Thursday, November 26, 2020

A prayer this Thanksgiving

I woke up and read Psalms 28 this morning, imagine my surprise to read that a prominent politician tried to quote it this morning as well.  I'm not surprised that they got it wrong. Our country is short on real leadership, days like today prove that. In 2020 we really need to take time, and fast, pray, and reflect not on what we lost, by what we have left. In fact we really shouldn't be feasting this year, not after losing so many fellow citizens, jobs, and basic freedoms like meeting together in church. As a nation the leadership we needed was a call not to celebrate, but mourn and ask for forgiveness. We've been though a lot this year, it's ok to reflect on that. Everyday is not guaranteed to be better than the previous. 

 Psalm 28:1–9 (NIV): 
1 To you, Lord, I call; 
you are my Rock, 
do not turn a deaf ear to me. 
For if you remain silent, 
I will be like those who go down to the pit. 
2 Hear my cry for mercy 
as I call to you for help, 
as I lift up my hands 
toward your Most Holy Place. 
3 Do not drag me away with the wicked, 
with those who do evil, 
who speak cordially with their neighbors 
but harbor malice in their hearts. 
4 Repay them for their deeds 
and for their evil work; 
repay them for what their hands have done 
and bring back on them what they deserve. 
5 Because they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord 
and what his hands have done, 
he will tear them down 
and never build them up again. 
6 Praise be to the Lord, 
for he has heard my cry for mercy. 
7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; 
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. 
My heart leaps for joy, 
and with my song I praise him. 
8 The Lord is the strength of his people, 
a fortress of salvation for his anointed one. 
9 Save your people and bless your inheritance; 
be their shepherd and carry them forever. 

Jason @BeardedOverland 

Sunday, November 8, 2020

An end of an era.

After a decade of living in the middle of no where, we moved to the big city. Well almost. We've relocated to Chandler just southwest of Phoenix. While it has the feel of rural living, being surrounded by alfalfa fields, it's still the largest city we've ever lived in. The sounds of people are overwhelming sometimes. I sound a little crazy hermit there!

Not only have we relocated, we've also moved into our first apartment, and as empty nesters! Franken-Daughter is staying behind to start her own life in Mohave county. So with no ranch work to be done, no maintenance on a house, I have a ton of extra time on my hands!

Let's see what develops...

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

I literally just had this conversation yesterday with someone.

I couldn't have said it better than today's devotional from the Bible App...

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 NKJV

Who hasn't thought of Philippians 4:13 before a big test, meeting, or game? Maybe you were the athlete who quoted it after completing a nearly impossible feat. Or maybe it was quoted to you by an old acquaintance after they explained an, "amazing business opportunity." "Sure it sounds risky," they said, "but just like the Bible says, 'You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.'"

Too often, Philippians 4:13 is quoted for self-motivation alone. A more secular version might sound like, "If we set our mind to it, whatever it is, we'll accomplish it." Sure, "through Christ" is in our Bible version, but hopefully He's not there to just give us strength to accomplish our goals. Does Christ give us strength to do wonderful things including athletic feats? Yes. However, the original author of this coffee-mug verse wasn't trying to win the Iron Man or triple his income in as little as three months (neither of which are necessarily bad things). Paul was writing—from jail—to the church he helped start in Philippi.

If Paul had the power to do all things, wouldn't "get out of jail" be at the top of his to-do list? After all, if he could really do all things, he'd be all-powerful. The next three verses give additional meaning to verse 13. Paul described experiencing poverty, hunger, want, and despite it all, contentment. Then, he added verse 13 to basically say he could do all this only because of Christ. Paul's words were less about motivating the Philippians to accomplish great things and more about inspiring them to trust God despite horrible things. In fact, the original language reads more like, "I have strength for all things. Why? Because Jesus." (Ephesians 3:14-19)

Sunday, November 1, 2020

I’m just amazed at what the iPhone 12 Pro can do in lowlight situations. I’ve paid twice the amount for a DSLR to take the same pictures. What a time to be alive!

As the sunsets on one chapter a new one begins

As 2020 ends, we are finishing our move from the country to the big city. We started the process this past spring, by mid November we will be 100% city dwellers. That's a first for me. Going forward I'm not sure how the Blog will look, or what direction I'll go with it. Only time will tell. 

It would be fitting to close the blog at this point. 12 years ago when I started it, we were moving to our ranch, now we are full circle moving to the Phoenix area. A redneck in the city, that could be interesting!

Monday, October 12, 2020

Winding down my busy weekend... 990 miles driven in three days, two states, couch surfed and Covid BS. A quick rundown... had a medical emergency in our family Thursday, had to be in Chandler Friday, then a wedding in California on Saturday, back to Kingman on Sunday. The details, we could use some prayers for my father-n-law who had a stroke Thursday. He’s doing better, but will have some challenges ahead of him. I could also use some prayers for a job opportunity in Chandler after 6 months of looking. My cousin had a great wedding back in my hometown in Nuevo California on Saturday. That poor state is lost, you can’t even use a restroom in a fast food restaurant. I did have a great quick visit with my aunt and uncle who let me crash at their house. A quick word about the truck, after 12k miles it’s officially broken in. What a great driving truck. The Falkens are amazing tires, great off road, and comfortable on pavement. This past 990 miles I’ve gotten 20mpg on average, not bad for a full size, V8 powered 4wheel drive truck!

Revival - Chris McClarney There’s no denying that very regularly we, not only as individuals, but as a community of people who make up the Church, face struggles and tragedies that target us both mentally and spiritually, especially when it comes to our trust in the absolute redeeming power of God. We live in a time where fear is constantly being projected onto us through news outlets and social media, and anxiety is becoming so commonplace that we’ve begun to ignore its presence in our day to day lives. Not only are we facing tragedies on a worldwide scale, but in our personal lives as well, as we are often confronted by death and disease. In these times of trials and suffering, we begin asking a lot of questions: Why is this happening? Why did God allow this?

Friday, September 25, 2020

Some ideas are better than others!

 A few days ago I came across a post on social media of a Jeep stuck in the badlands of Southern California. Being from that area I recognized the trail as being a popular mountain biking and motorcycle destination. Someone had made a very bad decision on taking their Jeep there! Now the original post was “How are they going to recover it?” It wouldn’t have been that hard to recover, so a large group went up and did just that!

Just a reminder that 4 wheel drive doesn’t mean you can go anywhere, it just means you can get stuck better! Keep in mind the #OverlandBound words of wisdom... “It doesn’t matter what you drive, but it does matter where you drive it!”

Wednesday, September 23, 2020


Per Scanner: Units in El Dorado Fire Division Q (Quebec) have located a person who has been out in the forest since August. The subject is significantly malnourished but is ambulatory. Will be bringing him in for evaluation and care. [BRIEFING MAP]