Saturday, October 24, 2020

Garage Door Peace of Mind

Hey Friends,

This is Odie reporting in today? I am excited to be visiting with you again. How are you doing? I hope you are well. We are on our way to Fouke, Arkansas this morning.

Do you have a mental checklist that you go through before leaving your home? I try to remember to turn off lights, fix the thermostat, set the alarm, lock up and a few more things. 

Did I do everything right? That is a question that I ask myself later. Thankfully I have cameras and apps that help me double check myself. 

There is also another question that haunts me. Did I close the garage door? Most of the time the answer is yes, but a little peace of mind is comforting to me.

Last year sweet neighbor called to ask if I knew my garage door was open. I did not know. She was kind enough to walk over and close it for me. Dad checked the cameras and found the garage door was opened Sunday afternoon and had been open all night. Thankfully, nothing was stolen and no one entered.

That was a little wild and scary.

Fortunately, my Uncle Steve found a cool gadget after that to prevent that from happening again! I am glad that he sent the link to me. It is called the MyQ Smart Garage hub. My parents were sweet and bought me one for Christmas last year.

I am thrilled with the MyQ. I can open and close my garage with my phone from anywhere! It also alerts me anytime the door is opened and closed orif the door remains open for an extended period. I think it is really cool!

Mine was purchased from Amazon here. I saw on Google that it is available at other places like Walmart and Best Buy.

At Christmas, my Uncle Steve helped me get it setup. We had to pair it to my Garage door and connect it to my wifi. I already had the app downloaded and set up on my phone. After we were connected, I had to complete a few steps on my phone. Then it was ready to go. It was an easy process.

This is what the app looks like on my phone right now.

This is another gadget that makes life a little easier for me. I like to share things that I like with my friends. I definitely give the MyQ Smart Garage Hub a five-star review. Have you used this gadget or one like it? 

Let me know if you give it a try! It definitely makes a great gift idea. (I have no relationship with MyQ except as a happy customer.)

I want to say thanks, Uncle Steve, for finding the MyQ. I appreciate you helping me get it setup. Thank you, Mom and Dad, for one of my favorite gifts! I use it a lot and love it.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a fabulous weekend. I look forward to seeing you next time.


Friday, October 23, 2020

The Sound Goes Around

Nearly five years ago, Ben Isaacs donated an incredible amount of high quality Meyer sound equipment to Boggs Family Ministries to use in tent revivals. You can read some about that HERE.

Meyer Sound is a top name in professional sound for a reason. It is among the best of the best.

We have been gathering sound equipment for many years and supplying our own sound in churches and tent revivals for nearly 16 years. We had purchased the best equipment we could afford and we were quite satisfied with the setup and the sound.

Then came Ben Isaacs and Meyer Sound. Wow! What an amazing leap forward in our sound, even though most of the equipment was many years old. The difference was almost unbelievable. 

We will never be able to say thank you enough to Ben Isaacs for the incredible blessing that he gifted to us.

We first set up the "new to us" equipment at the House of Prayer in Gainesville, Texas. The church is wide and deep with tall ceilings and pretty decent acoustically. 

We placed our existing speakers next to the Meyer UPA-1As, adjusted the volumes the same and set the EQ at whatever was best for each speaker. 

Then we began playing music from my phone through the system, switching back and forth between our old speakers and our new (but much older) speakers. We played songs that I had listened to many, many, many times. I was playing recordings that I was very familiar with. 

I thought I knew every nuance about the songs that I was playing, yet through the Meyers, I was hearing little things in the music and in the voices that I have never heard before. I have said it before, but it was amazing. 

Our existing speakers, that I had been incredibly pleased with for years, now sounded muddy in comparison to the absolute clearness of the Meyer sound. We tested it over and over and over. We brought person after person in and told them nothing but to listen to the difference and EVERYONE picked the Meyers and noticed the incredible clarity.

We have traveled all over this country repeatedly over the last five years and Ben's astounding gift to us became a gift to thousands of people. On numerous occasions, we have had people stop by the tent and ask about our equipment. They would tell us how far away they lived and that they heard every word of the preaching clearly.

There is no way to estimate how many people have heard the Gospel in word and song through these Meyers since Ben gave them to us and we have no way to know how many of them gave their heart to the Lord or were healed or encouraged.

Let me share something interesting with you. Because sound is important to us, we have tried to help churches with sound throughout the years. We have purchased instruments, microphones, speakers, mixers, cords and other equipment for multiple small churches that could not buy it for themselves. We have been blessed to purchase whole systems for a couple churches.

None of the equipment we purchased was very expensive, but it was usually at least as nice as the gear we were using. This is what I want you to see. In one gift from Ben, we received many more times what we had willingly and cheerfully given to others. God will not stay in debt to you, friend. He overwhelmed us with interest.

Having said that, once we fell in love with the Meyer Sound, we began to slowly, with more of Ben's help and guidance, acquire newer Meyer equipment. Now, five years later, we have nearly replaced all of the gear Ben donated with newer and sometimes brand new Meyer trappings.

We have made a significant investment in the newer gear, but we are confident it is worth every penny spent.

Our next step was finding a new home or homes for the equipment that Ben donated to us. We could have sold it to recoup some of our money spent through the years, but that did not seem right for even one moment. We knew from the very beginning of discussing it, this needed to be placed in someone's hands with no strings attached just like Ben put it in our hands.

The trick was finding a church or ministry that need the speakers and that would appreciate them for what they are even though they are very old. Pastor Kevin Webster and the Iron Post Church came to mind and they were on board immediately once I contacted them.

That initiated the project I alluded to a few weeks ago. We had to find a way to get gear out of the tent trailer and out of the barn and find a way to transport it to Oklahoma along with all of our existing equipment. The last two weeks we have traveled with our bays full, the Green Machine full and inside of the bus full!

Monday we traveled from Sand Springs to Iron Post and the unload and setup process began. We were able to leave two UPA-1A speakers for mains, a huge USW-1 sub and the power amps, processors and cabling required for them at the Iron Post Church.

With the help of Bro. Jeremy Martin, Bro. Ronald Hobby, Sis. Teresa Webster and of course, Kelly Jo, it was all rolled in, sorted out and set up in a few hours. Later in the evening, we went back in the church with Bro. and Sis. Webster to fine tune it all as best as I could.

It was really sounding good by the time we finished!

The church's existing speaker stands were the wrong diameter for the brackets on these speakers so they temporarily set the Meyers on their old speakers.

I talked to Bro. Webster this morning and he said their first service last night with the new equipment was great. They were able to get new stands for the main speakers too.😍

The sub is under the bass amp. They will eventually elevate the sub a few inches.

The other sub is going to another church and I will tell you about that once it happens.

It was a joy to place this sound gear and it should serve them very well for many years to come. The sound goes around!

Thank you for stopping in to visit with us today.


Thursday, October 22, 2020

God Has Been Faithful!

Well, we are making progress it seems. Sunday we completed our fifth scheduled revival meeting in a row and by God's grace we will soon begin our sixth in a row. In normal times, that would not be strange at all. Normal times? What is that?😁

Although we occasionally have a cancelation because of a death in a church or a mechanical breakdown or some other reason, we have preached many years without any cancelations at all. Some years we have left home in January and everything went as smooth as butter all year long.

The butter this year was a bit rancid. We left about the first of January, 2020 and it has been quite a ride since day one. Wow! What a year!

I developed a fever while preaching on December 31 and I was sick all of January and several days into February. I suppose it was too early for COVID to be in the USA at that time, but we were all very sick.

Of course, in our pandemic enlightened time, we would now hibernate a few weeks rather than preach every night, but we did not know any better then. As far as we know, we did not leave any sick folks in our wake, so it probably was not anything from China.

KJo and I had two weeks of vacation planned beginning in March and then three weeks of mission preaching. Before the vacation was over, the world was turned upside down and we were blessed to be able to get a flight back to the states and get home to Odie.

Two days after we arrived back at the Lazy OD Ranch, we began online revival. All of the spring and most of the summer, we alternated between online revival and in person revivals. Mixed in with revivals were COVID outbreaks, COVID exposures, bad weather and bus troubles. It was pretty fun!

The first time we had two weeks of in person revivals in a row, was the last two weeks of September. Between March 1st and mid September were many strange weeks. You experienced the strange times too. However, God was faithful each and every step of the way.

It is absolutely amazing how God kept us encouraged, guided our steps, held our hands, soothed our hearts, consoled our minds, hushed our fears and settled the uneasiness in our lives. God has been faithful!

You have probably been confronted with situations you have never faced before over the last 8 months. Look closely at each week and each month this year. God has been faithful to you and your family too.

That is how we made it. That is how you made it. 

That is how we are going to survive the hard times that are yet to come. Trust me, we are going to have a few more bumps in the road. Trust God, He will be with us through every high spot and every low spot.

Thank you very much for stopping in to visit Mile Markers today. If you need some rest, take a few moments to listen to KJo play "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen."


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Vintage View Vednesday 2012 Vacation Part 4

 In today's Vintage View Vedneday we are continuing with pictures from our vacation in 2012. I posted the third installment in September so it is about time that I get back to it.

Our next stop was Barcelona Spain. We were there on a beautiful day and we enjoyed our brief visit very much. We walked some of the tourist areas for a few hours and then we climbed on the hop on/hop off bus for a tour of many interesting sights and then we walked some more.

It was a super great day and we have had a wonderful time sitting in the dusty archives looking at all of these pictures. We may never get back to some of these places, but it will not be for the lack of trying, that is for sure. We feel incredibly blessed to have traveled to these cities and we are not finished yet by God's grace.

I hope you enjoy every picture. Thank you for stopping by.