What I want vs. what I need

I’m in a bit of a spending predicament! There are things I want and things I need and at this moment I don’t think there is one same item that finds itself on both lists. It’s like this itch that needs to be scratched. You feel my pain, right?


Things I want… 

Aftershokz headphones

Palm pocket phone

flamingo yard ornaments

Garmin Forerunner 425 Music

stock in Phillips 66


Things I need…

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pay mortgage (every month)

take the dogs to the vet

pay my taxes

anticipate future investments


Sometimes it’s so hard to be an adult! Do you have any nuggets of wisdom to share with me to help temper the pendulum of planning for the future while still enjoying the present?

-Out of the Wilderness

6 things you can get on Amazon RIGHT NOW

These are 100% real and you can order them as soon as right now on Amazon. No joke! Side note: If you do happen to order any through the links provided, I get a small commission at no cost to you. Amazon makes me say that but this post isn’t about you purchasing these things, it’s about how downright silly and funny they are. Take a look!

1. Animal socks… so good of quality 🙂 If you’re claiming these are quality, wouldn’t you at least want to spell quality right?

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2. Beer belly… I can’t even with this one.

beer belly

3. Farting coloring book… Now, I actually kinda like this! What kid doesn’t want to color farts? I just hope it’s not a scratch and sniff book.

farting coloring book

4. Hillary toilet paper… clean up, just like Trump did on Election Day 2016

hillary toilet paper

5. Potty Putter… if you hit the ball into the water hazard on this one, good luck getting it out!

potty putter

6. To Texas and back… I don’t mean to nitpick, but both hearts are in Texas. So what’s the “and back” about? They never left Texas, I know it’s a big state but come on!

texas and back

-Out of the Wilderness

A day that unravelled: part 2

A couple of weeks ago I had a doozy of a day. You can read the full blog post here, but in case you don’t feel like clicking there, I’ll give you another chance…

here.

OK then, if you’re still reading this, you REALLY don’t feel like clicking, do you? I’ll give you a very short recap. I woke up. Things were sweet. I did stuff. Then things spiraled out of control. I prayed. I went to bed. The day was just whatever.

The “take-away” was to start my day with prayer and even if drama happens, perhaps the day won’t unravel.

Now, to follow up: I hadn’t been paid for the work I did that dramatic day. So for days and days and days I went back and forth with Amazon about the 2 shifts that I definitely worked, yet they would barely even acknowledge my existence in the emailed responses. Formatted emails were what I was getting. It got to a point where it was just silly. I would ask them a very specific question that, if a person was actually reading, they’d have a very specific answer. Still,  nothing. Just vague emails with general policies.

I felt like I couldn’t win, but I wasn’t about to cave, either.

My prayer life was fervent because of this unproductive relationship I was having with Amazon. If there was any silver lining to the 2+ hours of volunteer work I had done for Amazon, it was this: a lesson learned about prayer and how the Bible says to “pray without ceasing.”

Now it’s been about 12 days since… and I have great news. Amazon, in their compassion (and perhaps annoyance of my constant nagging), decided to grant me a pay adjustment! Hallelujah there IS a God! So I totally got a two-fer… a lesson on the importance of praying and whatyaknow, I got paid to work. Crazy!

For being at the end of my rope and almost giving up, I’m grateful to God and the Amazonian who ruled the iron fist in my favor.

The take-away from part 2: well, I guess it’s something my brother told me years ago…

Work as though it all depends on you, and pray as if it all depends on God.

-Out of the Wilderness

Kindness of strangers in unexpected moments

Part of what I do for income includes driving my car all over town and interacting with strangers. I know what you’re thinking, “Oh, he drives for Uber!” Thankfully, no. Drunk strangers will not be vomiting in my car. I really enjoy delivering smiles for Amazon Prime Now. But it’s not always happy times, I’ll tell ya! Traffic can be a bear and a few weeks ago, the weather was quite the menace. Here’s a snippet from my dash cam the night I was delivering in Nashville’s heaviest snow of the year so far.


Even worse than the snow, though, was the ice. Some main roads, and most secondary roads, were layered in it. On top of that, I had 10 deliveries! I felt like David going up against Goliath, with a Nissan Versa as my slingshot.

I left the Amazon warehouse with just an ounce of courage. I slowly crept my way to the first customer and missed the mark with my first stone. Here I am in a bit of a predicament.


I was halfway up the hill and started sliding down. I was able to back into a random driveway and with some help, drive in reverse, through front yards, narrowly missing two cars but getting back onto a flat road without incident.

Nine more deliveries to go.

Already my neck was sore. My shoulders were tight. A few of the next stops were in flat areas of east Nashville, so that was a relief, but Goliath still seemed larger than life.

Towards the end of the route, Goliath snorted as I approached the steepest hill yet. The house I was delivering to was at the top, about 5 houses in from where I decided to park the car. My slingshot wouldn’t win this battle. In fact, I felt pretty defeated at this point; half the deliveries were late and even after this one, I had a few more to go. To walk the delivery to the customer would take at least 3 trips from my car up the hill to the house, but as undesirable as that sounded, it’s all that could be done. So I started up the hill, a few packages under my arms.

As I handed off the first round of items, the most unexpected thing happened. The father of the crew that lived there began bundling up with heavy clothes and boots. My eyes widened. My heart beat faster. My shoulders loosened. He was coming back with me so we could slay this giant together!

We split the items between us and started back up the hill. We both were carrying almost more than we could manage by ourselves. And then another heroic moment happened: his son met us on the way and after giving him some packages, the three of us marched up the hill, up the driveway, up the slippery steps, and to the front door.

As it turns out, it was people that overtook Goliath this cold, snowy night. What does the Bible say? A cord of 3 strands is not easily broken. I’m so thankful for those guys that night. Their act of kindness won’t be in newspapers, it won’t pop up on anyone’s Facebook feed (except maybe for mine!), they won’t be ABC’s persons of the week. But for a stressed out delivery driver, this father certainly made an impression and lived out the Golden Rule. Plus he modeled for his son (and his daughter and wife who were watching from the window) one way to be a good man.

He reminded me a lot of my dad.

And that, my friends, is how Goliath fell that night.

-Out of the Wilderness