Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year, peeps; wishing you a Happy and Prosperous 2016. We are beginning the fifth year of living full-time in our house on wheels – and we are loving every minute of it.

Where Have You Been?

Since this journey began in January 2012, we’ve logged just over 15,000 miles. According to the US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Americans travel an average 13,476 miles per year. We are enjoying life in the slow lane averaging less than 4,000 miles per year. This does not include trips to grocery stores or local excursions.

My PlacesEach of the 53 dots on the map represents a place we’ve parked our home for at least one night. For a more colorful map, click here.

Where Are you Now?

thumb_IMG_3202_1024We are finishing up our work at the Harrisonburg/Shenandoah Valley KOA in Virginia, where we’ve been since April 2015. This is the longest period of sitting still since we began traveling in 2012. That is OK with us because there are many things to see in this area. When our RV wheels are not rolling, we are saving on fuel expenses. However, the longer we sit on one spot, our ‘nest’ tends to grow; sorta like taking roots.

Where Are You Going?

Virginia-TennesseeApril 1st of 2016, we pull up roots and head back into Tennessee – Manchester, TN to be specific. We are planning on staying there for 6 months. Then we will head to the Hill Country in Texas for winter 2016. The only thing on our plate for 2017 is an 8 day cruise to Alaska with family to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. Beyond that, we have no plans yet.

On a more serious note –

Where Have You Been?

Just about everyone know the tune that carry these lyrics:

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

This certainly describes my life during my early years. Have you ever hiked a trail and had trouble finding the way back? Most trails are clearly marked so the hiker can find the way back. But what if the trail markers have faded away? Without guidance, it is easy to get lost. I took the trail behind our RV park driving our Kawasaki Mule following the trail markers until I realized the markers where faded pretty badly. That is when I turned around and discovered I could no longer see the RV park. To make matters worse, there were no visible tracks on the ground marking the path traveled. After overcoming a sense of panic, I saw a faint marker on a tree up ahead. Thankfully that was the correct direction.

We walk through life either with direction or aimlessly without direction. For years, I walked through life aimlessly. My goal was to satisfy selfish desires. When I realized I was lost and in despair, I wanted to be found (Romans 7:24 NLT). That was November 1972 while stationed in Frankfurt, Germany with the US Army. God heard my cry for help, reached down from Heaven to touch my soul and give me a sense of directions.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
(2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)

Where Are You Now?

I still struggle with my old life of wanting to satisfy selfish desires. But now I have a compass to help guide me along the way. For 43 years now, I’ve learned my compass is more trustworthy than me. And I’ve learned to share my compass with others who are lost.

The Apostle Paul writes in his letter to the Romans:

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. —
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. (Romans 8:1-2,14, NIV)

Continuing from the faithful old hymn:

Through many dangers, toils and snares…
I have already come.
Tis Grace has brought me safe thus far…
and Grace will lead us home.

Now I keep my trusty compass and sword by my side and constantly use them as a guide as I move through life.

Where Are You Going?

The most important thing I’ve learned when hiking and traveling is to keep going in the same direction until a change is directed. When we leave Virginia in April, I know we will be traveling in a southwesterly direction.

GPS technology will keep me on the correct path. As I study my map, I have a general sense of intermediate stops along the way. I know how to read markers that keep me on track. When driving, I look through the windshield – not the rear view mirror. I remain focused on where I am going, not where I’ve been.

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 3:14, NIV)

This is my GPS verse that keeps me focused.

As we begin a new year, I urge you to think about these three questions?

  1. Where have you been?
  2. Where are you now?
  3. Where are you going?

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

Are you Lost and Blind, or are you now Found and can See?

Whoever has not been born of God cannot ever see the kingdom (John 3:3) and cannot even enter the kingdom (John 3:5). If you have never been born again, repent or turn away from your sins, place your trust in the Savior, and you will have God’s wrath removed from you.  If not, it still rests upon you as you read this (John 3:36) You must face the wrath of God after you die (Hebrews 9:27) on the Day of Judgment (Revelation 20:12-15) therefore I strongly urge you to make today the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).

Wishing you a Happy New Year a new sense of direction. Thanks for stopping by, y’all come back now.


9 responses to “Happy New Year 2016

  1. Amazing post. Happy New Year to you and yours too!

  2. Enlightening post, Jerry. Wishing you a wonderful New Year!

  3. Hope you had a Merry Christmas and will have a wonderful New Year Jerry! BTW, why did you side-step Florida on your travels?

    • Elle, Carol and I spent a couple of years in South Florida (Homestead AFB) when i was in the Army. Moved down there in 1969, left in 1971 when I re-enlisted and moved to New Jersey. We were headed to North Carolina in 2012 so we turned north east before we got to Florida.

  4. HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Great Post! Wishing you the best for 2016!

  5. Happy New Year Jerry! Safe travels in 2016!

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