yard pass from Colton Kent to Mason Reed (PAT)
R – 6 yard run by Isaiah Perez (PAT)
C – 9 yard run by Landen Lewis (PAT)
C – 40 yard pass from Colton Kent to Kotie Hoover (PAT)

Fourth Quarter
R – 14 yard pass from Travis Quintanilla to Marquis Brown (2pt pass Quintanilla to Castellano)

Attendees
Brett L
Michael S