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Keeping My Life Afloat

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I usually make a living consulting on intellectual property (patents) legal matters related to wireless communications engineering. I am also a volunteer seminary professor specializing in Reformed theology, primarily theology proper (the being, acts, and nature of God).

For over ten years, my dear wife's illnesses require me to work from home (or be very close to home).  The consulting work is feast or famine. For over a year now it has been the latter, and I am, well, after maxing out all available means of credit, quite simply broke...to the tune of having less than $50 in my checking account at the time I am writing this.

I am embarrassed and shamed to have to create this GFM project, but I must put my personal pride aside in order to keep pressing onward.

If you are reading this it is likely you know something about me and should be confident I am a man of my word. If you do not know me, you might run some internet searches for "Ask Mr. Religion", or "Reformed Theology Institute".

In the meantime, not wanting to be just a mendicant, I will be pressing forward seeking any means of income outside my usual consulting efforts if an employer will have a 65 year old gray beard...greeter, burger flipper, janitor, whatever it takes.

I don't know how I will make it through August, so that is my immediate and most pressing timeframe. My monthly living expenses (utilities, telecom, food, medical, auto/home insurance, gasoline, credit card debt) are about $3,000. Accordingly, I have set the goal for this GFM effort to cover 4 months of expenses under the assumption by that time I should be in a stable situation.

Thank you for reading this far, and no matter what your decision may be, please remember me in your thoughts or prayers.
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By the grace and providence of God I was able to earn $125 for doing about ten hours of editorial work yesterday for an author of a forthcoming update to a book on Robert Traill related to the neonomian controversy in his day.

Such a blessing to be able to actually earn some money (at home!) while working with texts about the things I hold dear. There was a time that I would have gladly paid for the privilege. Great is our Lord!

I am thankful for all of you who remember me in your prayers, thoughts, words, and deeds. I have lifted each of you in my prayers daily. Some of you are anonymous to me by your wishes, but I know the Lord of Mercies knows whom I am praying for, too.
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Got my auto back from repairs last evening. Thank you all for your kindness and generosity that enabled me to pay for the repairs (new battery and alternator).

I also want to thank the fellow that helped me push the car when it failed in the middle of the road to a safe space amidst afternoon traffic.

He said that he saw the "Reformed Theology Institute" placard on my car door. (Attached is a pix of the placard on an auto I used to own.)

When we got the car settled he asked me more about what all that meant. By the time I was finished explaining what "Reformed" means, he seemed very interested, despite his statement avowing Catholicism.

How wonderful is the Providence of God, even when at times it initially seems to be a hard providence. I remembered that young man in my prayers.
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On the way to the grocery store my 2001 Toyota Rav4 went dead. Passers by helped me push it to a parking lot.

Called AAA. One hour later they arrive. Diagnosed the situation as likely dead battery and failed alternator. Tow truck dispatched.

Two hours later I am at the Toyota dealership. Two more hours pass and they confirm the diagnosis. Alternator part ordered to join installation of new battery this Friday. Shuttle takes me home.

Shuttle will pick me up Friday afternoon to retrieve the Rav4 with an accompanying $600 repair bill.

Sophie's choices abound at this point. What to give up to retrieve the transportation needed. Food? Electric bill? No matter. The Lord giveth and taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord. Praying.

Please do the same for me.
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I wait daily for some good news related to the many job queries I have made.

I have even wondered if I could actually sell myself on eBay, as in "Hire a Theologian for a Day" to someone seeking some personalized one-on-one written communications on any theological matters they have questions about. Perhaps a minimum wage equivalent of about $100 for the day's efforts? The rules probably prevent such an endeavor.

So I wait. Your charity towards me has driven me to my knees in humility and gratitude that God moved you in my direction. Thank you all once more for this and your sharing of my situation with others.

I once read that waiting is not about what you get at the end of the wait; it’s about what you become as you wait. I think that has merit.

I think and pray that God will use the flames of waiting to mold my faith, melt away my dross, and bring me out on the other side refined and tempered.
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