Tuesday, September 1, 2015

SOLD • 2001 Newmar Mountain Aire

*** UPDATE : SOLD ***
We're sure gonna miss this beautiful ol big bear & will treasure every memory we ever made over the road, but we're also so very thankful for the new people who'll do the same! For now we know we're exactly where God's called us to be & that my friends, well I wouldn't trade that for anything! Thank You Lord!!! :-)

Lost Lake RV Resort ~ Apoka, FL
 We've parked just minutes from Orlando but wow, this campground is so 'country feeling' & spacious you'd never know you we're this close to a major city & so many huge tourists traps. Has full hookups with 50 amp, water, full length concrete patio, swimming pool +free wifi that so far seems ok. Thanks to our Passport America membership this place is a gem at only $16 p/n! Love!!!

If you know much at all about the RV industry than you know without a doubt that Newmar has a solid famous reputable reputation, being well known throughout the industry for building the best top quality Luxury Motor Coaches money can buy. You won't find a lot of them for sale simply because people keep what they love. When a used one is listed they go quick, so if your even remotely considering you should come have a look now before it's to late.

Note: This Newmar Mountain Aire was custom ordered by former retired President of Family Motor Coach Association, Don Moore. He cared for her meticulously with the utmost pride as have we. While used this couch is in great shape & ready to roll. Danny & Cindy have lived in this coach full-time since September 2012 & absolutely loved every minute & mile. Due to family health problems & Cindy's recent enrollment in ISOM (see last blog post) we've decided it's just not fair to force 'Big Bear' to remain parked for an extended period of time... so... it's with mixed emotions we're saying good-bye and praying for new owners that will love her as much we have & do.

DETAILS 2001 Newmar Mountain Aire Diesel Pusher 40 Foot 3952 Spartan Chassis 350 HP Cummins ISL
2 Power Slide-Outs
4 Season All Weather With Heated Basement
50 Amp Power Supply + Inverter
50 Amp Diesel Generator Kubota
Full Body Paint
Mileage: 192265 For diesel that's just getting started
Exhaust Brake - Air Assisted Suspension
Steering Stabilizer - Smart Power Tilt Wheel - Cruise Control
Hydraulic Leveling System (Automatic)
Aluminum RV Wheels
Electric Step (Double)
Power Seats
Auxiliary Battery
Solar Battery Charger
Rear Vision Camera/Monitor
2 Air Conditioners Central / Ducted
Furnace Central / Ducted
Cabinetry Upgrade (Deluxe)
Microwave/Convection Combo
Refrigerator / Freezer Auto Gas/Elec
3 Burner Gas Range
Splendid Washer / Dryer Combo
Water Heater 10 Gallon Gas/Elec
CB Radio
AM/FM/Multiple CD Stereo Player
TV Antenna W/Booster, DVD, VCR
1 TV located in front with 2 additional hookups in the bedroom & basement to add additional TV's.
2 Power Roof Vents W/Rain Sensor
Patio Awning 22'
Awning for Slide-out (Coach)
Awning for Slide-out (Bedroom)
Luggage Rack and Ladder
Vehicle Tow Hitch
Outside Shower
Water Purifier W/Dispenser
LPG Gas/Smoke Detector
Queen Size Master Bed (true queen size - Note: Mattress not included because we had replaced the RV mattress with a Tempur-Pedic style mattress that we're keeping.)
Serta Hide-A-Bed Leather Couch (true full size sleeps great)
Ample Storage & Space Throughout (Note: I even have my 27" iMac on the desk where under it you'll find a custom slide out keyboard tray, pull out printer tray & plenty of storage space for paperwork if you work over the road &/or remotely. The dinette table & desk unit has 2 removable leaves shown inserted in photos.
PLUS MODERN : WifiRanger Go Router & WifiRanger Mobile Antenna (for picking up wifi internet hotspots)
Diesel Capacity: 150 Gallons
Fresh Water Capacity: 105 Gallons
Black Tank Capacity: 45 Gallons
Gray Tank Capacity: 65 Gallons

Danny say's this should be a sandman rather than a snowman as we'd hoped to be down south by now but oh well… Gotta Love Love Love Our First Snowman Together!!! :-)
Quick iPhone shot showing Big Bear (our RV) parked on Site #50 at the beautiful Myakka River Motorcoach Resort near Port Charlotte, Florida in the unincorporated community of El Jobean where we have a phenomenal view of the sun setting from our patio on the lake and over the bridge just in front of us. When I climb up on the roof I can even watch it setting on the Myakka River itself… however nornally when I want  a river view (except for when I'm taking roof top photos :-) I usually just walk over to the boardwalk or head up to the clubhouse sunset deck.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Called By Love ~> Revealing A New Direction In Life's Journey :-)

Life is like a river & at this moment in time… I'm bravely riding the rapids.

For years I've sensed God's Call on my life & yet… the river seemed forever littered with obstacles & debris. Whirlpools, sinkholes, logjams, stagnation & shallows to name a few… the obstacles of life's journey towards answering His Call continuously challenged every ability to stay afloat, not to mention futile gasps required just to breathe… Until Now

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Without telling a soul I'd long ago resolved time and again to simply trust God's call to lead me along the journey & that if His call was for real… that somehow someway He'd lead me in His way. These past couple years the journey for the most part has proved to be a serene beauty to behold. Every bend of the river revealed scenes my heart would treasure forever. Life for once was slipping by very enjoyably… for the most part. And yet His voice, His call… forever whispering reminders of dreams & visions He's filled my inner spirit with time and time again… hopes that caused my flesh to quiver in fear and my mind to wrestle through sleepless nights daring to trust while wrestling in prayer over obstacles that never would clear.

On July 10th of this year Danny & I had been talking about plans & what we were to do… but our conversation just kept going no where. Frustrated with my photography career or the lack thereof & wondering even if it did take off whether or not I'd be able to handle holding a camera up for the long grueling hours required during a wedding shoot (due to ongoing neck problems)… I decided to go for a prayer walk & give it all to God.

As I walked along a fence row overgrown with trees, praying about numerous things... I came upon this perfect little heart shape in the trunk of one old dead tree... And right then in that moment… Love Called! I listened as Holy Spirit gently whispered it was about time… and seeds of fear and doubt quickly attacked my mind. You see, I really didn't think there was anyway possible that Danny would ever agree to me answering God's call. Quickly I took those thoughts captive and challenged God by giving even those to Him… I told Him if it was according to His will, than I trusted He'd handle Danny's heart as well and that I wouldn't even ask Danny but would rather wait for God to move his heart and voice into agreement.

The following is an embedded post I shared the following day on facebook along with a quick iPhone shot of the heart. As you can read in the post by clicking 'See More' I had lots I wanted to share… but couldn't yet.

What I wanted to share was that: After snapping that photo I'd ran all the way back to the RV excited to show Danny the photo but when I got there he was as serious as stone. I sat down beside him & he asked me, "Do you think maybe the reason your necks still hurting is because maybe God's got a different plan & maybe just maybe He doesn't want you doing photography full-time?" With tears beginning to stream down my face I agreed & listened as Danny asked me what I really wanted to do. My mind began to race, God that wasn't the deal… Danny has to voice approval first. And Danny asked again, "What do you really want to do?"

Sobbing I blurted out that the only thing besides photography that I've ever wanted to do more than anything was to study the Bible & share God's love with others but that that wasn't even a possibility. Danny replied, "Why not?" My mouth gaped open in frustration and I shouted really… easy for you to say. You know it would have been so easy if God would have just created me a man but He didn't and everywhere I turn something has always come against it. Besides as a women I could never make a living doing just that. Again Danny said, "Why not? Haven't you been listening to Pastor's sermons here lately? If that's what you believe your meant to do, then do it. Just because your a women is no excuse." Hmmmmm… my mind raced… Could it be that my husband was for this? Already Lord? That quickly? Danny I asked… are you serious, I mean really… I didn't think you'd ever agree to me doing something like this… Full-time? With a nervous smile he replied something along the lines of, "I've known this all along." :-)

For the first time ever it seemed as if every obstacle &/or excuse was melting away… and I had my husbands full encouragement & support to answer God's call on my life. But for what exactly? And Now what…?… I felt strongly that I needed to talk to Pastor Glen but ugghhhh… my stomach was in knots & my flesh feared additional obstacles. Was I crazy? Crazy or not, I was and am fully determined to press on. But Lord I cried out, I know you led us to this church but Lord it's an Assembly of God church & I don't know anything really about their beliefs and Lord I still belong to a baptist church even though I don't fully agree with their doctrine, and now what Lord… and on and on my mind and my prayers raced. Finally at 3 am on July 14th I got up the nerve to email Pastor Glenn of Pittsfield Assembly & poured out my heart, and fears & The Call from God & lack of proper training, etc. In short Pastor Glenn graciously replied:

Please know that I do not think you are crazy at all.
It would be a pleasure to discuss this further with you.

A couple weeks later I met with Pastor Glen & one of his recommendations was that I pray about enrolling in ISOM - Illinois School Of Ministry. So after praying with Danny that's exactly what I did. I cannot begin to list all the ways in which God has opened doors these past few months but I'm riding the river rapids with a smile of adventurous excitement that can't be washed away. Even our kids who we thought might balk slightly about the news have been nothing short of encouraging in this new adventure God is leading us in.

I'm now in my 2nd month of ISOM classes. This month were studying about the "Assemblies of God - History, Missions, and Governance" and the knowledge I'm gleaning is absolutely incredible. As I studied the history & read testimonies of how God has worked mightily throughout the formation of the Assembly's history, I'm amazed at how their history seems to correlate so much with my own spiritual journey thus far in life. As part of the course we've learned about "The Assembly Of God's 16 Fundamental Truths" & all I can think to say in this moment is Praise Jesus & Thank You Spirit Of God for leading me. Many ask me… "So what exactly will you be doing?" That indeed is yet to be revealed in all it's fullness… but by His grace I will follow. Truly I can't begin to express just how grateful my heart is.

I can hardly wait to update you next time… my heart is overflowing with so much I'd like to share. For now, please be in prayer for us as we're considering selling 'Big Bear' our RV. With both our mom's health being what it is & my being enrolled in ISOM for at least the next couple years… well were just not sure it's wise or fair to the RV to keep her parked for so long. As soon as we have a decision well let you know. I ask your forgiveness if this post is loaded with typos as Danny usually proofreads for me but there's no time as we're preparing to head to ISOM classes this very moment. Until Next Time, I leave you with the challenge to 'listen' to His voice and the following photo:

His Word Is In My Heart Like A Fire!

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lying Signs The Enemy Wants Us To Believe

Yesterday morning I finished reading a couple devotionals and having not quite 'got' them... (my mind was like a foggy battlefield) I quickly prayed that God would help me apply His word of truth to my life and then headed out on a praise walk... in hopes of stumbling across some inspiration and motivation for the day.

I'd decided to walk the same familiar path I most often take so the girls (our dogs Sparkles & Tilly) could go with me... across the back yard, around the grain bins, down a partially graveled dirt lane... on past the town sewage lagoon and thru the fields belonging to our neighbors...

...But just after I passed by the 'No Trespassing' sign hanging along side of the sewage lagoon fence, I was stopped dead in my tracks... I heard the Spirit Of God whisper, "Go Back". Without even turning around, I took 3-4 steps backwards… knowing inwardly that I was to look closer at that same familiar sign... and I mean I really looked at it.

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The sign was no different. A simple 'No Trespassing' sign that had been shot at numerous times by rebels of some sort not wanting to comply... but just above the sign I saw some words, as if written on the sky in clouds rather than ink, 'The Promises Of God… Are Not Far Away'...

And then in that moment He showed me numerous lying signs the enemy would have me, us to believe.

  • That laying hold of the promises of God is just too hard & probably requires wading through too much sewage... yet God's Word teaches us that 'He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire' - Ps 40:2b and that 'those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.' - Isaiah 40:31
    * In reality I've found that not taking hold of God's promises leaves us wading around in life's slimy cesspool without even realizing it more often than not… and certainly more often than I care to admit :-(
  • That God's promises are un-attainable and not reachable in the here and now... that they'll likely only become a reality later in the sweet by and by... and yet Jesus taught us to pray 'Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.' - Matthew 6:10
  • That if we just fight hard enough (shoot the lying sign with guns and bullets repeatedly), if we try hard enough, do enough good things... etc., etc.... that we can (fill in the blank with whatever your striving or working hard towards)... and yet the Word teaches us in Zachariah that it's ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord' and 'though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does, that the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.' - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 and to 'be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power, that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, that the weapons we fight with are not guns and bullets but rather the full armor of God consisting of a belt of truth, a breastplate of righteousness, feet fitted with the readiness to share the gospel, a shield of faith, helmet of salvation, the sword of the spirit (which is the Word Of God) and prayer... all kinds of prayers.' - Ephesians 6:10-18 paraphrased
It absolutely amazes me how quickly in just the blink of an eye that God can show us something that seems so otherwise ordinary and familiar, and yet use it to reveal deep truths and bring a better understanding to my otherwise lifeless un-renewed mind.

So what are lying signs?
Any and every thought (negative or seemingly positive) that doesn't line up and agree with the Word Of God. It's almost as if every time we learn about a promise of God, the enemy immediatly throws up some sort of 'No Trespassing' sign in hopes of preventing us from grabbing ahold and believing it for here and for now, for us, for someone else… and especially for myself...

Better yet what are the promises of God that we believe on for ourselves and use to combat those lying signs?
His Word is full to overflowing with them. For Example:
  • The enemy tells us we're guilty & unpardonable • God's Word promises us grace and mercy and says that In Christ Jesus we are forgiven and are to put on His righteousness
  • The enemy leaves us feeling condemned and unloved • God loves us so much that He gave His son Jesus that we might know true peace and that In Christ I am free from any condemning charges against me
  • The enemy whispers of worry, chaos, fears & heartache • Jesus came that we might know His full measure of joy full to overflowing and that God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.
  • The enemy reminds me of past rejections, hurt and pain • Yet God's word says that I am fearfully and wonderfully made, that I have been chosen, accepted and that In Christ I am a child of God.
  • The enemy says because I am a woman… Disqualified. Disqualified. Disqualified. • Wow... has this been a HUGE lying sign in my life, refuted greatly by the Word preached by Pastor Glen last Sunday at Pittsfield Assembly. If you are a woman I'd highly encourage you to go listen to the message and be encouraged. Thank You Pastor Glen!
  • The enemy / a thought / or sign says • But God's Promise Says!
  • The enemy / a thought / or sign says • But God's Promise Says!
  • The enemy / a thought / or sign says • But God's Promise Says!…

Growth Challenge: Consider more carefully every thought that comes into our mind & take it captive to the obedience of God's Word. What are some of the negative thoughts you have about yourself, others, events, circumstances, etc? What about positive thoughts? Take them all captive. If they don't line up in agreement, then know they are a lying thought or sign per say sent straight from the enemy... refuted not by bullets but by the power and truth of God's Word. Which signs will we believe?

My Walk Back Revealed A Nesting Wren Sitting On 4-5 eggs

I've been watching this momma (and I think the daddy taking turns) for a few weeks now as they carefully and meticulously prepared the nest buried deep within a barberry bush just mere feet from our RV door. As I stopped by to check on them I was reminded of yet more of God's promises…

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“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. - Matthew 6:25-34

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