May NeWs letter

Greetings from Colorado!

 As I write this, the world is the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. Our society has changed over night. Churches, schools, and businesses are meeting online, sports are postponed, and we can hardly go outside without wondering if we are putting ourselves at risk for the virus. It is definitely an interesting time in history.

Kelly and I are hanging out at home. We were disappointed that some events we had tickets for were canceled or postponed. The second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs should be going, but I’m not wining about It. It is what it is.

Kelly goes out once a week to run errands and grocery shop. I’m a little more liberal and go out for walks and pick up a snack as the weather allows. We both work from home, so things hasn’t changed that much. Kelly does her thing while I keep busy with my writing, ministry, and reading. 

I’m amazed that I’m not missing more things like working out at the gym, meeting up with friends, or going to the movies. We have a membership to our zoo and usually go once a week. I do miss our outings and our friends at the zoo, but I’m not aching for it. It’s a strange feeling that I’m comfortable with staying home just as well as I am with being out and about.

I believe maturing in my faith has a lot to do with this. I’ve learned to live in the moment. Living in moment means you just focus on what is happening now. You don’t wish what could be. You just accept what is and adapt to it. I’m content during this time, and I have a feeling that the Lord is using this time to teach us to lean on him more.

This is a good lesson. I’m a goal oriented person. I make them all time. I look to the future, decide where I want to be, and decide what I need to accomplish my goal. I’ve joked that my goal is to make no goals and live for the moment. Sometimes when you are looking too far down the road, you miss the view right in front of you. I don’t want to do that anymore.

I have to say for me, this season of quarantine has just ramped up life for me. I understand how it changed for a lot of people,but I almost want to say “welcome to my world.“ This is my daily pace. My online ministry never stops. I have more time to do online classes. I already had on my schedule to finish writing a book. I’ll send an announcement about its release soon. I don’t want dismiss anybody’s experience and I know it’s a difficult time for many folks, but I also want people to know that they can thrive in hard times. I just pray that it won’t back fire on me!

In other news….meet “Betty White”, our new 2012 van! As many of you know, we have been saving and searching for a new van for over a year. We finally found a van we liked in mid February but was having a hard time with getting a loan. In the meantime, our old van gave up its ghost (including a marvelous smoke display) on a state highway!

New Wheels!

Then COVID came. Long story short,  we stopped investigating a loan until things picked back up. In fact, both of us forgot about it until our contact at the dealership called and said she had a new funding source to try. We gave her the okay to apply thinking nothing of it. We were accepted later that day!

Kelly picked it up about a week later, and it’s so nice to drive around in a van that won’t break down. Not that there are placed to drive to…we did take a trip to Pueblo and back. That was fun.  Drove at night for the first time over the weekend, and I loved the softer lighting on the dashboard. And having a Bluetooth radio ain’t too bad either!

Thanks for all who prayed for our transportation issues, and a big thanks to our friends who helped with the down payment. The Lord has blessed us big time, and Kelly and I cannot praise him enough.

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; 

his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 100:5

Looking toward the future…we are getting my hernia surgery back on the books. Please pray that Kelly will be allowed on the floor to help me and for peace for her to accept the rules. I just want it fixed! My mom is great and healthy and we have had some together time the last few weeks. She misses her friends and outings.

As for me…I should have a my forth book out before too long. The next announcement from me should be the release date for My Name is Tait and I…

I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
– Ephesians 1:16-23 NIV