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Abundance

Christmas has come and gone; we are in the final week of 2016. We’ve experienced an abundance of gifts, food, and family gatherings. The minds of many are held captive as they enjoy playing with their new and cool gifts. Think about a cool gift you received 5 years ago. Does it still capture your attention? Has something newer taken its place?

Think about relationships. That first kiss, or the perfect mate that captured your heart. Years later do we feel the same way? I can remember the joy of meeting Jesus. My mind was like a sponge. I wanted to learn more about Jesus so I spent hours reading the Bible, attending various Bible study classes. I remember listening to various popular and gifted Christian authors and speakers as I drove from place to place.

But then life happens. Things get in the way of the ‘honeymoon’ phase of Christianity. And eventually, the joy that was once there is dulled by things that are not important. Complacency has taken root. In chapters 2 & 3 of the book of Revelation, the Apostle Paul writes letters to 7 churches. The letter to the church at Ephesus address this complacency:

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Rev 2:4, NIV

So, what happened? I believe it is possible for Christians to lose the joy they once had because that is Satan’s goal.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10 NASB

Jesus want believers to experience an abundant life, yet Satan wants to rob that from us. Satan does this by slowly attacking us in various ways. I recently read an opinion article on Chrisma News titled “8 Signs You Are Under Spiritual Attack.  The number 1 sign is a lack of spiritual passion.

“The enemy comes to steal your tenacity for the things of God. Suddenly your prayer life seems stalled. Your commitment is tested and you can’t seem to push though. You feel as though you are just going through the motions.”

While reading that article, I thought about the early Christians in Ephesus who were characterized as having lost their first love. Acts 19 tells a powerful story about the spiritual life and growth in Ephesus. Real revival was happening as the Apostle Paul ministered there. People were being saved, they were being baptized in the Holy Spirit, Paul’s preaching reached thousands, supernatural miracles were happening. The dramatic change Ephesus experienced due to the spread of Christianity impacted the businesses related to idol worship. And Satan did not like that at all.

In a letter the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus we read how the church flourished in spite of the stronghold Satan had over the community through idol worship in the Temple of Artemis (also known as the Temple of Diana). Paul offers two prayers of encouragement for Christians in Eph 1:17-19 and Eph 3:16-19. And at the end of the letter, Paul encouraged Christians to remain strong by putting on the full Armour of God (Eph 6:10-17).

Is it possible for Christians to keep spiritual complacency out of our lives? I think it is more than possible. It will take work – and it will be worth it. What must we do to avoid spiritual complacency? I believe we must develop our spiritual muscles by:.

  • Staying Hungry for God
  • Going Deeper with God
  • Getting Revelation from God
  • Living in the Overflow

Come back to find out how we do this?

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Countdown Continues

Yesterday, I escaped my post by claiming I had to replace a pool pump. This was legitimate. Remember this photo?

IMG_2931This is what the pool pump looked like on Saturday afternoon (8/22). The motor had seized meaning the pool was not filtering its 28000 gallons to keep the crystal clear water cleaned. We had to close the pool early on Saturday.  The owners ordered a new motor on Monday (8/24). Yesterday as I finished up the blog post, the office informed me our new motor arrived.

Time to put away to computer, grab a handful of tools and get that pump installed. After about 45 minutes of cleaning the old parts, and making sure everything fit, the new motor was installed.

IMG_2949That motor looks pretty good. And the best news – when I turned on the power, it came to life and started the process of moving the water from the pool through the sand filter and there were no water leaks anywhere.

IMG_2950You may think the pool looks pretty good. The problem is ALGAE. Algae is that nasty green stuff the grows in still water. And it sticks to everything. You can see the reflections of the clouds but you cannot see the bottom of this pool because the algae has turned the crystal clear water into a murky green mess. I wonder how long it will take to filter 28,000 gallons of this gunk?

This morning, I checked the progress. Water was still cloudy but it was clearing up. I can actually see the bottom and the water’s chemical levels tested safe for swimming. YAY! Other than being a little cold, we decided to open the pool. Campers were tolerant of the cloudy and cold water.

Tomorrow, I will check the chemical levels real close and make sure the pools get a good health check. The cool weather we’ve had for the past few days have kept the algae from being a real big problem.

I think the fog is beginning to lift. Thanks for stopping by, y’all come back now.

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Dressing An RV Site

Site 46 at Harrisonburg/Shenandoah KOA needed a little sprucing up. The site had lots of room but it was not appealing.

thumb_IMG_2690_1024This very large rock was in the wrong place and needed to be moved. Also, the site grading was off and had several low spots where rain water would collect. How do you move rocks?

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The big rock is now moved over by the road, and a back stone for the fire pit is planted. Also, the was covered with 6 loads of fresh mulch.IMG_2732I have a new respect for stone masons. The job of moving stones into position and fitting the stones together is tough physical work.

IMG_2733Sheesh! Where did these stones come from? Actually they were partially buried in the ground and had to come out so the site could be graded. Thankfully, big Bertha made this job easy. Now I just need to move the stones to the perimeter of the site.

IMG_2734Site 46 is now ready for more crushed rock where the picnic table is, and around the perimeter of the site. We will be planting grass in part of the site.

Next big projects include getting the pool ready for use and complete the kitchen remodel by Memorial Day at the end of May. And I am sure there will be smaller projects going on as well.

Mother’s Day weekend is our first big weekend in the park. We will be about 90% full so this will be a good test to see how the park infrastructure handles the crowd.

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What Did You Do Today, Papa?

Oh how I miss those days when around the dinner table, we would share what we did that day. Time is flying by quickly because we are really busy here at Harrisonburg/Shenandoah Valley KOA. It is hard to believe we’ve been here one month already.

Some of my project work has been pretty easy and simple, others have taken a bit more time to complete, and some are a work in progress.

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Add a door where there was once a wall.
(Sorry I do not have a photo of finished door.)

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Added two sets of track lighting.

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An RVer pulled out of their site with their cable still connected to our cable TV port. Consequentially, they pulled down the overhead cable and almost pulled a main junction box down. We decided to replace the cable by trenching it under ground. (PS – the soil up here is very rocky.)

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This is a before shot of the sink in the laundry room. Tent and Camping Cabin campers can use this sink to wash their dishes. (I captured this photo after I started to deconstruct the base.)

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New sink is in place, rear wall is prepped for painting.

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Built a cabinet to hold towels and sheets we rent to campers who need them.

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Brightly colored tulips great our campers. No, I did not plant them.

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My newest toy – John Deere 250 skidsteer loader. This beast has power.

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One of the RV sites that needs a little work.

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Yep, I did it. I got the skidsteer stuck. That’s Ok. Our manager, Monica, has gotten this toy stuck a few times as well.

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Site is ready for grading and lining the fire pit. The skidsteer flipped that huge boulder like it was made of paper mache. The hole left by the stone will be the fire pit.

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View as we drive out of the of the RV park.

Other projects that are pending or a work in progress include:

  • Build a new wood crib for fire wood. I have to repair some water damage to the side of the maintenance shop first,
  • Build a new walk way after removing a small pine tree that is in the way,
  • Plumb triple sink in kitchen once it arrives,
  • Finish trimming out walls in kitchen,
  • Setup booths in dining area,
  • Build and install a pair of swinging cafe doors between kitchen and dining area,
  • Build and install a pass through serving bar between kitchen and dining area.

And of course, we have lots of place to visit and enjoy.

So, what did you do today?

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