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A Long Overdue Update

April 20, 2020 /

It’s been way too long since I last wrote anything new here, and right now there is no excuse for that, so I’m going to do a quick update on the past few months. Since I first wrote about my weight struggle back in October, I’ve been in a mostly downward spiral. Maybe I should…

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Photo of Rick Gardner standing in the center, with his hands uniting Paul and Debbie Oyler.

Three Years Ago Today
(really 7 years, 7 months, 15 days ago…)

January 23, 2020 /

This post was originally posted on my Oyler Creative business website blog on June 8, 2015. I am moving all of those personal blog posts over to this site to keep the Oyler Creative website completely business-related. (June 8, 2015) Three years ago today I climbed up into a tree-house chapel here on the grounds…

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Photo of Open Bible with Christmas story and Christmas decorations.

Christmas Thoughts

December 23, 2019 /

I don’t often share my musings or notes from my morning quiet times, but as I have been working through an Advent devotional this month, I felt compelled to share some of my thoughts. Perhaps they are merely my random ramblings, exposing the often strange way my mind works. But my hope and prayer is…

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Photo of a holiday feast on a table with turkey. stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravey and green beans.

Another Update on My Battle With Weight

December 4, 2019 /

It has been a month since my last update on my battle with weight, and unfortunately the past month has not been good. It would be easy to not write anything, but I promised to write updates, and this is as much for myself, to keep accountable to anyone who does read this. Between the…

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The Story of My Come To Jesus Night

November 19, 2019 /

By late 1982, my life was pretty messed up. I had lost the good-paying job I had had since I was 16. I was working flea markets, selling everything I had that was worth anything, and whatever money I did make, I was spending on low-quality weed, cheap beer (think plain white generic can, “Beer”),…

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Photo of a measuring tape wrapped around a fork, used for illustrating my weight loss update.

An Overdue Update On My Weight Loss Journey

November 5, 2019 /

I know it has been almost a month since my last post, which was about my life-long weight problem. I apologize for not writing anything since. I intend to write at least one post a week, and hopefully two per week. I’d like to do one post a week that will include an update on…

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A photo of a measuring tape, similar to the one I will be using during my weight loss journey.

The Story of my Struggle with Weight and Weight Loss

October 7, 2019 /

I have a serious weight problem. I have struggled with it for most of my life, but I’ve usually thought something like, “I’ll deal with it, eventually.” Or, “That’s just the way God made me, so I’m good with that.” But I have to admit it – I am morbidly obese. If I don’t do…

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How That One Night Changed the 70s For Me

September 24, 2019 /

I wrote two weeks ago about The Day That Changed Everything. That was the day my Dad was killed in a truck accident. In that post, I wrote about the events of that evening and the horrible day after my 13th birthday. I know I have more stories to tell about that day and its…

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