Silver Linings

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Our Father Blesses

June 20, 2018
If you follow this blog, and you are reading this, you might be wondering, "What Happened?"

Life is what happened!

You might wonder if I have been too busy to write or what other excuse I might use for the vacation these posts have been on. You might even have thought "Is his disease keeping him from writing?" You would be correct in wondering but the lack of musings though has been the result of compassion which has filled my soul. 

If you know my story or where I have been in my journey, you are well aware of how I cam to be in MInnesota. Answering the call of my prayers required me to have faith in God that I had not demonstrated previously. I asked and then stepped up.I had always bartered with God in my prayers. We all do it. You know the line: "If you do this for me God, I'll do that." This time was different.I said, "I'll go and I'll have faith. I know you will lead me."

After arriving in Minnesota for my first date with my wife, she immediately took me to see her parents. I thought it was a test to see if I met approval, but as I look back it was God's way of saying I have another "father" for you.

I have always valued my relationship with my dad and the time we had together, but as my wife and I  grew deeper in love and  the inevitable that I would move hundreds of miles from my parents to marry this wonderful women, it would  mean that my relationship with my dad would change  I had to rely on God to help me.What I didn't know then that I do now is that God not only strengthened the relationship that I had with my dad, but he'd also bless me with a "new" dad. 

I didn't expect it. My father-in-law has provided wisdom at times that I didn't know that I needed it. He has allowed me to love his "little pink angel" while at the same time showing me to love as he has loved his wife for nearly seventy years. I never thought that he would affect me so much, but it has.

This past November, "Dad" took ill. His health has steadily declined. I  knew that this would be difficult for my wife to experience, but I didn't excpect it would affect me and it has.

Although these past few months I haven't written, I have had love written on my heart and an awakening of how much God loves us. He provides in ways we cannot fathom. 

We are richly blessed.

I am so thankful for all my dads. 

"...for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him."
- Matthew 6:8




 

That Sinking Feeling

October 25, 2017

A friend of mine, who with her husband write a blog, posed an interesting question. If you could write a blog post based on a song, what song would you use to describe your life and why? It got me to thinking.

After careful consideration, I chose “How He Loves” by David Crowder Band. It is a song that has been present in my darkest time and my brightest.

Throughout my life I have made choices that sometimes where not in my best interest. These choices hurt not only me, but many others. ...


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A Shelter in the Storm

September 11, 2017
It has been a while since I last posted in this blog, but it hasn't been because of a lack of thoughts or inspiration. Irony,  the difference between appearance and reality, has been a constant presence in my life. So has prayer.

I have experienced many situations in the last few months where my faith has been tested. Many have made me angry. A few have made me sad. I know these tests are there not as temptation, but as an opportunity to show strength and God's presence in my life.

One of these...
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Hero

June 30, 2017
Heroes. Everyone admires them. Many of us aspire to be one, but true heroes neither aspire or, borrowing from the definition of, seek out notoriety for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

Many of the posts seen in this blog have received comments about their inspiration or my courage, but I don’t write them to receive fame, I wish that there was no need for me to write this blog, but this disease doesn’t allow me that choice. However, I am inspired by the heroes in...

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The Smile On Her Face

May 4, 2017
Somedays I can't get the words to roll off my lips to make others aware of how I am feeling or to explain a concept or to just say thank you. It is the cruelty of Parkinson's boisterously appearing in my silence. The last month I have had more days like this than I wish to experience.

Experiences though cannot be taken away from me even as this body finds physical abilities slowly disappearing. One experience that will never leave me is the first time that I heard my wife's voice. It was five ...
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Live Like A Champion Everyday

April 12, 2017

When I first played organized sports, my baseball uniform was made of flannel, a one bar helmet protected my noggin on the football field, and my basketball shorts were too short for anyone to be wearing. I wore those funky-looking Kurt Rambis-type glasses while red, white, and blue sweatbands adore my wrists. It didn’t matter when or where I played, most importantly, I was now part of a team.

I took my share of bumps and bruises, hard hits and hard knocks. I even punished a few opponents,...


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The Promise with Hope!

April 11, 2017
When we think of a promise, we think of the promises that we make to each other. To our spouses we promise to cherish. To the banks, we promise to pay back the money we owe.

In this journey that I travel each day, some have wondered what I have to pay back, or what I might have done wrong previously. But this is just human wondering.

The love that we share with our spouse and family is different than that we share with friends. There is a depth to it that is indescribable. You just know it, fee...
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How $100 Changed My Life & I Never Saw A Dime Of It

March 6, 2017

It was late afternoon on a crisp spring Saturday. I sat in the front row listening to this Preacher’s kid, now author. He was discussing how this book was his attempt to put into words how he thinks, as a gift for his kids from a simple request by his wife. Although he had written poetry and many other items, this was Paul’s first book.

The previous year was devastating for him. Financial hardships included losing his home. In a rental home, he penned his story; a story about love and tr...


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Worry? Who Me?

February 10, 2017
You know that life is treating you well or you are supremely busy when those items you tended to before receive less attention. Not posting in Silver Linings for nearly two months could be seen as one of these two options.

But, in God's time, there are no boundaries, no set rules of when and where. He is. How He responds is delivered in so many ways and at this moment I feel so blessed.

In Philippians 4:6, we are reminded, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and...
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"Time is simply how you live your life..."

December 15, 2016
"If I've learned anything through all of this, it's that each and every day is a canvas waiting to be painted -- an opportunity for love, for fun, for living, for learning..."

- Craig Sager

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My Angel My Hero 

This is the unedited version of a video that I completed for My Angel My Hero, a non-profit whose mission is to bring awareness towards different social causes such as Parkinson's disease. Here is my story of how faith and my wife are my angel and my hero.

 

 

 

 Our Blog Writers Are...

Parkie


Martin Lukaszewski In January 2014, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. In this blog I will share with you the silver linings of knowing where my life is going, what are my hopes for my future, and how I spend each day.

Caregiver


Jean Lukaszewski I am a Hospice Nurse and have had many patients who endured Parkinson's disease.My plan is to share with you my experiences not as a nurse, but as a wife who with her husband encounter this disease.

 

 

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