STRONG BONDS

Last week Jennifer and I took a much needed and well deserved trip alone ! It’s been over two years since we’ve gone on a trip alone ! We’ve had date nights and done a lot of other things to keep our relationship strong , however a trip hasn’t been in cards for quite sometime! I decided to change that and took her on a trip of beach and surf fun to our new favorite quick drop spot in Port Aransas TX!

Now I’m not going to go all into our adventure on this one , however I wanted to touch back on what I feel is important in any relationship! I truly believe and always have , that strong bonds are crucial no matter what relationship you are dealing with ! Whether is a marriage, or friend , or a child ; strong bonds between the two of you are very important! We all have things in common! That’s not what I’m talking about! Bonds are described as small jesters to keep a relationship strong! So this would intel that the two or more people are close ! Daily involved with each other in some way! For example most people find jennifer and I odd , because we spend an insane amount of time together! It’s not a trust thing nor a insecurity thing! We just truly are each other’s best friend! We have literally been to hell and back with each other ! And yes we can spend time apart and do very regularly! But this is the very thing I’m describing here ! One must be in contact with the other quite often in order to know the other or others !

Secondly; to have a strong bond the other or others must be willing to sacrifice or yield up something for the other ! A strong bond can only exist is both parties are willing to both give and receive! Receiving is just as important as giving ! If you never allow the others to give you things or you aren’t an easy recipient, it can have a negative effect on the others around you!! Like I use to think it’s a sign of charity or weakness, however I was wrong ! In a way this was me yielding up something for the love of my life ! My pride !! She’ll probably disagree and tell you I still have my pride , but I see progress!!!😂😂😂😂! So keep an open mind and heart in the relationship as much as possible!

Thirdly ; a strong bond must have forgiveness in them ! The ones that get close learn intimate details about the other persons ! And when things get heated for whatever reason, they come out in some way or another ! There must be an open door of communication and forgiveness in order to move forward in any relationship! How do I know ?? I mean I’ve only been married 16 years …..not very long right ?? But like I’ve said Jenn and I have been through a lot in our short lives !! Forgiveness took us the longest to work through and I think I can speak for both when I say we are a work in progress still! Give it all you have and if it’s worth having then it’s worth the work !

My mission is only to uplift and encourage! I’m not here to know it all or judge ! I only want people to have the most they can out of life and seek all the full potential they can out of every area ! It’s short and we only get one chance or shot at it! The last thing we need is leave this world with regrets and alone ! So for whatever cost it takes find the bonds that are worth having and make them as strong as you can! Be willing to forgive, know intimate details about them but only to strengthen the relationship, and be full of give and take in your heart ! It won’t be easy but I promise it will be worth it!!

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RIDING THE WAVES

If you think about it our lives are full of ups and downs ! Good times and bad times ! Struggles and victories! Happiness and sadnesses, and year after year we are expected to keep moving forward ! If we don’t we will be consumed by all the negative and drowned by the consumption around us !

My family lately has encountered another new activity to add to our Arsenal! On top of hunting , fishing , hiking , and constantly searching for adventure; we have taken up surfing! Which I’m only for certain will lead into snowboarding as well , cuz skateboarding has already joined the mix ! Which being a huge part of my past , I had some influence in lol! I cannot however think of how much surfing and life run hand in hand !

For example , to get out to where you need to be to catch the right waves , you must paddle out on your board! As the waves are rolling towards you , there are two techniques you can use to get past them ! One is to position yourself and flow over them , or a method called duck diving ( or going under the waves by forcing your board under water )! If you don’t and just sit still the waves will overpower you and knock you off your board and your consumed by the waves ! This has happened to me many times while trying and struggling to master the art of surfing! But if you keep at it , the other two techniques will come to be second nature to you!

Just like in life you must find your way to get to where you are going ! There is no book, no written instructions, no Cliff Notes; it’s simply just hard work and many failed attempts! There is however tons of friends and advice along the way ; and God knows how many people who will tell you how they do it ! But in the end you must find your own way ! You will be faced with many obstacles and hardships ! You will want to quit and give up! However: I can tell you there is nothing that will compare to the feeling of conquering these waves and learning how far you can really go when you apply yourself!

Life is nothing more than riding the waves ! You can either learn how to get out to the right spot and catch a wave and ride it for all it’s worth; good or bad ; and have fun : or let them beat the snot out of you and tuck your tail between your legs and head in a drowned rat ! The ups and down can be your demise or your tool to rise above your expectations and accomplish more than you ever thought possible! You were created in the image of God , to be more than a conqueror! So if your not conquering, then your not living up to your fullest potential! Arise , go and ride the waves and see what you can do !! (pictured is pro surfer Griffin Colapinto )

Embracing Change

In life we are faced with many different situations and struggles! Some I like call intermittent, others are more steady, while others only happen once !! If taken as a whole they overwhelm us ! This in turn can lead us to handle in inappropriate or unhealthy ways ! Such as drugs , drinking , adultery, or many other forms of outlets we have to select from on this earth! However : I feel like when we breath and break it down for it really is , then we are able to process things in a more purified light , and then go onto handling them properly!

For example : THE ONCE IN A LIFETIME

This is a issue or even a life changing event ! Like a death in the family , divorce papers , or something major that can only usually happen once in a lifetime! If looked at compounded with let’s say your child getting into trouble at school and sent home ; this could send us over the edge! But if we stop and separate the two , then view them differently we can process them without loosing our minds ! No one especially God is out to get you or punish you! We had a similar situation here recently when my mom decided she was tired of fighting her illness and we brought her home on hospice! This is definitely something you can only do once , and compiled with the other intermittent things popping up , and daily things that we in my house refer to as”LIFE“….it got crazy ! No we probably didn’t handle it perfectly, but we did help each other process each day better than we would have without looking at each individual thing!

When we step back and view the issues that arise in the light they are intended to be seen in , then we can proceed in handling them correctly ! When we go to taking them all in and putting them into one basket , then we begin to feel like the black sheep, like we are being punished and the. We begin to slip into the devils trap of separating ourselves from God ! I know I’ve been there many times ! The. I had to sit down and basically build myself a list of Life , Intermittent, and O.I.A.L issues and when they occurred, even at the same time I’d have to break them down individually! Now I will admit my wife walked me through this more than once ! Trust me I’m the last one on the planet that ever wants to admit he needs help! But I truly couldn’t have done this without her help!!

Which brings me to the closing line here !!! Find you a trusted confidant ! They don’t have to be a spouse , family member , or even a close friend ! Sometimes someone close is good and other times it’s not! But it needs to be someone you can depend on to be there no matter when you need them ! Because the first two or three weeks are going to be true hell on earth as you transition! They need to be dependable! They also need to be someone you know you will listen to ! Someone you cannot just push away easily or that will give into you once things get tough! I have found that once you have done these two things ….. you can begin to move on with your life in a more productive, happier, and vibrant manner !! You were created for so much more than just work, kids , and bills! Don’t let the issues that occur in this time here on earth be limited to dealing g with problems and their repercussions!! Whether it’s the enemy trying to keep you down or just plain life happening , you are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus !!

#OVERCOME

TJ

Administering the Gift

In the second writing to the church @ Corinth; the Apostle Paul, talks directly to the saints ! The chosen leaders of the church itself , not the body as a whole in the ninth chapter of this epistle! A few scriptures stand out the most in this letter that really describe some areas we all could definitely use some growing room in!

First of all in verse 2: ” “For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.”

Notice the use of the phrase ..”your zeal hath provoked very many.” Ask yourself : is what I’m doing building a fire in many ? Am I stirring up the people in my circle to crave more of God and do better? It’s important that we live a more example rich environment! We must encourage others to be the best ; the best that God has called them to be ! To live each and everyday to the fullness! Salvation is the beginning of our walk with God , not the end !

Secondly in verses 6-7:” “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”

God knows our hearts ! In fact many times in the Bible it’s mentioned … in both New and Old Testament writings the importance of our hearts! Just doing stuff as random acts of charity isn’t good enough! If done with the wrong heart or vain conduct is a slap in the face of God ! Especially if we are talking about our faith, our worship, our giving , our time , or anything else that we do in reverence of God ! And don’t get me started on communion !! It must be done with a pure heart or we are destined to be reprimanded!!

For when it’s done correctly we find the third example of why it’s important in verses 10-11! “Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.”

‭God himself will give us more ; more seed of whatever we are sowing ! No matter what it is . All He has ever wanted is to grow us as we help build and grow him! At no time does He ever wish that we lack in anything we need or seek! What father would! Do we not want better for our kids than we had? It’s the heartbeat of every parent!

So the place we must start is in our own hearts ! When we change , our views, opinions , outlooks, and life begin to change opening the door for many opportunities to come into our lives! And just as my father in the Lord Glenn Smith always told me …. if God can get it threw you, he will get it to you! We are simply the conduit in which his ministry thrives and continues to flourish! It is called the living word of God for a reason! It lives every day in us ! As we keep the gifts alive; giving them to friends , family, neighbors , & strangers through daily encounters! Pray for Devine Connections & Appointments ! You all are destined for higher levels of Gods purposes & callings! He never calls the equipped, he equips the called! Each and everyone of us who are his disciples and saints are the called!!

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TJ Thomas

Quint T Outdoors

806-392-6114

quinttoutdoors@gmail.com

CHRIST MAS

This is the real reason we celebrate CHRIST MAS(CHRISTMAS) !! My savior and hopefully yours as well was brought forth ; God in flesh ; for two reasons :(1) to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins and create a new Covenant between us and God! Making us joint heirs to the throne.(2) to show us how to live , act , go about our daily lives; a living walking example ! Where did we as society begin to translate that into a tree full of expensive gifts ? Thinking that if our kids don’t get the newest gadgets they gonna suffer😞!

So this year instead of gifts from mom and me ; we decided as a family to GIVE! So we will be spending a CHRISTMAS DAY serving at s local organization! Feeding those who in a bit of a bind this year! Praying for they , and hopefully be a ray of Gods light! The greatest commandment according to Jesus himself is {Love God with all your heart; and love thy neighbor as thyself} Matthew 22:37-39!

I put this on here only to encourage; not to get a bunch of likes , or come across as boasting ! I simply feel that if we all started to simplify, and get back to the basics one house at a time only worried about taking care of one person extra; we could make a difference! I know it’s a scary world now days : but I know there are plenty of veterans and organizations we could start with ! I’m wishing you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS; and praying Gods love over each and every household ! And that my servants towel is always bigger than my masters towel! From all of the Thomas Family and Quint T Outdoors; MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The Road Less Traveled

Sorry I know it’s been a while since we actually slowed down enough to write a blog! However better late than never ! A lot had happened since our last encounter ! The family and I saw some amazing views and have been to of the most awesome places , met some great people , and definitely cannot wait until our next one !

First of all our trip to PA was one I don’t think any of us will forget! We stopped in Louisiana; West Monroe to be exact and let the kids tour Duck Commander , stayed the night by the bald cypress trees , and ate some amazing food! Traveling through Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and finally into PA ; was some of the neatest places they have ever been! Our friends in PA pulled out all the stops ! Great hospitality, hunting, and meals ! We couldn’t thank them enough!! Taking the kids to Gettysburg was a day we all will remember !! Full of hands on history that played right into our homeschool lifestyle!!

We then made our way back through Washington DC ! A place we all agreed we will be returning this spring! I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen them more into learning and seeing what all makes our country run! From eating off their first food truck, to all the monuments, museums, and fun stuff to do; they had a blast!! We have been so blessed to be able to do this with our kids and I’ll write more about them soon ! Better describing each trip and showing off all the pictures!

Which brings me to my point here this morning! We don’t influence our kids in the right ways anymore ! With the constant struggles of increasing bills and cost of living , and the lack of substantial income ; both parents are forced to work to make ends meet! Thus our kids are raised by our school teachers and alternative sources ! So how can we fix it ? Not everyone can do what we do?? Or can they?? I believe if you want something bad enough , you will find a way! Most of us always find a way to have the newest phone, device, clothes , vehicles, etc. I found myself here early on in our marriage! But later on got tired of the constant hole I still had ! So I did something about it!

Truth is we must find what is most important to us ! For Jennifer and I it’s our kids , family, way of living and raising them! The time we spend with them! We chose to slow down, give up a few emanates, not go prehistoric or nothing, but get rid of things that aren’t a must! Found ways to unplug so to speak! Focus more on cooking , sitting around a dinner table more than once a day, spend less time focusing on ourselves and more time on them! We still find time for ourselves , our personal time with God , and each other as a couple ; however we also have time for them ! A thing truly lacking in this ever changing and advancing technological world!

Family time ! Truly a road less traveled !! This is a key factor to why I believe we are seeing such a drastic change in our kids today and why do many pointless tragic things are happening in our schools! A blog I most recently read pointed out homeschool! I mean why is it such a drastic word! Our settlers who founded this country did it! It was the normal thing to do! Then all of a sudden …poof… we are the weird ones ?? We must take heed to the writings of Paul to the Church of Rome….”And be not conformed to this world : but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable , and perfect , will of God .” Why are we going to let the world tell us what id important, or a must have ? Truth is we better get a grip on our own lives before it’s too late !

The facts are overwhelming when looked at from afar ! Our nation is headed down a road that is doing nothing but destroying itself! And we just keep feeding it like a disease ! Make a stand and choose the ROAD LESS TRAVELED! Be a example for you kids , instead of an ATM! Be a roll model for them instead of a taxi, and spend as much time with them as you can! We get one shot to do the best we can with them! To leave a personable impression on them to help shape them and them shape our next generation and world we live in!!

The Journey Continued: 

It’s been a blast so far this year and all I can say is I’m humbled !! What started in March and now has found us getting close to the end of the year ! We have had such a blessed year already touring over half the lower 48! To be exact ; 26 states ! From the Midwest , to the lower south and up to the east coast ! 

We have been blessed to take the kids on some of the most epic hunts , hikes , camps , and homeschool trips I could ever imagine! We have seen everything from Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, the Buffalo rich environment of Custer national park; to the Oregon Trail, to the Battlefield of Gettysburg, & even a two day trip to our nations Capital! 

Nothing compares to what God is doing for us; but even more so , through us ! We have met so many great people ! Ministered to hundreds ! Encouraging them to enjoy life to the fullest . Life is so short, why would you not make the most of everyday ? We see so many couples who are troubled with how life is going and have no idea how to fix it! Through our shortcomings, we are able to share the grace and mercy of Gods unconditional love! That if they will focus on him instead of their troubles , how He will open doors for them they could never imagine! 

The journey is never over ! Especially when your  focus is on him! If you will wake up everyday with one goal in mind! How can what I do today GLORIFY GOD AND ENCOURAGE EVERYONE I GET TO ENCOUNTER! When we glorify God as a primary mission , everything will fall into place!! I know where we would be today in life if we had continued down the selfish path that we were on! Glorify God daily and you will always the next journey, & you will have doubts about your purpose and calling!

 “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. (‭Colossians‬ ‭4‬:‭5‬ KJV)