Sunday, July 24, 2016

Decisions and love

"He who hates correction is stupid." —Proverbs 12:1 NKJV
If you ignore God's correction, you may very well find yourself in a place you don't want to be. God's correction isn't negative. It's positive. It keeps us away from things that are destructive in our lives and leads us into life.  From the book Good or God.

When we focus on the day to day and the trouble that follows us, weaving in and out of our days, it becomes a struggle to focus on why He put us in some places that really require us to reach deep, deep down in our soul to see the greatness that is to come.  It's hard to remember that the blessings WILL come even when it's the hardest.  Running to the Lord when it's tough, creates a deeper down faith and a hope that can withstand the storms.  Trusting Him in all things and knowing that no matter the hardness, He has our back.  Trust in the Lord with all our heart, lean not on our own understanding, but in all our ways acknowledge Him and He will make our path straight. 

Sometimes, just sometimes, when we are in the thick of something, let us look through the peephole of our soul and believe that it is going to be okay.  That it is all a lesson that we are to learn and sometimes those lessons are hard to learn. Sometimes they almost break our spirit, but not quite.  Just bent out of shape enough to be remolded into the Image of Christ again.  Just enough to prune the weeds out, just enough to stretch us just enough to watch us grow into something more beautiful than we were. 

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We have been in some pretty incredible areas working in the campgrounds.  Places we would not have gotten to for maybe years.  Like the Grand Canyon! 

Last year we worked in Beaver UT, while the learning process had its many moments of crying and frustration, the learning was on a scale pretty good.  The relationships formed were tough, but they were good.

Beautiful, Grand Canyon. It is unreal... A must see! Pictures don't do it justice.: Bryce and Zion Nat'l Parks, absolutely spectacular!  The colors, the magnificent edifices that emerge from the ground to the sky.  How can we deny that God exists when we see this?  The enormity of it!  The vastness of the crevices and the depth of them?

At Bryce Canyon, hoodoos range in size from that of an average human to heights exceeding a 10-story building.:

Zion National Park in Utah is divided into two sections. If you only have one day, plan to spend it in Zion Canyon. In only 8 hours, you can tackle four great hikes and soak up some of the most spectacular views the park has to offer.:

And of course, Kodachrome Basin
Shakespeare Arch, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah.:

We came through Nebraska to visit family and headed to Livingston TX to get our plates and our rest. Then we were off to Vidalia LA.  We worked with some really incredible women of God who rocked!  It was a fun place to work.  One of our favorite day trips was Natchez Trace.  It held so much History and so much peace.
The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile drive through exceptional scenery and 10,000 years of North American history.  Used by American Indians, "Kaintucks," settlers, and future presidents, the Old Trace played an important role in American history. Today, visitors can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping.

Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi; first 30 miles from Natchez including Windsor Ruins, Emerald Mound and Mount Locust |

The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile drive through exceptional scenery and 10,000 years of North American history.  It is a two-lane parkway road that extends 444 miles from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee.The road is maintained by the National Park Service, and has been designated an All-American Road.:   This was one of the neatest and most well done places we had been.  It's not quite Big Rig Friendly, but you can take a motorhome or travel trailer through.

We left there due to the rising waters and headed to the Gulf Coast for a Sabbatical before taking on the Omaha job.    This is Dale and Margie, they have the only site like this.  Nothing else compares to the work they have put in.  They have been here 8 years, every. single. season!
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We knew it was tough, busy, and crazy park.  We thought we knew everything, yeah, RIGHT!  Receiving correction isn't easy for anyone.  It wrecks with your soul and your mind.  It beats you up, however, when it's learned a hard way it sticks in better. 

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We stopped in Waco TX before returning to Nebraska and got to see the bridge that was used for the cattle drives and the Magnolia Store.

Freshly painted shiplap, unique antique finds, and a store full of inspiration. Welcome to Magnolia Market! Waco holds a special place in my heart long before Magnolia Market came about. Most people only recognize Waco for Baylor University or the halfway point between Austin and Dallas. Well, Chip and Jo put Waco back on the …:

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Omaha is where I lived before and where Steve and I lived for 5 years.  It's not really home, but it's familiar. 

The Bob Kerry Bridge connects a footbridge from Nebraska to Iowa.

Bob Kerrey Bridge, Omaha.  I've walked across it!:

The Zoo is a lot of fun and they have just finished a Safari Park in the zoo. 

Bridge in the Rain Forest at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska:

And of course, you can see this as you drive into Omaha. 

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It's a really neat Shrine.

But the whole reason we work here is to go to Neligh once a month or so.  Where they still operate a drive in theater!

Help support Digital Projector to keep Neligh, Ne Drive-in Open.:

And a really neat old flour mill.  No longer in service but a great reminder of a time well spent.

Neligh Flour Mill in Neligh, Nebraska - photo by Nebraska farm Boy.:

It's been fun and we have just about 2.5 mo. left of this stint. We have a few day trips planned and hope to get those done and then head out to the Amana Farms in Iowa and down to Branson for a bit.

One of our day trips will be to John Wayne's birth place in Winterset Iowa and the Covered Bridges of Madison County.

PAS Covered bridge:

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Clark Tower in Winterset, Iowa - If you're going to see the Bridges of Madison County, you might as well make the incredible drive up to see this. Beautiful view from the top :

A statue of John Wayne, donated by his children, stands on the site in Winterset, Iowa, where a museum to the town's favorite son is planned.:

We then will stop along the way to see Elk Horn IA and the biggest working windmill!

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And maybe by then we will be ready to eat this!
Larsen's Pub Tenderloin, Elk Horn Iowa:

All these things keep us going and dreaming and wondering what it will be like to just travel next spring and summer and the sights we will see.   Oh the places we'll go!

Here is an awesome blog about this area.

We are praying about many things and are waiting on God to see so many more! 

Hope you enjoyed this!

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