Ryan’s Miracle Watch 7/30/19

MATTHEW 12:36   But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.

“Think before you speak” and “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” were two phrases Janine and I grew up with, and that we tried to instill in our boys throughout their childhoods. I wonder if some of the shootings that have occurred, mass or otherwise, could have been prevented if someone/s would have SIMPLY spoken a kind word or two to the perpetrators while they were growing up? I encourage you/me to consider saying something kind to whomever we come across; and especially those who look like they could use a tender word and/or a hug. Those words may help save lives…and souls…

Proverbs 16:24   Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Ephesians 4:29   Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

1 Thessalonians 5:11a   Therefore encourage one another and build one another up…

Colossians 4:6   Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Job 4:4   Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, and you have made firm the feeble knees.

Psalm 19:14   May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

EPHESIANS 4:32   Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

 

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 7/29/19

The fluctuation in the weather around here this summer has had me on edge because of how it’s affected Ryan in the past…You know, causing him to get sick, and sometimes sending him to the hospital? Well, I’m happy to report he’s been steady Eddie (uh, really Ryan), and cruising along. Praise be to God for His grace and protection! God is good…All the time!

2 Corinthians 12:9a   But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

I hope y’all have been keeping up with Luke Souza’s journal on Caring Bridge, and continuing to pray for his complete healing.

Ephesians 6:18   And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

We will not give up!

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 7/27/19

Ecclesiastes 12:13   Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.

In other words, when all is said and done, here is the last word: worship in reverence the one True God, and keep His commands, for this is what God expects of every person.

Easier said than done on most days, but God gives us assistance if we want it…

Acts 2:38   Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 3:16-21   I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

All you need to do is pray…

Isaiah 30:18-19   Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 7/25/19

Ryan slept throughout my entire shift again. I really wish I could sleep as well, but unless I take the drugs he’s on (hmm, now there’s a thought), I’m unable to sleep when it’s light out. I wonder how they do it in places like Alaska, Greenland, etc.?? Must have some great black out curtains. Anyway, I do enjoy seeing him at peace when he sleeps. It’s almost like watching a sound asleep baby. There’s just something about their innocence…

And then there’s this…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 7/24/19

My friend sent a quote to me today. Here is part of that quote:

“Keep believing in every situation, even when you feel the odds are against you. See everything happening in your favor. Our faith and vision carries us into a world of possibilities.”

This quote reminds me of one of my favorite verses for Ryan…

Jeremiah 29:11   “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

For those of who believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, our future (to infinity and beyond, to quote a famous cartoon character) is in Heaven for all of eternity. Therefore, let us live knowing everything is in our favor/s…

Thank you Stacie!

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 7/22/19

Avalon story continued…

$15K out-the-door for an Avalon? Amazing, especially after pretty much every dealer in Northern California laughed me out-the-door for making such a ridiculous offer. Anyway, for the next hour I filled out all the necessary paperwork to make the purchase, but right before signing I made one more demand. I said, Before I sign this, I want you to throw in your best, full-on bumper to bumper warranty with all of the bells and whistles. You told me how great a car this is, and that it should last pretty much forever if I take care of it (in so many words) and do all of the scheduled maintenance requests, etc., so you shouldn’t have any problem guaranteeing it with a nice warranty. If I break a nail in this car, I want a manicure…Well, after a lot of whining on their parts, they threw the $800+ warranty in. So I sign…DONE DEAL!

Now comes the fun part. After a couple of hours, when all the t’s were dotted and I’s crossed, I hopped into the Maxima and drove it back to the Nissan dealership. Upon entering the driveway, the salesman comes out to meet me. Well, how did you like it? I replied, Thank you for your time, but I’ve decided to go another direction. He was obviously disappointed, and I felt bad, but, not too bad…

So, I hop into  Bronco II for the last time (Oh! Did I forget to mention I got a good trade-in amount for the Bronco?) and drive back to the Toyota Zone, and just as I pull into the parking stall, the Bronco II bites the bullet. Yep, full-on engine seizure with knocking sounds, smoke, and everything, followed by dead silence. After 300+K miles (that’s got to be an all-time record for a Ford) it breathed its last fumes. Rest in peaces my faithful companion! I quickly gathered what few personal belongings there were and jumped out of the deceased vehicle, and made a B-line to Jomo’s office, all the while glancing over my shoulder to make sure the Bronco wasn’t on fire…

Handed Jomo the keys to the dead horse and drove off into the sunset in my Avalon. End of story…for now…

The reason I told y’all this story is because throughout the months this was going on, I really didn’t see all the pieces of the puzzle falling into place; the dots being connected; all the other clichés that apply…It was only when the Bronco died in the parking spot that I realized (in utter amazement) God had carefully laid everything out along the path He was leading me on. Sure, I was making choices along the way, but fortunately I was making the right choices by listening to/following His gentle prompts and signs. Coincidence? No, COINCIGOD…

You know when you look back on your life and realize God was alongside you, but you didn’t necessarily know it at the time?

The light inside my head was slowly beginning to come on…the light in my head is on a dimmer switch…

I’m sitting here with Ryan who’s sound asleep; so much so, his eyes are rolled up in the back of his head. I haven’t had that good of sleep in a while. Rest well my son. Rest well…

 

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 7/21/19

Continued from Friday’s post:

So where was I? Oh yeah, I remember…I told the guy I’d be back the next morning…

The next morning (Saturday), I got up and started getting ready to go back to the dealership. I had a few things to do first, however, one being taking out the trash.. In the driveway, I saw a newspaper laying there. Sometimes companies will deliver a free paper to get you to try to buy one, and while this hadn’t happened for years, I thought this must be the case this time. So, I took it inside. While eating a nutritious breakfast composed of soggy Captain Crunch (It’s the only way to eat Captain Crunch, otherwise it rips the roof of your mouth), some cold pizza (Hey, variety is good), and a glass of orange juice, I decided to look through the classified section in the newspaper to see if there were any used Camry’s for sale. What’s this? Toyota Zone in Walnut Creek? Only the largest Toyota dealership in Northern California. I’d never heard of them. How did I miss them? The answer is simple. It’s not near any freeways and/or restaurants, so there’s no reason I would have passed by them during the course of any given day. Well, it’s on the way to the Nissan Dealership, so I’ll stop in there just to take a look.

Arrive at the Toyota Zone. Jomo, the used-car salesman, caught me getting out of my car and asked (in typical used-car dealer fashion) if he could help me. I gave him the rundown of what I was looking for; Camry w/ 30K or less miles for $15K out-the-door…to which he replied that he had a couple used Camry’s but they were a little more than I wanted to spend. I figured since I was there that I might as well take a look, but neither of them appealed to me, and they were both priced at $18.5K. Then Jomo said, Hey, I’ve got an Avalon over here that has around 30K miles on it, and it’s a really good price at $18K…you should take it for a test drive. Okay, I’ll take it for a test drive. After the drive, Jomo asked me how I liked it. I told him it was nice. Oh, and I like Rolls Royces too, but I’m only spending $15K out the door. He said he’d “talk to his boss” to see what he could do on the price. I know the game. I told him, Look, I’ve got some errands to run. You talk to your boss and I’ll be back in an hour to see if you can do $15K out the door for the Avalon. I don’t want to waste your time or mine, so when I come back you give me either a thumbs up or thumbs down, and we’ll go from there.

So, I left to run my errands (really errand) over to the Nissan dealership. Just prior to the Nissan dealership, I noticed the Passat and Jetta were gone (That’s what happens on lost-leaders if you don’t jump on them right away. It’s okay by me, because I didn’t like ’em anyway). I get to the Nissan dealership and the salesman comes out with the look of disbelief that I’d actually come back as I had promised. He ran inside, got the key to the car and told me it had a full tank of gas, take it out for the day…bring it back empty if you want. Oh, and he’d gotten approval for $15K out-the-door. I still didn’t really like the car, but it was the right price and if it got me from point A to point B, it’d have to do. So, I drive the Nissan back over to the Toyota dealership and parked it on the street. As I was walking across the lot, Jomo meets me half way and gives me the thumbs down, and said that he tried but could only get the boss down to $16.9K. I politely thanked him for not wasting my time, and that it was okay, because I already got a deal on another car at the price I wanted and that I test drove it over here. Jomo was shocked, told me to wait here, ran into the dealership, came back out and told me $15K out-the-door for the Avalon…

I’m sure you’ve had more than enough for one post, so I’ll save the last section of this story for tomorrow…

It was good to see Ryan today, since I didn’t get to see him yesterday. I love that kid…