Family Christmas in Arizona 2018

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Sophia is with her grandma and grandpa in Glendale AZ. Sophia is one who likes order. Stack the blocks and if some one disturbs them; she has to put them back just as they were. Now she is woken up from her nap, dressed in a beautiful dress and ushered into the living room. When she arrives everyone she knows, and some more are there. The packages are being removed from where they have happily been for some time. Sophia has seen this before, probably thinking ” the adults are just crazy, and what do I care, I just woke up.”
Christmas brought a new baby to the party this year. I don’t know the how to spell any of the names so I am not sharing. Each little human is such a miracle of God. They are all cute. God makes them that way so when then get difficult the parents don’t give up and feed them to the bears. That’s my theory any the cuteness is a defense mechanism built in by God.
Sophia is sitting on her mothers lap. Her mother is a pretty lady with an old time charm. Reminds me of the old Christmas movies from the 50’s. Sophia has just opened her gift from Grandpa Bob. The “Vegitales” before the death of the original writer, are some of my favorite children’s videos. I hope she can get the rest, they contain a lot great tips to live by.
Christmas Season in Arizona provides great weather if not a bit chilly. We can sleep without the furnace but it has been 32 at night recently and 50 some days, 65 others. Makes for cool morning and sunny pleasant days. While everyone else is out in the rain or snow, we are in the parks looking at the animals, the flowers, and the trees.
The view from our window is great today. Today is Saturday so its a great day to play.

We venture down to the river, lots of neat rocks. Many nearly clear pieces of Quartz
If you look carefully, you will notice many varieties of cactus are in bloom just in time for Christmas.
The desert in places is green this year. Something we have not seen this time of year. God blesses us with the varieties of plants and of differing seasons that we usually have move to a new climate to see. This year the north brought a sample here for us to see.
We arrive at Buckskin park. We discovered it before my last surgery, and had a nice time there. Athena, Sarah, and I decided to come again. The Park is on a bend in the Colorado river just north of Parker Strip
A little Beach. Sarah probably took this picture. My scooter could not handle soft soil.
It is nice the bad mussle thing was introduced to the Colorado river. It used to have tons of algae. Milky green, now it is clear and rather inviting. We see lots of jet skis and fast boats here. Kinda of pretty, but lots of good recreation for people who need to de-stress.
If there were more active sports where people could blow off stress, maybe there would be fewer mass shootings. People are working 24×7 these days, they use their vacations to get caught up with the bills, fix the car, repair their homes. It is getting to be where only the few get vacations. I know business owners who barely know who their families are. Many families I have met lately take separate vacations. Free enterprise, Family and God are the weave of the fabric our society was made from.
When we take one fabric away from the weave or use too much of one fabric we begin to make a new society. I see God being dropped, family being mitigated, and I see more craziness in the news than I ever imagined. My kids tell me that they hold the hours I worked against me, and bringing them to work did not count.
I thought owning a home on 2 acres in the suburbs, good cars, and putting them in Christian school was my job. Build stability as they say. When my brain and body got to where work was no longer an option, we sold the house and took the RV on an open ended road trip. I thought we were finally getting quality time with the kids, but as one of them told me this week, that damage was too great to be fixed with by driving around.
I am left with a crazy question. How do you treat employers, business partners right, and give your family the time and the love they need. Where is that balance. If you have family, you need to find it, before non-reversible damage is done.
To those that are hurting in some way and can track the source of our hurt to someone else.
Try and search for positive way to deal with it, don’t over spend, break laws, seek popularity, consume liquor, seek revenge, hurt them back by hurting yourself, or violate the laws of God to mask the pain. We have all done things looking for the quick fix, then blaming others during or after our actions. Life is hard enough without setting ones self up for greater pain down the road. Now you have today’s pain, and the pain of recovering from the cure you tried. Don’t let someone else ruin your life through the things they did to you. Your family, your friends, and your God love you too much to watch you remain broken.
There is a pretty little bird staring at us from a bush. I wonder of he says interesting humans, and is watching us to see how we act and what we do? Is he thinking them humans would be scrumptious but how do I take them? In the desert, many vegetarian animals you might find in other areas are omnivorous.
We found more wildlife in the trees. This one had a communicator. Right before she left, she said “beam me up. There is no intelligent life down there. “
We found this guy on a view point on Highway 95 just as we passed Parker dam. He looks regal like the musicians from the 30’s. I like the way people dressed in that era. They did not dress to get dressed. They dressed to be well dressed.
Right here in our Winter home of Quartzsite Arizona we found a couple air force jets. I noticed they are missing the pinup girl on the nose. How could someone pass our dear public servants up like that? So I took a picture of my beautiful wife and she will be the virtual pinup girl.

A nation takes a lot to run. We have underpaid men and women working / serving in every conceivable capacity, some risk and often lose their lives so that we can live free. Disagreement is natural when there are 380 million people being represented. Protesting in the streets and violence is not the answer. Certain Christian groups calling our fallen soldiers names and throwing rocks at the families is sad. We the people are getting violent, beating up fast food employees because the order is wrong, shooting police for target practice. All because we hurt and someone has to pay? Our soldiers fought so we could be free of Government tyranny. The post modern man, and post Christian era, preaches love, throws rocks, demands my way or the highway, and will even kill his fellow countryman. We create our own Tyranny and it makes me sad. God loves us all, and I am sure he would like us to assess where we are as a country; compared to what God ordained for us at the time when our country was birthed. Like going from adolescence to adulthood mistakes were made, and non of our founding fathers were perfect. God worked with those who would listen.
We found a friend out in our yard. He kind of looks like he thinks we put him on the spot. He was just on his normal journey to find something like a mouse, a scorpion, or even a rattlesnake for dinner. We tried to feed him hamburger, but he did not eat. Guess they do not not to take food from strangers. The Road runner is smarter than we are. We pay strangers for food. The Strangers at Red Robbin gave us bad food. Athena spent a three days trying to return it. The road runner is the smarter of the two species. Well it is time to let him go hunting.
Some of the sunsets around here no less then phenomenal. These barely touch the what God has in store for those who love him and endure the abrasions that come from serving him until the end. This what makes Christmas so wonderful. In Eden, Man’s original abode, the first lady Eve and the first man Adam failed to live by God’s law. At that time there was only one law, “Don’t eat of this tree”. A third, very cunning being, told Eve she was being restrained from what she could be, and facing discrimination from God, to keep her from being a god too. Eve bought the lie. Adam was shortly behind her is the ultimate act of love. God was grieved, if you have deeply grieved as I have, you have only caught one or two of his tears, any more would drive one to the grave. God set a plan into action that it took until this Christmas for me to even slightly understand. Love is crazy. God’s work is a labor of love. The first 5 books of the Bible will attest to this, but God’s efforts and love for his creation fill all 66 books. On the approximation of this Christmas day God came to us via a virgin birth, he was named Jesus. Starting on that day Jesus grew up living with no sin and no fallibility. Living with someone like that in this life would be hard. People let him know it was hard, but stayed true. Even without religious schooling He perfectly mastered the subjects. Then when He was of age He developed a crew of men, healing the sick, making the blind see and telling about what awaits those who love him. Over the next four months, some groups celebrate Lent, and other holidays while considering the life of Christ living among in a foul, fallen world steeped in misery and greed. He taught us to live with in his laws out of love for him, and for our personal health and safety.
In Easter, we will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ which makes this verse possible for us today. Jesus is doing this for all right now. All we have to do is focus on him.

John 8: At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Going through the surgery, the pain from the back, the pressures of a holiday that I rather detested, and some family issues. I had a come to Jesus meeting. I don’t mean that figuratively. Many of my short comings where thrown in my face, I am sure of more to come. I made many confessions of my sins. Though Jesus knows that some sins and mental issues are hard to not repeat, habits and fears and feelings of being compelled by fear or others haunt us. The bottom line, is Jesus is love. He is where love comes from. He will right your ship. When your sin is made public, you are under scorn, and your ill. Remember the love Jesus showed to this woman. Through faith in Christ we will be set free. We all went through figurative emotional and physical hell over this holiday. Feeling pain as a Dad, only helped me to see the pain Christ goes through and his resolve give us peace in him. What an awesome gift Christ gave me. Christ loves you too,

If your not too sure about this, I challenge you to do this. Some of the readers of this blog are way ahead of me in their faith and relationship with Jesus, some Hate God and maybe me for writing this today, some just believe there is no God, all a fairy tale. It does not matter where you are, or what your stance is. Jesus loves you no matter what you are doing. I was at rock bottom over these last few weeks. I sought an answer to His love in earnest. The answer is Jesus loves us all unconditionally. If we respond to that love, we will delight him in a manor that is way beyond our comprehension. For those that want to the will of God or go deeper in the walk with him, I challenge you to spend fifteen minutes reading your Bible (Start with John in the New Testament if you have no place to start. Then read Genesis). Find a quiet place and voice your feelings to God. The answers will follow at some point through some form. Six billion humans on the planet and He has time for you.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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