A Place To Make Memories

KN Root Beer means more to me than they realize. My dad, Bobby Waylon Price, is from Graham, Tx and his father, my grandfather, still lived in Graham while we lived in Fort Worth growing up. I remember the hot summer days after playing with the box of toys my grandpa had stored in his front closet that consisted of spin tops, yo-yos, and a fake telephone (my favorite), my dad would rave about the best tasting root beer and how we just had to stop there!

There is a lot about this little place that makes me smile. The ice cream bar, the small town service where they make you feel at home, and the tables with pictures of the town’s history.

Moving to Graham was one of the best experiences. Not just because my husband and I have had the privilege of being apart of an amazing community, but also because when I sit at one of the booths and I order a frozen mug of root beer, I imagine my dad as a kid with bright red hair and blue eyes. I imagine that he would walk in there after playing outside in his torn up jeans and pay for a drink with the money he got from mowing lawns. That although there wasn’t much money at home, he could sit there and taste the richness of the root beer and smile.

Moving to Graham has given me a piece of my dad that I never knew I was missing out on and KN Root Beer has been a huge part of that. I am sure you can imagine my excitement when my husband and I first moved here and I got to show him “The Spot”. The one my dad talked about, the one I talk about, and the one we all talk about.

My dad, now rooted in Fort Worth, successful, happily married to my beautiful mother for over 30 years, and a strong Christian had memories at a place, that probably thought they were just serving another little red headed boy, but they made memories that will last generations.

Thank you, KN, for being a source of happiness for my dad, for me, and for those that come after me.

Cheers!

Ps. I love you dad

things I love at KN:

1. Root beer float

2. Loaded fries

3. Fried Oreos (as seen in above photo)

Foundation Issues

“Everyone who hears my teaching and applies it to his (her) life can be compared to a wise man (woman) who built his (her) house on an unshakable foundation. When the rains fell and the flood came, with fierce winds beating upon his house, it stood firm because of its strong foundation.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:24-25‬ ‭

Your house isn’t done after the foundation is poured. When you became a Christ follower your foundation was poured, but it doesn’t stop at that. Many people see this step as the finished product but it is purely the beginning. foundation is the most important part of your house, but remember that you have to keep building. Sometimes we struggle because it seams like the moment we have that foundation the rain starts to pour and we are standing there getting hit with life as we know it. Relationships fail, finances are tight, or your health takes a hit. I can honestly say that I have experienced all of those first hand. Just remember that God’s grace gave you that foundation not because you earned it but purely because He loves you. Now it is your turn to build.

You might be standing there and say “what the heck how am I supposed to build this house?” Suddenly you look down and see the directions. You pick up these directions and you start to read what to do and it’s great but a little confusing and you don’t have any of theses tools or wood.

Suddenly you see someone in the distance. They have all of this timber and tools. *sigh of relief*. But as they approach you see that they are incredibly wise but don’t quite look like the builder type. They approach you, introduce themselves, and then they tell you that they wont be doing any of the manual labor but they will interpret the instructions so that you have a deeper and better understanding so that when you build your house, it is done correctly.

You’re pumped! “Let’s do this! What do we do first?!” The interpreter says, “before you start throwing walls up you have to read these instructions with me and as you read them I will tell you what they mean.”

You get upset. *What is this stranger here for then if all they are going to do is read with me. I can read just fine without them and since they wont help me build I might as well tell them to go away*.

“Hey thanks for the tools and timber I think I have got it from here since I can read and I will figure this out. You have already been a great help, thank you, Bye.”

The instructions are harder than you realize so you set them down, grab a hammer and nails and go for it. It doesn’t look pretty but it turns out pretty functional and you are proud of your work and so you start to give your self a pat on your back.

Suddenly there is a storm cloud approaching fast. Wow really fast. Well it’s a good thing you have shelter! But before you know it the winds are pulling apart your patched up walls and with one big crash your house starts to crumble down on you. You duck and cover and just wait to embrace all the pain. But as your duck and cover, The house falls all around you but nothing hits you.

Looking up you see this beautiful light. How could there be a light since it was just storming like crazy. You see a man, but not just the man, you see that he is holding the shambled walls away from crushing you. He looks at you and calls you by name. There are two questions in your mind, 1. Who is this man and 2. Why did he save me?

The storms are over, the man sets the scraps down and approaches you. You are crying and thanking him and he grabs your hand and asks, “Why did you send away my helper? I sent him to you because I knew that the storms were coming and I wanted to make sure that this house was unshakeable. Luckily because of your foundation you are able to rebuild the right way, but this time call my helper back to help. You need him because without him, even with all your might, when the storms come all that you have built will fall. Your foundation is unshakable and strong, your helper is wise and needed, and I am your savior. I have taken the pain of your failures upon myself so that you no longer have to feel the full weight of them.

And just like that when the tears are wiped and you look up you’re alone with incredible peace. You call back this helper. You build a sturdy house that took a lot of work and when the rains came you were safe.

If you haven’t guessed it yet this is a picture of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. God is our foundation. The Holy Spirit is our helper, and Jesus is our savior. The house is a representation of our Christian walk. We can fake it and try to do it our way all we want but when financial struggles happen, someone you love dies, or tragedy hits, the reality that your life is crumbling around you is ever so real and then in comes Jesus. He saved us when he died on the cross. He took upon all of our sins willingly and was sacrificed for us, even when we don’t follow the instructions, the Bible, the way we should.

thank you Jesus for saving me.

He Provides

“God gives you your needs and your needs have been provided for” I kept telling myself. It was a broken record playing over and over again like one of those moments in your life that your brain for some reason wants to remind you of every single day. I felt like I was trying to convince myself that God had been faithful even though I am not going to lie, I definitely felt like He was holding back from me in that moment.

There was something I needed God to seriously intervene on and I just kept telling Him, “Okay God I know you will provide and I trust you.” But in reality what I meant was “WHERE IN THE FREAKING WORLD IS THIS THING I HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR FOR SO LONG?”

Now looking back I see just how entitled I was acting. My husband and I had just moved because we felt led by God, I changed Jobs, gave up luxuries, and I felt like it was God’s turn to give me this “need” I had been asking for since after all I gave up a lot for Him. I waited patiently. But I did snap.

Most of my honest conversations with God happen in my car. This particular morning I was sitting there crying and upset and I said this for the millionth time “God you say that you will provide for my needs and yet you’re not. I need this and it’s like you don’t even care.”

You see, we can measure our time here on earth. We do this by days and time but heaven can’t be measured because there is no end. It is for eternity. Since God resides in heaven which is not bound by time then why are we measuring God’s faithfulness and love on it? I actually don’t like the saying, “God’s timing is perfect” because God doesn’t work off of timing, he works off of His goodness and the opportunity that is best for his children. There I was sitting in my car just moments before work. It was 5:30am and I was a complete mess. It was his goodness and opportunity to answer my desperate prayer.

You hear it all the time and even sometimes preached from the pulpit, “God will provide your need. He will make sure you have food and water.” But how do you explain the children and the families starving to death and drinking water that gives them illnesses. How do you explain the people dying and being captured for their faith. How do you explain this. Truth is, we can’t. We know there is a devil that is here to kill, steal, and destroy but we don’t know why or how he chooses his victims. What we do know is that our treasure doesn’t lie in this world, but in heaven. and thank God for that because I don’t know about you but I think in heaven I would like to live a little better. This life compared to forever in heaven is such a short time.

I remember understanding this for the first time when my best friend passed away. I suddenly understood the brief time we have here. But even more importantly, I understood the eternity of Heaven. The pain that we experience on earth is no joke and I don’t want to belittle anyone’s hurt. Just remember “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians‬ ‭6:12‬)

The Holy Spirit reminded me that in the end the only thing I need in my life is Jesus. I was dumbfounded. He reminded me that If I didn’t have food, a roof over my head, friends, acceptance, provision, or anything that we see as a “need” it wouldn’t matter because at the end of our day the ONLY thing that matters is that we have Jesus and share Jesus in every season. Sure that might sound easy for me to say since I can honestly say I have never experienced those things, but when the Lord gets a hold of you, his words touch you to the core and his understanding is given to you in its fullness.

It was after this “ah ha” moment that suddenly the burden of my request that I was demanding God I needed, was lifted. Truth is, Jesus answered my prayer 2019 years ago on the cross. He provided my need. He paid my price. And he saved my soul.

This may not be the answer you wanted if you are pleading with the Lord over something you see as a need. I wish I could tell you that you are never going to struggle and that being a Christian will mean an abundance of finances, health, laughter, and ease. Accepting Jesus is easy. Following him in every season can be hard. But just remember that our treasures are in Heaven and our answer is always Jesus.