Category Archives: Virginia

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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Got Ink?

Yes sir, I do! For my 68th birthday, I decided I wanted a tattoo.

IMG_3394My youngest daughter’s response after seeing this on my Facebook timeline –

So now that the shock of “WHO ARE YOU and WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH MY DADDY” has worn off (slightly)…I gotta say that the design is really cool.

[And before anyone comments about the ‘typo’, I know about it and it is being fixed.]

The idea of getting inked all started when a Facebook friend posted this image.

tougher than nailsI was drawn to the message and thought this would make a cool tattoo – except it was way too busy for my taste. After finding several designs of a cross made from nails, I settled on an image and made an appointment. All that was left was finding a Bible verse that represented what the cross means to me.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20, NIV)

So why is that verse important to me? For starters, it represents a change that I went through way back in the 70’s when I came to the realization that I needed to make a formal and public declaration that living for ‘self’ was over and living for Jesus was a new beginning.

Crucifixion is a death sentence. The Apostle John wrote in John 3 of an encounter Jesus had with a Pharisee named Nicodemus. During this encounter, Jesus explained very clearly that to enter heaven a person must choose to live in the spirit and not in the flesh. Continuing in John chapter 3, we read:

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

To believe in Jesus means more than just head knowledge of Jesus. It means heart knowledge as well, or knowing Jesus in a personal way. To do this, a person must decide to be crucified with Jesus and let Jesus live in him.

So let me ask you this – have you been crucified with Jesus? Are you living in the Spirit or in the flesh?

If you were to die today, do you have the confidence in knowing that you will go to heaven? The Bible says we are saved by grace, not by works. There is nothing you can to earn your way into heaven. Call out to Jesus today. Let Him know you want to stop living in the flesh and start living in the Spirit. The Bible says that everyone who calls on the name of Jesus will be saved (Acts 2:21). To choice is yours.

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Saturday Morning TV…If You Dare…

Television captures (literally) the audience so commercials can convenience the viewer to buy products. Not sure who coined the phrase “electronic baby sitter” but the phrase fits today’s media. Just think about how this has even morphed itself into DVD players built into cars so the kids in the back seat can be ‘entertained.’ Parenting did not get easier with electronics – just more complicated.

Humoring the Goddess

Poltergeist-movieHave you watched Saturday morning TV lately?
In a while?

Saturday morning television (and, I’m sure, Sunday through Friday too), is not quite what it used to be in the olden days. Since my grandkids have lived with me, I’ve seen weird talking sponges, bunnies and squirrels using cell phones, human families with wild superpowers, princesses and pirates, and idiotic starfish, to name a few.

Now, I don’t expect it to be much like when I was a kid. With the ease of computers, poppy music, and an overabundance of adorable, obnoxious, little kid actors and actresses, it’s not hard to put together a half hour of babble. There is money to be made in morning TV land, and somewhere there must be a study that says to sell to kids you must be loud, colorful, hip, and overbearing.  It is a sugar-filled, rude, sassy, whirlwind trip through psychedelics…

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Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year, peeps; wishing you a Happy and Prosperous 2016. We are beginning the fifth year of living full-time in our house on wheels – and we are loving every minute of it.

Where Have You Been?

Since this journey began in January 2012, we’ve logged just over 15,000 miles. According to the US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Americans travel an average 13,476 miles per year. We are enjoying life in the slow lane averaging less than 4,000 miles per year. This does not include trips to grocery stores or local excursions.

My PlacesEach of the 53 dots on the map represents a place we’ve parked our home for at least one night. For a more colorful map, click here.

Where Are you Now?

thumb_IMG_3202_1024We are finishing up our work at the Harrisonburg/Shenandoah Valley KOA in Virginia, where we’ve been since April 2015. This is the longest period of sitting still since we began traveling in 2012. That is OK with us because there are many things to see in this area. When our RV wheels are not rolling, we are saving on fuel expenses. However, the longer we sit on one spot, our ‘nest’ tends to grow; sorta like taking roots.

Where Are You Going?

Virginia-TennesseeApril 1st of 2016, we pull up roots and head back into Tennessee – Manchester, TN to be specific. We are planning on staying there for 6 months. Then we will head to the Hill Country in Texas for winter 2016. The only thing on our plate for 2017 is an 8 day cruise to Alaska with family to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. Beyond that, we have no plans yet.

On a more serious note –

Where Have You Been?

Just about everyone know the tune that carry these lyrics:

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

This certainly describes my life during my early years. Have you ever hiked a trail and had trouble finding the way back? Most trails are clearly marked so the hiker can find the way back. But what if the trail markers have faded away? Without guidance, it is easy to get lost. I took the trail behind our RV park driving our Kawasaki Mule following the trail markers until I realized the markers where faded pretty badly. That is when I turned around and discovered I could no longer see the RV park. To make matters worse, there were no visible tracks on the ground marking the path traveled. After overcoming a sense of panic, I saw a faint marker on a tree up ahead. Thankfully that was the correct direction.

We walk through life either with direction or aimlessly without direction. For years, I walked through life aimlessly. My goal was to satisfy selfish desires. When I realized I was lost and in despair, I wanted to be found (Romans 7:24 NLT). That was November 1972 while stationed in Frankfurt, Germany with the US Army. God heard my cry for help, reached down from Heaven to touch my soul and give me a sense of directions.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
(2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)

Where Are You Now?

I still struggle with my old life of wanting to satisfy selfish desires. But now I have a compass to help guide me along the way. For 43 years now, I’ve learned my compass is more trustworthy than me. And I’ve learned to share my compass with others who are lost.

The Apostle Paul writes in his letter to the Romans:

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. —
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. (Romans 8:1-2,14, NIV)

Continuing from the faithful old hymn:

Through many dangers, toils and snares…
I have already come.
Tis Grace has brought me safe thus far…
and Grace will lead us home.

Now I keep my trusty compass and sword by my side and constantly use them as a guide as I move through life.

Where Are You Going?

The most important thing I’ve learned when hiking and traveling is to keep going in the same direction until a change is directed. When we leave Virginia in April, I know we will be traveling in a southwesterly direction.

GPS technology will keep me on the correct path. As I study my map, I have a general sense of intermediate stops along the way. I know how to read markers that keep me on track. When driving, I look through the windshield – not the rear view mirror. I remain focused on where I am going, not where I’ve been.

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 3:14, NIV)

This is my GPS verse that keeps me focused.

As we begin a new year, I urge you to think about these three questions?

  1. Where have you been?
  2. Where are you now?
  3. Where are you going?

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

Are you Lost and Blind, or are you now Found and can See?

Whoever has not been born of God cannot ever see the kingdom (John 3:3) and cannot even enter the kingdom (John 3:5). If you have never been born again, repent or turn away from your sins, place your trust in the Savior, and you will have God’s wrath removed from you.  If not, it still rests upon you as you read this (John 3:36) You must face the wrath of God after you die (Hebrews 9:27) on the Day of Judgment (Revelation 20:12-15) therefore I strongly urge you to make today the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).

Wishing you a Happy New Year a new sense of direction. Thanks for stopping by, y’all come back now.


A Christmas Carol

The Original Christmas Carol

We are all familiar with A Christmas Carol written by English author Charles Dickens and published in 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge’s ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation resulting from supernatural visits from Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

While we enjoy this seasonal classic, let’s take a look at the Original Christmas Carol to see three gift’s God has for us.

Christmas Past

VOIDIn the beginning (Gen 1:1) God created the heaven and the earth. Gen 1:2 says the earth was empty and without life. Over the next 5 days, God gave it life. On the 6th day, God created man.

God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (Gen 2:7 NIV)

God breathed His soul into His creation. Thus the earth was full of God’s character. This was Christmas Past.

Christmas Present

the-birth-of-christNow there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
 you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
 and the glory of your people Israel.”
(Luke 2:25-32 NIV)

With the birth of Christ, God gave His Son, Jesus, so that whoever would believe, would have eternal life. When Simeon saw the Christ child and recognized Jesus is a special gift from God, he praised God.

During His three years of public ministry, Jesus showed the world the greatest gift possible; the gift of life. John 10:10. This is Christmas Present.

Christmas Yet To Come

New JerusalemThe Holy Spirit gave the Apostle John a look at Christmas Yet To Come

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
(Revelation 21:1-5 NIV)

A new heaven and a new earth – A New Jerusalem full of God’s character and nature. This is Christmas Yet To Come.

Now you have a choice to make. Some choose to believe while others choose to not believe. Do you believe God did what the Bible said He did?

If so, celebrate Christmas by praising God for His creation, His Son Jesus, and for the New Jerusalem yet to come.

If not, ask God to reveal the mystery of His precious gift to you. All you have to do is receive it.

Merry Christmas to all. Thanks for stopping by. Y’all come back now.

US 2015

Enjoying a picnic lunch on Skyline Drive, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia