Faithfulness and Trust

Many are familiar with the 23rd Psalm. I can remember memorizing this as a child many years ago.

  1. The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
  2. He makes me lie down in green pastures,
    he leads me beside quiet waters,
  3. he refreshes my soul.
    He guides me along the right paths
        for his name’s sake.
  4. Even though I walk
        through the darkest valley,
    I will fear no evil,
        for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
        they comfort me.
  5. You prepare a table before me
        in the presence of my enemies.
    You anoint my head with oil;
        my cup overflows.
  6. Surely your goodness and love will follow me
        all the days of my life,
    and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

This passage is certainly a pretty cool description of God’s faithfulness as Israel’s King David  experienced it. Have you experienced God’s faithfulness? I know we have, especially as we enjoy our retirement trusting in God’s faithfulness as He provides places for us to work as we travel about.

Each time we relocate, we find our fur babies are a bit confused. While we travel, their home becomes a traveling hotel. Cody and Mei Ling can sense things are not as they were. They tend to sleep while we are moving and get active after we get the motor home opened up. When we take them for a walk in a new park, they search for a favorite spot only to find their spot is not to be found. The next day, we close up the RV and watch them looking at us with confused eyes.

Regardless of this state of flux, they continue looking to us for stability. This past week, I was paying close attention to Cody, our Golden Retriever. I noticed that his devotion to me is interesting. He stays by my side (or feet) almost constantly. When I get up in the morning, he is by the side of our bed and greets me with enthusiasm. As I slowly get dressed in the morning, he is at my feet watching every move I make.

When I put my shoes on, he and Mei Ling get real excited as they know what that means. I head for the door, grab their leashes and they sit in anticipation of going out for a stroll. Generally, they wait for me to decide which direction we will go when I get outside. After finishing their business, we head back to the RV. They know to wait at the bottom of the steps, waiting for me to call them back into the RV. Once back in, they again turn towards me and sit as I remove their leashes.

After our morning stroll, I fix their breakfast meal. They both sit and watch my every move, anxiously waiting for me to give them their morning treats, meds, and meal. Since Cody is the alpha, Mei Ling sits and waits for Cody to finish his meal before eating hers.

After they’ve eaten and I’ve picked up their food bowls, they settle for the morning. I pull my computer over to the dining room table for my morning routine. Cody proceeds to watch me. Once I’ve settled at the table, he lays at my feet. Mei Ling goes back in the bedroom and takes a nap on Cody’s bed. If I get up for any reason, Cody and Mei Ling are both up watching me for my next move. Once I settle back down at the table, Cody lays by my feet again and Mei Ling goes back to Cody’s bed.

In Psalm 23, King David called God his Shepherd. By their actions, this is what Cody and Mei Ling are doing. They are acting as if I were their shepherd. Then the thought hit me. It was as if God was saying to me, “Jerry, do you give Me the same level of devotion Cody and Mei Ling give to you?”

OUCH! That hurt. Humbly I replied, “No, God, I do not. Please forgive me.”

Well, it is time for my morning routine to change a bit. It is time for me to focus my morning time on God and not me. I have learned many great lessons from God. He has always been faithful in providing all our needs and has always been faithful in keep us safe. Sadly, my actions have not demonstrated an equal level of trust and devotion.

How about you? How are you doing with that?

One thing I learned to do is to personalize the scriptures. This is one way a person can communicate with God. There are so many great passages in the Bible that can be personalized. Psalm 23 is an easy passage to use because the structure is easy to follow. There are six verses in Psalm 23. Each verse expresses who God is and how he cares for you at the moment.

Verse 1 Who God is in relationship to me, (2 phrases).
Verse 2 Where He puts me (2 phrases).
Verse 3 Describe the walk I have with Him (2 phrases).
Verse 4 Describe potential dangers and His protection (2 phrases).
Verse 5 Describe God’s provisions (3 phrases)
Verse 6 Describe my future in this special relationship with God (2 phrases)

Following is one of my resent personalized versions of Psalm 23.

  1. The Lord is my Teacher, I grow at the Master’s feet.
  2. You make difficult tasks easy as You show me the way.
  3. You build my confidence.
 You guide my mind through difficult processes for You know the way.
  4. Even though I am perplexed by challenges, I take comfort in knowing You will lead the way. Your Holy Spirit guides me as my spirit is tested and not destroyed.
  5. You fill me with Your knowledge that builds my trust in you; my hunger to learn is forever satisfied.
  6. As I continue to follow my Teacher, I desire to leave a legacy of knowledge that is rooted in Your glory and give You honor forever and ever.

As you go through this week, I encourage you read Psalm 23 and think about the structure. And, if you would like to share that with me, that would be cool. If you prefer to share your personal Psalm 23 privately, you can do that by using the Contact Us tab above or click here.

God remains faithful to us and is showing us how we are to spend our time while in Tennessee and in the right time, He will show us where we are to go next.

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The Journey Continues

I left you in Louisville, KY. And now I am finally telling you about the rest of the journey, three weeks later? What’s with that? I have no excuse.

After two days of driving more than we like, our trip today would be light and easy. Sunday driving normally offers light traffic until later in the afternoon when weekenders are hurrying back from their busy weekend away from their homes. Since we only had 141 miles to travel to our destination, we took our time getting going. Traffic was light as expected on I-65 South. We pulled off I-65 at exit 104 as instructed by GPS. We were looking for Nashville North KOA. Signage for many KOA parks is generally pretty good. Many have signs on the interstate exits and at intersections that help guide travelers along the way. I thought it was odd, that we saw no KOA signs leading us home for the night. Nashville North KOA is not a typical KOA in that it does not have the common A-frame office. This park (formerly known as Nashville Country RV) recently joined the KOA family. About the time I started to get a little concerned that our GPS had led us down a dark hole, I saw the familiar KOA sign. Home was in sight.

We registered and we given directions to our site – a PUB (pull in, back out) site. That was a first for us. The only stipulation was we had to get Cramalot Inn and the small cargo trailer completely off the road. I was more concerned about that than back out of the sight. We managed to get everything nestled in place.


Not only did we have a short trip and a cool site, we were back in Central Time Zone. Having lived in Central Time Zone all our lives, our body clocks have difficult adjusting when we are in other time zones.

I took the fur babies for a walk around the park and found this place pretty full. The park was clean and people were friendly. The interstate was close by but not so close that highway noise would be a problem. I liked the 10 x 16 wooden patio which would make it easy to keep mud and rain mess outside. The only dislike about this park was the dog run. It seems like many RV parks place their dog run in the least desirable section of the park. The dog run here was very narrow and very long, placed along a creek trail. I know dogs don’t mind where they do their business, but their people do. We’ve encountered a few dog runs that were easy to find and will kept – this one was clean but pretty rough.

After a short nap, we decided to head to Hendersonville for dinner. We picked a place called The Lost Cajun. This is a regional chain that started in Colorado and is spreading its wings. (For our Texas family and friends, there is a location in Odessa, and will soon be locations in Midland and San Antonio.) Food was good, facilities are clean and staff are friendly and knowledgeable about Cajun style foods.

After a good meal, it was time for a restful evening. Monday we would have our windshield replaced.  Monday morning we enjoyed a home style breakfast at Liz’s Kitchen. We thought about taking a shuttle into Nashville for the day but since we did not know just when the glass folks would be out to replace the windshield, we just hung out for a lazy day at the rv park.

The glass guys came out and had no problem pulling the old windshield and getting the new one installed.


Our installer arrived with struggled a bit with the old windshield. Our pull-in, back-out site did not make it easy for them as they had no spot to park the work truck in front of the RV. I loaned him our ladder so he could climb up to get to the top of the glass. After removing the old glass, he and his buddy fixed a rust area at the top of the window frame. Apparently this is a typical spot for rust and leaks in RV windshields. Their work was quick yet thorough. After getting the new windshield installed, they cleaned up around the RV and headed to next stop. Thanks fellas – you done good.

We made dinner plans to meet my nephew and his family at Barefoot Charlie’s in Hendersonville. The place had an island/beach sorta of decor. We enjoyed our short time with my nephew and the girls enjoyed their ‘drink’.


Carol keeps her focus and Carlotta’s eyes tells the story.

We enjoyed the conversations and short time with family. It was time to call it a night as i was beginning to turn into a pumpkin. (That happens to me around 9PM). After taking the fur babies out for their nightly walk before bed, we crashed. Tuesday would be a long day (83 miles).

We opted for a light breakfast Tuesday morning. My neighboring RVer watched me back out of our sight and gave me a thumbs up as we headed our way. I guess he was amazed that I could back a 38 foot motor home with the 8 foot utility trailer attached. We left late enough to miss the morning rush hour traffic in Nashville, and arrived at our target destination around noon. Because our back-in site had a privacy fence in the back, we disconnected the trailer before backing into our site.

Next we returned the unloaded trailer, and stopped for lunch at Subways. When we got back, we spent the rest of the day getting the RV nested into our site. The park owners took us to dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse where we had a ‘get to know you’ chat.

Wednesday, I hit the ground running since the fella I was replacing was leaving on Thursday. I’ll tell you about our work and the park on a follow-up post. Meanwhile, here is our trip recap.


Cramalot Inn

Miles Driven








Avg $/Gal




# days


Fuel $


RV Park $


Food $


Moving Exp


U-Haul Trailer

Trip $


By not adding the trailer cost into the mix, our average $/Mile would be $0.98. Since we began this journey in 2012, our average cost/mile has been $0.75 with the fifth wheel and $1.00 with Cramalot Inn.

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Go West, Young Man!

Washington is not a place to live in. The rents are high, the food is bad, the dust is disgusting and the morals are deplorable. Go West, young man, go West and grow up with the country.  —  Fictitiously attributed to Horace Greeley’s July 13, 1865 editorial in the New York Tribune

So, West we went. Friday’s journey was less strenuous than our first day on the road. Thursday, we dove 300+ miles up and over the low mountains of West Virginia. Friday was a much easier 232 miles due West through the rolling hills of Kentucky. As we continued our westerly trek, the grass became greener and the land began to open up a bit with less dense forest areas and more openness. I can see how many settlers following the “Go West” dream made the decision to stop in Kentucky.

We got on the road earlier on Friday than Thursday so we knew we would have time to rest a little before grabbing a bit of dinner in Shepherdsville, KY. We did take a lunch break at a truck stop along I-64 at Mt. Sterling which just happened to be close to the mid-point between Charleston, WV and Louisville, KY. While we were temped to go into the truck stop and grab a Subway sandwich, we opted to stick with the plan and fix our own lunch, thus saving a little $$.

While Carol gathered the lunch stuff, I walked the fur babies. They were ready for their potty break just as we were. One advantage of traveling in an RV is not having to wonder what surprises may lurk in the facilities found along the highway. Friday’s lunch spot was also off the highway so we were not rocked with each passing truck.

After cleaning up from lunch, we took off. I quickly realized the direction I chose to exit the truck stop led to a dead-end. Because we were in a truck stop, I was able to get turned around quiet easily and negotiated Cramalot Inn back to I-64.

Between Lexington and Louisville, I noticed the traffic began to increase and that we were apparently in the middle of horse country. While the roads were crowded, the surrounding country opened up with sprawling estates configured with horse pastures and buildings looking more like horse stables than typical cattle barns.

GPS routed us around loop I-265 bypassing central Louisville. That was fine with me since we will get back into Louisville with our car on Saturday. We made the connection to I-65 south and made the exit at Shepherdsville on KY-44. As we crossed over I-65 heading east to our spot for the weekend, we encounter a school zone. Kids, cars and school buses everywhere; looked like someone stirred ant mound. It was obvious, the students knew it was Friday.

We pulled into our spot at the Louisville South KOA and anchored just fine. This park is much larger than where we were Thursday evening and there are more people buzzing about.

IMG_3455No one has commented about the ‘band-aid’ on the windshield just yet. This is one reason why we are making a stop in Nashville as we head south Sunday afternoon. We picked up a stress crack in the windshield in 2013 as we left Mark Twain Landing in Missouri. It was a small crack and really nothing to worry about. While we were parked in Virginia, we heard a rather loud pop sound. A lawnmower was in the area so I suspected we were hit by a flying object. We look around the RV on the outside and could see no evidence of a ding or any thing that looked like damage from a flying object. A few days later we noticed the crack had grown significantly and the top corner of the windshield had some small, loose shards of glass. We called around various glass shops in the area and found none that had mobile glass service and none that had any experience working on RV windshields. Closest spot would be Washington DC, Richmond or Roanoke. After going a few rounds with various glass companies and our insurance, we did find a mobile service that could accommodate us in Nashville, which just happened to be along our route. The band-aid is a piece of fiberglass reinforced panel similar to what is found in commercial bathrooms. I cut a piece to cover the crack and secured it with duck tape. The panel distributes the wind pressure to other areas of the windshield. So far it has held just fine. Monday we have an appointment in Nashville with a mobile glass service to replace that windshield. I’ll let you know how that goes then.

Meanwhile, we are on vacation. Today, we plan to visit Louisville and play tourist. We will hit the Derby and Louisville Slugger museums along with a few other spots.


I leave you with a sunrise photo from the dining room window. It is going to be a beautiful day.

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On The Road Again

That’s right folks, we are on the move once again. This time, moving from Broadway, VA to Manchester, TN. Our year at Harrisonburg/Shenandoah Valley KOA has closed and we are officially on vacation.

We got a late start from Broadway yesterday, primarily because we are rusty on packing and getting on the road. When we stay in one spot for a long while, we tend to nest. Pulling up roots can be time consuming. And as we pulled out of the park, I realized I did not have my GPS set up and ready to go. So we made our first stop to get that done. That’s when I realized I still had my work radios and keys on board. Carol made a quick 4 mile trip back to the RV park to return those items while I set up my GPS. It was just past 11:00AM when we finally got on the road. Now we just need to follow the blue line.

Trip VA-TN

Trip Map

Our first destination was Huntington, WV which is west of Charleston, WV. Our trip south on I-81 was uneventful; not much traffic and excellent travel weather. We turned west onto I-64 at Lexington, VA. About 10 miles later, things got interesting. The interstate through The George Washington National Forrest was what a friend called a 40-mile roller-coaster ride. Not filled with steep climbs and descents as a roller-coaster but full of twisty turns mixed with long climbs and descents. One thing I’ve learned when making climbs in an RV is to not get stuck behind a slow-moving 18-wheeler. Well, that happened. It took a bit of an effort to get moving around that truck but Cram-A-Lot Inn met the challenge. Her GMC L18 Vortex V-8 coupled with her Allison transmission did just fine. The only thing missing was an exhaust brake system for the long descents.

As we were nearing the top one of the climbs, Carol notified me that her hunger indicator had triggered. We found a safe spot to pull over on the highway and enjoyed lunch while traffic whizzed by. Most of the large trucks were courteous and pulled into the left lane as they passed us. We could tell some did not.

Traffic through Charleston, WV on I-64 started to get a little heavy and there were several spots on the interstate where the turns required reduced speeds. Carol led the way through the toll plazas in Charleston. The route pretty much followed the Kanawha River which looked like a major trade artery through the area. We crossed over this river 4 times driving through Charleston.

Shortly after 5PM, we pulled into our RV site for the night.


Site 23 – Huntington Fox Fire KOA, Milton, WV

Huntington/Fox Fire KOA is not a fancy place but it is a nice small park. Sites are a little close. Entry into park is a bit trick with a pretty tight switch-back turn off  of US-60.

Fox Fire KOAFor future guests, it would be easier to enter the park by exiting the interstate at Barboursville (exit 20) and turning back towards Milton, WV so the approach to the park entrance is more direct. We made the turn just fine but we did create a small traffic delay as it took a short while for us to get complete off the road.


Huntington / Fox Fire KOA

We were planning to fix our own pizza for dinner but being road-weary, we opted to find a local spot in town. KOA office staff recommend a local burger spot named Fat Patty’s. WOW, that was one of the best burgers we’ve had in a while.  I selected the Lava Patty (Red hot patty seasoned and spicy. Topped with grilled jalapeños and hot lava cayenne cheddar cheese, lettuce tomato and onion.) while Carol chose their Junior Cheeseburger. We enjoyed chatting with the staff. The fella who brought our food to us was giddy when he found we were headed to Manchester, TN. He is from that area and told us about a few things we need to check out while we are there.

We returned to the RV and enjoyed a FaceTime chat with our eldest daughter and grandson (Gage). Before we said good night, our youngest grandson (Jayson) and son-in -law (Martin) popped in to say hello. It was getting late and we were having trouble our peepers open, so off to bed we went. The RV rocked a slight bit as one of two storm lines passed just south of us.

Next leg of this trip takes us to Louisville, KY where we will spend  a couple of days on vacation.

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It’s Not About The Bunny

Sorry, Easter Bunny, it’s not about you. Between Good Friday and Easter Sunday thousands, if not millions, of kids scurry about to find that elusive Easter Egg. Parents, families and friends will gather to watch their little ones run around with cute little baskets in the age-old tradition of the Easter Egg hunt. While the kids are on the annual hunt, accompanying adults may be enjoying a snack of chocolate bunnies, Cadbury Creme Eggs, or Peeps. Yes the tradition lives on.

Sadly, for many, that is the purpose of Easter. Some folks will be upset because their favorite stores and restaurants display signs that read, “Closed For Easter”. Several working folks may bask in the rest of  a work holiday on Good Friday and take a mini-vacation.

Easter is much more significant than any of those traditions. Easter is a time to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Some may say – ‘Oh, please! You just had to put a spiritual spin on a fun three-day weekend.’ Yes, I did. For if it were not for the resurrection, then God does not exist and the Bible is a fiction.

There is a scarlet thread woven through the Bible that points to Jesus as the only one who has the ability to restore man to his intended purpose. Without Jesus, humanity would be hopeless.

Easter is a time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Apostle John wrote in John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” This is exactly what Jesus did. The very next verse, Jesus calls us His friend (John 15:13-14).

So, my friend, I ask you – Do you know Jesus as your friend? I certainly hope you do. If Jesus is your friend, will you take a moment to thank him for the unconditional love He demonstrated for you on the cross at Calvary (Rom 5:8)?

If you do not know Jesus as your friend, make today the day you meet Him.

God Loves You!
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

God has a wonderful plan for your life!
I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10b)

Because of our sin, we are separated from God.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  (Romans 3:23)

The Penalty for our sin is death.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

The penalty for our sin was paid by Jesus Christ!

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

If we repent of our sin, then confess and trust Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we will be saved from our sins!

For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.  (Romans 10:13)
…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9,10)

Meet Jesus at the cross today.

Tell Him you are sorry for living a life of sin, He will forgive you.
Ask Him to fill your heart with His glorious love – He will give you a new heart.
Ask Him to open your mind the truth of God’s Word – He will renew your mind.
Ask Him to lead you to Bible teaching church where you can share your new-found commitment and learn more about living a life filled with God’s love.

It is my prayer that you truly know Jesus as your friend. If you want to chat more about this, you can contact me by clicking here.

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