Biblical Living, Lessons for my crew

NOT FROM AROUND HERE

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Where are you from?

Is that one of your go to questions when you’re first getting acquainted with someone also?

It’s one that we use to establish commonality and, sometimes, to learn something new and interesting.
I’ve met people from around the world with that simple question and it always amazes me the places I’ve met people and where they’re from. It also amazes me how, at times, I’ve met people in various parts of the world that are from the same places I have lived.
The world isn’t as big as we thought it was!

You see, I grew up in the Western half of these United States. I say it like that because we moved so much.

I was born in Cody, Wyoming. We moved from there around ’87-’88 and headed south to Flagstaff, Arizona. We lived there just one year, that was when I accepted Christ as my Savior. From there, we headed down the highway a few hours to Albuquerque, New Mexico and its surrounding areas. I can’t remember how long we lived there but we lived in 5 different houses during our time there. Following that, we headed back further west to Las Vegas, Nevada for 3 years. That needs its own post for my time in Sin City. I would have been 12 years old by then and we finally landed in the Midwest in Wichita, Kansas where I would spend the rest of my time living with my parents before launching out on my own. Since then I moved another 7 times in different countries and states to finally land here in South Central Pennsylvania where, Lord willing, we will stay for the duration of our days.

So when I say I grew up out West, you can see why!

I remember so vividly as a kid whenever we would show up at a new city/state, people would undoubtedly ask us, where are you from and it became such a joke to us because my dad would always tell people we were from Cody, Wyoming. We always laughed at that because he was still telling people that 10, 12, 15 years after we moved away from there!

The reality was we really weren’t from anywhere!

The same is true when it comes to our Christianity. You’re not from this place. You’re from another place and that’s most of the reason why so much of what you feel and face here doesn’t make sense–it’s because you’re not from around these parts.

Built inside you is a desire for something different, something better that literally nothing on earth has the capacity to occupy.

Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

Right now ours is Raystown Lake. Our boat is up there and every once in a while, we’ll escape to the lake for a day or a weekend to experience some heaven on earth.

You have a place like that too don’t you!?

The place you go to get away from it all, to appease the tension of life by surrounding yourself with as much peaceful tranquility as possible. We are all looking for a slice of heaven on earth because deep down we all know there’s something yearning inside of us for more, better, deeper, more profound.

That’s because you weren’t built for permanent life at this campground! We’ve become sanctified snowbirds, flocking from one area to another hoping that what we experience there will fill the void of what we seem to be missing.

When Jesus was teaching his disciples to pray, he gave them this next category in which to realign their thinking.

When we pray, your kingdom come, it literally is a realignment of the logic that we aren’t from around these parts. It’s an almost vocal validation to ourselves God help me remember that what I experience day after day is not my final place. Help me make decisions that reflect that where I’m currently laying my head is just a temporary situation to a more perfect permanent place.

When I consider this phrase it really gives me a sense of relief! I look at the days, the situations we endure, the obstacles we are faced to overcome, and what I see is that we move from tension to tension. There is rarely a perfect peace anywhere in life. Your mind is always, on some level, worried or working on something.

But in heaven…

That will never again be the case. When we get home, everything will be different. Everything will be better and everything will be at a perfect peace. One that you can’t even begin to explain.

Family, Lessons for my crew

CONFRONT BEFORE COMFORT

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They were all climbing the tree. Everyone of them was doing everything they could to ascend up into the heights of this Bradford Pear that stands next to our driveway. For some reason this tree has been the focus of our kids attention for the past few weeks. They love getting themselves up into the top of this tree to see how far they can see, to evade the oncoming danger of the attack of whatever game they are playing at the time, or to hide where someone else can’t find them in the current game of tag.

We’ve lived in this particular house just 8 months now and, I promise, our kids are having more fun and making more friends during these last months, than all the time spent at our previous house. It probably has nothing to do with the house, but the neighborhood and the fact that there are at least kids around.

They are doing everything they can to get in, stay in and get higher. All of them.

Biblical Living

Explosive Power

Years ago, when we lived in Mexico, we were attending a team gathering in Guadalajara. We were there to do some learning from some of our missions team who had been serving in Mexico for decades and had done some amazing work among the Mexican people.
It’s been a long time since this took place but from what I can remember, we were driving from their home to a place where we were going to do some house church stuff and on the way, we came upon a taco truck that was engulfed in fames!
Like anyone in the moment, it totally took us by surprise and we stopped in our tracks, middle of the road, staring at this sight, wondering what to do. We had just turned down the road where this truck was on fire and had little choice but to back up and get away from it.
People were screaming on the street cautioning people to get away, as far as they could, because just in front of the trailer was a huge 100 gallon propane tank that was ready to blow at any minute.
This experience was terrifying to say the least, and we were able to get away from it without trouble. I don’t think anyone else was hurt in the process either, but my heart goes out to all those lost tacos.

A moment of silence…

Biblical Living, Purpose

Worth The Wait

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Do you ever wish you would have come built-in with the ability to be super patient?
Frankly, I can’t say that I do. I’m not a very patient person, but than, I’m not sure I know many very patient people to compare myself too. Maybe that’s wrong and I’m just confused, but no matter, the reality is that we all struggle in the area of patience.

Biblical Living, Grand Point - Ship, Lessons for my crew

Heaven on Earth

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In 2013, Crystal and I renewed our wedding vows with a few friends and family. It was supposed to take place at our home in Chambersburg, but the weather was less than cooperative and we ended up having it at our Church.

It was a great ceremony. Simple, profound, memorable and very special for the both of us. In many ways, it was more special than our wedding day 10 years prior. With this day came 10 years of memories, stories, experiences and situations that we had endured together. We had life together and we were more committed to our unity than ever before.

The day after our vow renewal, we went on a second honeymoon. It was way better than our first and we felt that we were in heaven on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico on Captiva Island, Florida. It was exquisite and every bit of the relaxing togetherness we wanted to have at this point of our lives together.

Finance, Investing

YOU’RE BIGGEST PAYDAY OF YOUR YEAR HAPPENING THIS WEEK! HOW YOU SHOULD SPEND YOUR STIMULUS CASH

STIMULUS IS COMING, FOR MANY, THIS WEEK. WITH WHAT COULD BE ONE OF THE LARGEST PAYCHECKS YOU’LL EVER RECEIVE, WHAT SHOULD BE YOUR APPROACH TO HANDLING THIS MONEY?

It’s Payday!!!

You’ve been hearing the news of another stimulus for sometime now and the week has finally arrived. Regardless of your feelings toward the government or your take on the decision for stimulus, it’s happening and depending on how you get your Tax Refund (if you do) will determined how you receive your stimulus package.

For many, it will simply be direct deposited into your checking out, probably this week!

I received a notification last Friday that there was a pending deposit coming Wednesday and that was enough to set the gears in motion. It’s probably doing that for you too!

How are you going to spend this money?

What’s that thing you’ve been holding off getting until you had some cash?

Before you go and blow that entire deposit on something that will just rot your teeth and your mind, let me help you get some perspective on ways to maximize your government payday.

Experience, Investing

How you can STOP missing your potential!

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How many times have you been told NO in your last few days?

I get so tired of people telling me NO! Maybe you’re the same way.

It comes from everywhere, all the time. But now days, the no is a creative negative. It’s not that people are telling you no, they are telling you some rendition to get them out from what you are asking.

“I’m too busy”.
“Maybe you should look over there.”
“That’s a great idea, but I’m not equipped to handle what you’re asking.”

All versions of the word NO.

I’ve come to realize that one person’s “NO” is another person’s opportunity

Biblical Living, Lessons for my crew

BREAK THE BOTTLE

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Are you a stingy person?

Sorry that was abrupt. Didn’t mean to force you into the icy deep end of the pool before you were ready!

Warm up a bit, grab a cup of something steamy and settle in for a read worth your consideration.
Stoke the fire while you’re at it, and get all cozy inside.

Now, back to our consideration. Do you consider yourself a stingy person?

Random

What were you expecting

Have you ever stopped and thought about the level of your expectations?

Just humor me for a minute.

What are your expectations of your kids?

Do you expect them to behave? To obey? To clean up their dishes after dinner? To do their homework?

How about your marriage or our spouse in particular? Do you expect them to be faithful? Do you expect a certain element of role they will fulfill?

What about your job, do you expect them to pay you?

See what I mean?

Experience

My lungs are burning

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My lungs are burning. I haven’t felt that feeling in months now as I’ve allowed Corona to become my excuse for lethargy. When the virus commanded that all fitness locations be closed for mitigation, that became all the excuse I needed to dive into the recesses of my laziness and give into my desire for rest.
Six months later and I feel every bit of that lethargy in my daily grind because I now suffer from non-exercise pain and can’t make it through the day with any sort of situational clarity and determination.