Richard Hudson

"Have You Considered My Servant, Job?"

 

According to the Bible, one day a long time ago, the sons of God came to present themselves before Him, and Satan also came among them.  God asked Satan what he was doing.  In today's vernacular Satan would have said something like, "Oh, just messing around."  Actually he was looking for some mischief to get into and also to see if there was someone he could harm, because that's what he does.  God asked him, "Have you considered my servant, Job?"  In my opinion, that is one of the greatest compliments ever paid to a mortal man.  When Almighty God had enough confidence in a mere man that He knew would not fail, no matter what.  Job was a blessed man with great possessions and a wonderful, loving family.  God took his protection away from Job and gave Satan free rein to do whatever he desired to him, except take his life.  Job lost everything, including his sons and daughters.  Only his wife was left to tell him that he ought to curse God and die.  Not exactly the kind of encouragement he needed at the time, but still Job stayed true to God.  Read the book of "Job" sometime.  Most of us know the story.  Through it all Job stayed true to God and his belief in Him.  In the end, he was restored to more than he had before.  But, the thing that struck me more than anything else about this story is that God trusted Job without reservation above all other men on the face of the earth.  All of this, I think, just to let us know that we should trust God, no matter what.  I don't know about you, but it also reminds me of how much more I need to consecrate my life and everything I am to the Almighty and to trust Him in all circumstances.  Life may be great for you, but it would be so much greater if you invite Him into your life.    

 

A Follow Up On Exercise

 

A few days ago I posted a blog on the importance of daily exercise and diet.  I want to follow up on that entry with some safety tips for those of us who walk or run on public streets.

First you might ask, "What's a guitar picker doing giving me advice on diet and exercise?"  Well, as I mentioned in my previous blog entry, I am not a professional trainer nor am I a professional nutritionist.  I am just passing on some tips that have worked for me.  I am going into my 7th decade on God's green earth and I still work every day and I am never sick.  Most of my friends that are my age take a handful of pills every morning and get sick every time the weather changes.  I give praise to my Creator for granting me good health and the desire to want to maintain it.

As I mentioned before, I walk 2 miles briskly every morning, unless the temperature is below 20F or if precipitation is falling or if there is ice on the ground.  I walk on public streets around my neighborhood.  It is vitally important to understand a few things about how to be safe when you are walking on public streets, especially before or after daylight.  

Number one rule is always wear light colored clothing.  Something with reflective material in it is even better.  Even shoes with reflective material sewn in them.  If you wear dark colored clothing, it makes it hard for anyone to see you.

Number two rule is always walk facing the traffic, and get as far as you can over next to the curb.  Again, you want to make it easy for motorists to see you and also for you to be able to watch motorists so that you can take evasive action if necessary.  And, believe me, sometimes it is necessary.  Remember almost everyone has a cell phone nowadays and very often they are occupied texting or talking on the phone.  They may not even see you, so you must watch out for yourself.  

Number three rule is be courteous to the motorists.  Never step out in front of a motorist just because you have the right of way.  If they don't see you or just don't yield for you, you are just as dead, right or wrong.  Don't ever take that chance.  You lose.  When they do offer you the right to pass, smile and mouth a thank you or a wave/salute.  Remember the streets and highways were made for motorists, not pedestrians.  So, in essence, we are guests on their territory.

Number four rule is don't ever wear headphones or earbuds so that you can listen to music while you walk or run.  You must be able to hear everything going on around you.  I understand that listening to music helps break the monotony, but it is extremely dangerous.  Remember your life and safety have to be your number one priority.

Those are the main points.  Remember to always dress appropriately.  Wear head and ear covering when the temps are cold.  Wear comfortable shoes.  Take care of your feet.  Don't get blisters, and if you do, take care of them immediately so that you don't get an infection.  Even miss walking, if you must, until it heals.

Another important thing to do is to stretch before you walk or run.  Stretch your legs and back.  Do a couple of side twists and touch your toes a couple of times.  When you return from your walk or run, remember to stretch again.  It is just as important to stretch in the cool down phase as it is to stretch to warm up.  You will not experience soreness like you will if you don't stretch, both before and after.

My best to you in trying to maintain your health.  Remember to drink plenty of water, eat sensibly and exercise every day.  Keep a smile on your face and go out to meet the world with a good positive attitude.

God bless you.

Richard

 

Tips For Seasoned Citizens

 

At this phase of my life I am becoming more aware of the importance of staying healthy.  Mind you, I said, "staying healthy."  Now let me say up front that I am not a medical professional nor a nutritionist, but I just know what has worked for me to maintain my quality of life, so I thought I would share some ideas with you.  If it helps, then we are both the better for it.  The things I will share are personal for me and may or may not work for you, so here goes.

I.  I BELIEVE IN A HIGHER POWER

I believe in Almighty God.  I believe He created the Heavens and the Earth from nothing.  I also believe He created Man and everything that inhabits the earth.  In other words, I believe everything we can see and also things not seen was created by Him.  I am a Christian, which means that I believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin.  I believe He lived on this earth as a man for just over 30 years.  I believe He felt pain and gladness just as we do.  I believe He felt temptation the same way we do.  I believe that He died on a cross for the sins of the world, including mine, and I believe He was resurrected the third day.  I believe He ascended back into heaven after promising that He was going to prepare a place for us, so that we could some day dwell with Him forever in that place.

I try to live my life as nearly as I can according to His teachings.  Being called a Christian does not mean that I am perfect.  I am human, and from time to time I make mistakes, but it is never because of His shortcomings. It is because I am a flawed human and I am not strong enough on my own to live a life of perfection.  I start my day, every day, with prayer and time alone with Him.  I am always careful to thank Him for everything and ask Him to guide me in everything I do.  FORM THE HABIT OF PRAYING DAILY BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR REGULAR ACTIVITIES.

Physical exercise is vitally important to your physical well being.  As soon as I get out of bed in the morning, I dress and go for a 2 mile brisk walk.  By brisk I mean 4 mph, or 30 minutes for 2 miles.  Barring inclement weather, I do this every day.  If it is 20F or above, I walk.  Dress appropriately.  As soon as I return from my walk, I go directly to my back yard and do a half dozen or so army PT exercises.  I do 12 repetitions of each.  My daily dozen.  That includes a side twister, bend and reach, squats, pushups, ab crunches and others.  Then it is time for a cup of coffee and 30 minutes or so of quiet time.  FORM THE HABIT OF EXERCISING DAILY.

Nutrition is vitally important also.  I am not qualified to lay out a diet for you to follow, however I believe that in order to stay healthy it is important to watch what you eat.  Common sense is the rule.  Sensible portions.  Stay away from processed foods.  No artificial sweeteners.  Never eat white bread.  Cut out sugar and sweets as much as possible.  Don't add salt to what you eat.  Eat a lot of green veggies.  Veggies of all colors actually, but especially green, like collard greens, spinach, mustard greens, asparagus (yuk), broccolli, etc.  Never use margarine.  Butter instead. Carbonated soft drinks are not good for you.  Especially diet drinks (artificial sweeteners).  Try to limit to one cup of coffee per day. DRINK LOTS OF WATER.  Stay away from bottled water.  There are added chemicals.  Filtered water, if it is available to you or just plain tap water.  How much water?  A good rule of thumb is to divide your weight by 2, and drink that many ounces every day.  In other words, if you weigh 200, drink 100 ounces of water.  It is not as hard as you might think, if you will have water available throughout the day and just drink it as you work or do your activities.  You will go to the bathroom a lot, believe me, but that's just part of it.  It helps to flush all of the bad stuff out of your body.  I once heard it said to eat breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dinner like a pauper.  Stay away from fast foods, carry out foods and the like.  Eat sensible portions, drink water and get plenty of sleep.  EXERCISE DAILY, SPEND QUIET TIME, EAT SENSIBLY AND GET PLENTY OF SLEEP.

I have never taken a flu shot except when I was in the army and forced to take one.  I don't ever get the flu either.  A good positive attitude is some of the best preventative medicine you can have, and it's a lot cheaper.  Just think how much money you can save if you never get sick.  Doctors and hospitals are outrageously expensive.  Medical bills can and will ruin you, so take care of your body.  Keep a good attitude.  Instead of giving in to that feeling that you are going to be sick, put up your resistance, stay busy and you would be surprised at how easy it is to fend off most colds, etc.  You are what you think you are.  Your attitude is your altitude.  Stay positive, stay busy and rise above it all.

Now, do I practice what I preach?  For the most part, yes, I do.  However I am about 20 pounds overweight and I am struggling to get it down to where it should be.  I am an active person and I do have a hearty appetite and Conchieta is an excellent cook, so it is a battle, but we are trying.

In summary, let me say this.  Stay happy.  Have a good positive outlook on life.  Exercise daily.  Spend some quiet time every morning.  That is also a good time to pray.  Eat sensibly with lots of green veggies, no sweets, added salt or processed foods.  Drink plenty of water.  Stay active every day and get plenty of sleep.  Try to live every day as if it will be your last, but plan to live forever.  Don't ever give up and think you are too old.  Methuselah lived to 965 years, so none of us are old.

Thank God everyday for life.  My best to you all.

Richard

 

New website photo

 

I finally found the original photo that I was seeking.  The image is now much sharper.  I hope you like it.

 

Thanks,

Richard

 

Initial "Note From Richard"

 

This will be my first "Note From Richard." From time to time I will post what is going on the life and times of Richard Hudson, musician, businessman, husband, dad, and most importantly Pa Pa to Devon, Camden, Ashtyn, Carys, Rowan and Caylys. I have been out of action, so to speak, for the last couple of years due to various reasons, but daylight is burning and there are places to go and people to see, so I must be about The Master's business.  

This will be one of my shorter notes of many more to come, but I want to take this opportunity to thank you sincerely for taking the time to visit me. I will try to keep things interesting for you. I hope as my itenerary broadens, that you will come out to see me when I make it to your neck of the woods. As invitations come in, I will do my best to honor them all if at all feasible. I will be recording and releasing some singles in the near future. Probably more along the line of Gospel instrumentals. I hope these recordings will be enjoyable for you. 

I am humbled by the many very kind comments that come my way. You are the reason I do what I do. To say thank you seems so inadequate, but believe me when I say I am grateful to you and to Almighty God that has given me the ability to make music. When I play and sing, it enables me to worship Him who gave me the gift and at the same time provides me with more pleasure and peace than I would be able to achieve otherwise.

If you have thoughts, let me hear them. I read all of my mail.  Until next time may all of your days be filled with sunshine and may you dream good dreams and may they all come true.

Richard