Friday, August 31, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
What a great way to spend a day off. I got up early, loaded up one of my hunting stands into the back of the van, loaded up my Arctic Cat onto my trailer, and drove over to Hardin, IL to meet Danny Younger for breakfast at Mel's. We then went out to our new hunting spot, tied stands onto our ATV's, and set out to place our first hunting stands of the season on an incredible piece of hunting property surrounded by corn and soybeans, and crawling with deer. It's always harder work to put up a stand than I think it will be, but just to put it in place, and with sweat pouring off my brow, sit in it for a few moments and just imagine watching all the deer that will travel down the trails my stand covers - it's nice. It was especially exciting to realize what a beautiful scenic place it is. I can't wait to see the colors of fall blanket the hills and valleys of that part of IL. I can't wait to watch an early morning sunrise or even a sunset from the hilltop my stand is on. I couldn't help but think that most people have no idea what it's like to spend quiet time out in the country, on a deer stand, with no city noises or sounds anywhere, and just enjoy God's creation. What really makes it fun is when you have a hunting buddy to share it with. Not the stand time, but the pre & post hunt time. I've never spent time in a deer stand that I didn't have some kind of story to share after the hunt. Most of the time, the story doesn't even include a deer. It's just God's creation, and it's always good - like He is. I hope my grand kids can experience it with me sometime and learn to appreciate the peace that comes from learning how wonderful - and big - our Father's world is. And yes, I spent part of my day off with my beautiful wife. I even grilled chicken for our dinner tonight, and boy was it good. Not as good as Donna's marinated venison, but still good. Even if it hadn't been good, it's always a blessing to share another wonderful meal with my wonderful wife. (Who understands completely why I love to hunt! And everything else I do - for that matter.) If I kill it - she'll grill it! I think that'll preach!
Friday, August 24, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
1. Why Your Preacher Is worth His Salary! (Scripture optional)
2. Lessons Learned from Onan (See Gen. 38 if you dare)
3. What's Wrong With Our Elders? (Good career change lesson)
4. Why Did God Decide on Circumcision? (Tons of scripture, by the way)
5. Judah & Tamar: The Art of Relationship Building (See Gen.38 again)
6. Not's In the Devils Tale! (An unfortunate classic from Gen.3)
7. Acappella People Waiting For That Last Trumpet! (I love irony)
8. Give Me That Old Time Temple Worship! (Our deniable reality)
9. Forsake Not The Assembly - Love Optional! (Our deniable reality)
10. What The Holy Spirit Told Me Last Night? (Sermonus Interruptus - fast)
This may need a Part 2 - so any suggestions?
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Saturday, August 04, 2007
We had a visit from Denny Crane again the other day. I love watching him hunt for fish. He is one of the most patient hunters I've ever seen. I especially liked this view of the double Denny.
I've known that deer came to our pond regularly, but it's usually at night. I see tracks on the other side all the time. We were home for lunch this week on a really hot day, and I just happened to glance out the back and see this doe with her twins getting a quick drink. This was at high noon! The dots on the fawns mean they've only been in this world since probably May or early June.
It will be a week before I do a new blog. Tomorrow we leave for a family vacation and will be with ALL our kids and grand kids for the first time since last November. Mostly we haven't seen Jonathan and Holly since then. I believe that's the longest we've ever gone without seeing a member of our family. So, needless to say we will be enjoying some great family time and I will be away from this computer. I'll leave you with a picture of Donna's latest cake creation that she did today for a groom's cake. Have I mentioned lately how incredible she is? It's red velvet underneath the camo. Yummmm! I could wear that!