Monday, June 9, 2014

time to unplug

Hello my friends!  Well, our family is off on an adventure.  Yesterday after worship at The Community Fellowship we loaded the van and headed south.  It is time for an extended vacation.  We are so excited about the trip, and we are so blessed to be able to get away.

Let me say a big thank you to our church family.  We serve a great church family that continues to touch our lives as we partner to minister to those in and around Martinsville and Henry County as well as much further around the world.  Julie and I headed start this church 7 years and 9 months ago.  We stay extra busy, and it is time that we take a little extra time to refresh, rebuild and to love on each others.

With that being said, our goal in the next 19 days is to focus on each other … Julie, Rebecca, Ruth, Ryan and me … that's the focus.  We will get to spend some time with family in Oklahoma and a few friends that live a long way off.

I ask that you pray for us.  As you read this we are getting on a boat for the next 5 days sailing around the Bahamas.  Then we will drive across about half the country to enjoy a little “living on Tulsa” time.  A week or so later we will head back to Virginia where our children will be going to youth camp/mission trip while Julie and I go to the beach.  We really are excited. 

Here are a couple of the things we will be focusing on:

Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth.

Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.

He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him.

1 John 3:18  NASB
Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.

I think you get my point.  I am unplugging from the cell phone, email, Facebook, twitter, the blog, my work and such things all so I can plug in with my family.

As we return our prayer is that we will be recharged, refueled and more excited about all that God has before us.  That is why I ask you to pray for my family and me.  If you know me, you know that unplugging isn’t something that I do well.  But here I go.  Gonna make it happen.  I plan to love on and enjoy my family.

If you get these daily devotions in your e-mail, they will continue to come each week day because they were scheduled, and they will be old posts that I share with you once again.  If you read my e-devotion blog, there will not be many (if any) updates until Monday, June 30th.

So, before I sign off I ask you to pray for three things very close to my heart.  First, pray for our new campus and the finances to make it happen.  Two weeks ago a mission team came in to complete much work, and they did a great job, and we are still paying for the building supplies.  If you would like to make a donation, you can go online to and click “give online” and then chose “vision fund”.  You can also mail your best give to TCF, PO Box 388, Collinsville, VA 24078.  Second, pray for our Nicaragua Mission Team.  I need to raise $700 in the next few weeks to help with my trip (use the same info above but chose “Nicaragua Mission Trip”).  And last, pray for our back2school outreach 2014.  It is fast approaching and will be our best event ever!

Thanks for allowing me to unplug, and I will talk to you again in a few weeks.  God is good … all the time!!!

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