You Version – Bible app

Have you ever tried to read the Bible? Maybe or maybe not. An app you should investigate is known as You Version.

This app will let you download multiple versions of the Bible and for some you can have the app read the passage to you.

It also has daily reading plans in a wide variety of topics. Check it out!!!!!


2017 in Review

A year — 2017 — in review:
Blessed by new clients – solving/addressing their IT concerns
Graced with a wife – Montie – who stayed by my side through thick and thin for 45 years!!!!!
Surrounded by friends – fellow sojourners on the path of Christian life while experiencing the truths of “Footprints in the Sand” poem.
Loved by God – in spite of my failures and faults.
Shaken by death – many are no longer here but live on in our hearts — especially my big brother – Alan W Bergstedt.
Looking forward to new ministry opportunities in 2018.
How was your year?

In His Steps,
Richard A Bergstedt

When do you feel like quitting?

Please read all the way to the end!!

It is important to be free to share these thoughts. Share them with those that need encouragement and understanding.



I’m so tired. There are days I feel so terrible that I can barely move. My bills are outrageous, and I could have purchased a new car with the funds I have spent these last many years on medications and doctor bills.


I spend hours and hours emailing and posting about important issues with little to no response. On top of that, there may be as many posts, articles and e-mails to read. It is never-ending. And there is no cream or sugar in my coffee.


I haven’t the time left in a day to email or call my friends. I can’t remember the last time I went to a movie or a party… and taking a vacation is all but impossible with so many people depending on my presence and I can’t afford to go.


I’ve spent time unburdening myself on-line with only one out of three sites resulting in great support and feedback. The site that produced the most was XXXXXXXX!!


I swear at myself for allowing myself to wallow in despair for so long and so often.


Because people just don’t understand my illness and have no idea how to help. They dump their platitudes on my ears with no real thought.


I hear whimpering in my sleep, have nightmares frequently….. Barely realizing they are coming from me and my sick brain.


Life is unbearable and why should I go on.


It is not like I don’t have enough of my own issues to worry about – but others have added to my load with their burdens and hurts.


I have trusted the wrong people – had faith and been heart broken…


I have been yelled at, called names, cussed at, harrassed, shoved and otherwise physically and emotionally abused by folks who have no idea what is wrong with me.


AND THEN… one day the clouds of depression miraculously open and a semi-normal life returns.


AND THEN… I realize why I feel so much better because friends or relatives who have reached out to befriend me again.


AND THEN… I fall back for months at a time only to be released again by life events that should not break me free but should deepen my despair. But these events do what I am amazed that they have done for me and my attitudes.


AND THEN… I find myself reviewing the poem – Footprints – and see my life reflecting through its words.


AND THEN… I ask a friend to meet with me as a faith/accountability partner and he agrees!


AND THEN… God brings me peace and forgiveness for my sinful thoughts and actions while in the valley of the shadow of death.


But I won’t. When I feel overwhelmed, I’ll look into my friend’s eyes and members of my church’s eyes and know they are there for me even when I feel as if there is no one on my side.


But not today.

By Bergstedt and Associates Posted in Microsoft

This is for the writer of

Mypilotwifelife Blog here on WordPress.

Your success is an inspiration to me — I am not part of your world per se, but I am in a similar place that you found your self in.

May your words continue to be used to bless your readers and help them with their issues of life.

Thank you for your example of someone who cared.

My Pilot Wife Life

Downtime – part 2

In my last post, I recounted an experience I had for about 6 months. It was an agonizing way to live if you call it living.

Some examples of issues I had:

1. Food was almost tasteless and when I did eat, I felt worse and worse with each bite.

2. As a Swede, I should have enjoyed a morning cup of coffee but I quit having coffee cold turkey.

3. I would enjoy in the past making flavored drinks with Crystal Light mixes. I couldn’t enjoy those at all.

4. Honey Bunches of Oats was a favorite for breakfast and I had to choke it down and couldn’t finish the last few morsels because it was too sweet.

5. My biggest pain was heartburn that raged all day everyday and would barely allow me to sleep.

6. I would sometimes feel a little better when we would leave our apartment to run an errand or go to a doctor appointment. But not all the time. Worry consumed my thoughts.

7. My belief system was of no use to me. I couldn’t pray or read the Bible. Attending church was impossible even though I tried to go a few times. Those times were unbearable. I was barely able to maintain my work at the church as an IT support consultant.

8. The holidays were a nightmare for me. Thanksgiving and Christmas were activities to be endured not enjoyed.

9. The new year dawned with no apparent changes in sight for me. Finances were in question as our resources dwindled to almost nothing.

So, what finally brought me out of the wilderness of this depression and despair? I was offered the opportunity to get away for a while to visit friends and family in Southern California. The expenses were partially covered by others who wanted to see us and celebrate my wife’s birthday. I had rejected taking the trip in January 2017 but was finally cajoled into the trip in the first week of February 2017.

Inexplicably, I began to feel a little better each day on the trip. The first day’s drive was not much different than the day before as far as how I was feeling physically and spiritually and mentally. I was a bundle of nerves as I expected the worst in each traffic jam we encountered. I was sure we were going to be in a major pileup as we traveled the 405 in West LA all the way to Huntington Beach which was our destination.

We did arrive safely with the great assist of having a car pool lane to stay out of the backed up midday traffic which was as bad as it could be.

I was very relieved when we finally arrived.  The healing was beginning even though I didn’t know it was occurring.

After two days of visiting with our close friends, I was really beginning to feel like my old self again. Then, another trip was required on the LA freeways and more carpool lanes saved us again.

We visited with my wife’s sister and husband and then got to our hotel. I noticed my energy returning with each passing hour.

More visits to other friends and family made up the next few days. We visited old neighborhoods where we had lived – seeing schools that had been attended by my wife and going by the church we were married in. We also visited the cemeteries where both sets of our parents were buried and also the gravesite of one of our dear friend’s whose funeral we were not able to attend last year.

It is strange how precious that time was for both of us and my brother and sister-in-law who were with us. An extra special treat that day was a lunch at one of our favorite steakhouses in Covina.

Our trip also included a movie that was very very good -A Dog’s Life. Since we are dog people and always have been, the movie was another capstone in my healing. It was so good to feel healthy emotions again.

Our trip was almost over. Before we left, we both were excited to be heading home to pick up our dog, Chewie, who was being taken care of by our daughter. She was a major influencer in getting me to agree to the trip as was my son. They both gifted us with gift cards to help with expenses of the trip. Most of all, my wife’s brother and his wife were the reason we could make this trip.

The return trip began at 2:00 am so we could avoid So Cal rush hour traffic and we missed Sacramento morning rush hour as well. We were exhausted but glad to be home.

Healing continued and soon I was back at full speed and being blessed by God again in a new way. I had weathered the storm in my life. My wife was a rock through all of this downtime. She has put up with my highs and lows through our soon to be 45th year of married life and from our beginning together as husband and wife in 1972.

I have not deserved her faithfulness to me but God has truly made her the helpmate I have needed through all of our years together. I have to give her my love and dedication to try to never allow myself to go through this downtime again.

Words pale in comparison to what a blessing she is and has been to me. Her attitude is amazing and I love her very very much.

I wish you the same blessing in your relationship and a belief that God is the great Physician.

Where to retire?

This too funny -I had to post.

Very funny!!!!!


You can retire to Phoenix, Arizona where….

1. You are willing to park three blocks away from your house because you found shade.

2. You’ve experienced condensation on your rear-end from the hot water in the toilet bowl.

3. You can drive for four hours in one direction and never leave town.

4. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food.

5. You know that “dry heat” is comparable to what hits you in the face when you open your oven door at 500 degrees.

6. The four seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU KIDDING ME??


You can retire to California where…

1. You make over $450,000 and you still can’t afford to buy a house.

2. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway.

3. You know how to eat an artichoke.

4. When someone asks you how far something is, you tell them how long it will take to get there rather than how many miles away it is.

5. The four seasons are: Fire, Flood, Mud and Drought.




You can retire to New York City where…

1 You say “the city” and expect everyone to know you mean Manhattan.

2. You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park, but can’t find Wisconsin on a map.

3. You think Central Park is “nature.”

4. You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multilingual.

5. You’ve worn out a car horn. (IF you have a car.)

6. You think eye contact is an act of aggression


You can retire to Minnesota where…

1. You only have three spices: salt, pepper and ketchup.

2. Halloween costumes have to fit over parkas.

3. You have seventeen recipes for casseroles.

4. Sexy lingerie is anything flannel with less than eight buttons.

5. The four seasons are: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road repair.

6. The highest level of criticism is “He is different,” “She is different,” or “It was different!”


You can retire to The Deep South where…

1. You can rent a movie and buy bait in the same store.

2 “Y’all” is singular and “all y’all” is plural.

3. “He needed killin” is a valid defense.

4. Everyone has two first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob, Joe Bob, Betty Jean, Mary Beth, etc.

5. Everything is either: “in yonder,” “over yonder” or “out yonder.”

6. You can say anything about anyone, as long as you

say “Bless his/her heart” at the end!


You can move to Colorado where…

1. You carry your $3,000 mountain bike atop your $500 car.

2. You tell your husband to pick up Granola on his way home, so he stops at the day care center.

3. A pass does not involve a football or dating.

4. The top of your head is bald, but you still have a pony tail.


You can retire to Nebraska or Kansas where…

1. You’ve never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name.

2. Your idea of a traffic jam is three cars waiting to pass a tractor.

3. You have had to switch from “heat” to “A/C” on the same day.

4. You end sentences with a preposition; “Where’s my coat at?”




FINALLY you can retire to Florida where…

1. You eat dinner at 3:15 in the afternoon.

2. All purchases include a coupon of some kind – even houses and cars.

3. Everyone can recommend an excellent cardiologist, dermatologist, proctologist, podiatrist, or orthopedist.

4. Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.

5. Cars in front of you often appear to be driven by headless people.