Pathways in life


Well I said I’d work to write more. Even I didn’t see doing another post so soon. But the mind is a racing on thoughts. This post will be more spiritual than most. For any of you that know us or have read this blog from the beginning. Faith plays a lot in our direction and life.

So where to start, we are all on different paths in life. Sometimes we are guided onto new ones and other times we just simply take a different direction. Others lifes detours due to construction lead us where we never thought we’d be or ever go. We also have our ideas of where than there is God’s idea of where.

If you had asked me 6 years back where I would be today. I’d have told you I’d be running a Hydromat department. Or building them or repairing them or even setting them up. See I know hydromats after 24 years I should. So well it was my bread and butter for years. But see now it’s been about 1 1/2 years since I touched one. I would have never guessed I would have ever left that industry.

But I did. Why? Faith and choice. Faith was from God pointing us back on a 15 year old dream to travel. And choice to not live by the slavery of modern life. Now here I sit a manager of a Quick lube center. Not even close to what or where I thoughts I’d be. See afree the disaster of the RV and our return to Michigan I was lost. Still aim rreally. I’m not what or who or whom i exspted to be right now. And to make it all even more confusing I’ve been ignoring God’s push.

I guess I should step back a moment for I brief explanation. See for years (evend before I came to christ) I have been told I have 2 God blessed gifts. The gift of being heard when I speak and the gift of being followed when I lead. Once I opened my eyes to this and excepted them it scared me stupid. People fir many years have simply followed me blindly. And God has been nudging me since launch day 1.0 to use these gifts for him.

He has been pushing and promoting me to change careers into ministry. And much like Jacob, I’ve been wrestling with God over doing this. Why you might ask? It’s simple, the concern that if I do this I’d no long be able to support my family.

It don’t help I have no clue where to start. We have no home church for guidance and a place to start. Our current schedules also make it super hard. I’m really at a point of choice. I can leap into ministry blindly or stay put and keep wrestling with God.

I’ve been asked more than a dozen times over the last 3 months if I’m a pastor. This is by some people we know but mostly those that have just meet me. I’m no one special. I sin, I cuss, I get mad and yes I even get mad at God.

So where does this all lead? For now and the future? I have no clue. I know that at some point I need to follow God’s lead if I ever really want his blessings. Who knows I’m sure his path for me requires four wheel drive.

And just tossing this out there, if you know of a church in TC or Kalkaska area looking for someone till fill a opening in ministry toss me out there. You never learn to swim if all you do is stay in the boat.

Till next time, stay blessed and keep on….

Fall is around the corner.


Well I started trying to get this post in weeks ago. But life just kept getting in the way. See our Madison decided again that she new more about life than we do and she has moved out and on. If you read back before launch day(1.0) we had this happen than too. But she is nearly 18 now and it’s her choice.

Butt that isn’t why we are here. Life does happen things change and we evolve with it all. Right now it’s more about hold our ground. Started planning our Rage Against the Snow 2019 jeep event. Routing is going well. It’s a event we do cause we love snow Jeeping. And we will probably do one a year till we launch in 2024.

Stress of life, funds and planning for the future is still there. But what can you do? It’s not like I can go down to Walmart and buy a time machine. Us we’d miss important events. Speaking of events our son’s school canceled the rest of their varsity football season after 2 games. Lack of interest they say. It said cause we look forward to the games and seeing our son play. And he’s starting to aim to his goals in his future and had planned this to be his last year playing football.

So what’s next?? Dont know. I’d love to say buy our bus, start the build or start the next stage of our jeep build. Or even give some idea of direction. Butt right now it’s all day to day, week to week. We are kind of locked in for the next 2 1/2 years. We do keep shopping for a bus, but that requires money. Of which we do not have at this time.

So till next time. Stay blessed and keep on


by: James “Gimpy” Snider