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Not sure how I could have forgotten to include this item in my post yesterday. The calf activity distracted me from finishing up our weekly activities.
Friday we were treated to a day in the city, Oklahoma City that is, by our friends Buddy and Lynnie Suthers. Buddy and Lynnie both work at Trinity after long careers in the family race horse business. At one time the Merrick Ranch was one of the largest quarter horse operations any where. While they are not nearly as big as they used to be they still love it and are keeping their hand in it.
So we went to the city for a big yearling sale at a very upscale, at least to me, sale barn. You can read more about it HERE. It is a very nice place and during the 3 day sale nearly 1000 horses were sold by auction. While we were there one sold for $185,000.00 based, I understand on it’s breeding and potential. It was quite a place and very interesting.
I had told our children and grandchildren that we were going to a horse sale and I was going to bid on some horses as an investment. I was not serious and even thought the way I wrote it they would know it was a jokebut apparently they didn’t and thought Poppa had bought them a horse. There were a few that sold for 2500-3K but that too is a little rich for me, since there is little room in our trailer for a horse. It was a lot of fun.
From there we went to Remington Park,the OKC horse racing facility where Lynnie’s brother Joe Merrick had a couple fo horses running. It is a beautiful race track with indoor viewing from a beautiful restaurant and the Suther’s treated us to a great dinner and an insiders view to horse racing. Linda did the wagering and hit it big when one of Joe’s horses won! We even were invited to the winners circle with the owner and his family for the “win” picture. That picture is posted on my facebook page if you are interested. HERE
It was one of those days where everything we did was new and exciting and being with Buddy and Lynnie is always special because they are such real and regular people who have been has high up as you can go in the horse business and seen their lives radically changed to be Kingdom people who are also in the horse business. Their family story is pretty cool to hear.
The last item has to be “my” Washington Huskies win over the mighty USC Trojans on Saturday. It was on TV here so I was able to watch it all. That sure was fun. Whatever happens from here at least we know what it can be.
We have the trailer parked in a new section of the Lake Thunderbird Lake State Park just south and a little east of Norman Oklahoma. Norman, of course is the home of the University of Oklahoma, or OU for short, the school I pull for out here in Big 12 country. If it is OU why is it not called Oklahoma University? We have some more work on the truck tomorrow in OK City so this was a good place to come from Duncan.
Item one. We left Sayre Friday and headed south to Duncan, Oklahoma for the Oklahoma state high school finals (rodeo). This event is the culmination of a year long effort to be a state champion in one of many events in high school girls and boys rodeo. We had a great time going to the final two performances of a week long event, hanging with Charlie and Lorissa and the kids and with Jason and June and their family. Their son Lane finished up his year as state champ in the bull riding event. He will ride in the National Finals rodeo in Farmington, NM later in the month.
It is amazing to me that at these high school/junior high rodeos they begin the event with prayer. True for all rodeo events as far as I can tell. But not only do they have prayer to start off they almost all have a church service if the event goes over a Sunday, as most of them do. Can you imagine starting basketball games in Washington with prayer and weekend tournaments hosting a church service?
Jason and June were responsible for the church service and invited Charlie and another friend, world champion bull rider, Matt Austin to be the speakers. Jason was leading worship and invited me to play with the band (they were short handed). It was a lot of fun and the guys did a great job of speaking Kingdom into these young people and their families. Matt and Charlie are both Convergence students and great friends.
Item two. We have been busy lately with a number of interesting opportunities. We hosted a group from Fellowship of Christian Cowboys at Trinity a couple of weeks ago and have also been spending some time helping them with some administrative duties. They are one of the many national Christian organizations that are in transition and so we are helping them to refocus and to think more long term. Lots of organizations tend to have some real growth and influence but after a few years discover they are not longer making much of an impact doing things the way they used to do them. It has been a challenge to find the right hooks back into viability but it is coming.
Item three. We started teaching a new Convergence class this past week called “Pursuing a Kingdom marriage and family”. We had the biggest group we have ever had for a Wednesday evening class. My thesis is that like so many other things that are called Christian, marriage has taken on more of a cultural influence than it has a Kingdom one. The high point in a Christian marriage is usually the wedding and from then on “Christian” marriage looks about like any other marriage. Divorce rates seem to bear this thesis out. We need to help our young people see what marriage was intended to be prior to marriage and to guide those already married away from the cultural way of doing the marriage relationship and into a Kingdom one.
For the first session I worked hard to raise our awareness of the high value of marriage as a picture of how much our Father loves us and desires intimacy with us. Marriage and the sexual union in marriage is designed by the Father to be a picture of His love for us and the potential of intimacy with Him. The highlight of the class had to be a discussion of how sexual intimacy in marriage is a graphic illustration of how the Bride is to come into an intimate relationship with the Bridegroom, through worship. If you want to listen to the audio of the teaching you can find it HERE.
Hope to get the next post on 24 up this week. We are ready to focus our attention on the second of 3 questions the disciples asked Jesus in Matthew 24.
Have a great week.
When the time changed last week everywhere else in the country it did not change here in Arizona. They see no point in it, so they don’t do it. The rest of the country sees no point in it but they keep right on doing it. It was nice to not have to change and nice to be in the same time zone with our family on the west coast but it did put us two hours off from our family in Oklahoma. Now we have to change two time zones for the “move” back to Western Oklahoma, but when we visit Washington in a couple of weeks, there will be no change. Trade offs.
Item one. Our hosts here in Arizona own a screen printing and embroidery business and work hard doing all the work themselves. So I volunteered to help during a big push last week and learned a new skill! I afixed, with a high heat system, embroidered patches onto about 20 dozen hats over a three day period. Not really that difficult after the first dozen but good, mindless work that was actually fun. Now I can drive a tractor/trailer rig, put patches on hats and fold tee shirts! Now that’s a resume.
Item two. A week ago I visited a start up church here in Payson led by a young man I met when we were here last year. New churches have an air of excitement often missing in a lot of established churches. This church has no building, no offices, no paid staff and meet in a small room in a grade school that they are already outgrowing. While I might want to do it differently than they are, it was refreshing, full of happy multi-generational faces and I expect they will do well here in this community. What seemed to be missing, from my point of view, was any emphasis on the work of the Holy Spirit to draw people to saving faith and to heal their hurts and diseases. If they would allow a place for the supernatural in their format I think it would have greater impact and potential. Just my point of view as the leaders of this church have thought a lot about how they want to do it. Did make me think about giving church planting a try, though.
Item three. Two views of the economy, one right of center, one left. Right, HERE and left HERE. Have you seen the Hyundai commercials where they promise to take the car back if you lose your job and can’t pay? Well here is a church that promises to give back all your contributions if you lose your job! Find it HERE. You don’t have to go far, these days, to hear some pretty empty preaching. HERE is a book that might help.
Item four. Had to put this link in a new Item so some of the people who skip over stuff they don’t find interesting might see this one. I have several friends who believe you cannot be saved if you do not have a Mac. One is my pastor, one is a natural son and the other, that comes to mind, is a son in the Lord. You know who you are. Sometimes I want a Mac just so I can be cool like them and then there are those Mac commercials of the fat, total loser of a guy who has the PC (think me) and then the totally hip cool, young guy who has the Mac (think Brad, Tyler, not Andy!) that make me really feel badly. Here is a post that brings the fun part of the Mac/PC drama out as well as a serious side of the role of advertising in promoting ideas that are wrong. Find it HERE on Don Millers blog. It is a good read and in one place even agrees with my conjecture that Macs are really not that superior to the good old Gateway.
Item five. Over the weekend we drove over to Wickenburg, Arizona to visit Cody Custer’s parents and attend something called a Cowboy Camp Meeting. After a great steak dinner at Jim and Dixie’s and some good fellowship with our hosts and friends Destry and Terri Haught, we had an interesting evening in the beautiful guest house. Jake the Dog (find his blog HERE) decided to eat all the dog food of the Custer’s three dogs. He is not allowed to eat anything other than his own food. Thank goodness for tile floors as Jake the Dog proceeded to ralph up several servings of food in several locations in the house. Yeah, gross. It was a fun night.
Early the next morning, we all piled in the trucks and drove back up into the mountains, up a dirt road, through some huge ranches (think thousands of acres) to a little church where the Cowboy Camp meeting was to be held. This is an all day event where western Gospel music, preaching and food all come together for a good time. Destry gave his amazing testimony and Jim sang some great Gospel songs and we ate doughnuts and ate sandwiches on the tail gate of the truck. Good thing we had our Wranglers, boots and hats on or we would have looked seriously out of place. Used our new Flip camera to take some videos I intended to post but with great skill I deleted them all!
We love this whole Western culture thing and are blessed to meet so many great people who quietly go about their lives on ranches and farms and in small communities. They are for the most part simple people (I don’t mean intelligence) of faith, hard work, family and who care about this country. We could all learn something from these folks.
Have a great week!
We arrived up here in the mountain city of Payson, Arizona Sunday morning and after a little manipulating, well actually quite a bit, I got us backed into a very beautiful spot at the hill top home of our friends Chuck and Nancy. Their house is about 500 feet above the city and has a panoramic view of the this beautiful little community and the surrounding Rim. Very,very nice. I promise a picture in a day or two. For those of you in the Northwest Payson reminds me of Central Oregon or Northeast Washington. It is cooler here than in the Valley though it supposed to reach 80 here today. We both remarked about how much favor we have from our Father to be able to be in these beautiful spots. Thanks Father and thanks Chuck and Nancy!
Item one. We had the opportunity to go to the Scottsdale Rodeo on Saturday. Our friend Luis Escudero, who we spent time with while in the El Paso area was bareback riding in the rodeo. He has been riding bareback for 30 years at a pretty high level and for my money it beats you up as much or more than any other event. He was able to get us into the VIP section where we had lunch and whatever else we wanted to eat or drink and a great view of the arena. We also got to talk for a few minutes with another rodeo friend, Stran Smith, the current world champion tie down roper and watch him do his thing. Met some other folks as well so it was a really fun day.
Item two. Things are pretty serious in this country these days, that is obvious. I suspect they are going to get more serious so I am wondering if we are learning anything about trust we didn’t know a year ago. What does it mean to trust God? There are some obvious answers, some cliche and some with truth. For example; trust is believing that God is in control, even when it appears everything is out of control. True. Trust, some say is what you do when YOU don’t know what to do. Cliche.
What I would like to know is this. What is trust like for you? In what ways are you trusting today that you didn’t a year ago? What changes for you when you really get to a trust level from a level of anxiety? There has never been an abundance of comments on this blog but I sure would like you all to weigh in on this subject. What does it mean to trust God? Take a chance and comment, who knows, it might make all the difference in someone else’s life, like mine.
Item three. If you like the merger of Faith and Art you will like this blog. Find it HERE. Do you use text messages? I have found it a helpful way of communicating but is there a downside? Read this article if you are interested, especially those of you who have children with cell phones. HERE is the link.
Item four. Ever make a list of the things you like? Interesting things like Taylor guitars, In and Out burgers, colorful birds, southwest style houses and so on. I think I could make a list of at least 50 things I like with out a problem. How about you? At dinner sometime make a family list of the things you like and see how long it gets. One of my favorite blogs Stuff Christians Like invited their readers to tell them what they like and the list grew to 500! Fun to read what gives other people a jolt of cheer and we sure need some of that right about now. Find the list HERE.
Could we make a Juniper View list?
Keep trusting our Father, find a way to just have some fun and keep your head up! Would love to have your comments, they mean a lot to a lot of us.
One more day here in Benson and then up to the Pima County Fairgrounds outside Tucson. It is closer to the Tucson Rodeo grounds where we will be for a couple of days.
Item one. We have done some tourist type things while in this area, though we don’t really do the sites that are just tourist focused. For example we went to the town of Tombstone to see the historic courthouse but skipped the gun fight at the OK Corral. We just don’t want to spend $20. to see that sort of thing. Our son-in-law Brandon loves the movie Tombstone so we sent him a few pictures of things we thought he might like. More to come. I want to start getting more pics up on this site but just haven’t taken the time.
Item two. A few years ago we got started reading the mystery novels of JA Jance. She has two major series of novels, one set in Seattle featuring a detective named J.P. Beaumont and another featuring Joanna Brady, the sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona which happens to be where we are. Bisbee is the county seat and many of the stories are set in and around this mountain city. So we had to visit there and see it for ourselves. We walked around this historic copper mining city and ate lunch in the Copper Queen Hotel, who you Joanna Brady fans will recognize.
Item three. Yesterday we went to Tucson for the Tucson Rodeo, or known by it’s Spanish name, La Fiesta de los Vaqueros. We went as the guests of our friends and Convergence students Corey and Melissa Navarre. Corey is a bull rider and Melissa a trick rider and both were part of the rodeo. Melissa actually opened the rodeo with her trick riding and then stood on the back of her horse as she rode in carrying the American flag. It was really great to see them and to watch them do what they do so well. They are from Weatherford, Oklahoma, not far from Sayre. We will see more of them later this week.
I am determined to get some pictures on this blog. It isn’t hat big a deal but I just need to do it. I think I have bored people right off the site! Can’t have that. Enjoy your week.
I leave you with this prayer that seems very appropriate for these days of uncertainty:
Most loving Father, whose will it is for us to give thanks for all things, to fear nothing but the loss of you, and to cast all our care on you who cares for us: Preserve me from faithfless fears and worldly anxieties, that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from me the light of that love which is immortal, and which you have manifested to us in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns wiht you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever, Amen.