Wednesday, June 20, 2018

God is Faithful

2 Timothy 2:11-13 -- 11This is a trustworthy saying: If we die with him, we will also live with him.12 If we endure hardship, we will reign with him. If we deny him, he will deny us. 13If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.

We are slowly adjusting to FULL time RV life. Really, at this point it is not much different than a "normal life". We are living with less "stuff" and surviving just fine. We have finally mastered the combo washer/dryer and I think we have paired down our clothing to the right levels. We have made our first real road trip last weekend and everything went well. I really feel this fifth wheel is just what we want for our NOMADIC life. Our only real issue is figuring out the residency and domicile situation. But, we are also working through that. 
Through this entire process God has been faithful. We are in preparation for an unknown future after retirement. I trust God and know he has a perfect plan for us. I can't wait to see the ministry opportunities and the people we will meet and serve. God is amazing and he has brought us this far only through his power, strength, and perfect wisdom. I LOVE YOU LORD AND TRUST ONLY YOU!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Where does your strength come from?

Hebrews 13:9 - 9So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them.
We have a new truck. It is a beast. WE bought it to pull the fifth wheel. With a vehicle that large you would think it would consume massive amounts of fuel. But, the fuel mileage is not much different than my last truck. The strength of the 6.7 liter Powerstroke Diesel is amazing. The horsepower available actually gives us better fuel mileage while pulling our HEAVY fifth wheel. The more you challenge that motor, the stronger it gets.
Our spiritual strength comes from God's wonderful grace, mercy, and love. The more we are challenged by life, the stronger we become, IF we trust in the Lord. Our faith is not from a set of rules we have to follow. It is not from a set of rituals, attending Sunday services, or even praying, reading the bible, or doing a blog. Our faith is proven perfect ONLY through the grace of God. The early christians found this to be true because they were fighting all sorts of rituals from the Jewish traditions. They found those rules did not give them the strength to attack the day. They found that the simple idea that God sent his son to die for us, that perfect grace, was all they really needed to deal with the challenges of life. 
I agree.
Dear Lord, I praise you for that amazing grace we sing about in song. I praise you for your perfect Love. I am empowered to take on the day before me ONLY because of that grace. Fill me with your spirit and let that spirit be known by all I meet this very day. I love you and praise you. Amen!

Monday, June 18, 2018

I am not a whimp!

“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.””
‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬
http://bible.com/116/jos.1.9.nlt

This is one of my favorite verses. I love it that we are COMMANDED to be strong and courageous. It may not be very appropriate but I always think of this verse as God telling us to suck it up. He’s telling us to stop our whiny attitudes, stop our whoa is me mentality, stop complaining, and live our  lives  with power and strength. We have no reason to fear anything or anyone. Yet, it is so typical of me and countless other followers to fear, fret, and worry about everything and everyone.

My God created the universe. He formed mountains, carved valleys, sent his son Jesus tosave us, and has prepared an eternal home for us. What could I possibly have to fear!?

Dear Lord, you are awesome. The  power and strength you provide is endless. Forgive me for living like a whimp, afraid of everything, worrying about every moment of my life. I trust you and know you are always with me. I will walk in your power, strong and courageous! Amen!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Fathers Day!

“When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:14-17‬ ‭NLT‬‬
http://bible.com/116/eph.3.14-17.nlt

It's Father's Day 2018! I love being a Dad and I really love helping my daughters in any way I can. The times I just don't know how to help them, I know I can always pray for them. As a matter of fact, the older I get, the more they really don't need much help. BUT, I still know I can help by praying for them. I remember what it was like being a parent of kids growing up. There is a lot of stress and strain in that time. The only way I was able to get through it was through Prayer. The only way they will get through it is, also, prayer. I do not think of PRAYER as a small obligation for my kids. I think it is my MAIN responsibility as a father. I used to pray for the STUFF of their lives. I use to pray for their relationships, issues, jobs, homes, etc. But my faith has directed most of my recent prayers to one simple request, to see them draw closer to the Lord. I want their husbands to grow in their faith, I want them to grow in their faith, and I want their kids to grow in faith. Faith in the Lord answers all things, addresses all problems, relieves all stress and strain from life. The Lord is the answer. 

Dear Lord, Protect my kids and their families. Love them, and help them draw closer to you. Let their hearts be filled with your spirit and make your presence known in a powerful way. I can't always be there to show my love, but YOU are always there to share yours. I praise you for how you have loved this family of mine. I am honored with them and know they are a gift directly from you. Thank You for that gift. Amen!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Big Day!

““Look, I am coming soon! Blessed are those who obey the words of prophecy written in this book. ””
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭22:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬
http://bible.com/116/rev.22.7.nlt

Today is the day! Closing Day. Stephanie and I have been working night and day for this date. We have been in a period of fasting from social media, directed prayer, and devotions every morning since our house went up for sale. For over a year we have been seeking guidance and wisdom about our path from the Lord. For the past 6 months we have been going non stop working on the house and preparing it for the new owners. We have been led to this day by the Lord.  It is a step into new adventures for us. We are excited and nervous all at the same time. But, I am confident the Lord is with us now as he has been for all of our 39+ years of marriage. My confidence comes from the Lord and not through my own strength or wisdom. My confidence comes from releasing my life to Jesus. I have seen his hand in everything we do. His presence, his voice, and his gentle leading can be seen through our entire life. But, it has been very evident in this past year. I am humbled and full of praise for all he has done to get us to this day. So, let’s get it done and move forward into the great unknown.

This is also a big day in the lives of each of our kids. Each family has significant events happening ALL on this day. It’s like God has appointed June 14th as HIS day to reveal himself to the Rhoades, Gilbert, and Hinshaw household.  I praise God for what he is about to do. We know he is in charge and his plans are perfect. So we look forward to this day as those plans unfold before our eyes.

Dear Lord, I can not praise you enough for the blessings you have provided Stephanie and I. We are truly humbled. We want nothing more than to serve you and have pledged our lives to doing that very thing. We have been blessed with a wonderful home over the past 11 years and pray the new owners will receive those same blessings. Lead us into new adventures serving you. Guide us with your perfect wisdom to those that need us the most. Be with our family as we all face big events in our lives today. We ALL trust you and look forward to seeing the miracles of your love unfold in our lives. Amen!