Monday Morning Meanderings. Vol.35

March 10, 2008 at 1:46 pm 3 comments

Sayre, Oklahoma

We have settled back into our place here on the Trinity “ranch” and enjoying the things that drew us here in the first place, great relationships, freedom and opportunity to use our gifts and a continued renewal of our lives and spirits in the Spirit.  We are blessed!

Here are a few more items for the 35th edition of the Monday meanderings:

Item one. More than two years ago I started thinking about what it would be like to sell everything, buy an RV and spend our time going from place to place doing ministry and seeing and enjoying places we had never been before.  Such a huge step required encouragement and support on a number of fronts and some of that encouragement came from a website called RV-Dreams.  Howard and Linda Payne are the caretakers of the Dream and though their story is much different than ours, their decision to leave comfortable lifestyles and careers, and write a daily journal about their lives and travels was helpful to me as we contemplated doing similarly.  I think I have read every posting in the last 30 months or more. Recently Howard wrote the 1000th post in his online journal, a truly significant milestone.  They are camp hosting in the Arches National Park, near Moab, Utah and the pictures he has included the last few days have been so beautiful, I wanted to give him another little promotion on the Juniper Tree.  Even if you don’t plan to RV full time you will enjoy Howard’s daily journal, especially if you ever intend to visit Arches.  You can find Howard’s journal here.

Item two.  In the category of useless ways to spend ones time I submit this.  Many men in tights.

Item three.  When we were in Arizona, we noticed in many of the cities in the Valley there are cameras at many of the locations that take pictures of your car if you run a red light.  In addition many constituencies are putting cameras at speed zone changes to catch people who don’t slow down.  I got the big flash bulb one night in Payson doing 60 in a 45.  The light flash was like lightning and since I was not from the area I didn’t know what it was.  It isn’t enough these days to watch for the law or run a radar detector, you have to watch for the camera too.  Here is a story that makes the good and bad case for the picture taking keepers of the law. 

Item four.The church I pastored, and a few thousand other churches, did a program a few years back called 40 Days of Purpose.  It was a good time but it was really just that 40 days of purpose. 4o Days of Purpose was based on the book The Purpose Driven Life. It never delivered on its promise to bring lasting results to churches, at least not the one I was part of.  All that to tell you about a site I found called the Porpoise Diving Life.  It isn’t a parody of the PDL but an attempt to “pick up where purpose driven peters out.”  It is a blog worth checking out regularly as it features different writers on different subjects.  Here is a post I thought was really good.  Find it here.

Item five.  I really enjoy a good cup of coffee but it seems like if I have it more than one or two days in a row the acid really messes up my stomach.  I had just about given up on drinking coffee until Linda showed me a website for Gentle Java.  I ordered some and am back drinking and enjoying coffee while I am drinking it and after too.  They don’t have a big variety but what they have is good.  I have the original, dark roast and espresso.  You can find this excellent product here.

Item six. Just for fun.  My friend Justin posted a fun quiz on his site, inviting his readers to name all 50 states in the shortest amount of time.  I didn’t have as much trouble naming the states as I did typing them in the little box and spelling them correctly.  Give it a shot and let me know how you do.  Find it here.  Click on 50 states and type away.  Thanks Justin.

Item seven. Another on-line friend, who has written some of the more articulate comments to this blog, is going through some very difficult times these days.  While in her native South Africa her 3 year old daughter Jenna died in an accident.  Please pray for Sumi and her family as they walk out this very painful journey.  Her faith is strong and she has a wonderful Family but prayer is what will sustain them during dark days, even the prayers of those who do not know her.  If you want to visit Sumi’s blog you can find it here.

Have a great week.  Take some time to do your own meandering, you will feel good.


Entry filed under: Authority, Belief, Blogroll, Christianity, Church, Culture, Faith, Family, Friendship, Holy Spirit, Humor, Jesus, Kingdom, Monday meanderings, News, Prayer, Revelation, RV, Supernatural, The Father, Thoughts, Travel.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Linda  |  March 11, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to find places to “send” us that we might not otherwise go. I have always enjoyed your “researching” mind!

  • 2. Royal  |  March 10, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Thanks for the meandering, it was a great distraction to the start of a long week. My prayers go out to the child that passed as well as her family and friends. God will be with them all.

  • 3. sumijoti  |  March 10, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Thanks for the continued prayer, Greg and Linda. We can feel ourselves being carried by all the prayer going up for us and we are so aware of God’s grace and mercy in this time.

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