Adventures in Yellowstone!

Friday Morning we woke up early to visit Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming for the first time. It truly is a beautiful place with different landscapes and geographic features that make it quite an intresting park to explore. Yellowstone National was the First National Park signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872, followed by Mackinac National Park in 1875. 

There are only 30 active super volcanos in the world,Yellowstone National is one of them. It is also the only super volcano to be located on land. This is one the reason’s we where so excited to explore this area. 

Just leaving Glacier National this was such a different experience for the places we did see. Yellowstone is very touristy in my opinion. We made our visit into a Geology / Science / History experience for the kids. (Well us included)   🙂 We learned that Yellowstone National Park is larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined. Yellowstone also produces 3.3 million acre-feet of water every year making it one of the richest sources for water in the western United States.

In my opinion the Grand Prismatic Springs was the most intriguing. The colors are so deep, beautiful and vibrant against the mountains and sky in the background. The wooden paths that lead you around the spring have no railings and you are walking over the spring inches from the water. ( If you wear a hat here you may want to keep it in your hands or in the car.) We seen hats all over the thermal areas that had been blown off and even an umbrella.  A cool fact we learned about the Grand Prismatic Spring is it pumps out over 4,000 gallons of boiling water every single minute, making it the largest hot springs in North America. 

Old Faithful was another beauty we waited nearly an hour to see. Old Faithful eurupts every 35-120 min for 1 1/2- 5 min emerging approximately 130-180 ft at its highest and at approximately 180mph. It truly is a beauty we wish lasted a little longer for photographs. Lol  

Yellowstone has about 300 active geysers and about 10,000 thermal features. 

We learned that the early settlers actually used the geysers as what we would call a laundrymat. They quickly learned anything wool would be shredded. Anything non- wool would remain undamaged. My imagination can only imagine grysers launching clothing everywhere, settlers running after their articals of clothing to find what was cleaned or damaged lol. 

Yellowstone also has hundreds of waterfalls with only 49 of them named. There are approximately 290 waterfalls throughout Yellowstone that are more than 15 feet tall and flow year-round.  It truly is a beautiful park and we had an amazing day seeing God’s touch everywhere we looked. Tomorrow we are on to more adventures. Boondocking until we arrive at our next park in Wyoming for a week. Have a blessed Labor Day weekend stay safe and enjoy. 


Diaz Family 

Leaving Montana 

Tomorrow my family leaves Ronan, Montana. We made some new amazing friends, met with long time friends and found a wonderful church home. If you are in the area try out the Light House church in Ronan, Pastor Sika and Larry are amazing men of God and no one is a stranger. They are members of YWAM a mission outreach and dedicate almost all of their time to outreach and helping others. We will miss everyone, but Happy that we have plans in place to return.

Nikki and Dave with their two wonderful sons Bug boy and Chicken whipserer came to visit and help us pack out our last few days here in Montana. During our visit here we where able to meet after five years of not seeing get each other since they left Okinawa, Japan in 2012.

I just wanted to say that it is a small world. If you take the time to slow down and build relationships amazing things will happen. We found long lost family and made new family. This road schooling adventure that God has blessed my family to travel down has been an amazing two years and we look forward to how God will continue to work in our lives.

For those who have been following me, I am changing my blog around and teaming up with my wife.  She is an amazing photographer and is amazing in building relationships. I will be continuing to work on devotionals and small sermons, while my wife will be doing the  updates on our travels and our road schooling. She felt like sharing our adventure and the path we are on may be something more would like to read. Please be patient while we try to get it started and any feed back is welcomed.We pray you have an amazing day! 

Appreciating People

Numbers 10:29-32

Moses said to Hobab, the son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law, “We are journeying to the place of which the LORD said, ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us, and we will treat you well; for the LORD has spoken good concerning Israel.” He said to him, “I will not go; but I will depart to my own land, and to my relatives.” He said, “Do not leave us, please; because you know how we are to camp in the wilderness, and you can be our eyes. And it shall be, if you go with us, that it shall be thatwhatever good the LORD does to us, we will do the same to you.”

Sometimes you need to let people know you appreciate and need them.  Just like Moses did with Hobab. By letting him know that his skills was needed and that he was appreciated, let Moses communicate to Hobab that he was valued.  No one is perfect in this world, everyone is blessed with different skills by God.  By understanding this and knowing your strong points and weak ones will allow you to cherish others more.  By knowing where you fall short and where someone else strengths are will allow you to build complementing relationships.  Wether for work or for friendships, it is always a blessing to have someone that complements you.  Also remember that complimenting those who deserve it will build long lasting relationships.
There has been times in my life where a simple thank you would have made my day.  So take some time today and say thank you to a good friend or coworker. Let those around you know what they have done for you and it will build a stronger relationship.  I pray this message helps others today and please have a blessed day y’all.  

Giving Thanks

When reading Deuteronomy, I think how Moses must have felt when dealing with his people.  He constantly had to remind the Israelites how loving and faithful our God is.  When writing this, Moses was trying to get the people ready to renew the covenant with Joshua.  Deuteronomy is an important book of the bible because it clearly answers the question &How do I develop and maintain a relationship with God?& It draws the people to reflect on what God has done for them and their lives.  This is an important lesson taught and I just want to share it with you all today.

Deuteronomy 29:2-6

“Moses called to all Israel, and said to them, You have seen all that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land; the great trials which your eyes saw, the signs, and those great wonders: but the LORD has not given you a heart to know, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, to this day.  I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes have not grown old on you, and your shoes have not grown old on your feet.  You have not eaten bread, neither have you drunk wine or strong drink; that you may know that I am the LORD your God.”

Just as the people of Israel did not notice how much God was caring for them, we tend to not notice either.  We get caught up in our busy lives of go, go, go.  However, God does take care of us and provides everything we need daily.  We take for granted the food we eat, the clothes on our backs and even the shoes on our feet.  Many of us credit what we have to our hard word forgetting that God has provided for us.  We sometimes fail to recognized God’s hand in the process.  The message I want to share with everyone today is having gratitude for our Lord.  Gratitude enables us to face life understanding the power of our God is behind us.  Having gratitude explains the “heart” behind God’s laws and how everything he does is for our good whether or not we choose to accept it or not.  God reveals to us in His word that His great desire is to bless His people and for us to be grateful for what He has done for us.

Now I ask you all today to think back about your week.  Was is a good week or a bad one in your opinion?  Did you eat?  Did you have a roof over your head?  Did you have clothes on your back or shoes on your feet?  If you can answer any of these questions “yes,” have you given God thanks for giving you life and providing you with your daily needs?  Take today to reflect on everything God has done for you in this past week.  Just say “Thank you Lord” out loud and see how you feel afterwords.  The answer Deuteronomy gives us for “How do I develop and maintain a relationship with God?” is simple.  Give Him thanks for everything He has done for you, and everything He will do for you.  Only by having gratitude will you fully be able to develop and maintain your relationship with God.  Now I pray everyone has a blessed day today.  Good bye!

Life or Death

Deuteronomy 30:11-14

“Indeed, these commands that I’m giving you today are neither confusing nor unattainable for you. They aren’t in the heavens, so you have to ask, ‘Who’ll go up to the heavens for us and get it for us so we can hear it and act on it?  And they aren’t beyond the seas either, so you have to ask, ‘Who’ll cross the sea and get it for us so we can hear it and act on it? No, the word is very near you—it’s within your mouth and heart for you to attain.”

When reading this passage, I remember when Paul referenced it in Romans 10:5-8.  I enjoy it when the New Testament references the Old Testament.  But Paul does this because it is a simple and important message.  God clearly tells us what he wants and expects from us.  He does not hide this from us.  God’s laws are written in the Bible and His love is in the world around us.

The problem most people have is not understanding what to do, but to make the choice to follow what God commands of us.  I have heard many people say that they would follow God if they knew what He wanted and never cracked open the Bible to see for themselves.  So I ask you all, do you choose life or death?  Will you accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior?  Will you read and follow God’s instruction?  These are only questions you can answer yourself.  I pray everyone comes to the same conclusion and choose life. I will leave you with one last verse.

Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Little by little

Deuteronomy 7:21-24

“You shall not be scared of them; for the LORD your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God. The LORD your God will cast out those nations before you by little and little: you may not consume them at once, lest the animals of the field increase on you. But the LORD your God will deliver them up before you, and will confuse them with a great confusion, until they be destroyed. He will deliver their kings into your hand, and you shall make their name to perish from under the sky: no man shall be able to stand before you, until you have destroyed them.”

When I read this verse I get inspired about how good our God is because He is wise.  In this verse, Moses is telling the Israelites that God would destroy their enemies little by little.  God has the power to destroy all of those nations at once, but knew it would not be good for the people because what was best for them was to handle the situation in stages.  If the nations would be taken out at once the animals would multiple too much and it could have hurt the land.

With two simple questions I can relate this to today’s life. What if God would solve all your problems at once? Would this give you spiritual maturity?  No, God works in many marvelous ways and at times it is best to work in someone’s life in stages.  By allowing God to handle your problems one by one and then putting your whole trust in Him, over time you will spiritually grow.  Knowing God can handle all your problems and allowing Him to do so with full trust is another.  It is only when you put your faith to the test that you will see our God in action.  Just like a baby, we must take life one step at a time.  I hope this helps someone today and please have a blessed day.

Monday’s Devotional

Nadab and Abihu

Leviticus 10:1-2

Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu each took his own censer, placed fire in it, covered it with incense, and brought it into the LORD’s presence as unauthorized fire that he had never prescribed for them. As a result, fire came out from the LORD’s presence and incinerated them. They died while in the LORD’s presence.”

Today I want to talk about Nadab and Abihu and what we can learn from their lives.  They saw their father Aaron and uncle Moses in action many times.  They had first hand experience of our God at work.  They did not follow the clear example God laid out for them and they paid with their lives.  The consequences of their sin was fiery death and it was shocking to all.  But even the sons of Aaron where not above the Lords law.

But as Christians we can all be in danger of making the same mistakes when we take the Lords justice lightly.  Thanks to the grace that was bestowed upon us, we do not have to worry about lighting the correct incense with clean fire and being burned alive.  We do have to obey God’s will though because our deaths may not be spontaneous like theirs, but when we don’t obey our Heavenly Father, we slowly die inside little by little.  So please take some time this Monday morning to reflect on last weeks actions.  Did you take the Lord for granted or sinned without thinking twice? Take this morning as a day to pray and give thanks to our God for being such a great Father to us all. Also take time today to repent for any sins you committed and start your day refreshed and renewed.  Take the lesson learned from Nadab and Abihu and chose to do the right thing always.  Have a blessed day y’all.