Another “Homeless” Family

May 27, 2009

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COLORADO SPRINGS — Tom and Mary Claire Wahl are homeless. Well, kind of homeless. They don’t have a house. Or a hometown.

What they have is a 41-foot recreational vehicle that they are driving around America, joined by their three children: Joe, 12, Anna, 10, and Sam, 7.

In the past eight months they have traveled almost 16,000 miles, visited 26 states, stayed over at 29 national parks and clipped at least seven trees. They’re about halfway through their journey. Sometime in the next six months, they’ll pick a new hometown, buy a house and settle down.

“We always kind of joked about this kind of trip, but it never seemed it could be a reality,” says Mary Claire, 46, a nurse/midwife who retired as a lieutenant colonel from the United States Air Force last July. “Then at retirement we didn’t have a home, we had no job, and we realized that was a blessing.”

So they bought an RV and hit the road, loading on one gas grill, one digital piano, three kids and five bikes, towing the family Volvo behind. They stay a few days in one place then move on. A map on the Wahls’ bedroom wall chronicles their ever-growing route.

The family, which lived the last four years in Germany and another four years in Japan before that, is rediscovering America, stopping for a few days last month at the Peregrine Pines FamCamp on the grounds of the U.S. Air Force Academy here in Colorado Springs.

As they grilled sausages and ribs in the shadow of the Front Range mountains, their youngest son, Sam, wielded a wooden sword from the roof of the family’s RV.

“The kids had gone to the baths in Budapest, skied the Alps, but they didn’t know America,” says Tom Wahl, 48, an online business writing instructor at the University of Maryland and enthusiastic house husband. “We thought this was a good way to show them the country their mother served.”

But he admits at times he feels like “a stranger in my own country.”

“What struck me most is we were used to living in a small, clean village in Germany with no crime. The kids walked everywhere, played outside without any cares,” he says. “I’m not sure we can find a place that has that.”

The Wahls, who also have lived in Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas, say they’re also taken aback by the rampant commercialism here — billboards, strip malls, Wal-Marts that dot the landscape. For that reason alone, they travel the back roads and byways, avoiding the interstate whenever they can.

“We find little places to eat, the diners we stumble on, that’s what makes it so wonderful,” says Mary Claire. “We want to maintain a simple lifestyle.”

“America is still there,” says Tom. “You just have to look for it.”

So how will they know when they find their new hometown?

“I don’t know. I think it will speak to us,” says Mary Claire, who grew up in Southern California. “We still have half the trip to go. We’re still exploring.”

Basically they want a safe community (for the kids), near a hospital (she might return to work), near a military base (commissary) and access to the great outdoors (so they can bike right out the front door).

Oregon was nice, but has no military base. They liked Santa Fe although it was “a little too pueblo” for them.

Los Alamos, N.M., however, had a good vibe and is a possibility. “And the schools are some of the best in the country,” says Tom. Fort Collins, Colo.; Grass Valley, Calif., north of Sacramento; and Whidbey Island, Wash., are also in the running.

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The Wahls are home-schooling their children at the RV’s kitchen table this year. They call it “road school” so their kids can be “roads scholars.” They might continue home-schooling when they settle down.

Not that they aren’t getting suggestions along the way as to where that might be. Readers of their website — wahlsacrossamerica.com — are trying to lure them to their towns. Hope, Idaho; Mount Airy, N.C.; Beaver Creek, Ohio, to name a few.

The Wahls are working their way east and plan to tour New England this summer. Most relatives live in the West, but they say they’re open-minded as to where they might land, although they’re quite frank about where they won’t.

They only recently decided to visit North Dakota. And while they took a sentimental trip back to southwest Iowa to visit some family roots, they doubt that will become home.

Someone suggested Lawrence, Kan. “I don’t know about Kansas,” Mary Claire admits.

“We’d like to be near other people who have lived overseas so our kids wouldn’t be the only ones with passports,” says Tom.

In the end, it will be a family decision, says Tom, meaning “Mom and Dad will make it!”

Until then, they’re just happy being footloose and house-free, something they realize some might envy and others might not understand.

“It takes a lot of courage to do what they’re doing,” says Lt. Col. Ben Paganelli, a neighbor in Germany and a family friend who now teaches at the Air Force Academy. “It’s a huge jumping-off. Most people want a place where they can park, and these guys just walked away for a year. They’ll be better for it.”

The Wahls look upon their journey as hands-on schooling for the whole family.

They watched the presidential campaign from the road, realizing how polarized the country had become, with McCain signs in one state replaced by Obama signs in another.

They also have visited civil rights sites in the South. “We’re trying to teach the kids the positive as well as where we went wrong as a country,” Tom says.

Sixth-grader Joe, who speaks German and is becoming an avid birder, is thriving on the experience, crabbing on the Oregon coast, listening to jazz in New Orleans, collecting Junior Ranger badges from national parks.

He does admit, however, that “we don’t have any permanent friends” and adds that he gets bored now and then, just moving on and on.

What he wishes for most is a door. “I miss my own bedroom and a wardrobe,” he says, adding that he has only two drawers for all his clothes.

“It’s teaching us what we can live without,” says his dad.

Anna, a red-headed fourth-grader who was born in Japan and misses her friends in Germany, agrees that the RV world can be a little close at times — “not a lot of room for toys and books.”

“I miss a bigger closet,” agrees her mom. “But in a way, it’s liberating to be without a lot of stuff. We just pack up and go. We started with one pot and one frying pan. It’s amazing how little you need.”

Anna wants only one thing from her new home: snow.

And Sam? He seems happy just being Sam, going along for the ride.

The three siblings rely on one another for friendship.

“You get a lot closer to your family doing this,” says Tom. “The bathroom is the only room where you can be alone.”

“I thought we’d be at each other’s throat by now,” says Mary Claire. “But I’m energized by the fact we’re not.”

They even survived a night when friends stayed over during a freak snowstorm — four adults, six kids and a German shepherd.

What the Wahls have noticed is how friendly the RV community is. Some 400,000 Americans are full-time RVers, according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association.

“People have been so wonderful to us. It’s what I wish the whole world was. Maybe it’s the law of the road,” says Tom.

That doesn’t translate to the highway, where politeness isn’t so abundant. The worst drivers in America? Miami.

“They’re a little like Italians on the Autobahn,” Tom says. “Unfortunately, it’s bad overall. I have new respect for truckers now.”

The RV gets eight to 10 miles a gallon, “pretty good for a home,” Wahl says. When gas was at its highest, it cost $500 to fill up.

But now that gas prices have fallen, the journey may continue for a bit longer than expected.

“We’re open-ended,” says Tom, who might ultimately write a book about their journey.

Working title: “RV There Yet?”

Evangelist’s RV “Home” Dstroyed

May 14, 2009

By Josh Kegley
as appeared in the Herald Leader

A traveling evangelist and his family found themselves homeless after their recreational vehicle caught fire on Interstate 75 in Scott County, Kentucky.

Dan Goodwin and his family used the RV as a base for his ministry that takes him to churches across the country. Once a pastor at three Baptist churches, Goodwin and his wife, Lucretia; and three daughters, Esther, Rebekah and Sarah had lived in the RV for four years.

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"It was our home," Goodwin said as he sifted through the debris, including an attached Jeep.

“Imagine all your possessions in a house and then all of a sudden, it’s all gone”.

None of them was injured in the fire, which began around 3:45 p.m. and brought northbound traffic to a standstill for almost two hours.

Jim Kanavy, battalion chief for the Scott County Fire Department, said the fire appeared to be accidental, though he was unsure if it was mechanical in origin. The cause remains under investigation.

“My wife was in the back … and she came up and said the motor doesn’t sound right,” Goodwin said.

Though he said his gauges appeared fine, he pulled over to the shoulder to investigate. Smoke then began billowing out of the rear of the vehicle, near the motor.

“I tried to get the Jeep unhooked, but there was so much smoke,” he said.

Though the vehicles were insured, Goodwin was unsure whether the items inside them were covered. He estimated the RV’s value to be around $80,000, and the Jeep to be between $3,000 and $4,000.

Dotting the side of the road were everything from clothes and children toys to a charred special-edition DVD of The Lord of the Rings: “The Two Towers”.

“The personal things, the stuff we’ve had for years and years and years, we haven’t even begun to feel that loss,” Goodwin said. “We’re just thankful we all got out alive.”

The family had been in Lexington to see friends graduate from Commonwealth Baptist College, which Goodwin’s son Joseph attends. Another son, Ezekiel, also lives in Lexington.

The fire occurred as the family was on its way to Fellowship Baptist Church in Bedford in Trimble County, where Goodwin was to offer a guest sermon.

He was commissioned on his traveling journeys by an Osterburg, Pa., church. He said any donations should be directed to that church: Faith Baptist Church, P.O. Box 262, Osterburg, PA, 16667.

reprinted with permission

You may contact Josh Kegley at [email protected] for more information

Is God Only Love?

May 14, 2009

by John Imler
John is an RVchurchesUSA Ambassor and author of It’s Never Too Late

There can be no doubt that from Genesis to Revelation the Bible is a record of God’s unfathomable love for all mankind. The story is culminated with Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, coming to earth in the form of man to suffer and die on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for every man’s sin.

It is right for us to emphasize God’s love, for it is that characteristic that Jesus demonstrated during His journey on earth. However, there are other characteristics of God portrayed in the Bible that must not be overlooked.

God is a just God (Daniel 4:37). He is jealous (Exodus 34:14). He is righteous (Psalms 119:137). He is holy Habakkuk 1:13) to name just a few. Because He is both righteous and holy, even though He loves all mankind, He hates their sins. The Bible says, “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Jesus spoke about that death as “eternal punishment” in Matthew 25:41-46.

Yes, God is love and He has provided a way for each of us to escape that eternal punishment by accepting Jesus as our Savior. However, if we fail to do that, there is a day of judgment coming.

I am so grateful for God’s love. I am just as grateful that He is also holy and just and that He will judge all mankind. While I would not be presumptuous, it is comforting to me to believe that Abraham Lincoln and Adolph Hitler will not receive the same judgment. I might add that this belief also convinces me of the fact that there is a God and that there is life after death. Something within me cries for God’s to judge each man according to his deeds. If there were neither God nor life after death, then there is no justice.

John welcomes your comments either below or email him directly at [email protected]

RV Couple Uproot to Help Needy

May 8, 2009

by Robin Stansbury (Hartford Courant May 4, 2009)
Photo by Richard Messina

mueller21Amy and Dave Mueller packed up their 30-foot RV with an array of food (for them, their cat and two dogs) and plenty of extras, including tools, and headed into the sunset.

But the Muellers aren’t headed for retirement.

Rather, in the midst of one of the worst economic downturns in decades, the young couple have quit good-paying, steady jobs, sold their waterfront home in Clinton and are spending the next year traveling the United States to help others — including building homes and installing sewers — while living in that used RV.

“A part of us is still saying, ‘Oh, my gosh, we are no longer employed!'” said Amy Mueller, 35, and until recently a family therapist. “But people do way bigger stuff than we are. We had good jobs and good lives but felt like if we believe what we say each Sunday in church, and we have the desire, why aren’t we going to do it, even in this economy?”

As a construction engineer, Dave Mueller has some professional skills that will help in the couple’s work.

The two first considered doing such a venture after watching footage of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation it did around New Orleans. “It was enough for us to begin talking: ‘What would happen if…,'” said Dave, 40

But Amy said simply working there during a one- or two-week vacation would not have been enough.

“It took us a while to get up the guts to go through with it, to put our plan in action,” she said before the couple drove off on April 7. “But that’s not to say we aren’t apprehensive. We left our jobs. We sold our house. We’re living in an RV.”

The Muellers said they didn’t take on the change as a sort of sabbatical to recharge their work lives but rather as a project for its own sake.

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“This is our job now,” Amy Mueller said. “We have $30,000 for the year, and hopefully even longer. We want to see where this takes us.”

“This is our job now,” Amy Mueller said. “We have $30,000 for the year, and hopefully even longer. We want to see where this takes us.”

The transition didn’t start as smoothly as they had hoped. After years of planning, they finally put their home in Clinton up for sale in June 2007, with an asking price of $579,000. Amy Mueller admitted the price was inflated. By they time they had adjusted downward, the housing market had stalled.

They took the house off the market last November, expecting to delay their departure and regroup, when they finally got an offer. They sold their house for $375,000 late last year.

“That’s not as bad as it sounds,” she said. “We still had equity in the home. But that sure taught us humbleness and patience. I thought it would sell in one day.”

daveamyThe $30,000 in savings will cover gas, food and campsite fees.

The couple are now in New Orleans, helping rebuild homes there. Later, in the summer, they plan to go to West Virginia to help a community build or remodel the homes there, including building sewer connections. Finally, they will drive to South Dakota, where Amy Mueller plans to use her counseling skills with the Lakota Indians.

“People say we are too old for this, that this is a younger person’s game or something you do in retirement,” said Dave Mueller. “They say you don’t do this in the middle of your career. But we felt the need to do this now. We will work out the rest when we get back.”

The Muellers are writing about their adventures at www.thingsaredifferent2009.blogspot.com

Copyright © 2009, The Hartford Courant
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5 Rules For Using Propane

May 7, 2009

as appeared in May 09 RV Handyman Club

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Propane gauge/leak detectors can help you leak check your propane system. Detector shown available from Camping World.

LP-gas (also known as propane) plays a very large role in our comfort and convenience while RVing.

Because propane is likely the least understood — and most intimidating — fuel we use, some basic knowledge can provide additional safety and peace of mind.

Rule 1: Test the electronic leak detector function in your RV according to the manufacturer’s test procedures. Propane is colorless and odorless at the refinery, but it is mixed with a very pungent odor agent that is immediately recognizable — something like the smell of rotten eggs.

Rule 2: If you detect this telltale odor inside your RV, get out — and fast. Leave the door open, shut off the propane at the tank or cylinder, and allow the gas to dissipate. A qualified RV repair facility should perform a pressure-drop leak check. Likewise, if propane odor is detected outside the vehicle, shut off the supply and arrange for a pressure-drop leak check.

Leaks can be located by using a soapy mixture of water and hand dishwashing soap, applying the solution to joints and fittings with a small paintbrush, while watching for bubbles that indicate a leak. Wipe the soap away after the check, repair fittings as necessary and recheck. It’s also possible to have a dial manometer permanently installed in your system.

Rule 3: During the tank or cylinder filling process, eliminate any source of ignition. Turn off all propane appliances (including stove, refrigerator and hot-water tank) so flames are out and that all re-igniters are off. The same cautions should be used before gasoline refueling.

Rule 4: Overfilling of propane tanks and cylinders was a serious problem many years ago, but has been largely corrected by the inclusion of overfill protection devices (OPDs) inside tanks and cylinders. OPDs have been used in RV tanks for decades, and in all portable cylinders since 1998.
You can check for an overfill situation by opening the outage valve. If it blows a white mist, it’s more than 80 percent full. If it blows a clear vapor, then it’s less than 80 percent. If it’s an intermittent white mist and vapor, it’s right at 80 percent. This vapor space (20 percent) is a safety cushion for a full tank or cylinder, allowing room inside for wide fluctuations in ambient temperature that cause expansion or contraction of the liquid fuel.

Rule 5: If you see soot or the furnace becomes noisier than usual, or the appliance is not performing normally, then contact a qualified technician. The problem could be caused by a number of maladies, including system pressure or insect nests in a venturi, or a blockage in the vent.

And here’s one more rule: enjoy your RV travels while appreciating the huge impact propane has on your comfort and convenience when it is handled properly.

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God Speaks Through a Donkey!

May 6, 2009

by Duane Careb
President RVchurchesUSA

Recently, a friend shared an incredible “blessing” through which he said, “God spoke to me. It’s as though I heard His voice just as clear as I hear yours right now!”

I must admit, I was taken by surprise on that announcement. Admit ably I processed through my friend’s comments with some skepticism and confusion. I asked myself, “Does God audibly speak to me – to us?”

To be honest, I’m aware when God often “prompts” or nudges me into His will – but I haven’t heard His audible voice in my ears. Rather, God uses the voice of others to bring His message to my heart where I begin the process of validating (even testing) His leading in my life.

You may refer to God’s “speaking” to you as doors that have been clearly opened or closed much the same as experienced by Balaam (a magician) in the book of Numbers found in the Bible’s Old Testament.

The Israelites were traveling through Moab on their way to their promised land flowing with milk and honey when Balak, King of Moab, summoned Balaam to invoke a special curse upon the Jews (Numbers 22: 4-6).

Numbers 22:12 recalls God’s command to Balaam not to respond to Balak’s invitation to curse the Israelites for they were a blessed people. Like many of us, Balaam decides to curse the Israelites for a fee but faces three clearly “closed doors” while riding a donkey along the way to Moab (Numbers 22:20-27). Note that at that point he did not “hear” God’s voice and was oblivious to His presence. He, like us at times, was suppressing God’s intervention in His disobedience. Balaam even resented that intervention when he began beating the donkey for responding to God’s will. It’s as though he possessed determined opposition to obeying God.

Finally, God actually empowers the donkey to “speak” to Balaam (Numbers 22: 28-30) causing him to “hear” God’s explanation and purpose for blocking the road to Moab (Numbers 22: 31-34).

No, I have never been spiritually challenged by the words of a donkey but I certainly have “heard” God speaking to me through other fully-devoted Christians in my life. It could be a family member, friend, co-worker, small group member or ……. You get the idea, don’t you?

I use three criteria to help me discern God ‘speaking” to me when looking for His leading in my faith walk with Jesus: a) search His “Word” (Bible) for direct application, b) consult other trusted Christians for Godly advise and encouragement – God “speaking” through them – and c) through prayer and earnestly seeking God’s will, “listening” to my heart by sensing a peace that surpasses all understanding (Phil 4:4).

It’s imperative that all three of these criteria line up for me. I know then I have “heard” God’s voice – He has spoken to me!

Be assured … God “speaks” to us daily – albeit it not from a donkey’s mouth. I encourage you to listen to God’s voice – and become obedient to His will.

Towing With 4 Wheels Down

May 5, 2009

by Mark Polk
Mark is a regular contributing author

I get asked lots of questions about towing a vehicle behind a motorhome, but perhaps the most common is “How do you know what vehicles can be towed with 4-wheels on the ground?” It’s not that complicated, but it does require some research. Today I am offering some tips on towing with 4-wheels on the ground.

You basically have three options when it comes to towing a vehicle behind your motorhome. You can tow the vehicle with all four-wheels up using a car trailer, with two-wheels up using a tow dolly, or with all four-wheels down, which is what we will be discussing in this article.

In recent years towing with all four-wheels down, using a tow bar, has become more and more popular. Some of the reasons for its growing popularity are the ease of hitching and unhitching, not having to deal with a trailer and the fact that more automobile manufacturers are building vehicles that can be towed with four-wheels on the ground without modifications.

Note: It’s important that you understand all of the options available to you and that you take the time to research what method is best suited for you. There are many things to consider like the overall cost involved with the method you choose, weights, aesthetics, supplemental brakes, difficulty in hooking up and unhooking, vehicle modifications, warranty and more.

What Vehicles Can I Tow With Four-Wheels Down?

Before you make the decision to tow a vehicle with all four-wheels down you need to do your homework. There are some manufacturer approved vehicles that can be towed without any modifications to the drive-train or transmission, but there are a lot more that will require some type of modification to tow it with all four-wheels on the ground. There are many factors involved such as automatic transmissions, two-wheel drive vehicles, four-wheel drive vehicles, the type of transfer case and more.

Many vehicles with automatic transmission cannot be towed with all four-wheels down unless it is  four-wheel drive, and even then it requires a transfer case that can be shifted into neutral. Front wheel drive vehicles with manual transmissions and most four-wheel drive vehicles with a manual transfer case are among the best choices for towing with all four-wheels down. Even if you have a vehicle that can be towed with all four-wheels down it’s quite possible that it will have towing speed and/or mileage restrictions. So where do we start?

Start by reading your vehicle owner’s manual to determine if the vehicle can be towed without any drive-train modifications. If the vehicle is approved by the manufacturer to be towed with all four-wheels down the owner’s manual will provide specific instructions on the proper procedures to use when towing. If the manual does not provide specific instructions on whether or not it can be towed with all four- wheels down, or if you’re unclear about any towing restrictions check with the vehicle manufacturer. Don’t hesitate to contact the vehicle manufacturer to get specific information about towing a vehicle. Your vehicle warranty could be voided from damage caused by towing a vehicle and not following the manufacturer’s guidelines. Do not rely on what a vehicle salesperson tells you. Almost all vehicles approved to be towed with all four- wheels down will include this information in the vehicle owner’s manual.

If you don’t already have a vehicle to tow a good resource to check on what vehicles can be towed with all four-wheels down is  http://www.motorhomemagazine.com/ . As a service to its readers each year they publish a “Dinghy Towing Guide.” Keep in mind that this is only a guide and it is your responsibility to make absolutely sure the vehicle you are considering towing can be towed with all four-wheels down, with no drive-train modifications, before you make a purchase or actually tow the vehicle.

Note: Information in the guide is subject to change at any time! Always check the vehicle by year model too. Just because you could tow a certain model with all four-wheels down one year doesn’t mean every year model for that vehicle can be towed with all four wheels down. The vehicle manufacturer is the final authority.

The Dinghy Towing Guide includes manufacturer approved vehicles for towing without modifications that can be towed at speeds of at least 55 MPH and for distances of at least 200 miles without any special procedures. Pay particular attention to any speed or distance restrictions that could ultimately affect your vehicle warranty. Also pay attention to the restrictions and special instructions listed in the footnotes. The guide lists other valuable information like vehicle curb weights, fuel economy and base retail prices. Keep in mind the lighter the vehicle the better it is. It is easy to exceed a motorhomes receiver weight rating and the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR). Note also that some models listed in their four- wheel drive version can be towed without modifications, but their two-wheel drive version of the same model cannot be towed with four-wheels on the ground.

Be sure and follow any special towing instructions or procedures found in the vehicle owner’s manual. You might be required to remove a certain fuse before you tow the vehicle, or to stop towing after so many miles and start the vehicle to allow drive train components to be lubricated. Following any and all special instructions can save you money and protect the vehicle warranty.

There are many reasons why some vehicles are not approved by the manufacturer to be towed with all four-wheels down. It may be that the vehicle will not track or follow the motorhome properly, or maybe a component in the drive-train could be damaged, and sometimes it is because of liability and warranty concerns. Another reason is the expense involved for a manufacturer to test and approve vehicles for towing with all four-wheels down.

The good news is, in many cases where vehicles are not approved by the manufacturer to be towed with all four-wheels down they can still be towed in this method by adding some type of aftermarket accessory. The most common problem is when the engine is not running components in the drive-train that require lubrication are not being lubricated. Towing a vehicle like this can result in thousands of dollars worth of damage, and/or possibly overheat and catch on fire.

There are specialty aftermarket products and modifications available such as drive shaft disconnects and/or transmission lube pumps that can be added so a vehicle is mechanically capable of being towed without damaging the drive-train.

Remco, the towing experts, http://www.remcotowing.com/ offer a product line that adapts to approximately 80% of the vehicles in today’s market. Other good resources for products concerning towing a vehicle with all four-wheels down are http://www.blueox.us/ and http://www.roadmasterinc.com/

If for some reason the vehicle you want to tow falls in the 20% that cannot be modified for towing, for whatever reason, you still have the option of possibly using a tow dolly or a car trailer. All vehicles can be towed on a car trailer, as long as you don’t exceed weight ratings, and most front wheel drive vehicles can be towed with a tow dolly.

For more in-depth information on towing check out our Towing Behind your Motorhome DVD

Happy Camping,

Mark Polk is founder of RV Education 101 and RV University

Got GPS? (God’s Perfect Solutions)

May 1, 2009

by Duane Careb
President RVchurchesUSA

There is a plethora (I just learned that word) of GPS devices available in the market place today – cell phones, hand-held units, marine, aircraft and those more familiar to us RVers (the walking/car/biking/truck combination models).

Like you, we use our find-a-campground/resort-across-America road atlas to get a general overview of the area in which we are planning to travel. But if you’re like Erika and me (Seniors), we usually pull out the magnifying glass to identify and navigate the tiny side-roads sprouting from the national and state highways. We need a more detailed understanding of where we’ll drive our motor home without regret.

On the other hand, a GPS streamlines that process simply by entering the address and pressing the “Go” icon. By setting the correct parameters for your vehicle (type, avoidances, detailed view, etc), the GPS provides pre-programed best routes which generally result in less confusion and – at times – even less conflict! You know exactly what I mean, don’t you?

Consider this: invest in a non-traditional GPS (God’s Perfect Solutions) device called the Bible that could be used to give clear direction when trying to navigate the many “life side-roads” in your life – challenges we face every day. Unlike conventional GPS devices which is limited to displaying streets and objects, God’s GPS offers guidance and solutions to real-life scenarios while providing long lasting relief from anxiety, disorientation and even relational separation. God’s GPS is never dependent upon any other power source, does not require frequent updates and usually causes you to “re-calculate” pathways on your own.

We’ve all asked ourselves or others, “What should I do next?” or “Where can I gain discerning knowledge to make the best decision?” I propose we consult God’s GPS to gain the same benefits of Jesus’ teachings, principles and wisdom that empowered the characters of Old and New Testaments to apply to their everyday life. All parables and stories of the Bible address our present-day challenges concerning issues like health (John 5:3-9), relationships (Matt 22: 37-39), finances (1Tim 6: 10)- just to name a few.

God’s Perfect Solutions can help navigate obstacles in your path by providing fuel (encouragement Psalm 37: 7), maintaining your mind’s GVWR (keeping balanced 2 Cor 13: 7) and even becoming delaminated (tempted 1 Cor 10: 13). The Bible also offers full-hook ups, a trickle charge for your battery, inverts your little energy to passionate serving, auto-levels your systems and even enables your slide-outs to expand your territory.

Here’s a tip for the next time you frequent a dump station; consider flushing all negative thoughts (temptations, anger, guilt), unacceptable actions (sins) and self-righteous attitudes (“I only depend on me”) out of your system – forever to be washed away! Then rinse thoroughly with fresh “living” water (God’s free gift of unconditional forgiveness Rev 7: 17) to begin your new life-journey using His GPS to maintain your course and direction. Sounds simple, doesn’t it?       IT IS!

In Christian-ezze that process is called “praying the sinner’s prayer”. Initially you may experience feelings of awkwardness, humiliation and even shame. But after you have sincerely turned your gaze to God through this process,  you will be overcome with the joy and a sense of peace that “surpasses all understanding” – God’s total unconditional love and forgiveness!

If you would like discover more about this simple life-changing process of beginning a new life in Jesus, please call 1- 888 NEED-HIM (633-3446) anytime – even from your cell that has a GPS in it!

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