That is a question that has no easy answer. Every 6 months, or so, we ask our selves, “Where are we going next?” We’ve met some great people along the way and some not so great. We’ve had fun places to park our RV and some not so fun places.
While in West Virginia last winter, Carol received a call from a that was interested in us coming to Austin, TX and working in two of their RV parks. Discussions centered around the usual topics such as work involved, compensation, and when do we need to be there. After a few phone calls, they offered to fly us to Austin to look at the properties so we would get an idea of what we would be doing. We did that in early April this year.
Based on this contact, we made the decision it was time for us to move back to Texas – the land of great smoked brisket, great sausage, fantastic Gulf seafood and family. I’ve been somewhat reluctant to pick Texas as a destination because Texas is hot in the summer. Spending summers in areas further north, where highs in the 90’s are unusual, has been enjoyable. By moving back to Texas in the late fall, we would be able to acclimate to warmer temperatures gently.
We also considered getting a gate guarding job in Texas. With the Eagle-Ford Shale drilling operation growing and getting larger, there is a huge need for gate guards on ranches where the drilling takes place. Gate guards can make a lot of money and the work is not hard. It generally requires a 24/7 commitment meaning someone has to be awake at all times. We would have to split our sleep and work schedule. I would not be working as Handyman. We would be registering vehicles in and out of our gate assignment. The length of time on a gate can vary from a few weeks to a few months. We began talking to a couple of gate guarding companies about this work. This looked promising.
So here we are just a few months away for our time at Manchester KOA to come to a close and we do not have a firm commitment from Austin. And we’re not 100% sold on the idea of gate guarding. So, what do we do? We pray, asking God to reveal to us what He wants us to do and where He wants us to go. And He spoke.
I really love what I do as Handyman. I’ve always enjoyed that work. People tell me I am good at it. Next week, we are going on a cruise to Alaska to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. Our kids have come together to give us this trip of a lifetime. I jokingly post on Facebook a comment about asking the cruise director if I could apply for a job as Handyman on the ship. That would be way cool, but highly unlikely. Realizing the options of being a Handyman on a cruise ship would be a stretch, I asked a couple of my real estate friends about working with them as Handyman. Just about all realtors use them.
One realtor said, her husband does that work for her. The other basically said, “I can keep you as busy as you want.” We asked and God spoke. He said, “This is what I want you to do!” No not literally with words. He spoke to our hearts. Carol and I were in agreement that this is what we would do. She would handle the business side of our new work, while I would do the project stuff.
After spending 20+ years in Corpus Christi, we know lots of people there. This is where our realtor friend, Brenda Marshal, is. But there is a problem. Corpus Christi area is a winter Texan destination spot. We know from previous experience, that it is difficult to get a long-term monthly RV site anywhere in the Corpus area especially in October. We called a few places we were interested in parking only to be told they had no spots available. Only one said they had a waiting list.
On Monday 7/31, Carol called them and found out that Sea Breeze RV in Portland has a temporary space for us through December. After December, we may have to move to a different site, but they will have a long-term space for us after January. Carol worked out the details and called me from my work to let me know we need to give a deposit for our site. This means making a firm commitment to do this. After a few question, I agreed and said, “I don’t know how this is going to work out but I am trusting God to work out the details.”
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “ Jer 29:11 (NIV)
Later than night (7/31) I was checking my email and found one from Rachel Dekker. I never get an email from Rachel Dekker. She is the oldest daughter of Ted Dekker, who is one of my favorite Christian authors. They have my email address from an on-line Bible study I recently completed, The Forgotten Way. Her email describes a scenario where she needs to step out of her comfort zone (room) to complete a task at hand. I am hoping she will give me permission to share her message in a future blog post. Trust me when I say, her email was a huge affirmation of our decision.
Then this morning (8/4) my daily inspirational message said:
I declare Faith over fear.
‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
One Sure Thing
When God speaks, He is clear. Affirmations surround us and help us stay focused on completing the task set before us. Initially, Carol was not convinced Corpus Christi would be the destination. Once God settled that in her heart, we knew this was our next calling.
We certainly do not know all the details yet, but we know who holds all the details. God’s timing is perfect as are His plans. We place our trust in Him and not our own understanding (Prov 3:5-6).
For us, it is time to changes rooms. I appreciate the support and encouragement that comes from family and friends. Please continue praying for us as we prepare to make this change.
Thanks for stopping by, y’all come back now.
Jerry and Carol: With every FB post, I am always amazed as to how much you’ve accomplished. Not only in her WW journey, but just the talents you’ve displayed in your wonderful woodworking and other skills. You are an inspiration to me. The path you’re on is so thrilling. I look forward to learning what Rachel Dekker had to say. So, so happy for you.
Glad you all will be back in Texas AND only 3 hours away! Hopefully we can get together!
I know these are heavy decisions to make, but I’ve been reading a book called “Godwinks” and I think that is what you are experiencing. The authors say when you ask God for specifics, keep reading the Word and asking, you may find the answer right there in front of you. A Godwink! Tim and I felt strongly that we came to Blue Ridge in answer to our prayer. We just had to be unafraid and put one foot in front of another. I hope things go smoothly for you and Carol!
Have a wonderful 50th anniversary cruise. Sounds wonderful. Glad you found a direction and I’m sure it will be much better than gate guarding (have heard quite a few bad stories). Take care and maybe I’ll run into you in January. We’ll be back at Hidden Oaks RV Park in Lamar near Goose Island State Park.
Sounds exciting to be stepping out in faith. When He called me to move away from Corpus, He used those same scripture verses. It’s amazing to see all The opportunities and experiences I have had since moving.
Happy to have you both back close by. I might have a project or two for you around the house when you have some free time since Mike is definately not a handyman.
Seabreeze RV …. WOW that is where we got together a few years ago. How cool is it that you will be moving back to that area. I am sure your friends and family are thrilled. When things are right… they just fall into place. It’s all in the Plan.
Congratulations on your 50th Anniversary. We just celebrated ours this past March. It’s amazing how God works out the details in our lives if we only let him. I’ll be praying for you in this move. Sure hope that one of these days our paths will cross and we’ll have the opportunity to meet.
Glad ya’ll are coming back to Texas!