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We woke to fog this morning. Well, not really fog, more like the mountain mist that obscures the view early and then burns off leaving a bright sunny day. The beauty here is subtle most of the year and then explodes for a few weeks in the fall. We have seen more spectacular scenery in many parts of the country and been awed by the size and the majesty of these United States.


However, the enchanting villages and quaint farmlands of rural New England will steal your heart. The vistas are not as majestic as others. They are, however, much more captivating by the very nature of their ability to grab your imagination and draw you into their essence. I know that, for me, God lives here and beckons me to sit a spell and inhale His love and peace. He crooks His finger asking me to walk with Him down the seldom-traveled road covered with leaves so He can calm my troubled spirit.


And, when the time comes, the Lord will leave me, comforted and ready to resume this journey toward my heavenly home. Am I showing Linda my roots? Yes, but I am also showing her the path that is before us as we travel on.

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We have been at Sea Pines RV Resort for seven days and six nights. I have been out three times to run errands and Linda has not yet left the resort area, not because she doesn’t want to… no, her health, combined with the weather, has held her hostage to the camper. Even the leak in our front window, discovered during a night of torrential rain, caused us to give thanks… thanks for the waterproof mattress cover, quick fix and easy long-term repair.

These things happen from time to time in our travels. And yet, every night as we crawl into bed we always say, ‘this has been a good day’. There are many reasons why every day is a good day in our lives… as many reasons as there are days in our lives. It may be as simple as a lessening of the daily pain that Linda endures or as complex as a conversation with someone who needs to hear about the blessings of the Lord.

Always, our love for Jesus sustains us, lifts our burdens from our shoulders and allows us to share His wonderful mercies with others. The love He gave us for each other gives us the ability to carry our combined load with grace and dignity and proclaim Him Lord of all. In our good times and in our bad times, He is sovereign and carries us, comforts us and shows us mercy and love.

>Last night I tossed and turned and slept poorly. This morning as I tried to understand what was disturbing my sleep, I pricked my finger to check my sugar. The results showed elevated levels of sugar in my blood. Not sure why. Maybe extra stress, poor diet yesterday, late supper, lack of sleep. Whatever the cause, I need to change something to keep the count at an acceptable level.

Although diabetes is a tricky problem it is easy compared with the troubles that so many people go through. Yes, I should be more careful about my diet and I certainly need more exercise. However, with the right regimen and a minimum of medication I can still lead a normal life. There are many who have medical issues that limit their activities, that prevent them from participating fully in the lives of those around them.

As their family and friends, it becomes our responsibility to be as inclusive as their medical conditions will allow. It is truly amazing what even a small gesture can mean to those that have been forced to life’s sidelines. What they need is friendship not pity, compassion not indifference. Christian love not Christian charity. Look around you. There are more people with special needs that you realize, right in front of you.

When Little Man (our cat) and I were walking this morning, one of the park employees came up to us to start a friendly conversation. Little Man became frightened, slipped his collar and ran off. Only a few minutes later he came to me from under our truck just like nothing had happened. Linda called to him and he ran into our camper happy be home with her.

In the camper, he came right to me to have his collar put back on (after I had tightened it to prevent another escape). Now he is sleeping on the bed with Linda as though nothing ever happened, the incident forgotten and his world repaired as though there had never been this issue of fear and escape and return.

We, too, often ‘slip our collars’ and escape into sin. Whether out of fear, temptation or just plain ignorance, we all fall away from the Lord in our lives. We need to come back to Him quickly repenting of our sin and joyfully reunite with Him. As He cleans our heart, restores our soul and repairs our lives we, too, just like Little Man, need to put the episode behind us and move forward in Truth and Love.

After fighting for four weeks with a slightly elevated blood sugar count (140 to 160, minor problem but pesky since the doctor wants it close to 120), I wake up to a level of 93. We are now trying to figure out how this happened so we can repeat success and eliminate failure.

Was it the 3 walks with a trip to the store? Was it the food I ate yesterday? Or perhaps a combination of the two. At any rate, I am in much better shape than most my age and frustration with this small health problem will resolve itself as we adjust.

We need to pay as much attention to our spiritual health as we do to our physical health. Just as we regularly visit our physician and listen closely to his advice, we need to be intentional in our faith. Attending church services regularly, spending time with fellow Christians, setting aside time to read God’s Word are important aspects of maintaining a healthy faith. But, above all, a close relationship with Jesus Christ will always insure that your spiritual health will remain strong and vibrant.

Pray unceasingly, look to be His hands and feet and you will have the peace that comes from God.

Another new day from the Lord in which to praise Him and glorify Him through our words and deeds. Another morning walk in a new place of beauty along a peaceful river lined with trees dripping with Spanish moss and replete with birds and small animals.

The night before last, Linda was in pain all night in her hips and legs and managed only about an hour of sleep. Then we got up and traveled for just about three hours to our next stop. Linda slept for part of drive and for most of the next sixteen hours. The pain is better now and she will be able to enjoy this day that the Lord has made.

Such is life for us, extraordinary days of pure blessings when the glory of God shines and days of pain and suffering when God’s equally extraordinary mercy shines like a beacon showing us His love. Well, by the us I mean Linda mostly. I am just a bystander during her bad days trying to help as I am able. I am her driver, taking her to new sites of beauty and to places she has never been. I am her set up man, seeking volunteer opportunities where she can shine. But, most of all, I am the lucky man that has the privilege of living with her and I thank the Lord every day, good and bad, for her presence in my life.

As we have worked each project that we have been involved in, one theme stands out. In stark contrast to the world, each group of NOMADS is comprised of people who are dedicated to the concept of loving their neighbors, their family or friends, their fellow believers or church members and even non-believers. They adhere to the concept of loving your enemies and doing good to those who spitefully use you. Now we, who are followers of Jesus and children of God, know where this love comes from. It is part of the fruit that we bear as followers of Christ.

But, there is more to the story. We need to be prepared to defend ourselves against the evil in this world and further, we need to be ready to help others in their times of trial. Even when we are in the presence of fellow journeymen, following the lead of Jesus, we must be aware of the wiles of satan. We must listen to the word of the Lord as written by Paul to the Ephesians.

In Ephesians 6:10-18 (KJV) Paul wrote: ‘Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.’

Attacks from the evil one may come at any time, in any place and from unlikely sources. They may be obvious or subtle, but rest assured that when you are doing the will of God, when you are working for His glory, attacks will come.

As this project ends and we move forward in our journey, Linda and I have been spiritually renewed and our lives enriched with new friendships and most importantly, new insights into this spiritual journey that we are all on.

We arrived safely at Faith UMC, hooked the trailer up and went out to eat with some fellow NOMADS. This is shaping up to be an interesting group of volunteers and we are really looking forward to beginning this project on Monday. This morning I am going to church with Mike and Ruthie, our leaders for this project, at Fort Caroline UMC where the actual work will be done. Linda is being adversely affected by the weather and will stay at the camper.

What a privilege it is to be able to serve others with such loving, like-minded people. If only there were more who could serve, more who’s hearts could be touched, more who could step out in faith. There are so many needs, so many places to serve. Your beliefs are of little importance to the world, your faith alone makes no difference to your neighbors in need.

Only when you act upon your faith and go forth to help, do others truly see your faith. Even unspoken, your faith will shine like a beacon asking to be followed. So, step out into service with your faith as your guide, look for opportunities that fit your skillset. After all, God did not prepare you to do nothing.

We have family and friends whose ideas of how to help others are radically different from ours, but we all agree that the need is there.  More government control or more individual freedom, the goal is the same.  There are those in society who have no voice, who need our help to survive and we get distracted by the methods to be used.

Each of us has a method we want to use, a method that we think works best.  Well, go ahead and do what you think is best.  Do not judge others who help in different ways and locations.  They are following their heart, their conscience and doing what they believe is right.  Too often, we waste our time, energy and resources either belittling the efforts of others or trying to thwart their efforts.

There is no benefit derived from stopping others from following their conscience.  No good comes from shouting your views into deaf ears, only useless confrontation.  A raised fist, destroyed property, physical detainment all are the methods of despots.  When emotions overrule common sense, we arrive where we are today.  Both sides spouting nonsense, shouting ridicule and citing statistics that cannot be trusted.

Remember people, we are all patriots, Americans and capable of being better than we are right now.  Let’s get back to helping each other.

Every day we spend time looking at hate-speech. We seek it out on Facebook, we watch it on the network ‘news’ and we see it on the ‘news’ channels. We fill our heads with facts that support one side or the other of every action taken in name of justice and every opinion voiced. We do all of this in a toxic atmosphere of twisted facts, disjointed arguments while listening to biased people stating fictions as truth with all the weight of their worldview behind them.

There is no reasoned discourse about politics, religion, women’s rights, race, gender identity or any of the myriad other causes today. When did we lose our reasonableness? When did we become this nation of polar opposites? Are we all so set in our own rightness that we can no longer even tolerate opposing opinions?

This nation is divided and it started well before there was a Barack Obama or a Donald Trump. There have always been minorities trying to pull this nation apart, trying to divide our country into faction so they can feel powerful. Well, what we see now is two equally strong factions going after each other with no chance of compromise. Time to pray.

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