Archive for June, 2008

Sabbatical.

Billings, Montana

We left Sayre Wednesday afternoon, sent off by the prayers and the love of our Family there and headed for Washington.  The Family in Sayre have been so good for us and to us.  I cannot imagine what would have happened to us if we had not been Divinely found and rescued by the Trinity Family.  We will miss you all. We will be away for about 10 weeks or so visiting family and friends in Washington and I will be going to school (more on that later).  How fortunate we are to have such a wonderful Family in Washington too.

For the next 10 days we will be “off-line”.  Other then sending a forest ranger to find us, we will be totally cut off from the rest of the world.  No phone, no internet.  Obviously I can’t blog without the internet so I am officially on sabbatical from writing the Juniper Tree.  We will be 5 days at Powell Campground in Idaho and then at Wilderness Gateway further down Highway 12 toward Lewiston.  If the Lochsa River is not blown out, I hope to do some fly fishing for the beautiful West Slope Cutthroat that are plentiful in the river.

We should be back in Washington on or before July 3.  Till then and perhaps longer, the View from the Juniper Tree is out!

June 20, 2008 at 7:55 pm 3 comments

Monday morning meanderings. Vol.48

Sayre, Oklahoma

This will be the last meanderings that originates from Sayre for a couple of months.  We are leaving in a couple of days to make the 2000 mile drive to Washington.  Probably won’t have much internet service along the way so posts may be few and far between.  I think the break will be good for me, probably you too!

Item one.  Traci, Brandon and the boys decided to stay an extra day so they are still here.  It has been a really good time for all of us.  A really nice place to stay, here on the Trinity ranch, some really good times of conversation, playing with the boys and watching them play.  You can check out Traci’s blog to get the details and some pictures here.  They will leave early in the morning to head back to Utah.  They are anticipating a move back “home” to Washington by the first of July and so there is much happening in their lives.

Item two. June is one of the better months, from my perspective. Our 36th wedding anniversary is on the 9th, I made it to my 58th birthday on the 10thand then yesterday was Father’s Day.  With the kids here an anniversarycelebration was put on hold but we did celebrate the birthday with friends and then it was really special to have my girl with me for Father’s Day.  Brad called and we had a good conversation and I felt blessed to have two really great adult children, two of the very best in-law adult children and 4 special grandsons with the fifth grandchild on the way.  Being a father is maybe only exceeded in joy, by being a grand-father.

Item three. Something really good from Kamp Krusty, right here.  This is one of, if not my favorite blog.  This guy gets it, related to the institutional church, pastors, relationships and honesty, especially honesty.  He writes wth humor, sensitivity and sometimes some well placed anger.  If you haven’t wandered over to the Kamp, take a few minutes and read this.

Item four. Don’t care much for golf and almost never watch it, but while I have been writing this I have had the tv on with no sound and watched Tiger Woods win again in extraordinary fashion.  If there is another athlete alive today with more courage, grit, determination, skill, gifting and whatever else it takes to be great, than Tiger Woods, please let me know who it is.

Item five. Andy was cleaning his desk this morning while we were having a visit and handed me a six year old copy of a Jon Wimber PowerPoints he had some where on his desk.  I am not sure the website is still active but it is still up and you can find it here.  Since I can’t find the link I thought I would just type the devo in here so you can read it: I love the little anecdote concerning David found in 2Samuel 16:5-12 when he is travelling with his army.  There’s a man on the side of the hill kicking dirt and throwing rocks at him.  The soldiers want to go up and kill the guy.  “Shall we go get him?” they ask.  David answers them (and I paraphrase) “Oh no, better not. It’s probably the Lord.”  I just love that because it probably was.

The Lord is allowing this fellow to vent his wrath, for whatever reason, but David saw the hand of God in it.  David saw that all this indignity was something that God had willed for him to bring him into a better, more harmonious place with God.

Perhaps he was learning a thing or two about mercy; the text doesn’t say.  Certainly he had the right, authority and a power to kill that man.  He was the king.  You don’t kick dirt on the king.  But he accepted it as the hand of God and perhaps learned something from the Lord as well.  It’s in that kind of acceptance that we get some of the greatest understanding. 

I wasn’t in the stream that carried John Wimber to such extraordinary impact on the Kingdom, but no one influenced contemporary worship in the church more than John Wimber and no one understood what it is to walk in the pure supernatural reality that is our destiny, quite like he did.  I just read his autobiography a few weeks ago called The Way it Was (by his wife Carol) and I felt a sense of loss for what I missed, but also felt a strong sense that the anointing that was on John Wimber is now there for all of us who will not fear man but will be free to see the things that are not as though they were and say “…it’s probably the Lord”.

Have a great week.

June 16, 2008 at 2:58 pm 2 comments

Family visit.

Traci, Brandon and the boys are here in Oklahoma visiting us and we are having so much fun so I wanted to share it with you.  I am linking a couple of Traci’s latest posts which are about their visit that will tell you about some of what we have been doing.

Here and here.  Lots of pictures on both posts. 

June 14, 2008 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment

Friday Funny. Guest jokesters.

Here are a few “jokes” that were sent to me by others.  If they are funny I will take credit for recognizing such quality humor, if they are lame or cute, blame the person who sent them in.

First, one from my father: A faucet, lettuce and a tomato were in a race. The faucet was running, the lettuce was ahead and the tomato was trying to ketchup.

From my friend Paul Zachary: A lady was walking past a pet store when a parrot said,
“Hey, lady! You’re really ugly!” The lady was furious and
continued on her way.

On the way home, she passed by the pet store again and the
parrot once more said “Hey, lady! You’re really ugly!” She
was incredibly upset now, so she went into the store and
said that she would sue the store and kill the bird. The
store manager apologized profusely and promised he would
make sure the parrot didn’t say it again.

The next day, she deliberately passed by the store to test
the parrot. “Hey, lady!” it said.

“Yes?”

“You know.”

My friend Cody Custer gave this to me a few weeks ago before the democrats finished up trashing themselves but it still works:

There are less than eight months until the election,
an election that will decide the next President of the
United States. The person elected will be the
president of all Americans, not just the Democrats or
the Republicans. To show our solidarity as Americans,
let’s all get together and show each other our support
for the candidate of our choice. It’s time that we
all came together, Democrats and Republicans alike.

If you support the policies and character of John
McCain, please drive with your headlights on during
the day.

If you support Obama or Hillary, please drive with
your headlights off at night.

Here are three some kids told me last night.

Confusius say,”Man who stands on toilet is high on pot.”

Q: What do you call cheese that’s not yours?
A: Nacho cheese!

“Will you love me when I’m old and ugly?”
“Darling, of course I do.”

Don’t like these?  Send me some good ones! Hope you all enjoy your weekend.

 

 

June 13, 2008 at 1:08 pm 5 comments

Monday morning meanderings. Vol.47

Sayre, OK

With temps breaking the 100 mark several times last week, we finally broke down and had a second air conditioner installed in our 5th wheel.  They told us when we bought it, we would need it but we said “we live in the NW, it doesn’t get that hot for very long.”  Who knew we would be in the Midwest for several months of the year.  Fortunately we did take their advice and have the trailer wired for a second air conditioner so the install was relatively easy.  It is nice to have and Jake has found the bedroom, where the new unit is, to be his new favorite place.

Item one. The kids are coming, the kids are coming!  By the time you read this, Traci, Brandon, Sloan, Sean and Eyob will be here!!!!  They spent Saturday night in Gallup, NM and will drive the 540 miles to Sayre today (Sunday).  They will be with us for a full week.  We are looking forward to them seeing where we are, meeting the friends who have been so kind to us and seeing why it is we love the Trinity Family.  Their lives are going through a shaking, but they are learning well, what it means to walk in faith.  If you want to check up on their lives and plans you can read Traci’s latest here.

Item two.  What is your price point?  That’s the price gas has to get to before you start to drive less.  Apparently for many, if not most Americans, their price point is $4.00.  Syndicated columnist, Charles Krauthammer has been espousing for years, what he calls a foolproof plan to end our oil habit that makes a lot of sense to me, but apparently the people in charge (politicians) don’t think they could get elected if they put it in place, so the plan, while foolproof is futile.  Read what he says here.

Item three. We can finally start to look carefully at who it is we think can best lead our nation.  Several months ago I called it an Obama/Huckabee and I was half right.  Now it gets serious.  It has been a long time since a presidential election in this country had the kind of importance this one does.  I am really no fan of either man and ask myself why, in this great country we cannot do two things: First, have more than two choices and two, barring that, have two people who are the very best we can put out there, not the two who are willing to cut off a limb to get the job.  Any thoughts on running mates for these two?

Item four.  More from Stuff Christians Like.  In a world where we all must begin, no its past time to begin, it’s time to get after adjusting our financial lives, it is time to stop with the spend anyway we want, charge it to our card and expect God to provide.  That is the gist of this excellent blog on money.  Read it here.  I mean it, go read it here.  Seriously, right…here.

Item five. Heading back to Washington in a couple of weeks has me thinking about fly fishing. I haven’t taken the time to go after the abundant warm water fishing there is out here so I am really anticipating getting some trout on the fly real soon.  Here is a website by a friend of Brad’s that has me thinking about it.  Wilderness Angler in Gig Harbor.  Find it here.

Item six. My brother MIke and my sis-in-law, Vicky are leaving for Africa this week for about a month.  They are headed out on their first mission trip and will spend 10 days or so without running water and flush toilets helping to build something (don’t have the details) in Kenya.  My bro will have his 61st birthday while in Africa and I am really proud of them for doing something “uncomfortable” when they have the means and the opportunity to just be about themselves.  Have a great trip guys!

 

June 9, 2008 at 6:54 am 2 comments

Monday morning meanderings. Vol.46

Sayre, Oklahoma

Just haven’t felt like writing lately.  Keeping the blog up was/is feeling more like a chore rather than something fun to do, so I kind of blew off the meanderings yesterday and it will be rather short today.  Maybe I will get the “flow” later in the week.  Starting to think about a sabbatical…

Item one. For the first time since we have been on this journey we decided not to do something because of the price of diesel.  We were going to go southeast of Dallas to another rodeo bible camp with the Kingsburys, but the enjoyment of going and the opportunity and desire, to help Charlie and Lorissa, was out weighed by the $7-800.00 it would have cost to pull the trailer down there.  I knew the day was coming but it was kind of sad when it did.  We will be headed to Washington in a few weeks for a couple of months and felt like we needed to save the resources for that. 

Item two. More Camp of Champions photos.  The boys camp is much bigger than the girls I wrote about last week, mostly because there are more boys events and so it brings more guys.  Bull/steer/calf riding is so big these days that guys are getting on calves at a younger and younger age.  Bull riding along with roping is a growing sport for boys in this part of the world.  Here are the pics. Click the link, then look for the slideshow icon in the top right and check out the boys week at Camp of Champions.  In the center of the first pic there is a lower case i, if you click it, the pics will have some explantion attached to them.  Make sense?  Linda took most of the pictures and is the one who builds the slide shows.

Item three. Our daughter, Traci has been doing some blogging again and it is pretty good stuff.  She is introspective to a fault, I am afraid she got that from me, but she always seems to bring herself around to the positive which is how she is able to be so productive.  With prices sky rocketing for everything, her decision to not be a “waster” will put her ahead of the curve.  Read her blog here.

Item four. As long as I am plugging the family bloggers, our daughter-in-law (never liked that title), Summer has some great pics of #3 grandson Canyon Paul, up on her blog.  Find them here.

Item five.  Linda’s recent post on not letting expectations for ourselves and others has had wide readership.  Read it hereShe has some follow up comments that are worth reading.  Here they are: After writing my conversation with God, lots of judgmental thoughts crossed my mind. I recognized them as such, and I asked God what I should do with them – He said, “Turn them into prayer requests.” As I prayed, three things happened: one, the enemy’s plans for me to speak death over someone were thwarted; two, my heart was softened towards people and situations; and three, as I pray God’s will be done, He answers in His timing and His way. I am a conduit for His will to be done, bringing light and healing to His kingdom.

It is clear to me and Linda points it out well, that as soon as you speak out (or write out) some decision about change that the Spirit has called you to, there will be multiple attempts by the enemy to dissuade you of your decision.  He does not want us to change, to grow, to mature and will take our attempts to follow the Spirit as a challenge and will attack in the area of the Spirits call.  Resist the enemy and he will run!

Thanks for reading and for your encouragement.  Have a great week.

 

June 3, 2008 at 8:51 am 3 comments


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