October 26, 2007

Cartoon Perspective

Great cartoons with a little perspective. I hope you enjoy them.


Matthew 6:26-27 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? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?


1 Peter 5:7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.


Mark 11:22-23 So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God. "For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

All cartoons created by Mike Waters http://www.joyfultoons.com/

Interview With God

This was sent to me, and I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy!

October 25, 2007

More Prayer Needed

Thanks for your prayers. When I went before the judge this morning all charges were dropped. Thank you God! God is so awesome!

I was scheduled for court this morning at 9:30, but I thought I was scheduled for 9:00. After getting there, I realized I was super early. So, along with many others, I waited. All the cases that were scheduled for 9:30 were finally let into the courtroom at 10:20. Many of us had been standing in the hallway the whole time. So, I was glad to be able to sit and wait. I thought I would have to wait a while for my case to be called, however, my case was the first on the 9:30 docket. WOW! God is so good! My day was starting off well; what else would this day hold?

How quickly things change, one minute on the mountain top and the next in the valley of shadows. By 10:35, I was on my way to the Medical College of Virginia to check on a young man from our community. Before I got out of downtown Hopewell, I received news that this young man died. He had been fighting for his life since a head on collision on October 13. He had just turned 19 in September.

Will you pray for the family and friends of Joe Beasley? They really need it! Prayer works, and I know your prayers will make a difference as all grieve and mourn the loss of this young man. Thanks!

October 22, 2007

Good Grief!

I got a call from my insurance company last week. The guy that "I hit" has gotten a lawyer and is suing my insurance company. GOOD GRIEF! It is obvious that this guy is trying to get something for nothing. I am so glad that I have good insurance. I am glad that I do not have to deal with these people directly. I would love to give him something to see the doctor about, but that is not very Christian. It is just so frustrating! I want to make sure that his car is repaired and his visit to the hospital is paid for. I am not trying to shaft him but he is trying to shaft me through my insurance company. I guess we will see where this goes over time.

This coming Thursday, October 25, I go to court about the accident and the ticket. The policeman who covered the accident was so nice, and he told me that he would try to help me out in court. I will take all the pictures of the accident and a written account accident. The officer told me that I may be able to get the charges dropped since I have a clean record. We will see.

Please pray if the Holy Spirit brings me to your mind on Thursday morning, around 9:00. I appreciate it.

File Is Complete

I got a message at the end of last week from CH (Col) James Walker, my interviewer. He has finished reviewing all my information, and he has given me his blessing for Active Duty Chaplaincy. He wrote up his recommendation and has forwarded that on to the Chief of Chaplain's office. My file is finally ready for the November board. The board will meet on November 7-8.

So, now it is back to hurry up and wait.

Let Us Pray

Let us pray! I have a friend who is serving our country as an Army Chaplain, in Iraq. Because of my friend, I am aware of the need for more Chaplains. I am glad to see that others are being made aware of the need. Will you pray daily for our troops and the men and women who minister to them? Will you pray that God will provide more Chaplains? Let us pray!

This video is from the ABC World News

October 2, 2007

The Good, Bad & Ugly

The Good: Paperwork done, again; my face to face interview is done.
The Bad: I had to do most of my Army Application again!
The Ugly: I was in a small accident.
Well that is the summation of my week.

I got a call this week from my recruiter and I had to redo a big portion of my application. The Army application process is in transition. Since I am on the cusp of the changes I had to submit my application under the new format. OOF! Oh Well. I Fed-Exed the paperwork today. So, what now? Hurry up and wait!

Yesterday, I had my interview with a Colonel Chaplain at Fort Lee, VA. I was with Chaplain James Walker (different from my recruiter who is Chaplain Dallas Walker) for about an hour and a half. We talked about things from why I wanted to be an Army Chaplain to what if I am not accepted as a Chaplain. He has been a Chaplain for 22 years and he gave me an opportunity to ask him questions. I asked him his advise for a new Chaplain. He said, "Be true to thyself." He went on to explain how important it is to stick to your beliefs and convictions. He indicated that most ministers are people pleasers and it is important to remember who we are to be pleasing, our Lord. Great interview. I do have something to do while I wait. Colonel James Walker asked me to submit a resume, a mini-bio and a written sermon. I will work on that while I wait.

Once I left the interview I went to the on base Uniform and Sales store to price all the clothing and equipment that I will be needing. I am trying to find some of the stuff on EBay and wanted to know prices before purchasing anything. I was trying on sizes etc. I have found some things on EBay that I will probably end up getting because they are cheaper. Buying it a little at a time is easier than having to buy it all when I get to basic. I hope to have all I need when I arrive at basic and to save a little money along the way. We will see.

Well, no need to prolong the ugly of the day/week. After I left the Uniform and Sales store I went looking for off base sales of Army equipment. Usually around the bases are stores that sell the same things and I wanted to price things there. I pulled through one strip mall and did not find anything. I was going to look at another strip mall, but before I could get there I was in an accident. I had stopped at a stop sign. To my right was an Army bus that was turning into a gas station. I looked and did not see anyone coming so I started through the intersection. Before I knew it there was a truck coming from my right and they hit me. It did little damage to either of the vehicles. It dented the bumper and knocked out the headlight on my car. They were in an old truck and it barely bent the bumper. What was crazy was they were both saying their backs were hurting. Before the police and rescue squad got there they were carrying on like nothing was wrong. As soon as the police and squad got there they said they needed to go to the hospital. GOOD GRIEF!!!! As you can tell from the pictures there was not a lot of damage to either vehicle.

The policeman and EMT's did not believe their little act. You can imagine how I felt about it. I did find out last night that they did not have any injuries and were released from the hospital. I am glad to know they were alright. I also found out that the passenger of the truck had a warrant out for his arrest. The policeman indicated that he was no stranger to the law. Not exactly how I wanted to help the police out, but...

My prayer is that they do not try to take me to court etc. Based on their actions yesterday, I bet that they have already contacted a lawyer. Time will tell.