Getting Ready for the Trip

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I have been thinking about my future trip to Ocracoke.  A group of us men are going to camp and fish.  I love it there in the sand and sun.  The storms are wild.  But after the weather clears, the fishing is great; and it’s easy to find shells.

I started packing for my trip three weeks ago, so I hope to not forget anything.  I pack light.  The fishing rods and tackle box are a must.  I even have some bait ready to go.  Then you need sunscreen and bug spray.  A tent is important so we will have a place to lodge for some of the night.  Remember, we are going fishing.  Some of the luxuries we like to include are beach umbrellas and lawn chairs.

I’m only taking one bag of food and a small suitcase.  Anything else will take up room and drag us down.  We will have to worry about the kitchen sinks that we bring instead of doing what we came to do:  FISH!

On our trip to heaven, we will eventually travel very light.  All earthly things will go.  All earthly desires must leave us.  Nothing must tie us down to earth.  No cherished thing or person.  We are to focus on Jesus and His character.  Our character will be changing to His.  That is all we will be taking to heaven:  our character.

Yes, there are some good things on Earth; but better things await!

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All Things Work Together for Good . . .

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Writing the travels in Mastermind has been challenging.  In your mind you think you can drive from Texas to Salvador, Brazil; but in real life there are obstacles.

Life has plenty of obstacles.  Some are easy to take care of, while others need lots of prayer and waiting for God to lead.  Usually waiting is not easy, but I have learned to enjoy the waiting.  I get excited to see how God works things out and how he uses me.

A lot of people do worry not knowing what will happen.  Don’t let it get you down.  My experience in my relationship with Jesus has definitely told me that “All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose,” Romans 8:28.

So what if death happens.  Jesus is able to wake you up to a better life.  Believe His promise!

Keeping Priorities Straight

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I have been too busy this past week to write in my books.  I’m working on both Mastermind and By Design at the same time.  Badona has done more on them than I have this week.

But I always take time first thing every morning for prayer, Bible reading, studying, and meditation.  There is no way that I can start my day without taking time with the One who loves me the most, God.

Why do I write?

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The idea of writing a book that led to several books really started a while back when Kaylyn asked me to record my dreams.  She was doing a science project for school.  After I had a dream and woke up, I would write it out. 

The books that I have written were dreams that I wrote down upon waking up.  The first one is a Western set in Montana.  I haven’t written that book yet.  I was impressed to write out Homeless and No Address first.  They have led me to Mastermind which is not in print yet.  The editor is still working on that while I am working on By Design.  

I thank God for this new-found talent and Badona who adds colors and descriptions and does the fact checking.  I am color blind; but if someone tells me what color something is, I will remember it.