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A Shield Around Me – 2/16/2016

JOURNAL:  I work for a large company in Boise.  It takes at least 10 minutes to walk from one side of the company to the other.  And that is if you walk pretty fast.  They have many parking lots to accommodate all the people and depending on when you come in, you can have a bit of a hike walking in to your building.


JOURNAL THOUGHTS:  These verses (Ezekiel 36:26-27) at the end of this story are part of my memory verses.  This morning when I was going through my verses and recited these two, I stopped and thought more about them.

Something to Ponder - 2/1/2016

RANDOM THOUGHTS:  This morning I typed the word, ponder.  I have used this word many times in my life but revealed itself more personally to me.  It occurred to me in a epiphany...that this is the true definition of the word.

Ponder:  To think about something deeply while walking near or around a pond.

Yes, it is true...Ponder is the joining as one of pond and wander.  In mathematic form, it is...pond + wander = ponder.

You are all very welcome in advance.

This Old Guitar 1/27/2016

This Old GuitarJOURNAL:  Last Sunday afternoon, I watched football to see who would make it into the super-bowl while I worked on an old friend.  I set up a table in the middle of my living room, laid out a towel, took my old friend off the wall and laid him gently down on his back for the procedure.

Just Waiting - 1/12/2016

SHORT THOUGHTS:  In the midst of the pain that comes with this life, there is still lots of happiness and joy to be found if we work on the things we "can" change and lay down the things we cannot.  If we refuse to allow the bad to make us miss all the blessings that are still here right in front of our faces, we will begin to see that happiness and joy are still all around us...just waiting for us to notice them.

Carry on,

Don’t Bother Looking - 1/9/2016

RANDOM THOUGHTS:  Today, I went to Sportsman's Warehouse with my son inlaw, Casey.  While we were there, we thought we would look at some of their camo gear.  We took a look around and I was amazed at their lack of seasonal camo merchandise.

I was so disappointed, I took a couple of pictures of where it should have been so you could see for yourself this monstrous merchandising failure. (M.M.F.)

If you are looking for camo gear, don't bother looking there because you certainly will not find it.

Carry on,

Morning Conversation - 1/21/2016

RANDOM THOUGHTS:  This morning as I was getting ready to leave for work, I became more aware to something I already knew. I just noticed again and it made me smile that every time I talk to Peanut Butter Wood, her tail will start to wag. That logically made me think about the difference between dogs and cats.


SHORT THOUGHTS:  Some practical advice from the Psalms today

When I read through these verses, I especially like the visual I see in my mind of hiding God's word in my heart and again, like in Jeremiah 29:13, seeking God with all your heart.  They are acts of our will...something WE can choose to do.

We or...I, at least, have hidden and hide way too many things in my heart that do not belong there and have sought and seek ways and things that lead me into trouble or just as bad...just lead to no where.

A Straight Path - 11/5/2015

SHORT THOUGHTS:  Are you having issues with crooked paths?  I have had plenty of "crooked path" issues throughout my life.

Looking back over my life with 20/20 hindsight, it seems to turn out that my crooked path times were always when I thought I knew something that I did not and upon closer inspection, I found that I was only  That has never proved to be a great combo...EVER!!!  Without God to lead and guide me...I am surely lost.


SHORT THOUGHTS:  Here are some great focus verses for today and every day.  As I recalled these verses in my head this morning, I was reminded of a quote I heard a while ago that at the time, stuck in me like an arrow as simply...truth.  But it is life giving truth that we sometimes forget and need to remind ourselves of again and re-remember from time to time because this life here on earth can get pretty dog gone rough.

The quote goes something like, "We are not in the land of the living and moving towards the land of the is the other way around."


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