The Bear That Broke My Nose

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However, that doesn’t include broken bones.  on this particular excursion, trying to get the shot cost me a broken nose.  Riding in the back seat of an ATV with a large metal roll over bar across the back of the front seat without a seatbelt was an invitation for disaster.

I was leaned down trying to focus up the hill on the opposite side of the ATV when the driver hit an unexpected bump.  My nose smacked the bar and I heard it crunch like someone crunching crackers in their hands.  Gruesome noise followed by blood.  Needless to say, my interest in the bear vanished.  But blood and all, I managed to get one shot which wasn’t anywhere near great.

The Bible says ‘in everything give thanks,” and “all things work together for our good.”  I have to say I pondered that closely when I got home.  What was there to be thankful for?  I was thankful it wasn’t a broken leg or something far worse than a cracked nose.  How was it a good thing?  I learned a lesson about wearing the seat belt I thought I didn’t need, AND I can now breathe clearly out of both nostrils, my olfactory senses seems to be enhanced, and I had an opportunity to PRAISE GOD even when things weren’t exactly going my way.  I have an adventure story to tell in the future that will be much funnier the further I get away from the pain.

In God’s hands, it’s all good.

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Don’t Overlook the Little Joys of Life

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I recently spent a couple of days at the lake with my son and his family.  With the hustle and bustle of kids and parents getting up and getting ready for a big day in the water, I retreated to the back porch with my camera.  Early morning light shifted through the trees as branches swayed in the breeze.

I kept seeing movement among the leaves, but couldn’t quite spot the culprit.  Finally I spotted a squirrel.  It seemed like that little guy could be everywhere at once.  Then I realized there were three of them romping through the foliage, chasing each other, and showing off.  They were amazing little scamps, leaping from tree to tree, running up and down the trunks, and chasing each other across the lawn.  At times it seemed like they were playing peek-a-boo with me.

All of God’s creation is full of wonder.  I’m so glad I took the time to watch these little furry cuties for a few minutes before the sliding glass door opened and I was summoned in to breakfast.

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