Sunday, January 25, 2009

Have you ever used a coin-operated laundry room?

I'm hanging out in the laundry room right now, feeding quarters into a washing machine similar to this one. I bought a miniature box of Tide for $1, and have started a 37-minute cycle. Thirty-seven minutes can seem like a long time in the laundry room. I'm down to eight minutes. Then I'll feed quarters into the dryer.

It's a good opportunity to see some of the nice neighbors. I don't know if neighbors is the right term, but you know what I mean. It's like a little community here, as we sometimes see each other in the laundy room or when purchasing a Diet Coke from one of the vending machines.

Laundry rooms are relatively nice, but I prefer the washer and dryer I'm going to have in my new home. I haven't told you about my new home yet, have I? You're really going to like that. Those are going to be some of my best posts yet. We'll file those under the "explosive blessings" category, or the "who would have thought?" blessings category. More on that later.

But for now, let's get the skivvies and socks cleaned so they'll be ready for the suitcase. I think I'm going to move to a different part of the city tomorrow, not that I don't love where I am right now. One of the benefits to living in hotel rooms is the ability to move to different locations on a whim. I might see what other exciting areas of town I'd like to get to know...or might be offering inexpensive lodging!

I've had a quiet weekend since the firearms extravaganza at the cinema Friday night. I've got to go catch more of those exciting movies. I've mostly been resting in the room, waiting on the Lord.

The place I'm staying now has been really nice. I've got plenty of towels and it's been very comfortable, but I'm living inside what in some ways resembles a compound. To get inside you have to pass through metal doors opened with a key, and they are nice enough to have security guards watching the area at night, protecting us against criminals or undesirables. I love everyone, just like Jesus does, but I guess the theory is that some people are best loved from a distance. So this great place is set up to keep us happy and safe.

The clothes are in the dryer now, turning on high heat. The window on the door of dryer is rectangle-shaped, like the monolith those monkeys fondle in "2001: A Space Odyssey".

Staring into that rectangle watching the clothes turn is mesmerizing, like watching the Star Gate scene on a movie screen. That reminds me, I really want to find a movie theater that is showing that film. If you all hear of one, please let me know.

Don't y'all love our New Year's Resolutions that we've all been busy keeping? I may have missed a couple days of reading Old Testament stuff, but when you miss a day you've just got to trudge forward the next day. We can't be quitters.

Here's one I was looking at today:

"Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with a vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you" (Isaiah 35: 4).

I like the mental picture that one conjures up. He's not just coming, he's coming with a vengeance. He's coming with divine retribution. I'm not sure what divine retribution is, but I'd hate to be on the wrong end of it. I think what we can take from that one is he's coming, and when he shows up we're going to know he's shown up. Things are going to change when God comes with divine retribution. You can count on that.

It's refreshing to know we have clean clothes, and we've all been reading our Bibles. That's great news. Even the great James Earl Jones is quoting scripture these days. You church folks and preachers like it when I reference the Bible, don't you? It makes you feel good. Great, here's another one I like:

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" (Isaiah 41: 10).

Another Old Testament oldie but goodie. Well, we're just waiting and hoping, aren't we. Waiting on God to show up with divine retribution. I'm looking forward to that as well.

OK, clothes are now done and I'm back in my room. My socks and skivvies are fresh and brilliantly clean, as are my other pieces of clothing. Thank you for doing the laundry with me this evening. God bless you, and I'll talk to you later.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Movie night at the historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood!

Tonight I made a beautiful trip to Hollywood Boulevard. What a place. Christians, come, enjoy, be prayed up!

There is a fantastic location on Hollywood called the Egyptian Theater, which plays old movies on a huge screen in a 600-seat auditorium. The place is famous for a number of things, one of which is that it's the theater Sid Grauman staged the first Hollywood premiere in the 1920s.

It's been renovated, looks great, and it's a wonderful place to see a movie. Tonight they offered a double-feature screening of "The "Friends of Eddie Coyle" and "Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia," two films from the 1970s.

Did I have a good time? Well, watch the trailers and you tell me. I was giggling a lot, as you can imagine.

I actually stepped out of the second film early due to some content issues. I am, after all, still one of those born-again folks, and it got a tad racy for me. Overall, I had a great time, though. There are few joys in life like a good old movie, in a historic theater on Hollywood Boulevard. You've got to check it out. It's a wonderful concept.

When are y'all screening "2001: A Space Odyssey"? I've been wanting to see that one on the big screen for years. There's a place in Austin called The Paramount, that revives old movies as well, and I heard that when they screened 2001 it was one of the biggest crowds they ever had.

Anyway, I'm back in my room, kicking back. I'll spend a few minutes with the Lord this evening before bed. I'd say it's been a very pleasant day. Thank you for reading. Goodnight.

By the way, our scripture for the night is:

"I will not die, but live, And tell of the works of the LORD" (Psalm 118:17).

The nice lady just asked me if I wanted clean towels, free coffee in lobby

What a fantastic day we're having so far in Los Angeles. I just had a knock on the door and a nice lady asked if I'd like some clean towels. I only use one towel a day but I wanted her to feel she was contributing to my joy so I went ahead and got several new ones. I hear there is free coffee in the lobby, but I haven't visited yet to confirm this.

Let me tell you something, I'm way bigger than this problem. Did you all know that the Word of God never comes back void? I'm really happy about that. And I have plenty of clean towels if I need them, so I guess we're in for a heck of a day.

It's raining in Los Angeles, California! I just walked outside for a moment and was shocked by the precipitation. It never rains here, I think. I'm used to rain. I came from Houston, Texas. I rains often there.

Not really a lot to share right now other than, "No weapon that is formed against me will prosper," and "I'm bigger than this problem," and "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers them for them all," and "I was created to overcome."

Man, knowing all that, who could have anything but the best day ever! And, I'm in lovely Los Angeles, California. It just keeps getting better and better. Did you know that my obstacles are not actually holding me back, they are propelling me toward my destiny? I'm just beside myself knowing all this.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to get out of this room and see what is going on outside today.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Welcome to California!

It's been a fabulous drive. I first need to say thanks to the wonderful people of Las Cruces, New Mexico, where I stayed last night. This community has chosen hope over fear. I was going to go sit on a park bench downtown and have some quiet time with Jesus, but I chose to do that in the hotel and press on today.

Phoenix and Tucson, I wish I could have stayed longer. Beautiful cities. I actually got out of the car for a few minutes in Phoenix to grab something to eat. I could live in either of those cities, but I don't have a job in either place so that wouldn't work well.

The first Help Wanted sign I've seen on my journey is here at the Coachella Travel Center in Coachella, California. Princess, would you still love me if I worked at the truck stop? Nothing wrong with the fine folks here at the truck stop, but I think I'm going to keep searching. This has been great, though, at least finding employment opportunities at my first stop here in the state. Great things must be ahead.

I'm going to stay hidden tonight, checking in under the cover of darkness, getting ready for the joys of Southern California. Los Angeles this evening? It's just a short drive up the road.

I'd love to have chow at Mr. Eastwood's restaurant sometime, but I've heard that is way north, and in these tough economic times, driving to Northern California simply to eat in a restaurant is not prudent financial management. Let it be said of us, that our hearts belonged to Jesus and we made wise financial decisions. And the people shall say "amen."

Anyway, it's a nice night in California, and I just wanted to check in so you wouldn't worry that I was dead or broken down somewhere. I know how much some of my readers worry. You really shouldn't worry about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, present your requests to God. I'm going to go out to the vehicle, drive around to find an Internet connection so I can post this, and then drive west on I-10. We'll see where I end up.

More to come later when I get settled in somewhere in the next day or so. You are such good readers.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A great day for America, and my trip west

I thought I'd say "hello" today and congratulate our new president and vice president. I watched the ceremony in a New Mexico hotel room after driving west all night last night. I'm heading out to California.

The speech was excellent, and I know I'm feeling what everyone else is feeling...that this truly is a new chapter in American life. President Obama represents such a great promise for Americans of every race, color and creed, and in my heart of hearts I simply feel like this is the right man for this time in our country's history. I'm especially proud to be an American today and everyone else should be, too.

We should all pray for Sen. Kennedy as well today. I just turned the TV back on and it sounds like he's had a complication with his health.

I'm doing just fine, feeling great, looking forward to the future. My trips to California are in anticipation of whatever God has in store, but as our new president has so aptly pointed out on numerous occasions, we have a long road ahead in some ways, figuratively and literally.

That doesn't mean we won't finish the journey. It just means we'll have to drink a lot of coffee to stay alert and pack our patience, because there is no rushing the Most High God. He's on his own time schedule, as he loves to reiterate to me often. Sometimes it just takes patience. Even the Apostle Paul and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar know that.

I'm not ignoring the situation I'm trying to leave behind in Texas. I love Texas, and always will, but this situation was not handled properly, friends. Sorry to state the obvious. Unless there is something going on behind the scenes that I don't know about, when I'm old and gray I'm going to go to my grave scratching my head wondering what you decision makers were thinking.

Trust me, my main desire at this point is to do what's right for everyone, to turn the page in a sense, but if it is God's will for me to continue to stand, I will proudly do that for Him. I have never doubted that I did the right thing in confronting that problem. There comes a time, however, for new beginnings. There's a time for justice, but there is also a time for forgiveness. The main thing I'm trying to learn as a Christian and as a citizen is where to draw that line. If there is a just fight that still needs to be fought, I'll be the first one in. But if it's time to move on, than let's move on.

Again, I'm open to whatever God has in store, no matter how long it takes. However, I am genetically wired to always feel like I'm moving forward. If it means going to California, a place that represents hope and freedom to me, it's well worth the car ride. And I'd love the opportunity to stay there, Lord willing. Anyone know of anyone hiring? I saw Mr. Spielberg at the inauguration, maybe he'd like to make a movie at some point. I'm not sure where to check on that.

During these challenging times, President Obama seems to be a consistent voice for hope and better days. I have to choose the voices I let speak into my life very carefully during this season. If you know there are better days ahead, even if we have to wait, work hard or fight for them, my ears are open to you.

Also, thank you to the Bush family for all your service to our country. I'm really looking forward to reading former President Bush's book once he writes it.

Again, congratulations to President Obama and Vice President Biden, and best of everything to you and your families as you begin your new jobs.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

I think I'm destined to visit here

If the Lord doesn't mind, I may need to make a trip to Destin, Florida, soon and very soon. Just look at this place. It's close to Pensacola...that's not very far away.

Just a little pleasant trip in the car.

You know how much I love road trips. There are few more relaxing an exciting ways to see the splendor of America than in an automobile, but I might even enjoy this place if I flew.

Let's get back to the topic. This place is beautiful. Is that the Gulf of Mexico? Then why is it that color?

And the sand is luxurious, for lack of a better word. Soft. White. Pebbly.

Can you imagine operating your super successful business out of one of these condos on the beach? Retiring in a place like this?

Or how about writing books here? If someone wanted to write an important book that would shake the nations, this would be a great place to do it.

As Americans, our strength is not in our military, or in our wallet, it's in national treasures like this place. Well, it's in the hearts and souls of our citizens, too. I shouldn't forget about them.

Truly amazing photos of an amazing place.

And look! Love is in the air, everywhere I look around. You already know how I love wedding dress pictures. Is this what love looks like on the beach there?

If you haven't taken your Princess to Destin, Florida, well, she's being neglected. Make some reservations.

I need to hurry and get out there because what if the Princess is there? I'd hate to miss her because I'm here and not there.

I don't have to marry there, but I sure want to see the place.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Large blessing explosions

Joel Osteen, pastor of the largest church in America, may have coined the phrase during his sermon this weekend, but I'm adopting it.

He actually called them blessing explosions, but I decided I like the term "large blessing explosions," because they're going to be large.

Make sure to catch the broadcast in a few weeks when it airs. It's fantastic preaching. It's on in something like 100 countries so wherever you are you can watch it and enjoy.

A large blessing explosion occurs when God unloads his unusual, far-and-away favor on your life. It may be something incredibly wonderful that happens just because he loves you, or it may be some good ol' vindication and recompense you've had coming for a while.

Let's look at the mighty, exciting Old Testament that I've been reading for an example.

"Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs" (Isaiah 61:7).

I love God's word, because it never comes back void.

As you see there in scripture, God has laid up these large blessing explosions for you and me, especially when we've had to walk through a prolonged season of diarrhea.

For example, let's say you have some fellow employees who try to brand you a pedophile or kiddie porn viewer, without ever presenting any evidence to the police or anyone in authority, putting your reputation and good name in question.

Friend, you're due a large blessing explosion.

Or, let's say people employed by the state of Texas pay thugs to fire guns off outside your residence(s) for several years (or did it themselves, who knows?), sending you death threats in the mail and verbally telling you they will kill you if they have to.

Sounds like a large blessing explosion is coming your way, friend.

Maybe because some in power have dragged their feet, or outright refused to do the right thing, it has cost you years of your life waiting for the justice you should have had eons ago.

I hear a huge, nasty, unbelievable blessing explosion about to blow the lid off your life like you've never known! Remember, God's promised to make up to us the years that the enemy has stolen (Joel 2:25)...and he cannot tell a lie.

By the way, if you were unfortunate enough to have all those things I mentioned happen to you, that large blessing explosion is starting to look like the Big Bang. Do you know about the Big Bang? Just ask any scientist you know about the Big Bang Theory. It didn't really happen, but ask them about it anyway.

Such an incredible explosion of God's justice, love and blessings can literally create a whole new universe for you.

And the beautiful thing is, God's not going to let the devil take away anything that He has purposed in his heart for you.

"For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity. In my faithfulness I will reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them" (Isaiah 61:8).

See, it's real simple. God hates robbery. And God is going to make up for all the years we've had our crops and resources pillaged by maggots and criminals.

Friday, January 2, 2009

My New Year's Resolution

"The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you. He will force your enemies out of your way and tell you to destroy them" (Deuteronomy 33:27).

I think my New Year's resolution is going to be to read more of the Old Testament.

I just love God's personality in the Old Testament, don't you? He didn't really have a lot of patience with goofiness and folks who wanted to threaten, lie about, and challenge the people of God. We've got a lot of that garbage going on these days, don't we?

I think we could learn a lot by reading more of the Old Testament. Not only does it have pretty cool stories, but you can always find great promises about God's protection of his own.

"Let those who seek my life be put to shame and disgrace. Let those who plot evil against me be turned back and confounded. Make them like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the LORD driving them on. Make their way slippery and dark, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them. Without cause they set their snare for me; without cause they dug a pit for me. Let ruin overtake them unawares; let the snare they have set catch them; let them fall into the pit they have dug" (Psalm 35: 4-8).

Can I hear a loud, resounding "Amen!" I love that. It's like David is through with putting up with these criminals and maggots, right? What is most impressive about this piece of scripture is that David is known as a man after God's own heart. I like David. He really had his head on straight, and his heart was soft and tender in the hands of the master. That's why I like him so much.

Let's read more of God's word this year. Hey, if it's important enough for the comedians running the Houston Chronicle Web site to get us reading the Bible, then it must be important.

This monkey is smiling

I love when I encounter this smiling monkey, for that means he is sending me more free blog visitors from around the world.

I love him even more than I love outlaw biker gangs. They often convert to Christianity and become preachers, you know.

Go ahead, click on the monkey and say "hi" to the smiling, waving primate.

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

A modest prediction for 2009

"'No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,' declares the LORD." (Isaiah 54:17).

One of the things I love most about serving God, and I've mentioned this here before, is having God's word as an anchor and unshakable truth in my life. It never fails or comes back void.

What am I looking forward to most in 2009?

I'm looking forward to seeing the failure of every weapon that has been formed against me. What's that mean? It means that if the devil and his maggots used or devised a weapon against me, it will fail.

Not may fail. Not, "well, it could fail if it's convenient or comfortable for us to do something about it."

No, it will fail, and I will have everything God has said I will have.

Secondly, I'm looking forward to condemning every tongue that has accused me falsely. I will not be held hostage by liars and maggots. If you have made an untrue remark about my past, in the hopes of furthering some cause in your own life, look out!

God's word is so wonderful. I love that it never fails. Vindication, as our scripture reads, is part of my heritage as a member of the family of God. Wow! I love that. That means that our Heavenly Father, who incidentally watches over his word to make sure it performs (Jeremiah 1:12), is on the case for me. Even if everyone else is goofing off and/or dragging their feet, my Father never sleeps.

What an amazing, mighty God we serve!

Listen, I know most of you aren't having to put up with the diarrhea that I'm having to put up with in my life right now. For most of you, you're going to be able to serve the Lord this coming year with joy and blessings and all that other good stuff.

2009 looks like another year of warfare for me. I think part of finding joy in tough situations is realizing and accepting that this is God's will for my life right now...that part of him ultimately getting glory out of this situation requires that I go through this right now.

Sometimes serving God is like that. Paul wrote to Timothy and said the gospel was the reason he was "chained like a criminal." It's not always comfortable doing the right thing, because so many in this world are apparently allergic to doing the right thing. As servants of God and his truth, we are often put at odds with those who wouldn't know the real Jesus if he walked up to them face-to-face.

But we, as true servants of the master, press on. We press on knowing that he is our hope, he is our shield, and he is our vindicator. Just read the scripture listed above. It's amazing!

I look forward to his vindication this year, even if it means putting up with a bunch of satellite trucks parked outside the courthouse.

Let's get to work, today, being God's hands and feet as he watches over his word.

Happy New Year. Be blessed.