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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Where would we be without them?

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I am happy during this Fourth of July week-end to give honor where honor is due.  Thank you to all of our veterans and all of our service men and women who are active.  Those of us who dwell safely at home might take for granted the freedoms we enjoy, but our military men, women, and families, know the price it costs to insure that our freedom remains.

Take a step beyond the door of reality and try to imagine our nation without the people who pledge their allegiance and serve the ideals of American freedom. What if no one enlisted?  What if no one followed orders?  What if no one fought the enemies of freedom on the battle field?  The dismal images of lawlessness, hedonism, chaos, and rule by the rich elite is staggering.  We would still be in the Dark Ages under the tyranny of those with the resources and might to take control of the rest of us.

It is a sobering thought to consider what our lives would be without the freedom others fought for and paid so dearly for the rest of us, from the first settlers to our young men and women serving today.

THANK YOU men and women of military experience.

THANK YOU police officers and first responders.

THANK YOU politicians who are ruled by truth and right rather than popularity or fear of offending a few powerful people.

THANK YOU to those who fight behind the scenes on special security assignments who are never seen, recognized, or acknowledged, but strive daily to keep our enemies at bay and keep our country safe.

THANK YOU to all who serve our nation and keep freedom alive.

Celebrating Independence Day

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Whether we are speaking of being a free citizen of the United States of America, or being free from the wages of sin, someone paid the price for our freedom.

If one person tries to silence the thoughts and convictions of another, they have instantly nullified freedom on both ends.  To ask another person to abandon their personal belief system and their moral compass because they are not popular or make one person (or group) is self defeating.  To force one person to abandon their personal convictions in order to serve the desires of another is the beginning of the end of freedom.

Let us not take lightly the price that was paid  in blood by those who loved us and our nation enough to risk and/or lay down their lives for us.  Let us never forget the sacrifice that Christ made for us that we could be free from sin.

Thank you, FATHER GOD, that we can be free because of Your great love for us and Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for us.

Thank you VETERANS for loving your country and cherishing this nation’s freedoms enough to risk your lives in order to assure our freedom.

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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Following the Calf Path

I recently discovered the poem below and love the message.  Sometimes we follow a bizarre and winding path only because it is there, without knowing WHY or HOW or WHO created it in the first place.

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The Calf-Path

      by
      Sam Walter Foss  (1858-1911)

One day, through the primeval wood,
A calf walked home, as good calves should;
But made a trail all bent askew,
A crooked trail, as all calves do.

Since then three hundred years have fled,
And, I infer, the calf is dead.
But still he left behind his trail,
And thereby hangs my moral tale.

The trail was taken up next day
By a lone dog that passed that way;
And then a wise bellwether sheep
Pursued the trail o’er vale and steep,
And drew the flock behind him, too,
As good bellwethers always do.

And from that day, o’er hill and glade,
Through those old woods a path was made,
And many men wound in and out,
And dodged and turned and bent about,
And uttered words of righteous wrath
Because ’twas such a crooked path;
But still they followed — do not laugh —
The first migrations of that calf,
And through this winding wood-way stalked
Because he wobbled when he walked.

This forest path became a lane,
That bent, and turned, and turned again.
This crooked lane became a road,
Where many a poor horse with his load
Toiled on beneath the burning sun,
And traveled some three miles in one.
And thus a century and a half
They trod the footsteps of that calf.

The years passed on in swiftness fleet.
The road became a village street,
And this, before men were aware,
A city’s crowded thoroughfare,
And soon the central street was this
Of a renowned metropolis;
And men two centuries and a half
Trod in the footsteps of that calf.

Each day a hundred thousand rout
Followed that zigzag calf about,
And o’er his crooked journey went
The traffic of a continent.
A hundred thousand men were led
By one calf near three centuries dead.
They follow still his crooked way,
And lose one hundred years a day,
For thus such reverence is lent
To well-established precedent.

A moral lesson this might teach
Were I ordained and called to preach;
For men are prone to go it blind
Along the calf-paths of the mind,
And work away from sun to sun
To do what other men have done.
They follow in the beaten track,
And out and in, and forth and back,
And still their devious course pursue,
To keep the path that others do.

They keep the path a sacred groove,
Along which all their lives they move;
But how the wise old wood-gods laugh,
Who saw the first primeval calf!
Ah, many things this tale might teach —
But I am not ordained to preach.

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Animals Join in Praise

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I love photographing animals.  On many occasions, it seemed for all of the world as if an animal I was watching stopped to lift its head and Praise the Lord.  They never know I’m there, as with this wild horse, and they are not performing for an audience.  I can surmise no other answer than that animals do what comes natural to them, raise their heads and praise the Lord!

Psalm 150:6 – “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord!”

God Has Enough Blessings for Everyone

There are times in all of our lives where we feel like we are doing pretty well and sometimes we feel like the frog waiting to turn into the prince or princess we were meant to be.

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When we are having a particularly tough time it is easy to imagine that other people’s lives are easier than our own or maybe even feel like God loves them better than He loves us.

I once heard that someone said about me, “She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth.”  I was flabbergasted.  I come from an average family, and my life has been riddled with difficulties to overcome.  Where was that person when I was working three part time jobs, taking college classes, and trying to take care of an infant son?

That was only one stage of my life.  I have also been incredibly blessed.  If I dwelt on what I don’t have, I would miss recognizing what I do have.  My life is still filled with challenges and difficulties, but it is a blessed life.

There was a season when I, like so many others, could not understand why some people seem to have so much while others of us seem to do without so many things.  However, I passionately embrace this truth.  “My God shall supply all of my NEEDS according to His riches in glory.”  God never runs out of enough blessings for everyone.

It doesn’t matter who gets to be prince or princess.  It doesn’t matter who gets to live out the greatest love story, or become rich and famous.  MY BLESSINGS from God are totally independent of every other person.  In God’s storehouse, there is enough for Him to bless all others and still have enough to bless me abundantly.

Let us never give in to jealousy. If our trust is in God, He is all we will ever need.  2 Corinthians 9:8 says, ”  And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

A Wild Profusion of Blossoms – Queen of Ordinary – April 21, 2015

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Welcome Wildflowers!  The Highlands of Kentucky are rich with natural geographic beauty, but in the spring, the profusion of wild blossoms popping up unattended and unseen is truly a delight.  It seems this year especially that everything has chosen to bloom all at once.

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I took my camera and drove across the mountain yesterday to Pine Mountain Settlement School.  I was chasing sunshine and dodging storm clouds, but the trip was definitely worth it.  The variety of wildflowers and flowering trees that were out amazed me.

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Our ordinary worlds are filled with unexpected beauty.  We only need to take the time and make the effort to look for it.