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Our Father Blesses

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, In : Faith 
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 a...
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That Sinking Feeling

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, In : Faith 

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

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Monday, September 11, 2017, In : Faith 
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.

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The Promise with Hope!

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, In : Faith 
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

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Monday, March 6, 2017, In : Faith 

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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That Summer...

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Thursday, November 3, 2016, In : Faith 

That summer. No one could ever take it away from me. I was leaving second grade and entering third. I was making decisions that affected me for the rest of my life and just talking about that summer evokes magical images. It was a summer that I would first play a sport, Little League Baseball. It was the “Summer of 69.”

For the first time that summer I understood how important sports were in my family. My parents, both born prior to World War II, loved to work with kids. That year, as vo...


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Because it Matters

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Thursday, May 12, 2016, In : Faith 
One of my students called me yesterday. She is in a predicament. She needs to graduate this semester. If not, she ages out. 

She needs to pass just my class. She has struggled previously and this is another attempt. There is added pressure as her dream job will not be available if she doesn't pass. She is less than 15% away from having enough points in class to pass, but the hardest items for her to complete stand before her.

I assured her that she will do it. I provided her a plan to do it and...

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Reaching Goals

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Friday, May 6, 2016, In : Faith 
This past week has seen the attainment of many goals that I made this past January. Many times we make those New Year's resolutions only to give up in the first thirty days.This year has been different.

The first goal I decided to reach was to lose fifty pounds. I knew that I weighed too much and I was having difficulty moving and sleeping. Parkinson's does not discriminate on who gets it or who doesn't. You can be tall or short, fat or skinny, male or female, and your skin can be one of a var...

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A Sea of Tulips

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Friday, April 29, 2016, In : Faith 

 

The month of April is nearly finished and so is the annual campaign for Parkinson's disease awareness. In a week our local National Parkinson's Foundation will hold it's annual Moving Day walk, I'll have family in town, and I'll see friends that I haven't seen for months.

A symbol that is commonly used for Parkinson's disease awareness is the red tulip. Our awareness color is a shade close to the cloud-filled sky in this picture where we see one tulip rising above all others. It is a scene th...

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You Are My Rock

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Friday, April 8, 2016, In : Faith 
"I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church;"
Matthew 16:18

A short time ago, my sister relayed to me that the rock that I had given to my nephew, Noah, was nearly lossed. It appeared that her mother-in-law had come over to my sister's house and decided, as a favor to my sister, to clean her house. Seeing the rock in plain sight, and without knowing the significance of it, her mother-in-law tossed it into the trash. Frantically, after arriving home and not s...

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She Said "Yes!"

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, In : Faith 
When I first started to date my wife, she introduced me to some of the important people in her life. I knew I was in trouble the first hour after I met her when she took me to meet her parents.Talk about pressure! While it was the first hour of our first date, we actually had been talking everyday for nearly two months before meeting in person for the first time.

The day before my wife and I first met online, I prayed to God that He would lead me to the spouse He wanted me to be with the rest ...
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A Normal Day

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Thursday, December 3, 2015, In : Faith 
Lately, every day has been filled with some type of bustling activity. It's Christmas time people say.You're supposed to be running around shopping, visiting friends and family. Last night it was a school board training class I attended, tonight it is a review of a movie, and this Sunday starts another splurge of activities filling up next week's schedule.

Eventually I made it home yesterday. As I sat down in my cozy comfortable sofa, I finally took a deep breath. I noticed for the first time ...
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The Walk

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Thursday, September 17, 2015, In : Faith 

As babies, one of the first skills that we learn is walking. We pick ourselves up off the ground, push upward and forward, and take that first step. Once accomplished, the joy of walking cannot be taken away.

Injury and a lack of cartridge over the years in my left knee caused my gait to be painful. Many days I did not want to walk, let alone exercise. I knew that I had to and that the knee replacement surgery was much needed if I wanted to walk.

The surgery worked as designed. Each day I g...


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A Step Closer

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, In : Faith 
I know it has been some time but the opportunities that God has granted us during this healing time has been phenomenal. The replacement of my knee joint has been the ice breaker to so many conversations about our faith.

We have been able to share how we were guided to each other by God. We have shared how it is God's hand moving in our life, not coincidence. Each step I take in my recovery has been a step closer to Him. 

If you are a casual reader of this blog, I'd like to share more with you...

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Practice, Practice, Practice

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Saturday, April 18, 2015, In : Faith 
If you look at biblical numbers, the number seventeen signifies victory, so it is not coincidence that the posting of my story by My Angel My Hero was posted on the seventeenth of this month. I will have victory over Parkinson's.

That victory may be through a cure one day, if that is God's will. I do know that the best victory is when God brings me back home and I no longer have a body pilfered with this disease. I will be made whole in His sight.

When athletes prepare and play their respective...
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Why Get Out of Bed?

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Thursday, March 12, 2015, In : Faith 
Some days you don't want to wake up while others you never want to end. Such has been the case the last few days. Each morning I'd pry myself from the sheets not sure if I wanted to take a step out of the house.

Quickly, like the change of the weather,each day got better. The first clue that this was not going to be an ordinary week was when one of my students, who had struggled previously in my class, contacted me about meeting. During the course of that meeting the "light bulb" turned on in ...
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The Promise

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Friday, January 23, 2015, In : Faith 
Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible,"
Matthew 19:26 NIV

As I write this I note on the calendar that that we are marking the anniversary of the US Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. This time is also noted in many faiths as a call to respect life. For many couples desiring to have families of their own, it is a time that is difficult to bear.

My sister struggled for many years with this ideal, but her faith in God never wavere...
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Soaring with Eagles

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Friday, December 19, 2014, In : Faith 
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;  but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 
Isaiah 40:29-31

This past week allowed me to step back and take a look at all the blessings that God has bestowed on me. In what many would call dark days, I was once again reminded that when I turn b...
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How Lucky You Can Be

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Thursday, May 15, 2014, In : Faith 

Part of my morning routine includes looking through various "news" web sites gleaming information to feed my brain. This morning was different. I hesitated for a second when I read the headline, Legendary Coach in Hospice.

This pause moved me to look. You might say looking through the obituaries everyday is a morbid habit, but nonetheless it is a routine that allows me to reflect on the lives of many I have known; some personally, others from afar. This story, though, caused me to appreciate...


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Victory!

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Sunday, April 6, 2014, In : Faith 
Last night I watched a basketball team win by one point to make it to a championship game. Their opponent in the next game advanced after defeating their opponent by ten points. It doesn't matter how much they won by when the championship game begins because each team overcame adversity and advanced to this final game.

When an athletic season is over, people don't remember how many points that you win a particular game by, but by how many wins and losses you have. Such is a day living with Par...
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I am...

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Sunday, March 23, 2014, In : Faith 
So blessed....God provides me with all that I need.

I am so fortunate to have a loving and caring wife and a concerned family. All of my family, both close and far away, are there when I need them, in good times and bad. Others are not so fortunate and this week I was once again reminded.

Jean and I are co-coordinators of Families Moving Forward, an organization dedicated to helping the homeless make the transition from homelessness to emergency housing and a path to home stability. We had fou...

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How It All Began

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Monday, January 27, 2014, In : Faith 

So why are we blogging? Let me provide you a little insight from my wife who posted the following on Facebook:

January 9

Life can change in an instant. This morning started out pretty much like any other Thursday. Then, suddenly, the words of a neurologist added a new layer to the life Marty and I have. Parkinson's! That word numbed me to the core this morning. The helpless feeling that my best friend is struggling with a monster I cannot fix. I cannot make it go away. He has once again been my...


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A Closer Walk

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Sunday, January 26, 2014, In : Faith 

As Jean and I were going through the tedious exploration and eventual diagnosis, my medical team at the clinic provided me with documents to secure what I thought was a temporary handicap parking permit. Our concern was that we would probably be going through testing and possible physical therapy for a few months and for the very short term having a handicap placard would help us. 

I took the paperwork into the License Center and paid a small fee and they gave me a thirty day permit. They su...


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What Faith Can Do

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Thursday, January 23, 2014, In : Faith 

Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes and make a new beginning
Anyone can feel the ache
You think it's more than you can take
But you are stronger, stronger than you know
Don't you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining

I've seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn't ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I've seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand ...


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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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