Saturday, July 26, 2008

Cancun It Is!

To those who voted that we should dip our toes in the tub, sorry, you have been outvoted!!! We are going to Cancun! Yippeee and thank you so very much!!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sunday Musings

What do you do when you don't know what to do? That is the dilemma so often we find ourselves in. At times it may be in an insignificant area of our life that really won't matter in the course of time such as, "should we go on an all-expense paid trip to Cancun, Mexico, for four days and bask in the lovely sunshine and dip our toes in the crystal clear water on a beautiful sandy beach, or should we just stay at home on an all expense-paid trip and dip our toes in the tub?" When decisions like this come up that are tough I just want to curl up in a fetal position and holler for my mom. What to do? What to do?

At other times the process of what to do is of utmost importance. Unfortunately God does not always speak in an audible voice to make things perfectly clear. So what do you do when you don't know what to do. Here are a couple of suggestions:

1. Make sure you are right with God
2. Step out in faith
3. Pray
4. Stay Busy

God can only direct an individual who is wholly committed to Him. If not all God's, you are not God's! Second, be like Peter and step out in faith. Often we have a good idea of what we should do but are afraid to actually step out. Third, sincere pray is of utmost importance along with prayer support from our friends and family.
And finally, stay busy. God will not use somebody who is just standing still looking around wondering what to do. He will, however, direct somebody who is already busy for Him and doing things. Get in the game and swing the bat don't stand on the sidelines holding the equipment. Is it easy - No. But hopefully this can help you do when you don't know what to do.

Sorry about the illustrations but I think you get my Point!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Sunday Musings

"The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing."

So what is the "main thing"? Now I know we do not consider God a thing or place the Supreme Being on such a lowly level; however, is it not true that God ends up competing with "things" within our lives. Actually, God does not even compete, He just steps aside as we bring things in. For with God it is not a competition, it is one or the other.

I do believe that God allows us to have things, but the moment they take over, He steps out. That simple. Do the things "take over" since they are inanimate and lifeless, or do we begin to place them as supreme? Here is the question, "Am I willing to part with all things so that God is the only thing?" If I cannot part with all things, then God is not the main thing for He is the One and Only.

Many of us have a lot of things, nothing wrong with that. But the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. "What does it profit a man if he should gain the whole world, but lose his own soul." Oh oh, inspection time!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Demolition Derby

The other night Marsha and I decided to take the kids to see our local demolition derby. What an exciting night! We could actually walk there, so away we went. I have never been around so many rednecks at once in my life, I actually felt intelligent for a little bit. My wife is from West Virginia, she felt right at home, but she did leave her shoes on for the whole event though I had to convince her to keep them on. Oh did we have a time yelling at people crashing perfectly good cars, well not quite.

These little cars actually could go quite fast!

Car 2804 was one of our favorites, but you can see
a problem developing. Notice the crease by the rear window.

Well one good rear end hit and this is what happened.
We cheered with delight!!
The driver became quite angry as his drive shaft fell
to the ground. LOSER!

This guys engine became toast!

Some great action.

The final heat

O say can you see thru the smoke and the haze, this guy
got pushed clear out of contention much to all the rednecks
excitement. What fun!!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Sunday Musings

July 4th! What a special day in our country! A hallmark! A day that is celebrated far and wide. A day that symbolizes our freedom. Freedom to work where we want to work. Freedom to go where we want to go. Freedom to do as we please within the safety of the laws of our land. Do I agree with all laws or the changes that have been made since our founding fathers wrote them? No! But I still have freedom to voice my opinion and state how I feel about them. It's called freedom of speech.

Freedom of speech. Now that is an interesting freedom. I can say whatever I want because I have that freedom. Is it always wise to say whatever I want? I have discovered it is not! I have the freedom to yell at the car in front of me who has an idiot driver. (Oops I said it.) Probably safe since I am in my car but not prudent. I have the freedom to tell someone that their outfit is absolutely terrible and it looks hideous on their less-than-impressive frame. I could do that but certainly not wise no matter what I may think or how correct I may be. I can even use this blog to say whatever I want because it is mine and no one can tell me otherwise. I have freedom of speech granted to me by the Constitution of the United States of America and I am going to use it, and bless my heart, I am going to say whatever is on my mind.

That is, until I open God's Holy Word and He reminds us how dangerous our tongue can be and how quickly it can hurt and destroy. How it cuts and tears down and causes discord. How it is such a small thing and yet can bring down nations. And suddenly my freedom of speech is regulated by a Higher Power whereby I have the freedom to say what I want, but I choose not to use it. That, my friend, is easy to write, but oh so difficult to accomplish. Freedom is not always what it is made out to be.

P.S. The answer to last week's poll is three!!!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Catching Air!

Small Flip

Trenton's Roll

Going for the big one!

Zac Catching Serious Air! Notice how high I am!