UPDATE 1:30 p.m…..Steve just called to say he’s back on the road again. The truck is fixed and it cost $202.
UPDATE 12:30 p.m….When Steve called and said he was broken down (the truck – not him) and we needed to pray, I posted and called Beth at work and told her to pray. It didn’t take long. He didn’t know what the problem was originally, but was able to find out. He’s fixed this problem before. So we got on the internet and searched for a Ford dealership. Found one in Fairfield and they had the part. So Steve, Gary, and Dustin piled in Gary’s car and headed to Fairfield. The part will be less than $200 and is easy to fix.
Our pastor always says that when something like this happens, we don’t know what might have happened further on down the road, that God saved us from by letting us experience a little inconvenience now. It could have saved him from having a wreck with an 18-wheeler. We’ll probably never know. But God doesn’t let anything happen to a Christian that doesn’t get His ok first. So we know God is always on top of things, even when we don’t know what will happen next.
We also don’t know whether or not this quick answer to prayer might be a testimony to someone else who is witnessing the prayer and then the answer. Maybe somebody needs to see God at work.
When he first called, my first thought was, “This is gonna cost a lot.” Then my second thought was, “I wonder what God’s got up His sleeve.” We have learned that when there’s a problem that looks like a huge one, God is going to come through….we just have to pray and then watch Him work. He did it again.
I never felt panicky. But I knew I had to ask people to pray, and then see what God was going to do.
He’s going to call me back when the truck is fixed – it’s a simple repair.
Oh, by the way, what would we do without the internet? Some say Al Gore invented the internet. I say God did.
UPDATE 11:20 a.m……We need prayer….Steve just called and said his truck broke down just outside Buffalo. We just had it worked on recently and it’s been running fine till now. He was hauling their testing trailer up to the Limestone plant. He does have 2 other guys with him – one was following in his car, so he’s not stuck. But we’ve spent about $2100 in the last month on fixing cars. We really can’t afford more car problems and a wedding.
We don’t do Halloween, so we are having a Fall Festival tonight at church. We have an alternative for our kids to enjoy while the rest of the world is celebrating things we believe Christians should not celebrate. I know some people will disagree with me, but we believe Halloween is a celebration of evil things that have no business in the life of a Christian. It is more than candy and costumes. While children who go trick-or-treating have no idea what else goes on on Halloween and all they want is candy, there are some very horrible, evil things that are practiced on Halloween.
Our pastor has taught on this many times, and several times we have watched a video on the origins of Halloween. It contains testimony of a man who, as a child, was forced to participate in the sacrifice of a little girl. She was groomed to be the sacrifice – he was groomed to be the killer at 8 years old. We don’t want to participate in something that has its origins in trying to appease the demons. Satan loves for us to think there is nothing wrong with Halloween. He wants us to feel comfortably deceived into celebrating a day when some people sacrifice their own children to him.
1 Cor 10:18-22…….18 Consider the people of Israel: Do not those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar? 19 Do I mean then that a sacrifice offered to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20 No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons. NIV
Ps 119:104…….104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. KJV
We’ll have lots of good food, lots of candy, and lots of fun. And lots of coffee for those of us struggling to stay awake. But we will do it in the name of God and not in the name of any demons, ghosts or goblins. They will have no part in our fun.
Now…for those who are still reading….please pray for my husband. He is on his way to the Limestone Generating Station in Jewett, Texas. That is about half way between Houston and Dallas. Hopefully, he will only be gone till tomorrow night. He hasn’t had much sleep in the last several nights. Now he is driving for about 3 hours and working on a smokestack that is about 550 feet in the air.
Steve tests the emissions at power plants, making sure they are within the guidelines set by the EPA. Emitting things the EPA says not to emit is generally frowned upon The Limestone plant is a coal burning power plant built many years ago by Houston Lighting and Power and (as best I can remember) a couple of other power companies. HL&P does not exist anymore. That’s who we both use to work for. Electric deregulation in Texas had some nasty side effects. He worked there almost 30 years, and I was there almost 10 before quitting to stay home and raise kids. When he was let go from that job in 2004 (downsizing comes from companies “reorganizing”), he went straight to work for QA Support – a testing company started by other Light Company people.
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