Sunday, October 29, 2006

Extra Employment

This past Friday I had an interview with a Truck Driver School. Trans-Teck located in Conover, NC operates the Hickory reginal and the Charlotte Diesel Truck Driving Schools. It is owned by one family and all of them work at both locations. I found the job through a job search for training or teaching. After all the legal things work out and background search and all I should start this coming Friday. I have to take a drug test and watch for a day. I am only planning on working on Fridays but that could change week by week. Last year i worked part time for MDI and delivered to grocery stores in a 5 state area. that was almost too hard. Lots of early morning and late nights. This job should be tons better. There is one thing for sure. I have no problem speaking in public. Whether it is in a class room or a podium, I feel comfortable speaking on subjects I am interested in. I enjoy profoundly teaching about safe driving and trucks. We will see how it goes.

Chad's Birthday








I sit here this morning thinking back 18 years. We were in the Army and preparing for our second child. Chad was born at the House of the Good Samartian, Watertown New York. I just like to say Fort Drum, NY. Christie and David came down, Chad's cousin Matthew and of course Mom and Dad. Happy Birthday Chad!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Nonor those who have fallen

I am preparing this morning for an all day class at the Fire Department. Before I left I just wanted to pause and pray for the families of those who have fell in california from the forest fire that was set. God bless them and their familes: It is sad to know they were lost for no reason.

Today at 5:30 we are going to have our son Chad's Birthday get together. Just family and then I am sure he is off with his friends. Chad will be 18 on Sunday. That's hard to believe!

Friday, October 27, 2006

God: One who Loves and Forgives

I re-read yesterday's devotion. I say WOW again. The reflection said to go in BOLDNESS. That is something that I do not do. I do not know why but I am sure it must be addressed. Too many times we as humans rely upon our own strength. All my life I have been interested and consumed by cowboy movies. Always pull yourself with your boot straps and never depend on anyone else. In other words, "cowboy up". Now, there is something to say about having resolve but a reliance upon oneself is unhealthy. Trust me, because everytime I do I always screw it up some how. How can God continue to forgive us and keep loving us? There within lies His special nature. He is a God of love and forgiveness and desires that to be spread amoung the people of this world. Sure God corrects, directs , assigns and a thousand other things. But, the message in the Gospel is that He cares for his people and desires them to be in a personal relationship with Him.
I am looking forward to speaking at Hezibah this coming week. I have a message that I am working so I hope it will be completed on time. We decided not to purchase the camper so we will wait until another time. Be Blessed

Thursday, October 26, 2006

TC and i found a camper that we liked and we stopped and looked at it. I like it actually because it is smaller. I think the blzer could pull it a little better. I offered my other camper to a buddy and we are waiting to hear back from them. No biggy in the great scheme of things, but it would be nice. I am looking into another part time job as a Truck Driver Instructor. The pay is acceptable but it would tie up both Friday and Saturday. I think the excitment of doing something different would be enough to carry me for some time. I also like the idea of the extra money so we could save more. Anyway it is an important decision that I need prayer for.

[[To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.]] God [is] our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Reflection

So strong is our victorious Lord that ever more can we, His people, trust in His promise to protect us. Fear not, O believer, for even now is the kingdom of God visible by your faith! Take up your heavenly reign! Rejoice in your seat at the Father's throne! God will be your sturdy defense and never will the enemy's darts pierce your hide, so go forth proclaiming the Lord's victory in boldness.

WOW

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

What A Joy

This week as been much needed. A little more laid back compared to the last few weeks. Monday night was pretty hard with the live burn. My bones were sore all day. Last night I just came home and done nothing. TC had supper prepared when I arrived home. Chad and I played a quick game of Madden Football and I sat back and watched " The Unit". I enjoyed it even though it was a re-run.

My Morning Time comes from Blue Letter Bible . com
The LORD [is] the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
Psalms 16:5

Reflection

With the Lord being our portion and our cup, He becomes our sufficiency in both food and drink. The reference of the "lot" may either speak of the land that was granted or even how God is in control of everything—even our destiny. We also have the promise of a heavenly lot which Jesus talks about in John 14:2.
"Don't be troubled. You trust God, now trust in me. 2 There are many rooms in my Father's home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell you plainly. 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know where I am going and how to get there."

What a joy to realize this first thing in the morning! Be Blessed!

Monday, October 23, 2006

Awesome

This past Sunday we met for the first time at Christ Covenant Church. They do not use their building on Sunday nights so it is perfect. When you first walk into the entrance you go right in to the Foundry, their coffee house. That is cool. We are allowed to use the Blue Room, which is right across the hall. There is also a playground inside next to that. You could not ask for a better place to meet. Terry, our pastor, met with the Elders and we wer approved for as long as we need. I do hope and pray that the Holy Spirit will prevent any problems of jealousy or ill-spirited thoughts.

Tonight CFD will burn a house. Actually not much training will come from this. It is a small house on White street that we put out last July 4th, but some younger guys will get some much needed hose time.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Relaxed and Prepared

On Friday Tc and I decided to take the afternoon off and go riding. We went up and around the South Mountain area. It's funny we stopped and talked to Faith Tinnin on the side of the road. Anyway we stopped by South Mountain State Park and sat on the rocks by the stream at our favorite spot. It was so relaxing. TC was thinking about the bueaty of it all while I almost started dozing. It is so relaxing by that stream. Anyway, I have training from 8-5 today at Gaston College.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Time Will Tell!

WOW- What a week again. Are'nt we all so busy. This week in training was pretty tough. Monday was Fire Behaviour II and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday was Intro to Pumps. I must be honest and say that I skipped Tuesday. I was so tired. It had rained all day and I felt like crap so I just hung out at the house and watched my favorite show " The UNIT". I love that show so far! Anyway, Wednesday was TC's last day at Washington and we went out that night for Mexican food. It's Friday morning and I'm a little tired as I responded last night to a fire alarm at Somerset Court. False Alarm but i could'nt go back to sleep. All of us was awake until the wee hours.
Last week at House Church was pretty good. About half of us was missing but Jason led us in music and and then we had a brief Bible Study and went up to the Gazebo and prayed for the City and the youth and ended at the Pepporini Express. This week we are going to meet as a larger group at Christ Covenant Church. It is located between Shelby and Boiling Springs on Hwy 150. This weekend Tc has several projects for school Monday so not sure if we will get to go look at the leaves or not. Time will tell!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

A Day at Carowinds

Here some pics of our day at Carowinds. Getting ready for the Drop Zone!








This past weekend Christie and David came down on Friday night and spent the night. We all got up Saturday morning and went to Carowinds. We really had a great time. We got home around 8:00 that night and they decided to spend another nght adn return home to Brevard early Sunday Morning. It was so nice to spend the day and two nights with my whole family. Thanks God for this blessing!

Looking Ahead:
  • This Sunday is Home Group Week. We are meeting at 10:00 Am at the Pruetts and the after a while we are walking up to the Uptown Gazebo. After praying for the city and other things that the Holy Spirit leads us to we are gong to stop at the Pizza Express for the buffet and fellowship. Next week we meet at Christ Covenant for the Party!
  • This coming Wednesday will be TC's last day at Washington as an assistant Teacher. Her desire to become a teacher pushes us to make this decision. There is only so much a person can do and so we made this decision based on God's answer.
  • This Week I have a Fire class every night. Monday it is Fire Behaviour II at CFD and Tuesday- Wednesday is the last week of Introuction to pumps/Driver-Operator
Happy birtday my TC Darling! She said she is Forty also, but based on the fact that I will be 43 in December, that makes her 43 this Wednesday. It really is hard to believe that we are nearing our mid forties. Time does fly.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Thoughts from the Night

It was about 1:30 Am when I woke this morning. Weird it could be, yet not really, considering I laid down around 8:00 PM Thursday Night. I usually on get around 6 hours of sleep at one time anyway. Usually it is from 10:00 until 4:00. So anyway here is my poiint. Thursday was quite a difficult day. In fact there are several things that happened. For example, I lost my temper at a specific person based on his remarks. I found out later that this guy lives for this crap. I just let myself be taken in by all of it. Then, there was this overwhelming feeling of unsatisfaction. (It's that wandering feeling I get quite often) No biggy,but I just felt like traveling. Really and truly there was not that much at all, but it just felt like I had this great burden. Then, at somepoint after Tc got onto me for watching "Lonsome Dove" again, I just went and laid down. Sometime in my sleep the Lord spoke to me and I felt better. I really do not know what He said but I rememeber feeling better. While watching the 700 club, which is something I rarely do, I heard an interview with a former prostitute and porn star in which after accepting Christ she choose to live out this verse. It caught my attention and I began to look at it closer. Here it is as I interpret it:

2Cr 10:5 {We are} destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and {we are} taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

v. 2 It seems that one man in the church in Corinth criticized Paul and had gathered a small group around himself. He seemed to use everything against Paul-from his appearance to the collection for the church in Jerusalem. One of the accusations against Paul was that he was guided by his flesh and not by the Spirit (Chapter 1:17). Chuck Smith Commentary- www.blueletterbible.com

Verse 5 would seem to be in response to that paticliar problem, yet is also is helpful in many situtions. Pride, stubborness, tradition and many other things can cause these speculations and lofty ideas. I pray that god will help me destroy those even right now as I write this. I also pray that if others read this they may as well destroy those thoughts whatever they may be.

Now consider how Paul ends this chapter;
Cr 10:17 But HE WHO BOASTS IS TO BOAST IN THE LORD.
2Cr 10:18 For it is not he who commends himself that is approved, but he whom the Lord commends.

God is so good ! He is Faithful! He is Awesome! He is Kind! He is Worthy! And on that note I think I will get a few more hours of sleep. Signing off at 03:56 AM

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Wow, what a week

I-40 East out of Asheville NC- just some random sights I see all the time. I never get tired of the bueaty found in NC Mountains.





Here are some pics of my co-workers and some pics of my route I drive.

Ok so I just have not been able to post anything. I have been too busy, but here is an update. I am currently taking "Introduction to Pumps" in the Driver-Operator Series. Man, this stuff is boring. It is too simplistic for me, but I need the class so here I go. I will finish it up after three more night next week. Octover is very busy as I will be training or at the FD almost every night during the week. We have a actual live burn this month and two certification classes at Cherryville.

TC's last day at Washington is this coming Wedesday. It's kinda sad but at the same time it is good as her work load at school is increasing. I am so glad that God gave me release on this matter. It does give you great relief.

Wellspring met last Sunday at the YMCA in Shelby and it was very good. I played the drums for the first time at wellspring. We had hardle any practice but I think overall it was great. What I like is when the Holy Spirit moves amoung us and talent comes from God. This week we meet at our Home Groups again. I want to do something a little different. God knows and I pray His leadership upon it.

Here are some pics of my truck route that I drive a couple of times a week. Blessings

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Not Knowing and Wondering

This morning in the news I watched a report of some nameless people located in and around LA County, California. Here is the sitution as reported by MSNBC. At any given time there are about 20-25 people in the coroner's office as John or Jill Doe. In other words they don't even know how to alert the next of kin. How sad is that. Some folks are just not known in this world. A happy thought crossed my mind though, God knows who they are and He still cares for them. I looked up some ministries that minister to the homeless and the down trotten. I wonder how many times without even knowing someone has reached out at the exact moment they were needed. Yes, way cool! (Pause for Prayer) Here is the Scripture I looked up- Mat 14:14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

In a totally separate thought I was reading the news on yahoo and came across this AP story,
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061007/ap_on_re_us/amish_school_shooting
Now I know it tears the heart but I wanted to bring something out that I thought was real interesting. In this story, the PA State Troopers Mounted Division led this entire procession. For the circumstance I think that is pretty awesome. When you think about all those horse drawn carriages and the mounted police leading the way, I just think is was a great way for the police to honor those kids and their families.

In family news, Christie and David are adjusting back from two weeks in England, David's home country, and on Friday Night they went to see "Casting Crowns", who are a group that goes way out of the way to let everyone know it is all about Jesus and has nothing to do with them. That is good to see ! Chad has seen some troube the last few days but last night he stuck out his hand and apoligized. That was good and I thanked him for his effort. He is somewhat frustrated as the man who had offered hime a job just seems to be backing out now. I hate that! In fact it pisses me off, but that is the way it goes. Chad may have to work at McDonalds for a while. A job is a job, right!

This Sunday we have the larger gatheriung for Wellspring, as we meet at the Dover YMCA. The interesting thing is that we will meet at 5:30 that afternoon. It is out of neccesity because another church uses it during the moening. So, we will se how that works out. I am taking my drums for the first time at this church. I talked to God about this and He sais to me, "I played through you at Vineyard and I will do the same". My prayer is that God will use me to make Worship to Him better and more exciting. I've said enough!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Safe and Sound

Christie and David made it home safely from England. I picked them up today around 3:30 and they were trying to make it to church by 7:00 PM. It is a relief to have her back in the states instead of flying over the Big Pond.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Trucker Buddies


A shout out to by best bud in Taylorsville, NC. I guess he is proud of his Fed EX truck. Just thought I would post it here. They sent me pics of their grandkids but I will save that for later. Wes has a good job. I actually have several friends that drive for Fed Ex. Here is a link to Johnny Click's picture page. He drives out of Charlotte and I've known him for many years. He has some cool pics of trucks. Click here
This past weekend we brought our camper home from the Lodge and will probably winterize before too long. TC did homework all weekend and I preached at Hezibah and then we had our small group had the Pruetts. Next week we will all meet together again. i have to say that I missed seeing everyone. I look forward to meeting at the "Y" in Shelby. I hope that it will work out that I will be able to take my drums. Mom and Dad safely returned from Denton so it was a good weekend. The weather was absolutly wonderful. Oh yea, the Panthers and the Redskins won!!!