Earlier this month we decided to take a little drive...to Texas! Well, maybe a little longer than a little drive. You may have guessed one of the reasons...
As we were traveling through Illinois, Missouri, then Oklahoma, I had the feeling of being moved backwards in time.Back to when the west was the ‘wild-wild-west’, when buffalo roamed the range, and hunters, as they looked to find a large herd that would provide food for the winter.I could almost smell the smoke from the firearms as these herds roared by.
This feeling was only increased as we made our way into Texas and a little south to Fort Worth.Most of us know about stockyards, but the stockyards in Fort Worth are a little different than most!Oh, they still have the cobbled streets and all the barns with the train tracks going right through the middle, but the difference is what is in the stalls.Not the cattle but shops of all kinds, a restaurant with really good Bar-B-Que and all sorts of goods to be purchased.There’s even a 5-star Hotel, where we spent the night, within walking distance.One of the hi-lites of the trip was at around 11 a.m., when all the townsfolk and visitors lined the streets in anticipation of what was about to happen.We were there as well, with family.Salma was most interested in airplanes, which held her attention for a while. Yah-hoo!Ride ‘em cowboy!
Look at Pa-Pa!
Salma got to go on her first pony ride.Not so sure at first, but a little more comfortable by the end of the ride.
Then here come the commacheros, all dressed in their gear from head to foot, on their horses.From somewhere came the mariachi music, which added to the ambiance.
What came next was so amazing to me…a cattle drive!Longhorns and I mean longhorns, being driven down the street in broad daylight by cowboys sitting atop their horses.Even some of the cars had longhorns.
This was so out of a western movie.Never seen a deer with a rack like these!
All this had me wondering what it would be like to do some deer hunting on horseback!I never seem to wander so far that white-tail hunting is absent from my mind!
When our daughter was home for a visit in June, I was scheduled for a book signing @ ‘the Lighthouse’ book store in Bedford. She, her husband and daughter dropped in to see what it was all about. These are a couple of photos from the event.
Baby Salma will have this to look back on in later years
One mid-summer day I was walking along, aimlessly, on a wooded trail, just enjoying the outdoors and the lovely weather day. When I stopped to take a breather, I happened to look up in a tree and saw the remains of a rustic tree-stand...that had seen it better days. As I gazed upward, I wondered to whom it belonged (or had) belonged to in days gone by. Could the person have been deceased and possible be viewing the same tree-stand, except from a different angle? Maybe the property had changed hands and no longer afforded access to the hunter. Either way, I knew it held memories, stories told countless times, and maybe, just maybe, the story of the deer walking under it that was the brute of a lifetime. Someday, hopefully, I will meet the inhabitant that graced its presence, and hear the tales of days gone by. Someday…
We recently were invited to conduct a revival meeting in southern Mo. During the course of time we were there, our gracious hosts took us on a spoonbill snagging trip. This happened to be my first time at actually snagging for the fish, and I found out rather quickly that this form of fishing required some action. You have to constantly rock the large fishing pole back and forth to try and snag the fish.
Matthew 4:19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men."
Normally, when I go fishing, its ‘drop the hook in the water and wait for the fish to bite’. This type of fishing requires little effort or energy. In fact, the word fishing could be a noun in this situation. Not so with the spoonbill! The fishing here is definitely a verb. It was almost comical to watch all the folks rocking back and forth on the water vehicles. One especially caught my attention as three men sat in the rear of the boat, each rocking, but not in synch.
When Jesus said, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men”, do you suppose He would be referring to the word fishers as an action? Or was He simply pitching out the word as a noun? Are we to be actively pursuing the lost and leading them to Christ? Consider the difference. You may not snag a person every time you give a witness, but without a witness, you will probably snag none.
The initial reason for this trip to MO was to revive the folks in the church and those who came. What a blessing to see as teens (as well as others) came up for prayer, and to know that God will answer those prayers.
As often has been said, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life." So many will live today for the purpose of making a living. That certainly is a large part of who we are and certainly important. However, what is much more important is having a life. Jesus said, "I came that you might have life, and that you might have it more abundantly." To be abundant is to be overflowing, full, and having the ability to give to others. Many in our world are starving for an example of a life lived abundantly. If you know Christ, pause, reflect, and consider the fact that you are to be an example of who Christ is, and can be, in the lives of those with whom you come in contact. Lift your hands, clap for joy, sing His Praise, YOU ARE ALIVE IN HIM ! If those around you don't have a smile, give them one. If the folks next to you only speak of pain, hurt, and sorrow, share the "life" you have. God has a tool in this world to show His love, His peace, and His joy, regardless of current circumstances. It is YOU !! Be a tool in the hands of the great Creator of life. You may be amazed at what he builds thru you !
The book has been out but a short time and God is richly Blessing. We will soon be publishing a "What people are saying page" to let you know how the work is affecting the lives of its readers. An example comes from a reader in Indiana who said," It made me laugh,it made me cry,and it made me think." Another gentleman was so touched that he ordered a large amount of books to pass out to men in the state of Texas. I truly believe if you will travel the pages of this gift God has given me you,and those with whom you share it,will be Blessed and you will examine your own life and ask yourself the question," Am I having Real Moments with the Father that are changing my life." Thank you for the journey you are taking in this work and May our Lord continue to Bless its travels... Don
Thank you so much for joining me for "Real Moments of Truth". This ministry was birthed after many years of spending hour after hour with fellow hunters and hearing the stories of pain, heartache, and hurt that has become so much a part of our lives. I have learned that many have the ability to camo their lives much better than they camo their bodys. It has been around the campfires, having lunch in pick-up trucks, sitting in blinds for hours on end, and for some a random meeting in the woodlands, that have caused the publication of this book. It is my desire that I might somehow,thru this work, take the experiances of those God-ordained moments and provide the truth of Gods word, and the Grace of Gods love, to bring answers to those who have been wounded by the arrows and ammunition of our enemy, satan. Thank you for joining me on this journey.......Don H.