Peach says: last week Batman and I were doing our thing of sitting in our lawn chairs and enjoying the evening light and summer sounds. We had certain birds coming ’round that were so fun to watch!
In watching the birds, Batman told me about mockingbirds and how they will fluff up their wings to make a shadow on the ground to scare up critters. It reminded me of a verse I had heard the previous day, with regards to how the enemy of our souls will work to put us off our game. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8.
A Bible teacher that has been a great blessing to me is Joseph Prince, and he will often remind us that the devil may sound like a lion…but Jesus has made him toothless!! It is good to remember to be strong in the Lord and to be CONFIDENT in Him as well! He has indeed crushed the enemy! “13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” – Colossians 2:13-15.
And while the enemy of our souls seeks to whisper condemnation in our ears, oh so subtly, and then when that doesn’t work, will roar fearful thoughts in the middle of the night or on the job, in traffic, or just about anytime, and then! Then the cares of life can come rushing in, squeezing our peace out. Crowding out our thoughts of gratitude and praise, suffocating our logic, our wisdom and even our joy.
I would say one of our enemy’s primary mantras would be “Distract, Divide, Destroy”. Tonight we are considering his efforts to distract, to BLUFF, if you will.
It brings to mind a trite saying, but, trite sayings are often a ‘thing’ because there’s so much truth there, “FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real”. On several occasions I have talked with my friends in the faith, about how most things we dread NEVER happen, and nothing we dread is ever as bad or often, very often, not even bad at all. We waste essential time and emotional energy torturing ourselves for no reason. Not to say bad things don’t happen in this life. On the contrary, they will, and He will bring us all the way through, and better than we went in. In the meantime, as good soldiers in faith, in this thing called life and the here and now, we are to remember He is not the author of confusion, and also — “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.“ – 2 Timothy 1:7. In Him we live an move and have our being, He is never far from us, what have we to fear?
Trust me, I have these talks with myself often! It’s just recently He has been highlighting certain verses for me to point out that we unnecessarily fall for the bluff at times, and as Ephesians 5 reminds us, we are to ‘redeem the times, for the days are evil‘. I like to think of that as doing double time, making the most of our opportunities, and not falling for the toothless bluffer, or the cares of this world! Instead, I want to run this race of faith and life, side by side with my Batman!! –> “…And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. 3 Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. 4 After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.” –– Hebrews 12:1b-4.
How about it? Wanna come?
Peach and I have discovered wine, now before you get all crazy let me explain. We have never been, nor will we ever be, big drinkers of anything but iced tea or water, but, we recently tried wine and discovered we still didn’t really like it. Was really sour and left an aftertaste. Tried several types too, still the same result, yuck! Read about them; white, red, pink, blah blah, read how they were best served blah blah. Somehow or another, probably due to the kangaroo on the bottle, we got some Yellow Tail “Big Bold Red” and stuffed it in the refrigerator, don’t ask why just did. Couple days later decided to try again and after searching around looking for it, found it in said refrigerator, poured a couple small glasses and drank them together, Peach and I, and actually liked it. Had a few more glasses with the same result. Under the guise of red wine is good for the heart, we have a glass now and then. Not every day, not large quantities, not to excess, but a glass, chilled and in a chilled glass.
Now you wine snobs out there just hold your tongue, I think the point the wine producers have is to sell wine for people to drink and enjoy however they like it. If this is the case, what’s wrong with having wine cold? If we like it cold? Anyways, Peach and I have discovered we like our one glass of wine, red, white, whatever, iced cold in a cold glass. If that’s not proper wine etiquette, oh well, I think we will survive just fine…
Hey, Peach, here’s your heart healthy Big Bold Red…love ya
Peach says: “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” – John 10:10
While ‘godliness with contentment is great gain’. 1 Timothy 6:6, it is ALSO something He desires, greatly desires, you to know, that is — He is your GOOD Father, when you are in relationship, in right standing with Him, through your reliance on the perfect sacrifice of Christ Jesus on your behalf. He desires not only to work out good things for you, in you and through you, but He has goodness in store for you and WANTS you to get to know Him in these ways.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.“- Jeremiah 29:11.
“I will give you the treasures of darkness
And hidden riches of secret places,
That you may know that I, the Lord,
Who call you by your name,
Am the God of Israel.” – Isaiah 45:3 (this literally came across the TV as I was typing out this message, as the preacher was explaining ‘He is ALWAYS the God of the double portion, of more than enough’!! This coming on after the end of an entirely different message I had just watched).
“Oh, how great is Your goodness,
Which You have laid up for those who fear You,
Which You have prepared for those who trust in You…!” – Psalm 31:19 (a FAVORITE of mine!)
“6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a REWARDER of those who diligently seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:6
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” – Psalm 34:8
In 2001 the Lord impressed on my heart “Trust me to do you good”. Since then I have learned of His goodness to us, in us, and that He lets us be part of. About 4 or 5 years ago, He impressed on me to make my effort to help people know of His goodness. “Oh taste and see that the Lord is GOOD;”
Today I could tell you many things, many ways He has proven Himself true and faithful over and over. But, you likely have your own stories, your own experiences! I simply want to shine a spotlight on Him, on His goodness. He desires to express that goodness, that love, that rich grace, mercy, purpose and plan for you. This world we live in is designed to distract us, hopes to overwhelm us, that we may lose heart, forget, lose our upward focus! All runners must keep focused upward and forward! All mountain climbers must focus upward and forward. JESUS IS OUR UPWARD! OUR FORWARD!
I hope you feel exhilarated and encouraged. Taste and SEE! The Lord, He IS good!!
I have a tendency to goof off in the kitchen whilst Peach is out working. I plunder through the cabinets and freezer, drawers and fridge searching for some unknown super food that is both filling, salty, sweet, not so bad for you (not to good for you either). I usually end up making a mess and sometimes the resulting amassed pile of ingredients results in something tasty (sometimes turkey vultures would turn their noses up at it) and a bit ago I made this concoction:
Jerry’s Apple roasted chicken with Apple honey glaze
3 chicken breasts cubed
Beer chicken spice
Cube chicken put in baking dish
Sprinkle with creole seasoning, garlic salt, beer chicken spice, cayenne pepper. Add Apple cider to moisten. Bake in 400 pre-heated oven 10 minutes, turn, another 10 minutes
In small sauce pan combine 2 large spoonfuls of apple jelly and 2-3 squirts honey, heat to thin
Remove chicken, baste with Apple honey mix, back in oven on broil middle rack 7 minutes
Oven to 400 and bake another 7 minutes
Ok, the baking times differ with your oven, just be careful not to over cook the chicken.
It was actually pretty tasty and not very complicated to make. I’m sure some fancy chef someplace has already done this in some fashion and if so I give u your accolades, I’ve never heard of it or had anything like it before so I gave it the name you see.
Anyways, Peach liked it (or pretended to)
Have a great day y’all
Linner (lunch/dinner for the uneducated) is a kinda in between meal for working families. Peach and I love to (at least she says she loves to…sometimes I’m not sure) cook together in the kitchen. Linner is our meal we make when one or the other may not have the night off, we try and make it kinda healthy (not foolin anyone it’s healthy or not we’re gonna eat it) when we can and if not I will not lose and sleep. Today it was shrimp drenched in eggs and milk, dredged in ‘Jiffy Muffin’ mix and fried at 325 till golden brown and delicious along with Brussel sprouts cooked in salt and pepper and when done topped with a half stick of butter and allowed to melt. The muffin mix adds a sweet and crispy texture and flavor to the shrimp and the butter of course makes Brussel sprouts melt in your mouth. Total time, 15 minutes?? And freakin yummy..
Take time to experiment, and don’t forget Linner, the unused meal…don’t forget the dishes Peach 🙂
Struck me today, we have reached a point in history where we no longer talk “to” a person we talk “at” a person. Texting, blogging, news etc, all talk at people. There is no human interaction, no tremble in the voice when upset, no visible smile when happy. There are just typed words or talking heads on a television screen (substitute with phone screen or computer monitor).
As I get older I tend to look back a bit at how things were (just like everyone does eventually) when people actually talked to each other, either face to face or on the phone, even on Ham radio. I believe we have traveled half way down a road that eventually leads to us just not ever having to speak to a human being in person. Just take a look around you pretty much anywhere you are at the moment (yes even in cars, which is stupid and will get you or someone hurt or killed if your driving) and I would be willing to bet there is someone with their face glued to a phone screen or computer monitor (don’t fib, you know there is someone).
The art of communication is one we should try and keep, it helps make meaningful contact, establishes life long friendships, works out issues and it’s just plain better than any form of communication.
Read an article someplace recently that said Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban don’t text, they actually call so they can speak to each other, remember the concept of that? Have when gotten so far down the path that we can’t go back? I for one hope not and will make a conscious effort to actually talk face to face with whoever I need to communicate with from now on, I may be old fashioned but I’ve never really liked even phones, I prefer face to face, it’s more “human” and leaves a better impression I think.
Anyways that’s my two cents, don’t text me I won’t get it anyways, and take the time today to find a person and just say hello, bet your surprised at the result.
What is it with getting ready for bed that takes some people so long? I mean, brush teeth, take medicine (if required) say prayers, get happy tuckus (rear, butt, bottom) in bed. Should be that simple, but no, some people (nope I ain’t pointing a finger so don’t even ask) take forever to actually get into bed. They find ways to make going to bed a crazy time consuming adventure and it leaves one wondering if they are ever really coming to bed. The bathroom portion takes at a minimum 10 minutes to get everything done. Then they come out and remember something they forgot and go back to the bathroom again.
Then of course they remember that they need to go to the kitchen to get a drink or family room to retrieve something they forgot, all the while the patient other half is in bed trying either to stay awake so they kinda go to bed ‘together’ or trying to fall asleep because they have to get up early and go to work.
Going to bed together as a couple is keen to a relationship, but apparently that doesn’t mean going to bed at he same time.
Love ya Peach
Here I am, 00:14 hours (12:14 at nite for u non 24hr peeps) and wide awake again. Insomnia?nope just a victim of shift-work for over 23 years, currently I’m keyed on working nights. End of a 56 day rotation and Monday I’m back to day-shift. It’s a wonder people with this kind of schedule ever get good sleep and therefore good rest.
Exercise is supposed to help, but so far I’ve proved that to be hit and miss, spent 3+ hours with peach cutting grass today, was exhausted, hot and sweaty, had a good supper, watched a very small amount of television, and was in bed by 22:30. Tossed and turned and flopped like a fish out of water until I figured I would write about my misfortune at not being sleepy. Reading helps at times but I have read every book in the house at least twice, and did my bible reading for the evening when we hit the sack (Ester 9-10 if you must know).
So here I lay, awake and trying to be still so I don’t wake Peach who is finally resting (sleeping) peacefully after wrestling whatever one wrestles in ones dreams. Thoughts bombarding my brain like so many rain drops in a summer storm, ‘should I get the new pool liner?’, ‘it would be cool to get the antenna mast pretty soon’, ‘gotta get back to studying for that test’ and so on.
Then I take a breath and think how lucky I am, I’m home, I have a loving wife and great kids and grandkids. I have a roof over my head, a pretty good job and friends I can count on in a pinch, and I finally start to relax. I remember these are my days off, I should have a clear mind and enjoy what Gods given me. I lay here quietly typing out these words randomly as the thoughts appear in my head, no order, no chaos, just relaxed thoughts.
No, none of this has helped me get sleep, but it has reminded me that I am lucky and I’m being watched over by God, who in the long run, will assure I get the sleep I need and the peace I hope for.
Sometimes like the saying goes “sleep is overrated” in the great scheme of things.
Night all, rest peacefully knowing there are guardians out there every night seeking the evil most people pretend doesn’t exist. And like my fellow guardians, with gods help, that evil will not find you and yours on our watch.
Now you know why Peach named the blog “Adventures and Musings….
Cause sometimes Batman rambles aimlessly
Winter of 1981, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. I was 16 and in a Bob Segar, Alabama, Bette Midler mode. Alabama was all me. I remember when I heard them for the first time. Music is so powerful, it just resonated with me. Bob Seger and Bette Midler were my parents jams, that I took as my own. Played all three records over and over. Fortunately my parents work schedule allowed me plenty of time to turn the music up to 9 o’clock and rock the house out!
In spring of 1982 I met Batman, and my music jam moved on to .38 Special and Billy Squiers. Because of how the river of life flowed I did not hear one of the Bob Seger songs probably since that winter, it wasn’t a big air play song on the radio. Little Victories. With the passage of time my brain had boiled down this song into a few crystallized lines, chiefly, Little Victories, it was a common thought to me to always celebrate the tiny victories often overlooked on the way to ultimate success! Let there be joy in the journey by learning to find the dew in the grass as joy comes in the morning.
Something brought it to mind yesterday and I looked it up, first the lyrics. They surprised me by their sheer lonesomeness. Then I listened to the song, maybe for the first time since winter of 1981. So good. I still get why I liked his music so much. And I could still get the lines that were the ones that stood out to my youthful mind way back then.
“As you step out in the night take a lesson from the trees
Watch the way they learn to bend with each breeze
Everytime you make it through
It’s another little victory
Day by day minute by minute