Life Verse:

"...I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly." -- JESUS in John 10:10

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Quote of the Day - 1/29/2015

…the old Lakota was wise. He knew that a man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans, too. So he kept his children close to nature’s softening influence.

-- Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Monday, January 26, 2015

Always Prepared 2 -- Crystal Clear

3 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself,
But the simple pass on and are punished.
Prov. 22:3 NKJV

Look to GOD:
As the Giver of Every Good and Perfect Gift  (James 1:16-17)
As the Author  (Hebrews 12:1-2)
     Of our Faith
     Of our Lives -- Let HIM write HIS story in your heart!
As your Guide  (Psalms 32:8-9)

Look for GOD:
To Show Up
To Work Mightly
To Do What We Cannot
To Always Be There

Look for Truth:
Proper Filter -- GOD's Word.  Make Value Judgments based on Real Truth.
Critical Thinking --  Use your GOD-given Mind!  Test what others tell you.
Be Right - Not Popular!

Look Around:
Don't rely on what you see in the "media".  Look all around.
See Doors Open/Close - What Opportunities may GOD provide?
Look Ahead -- Not just "right in front of you".
Deviate from the World   "Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let GOD transform you into a new person by changing the way you think." Romans 12:2 (NLT)

Compass Point:
Don't go around with "blinders on".  Take time to Look and Live.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Beautiful Day for a Hike

Hike: Lakeshore Trail. Swayback TOLA. Saturday, January 24, 2015, 10:00-12:48CST

Distance: 6 miles  Rating: 4.5/5.0  Difficulty: Easy
Conditions: Mostly sunny and clear. Winds about 12mph. Low to upper 40's. Trails very wet from yesterday's rain. 
Treated to bird and frog song. Quite lovely.

Hikers/trail runners outnumbered mountain bikers today. Was glad to see a couple of families with children out enjoying Creation.
Did a little testing on the OKC SP8. It is an accomplished chopper but can also be used as a draw knife, to feather sticks, for general camp tasks & shelter making. Because you cannot hammer with it I cannot say it completely replaces a camp hatchet or axe.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Always Be Prepared - Crystal Clear

 9 Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night. 
Neh. 4:9 NKJV

Friendship Quote of the Day -- 1/23/2015

A friend is one with whom you are comfortable, to whom you are loyal, through whom you are blessed, and for whom you are grateful.  

~ William Arthur Ward

Monday, January 19, 2015

Love Quote of the Day - 1/19/2015

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” 

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Quote of The Day - 1/16/2015

A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
-- Prov 22:3 (NLT)

"Always Prepared"

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Preparedness Quote 1/14/2015

“The stretching of your faith is immediate pain that results in ultimate gain. It is in the waiting that we become who we are meant to be.”
Mandy Hale 

... and we don't like to wait, do we?  Perhaps impatience is an enemy of faith.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Swayback Hike with The Brother

HIKE: Lakeshore Trail. Saturday 1/10/2015 10:00-12;30CST
RATING: 4.0/5.0
CONDITIONS: Clear, sunny. Upper 30's to upper 40's. Calm. Trails wet. 
Lots of trail users today so only wildlife sightings were birds. Good time with my brother. Talked about world events and what we need to be doing to be ready. 

Friday, January 09, 2015

First Hike of 2015

HIKE: Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail, Tallapoosa Co. AL, Friday, 1/9/2015 10:00-13:00CST
DISTANCE: 4.1 miles. DIFFICULTY: Moderate. RATING: 4.5/5
CONDITIONS: Mostly cloudy. Wind light. Temp upper 30's to low 40's. Trails slick with wet pine straw & covered with hardwood leaves. Made for slow/careful steps. 
Great to get out to Cherokee Ridge. Had the trails all to myself. No deer observed. Birds were busy, though not greatly abundant. Spotted a small passerine, which I tentatively identified as a golden crested kinglet, near trail's end.

As usual this was a time of worship & reflection. Particularly enjoyed my little "Rock Sanctuary".   Getting ready for Sunday's message on "The Way of Wisdom".

15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Eph 5:15-17 (NKJV)

Ramblr link for the hike details/data!