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Oh Deer…

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Did you know that deer expect hunters to dress in appropriate clothes for hunting them?Mossy%20Oak

Did you know that deer won’t allow hunters to target their areas unless they are wearing Realtree or Mossy Oak?

That’s right. Style is in. Deer know when a hunter is on the top 10 list of Designer Clothes for Antler Hill.

At least that is what the hunter in this house told me.

You must use deer hunting deodorant and soap. The designer clothes must be washed and dried in deer hunting suds and dryer cloths.  A hunter must look and smell according to what deer are drawn to while sitting for hours in the Deer Stands.  The list of to-do’s are endless.

I for one can’t bear the thought of killing Bambi’s of any kind.  However I will clarify that many of my ancestors hunted almost anything just to survive and feed their families.  As an animal lover it is difficult to imagine killing anything unless it is a spider or a snake because I can’t stand either one of them.

Deer season is kicking in here in the south. The marsh behind us often houses many deer along with dozens of birds, frogs, lizards, possums and probably raccoons.  I have opened the back door just in time to hear the geese approaching with their loud honking noise.

Most of what we do that we deem important requires preparation. do_i_look_like_a_sitting_duck_cartoon_like_duck_postcard-rab1395f643294d73bcda8069eadcf4b4_vgbaq_8byvr_512
Hunting is no different, nor is learning the ropes of following the Savior.

Had it been me on the hunt, all I would have thought to do was take a rifle. So much for being prepared.

In other words it would be like sending sheep into the “wolves den” without the aid of re-enforcements. You could become a “sitting duck.”

A life of following Jesus takes preparation, diligence, patience and dedication.  Noted in the Bible are the years God taught Moses, Joseph, David, Paul and John.  Stuck in the wilderness, prison or the Isle of Patmos these men remained in quiet and often very difficult circumstances to learn the ways of God. Experience on top of education became their class for a lifetime.

God makes it clear we must be prepared for the days are evil.  The idea of sitting in church for one hour a week will do the job is like telling the mother-to-be she should acquire all the knowledge in the world about raising a child before having that baby.  If that were the case none of us would be here.

 Colossians 2: 2-3 “My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

As with raising children it is a daily walk; a moment by moment venture.

Live and learn or learn and live.  God’s book of guidance sits on many desktops, bedside tables or lines bookshelves. It is not a decoration, nor is it a mat for your latest latte.

No, the Bible is the greatest book ever written.  God’s inspiration is all over it; his love is written on every page.  His words are stamped with mercy and grace. Direction and guidance come alive as you ponder and store his promises in your heart.

People ask “how do you understand what is in the Bible?”

It’s a secret.

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5 thoughts on “Oh Deer…

  1. Haha it really IS a secret! Our veils are lifted… 😀

  2. I have read and studied the Bible for years, but I still understand more each time I read the same verses again

  3. Yes, I am with you there, we need to be getting prepared for harder days to come and soaking ourselves in the Bible. Lucky you, having all that wildlife so close, by the way! I’ve never seen a racoon.

    • Deborah, yes we do see a lot of wildlife here. Raccoons are sneaky. Many are rabid so getting close is now wise. When we lived in the mountains of Western NC we had a lot more wildlife around including bears. We had them in our yard, I saw one literally walking upright one afternoon down a street. One night my husband came home around 9pm after a church meeting. His headlights were on. In our backyard was a mother bear and her 3 cubs. She was napping beside a tree and the cubs were playing. A mother bear is as dangerous as the 5-600 pound black bears. She won’t let anything hurt her babies.

      • That’s amazing. A bear walking upright down a street, as large as life, in broad daylight! It’s like something out of an American movie 🙂 Our only really dangerous creature is the brown snake.

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