Eric Dishongh, PhD
Connecting others to Jesus and His church as a husband, dad, minister, counselor, professor and friend
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Just as you have been doing the past few weeks, I also have been reflecting on the many, many blessings in my life. This year, I have been focusing on the people and "things" that make my life a whole lot EASIER! As you read through this list, I'm hoping that you will think of the people that make your life easier and express your gratitude to them.
Here's my list...
Mitzi Dishongh: Having a great Christian wife who puts up with me every day and who is an awesome mom to Brayden and Breanna very easily makes #1 on the list!
Alan & Lynn Dishongh and David & Marla Medine: Having parents and in-laws living nearby has numerous perks, including, of course, meals and "watching the kids!!!"
Rachel McReynolds: Church secretaries hardly ever get the appreciation that they deserve! I am thankful for all that Rachel does for Hickory Knoll, including not giving me extra work to do! And, I try to return the favor by not giving her too much extra work to do!
Ashley Trosclair and Missy Thielman: I am thankful that Ashley (clinical director) and Missy (office specialist) handle all the day to day logistics of Creative Family Solutions, the busiest counseling center in St. Charles Parish!
People that Pray for Me: Although specific names are not mentioned here, I am thankful for the numerous people who pray for my family and me. Mitzi, Brayden, Breanna and I have an unbelievable support system around us, and we are truly thankful!
Google: Since my desktop, laptop, iPad, and smartphone all have different operating systems, Google enables me to see my email, contacts, and calendar all in one place regardless of what device I am using. Also, I probably do 25-50 Google searches a day!
Text Messaging: Typically, every hour from 8am-8pm of every day of the week is filled with something having to do with family or interacting with others via face to face contact; however, I also strive to be immediately available to anyone at any given point of the day. With all of that said, the quickest way to get a response from me is by sending me a text message!
Dropbox: I cannot begin to explain how simplified life is without flash drives and email attachments! Dropbox keeps all of my files synched and organized, regardless of what device I am using.
Facebook: I utilize social media to stay in contact with my local and out-of-town friends and to stay up to date with current events. I have a Twitter account but don't use it all of that much!
All of these previously mentioned items function "under the umbrella" of the physical and spiritual blessings that are showered upon me by God each and every day of my life.
Jesus says, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light" (Matthew 11:28-30).
Christians have an "easy" life knowing all that Jesus has done for us!
My life purpose is to connect others to Jesus and His church by providing a Christian example and by reaching out on spiritual, relational, academic, and community levels.