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Merry Christmas From Texas

Just wanted to wish everyone out in the blogisphere  a very Merry Christmas from Texas. This has been an incredibly busy but good year for us. We did a lot of traveling by car and motorcycle to and with family and friends. Looking back, we have been blessed by family and friends. We hope you had a good year too and may the next be even better.

New Ornament

New Ornament

New Christmas Tree

New Christmas Tree

Austin, Texas new tradition... Roadside Christmas Trees

Austin, Texas new tradition… Roadside Christmas Trees

Well, I will leave you with this last thought.

LUKE 2:1-20 New International Version (NIV)

THE BIRTH OF JESUS 2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah,the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Ride safe and may y’all have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

Spiritual GPS

Hwy 118 heading to Big Bend National Park

I have a friend who has made some bad life choices and is now serving a 40-year prison sentence. He has been there for 23 years. He entered prison with an 8th grade education but in prison has completed his doctorate and is now an ordained minister and ministers to his fellow inmates. He has started a ministry called “Birds of Pray”. In a “Birds of Pray” newsletter he had the following.

Spiritual GPS by Rev. Donald R. Cox
I have a very good friend and brother, Ivan, who takes at least one motorcycle trip a year with his wife and friends. They visit some very interesting places and never get lost. He uses a GPS to choose the path they want to take. After a trip he sends me a typed out log telling where they went and what they saw (pictures are included) for each day of the trip. There is a computer generated map with the actual route covered highlighted. He has a plan put together. The GPS on his bike informs him if they miss a turn or turn wrong. The GPS says, “recalculating” then tells them how to get back on the right road. After 23 years in prison this is very intriguing to me. I caught myself wishing we had a spiritual GPS which would help us stay the course with the Lord. As I contemplated this God revealed to me that we do have a spiritual GPS. He revealed this by sending me to Timothy 3:16,

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

This verse describes the Bible as a Spiritual GPS for our journey through life. Doctrine tells us what road to travel; reproof tells us when we get off the path (Ps. 119:105); correction tells us how to get back on course: instruction in righteousness tells us how to stay the course God has set for us. The moment we veer off on our own, the Holy Spirit starts recalculating and urging us to return to the path God has set for us.

Ride safe on your spiritual journey…