New Beginnings

21 Dec

I start a new job today.

It’s a great opportunity, I’m really excited about it, but I’m also a little anxious.

The business is owned by a Christian, one of the prerequisites was that I had to be a believer. I’m fine with that trust me I’ve been missing the fellowship, but he has a pretty rigid policy manual.

Where I am now I’ve got job security, the only thing is there hasn’t been enough work. I’m surviving but that’s about it. Couple that with the fact that he wants to pay me under the table . . . it’s not a good plan.

It started out as a business proposition. If I helped him on his jobs, we’d eventually become partners. I’d end up just driving to estimates, delivering supplies etc, but it hasn’t worked out that way.

I hate bouncing around but I’ve gotta move on, that’s the scary part.

If you’re reading this I could use the prayer.

Thanks.

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“Boundless Devotion” is Gaining Traction

20 Dec

I’ve been thinking lately, Boundless Devotion is beginning to take off. In the past week I’ve gotten more likes on the Facebook page than I have since it’s release. I’m getting lots of great feedback too.

The plan was to create a sequel, but I’ve since changed things up.

When it comes to marketing I’ve always been a fan of the old adage, “Leave ’em wanting more.” I figured what better industry than writing books. But honestly I want my first title to be the best that it can be, so I’ve decided to bag the idea and just complete the series in one book.

When the update is available I’ll let you know.

The next project is probably gonna be set as a western. I’ve always been a fan, and I’ve got a lot of great ideas swirling around in my head.

I’ll keep you posted.

Thanks for all the support! 👊

Why Are You Cast Down, O My Soul?

17 Dec

Lately I’ve been facing some real challenges. I had something worked out with a friend of mine, we were gonna be partners in my given industry. However work has been sparse; hard to come by.

My mobility is limited nowadays so I don’t have a whole lot of options anymore. Going into business seemed to be the ticket, but it hasn’t been working out as planned so I’m looking at my options.

Sometimes I get overwhelmed with anxiety, it’s enough to keep you up at night.

I think about the future a lot and it scares me to be honest. I thought I’d be a lot farther than I am right now at my age. But when I think of the yet unfolding tragedies this past year with the hurricanes, the tremendous suffering people are experiencing all over the world, I’m reminded that I’m not doing too bad.

Then I read the scriptures and recall God’s faithfulness to me.

Lord help me to trust You, give me Your perspective, help me to see the world through Your eyes.

For Your glory..

I love the book of Psalms, it’s pregnant with meaning. It’s like going to prayer school.

Psalm 42:7 Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me. 8 By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.

Net Neutrality

16 Dec

Is it a good idea?

The word neutral sounds fair but is net NEUTRALITY really what it seems?

NO!

“Net neutrality is the notion that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) shouldn’t be able to “slow down, speed up, or block data as it is routed from its content originator to end users” in order to favor particular sites. The net neutrality regulations put in place under the Obama administration involved subjecting the Internet to Title II of the 1934 Communications Act, where it’s considered a public utility that is subject to the iron grip of the FCC.

The FCC is now trying to kill these regulations, and they are right to do so. Here are seven reasons why.

1. The instances of ISPs slowing down or blocking data to favor certain sites over others are few and far between. Ian Tuttle notes at National Review that when the FCC first attempted net neutrality regulations in 2010, they were only able to “cite just four examples of anticompetitive behavior, all relatively minor.” Cell phone networks, which are not subject to net neutrality-esque regulations, don’t engage in such anticompetitive behavior.

There’s a reason for this: such behavior doesn’t cut it in a free market. As Ben Shapiro wrote in 2014, “Consumers would dump those ISPs in favor of others” if those ISPs slowed down or blocked data as favoritism toward certain sites.

“Competition ensures that companies do not have the leverage to discriminate against particular websites,” Shapiro added.

There has never been an urgent need for net neutrality regulations.”

Read more here

Dogs of War

15 Dec

Another Boundless Devotion excerpt

“The Corp Commander was a handsome, gentleman soldier, with an altogether agreeable disposition. None of it made any sense.

He gave orders that the girls be brought back in with their mother, “Privesti Detey” who was now carrying around a fully mixed bag of emotions. She was thankful for the kindnesses of her strange captors, but sagaciously observant.

“Mrs. Matthias please consider cooperating with us,” the foxy officer pleaded. “I’ll post a guard outside to ensure your safety, we’ve gotten word of some rebels in the area.”

“Yes, yes of course,” she cogently replied. “Thank you.” Then they left, and locked the door behind them. “Oh baby where are you?” She thought to herself, aching to be safely folded up in his arms.

“Mommy I’m bored,” said the oldest.

Anxiety was beginning to grip what was left of her patience, but she held her peace. “You girls search around for something to write with and I’ll find some paper okay?” Becky was eight, typically a big help with her little sister . . . who was the real troublemaker.

She pulled a stenciling pad from an old easel in the parlor and sat back down, looking on at the soldiers outside performing their duties against an alabaster horizon of freshly fallen snow. Their breath was thick like soup. She was most definitely a southern girl but the northeastern climate had grown on her. The little ones soon filed back in with pens in hand, and they all spent the afternoon playing hangman, tic tac toe, drawing silly pictures and prattling on.

Suddenly they were taken aback by the sound of yelling and rapid gunfire!“Girls!” she cried sotto voce, “Come here by me and get down!”

[BOUNDLESS DEVOTION ©2017]

Viral Trump Christmas Song!

14 Dec

“This video shows, during a wonderful Christmas theme, Trump doing away with much of the Democrats’ mistakes, especially Obama’s.

They play the song made popular by Andy Williams in the 60’s. It also shows a clip from the famous Christmas movie It’s a Wonderful Life. They have George Bailey beg Donald Trump to make America great again.

The video was created by the entertainer Dana Kamide, a talented artist who creates lyrics and videos for entertainment.”

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“Country”

13 Dec

A few years ago after my divorce, I bought a piece of property by a lake in Beech Grove, Tennessee. It was out there . . . almost what they call, “primitive.” It took almost an hour for me to get to work, but it was mine. The plan was to build a pile of money, we had a bunch of work coming, but somebody outbid my boss and we lost the account.

It was the middle of winter, and it was cold . . . in more ways than one. The peace and quiet was great, but I was alone out there, more alone than I’d ever been in my entire life. I learned a lot about myself during that time.

It was just an old shack I planned on fixing up. There wasn’t any power or running water and without income, I was in a constant state of desperation. I was trusting God but I remember countless times, crying out to Him, trying to understand why He’d put me there. It was a truly humbling experience.

Then one day an old dog showed up out of the blue, he had battle scars all over him. I shared my meal and he decided to stick around.

After a little while I had to put out the fire so he eventually followed me inside. You could tell he didn’t quite know how to function as a house dog, but he was grateful to come in out of the cold.

Work picked up a little but it was nothing to brag about. In between jobs I had to drive down the mountain just to get internet service, hoping maybe to land different employment or a day labor gig here and there. He had free reign but he’d always be there in the morning to send me off and be waiting for me when I got home.

I called him country.

The time came that I had to make a decision to tough it out or change plans; I was down to my last hundred and twenty-two dollars, and needed a throttle cable for my truck. I would have stayed but I had no choice, and I couldn’t take him with me.

I felt awful, we’d both already been abandoned, now I was doing it to him again. But he was familiar with grief so I figured he’d be alright.

Once I got situated I went back up there and stayed the weekend. I called out to him every once in a while hoping he’d come around, but I think he found his way into somebody else’s heart.

Thank God for dogs.

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