Sunday, November 12, 2006

Halloween Pictures

Peanut, my wife, made a slide show for her blog and I thought I would post it here so you could see a bit of our halloween fun. Enjoy!

All About Me

Hello Everyone! I hope this finds you all doing well. My name is Clark. I'm 32 years old and I'm currently serving as a missionary in South Korea with my wife and best friend, Michelle, and our two amazing girls. Oh, and a dog who just climbed in my lap, asking not to be forgotten....she's here too. I wont put the names of my girls here, but the dog's name is Chin Goo, which is Korean for friend. We used to have a cat named Pahn Chan, which is the Korean word for side dish...no, really, it is. We named the cat side dish. We don't have him anymore, and I wont get into what happened to him, mainly because it would be upsetting to my oldest girl. On to happier things, now that you're wondering who's space you've stumbled upon. I'm not great at writing or talking about myself, but since I'm typing an introduction to who I am, I have to write SOMETHING. Here goes.

First and foremost, I'm a Christian, a disciple of Christ, a student follower of Jesus, and unashamedly so. Over the last few years, and this past year in particular, to hunger after Christ and to glorify Him, has become the center of my universe. Where before I was somewhat passive in my following, I'm growing a lot more aggressive in my desire to follow and serve. There are 2 simple rules I have come to desire to live by in my life: To love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul and mind, and to love my neigbor as myself. By no means am I perfect, or where I need to be with this, but I want to get there.

I'm absolutely in love with my wife and girls. My wife is my best friend, soul mate and partner in crime. She goes by either Peanut or Michelle....mostly Peanut. She's got the whole Blogger thing going on too. She's the one who got me into it, actually truth be told, she drug me into it kicking and screaming! I think she is trying to up my coolness quotient. Yeah, good luck with that! We've been married for eight years now...well, a little over 8 years now. We've known each other for ten. And I have to say, it really, pretty much was love at first sight for me. I had made up my mind to be single, but God changed that by bringng her along. Small thanks has to go out to Clint for his hand in it. And how could I forget Lori? Lori was he glue that helped hold things together in the beginning. Lori, I know you'll read this. I love you my sister! Miss you! I can't wait to see you and throw my arms around you. Hey Lori, do you remember Clint's days as Peter Pan? Clint, I hope you see that.

My first girl will be seven this year. She is a beautiful, talented little genius. There, honestly, is nothing this girl is not good at. She is amazingly sweet and loving, and at seven years old, she has an amzing heart for God and for people. She has a better grip on God things than a lot of people who have been after it for 20 years like me. She's my little social butterfly and diplomat...she never meets a stranger.

My second girl is just over a year old. She was born here in Korea. In the last few months, her little personality has blossomed. I'm pretty convinced she's going to rule the world someday. She's going to take it by force is my guess. She's an absolutely sweet, charming little devil. We had some scares with her at first, so I'm pretty much overprotective of her. She is a Godsend...a little blessing. Besides God, these three are my best friends.

In closing this post that is all about me, I will say that I'm a lunatic. I took the Muppet Personality Test and discovered that I'm Gonzo the Great. When I was younger, I was extremely hyper active. These last few years, I've mellowed a little and had begun to take myself too seriously. The Muppet Test humbled me and put things back in perspective. My lunacy and hyperactivity are on the mend. They should be back in working order soon. Too add one quick thing, for all those who like to ask the famous online question "What do you look like?", I like how the Muppet test describes me....Ugly, but in a charming sort of way.

But, for those of you who want more that that...here is a better picture of me than the one in my profile!





You Are Gonzo the Great

"Is something burning in here? Oh, it's just me."
You're a total nutball who will do anything for attention.
The first to take a dare, you'll pull almost any stunt.
You're one weird looking creature, but your chickens don't mind!

The Muppet Personality Test



Exercise Journal Part 2

Okay...A ligher subject this time. Wow! 2 posts in one night! What's happening here?!

Alright, last Monday was my day to hegin kicking things in 2nd gear. I'm not in high gear yet, but I hope I'll get there.

I started the day with the Warrior Wellness joint mobility program. You can find more info about this and other great programs at RMaxi.com It has really helped me to recover and refine alot of my ranges of motion, throughout my body. I followed it up with the second exercise from the Be Breathed routine, also from RMax. Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays I'm working what is called a Double Density Cycle of Rocking Squats and Dive Bomber pushups. The idea behind the density cycle is that you do it twice a day, three days a week. Each days work is roughly 12 hours apart. Ther first day is 20 sets of 5 over 20 minutes. You do 5, rest, then at the top of the minute, another five. The next day is 18 sets of 6 over 18 minutes. You're working your way to a day of doing 100 straight. So, for me, 20 minutes of rocking squats, followed by 20 minutes of dive bomber pushups.

The first round of the day wasn't too bad. 12 hours later, when I had to do the next round, I struggled, mainly with the pushups. I think some of it may have been in my head. I tried to do pullups earlier in the day, just to see where I am, and I couldn't knock out 2. I was floored by how much strength I had lost. Whatever else I did to myself in herniating the disc, I really messed myself up. Anyway, did make it through the second round. I was incredibly sore the next day.

The next day, Tuesday, was a big test. It was the first day to get back to Kettlebell work and I was afraid it would tear my shoulder up. All went very well though. I alternated Hindu Squats and Kettlebell swings through 10 circuits. The squats were done between 30 and 45 reps, the swings, 10 per arm, then a 30 second rest. I did this again tonight, still holding up well.

Yesterday, I only got to do one round of the 18x6 Rocking Squats and Divebombers. I was kind of glad as I was really sore going in to it. Tomorrow is another density day. I hope I'm ready for it.

I apologize for the horrible structure of this and my other blog tonight. It's been a long day and good form is the last thing on my mind. Take care. More later. Clark

Surrender and Holiness

Hello Everyone. I hope this finds you all doing well. It's about 11:22 PM here in the Land of the Morning Calm (That's Korea, for the uninitiated). I'm running on fumes, so I'm really worried that None of what I want to say is going to come out, or that if it does, it isn't going to make any snese. Seeing as how this is really my only time to get on here, I guess I just need to suck it up and deal with it.

This is something that I've been wanting to write for quite some time. I've actually tried a few times, but every time I go to post what I've written, it disappears. Then my good friend, Clint Parks, with his fancy Seminary degree, goes and beats me to the punch...sort of. Clint really is one of my best friends, I just have to give him a hard time. His most recent blog is along the lines of what I've been wanting to write, but I'm going to try to one up him here.

In his most recent blog, he talked about how Satan is on the move, waging war against believers, and that it is time for those who claim the name of Christ to get about the business of taking the fight to the enemy. Amen. I totally agree with that. However, we as the Body of Christ, can not wage effective spiritual warfare, unless we recover something we're thrown away: Holiness. That's right. Many of us have forgotten it, ignored it or just thrown it away, but we, as disciples of Christ, are called to live a holy life. Now, I'm the least qualified person on earth to write about this. I've been a Christian for nearly 20 years now, and for much of that time, I sat on the sidelines, faking the life, not really knowing what the life is. But God is good, and His grace is amazing. Even through all of my faking and forgetting, HE continued to call me back to Himself, and I've fianlly woken up to this truth. If I have truly taken Jesus as my Savior and Lord, then I am called to hunger ever more greatly for Him, and to pursue holiness. I saw 2 bumper stickers online the other day: One said "I love Jesus, I just hate Christians." The other said "God, save me from your people." The world aint seeing a difference folks. At least not in me.

If we are going to see Christians going after holiness, if we're going to see Christians waging effective warfare, if we are going to see the tide turned in our culture, it has to begin with repentance among the Children of God. When we turn from the junk and garbage we've been chasing and living in, and decide to live for God...I think it could be incredible. Let it begin with me.

I have, in my time, even as a professing follower of Christ, been:

An adulterer, a liar, a thief, a murderer, a hypocrite...before I go any further, let me clarify. Some of these things I have just confessed have not been carried out in deed. But Jesus made no distiction. He said if you look at a woman with lust, you've committed adultery. If you hate your brother, you've murdered. I'm not going to make distictions that He doesn't. On with it. I've been a promise breaker, a thief, a maniplator, a moocher, a slacker...I've held grudges, lived in bitterness, anger resentment, rage. This is the tip of the iceberg. A few hours ago, I had a great list together, now I'm blanking out. Anyway, to sin like this has been my choice. Anytime we sin as believers, it is because we choose to. We decide to be disobedient. I've built these strongholds and patterns. I confess them to you now to say that even in all of this, I have been amazed at the grace of my great and awesomre God, my Savior and Lord. He has continued to draw me back, and by His grace, I get it now. Because in His life, death and resurrection, Christ imparted His holiness to me, I choose to put off the old self, my patterns and strongholds of sin, and declare, before this great cloud of witnesses, that I choose to surrender myself to hunger after and live for Christ. I will pursue Him and hunger for Him. I choose to pursue the lifr of Holiness He has called me to. I choose it becasue of Him and for Him. Lord God, let repentance and revival begin with me.

Let's repent and surrender ourselves anew to the only one we owe allegiance to. As He commanded, let us be holy as He is holy.

Exercise Journal Part 1

Hey Everybody. I hope you are all doing well. I know, I know. I've been gone a long time, and I know you've all been dying for my next witty entry. Well, okay, that's stretching things alot, but I am sorry I take so long between posts. My computer time has only come in the tiniest of chunks. The time that I have had to write, I've written really deep, hopefully meaningful posts, but whenever I click to submit, they've disappeared for some reason. SO, I'm going to start something ongoing and kind of goofy, but my hope is that, as I drop in to write updates, I'll take the time to write important things as well. So, here goes. A little over a month ago, I managed to, quite expertly, herniate a disk in my neck. Doing this just caused a chain reaction of stuff in my body. Some nerve got pinched and it almost immobilized my left arm. As a result, I would say I lost about 75% of the strentgh in that arm. Also, an old shoulder injury from a van wreck 10 years ago was aggrivated. To top all this fun, I got 2 weeks of physical therapy which involved electroshocks and getting my neck stretched. Quite surreal. Try it sometime. Anyway, the doctor told me to wait 1 month before returning to my exercise/workout regimen. I waited about 2 weeks before I started doing some joint mobility and BodyFlow stuff. Well, my month is up, and I'm jumping back into things, so I thought it would be fun to keep a training blog and post before/after photos and ongoing progress.

During my recovery time, as I said, I've been doing joint mobility work and what's called BodyFlow, wich you can learn more about at RMaxi.com. Truly g reat stuff. Also, I've kind of focused on cleaning the physical slate by concentrating on Hindu Squats and Hindu Pushups. If you don't know what these are, check out MattFurey.com or TrainForStrength.com. I'm not ready to jump back on barbells yet. I'm going to build my work, from now until we come home in December around Rocking Squats and Hindu Pushups 3 days a week, done in a density cycle. This is done twice a day, 12 hours apart, 3 days a week, for approximately one month. The first day, with exercise of choice, you do 20 sets of 5 for 20 minutes, starting at the top of every minute. Next day is 18 sets of 6 for 18 minutes. So on and so forth. My other 3 days will involve KettleBell and Clubbell work. If all of this sounds foreign, as I said, check RMaxi.Com and Dragondoor.com. I completely endorse just about anything these guys produce. Enough rambling. On to my before photos. Please bear in mind I've been out of action...at least limited...for about a month. I'm out of shape. As such, I didn't have the guts to take before photos shirtless. For the sake of your eyes and stomachs, I'm wearing a tight UnderArmour shirt. Please, if you're going to laugh or make jokes, E-mail 'em to me. Don't hang them out there for everyone to see. Everyone is going to get a good enough laugh as it is, don't encourage them. I' sorry to do this to you all. Like I said, if I have to be accountable to sow up to post results, it may afford me the opportunity to do some meaningful writing. Here ya go.


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A Sudden Realization

Hello Everyone. I hope this finds you all doing well. Well, here I am, getting around to my first real post. I don't quite count the first one, becasue it was just a list of some of the things that make me weird. I hope it made for some entertaining reading. There is lots more that's weird about me. That stuff is just the crust on the tip of the iceberg.

On to more serious thoughts today. It is serious stuff, but I hope that it doesn't come across as a heavy handed seriousness. Down in the "Mood" block, I listed my current mood as "Awake." I don't mean awake in the sense that I'm up and about, breathing in and out and going throught the motions of the day. I mean awake in the sense that Neo was awake when he saw the lies of the Matrix for what they were. He woke up and began to live his real life. I've been doing a lot of waking up recently, and this latest awakening is going to be nothing short of revolutionary for my life. My hope and prayer is that maybe it can be for yours, too.

I'll be 33 years old this July. As of this coming December, I will have been a Christian for 19 of those 33 years. I just woke up to the fact that, for all this time, I have really missed the deep, underlying point and reason for Christ's sacrifice, His reason for saving me. When you come right down to it, it's the real reason I'm alive, the only reason any of us are here. Here it is: To know Him. To know God and to relate to Him. A second reason follows right behind this one: To make Him known.

For so long, my belief was that Christ died to save me from my sins and from hell, to give me eternal life. All of this kind of morphed into a prayer life of asking God to meet all my needs, give me the things I wanted, and pitch a tantrum (fervent prayer), when things weren't going my way. Then, in worship services and prayer, heap the praise on God as a sort of tip for good service, and to keep Him appeased...to put the touch on God, if you will.

I was rasied in church and grew up with a knowledge of God, of Jesus Christ and his death burial and resurrection. But it just hit me, as I was going through a period of repentance and surrender, that I do not have a clear picture, a clear understanding of who He is. For all of the things I know about, I don't know Him, and that's the point of it all! Christ took on Himself every drop of our sin. That thing you do, or say or think when no one is watching, that secret shame? Christ took it as His own. He became a curse so that we wouldn't be cursed becasue of our sin. He did it, yes to save us from our sins and from hell. But the root of it all was to free us so that we can relate to the Father, so that we can know Him as our Father.

Here's another way of looking at it: The Holy, Righteous and Most High God, the limitless, ageless King of Glory, the God of all creation, who has every right to abandon us because of our rebellion and sin, wants to know us and wants us to know Him. He gave his Son so that we might be free to know Him. Knowing God, relating to Him is the point. It's the first thing, the root of it all.

Knowing God is the point. I'm just waking up to all of this. I hope all of you are ahead of me. If you're not, turn your heart towards knowing God, then, make Him known.

TAG, You're It

TAG the first 6 people who read this! I can't decided who to send it to, so if you read this within six days of today (5/5/06) YOU'RE IT!!!

Each player of this game starts with the "6 weird things/habits about you". People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird habits/things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave a comment that says "you are tagged" in their comments and tell them to read your blog.



Wow...I'm finally getting around to my first entry. This is not exactly what I intended my first entry to be, but hey, it should be a fun way to start. A friend of mine, Lori tagged me and brought me into this game. Now I have to bare my soul and list my six weirdest traits. This is going to be really hard for me because I'm just weird. I mean, asking me to narrow it down to six....okay.

Well, I guess number one could be my hair. It's not weird in the way it looks, but it's weird in the sense that I can't decide what to do with it, or how I feel about it. At one point, about a year ago, I had decided I was goint to grow my hair out to be longish again. Then, I caught sight of my silhouette after a shower where my hair was smooth against my head. 'Hey, what if I shave my head?' I thought. So, I did. I liked the way it looked and decided to stick with it for a while. Then I decided to grow it out again. I got to an in between stage, where I was able to style it in kind of a "fauxhawk." Kind of. There are days I really love it and want to stick with it. Then, there are days where I look at it and how it's behaving that day, and I keep expecting Vanilla Ice to call, demanding I return his hairstyle.

Number two...I have, in fact, eaten dog as a meal. Do I really need to elaborate?

As my wife so lovingly pointed out, while laughing her head off, I have more shoes AND clothes than many high maintenence women.. Good grief....my hair, my shoes and clothes? I'm NOT gay, I promise. It's the fact that I'm surrounded by women. My wife, my two girls...Even our dog. The only other boy was our cat, Pahn Chan and we had to send him packin'.

I attract freaks. If you're drunk, misunderstood, down on your luck, mentally unstable or you just smell bad, you're probably going to find your way to me at some point. We'll leave the light on for you. Michelle just pointed this out, so I have to add it: They don't just find me, they talk to me. And they talk. And they talk. And I listen. For some reason, these people latch on to me and open up to me. I'm not complaining at all, because I think it's a God thing. God brings these guys to me and I love it. Michelle on the other hand....

With my family, I am, in fact, considering opening our own circus. We are a 3 ring circus. When we arrive on a scene, people keep expecting to see a little mini-car pull up, and about 20 more of us pile out of the car dressed in bright costumes and face paint. Then they're distracted by the bears on unicycles, the girls riding elephants...you get the point.

Disaster finds me. Honestly, if there is anything that can go wrong, you don't want me on your team, because it will. For example: 2 weeks ago, we had a day of very high winds here on our island. This is nothing unusual, since our island is famous for wind. I doubt there were many people that day who literally, pretty much had their car door ripped off by the wind, but I did. Our team leader, who is a retired Army Major, laughed and said "Man, If you guys were ever taken hostage, we wouldn't have to worry about you too much. After a week, they would be begging us all to take you back." Don't stand too close to me if it's storm season.

I really could keep going, but the rules say I have to keep it at six.

Trying Again

OK, so here we go again. I switched from blogger to MySpace a while back, but I am back to blog over here on blogger again. I know that some people stay away from MySpace because it tends to come with a lot of garbage. So, I wanted to post where those who are not interested in MySpace can come and read my ramblings. I am going to spend the next few days copying all my blog posts from MySpace to blogger...so stay tuned for more.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The First Entry

To All Who May Visit and Care What I Have to Say :


Hello! I hope all of you are doing well. My name is Clark, and I am currently serving as a missionary, with my family, on the island of Jeju in South Korea. I am, as I said, married to Michelle. We have two girls: Bug, who is six, and Bean, who is almost one and was born here, in Korea. I am totally new to the amazing, exciting world of blogging, so it may take me a while to get the hang of it and to work the kinks out. Please be patient with me. Maybe I can at least provide you with a good laugh as you watch me muddle through this. Laugh away. Anyway, my degree is in Mass Communications. I had intentions, at one point, to become a journalist. That may still happen at some point, in some way, shape or form. Until then, I'll write, talk, ramble, rant, joke, sermonize and prophesy here, on life overseas, life in the States, culture, politics, traveling, working out, everything in between, and most importantly, Christ and my faith in Him.

Wow. That's quite a mouthful. And, I suppose, a bit of a run-on paragraph of sorts. Anyway, stay tuned. There's more to come. Thanks for your time and attention. If you want to drop me a line in the comments section, I would love to hear from you. Clark's 2 Cents is kind of the working title for this now. It may change to Clark's 3 Ring Circus. More on that later.