Some Peoples’ Cats

The only cat I ever owned was an orange and white striped little ball of terror I named, Nashville after the 1966 hit song, Nashville Cats, by The Lovin’ Spoonful. The cat was cool in a terrifying kind of way.

Problem was, you see, I was not necessarily meant to own a cat. I played pretty rough with the little critter, and loved to scare the daylights out of him every chance I got. The roughhousing made him mean, and constantly scaring him caused him to be sneaky.

Nashville catAs the ornery little critter started growing up, he figured he owed some payback to humans, and I had to warn anybody who came to visit. Still, even when they knew it might happen, he still scared them pretty good. He’d hide behind the couch, or a curtain, and come flying out, pounce on a hand or foot, hiss, growl, then vanish. I got used to it, but visitors… not so much.

I finally had to give Nashville away when my first son Billy was born. It was immediately apparent the cat thought the new human in the cage (crib) was fair game, and the first time we found it crouched below the crib twitching its tail, it was goodbye, Nashville Cat. We gave him to some “friends” of ours. Funny… they never spoke to us after that.

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Pig Pen

pig penPig Pen, from the Peanuts comic strip, was a happy-go-lucky youngster who was always covered in dirt and followed by a cloud of dust. But it seemed to me Pig Pen was totally at peace, but he just didn’t care how dirty he got while he went about doing the things kids do. His mom probably didn’t scold him for getting dirty; she just dusted him off and sent him on his way knowing he’d come back needing to be cleaned up again.

That’s how God is with us. He knows as we go about our day we’ll get covered in worldly dust. But, when our hope is in Him, He’s always there to wash it away.

Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure. 1John 3:3

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A Thousand Times, Then Wow!

I do this a lot–this saying wow when I see something I’ve seen many times. I’m doing it now as I keep glancing over at the beautiful lady I married on this date 22 years ago. God blesses me every day.

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It seems we often take so much God has done for granted. The world around us is full of wondrous things, and yet we walk through it each day, oblivious to most of them. I dare say if we were to compile a list of wonderful things God has created or done, we would not be able to complete it in our lifetime.

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A River Between

I walk beside the river most days, and on many of those days I stop at the place where I’ve watched some folks walk across it to the other side—the side where God waits patiently for us to come and join Him. Over the past few years, I’ve begun to notice things—things that had somehow slipped past me before—and one of those things is that the river is never the same. I’ve come to the conclusion it’s different for each of us, and the reason is we fill it with our own thoughts and deeds, hopes and dreams, fears and confusion. The river can be peaceful and serene, it can be raging and angry, or it can be something in between or on either side of those things. In a nutshell, it is what we allow it to be, because in the end, it’s all about choices, and we’re the ones making them. And the biggest choice we will ever make is whether or not we cross that river.

 I’ve got a lot more to say about “The River Between”, and you’ll find some of it in the first book in the series, “JULI”. I’ve also written the second in the series, but haven’t decided on a title

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Turn the Page

One of my favorite songs from the early seventies is, “Turn The Page”, by Bob Seger. He begins the song with, “On a long and lonesome highway….”. Then finishes the first stanza with, “And you don’t feel much like ridin’, you just wish the trip were through.”

There was a time I envisioned myself zooming down an empty highway in the dark of night, alone, and wishing the trip would end. It seemed the faster and farther I went, the darker it got, the lonelier I felt, and the more futile and hopeless life seemed. But something in the back of my mind kept saying, “You can get off this road. Take the next exit and go east, toward the risen Son.”

It is that simple…

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To open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me. Acts 26:18

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We’re Out of Turkey! ~ July 31

No time for a re-write and picture today–it’s moving/retirement day–but thought I’d finish off the Thanksgiving theme with a re-blog.

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We’re Out of Turkey!

But we have ham!

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Turkey Sandwiches!

Staying with the Thanksgiving in July theme, I have to tell you, I love turkey sandwiches! Those things are better than just about anything! Only thing is, all the family and friends are usually gone and aren’t there to enjoy them with me.

I’ve often mentioned how our family would congregate on holidays when I was a child, and those were awesome times! There was love and peace in abundance, the latter being most prominent after the big feast when everyone was sprawled out watching the football game or napping. Love… well… it was everywhere and in everything we did.

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…. and turkey sandwiches!

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. Jude 1:2

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