'shine your eyes’ is a phrase that I picked up in liberia, west africa. it means to open your eyes and see the Truth. this is my hope for people everywhere, myself included, that we will continually be transformed to see and be the ideals God has set forth as the Kingdom. the book of isaiah says it this way:

'see, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice. each man will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land. then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen. the mind of the rash will understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.’ isaiah 32:1-4

currently this is taking shape in my life working with bahamas habitat. we are working to provide aviation support to bahamas methodist habitat, a hurricane relief/sub-standard housing repair organization based in the bahamas. know that we would love for you to come spend some time with us as we take part in all the beautiful ways that God is loving His creation.

in the words of mother teresa, “pray for me that i not loosen my grip on the hands of Jesus even under the guise of ministering to the poor.” and i pray that in all that you do, whether coming to the bahamas, serving in haiti or celebrating life in your part of the world that you will simply love and come and see all that God has for us. let this place be a place of celebration and conversation for us to greater understand life with one another.

‘and because of our faith, He has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand. and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has in mind for us to be.’ –romans 5:2



country wisdom

still waiting for the airplane to be ready and my work permit to be ironed out going down for going down to the bahamas.  i've gotten to spend some quality time with my family.  it has been fantastic.  besides getting to be involved with my brother and his wife's house remodeling, birthday parties and knoxville life, i got to spend 4 solid days with my grandparents joe and jessie zirkle, or nanny and daddy joe in more affectionate circles.  nan and daddy joe are 92 years old and have been married for 65+ years.  in my time with them, daddy joe decided to drop bits of wisdom that i think the world needs to know.  take notes.

-some will look at you and see a young, inexperienced female and before you know it, you won't know your tail from a hole in the ground

-changing people is the hardest thing you can do

-DJ: don't use something you're not going to use! me: that is profound, daddy joe.  DJ: well, if ya think about it, it really is!

-(referring to audrey hepburn and humphrey bogart in sabrina) sooner or later the two parties will come together: t i m e. 

-all you've got is TIME T I M E, sister!

-sex is quick! bang! bang! bang! the talking is the quality stuff

-when you're miles away...remember, the telephone!

-the simple things can be quite profound; usually the best things are the simple things

-DJ: how many pair a shoes ya got? me: eh..15 or so. DJ: yep. if you don't have the proper clothing, you're stupid!

-there are plenty of clever people, crooked as the damn dog's hind leg.  clever should ring bells.  look here! (his fingers going around his temples in slow circles)

-the female is a lot smarter than the male.  i'm not trying to blow you up, buy you know why? she's got to be! and, sex.  men are driven by sex.  the female maintains judgement.

-you know how to survive? you be smarter than the SOBs

-opportunities will spring up and you'll wonder where in the hell did that come from? all i'm saying is, check 'em out before you swallow hook, line and sinker.

-all i'm telling you is you've got to be sharp as a hound's tooth

good words.