July 4th in Indian Trail

Today was the annual Indian Trail Independence Day Parade.  It’s a fun event with lots of candy being tossed our way by those participating in the parade. The best part for me, is seeing these guys from VF Post 2423 at the head of the parade and hearing the crowd erupt in applause and whistles. It’s POWERFUL! 

As they approached I struggled with do I clap and holler with everyone else, or do I capture the moment, which means I can’t clap, but I can still holler, and I did. I watched as these men marched by knowing that I could never be the kind of men they are. And because I recognize this, I respect and honor them very much. May God bless them, and may God bless (and have mercy) on America.


7 New Taxes

“We won’t know what was in the Bill until we pass it” – Nancy Pelosi.



1 – the mandate (go to the link below for the break down of this)

2 – the medicine cabinet tax: as of 2011, you can no longer use flexible spending accounts for medicines that are over-the-counter, except for insulin.

3 –  all Flexible spending accounts (FSA) will be capped at $2500 per year in 2013 (next year) – this means you’ll have less pre-tax dollars to spend on medical needs, and the gubment gets more of your $$ and you have less $$ to spend on these needs (copays, prescriptions, therapy, counseling, outpatient surgeries, deductibles, that stuff) . 

4 – the medical itemized deduction which is currently 7.5% of adjusted gross income, goes up to 10%.

5 – Health Savings Account (HSA) withdrawal penalty for non-medial uses goes up from 10% to 20% in 2013

6 – the indoor tanning services tax which places a 10% excise tax on tanning services (this is where the gubment behavior control comes in)

7 – excise tax on Comp. Heath Insurance Plans (Cadillac Health Insurance) – this puts a 40% excise tax on employer-paid premiums on taxpayers who are covered by them, and this begins in 2018.

also, beginning in 2012, there is a 2.3% excise tax on medical devices retailing for more than $100. Nebulizers (of which we use and have purchased) are now subject to an additional tax.

read all about it: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/06/29/Seven-new-taxes

Numbered Days

Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began.  Psalm 139:16

All of our days are numbered and none of us know what that number is. Some of us live to be 100+, some of us don’t make it a year.  Those of us that are lucky enough to still be around will be faced with how to react when a loved one’s number is called. Soon, I fear that my grandfather’s number will be called.

He’s 86, has been married to the same woman for 66 years, and has given me a God fearing mother that has raised 3 boys to love and serve Christ. He’s a member of The Greatest Generation, a WWII vet who served in the Navy. He’s color blind, something my brothers and I inherited from him. He worked for the same company for his entire career and retired with a pension.  He helped build IBM into an international empire (not so much of an empire these days). I’m not foolish enough to believe that he has no faults. I know that he does, we all do, I just don’t know what they are.

He’s a man I owe a great deal to. The decisions he’s made over his lifetime have affected me, my children, and my children’s children.  The decision my children have made to love and serve Christ is a direct result of my grandfather’s choice to love and serve Christ decades ago. I’ll bet he didn’t think about that. I have no doubt that he sought God’s direction in many if not all of his decisions. That’s why I believe I have the mother, father, and family I have. His 66 year commitment to the wife of his youth has proven to be one of the biggest blessings in my life. Till death do you part – that’s the way it will truly be.

Today, when I stood by his bed as he lay in the ICU of High Point Regional Hospital, hooked up to all kinds of machines, I know that God has him in the palm of his hand. This is a man that is truly in God’s hands. The surgeons, the doctors and nurses have all done all they can do and I know that the right people where tending to him. There is nothing more that can be done that doesn’t require the Supernatural. When his number is called, there will be sadness, so much sadness. But, I believe that there will also be gladness and joy, as my grandfather chose to follow Christ many years ago and there’s great joy in knowing that!

As I write this, I keep hearing words to a song that I’ll share here. It’s one of my favorites that Heath and the band does at Five Stones Church.  The song is by Jesus Culture, it’s called “Your Love Never Fails” (click the link to listen to a snippet on iTunes).

Nothing can separate
Even if I ran away
Your love never fails

I know I still make mistakes
But You have new mercies for me everyday
Your love never fails

You stay the same through the ages
Your love never changes
There maybe pain in the night but joy comes in the morning
And when the oceans rage
I don’t have to be afraid
Because I know that You love me
Your love never fails

Verse 2:
The wind is strong and the water’s deep
But I’m not alone in these open seas
Cause Your love never fails

The chasm is far too wide
I never thought I’d reach the other side
But Your love never fails

You make all things work together for my good


that’s it. just wanted to share these thoughts.