Saturday, June 16, 2012

Fierceness of The Father

As we approach Fathers Day, I remember back to my Dad who was very respected in our rural community.  Even though he only went through eighth grade, people sought him for advice and counsel.  He wasn't a man who quickly angered but I always appreciated  that he would stand his ground  on principles of right and wrong.  Thanks Dad for leading our family on Godly  living.

I recently witnessed a father's fierceness of a different kind but definitely put there by God himself.  Sadie and I were taking a walk along the Pend Oreille River and a bald eagle was trying to get a small group of coot.  The eagle had them in shallow water at the boat landing.  As the beautiful eagle dove and was just about to grab a helpless coot, a gander canada goose rose up to meet the large raptor and actually hit the eagle.  The eagle made three more dives on the coots only to be hit each time by the gander.  The gander's mate was nesting nearby on a rock jetty and the goose was going to defend her with his life.  The eagle decided to seek something else for lunch. 

The title "Lord God Almighty" means God of Angel Armies.  God is control of everything and everyone.  His fierceness of fire consumed enemy armies that sought to destroy Israel and swallowed up the Egyptian army with water.  But God gave us his grace and mercy through Jesus and saves us from his wrath.  The greatest gift we can receive is forgiveness through the precious blood of Jesus.  It is a free gift for anyone who confesses Jesus as their Savoir.  If you haven't done that yet, do it today and rejoice in your new freedom through Christ.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Got Any Gopherwood

We have had so much rain that I read chapter six of Genesis so I can construct an ark.  Now I realize a huge problem.  North Idaho doesn't have any gopherwood.  We have plenty of gophers or did, but they may have drowned.  My ark only has to contain one horse, four llamas, one golden retriever, and twenty chickens, and one Daisy duck.  I might sneak in Popcorn, our three legged squirrel.  Ardella will be the deckhand; that sounds better than poop scooper.

We have had so much rain that water is standing on the hillsides!  Our house is over two miles from the lake but I'm afraid the county is going to tax us for waterfront property.  

A person could get depressed by so much rain but why not praise God for everything green.  The grass seems to grow as you watch it.  We will have an abundance of hay in north Idaho if the rains stop soon.  July usually turns dry.  

Ardella and I decided not to let a little rain stop us from going to the woods today.  We went up and checked out the camper which was dry inside.  Then we cut down a large birch tree that was dying from birch borers.  It nearly filled the back of the truck.  We took it back to camp and unloaded it there as our back yard is too wet to drive on.  I can always get it home later.  We went back to the camper and cooked smokies and tried to dry out a little.  Even though we came home wet; we praise God for a day in His awesome creation.  Remember, a wet day in the woods is still better than a dry day at work.  Plus we saw a cow moose and two young deer.

Don't let bad weather get you down.  Look for the blessings from it.  The sun is shining; we just can't see it.  God is with us in all our storms.  

I better sign off and see if there is any gopherwood around here.