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Gyroblade from Air Hogs

January 14th, 2013 Comments off
Air Hogs GyroBlade

Air Hogs GyroBlade

Fresh off the holiday season Air Hogs has finally introduced the GyroBlade, an affordable 3 channel helicopter that has a gyro. Just about everyone else has made gyro’s standard while Air Hogs seemed to ignore them.

The only difference with this micro heli is that it is not your standard counter rotating blade heli. No, Air Hogs has stuck with their original single main rotor with a horizontal tail rotor. While I was skeptical with this configuration at first it proved to be a win-win. Win #1 is that it is a really stable heli – probably the most stable that I have flown from Air Hogs. I put is up there with the likes of the Syma S107.

Win #2 is for finally nailing forward flight. While the Syma S107 has awesome stability forward flight was challenging. I mean not to fault SYMA, but it was obvious that stability was the first focus of the copter while forward flight seemed an after thought. Not so with the GyroBlade. It seems that they have sacrificed a little of the stability that the Syma had for a equal but important part of the flying experience – getting the heli where you want it to go. You can do that with this – in any direction – left or right – forward or reverse. Point and shoot – just like it was a camera.

I have only had one flight with the GyroBlade with the charge it had out of the box but I can already say that this little guy has peeked my interest. I am looking forward to putting it through it’s paces to see all that it is capable of.

I will post more updates here as I play with it more.

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Doing Things God’s Way

January 9th, 2013 Comments off

farside-midvale-gifted-push-pull-doorAs human beings we can get comfortable in certain situations or routines. This can happen in good or bad routines. I know for me going to the doctor, getting treatments, and generally not feeling well were just everyday life and I was used to it. I got comfortable in it which sounds weird but it happens.

It has been a little over 3 years since I was diagnosed with cancer. In that time I got really used to being sick, going to the doctor, and getting treatments. It has been a year since my last major treatment and since then I have been feeling better and my doctor’s appointments have been tapering off.  I have resting a lot and have been working towards getting my energy back. That chapter of my life is coming to an end.

God saw me through that chapter and I am so thankful for bringing my family and I through it. I have been healed from cancer.

A New Chapter In My Life

So hear I am at the beginning of a new year with a blank slate for my life. I have been praying for God to show me what to do with this new life that He has given me. A month or 2 ago I had felt that God had said for me to spend time with the kids as my wife went back to work during the tax season. This sounded great as I knew that I did not have the strength to return to work full-time myself.

This is when things got difficult.

For whatever reason things shifted for us financially to where money got really tight and I got really uncomfortable. My first reaction was to look for a job in order to solve of financial issues even though I knew that was probably not up to it physically. I talked with my wife about this and she voiced her concern about my physical limitations as well.

In the course of that conversation things shifted from me working to me staying home with the kids. As my wife started sharing some of her insight from when she was at home with the kids I was reminded of what God had previously showed me. It was not time for me to start working but time for me to spend with the kids. Things had come full circle.

I was struggling because I wasn’t doing things God’s way.

My Way is Wrong

In the Bible God is very clear that He does things differently then we do.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the  Lord .    “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. – Isaiah 55:8-9

To me it does not make fiscal sense to not work and to stay home with the kids. But I believe God sees things different. I think that He thinks that having a parent home for our kids is more important then some extra money. Yes, things are tight financially. But that tightness often causes us to evaluate how we are spending and to make whatever adjustments that are necessary.

I also believe that there is another side to me staying home with the kids as well.

The  Lord  is my shepherd, I lack nothing.    He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, – Psalms 23:1-2

In these verses God is causing making the sheep to rest yet He is providing everything they need and want. They are complete, not lacking in anything. God’s provision is based on obedience as opposed to direct work. He is another verse that demonstrates that:

But Samuel replied: “Does the  Lord  delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the  Lord ? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. – 1 Samuel 15:22

Doing whatever God wants you to do is always better then doing things your way and they having to ask forgiveness when it doesn’t work out God’s way.

Conclusion

Sometimes in life God calls us to do things that seem contrary to what we think is the answer or solution. We forget that God’s resources are more then we ever need and that he can get them to us in any way that he pleases. When we try to do things on our own even if they do work out then we are talking the glory (credit) for it as opposed to giving it to God.

In my life I know that for this season in my life that I am supposed to stay home with the kids and work on increasing my energy. This does not directly bring money into our house, but it does put me in the place of obedience to God’s will so in return I can expect Him to meet our needs. It is tempting to just try to work anyway but in the long run I know that God’s way is better.

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There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. - Proverbs 14:12

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. - 1 Corinthians 1:25

Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise.  For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness” ; - 1 Corinthians 3:18-19

 

 

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Looking Ahead to 2013

January 1st, 2013 Comments off

2013In a few hours 2012 will be fading away and 2013 will be upon us. 2012 was a year of recovery for me after a couple of years of intense treatment. I can eat almost normally now and have not had anything major happen over the last year which is a big step for me. In looking to 2013 my hope is that I can bring some stability to my life and to my family’s lives. Life by itself is enough to deal with without being concerned for a loved one’s health.

In this new year I would like to get involved in a couple of activities that hopefully can get me out of the house. I would love to be apart of the Austin WordPress Meetup again and would love to be involved in my church again as well.  I would also like to do some money earning as well but we will have to see how things pan out.

I think if I would like to get anything out of 2013 it would be purpose. I have made it through a lot of really difficult situations in the past few years. I am still getting back on my feet but I know I went through those things for a reason. I would like to figure that reason out this next year and do something with it.

If anything, I have learned in 2012 that God can bring me through anything. I want to carry that thought into 2013 and apply it other areas in my life and help others do the same. If anything, I would like to share hope with others that may be in situations simliar to mine. Purpose and hope are powerful things, they helped to get me where I am today.

Here’s to 2012 and looking forward to 2013!

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