Archives June 2022

A Few Steps Back

white sailboat on water

Like ships on the ocean or paths in the sea…

“Before we react, though, it might be worth asking “and then what happens,” five times.”

This advice comes from Mr. Godin. He goes on to write, “If any of the (5) steps involve, “and then a miracle happens,” maybe you should take a few moments to reconsider, or as I would phrase it—take a few steps back.

Honestly, I have never had the idea of Then a miracle happens actually come into my mind during any of my episodes, but…

I’d like a couple of dollars for every time in my life I optimistically rushed into something without the five-step agenda and even without the miracle thought, yet still in the end I must have believed in some kind of voila moment—which didn’t happen.

So, here I sit between today and yesterday. If it were possible I would like to go back to bed and sleep all night. I can imagine that—and waking up in the morning feeling rested and ready for a wonderful day. Well, I could imagine that.

If this were in the middle of the day it would be a daydream, but this is night time and this isn’t really a night dream. In the long and short of things, there are too many of these things you can’t explain and don’t make sense. Especially at this time of day/night.

I have several favorite books in the Bible. Ecclesiastes has some of my favorite passages.

“Ecclesiastes 10:

10 If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.

11 Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.

12 The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

14 A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?

15 The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.”

I find all of the above scriptures to be clever in one way or another each one has a point.

So, is “there is a difference between a snake handler and a snake charmer?” This may be true, but why does “A serpent will bite without an enchantment” and a babbler is no better” go together? Babbling isn’t charming I think. I don’t like snakes and wouldn’t want to be either a snake handler or a snake charmer.

Now consider verse fifteen. I mean who would want to come under the curse of not knowing how to go to the city? “He’s so foolish he doesn’t even know how to go to the city…”

If you want to go to the city just follow the path. Lots of people are going to the city. In our day and age there are many who have just wandered into the city. The question now is do they know how to get out of the city? Talk about babbling, I think it has come to that.

Jesus didn’t talk about knowing how to go to the city, but he did talk about following the path.

“Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

And we know that many fools follow the broad way to destruction. “Consider your ways” is a cautionary warning for all of us. Yet too many aren’t willing to take a step back and look at where their path is taking them.

Most of us get up in the morning and follow our day because we’re in a certain groove. That’s our path and that’s what we do. Here’s a bit of Old Hillbilly Wisdom to draw this piece to an end:

𝐎𝐥𝐝 𝐇𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐖𝐢𝐬𝐝𝐨𝐦:

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

Keep skunks, bankers, and politicians at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered, not yelled.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

If you don’t take the time to do it right, you’ll find the time to do it twice.

Don’t corner something that is meaner than you.


“1Thessalonians 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.”

You Have Memories

silhouette of man standing on mountain cliff

On social media we get these wonderful notifications of “You have memories with…” and it lists people that generally I do have memories with, but—

I’m sharing this poem. I did not write this but it expresses so many truths. It says so many things poignantly. This is for all of us who have lost at least someone or maybe someones.

A Goat Rodeo

You don’t just lose someone once.

You lose them when you close your eyes each night.

And as you open them each morning.

You lose them throughout the day.

An unused coffee cup.

An empty chair.

A pair of boots no longer there.

You lose them as the sun sets.

And darkness closes in.

You lose them as you wonder why.

Staring at a star lit sky.

You lose them on the big days.






And the regular days too.

You lose them in the ordinary.


Household chores.

Routines taken for granted.

You lose them in the familiar.

A song they used to sing.

The scent of their cologne.

A slice of their favourite pie.

You lose them in conversations you will never have.

And all the words unsaid.

You lose them in all the places they’ve been.

And all the places they longed to go.

You lose them in what could have been.

And all the dreams you shared.

You lose them as you pick up the broken pieces.

And begin your life anew.

You lose them when you realize.

This is your new reality.

They are never coming back.

No matter how much

You miss them or

Need them.

No matter how hard you pray.

They are gone.

And you must go on.


You lose them as the seasons change.

The snow blows.

The flowers blossom.

The grass grows.

The leaves fall.

You lose them again and again.

Day after day.

Month after month.

Year after year.

Time marches on, carrying them further and further way.

You lose them as your hair whitens and your body bends with age.

Your memory fades.

And the details begin to blur.

Their face stares back at you from a faded photograph.

Someone you used to know.

You think you might have loved them once.

Long ago.

Back then.

When you were whole.

You don’t just lose someone once.

You lose them every day.

Over and over again.

For the rest of your life.

Monica Bobbitt

Galatians 6:

“2  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 
3  For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. 
4  But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 
5  For every man shall bear his own burden. 
6  Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. 
7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

On Our Plate

planet earth

… we are actually standing on a globe that is hurtling around the sun…

Today is exceedingly hot. And it’s possible the heat will be around for a day or more. I’ve already had a snooze. When my head keeps banging on the keyboard I feel justified in changing where I’m sitting.

We had family visiting this Father’s Day weekend, and so there is that. We ended up with thirty-two people for lunch on Father’s Day. Prayer is such a wonderful thing—we were all peaceable, entertained, and fed.

In a family our size and with some of our temperaments I rely much on prayer. After all, there is quite a Celtic streak in our bunch and as I’ve read lately: “I’m Celtic. We don’t keep calm. We run naked into battle, with a sword and axe, screaming at you.” And there’s that.

Confession here, Old Fuzzy and I are too old to run into battle, but we could scream at people… I guess.

 As we trundle down life’s crazy road there are many times we feel we have things figured out. At our age Old Fuzzy and I should have things figured out… but we don’t.

So, what’s in the soup today? We are thankful. Yesterday I was very slow. I’m thankful that today I’m not as slow. I am also thankful for the words of Jesus that tell us:

“Matthew 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

I don’t have to worry about tomorrow. I should try to prepare for tomorrow but not worry.

As the scriptures say in Proverbs 22:3 “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.”

Another thing to be thankful for is the omniscience of God. So many beauties surround us day in and day out. If you can imagine that even as we believe we are sitting in our chairs or working at our work we are actually standing on a globe that is hurtling around the sun and it’s all speeding through the dark universe toward… well, we aren’t sure what.

This is the day the Lord hath made and we should get right with God since we don’t know what tomorrow holds. There’s that.

Psalms 19:2 “Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.”

Been There Done That

orange mason jar in body of water

Depending on what we are considering, in order to believe that fallacy one had to skip childhood.

It seems to be the way of the world no matter what age a person lives in, but there is no end to the odd things you hear. For instance here are some things I came across just lately.

*There’s no absolute measure of wrong. Simply what we thought vs what they meant.

Depending on what we are considering, in order to believe that fallacy one had to skip childhood. Even a child knows this isn’t true. Often the younger a child is the more sure they are absolutely of right and wrong.

“Isaiah 43:1  But now thus saith Jehovah that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed thee; I have called thee by thy name, thou art mine.”

Because God created us, he set bounds and there are some things that are right and some things which are wrong. God also gave us his laws. In this sense, God created the standard which created good versus evil. Or as it says in “Isaiah 45:7  I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil. I am Jehovah, that doeth all these things.” The first of God’s laws were written on tablets of stone and now we have laws written on our hearts.

“2Corinthians 3:3  being made manifest that ye are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in tables that are hearts of flesh.”

*The world is smaller than we think. Again this is partly true, but only comparatively. If you compare this world with other ‘worlds’ there are some larger and some smaller. If you’re walking around the globe or bicycling it is a large sphere. Taking a jet plane shortens things up quite a bit and indeed, the world is smaller than we think.

“Isaiah 43:2  When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”

The real opportunity and challenge is to get much better at recognizing truth and fabrication. Quite a few years ago I read an article that claimed ‘information is increasing at’ it claimed at an astounding rate. But how were we to know that information wasn’t there all along and no one knew about it?

When I was a child we learned about many inventors, scientists, and historical figures. Some of these men were amazingly brilliant. The scientist Sir Isaac Newton is one of them.

It is said that Newton remarked at a time close to his death, “I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

Within the vast ocean of knowledge and information, one thing we seem to lose sight of is when we compare an ordinary life span to eternity it is very short. None of us will live forever no matter how smart we are, or how much we know.

Some people say we can’t know what comes after death. They say it’s a guessing game, yet…

We all know how much better the world would be if everyone would live their lives in conjunction with not just the ten commandments but those commandments as Jesus gave them according to the New Testament.

And of course, it is better to live your life as if there is a God, being in a right relationship with him, and find out there is no God. You’ve had a good life. Than to live as if there is no God and find out there is a God and you’re about to be judged accordingly. Not only has your life been lacking, but you will now face judgment in your death.

Act 17:

23 For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. What therefore ye worship in ignorance, this I set forth unto you.

24  The God that made the world and all things therein, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

25  neither is he served by men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he himself giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

26  and he made of one every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed seasons, and the bounds of their habitation;

27  that they should seek God, if haply they might feel after him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us:

That’s What I’m Talking About

man sitting on a hood of a school bus

Signs are up at many of the small schools in our area for school bus drivers.

The job can be demanding and frustrating. It’s a job that breaks up your day.

“Matthew 18:1  In that hour came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

Since the routes begin early in the morning with the morning route finishing before nine o’clock and the afternoon route begins in the middle of the afternoon on a normal day. And then there are days when it changes and afternoon has an early out.

Sometimes the children are a challenge as well as the time challenge. All in all, driving a school bus has good and bad sides to it. If you can find a separate job with the flexibility to work around a school schedule and get your bus kids to follow the driver’s and the school’s rules, it’s less harrowing.

A few weeks ago several school bus drivers in this small community turned in their resignations. Not so much for anything, just happenstance. For a few years now Old Fuzzy had talked about retiring from driving.

Somedays it was related to unruly children, some days it was because it breaks up a daily schedule, some days it was Old Fuzzy isn’t a spring chicken anymore.

But every year there have been reasons to stay. He’s picked up some kids all through their school years beginning with the preschool program and even witnessed their graduation.

“Matthew 18:2  And he called to him a little child, and set him in the midst of them,”

Many of the preschool children would get on the bus and stop and give him a hug. Indeed, to many of these children the only constant figure in their lives was their bus driver. He’d pick them up morning and evening, greeting them by name as they boarded the bus.

On certain holidays he would buy small presents and some of them would return the favor. In short, as I mentioned he has been one of the few constants in their lives. Some of them have been traumatized when their parents divorced, or worse they weren’t married and everyone just moved around.

“Matthew 18:

3  and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye turn, and become as little children, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven.

4  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5  And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me:

6  But whoso shall cause one of these little ones that believe on me to stumble, it is profitable for him that a great millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be sunk in the depth of the sea.”

At times like these, I’m speechless. As difficult as it may be to grasp, there aren’t words to articulate the depth of anguish when I view the cheap price tag placed on the young and vulnerable.

Back in the early ’70s when it became a woman’s right to kill their child in the womb it could have been predicted that all life would become cheap. Not just children but all human life is cheap. We still see bleeding hearts out there for puppies, kittens, and many other small, young life forms, just not for baby humans or human life.

We can credit our social media for allowing us access to different opinions. This last week someone put it quite succinctly “I don’t think the party that spent the last 3 weeks crying because they may not get to abort kids anymore has any right to lecture us about saving kids. Kaitlin Bennett”

When there is a tragedy, as the meme pointed out then the people advocating for gun control stand on the dead bodies and do just that. They lecture us on saving children. Otherwise, it doesn’t matter, shout out your abortion.

There are so many tragedies and we aren’t aware of them. The current wide-open border and all the sadness that is caused by it including human trafficking and child trafficking. Sorrow upon sorrow, yet what’s to be done? When people don’t follow the law it hurts more than one person.

“Micah 6:6  Wherewith shall I come before Jehovah, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt-offerings, with calves a year old?

7  will Jehovah be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my first-born for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

8  He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth Jehovah require of thee, but to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with thy God?