I'm a praying man.....

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Bob Wright

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I pray daily, and before making any major decision in life. Recently I learned my beloved old Jeep was on its last legs, or rather, wheels. My mechanic indicated a new engine at about $5000. Or get a new vehicle. My Jeep was over twenty years old, and had over 215,000 miles on it. A replacement vehicle was in order. And I made that a matter of prayer. In effect, I asked the Lord to prepare a vehicle for me that I could afford. This began in late December.

February 2nd. I decided it was time to go shopping for my car, truck or whatever. That morning I prayed "Lord, I believe you have a vehicle prepared for me somewhere. Help me to find it." I drove to a road in Memphis known for its car dealers, and stooped at the first one in the line. I drove up to the office where I saw a sign "NO FIREARMS ALLOWED" and drove right on out the exit. I stopped at the next dealership and was greeted by a young man. I told him what I was after and right away was test driving a 2018 Ford Escort. Well, I was sold, breathed a silent "Thank You, LORD" and completed the purchase.

Coincidence, or answered prayer?


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Bob,
Common sense would lean towards coincidence but not rule out prayer's answered.

How ever I along with everyone here on the forum know you are a man of extremely strong faith.
I never bet against a person's faith, so I say your prayers were answered.

Enjoy your new ride, :wink:
Terry
 

nvbirdman

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I hope you called the first dealer and told him why you turned around and left.
 

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JPGLSG1234 said:
Bob what are you going to do with your old black jeep. It takes a prayer now days to even venture into a car/truck dealership $$$$$

Well, the dealer took it in on down payment. Not only that, but my pastor bought our old Pontiac, so now we are a one-car-family.

I think Nita kind of choked up with the prospect of selling the Pontiac. It was "her" car and served as sort of a back-up car (BUC?). And the prospect is that likely Nita will no longer be driving. Sort of got to her momentarily.

Bob Wright
 

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Bob, 215,000 and all it needs is a new engine. Heck, it's just getting broken in. Or says the original owner of a 1982 CJ-8. It is on it's second block. I'd still be just rebuilding the original but that darned crack stopped that idea cold, err hot.

You can pretty much build any version of a Jeep from the frame up on line anymore. Or there are a few odd ball parts you may need to get from a junk yard but not many.
 

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Pray for another mechanic, as 5 grand sounds out of line for an I6 Jeep motor rebuild/replace.

But if the Escort is good to go, enjoy it.
 

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gunzo said:
Pray for another mechanic, as 5 grand sounds out of line for an I6 Jeep motor rebuild/replace.

But if the Escort is good to go, enjoy it.

I'm sticking with my mechanic. I have no doubt that replacing the engine, probably rework of the transmission would easily run into the five thousand dollar range. And, as he put it, it it were to be involved in an accident, it would be totaled out and insurance would no where near pay what I had in it. I'm confident all is well.

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Interesting.
I think that most of my prayers, when I do pray, are of thanks - thanks for a wonderful wife, a son and daughter that I can look up to, the beautiful world outside my house, and for the little orange cat currently sitting on my chest. Most of all for the ability to see my blessings for what they are...

An exception: as some of you know, I spent most of my working life at a VA hospital. There wasn't a single day that I didn't offer up a prayer for some vulnerable old vet or another. Blessings on them.

As for meself, I'm sure the good Lord has his own plans...

YMMV,
Jeff
 

Mike J

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I tend to pray about whatever & whoever is on my mind. It has been a while but I have seen the time I woke up in the middle of the night knowing I needed to pray for someone. When I spoke to them later I found out why.

God Is Good!
 

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I refuse to do business with any, well, business that has a "No firearms Allowed" sign posted. They ain't the only game in town. And it's rare I see one of those here in East TN in the last 20 years. They know
 

foxtrapper

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Orrrrr, it was the dealership salesman praying that someone would buy that ford that’s been sitting on the lot for four years! Lol
 

Bob Wright

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foxtrapper said:
Orrrrr, it was the dealership salesman praying that someone would buy that ford that’s been sitting on the lot for four years! Lol

Then two had answered prayers!

Bob Wright
 

6GUNSONLY

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... and remember the words of the apostle James, who reminded us that prayer is not for selfish indulgence -
"You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure."
James 4:2‭-‬3 New Living Translation
 

jimd441

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James 4: 2 - 3 as quoted above is profound and I suspect resonates with many.

Jim
 

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a 20 year old southern jeep with no rust that needs an engine and maybe some transmission work? Living in Michigan I would have given you more than the dealer, repaired it, and drove it another 10 years. Here they rust out before they wear out.
 

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As my mechanic pointed out, if I put maybe $5000. into that Jeep, then got totaled out in a wreck, insurance would not pay what I had it it. Believe me, I thought long and hard before parting with that Jeep.

During the time I had it, each of my sisters three rode in it, now two are dead, and the third confined to an assisted living home. The first year I had it I drove it up Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, the next up the Goosenecks in Utah. I never was into mud racing but we did travel some backroads and over some rough terrain.

Driving up to the Goosenecks:



In the Valley of The Gods:



Out riding in the snow near Memphis:




It was a fun vehicle.

Bob Wright
 

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Major repairs are always a bit of a gamble, as Bob noted. It's relative to your situation and vehicle. I just spent $4500 on my diesel pickup because it's otherwise I'm good shape and low miles for the model. Plus I couldn't even think about a new one or even a significant upgrade for anywhere near that cost. So I paid the mechanic and will keep driving my 18 year old truck. And I'm fully aware of the truth Bob stated,; if you total it tomorrow, no one's going to pay you for the repairs you put into it. It's still an 18 year old truck. Everytime I have to spend a little money to keep it going, I remind myself, "a new one like it is 'only' $80,000!" 😳
 

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