Can an Old Country Bumpkin Really Succeed Today?

The more I attempt to try new things the more I’m convinced I just need to find a team of folks who know what they’re doing.

Case in point: I recorded my first Facebook Live event last week. I decided to try to get more attention to my crowdfunding campaign by doing this new way of communicating today.

The result? I was taught to always record video on a phone by holding it horizontally. Apparently Facebook never received the same memo. I was so nervous I appeared to be stuck to my wall while I talked at my phone. Not only was I horizontal but the words on the book covers were backwards.

No, nobody new contributed to my campaign.

Another case in point: I just wrote my first LinkedIn post directly on LinkedIn instead of sending a blog post over to them.  When I uploaded a picture of me and my three Christmas books the photo came out upside down. When I couldn’t find a way to upright my down-rightness I ad libbed and added a caption that crowdfunding is a topsy-turvy venture at best.

I did manage to stick the video into the post properly. At least it looked good as I edited it. What it did when it went live I have no control over. That sounds so like my life today.

This post went out several hours later than usual because of…I don’t know why. I scheduled it like I always do, but it missed it’s own schedule with no reason why. Aarrrgh!

God is playing Open-door/Closed -door with Wade these days. I won’t go into specifics. I’m just surprised my nose isn’t much flatter than it actually is.

I worked 70 hours last week for up to four different employers. One of them was actually Mr. Magoo. I would not lie about that fact to my blog followers. He was impressed with how the job looked when I was done. I didn’t have the heart to point out how dirty his glasses were.

The best piece of advice I can give myself these days is: Don’t expect perfection. Just do the best you can.

Jesus warned that each day would have enough trouble of its own. I so wish He was wrong just this one time.

I’m sure there’s a picture of me next to that verse in some translation out there. Not if I tried to put it there, but if someone who has a clue did it then it’s there.

For those of y’all on Facebook expect me to be upright the next time I go live on that social media thingy. I probably won’t get the words out in the proper order, but at least I’m trying.

I know God can fix my blunders and still use them for His glory somehow.

Yeah, He’s still in the miracle business.

That’s good because I can use all the help I can get.

Now to rake up a big pile of leaves so I can crawl under it and take a long winter’s nap.

Keep smiling.   Wade

A Voice From a Fire

“Come along fellas. We need to eat the top of the mountain and work down. Most of you know that.” Moses looked back. The sheep were following him up the trail.

They settled into a high meadow with good grass. The sheep were soon content as they chewed their meal.

A crackling sound caught his attention. Moses squinted up the slope and saw a bush on fire.

He tilted his head. “I’ve seen bushes burn here before, but, where’s the smoke? That can’t be right.”

He walked toward the bush to get a better look.

“Moses. Moses.”

He stopped and looked around. “Yes, I’m here.”

The fire spoke again. “Remove your sandals. The ground you’re standing on is holy ground.”

Moses quickly slid his feet out of his footwear.

“I am the God of your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

Moses raised his cloak up to cover his face. How dare he look at God and expect to live.

“I’ve seen the mistreatment of My people in Egypt. I’ve come to deliver them out of their bondage and return them to the land I promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. You will be My leader for this task.”

Moses stifled a chuckle. “Why me?”

“I will be with you to guide you.”

“When I come to them who shall I say sent me? What is Your name?”

“I AM who I AM. Tell them I AM has sent you, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It’s time to bring them back to the promised land. Go to the elders of Israel. Tell them to go to Pharaoh and ask for three days to come and worship me. He will not let you go until he sees My power at the cost of his first born. Then you shall ask of your neighbors and they will give you gold, silver and all of their valuables to get rid of you.”

Moses turned to glimpse a bit of the fire. “But, what if the elders don’t believe me. Is there some proof that You spoke to me?”

“What is that in your hand?”

“It’s my walking stick. I use it to guide the sheep sometimes.”

“Drop it on the ground.”

When he did it immediately became a snake. He jumped back.

“Pick it up by the tail.”

Moses approached the snake and grabbed its tail fully expecting it to turn and bite him. Instead it became his staff again. He carefully inspected the top of it. No tongue or eyes were visible.

“If that’s not enough then put your hand in your tunic.

When he did a numbness covered his hand. When he pulled it out it was white like the sheep.

“Now put it back.”

As the hand went into his clothing the numbness left. He pulled it out and made a fist before he straightened his fingers.

“If those aren’t enough you are to dip some water from the Nile and pour it on the ground. When you do it will become blood on the land.”

Moses’s head dropped forward. “But, I’ve never been good with the Hebrew language. I struggle with finding the right words. Please, send someone else.”

“Who made man’s mouth and gave him a language? Your brother, Aaron is on his way here now. Tell him what we talked about. He can speak to the people. You can speak to Pharaoh. I will guide both of you as to what to say.”

When the crackling stopped Moses looked at the bush. Nothing on it looked the least bit charred. Moses made plans to return the sheep to his father-in-law and return to Egypt.

Aaron met him halfway down the mountain.

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This ranks up there with one of the most bizarre ways God ever got anyone’s attention.

Ever since then some folks have been looking for their own bush to find God in.

The problem with that approach is they’re looking at the wrong part of this whole ordeal.

God didn’t speak from the bush. God spoke from the fire.

The light from heaven came down to announce the rescue of His people and return them to the land promised to their ancestors.

Moses was chosen to lead this exodus. He tried once before in his own strength.

God now gave the go ahead to Moses with the promise of God’s power to carry it off.

With God timing is everything. Move too soon and you’ll fail. Wait on God and you’ll succeed.

The preparations were well made. Moses knew Egyptian. Aaron knew Hebrew. Together God had a team to carry this massive undertaking off.

Too many people have misapplied this passage to teach Moses was full of excuses of why he wasn’t the man for the job.

There was only one time Moses suggested that and that was after he realized God was right. Then he also realized nobody could lead a couple million people out of the most powerful nation at that time without an all out war.

No, Moses had plenty of time to think this all out since he fled Egypt to save his own life.

My question to you is: are you ready to do your part to lead people to the promised land?

Jesus called us to be a light in the darkness.

The promised land is eternity with God in heaven after we die.

We don’t need a magic stick, a changing hand or water that turns into blood.

We need our testimony of how God changed our own life into something new.

One person at a time is all we’re called on to deliver from bondage.

Jesus’s blood is the detergent that will clean the filthiest life into wool-like white.

The Holy Spirit is the one who ultimately speaks to a person’s heart to see the need of a savior.

It’s our job to give the Spirit something to work with.

Start with your immediate family, then co-workers.

God is calling you to build his kingdom.

Don’t keep making excuses.

I’ll see you later.   Wade

55 Year Old Wade’s Letter to 18 Year Old Wade

Hi Wade

I know you won’t get this in time for it to make a difference. I just feel compelled to write this to me so here goes.

I think I can best give you advice in two word segments.

  1. BRACE YOURSELF. You are in for an incredible journey for your life. Don’t expect routine for very long. You’ll take chances. Go for it! Those experiences will stretch you in ways most folks will never know. In another 15 years I may look back at this and laugh at how appropriate this advice remains in mid-life.
  2. BE CONTENT. You already have the most important thing anybody ever needs in this life. Your personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ will only deepen. Those moves you’ll do will make you depend on God like nobody’s business. A cloud of witnesses is paying attention to you.
  3. REMAIN FAITHFUL. Those two dreams you had of flying will come true when you least expect it. No, you won’t levitate off the ground. You will do something you never thought you’d ever do beginning at the age of 47. Writing will become your passion. Don’t forget what Mr. McHattie taught you.
  4. LOVE DEEPLY. Your heart will be broken by one closest to you. Love with your whole heart anyway. The memories you share won’t be taken from you. Don’t expect someone else to complete you, only Jesus can do that. To know intimacy with a woman on every level is an incredible experience you don’t want to miss.
  5. REACH OUT. You have a good heart. Continue to help those who you’ll never know their name. And when the time comes when you need help don’t hesitate so much to ask for help. That’s when you’ll discover who your true friends are. Other people’s children will cling to you for comfort.
  6. LAUGH OFTEN. Many people will appreciate your sense of humor. You’ll make friends who you never would associate with otherwise. Co-workers will confide in you simply because you broke into their heart with a laugh. Tensions will abate with your wit at the appropriate moment.
  7. STAY CALM. You’ll get a handle on your temper in time. You’ll be told you have a calming affect on others. It’s one of your strong points that will serve you well. Most people don’t have the same anchor you do so use Jesus’s foundation often. The stress you avoid will be worth it.
  8. EXPECT STRUGGLE. The times you experience financial security will be short-lived at best so do your best to hang on. God will provide for you in ways you’ll never imagine. Seasons of manna will be more frequent than anybody would prefer but they’ll build your character and dependence on God.
  9. NEVER QUIT. Your work ethic will be needed and appreciated. Always remember what Pastor Springstead taught about Colossians 3:23. Do everything as if Jesus Christ asked you to do it. You’ll hate that advice at times, but push through those moments. They’ll build you stronger in the long run.
  10. LOOK UP. You’ll spend a lot of time by yourself, but you’ll never be alone. Your heavenly Father loves you something fierce. Never lose sight of that fact. You’ll be brought to your knees frequently. Remember your help comes from above. Strength will come when you need it most.

You’re a good man, Wade. You’re going to impact a lot of lives.

I guess I’m writing this now because I’m on the cusp of a turning point in my life. Now I have my own advice to turn to to keep me on track.

One last piece of advice. PRAY HARD. Don’t be surprised when your first book to be published is a compilation of your prayers. You’ve always had an open line of communication with the Creator of the universe. Encourage others to pray for you because you’ll need it now more than ever.

Thank you in advance.

I’ll see you later.   Wade

Eek’s Gifts Book Trailer

I just completed my first attempt at making a book trailer. Eek will be set loose upon the world next month so I thought I’d do my part to get the world prepared for his adorableness now.

I used several of the illustrations Dyann Joyce created to tell a condensed story of Eek and Aagh.

I’m hoping this will excite more people to give to my Razoo crowdfunding campaign.

I’ve been waiting several years for Eek’s release. The wait is soon to be over.

Here’s the link to the Razoo page in case you think it’s safe to let Eek loose, too. https://www.razoo.com/us/story/4bducf

Keep smiling.   Wade

You Can Have a Major Part in Writing 3 Books

Christmas is right around the corner. It’s getting too close for this author of 3 Christmas books.

As a truck driver over the years I’ve delivered loads of mail, i.e. Christmas Cards and packages; I even spent three days one year delivering fully decorated Christmas trees from a mall to folks who bought them on auction.

This year I get to deliver the most important Christmas gift of all…the good news of God coming down as one of us in the form of a tiny baby. I have it packaged three different ways. A devotional book, a middle-grade story and an adult contemporary story.

There’s only one problem standing in my way at the moment

My dilemma lies in the fact that the three books are ready to be printed. The covers are set. The printing is laid out to fit into a book. The illustrations are even on the right pages for the middle-grade story. Except…I’m too poor to buy my own copies to have available to sell and promote them.

That’s where you come in, my friend. I set up a crowdfunding page at Razoo to see if enough people believe in what I’m writing that they’ll help by donating money to further my writing addiction.

I recorded a video describing the books and a few incentives to spur folks along.

Here’s the link to the funding page for those of you who want to help me deliver the good news this Christmas in three exciting ways.

https://www.razoo.com/us/story/4bducf

Pray about how God wants you to become involved. I can’t do this alone. I need you to help me finish “writing” these books.

Thank you in advance. Keep smiling.   Wade

A Final Assurance

Jacob looked at all the carts, sacks of grain and animals before he stared at his sons. Simeon’s face was too sad for a proper reunion. “What is the meaning of all this stuff?”

Benjamin walked up to his dad and grasped Jacob’s shoulders. “Joseph sent them. He wants us to bring you to him.”

Jacob squinted at his youngest son. “What are you talking about? Joseph is dead. I saw his coat myself.”

Judah cleared his throat. “But, there’s a reason you never saw his body.”

Jacob glanced at each pale face of his ten eldest sons. Benjamin guided his father to a bench.

Reuben came over and knelt on one knee. “The man we’ve been dealing with in Egypt is Joseph.”

Jacob pushed back a wave of grief as he stared at his eldest son. “But, you said he was killed by wild animals. How can you know this is Joseph?”

Levi spoke up. “He sat us by birth order for a meal. Nobody in Egypt would know that but Joseph.”

Jacob shook his head. “How would you know Joseph would be in Egypt?”

Reuben placed a hand on Jacob’s thigh. “We sold him to some traders going that way. As far as we knew he was dead by now. But, God has been with him.”

Tears steamed down Jacob’s cheeks as he grabbed Reuben’s hand. “My Joseph is still alive. I shall see him before I die. How soon can we go?”

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 When the caravan came to the place Jacob grew up he stopped them to reminisce. Beersheba was empty now. The echoes were all in Israels’s head.

He looked at Reuben. “Bring the strongest bulls here to the altar.’

He stared at Levi. “Bring the best rams. Hurry!”

He grabbed Simeon’s arm. “The best of the goats must be given to God. Find the strongest ones.”

The ground was soon soaked in blood. The sky filled with smoke.

A feast was enjoyed by all that evening.

Laughter and voices filled Jacob’s tent as he laid down for the night. A prayer to God preceded slumber. “We’re leaving the land You promised us. We must, for food and…I must see Joseph again.”

A tear rolled into his beard.

God appeared to Jacob in a dream. “I am the God of your fathers. I will make you into a great nation in Egypt. It’s My plan for you to go there. I will bring you back here again. Joseph will be with you at the end.”

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The story of God’s chosen people takes an interesting turn here. The boy who was sold into slavery has risen to the throne of the most powerful nation at the time. To survive the famine the family must go to a foreign land to live.

What would become of the promise of the land?

Would the family stay together?

Is there some way we can stay and live?

These must have been some of the questions floating around Isreal/Jacob’s head. God waited until he was stilled in sleep to speak to him.

God assured the old man he was in His will here. Egypt had a place in this family’s saga.

As I look at the big picture here I see some interesting things regarding prayer.

  1. God spoke to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob several times to guide them. Abraham went to Egypt once then returned to the land. Isaac was stopped by God from going to Egypt. Jacob was forced to Egypt by the worst famine ever imagined.
  2. God never spoke to Joseph directly, nor any of his brothers. Joseph’s boyhood dreams were as close to a divine communication any of them ever received. Yet, God was definitely in every step of each of their lives.
  3. It would be over four centuries until God would reach out to anyone from this family in direct communication. I’m sure several people must have thought God forgot about them during their time of slavery, until the burning bush.

Wherever you are in this spectrum believe God is working in your life, too.

If you’re receiving assurances and open doors then proceed with abandon for God’s kingdom.

If you’re living off past promises then keep plugging along until you see those promises fulfilled.

If you’re surrounded by heart ache and hardships keep taking one step at a time. Your burning bush may come without notice, too.

Living on this side of the cross means God is working differently than He was back then. We can have a relationship they only dreamed of. The indwelling Holy Spirit is alive and active today.

There may still be times of “silence” from God, but He’s still involved.

We have the promises of scripture to spur us on. Let’s use them that way.

God may bless for a season like there’s no tomorrow. Move full steam ahead my friend.

For several generations Jacob’s descendants looked forward to returning to the land promised to Abraham. We, too, are looking forward to a promised land.

Actually, a kingdom awaits us.

Jesus promised His followers that He would build homes for us in that kingdom.

There’s an address book with the names of its occupants.

Our goal is to find as many of those residents as we can.

As soon as the last name is uncovered Jesus will come back and judge those who refuse to believe Him.

If your name is in that book you will reign with Jesus in that kingdom.

Those are the promises we are given, not promises of a great life here and now.

Suffering and heart ache will be normal for us here.

Peace and tranquility will be ours for eternity there.

Build your relationship with God strong now. In other words delight yourself in Him.

Then He will give you the desires of your heart, not your heart’s desires. There’s a difference.

Jacob’s sacrifices showed God where the old man’s heart was.

What sacrifices are you making for your heavenly Father?

Show Him your love. He’ll spur you on, too.

I’ll see you later.   Wade