Plethora of Internet Providers

>> Sunday, August 2, 2009

We have a problem. Ten years ago it wouldn't have been. Maybe ten. I don't know. Seems like we've had internet forever and it's hard to imagine not having it. We are so very dependent on our Google searches and our favorite online Bibles.

I was even at a church service one day around Chicago when the pastor opened up his laptop, set it on the podium, and there was his notes and his Bible - I hope that's all he was doing anyway:) Yes, I'm sure it was. And when the sermon was done, the laptop lid was closed and he put it under his arm like he would his Bible and walked off.

But you know what? I said we have a problem. And 'we' is me. My family and I, WE, have a problem. We live in the country where there are very limited signals for us to pick up internet. Well, I guess we could always go back to dial up but (choke, choke) we won't go there. I mean, really. Ugh:( Except at one time we were very happy to have a local dial up number and honestly, that wasn't all that long ago. But I digress.

We used DTN Speednet until we couldn't anymore. Our trees grew too tall and blocked our signal. Once (I'm digressing again) we tried to cut a tree down (my husband, son, and I) I would never advise that. If Jim hadn't told Nik and I to let go of the rope, I'm not sure we would be around right now. And I probably shouldn't mention how we knocked out everyone's power in a ten mile radius. Umm... no. Probably not. My husband doesn't mess up often but that was a BIG OOPS:)

And then we went to Skyway. It goes through the phone lines! Can you believe it? I won't mention how slow it is in case a Skyway employee read this and cuts us off before we're ready to change. Okay. We are looking.

We're looking at Verizon. They have a tiny little black thingamajig that you plug into a computer and it creates a hot spot for laptops or whatever. BUT it's limited usage and our son is itching to be able to play his XBox Live again.

We're also looking at CCAOnline. It's a local internet and very good but we can't get their signal. Jim would have to erect a huge tower in our yard.

We LOVE living in the country but sometimes it's a major pain. There's a host of services but we are limited. But you know what? We have a place where EVERYONE is welcome. No one is turned away. All can switch with no early termination fee.

Okay, I am honest. I'm going to to share scripture with you. LOL. I can't help it. It's fast. It's easy. It's AWESOME! Hold on.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)
Whoever - that means whoever you are. Doesn't matter who. And we ALWAYS have a good signal when we connect to our Father in Heaven. Jesus did go to a mountaintop a few times to pray but it wasn't to pick up a better signal. We can pray wherever we are, whatever we are doing and HE listens to us and speaks to us. We have to listen. We need to stop downloading information from all over the place and pick up HIS voice.

And as we grow closer to God, we want to live for Him. And we have great hope of a better future because of this:

"In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you." (John 14:2 NIV)
I'm so very glad we don't have to go searching for the right internet connection to pick up our Daddy's voice. And we don't have to erect a 40' tower either. He's always always here for us. I think I'll just rest in that thought right now.

No plugging into the wall so the battery isn't drained. Just go ahead and talk. Gonna stop writing and let us both do some talking to THE ONE that loves us more than anything even loved us enough to die for us.

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