I gave up technology for lent. Didn’t do very well with it. After my mother died I kind of laxed on my Lenten promise and watched way too much TV. After that I did much better. Lent is over with and I don’t watch nearly as much TV as I did before Ash Wednesday.
Sense all of this happened, I have accomplished a few things. I built a 2 by 4 shave horse and built a ramp for my wife. She had surgery on both of her feet and our porch is 38 inches off of the yard and a proper ramp has a slope of 1 in 12, plus 2 4 foot by 4 foot platforms. that is a 46 foot run. When I started I had no idea what I was doing but putting up a fence and building a few other projects I was able to design something quite nice and solid. I didn’t have a power saw but my hand saws worked very well (my fathers and a friend did the treads with a power saw. I did everything else with a hand saws. every thing is half lapped and screwed together. Needles to say my sawing capabilities have improved 10 fld. It took us two week ends and a little time before work in between. Some of my joints were a little sloppy but as the project progressed they tightened up.
I had a little more help from prayer. It was suppose to rain on my seconded week end, well storm was the forecast. I was near tears. My wife was going to have surgery That Wednesday and I wasn’t even halfway done. I begged God to help me and I expected to be doing everything in a down pore. I woke up to a partly cloudy Saturday morning, and got to work. If it was going to storm I was going to get as much done before it started. The morning started off well. I was able to finish off a lot of cuts and get pieces in place and by the time I had to go to the store to pick up more lumber I noticed the harder I worked the sunnier it became. God met my half way. I honestly believe that God will meet anyone half way, with prayer. I thank him everyday for his help in this project knowing my wife is able to get in and out of our home with some hard work and a blessing from him above.
I posted a blog a couple of months ago, with a statement that I would read the Bible every day, practice my wood working every day, and post about it at least once a week. I obviously failed.
With that said I will try again. One day not to long ago I prayed to win the lottery. I know some think that this is a sin. I don’t think so because I was answered. No I didn’t win the lottery, but I received an answer. As I prayed my mind began to wonder what I did that morning. What did I do before work the morning before. I sat and watched T.V. Now what would I do if I didn’t need to work. Would I sit around and play video games and watch T.V. all day? Would I really enjoy this? I might win the lottery some day. Yea I don’t really believe this either, but if I learn to avoid the temptation of sloth I might not need to win the lottery. I will try this again. I probably will fail again but if I keep trying I might actually accomplish my goals with out winning the lotter.
All prayers are answered even if it’s an answer you don’t want to hear.
The other day I almost started a fight with a friend I haven’t seen in over 20 years. Why, well we’ve been discussing politics on face book and I didn’t present my idea very well. Well language is what separates us from the animals so I thought I’d set up a blog to practice. The blog is about my two favored subjects Catholicism and wood working. Christ was a carpenters son and I hope to build beautiful furniture for my home.
A list of things I’d like to do along with this blog are.
Practice wood working at least once a day.
Read my bible for at least half an hour every day.
Write about one of these subjects or both twice a week.
One final note on this blog is. I hope no one reads it but if you do I’m trying to learn. Critiques or appreciated insults get you no were.
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