Until recently I had decided not to write about my faith on this site. I made the decision fearing that I would lead someone astray or that somehow my imperfections could discourage someone new to or considering Christianity. Recently however I changed my mind. I have always thought that it is important to share my faith as much as possible and share that The Lord loves me even though I sin. Everyone sins and it's important that we know, no matter how Christ-like we lead our lives, we don't earn salvation. The greatest amount of faith and works does not earn us a seat in heaven (although these things when done for the right reasons do please the Lord). Our way to heaven has already been paid, in blood, by Jesus Christ: it is by God's grace alone that we shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. I have my imperfections and I struggle with sin but all the same, I am a child of The Most High God and He loves me just as He loves you.
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
My reasoning for not previously writing about my faith was, I suppose, rooted in fear but rather than let fear have any traction in my life I should instead try to please Him and instead have faith by giving my fears to my Lord.
It is important for us to leave fear behind. One of my first memories of college was a sermon that I watched on one of our dorm's two channels. The sermon was given on fear and how we should not let it rule our lives. I sometimes need reminding of this, but I learned and have tried to apply the principles of that lesson to my life ever since. Kick fear out of your life. There's no reason to stress (that's a whole other topic) when you can just give all your worry to the Lord.
There's several things I've been meaning to write about recently, but have been putting them off. I read a post about Goal Setting on AWD the other day and realized I should just set some quick goals. I've received my box from the feed, and rather than show what I received, I will instead post about what I will be reordering. Also on the list: The barrel knot, recovery strap placement and 'not-knots', Of course, now that I write it out, I forget some of the other items I wanted to be sure to post about but these are a good starting place.
I'm stoked that summer is almost here, and although things will be picking up, other things are slowing down too. I'm really excited to have some lake time and learn some new hobbies like off-roading/overlanding (haven't found the difference yet), and rappelling. Summer, ready or not, here I come!
I was recently informed that overlanding differs because you are off-roading with the purpose of camping or spending some length of time where you're going.
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The other things I couldn't think of are some items I really am glad to have in my vehicle: good field glasses, and a recent awesome purchase, the Safety Seal kit.
Received my Kryptek Highlander visor covers in the mail today from CurrentCamo. I've been very excited from the day I ordered these (and the seat covers) back at the beginning of March. I'm still waiting on the seat covers, and can't wait to see them!
The visors look awesome and I look forward to matching seat covers.
Be prepared for anything. Having backup power is always a good option especially for a cell phone and especially when so many of us have only a mobile phone and no landline. I don't like to be tied to a cell phone any more than the next guy, I only mention that last part in light of the power-outages that seem to come more frequently in this time of spring storms. Nonetheless, it's always good to be prepared and here's three portable backup batteries for USB powered devices: The myCharge AmpProng Plus, the Anker Astro2, and the myCharge All Terrain. Three different devices with three different capacities.
The Trucker's Hitch is a good knot for securing light loads, or better yet, tightening staked-down tent strings or the rope holding a tarp over your hammock. The knot is great for securing loads but use caution and determine if your rope and the knot will be sufficient to secure the load. I would not use this knot in place of proper chaining techniques (besides, you're required to chain) or to secure a load that could cause injury if shifting or slipping occurred. I use this knot semi-frequently.