Well, we're not getting the place. The owner's wife refuses to sell to anyone from California. I explained that Jake and I were Christians and Conservative voters, gave him the url to Your Daily Inspiration to show his wife. Doesn't matter. We aren't "her" type of Christians. On top of that disappointing news, we're still in New Mexico and quite a ways from California. Jake had a mild fever Friday afternoon and by Saturday morning he was coughing, had a sore throat, runny nose etc. So I decided to take a couple of days so he can rest, take some over the counter flu meds and drink plenty of fluids. Wouldn’t be smart to have him drive like that over long distances. We will probably get back to Fresno around Wednesday now if we can get back on the road sometime tomorrow. And once there it may be another two or two before we get our stuff out of storage, so back making my regular posts by next weekend.
I suppose we could have saved ourselves a lot of time, money and trouble by just house shopping online but I'm old school. I like to see what I'm getting first hand. Pictures rarely tell the whole story and there are a lot of shady realtors and owners out there who have no moral compunction against selling someone a brick outhouse disguised as the Taj Mahal.
We don't regret the trip. It did at least give us a nice break from the lunacy happening in California. But we're both tired, cranky and eager to get back. Once home the search will continue, this time over the Internet and possibly not limited to the south where my roots are but any state that isn't being run by socialists.
Love and God bless.
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Great news. Jake and I may have found our new place. It wasn't even on our list. We just saw a little house we both liked and a couple of men working on it and we stopped the car to inquire about it. One of the men said he was the owner and he and his son were fixing it up to put it on the market. I asked how much he was thinking about asking for it and he quoted a figure. It was a little higher than Jake and I can afford but he said he's willing to haggle (but first he needs to talk it over with his wife). We exchanged e-mails and phone numbers. Its in a town called Magnolia in Arkansas, just a little north of the Louisiana state line.
It isn't a sure thing but Jake and I are both tired and we want to get back to Fresno. Jake is autistic (high functioning) and while it doesn't affect him as much as it did when he was a child I could see over the past few days his mood was changing. What started out as an adventure for him quickly became a grind. I would have liked to keep looking another few days, but I'm thinking about him and I miss my dog and cat and all of you. Jake's been driving 12-15 hours per day, every day. Wish I could drive in shifts with him but I'm as nearsighted as a bat and I have a hard time telling which direction sounds (like car horns and vehicle engines) are coming from so I'm not fit to drive anymore. Should be home by Sunday evening, or early Monday. Love and God bless.
- Brother Fred
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Hey Tumblr family, just checking in. Am in Port Arthur, Texas this morning. About to head out for breakfast before looking at a a small house up in Silsbee (and whatever else the agent wants to show us, they always seem to have another place if you don't show much interest in the first). Most of the homes my relatives told me about were well over what I can afford and so Jake and I are just using a list we compiled ourselves before leaving California. The plans are to leave Texas tomorrow morning if we don't see anything we like today. May actually only spend a couple of days in Louisiana (in the New Iberia area) and then head up to Arkansas (my late mother’s home state) before coming home (through Oklahoma so we can check out a few places there too).
Praying you are all doing well. Love and God bless.
- Brother Fred
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I’m not actually leaving until 5 a.m. Saturday but I’ve made my last YDI update for a week (possibly a few days longer than that). I need to pack my old desktop away and put it in a storage unit with my TV and a handful of other things later today. Love and God bless, Tumblr family! I miss reading all your posts already.
- Brother Fred
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1 And David the king said to all the people, Solomon my son, the only one who has been marked out by God, is still young and untested, and the work is great, for this great house is not for man, but for the Lord God.
2 Now as far as I am able, I have made ready what is needed for the house of my God; the gold for the things of gold, and the silver for the silver things, and the brass for the brass things, iron for the things of iron, and wood for the things of wood; beryls and jewels to be framed, and stones of different colours for ornament; all sorts of stones of great price, and polished building-stone, as much as is needed and more.
3 And because this house of God is dear to me, I give my private store of gold and silver to the house of my God, in addition to all I have got ready for the holy house;
4 Even three thousand talents of gold of Ophir and seven thousand talents of the best silver, for plating the walls of the house:
5 Gold for the gold things, and silver for the silver things, and for every sort of work to be done by the expert workmen. Who then will come forward, offering himself this day for the Lord's work?
6 Then the heads of families and the chiefs of the tribes of Israel, and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the controllers of the king's business, freely gave themselves;
7 And they gave for the use of the house of the Lord, five thousand talents and ten thousand darics of gold, and ten thousand talents of silver, and eighteen thousand talents of brass, and a hundred thousand talents of iron.
8 And those who had stones of great price gave them to the store of the house of the Lord, under the care of Jehiel the Gershonite.
9 Then the people were glad because their offerings were freely given, for with a true heart they freely gave what they had to the Lord; and David the king was full of joy.
10 So David gave praise to the Lord before all the people; and David said, Praise be to you, O Lord the God of Israel, our father for ever and ever.
11 Yours, O Lord, is the strength and the power and the glory, and the authority and the honour: for everything in heaven and on earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are lifted up as head over all.
12 Wealth and honour come from you, and you are ruler over all, and in your hand is power and strength; it is in your power to make great, and to give strength to all.
13 So now, our God, we give you praise, honouring the glory of your name.
— 1 Chronicles 29:1-13 | Bible in Basic English (BBE)
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Cross References: Exodus 25:2; Exodus 35:29; Numbers 3:18; Joshua 4:24; 2 Samuel 3:39; 1 Kings 3:7; 1 Kings 9:28; 2 Kings 12:4; 1 Chronicles 22:3; 1 Chronicles 22:14; 1 Chronicles 23:8; 1 Chronicles 28:1; 1 Chronicles 29:14; 2 Chronicles 9:7; Ezra 2:69; Ezra 7:16; Nehemiah 7:70; Psalm 72:18; Daniel 2:20; Matthew 4:24; Matthew 6:13; Revelation 5:13
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Let us, then, cultivate an attitude of courage as over against the investigations of the day. None should be more zealous in them then we. None should be more quick to discern truth in every field, more hospitable to receive it, more loyal to follow it wherever it leads.
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Living His Word
And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body...
- Ephesians 1:22-23
According to our verses for today, there are two things that God the Father has done for the benefit of the church. He has appointed Jesus Christ to be the head over everything and He has placed all things under His feet.
What does it mean that Jesus Christ has been appointed to be the head over everything? In virtue of His victory on the cross, Jesus sat down at the right hand of "the Majesty in heaven" (Hebrews 1:3) and from their rules over all things in the created order. He rules over everything in the spiritual realm of the created order, including the angelic hosts. He rules over everything in the material realm of the created order as well, including the physical universe, the plant realm, the animal realm, and the human realm. Most notably in this context, within the human realm Jesus has been placed as the head of the church, which is His body.
What does it mean that all things have been placed under the feet of Jesus Christ? In virtue of His victory on the cross, God placed all the enemies of Christ and His church under Christ's feet. In ancient times conquerors would place their feet on the necks of those they conquered as a symbol of the conquest. That's why Joshua had his chief men place their feet on the necks of the kings they conquered (Joshua 10:24). The Apostle Paul is alluding to that practice here as well as to Psalm 110:1: '"The LORD says to my lord: "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.'" Although Paul knew there were battles still to be fought (I Corinthians 15:25-27), he also knew that Christ's victory gave him essential control over Satan, demons, and the people they influence.
Thus, everything in the created order is under the control of Jesus Christ and, in particular, His enemies in the created order have been ignominiously placed under His feet.
God did all this for the benefit of the church. How does this benefit the church? Since Jesus is in control, nothing within the created order, especially the enemies, will be able to thwart the mission of the church.
That's why your part in Christ's prophecy that we will be His witnesses to the ends of the earth is being fulfilled day by day (Acts 1:8).
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