Cattle grazing peacefully as the Southwest Chief rushes past, west of Albuquerque, New Mexico
My oh my it has been a while since I’ve posted!
Quite a lot has happened in these parts since I set off to Southern California to get my Mom’s house ready to put on the market; I suppose I could call that little trip a success for if getting her house sold was the goal, I succeeded. After several days of cleaning, painting, yard work and nagging, her house went on the market May 25th, I began the long train ride back to Illinois on the 26th, and on the 28th while I was still on the train, the Realtor called to tell me that she had a full price offer…
The result is that she needs to be out by July 15.
Upon returning home, I knew that we had to scramble so that she would have a place to end up in mid July so my wife and I began searching for a home to buy in this area and we finally found one that would work for us in nearby Clinton, Iowa; our offer was accepted this past Monday and that one is scheduled to close on June 26.
I’ve always heard that the Midwestern United States is called “America’s Breadbasket” because it is such a prolific area for agriculture, particularly grains like wheat, oats, barley and corn. Indeed, when we drive a little distance from town there are cornfields as far as the eye can see in any direction, but I’ve never needed to deal with corn, other than driving through the countryside, but I can attest to the fact that this is the most prolific place I’ve ever encountered for growing weeds, and it has taken me a couple of weeks to get caught up with the weeds that popped up in my flowerbeds during the two weeks of my trip to California… it is simply amazing how fast they grow here in the early summer.
You might have noticed that I haven’t mentioned anything about having sold my current house; that won’t happen very quickly I’m sad to say, but at least the new one doesn’t have very many flower beds to grow weeds in.
So now I have two weeks before we close on the new place after which I need to get an electrician ASAP to convert the electrical from a 60 amp panel to a 100 amp panel so that it can be insured, and then it’s off once again to California to get my Mom’s place cleaned out and packed up for the moving van, a journey I am truly not looking forward to for several reasons. I’ll most likely drop in a note here and there to tell the story. In the meantime, I will be more or less taking the summer off from blogging. I’m thinking that I will return to my regular programming sometime in mid August, September 1st at the latest, Good Lord willing.
Until then I hope everyone will have a great summer, filled with joy in the presence of our Lord.
Today I added our study of Romans to my “Reflections” series available for free download on my website. If you would like the entire study all in one document for your personal reflections or study, then simply click the link below to download. These are also helpful to use in home Bible study groups or in Church Sunday school classes; again feel free to download it and check it out.
As always with the “Reflections” items, please feel free to use them as you like, to rip them off and make them your own… the only limitation I would place on them is that you don’t sell them or use for any commercial purpose.
To download either use the link below or click on the “Reflections Series” tab on the right of the screen.
Over the past several weeks I have found myself pretty heavily distracted by things that are going on in my life… Here’s what I mean:
My Mom is 93 going on 94 and although she is in amazing health she has come to the realization that it’s about time for her to sell her house and move in with us so as to avoid things like housework and cooking, not to mention driving and so forth; I’m sure that many of you have been through this same sort of thing.
I guess that all sounds simple enough, but at least in our case there are a few extra complications. We live in Illinois; she lives in California. We have a wonderful “mother-in-law’s quarters” in our house in Illinois. Sadly however, it is on the third floor, and at 93 stairs are a bit of a problem, so not only must we sell her house in California, but we must also sell ours in Illinois, and find one in which stairs won’t be an issue, and in this part of the world, that’s a tall order.
Oh, did I mention that I am one of those unwise people who bought at the top of the market, just a year before the crash?
Prices haven’t rebounded yet in this part of the world… Oh My!
For the last couple of weeks I have had painters and construction people through here almost every day sprucing things up in hopes to minimize our losses, and I’ve been trying to get the spring cleaning done out in the yard which isn’t an easy task during a time of year where it rains 4 or 5 days each week, almost like some kind of a plot to keep me from finishing up.
Now it’s time for me to head west and get to work on her house, so off I go. For the next week or two we will be going through closets and storage to thin things out and get her ready to move and her house put on the market. Fortunately out in California the market has recovered and by all accounts is moving fairly quickly and we don’t foresee any great difficulties selling her home of 30 years… which means we really need to find the right place back here in the next few weeks so she’ll have a place to live when her house sells… and so I can have two mortgages to pay.
To be honest with you, dear reader, this situation would probably make me crazy, except for the fact that I know that God is working in this somewhere and that at just the right time He will have a new place for us to go and a buyer for our house and everything will work out just fine unless I get crazy and try to force my own timetable into the situation and get mess everything up.
Yes, I must admit I’m tempted just to take charge and force my way ahead, but experience tells me that tends to be the wrong move.
God is in charge, not Don.
So why am I telling you this now?
Because I will be 2,000 miles from my work station for the next two weeks. However, I’m sure I’ll have tales to tell when I return, and who knows I might be able to check in a time or two. In the meantime, wish me luck and I’ll see you in a couple of weeks!
Anybody looking for an historic Victorian in NW Illinois? Such a deal I will make!
Where can a person go to find inspiration- where do we go to be filled with grace?
Maybe a better question would be, “What kind of inspiration do we search for?”
An artist or a musician may look for inspiration in a wholly different place than a bank robber, and a politician would possibly look in a different place than an industrialist. So here, let’s think about where regular every day Christians go for inspiration…
Some people find inspiration in beautiful scenes from nature, others might find it in reading about great and faithful leaders of the past, or people who are making a difference for Christ right now. Some read blogs for inspiration, and there are many wonderful and inspiring blog posts to be found out there.
Of course, the best place for a Christian to find inspiration to continue the “good fight” is in the pages of the Word of God, for there is nowhere else that we can find the actual mind of God…
If we have a firm foundation in the Bible, we can find inspiration wherever we look. It’s a funny thing, but we usually find the thing we are looking for. Have you ever noticed that when you get a new car you suddenly see the same model of car everywhere? Have you ever noticed that people who are looking to be offended can find offense in everything you say, or that people who have dirty minds see dirty things wherever they look?
God is active everywhere; in nature, in city streets, in Scripture, in the arts…
If our mindset is upon “the things that are above” inspiration is all around us. The only thing in the universe that we actually have control over is our own mind, so we can set our minds on heavenly things and find inspiration wherever we set our eyes, and I don’t know about you, but I am truly thankful for that.