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The Storm, the Fire, the Noise and the Whisper

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Peach says: There is a noise to life in these days that can be wonderful and can be awful also. And often disorienting.

For today I need less of the noise I personally make in my own head. I mean, Lord, do I trust You? Or do I trust my ability to figure things out and…do what? Nope. I put no trust in myself or words I could say or actions I could take. That doesn’t mean I do nothing, on the contrary, I continue to pray and declare YOU are Lord, YOU are our Father! YOU are the Great Designer! You are creating a masterpiece and we all get to be a part of it! Order our steps Lord, refine and help us be focused and disciplined! Effective and steadfast!! May the sound of our lives draw others to the flame that is You!! We are on fire but not consumed!

Like Moses at the burning bush, we take our shoes off because this life is Holy Ground. We want to be sensitive to the leading of Your Holy Spirit. We don’t always understand but, we always KNOW You are at work for our good and Your Glory. May we be quick to respond to Your leading and more ‘present’ with You throughout our days. We want to live our lives useful and AVAILABLE to You. We are grateful for Your Holy Spirit, which reveals You to us, and reveals Your ways to us, and guides us.

Less of us, less self focus, and more beholding You. As we behold You, we are transformed ‘from glory to glory’, You Word tells us.

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When we shut down the noise, and turn away from our talkative minds and choose to still our minds under the peaceful and refreshing waters of His Word, His Presence and His Spirit, we are like over-excited and now worn out children just mentally resting on Him,  catching our breath and getting reoriented with which way is UP and what really matters, and what is just static, to be tuned out.

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Once we recoup He is able to LAUNCH us like an arrow to our next destination!

Shhhh. 🙂 I’m listening! How about you?

 

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Strolls through the woods

Batman says:

When was the last time you took a stroll through the woods? For Peach and I it was just today, walking through the woods checking game cameras for activity (470 pictures of cows the last time I counted). It’s always a fun adventure watching Peach freak out over a banana spider that’s 10′ over her head (hehe sorry peach but it is funny), but she is a trooper always wants to come with me and is great company, there is no one I would rather wander around with than Peach, we have such adventures.

Wandering around in the woods looking at all gods creations and just being outside in nature makes you feel alive and grateful you have the opportunity. The day was perfect, blue clear skies, a breeze, the green of the leaves really showing off their colors. Just being surrounded by all the colors and sounds and sensations is worth a pot of gold to me, and having Peach along makes it all better.

Anyways, that’s enough musing along about my woods walk, y’all get out and look and listen to God’s creations in the woods, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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God’s Armor over Me?

Batman says:

Had an experience that just shows the Man upstairs (God you dorks, not your upstairs neighbor) has ways to protect us every day even though we have no idea he is doing so.

Here’s how the picture attached came about, Peach and I have a son (we have two sons to be precise, but since the other wasn’t involved, I only mentioned the one {if I didn’t clarify all God’s available armor couldn’t protect me from Peach reminding me we have two} as the conversation with him led to this.

I like to hunt, some find this horrible and that’s ok, most people have several opinions that don’t match mine. My son (the one I was originally talking about) and I were discussing the possibility of getting together and going hunting next December someplace we had never been. Research led us to decide a muzzle loader hunt would probably suit us best. Now those who are not gun knowledgeable are going “a what Hunt?” and that’s an appropriate question if you’re not gun savvy. So here is the easy version, a muzzle loading gun (black powder gun, smoke pole, musket, and a host of others) is loaded from the muzzle end (the end the bullet comes out) you put an appropriate amount of black powder (or in my case a pellet of synthetic gunpowder) in the muzzle, a projectile (sometimes wrapped in a patch sometimes in a plastic sleeve called a sabot) and push them down the barrel as far as they will go with a rod. The gun is then fitted with a percussion cap or a “shotgun” primer, cocked and fired (this is overly simplified but should give you an idea).

To unload my style muzzle loader, you can shoot it (which means cleaning it after) or you can take off the primer cap or shotgun primer, remove the breech plug, take the same rod u pushed the round and pellets in with and push them farther in till they fall out the open breech, thereby rendering the gun safe. If I plan to hunt later that day or the next morning I will sometimes just remover the primer cap, put the gun in the case until the next day, and so on and so on.

Anyways, this hunting decision being made convinced me to pull out the old “smoke pole” and give it the once over just because. Now I am pretty gun safe but even I do screw up from time to time and freely admit this fact. I haven’t hunted with the old muzzle loader in two years, and it’s been in a hard case in the safe nice and comfy. Once I get the gun out and dusted off I pull the breech plug out and look in the barrel (black powder and pyrodex synthetic pellets are highly corrosive) to see if there were signs of rust or corrosion. Imagine my surprise, I could not see a thing, it was pitch black. Point barrel at bright light coming in window, still black…hmmmm. Whip out ye old push rod and insert into muzzle and out pops two pellets and a bullet and sabot, Ha! just forgot to unload it I suppose, stupid but does happen, like I said I do make mistakes like all humans, and God keeps pushing us back on track. Now with that done I pull the rod out and look down the barrel, still black and I’m totally confused, I put the rod in, and push out two more pellets and another bullet in a sabot.

You could have pushed me over with a feather (not an easy feat I’m not a little guy) from the stunned sensation I had. Some how I had loaded one complete load on top of another during the last time I used it to hunt. Had no idea, but God did, his intervention then by not letting me see any animal worth shooting, and then in not letting me shoot it to unload it at the end of the season, and finally in making me want to give it a look when I did, all equaled to me not blowing the gun up in my face (Peach wouldn’t be happy with me coming home with a barrel stuck in my face).

You can say what you want, luck, fate, whatever, but to me it was only the hand of God and his Armor of protection that helped me avert a bad day.

…no worries Peach…

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Fried Chicken

Batman says:

I am pretty sure that God eats fried chicken in heaven, he would have to because it’s that good.

Peach and I eat a lot of chicken, and trying to find ways to make it interesting and different sometimes is hard to do, but there is one way it is always acceptable and that’s fried. Golden brown and delicious with just the right seasonings and crunch and there is no better food on this planet.

Think back in to your youth and one food you will remember having always will be fried chicken. Fried chicken is one of those foods moms just know how to cook, they need no fancy cookbooks or ingredients. Just a cast iron skillet (those observant ones of you will notice mine was done in an electric skillet, I have a cast iron ‘Lodge’ skillet, I chose the electric because it was out already and I’m sometimes lazy) some oil (I use vegetable) and chicken. Yes, there are shakes and dredges and drenched you can use but you don’t have to, salt and pepper work fine. I cook it at 325-330 till the interior is 160 (carryover heat does the rest). My mom does flower and eggs as a breading (I cannot compete with moms but I think mines ok) I’ve done it with or without breading, funny I’ve done chicken with or without the skin to (without skin is harder to do without making the outside tough so be careful) and we like it both ways.

Fried chicken, comfort food, y’all don’t forget it in today’s times where everything has to be fancy or healthy, cause it’s just plain good stuff.

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Looking Ahead

Batman says:

What does the future hold? Pretty sure if we could know our future, we would do something to screw it up, it’s human nature.

Peach and I have started to contemplate our future as retirement from a job I have done for over 20 years will in a short 3 more years be over, the job will always be there, I just will no longer be doing it.

Our future hopefully will include trips around this beautiful country we live in to see all it has to offer, fishing, hunting, trapping included. Photography will dominate a large portion of it as Peach and I both love taking pictures of everything. Visiting the ‘kids’ and their ‘rugrats’ will also be a priority. Mostly though, just Peach and I, going through the future as we have the past, together, in love and having goofy moments, all under Gods watchful eye.

I used to worry what the future holds, I no longer do that, with the love of my life along with me, the future can be nothing but an adventure.

…what exit is it again Peach???

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Have a Little Talk With Jesus

 

“Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray” – Psalm 5:2.

Peach here, Y’all! 2018. 2018 is some kind of amazing year already. So much happening, developing, growing, moving, changing, advancing! And through it all I need the wisdom of the Lord. I need my Jesus. I need to talk to Him and I need to hear from Him. I need to carry my cares to Him, ask for His strength, favor and intervention and provision! I give Him my troubles, and my gratitude, my loved ones, my friends, our country, and He gives me comfort, wisdom, joy, strength and answers!! He doesn’t need fancy words. Or some form in legalese in triplicate. Just respectful, authenticity. Based in faith in the goodness of His character and love for you. I use His Word to reframe my thinking and help me know Him bettter, and that fuels my prayer. Inspires me. Erases some of the world and it’s thinking out of me.

As I mentioned above 2018 is moving fast, and I thought at the end of last week that I rely so much on the Lord, and He is so MORE than faithful, in abundance even, is He faithful. And it made me sad to think there are those who do not know to turn to Him, do not choose to take their cares to Him. How do people make it through life without that grace, that mercy, that comfort and wisdom?

How about you? Well, as for me,  it’s time again for me to have a little talk with Jesus! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic.

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Gun Control

Batman Says:

Enacting ANOTHER gun law will not phase any one who wants to commit a violent crime with a gun. The proof is right there in plain view, look at Chicago, the toughest laws pertaining to guns most anywhere, highest murder rate in the US.

Want to stop school crime, raise your children like your grandparents raised theirs, be strict and firm, give praise when good deeds are done, punishment when rules are broken. Yes spank your children if they are bad, it doesn’t ‘scar them for life’ as some would have you believe.

If your child is rude, and unmanageable, it is YOUR fault, not society’s, take ownership and raise your children to respect life, respect God, and stop expecting someone else to do it for you.

Buy them books instead of PlayStations, bikes instead of cars, and let them earn the money for anything else they want.

Stop blaming GUNS for the wrongs in this country, start blaming the parents who allowed their children to be spoiled brats that think society owes them something. All these so called mental health issues did not affect our forefathers and we should stop allowing ‘Doctors’ to diagnose our children as having mental health issues.

Yes, there are some people with legitimate mental health issues, but for Pete’s sake, if we listen to the ‘professionals’ every child out there has a mental health issue.

Allow teachers that want to carry Firearms at school to get good training and carry them, secure our schools from the outside in, SPEND THE MONEY NOW TO DO THIS instead of wasting it on pet projects. Hire trained people to guard our schools, you’re creating jobs AND keeping the kids safer.

No folks GUNS aren’t the problem any more than cars that are used to purposely run over people are, new Laws aren’t the answer… the answer lies at home where we either raise our children right, or we try and let society raise them so we can always blame someone/something else when they turn out disrespectful and hurtful.