The normal thing to say here is HAPPY NEW YEAR, but I have a feeling there will be much angst and turmoil in this coming year. More government controls, more taxes, more discontent, more gimme-gimme-gimme, less freedom, less peace of mind, less trust, less optimism. I think we’ll see more of a police state than we’ve already experienced, and more foreign troops ‘training’ on U.S. soil. We’ll see our own armed forces reduced and weakened more and more, and a widening gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots.’

But in the midst of all the doom and gloom forecasts, I have a lifeline. Whatever comes my way, the LORD JESUS is fully able to handle it, and will never leave me nor forsake me. On that promise do I rest my present and my future.

And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. Psalm 9:10

What’s your lifeline?

squirreling it away


Reflections on Days Gone By

Ever have times in your life when you look back on days gone by? Yah, we all have them, I’m sure. Ever wonder what it would be like for the you of today to meet the you of yesterday? Kinda weird, actually.

It reminded me of something I heard a pastor once say, about why there will be tears in heaven, and why they will be wiped away by our Lord. He said he thought the tears would come when the person we are meets the person we could have been, if we would have followed the Lord fully while here on this ol’ earth. I tend to believe that. But he also said he thought that one of the most joyous moments would be when the Lord removes all remembrance of former times, and wipes those tears away, Ah, what a thing to look forward to – a day of no regrets. Oh, yeah – looking forward to THAT!!

So, while thinking about this week’s WordPress photo challenge of Reflections, I “introduced” myself to myself. Old self, meet young self. Do the two of you still have anything in common?

swappin' howdies

A Lazy Man’s Travels

Some people are just. plain.


No way around it. It’s true.  And it even shows in their travel habits, or lack thereof.  To a lazy person, the best mode of travel is through someone else.  No particular interest is shown in getting up off the couch and going out that door, getting in that vehicle – or on it, in the case of a bicycle or motorcycle – and actually, physically, EXPERIENCING the great outdoors.

Nope, the great indoors calls to a lazy person.  The TV set, the computer, videos . . . anything that can be done from the couch with a drink in one hand and a remote in the other.

Do you agree with this statement?  If not, why not?

Are you a lazy traveler?   If so, why??

Really – I want to understand this.  What would make second-hand travel so much more inviting than first-hand?