Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Inspiration Of A Sword

I came across this draft of an email as I was browsing the file today. It was written after I rode horseback in makeshift period garb for Andrew's academy promotional. Thought I'd share it with you since I was thinking of it.


Knights in shining armor are inspiring. I think every boy (and man?) gets a thrill in seeing the clash of steel against an enemy in a close combat situation. For many of us though, swords and armor have a special spiritual significance when we remember the Bible depicts the power of the Word as the "two edged sword" of the Holy Spirit that pierces the soul of man (Hebrews 4:12). Also, we remember our God is King, the King of kings, and the Ruler of the universe. Under Him and in Him by the fact of His saving us from our sin, He is our leader Who leads us into battle, subduing Satan under our feet (Romans 16:20). History will be complete one day, “...when [Christ] hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For [Christ] must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.” (1 Corinthians 15:24-26). The Christian life is a warrior’s conflict, even more serious and dangerous than the depicted horror of evil in The Lord of the Rings. But our battle is real and happens every day. It casts deep and lasting ramifications in time and history regardless of what we believe about it. But Christians don’t have to worry. Our God is the “Lord of Hosts.” He is victorious over all people, nations, ideas and whatever else. This makes me excited about swords, knights, kings and the triumph of good over evil. It is true! It’s inspiring to fight the good fight of faith. To swing the sword of the Spirit for our Master. Doesn't it inspire you too?


Saturday, May 09, 2015

My New Project: Building a Tiny House


I am excited about a new project I'm starting. With a long standing inspiration from Dad, I've decided to start building a tiny house!

You might wonder what a tiny house is. A tiny house is basically a small cabin that has all the workings of a full house, only a tiny version. Many people are building tiny houses on trailers to allow mobility. While I don't intend to put mine on a trailer, I am building it with portability in mind.

There are a bunch of great websites from people catching on to the tiny house idea. tinyhousetalk.com is a good one I came across. The concept is that you don't really need a huge amount of space to operate. Staying small is economical for a beginner, and just the basics will do in most cases.

An inspiring young man documented his tiny house story on his website here: www.landtohouse.com

I'll plan to share a few pictures now and then and show you how it goes as I learn what I'm doing.

 The beams are notched to tie the floor platform together and help keep things together when being moved.

The beams have a 48" space between them for mounting a panel underneath to support the floor insulation.

Setting the joists in place was like building with Lincoln logs. They fit very nicely.

Finished for today.

"Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build it." Psalm 127:1

Stay tuned!