It’s OK mama, let em be cowboys!

April 1, 2007 at 3:16 pm 2 comments

As the plane banked in to land at the Denver airport, that Arab looking oasis almost to Kansas, I started singin’ (in my head) the Waylon Jennings song, “Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.”  Don’t know why particularly, but maybe landing in the western cowboy cultural  equivalent of New York’s eastern liberalism made me start to think like the cowboy that I am not.  I have the boots and the hat and I am comfortable with cowboys but I think you really have to ride the bull or the buckin’ horse to call yourself a cowboy.

For those of us who live on the west coast, it is hard to think of Denver being the far west of the cowboy nation, but it is.  There are certainly some real cowboys west of Denver, even some in the Northwest, but if you want to immerse yourself in the true western culture and the cowboy idea then you start in Denver and head south or east.

We were changing planes in Denver and heading east to Oklahoma City and then driving about 110 miles back west to Sayre, OK, and friends, it does not get anymore cowboy than this.  I have lived in Wyoming twice and this is more cowboy than it is there and that is saying a lot.

This is our second trip to Sayre (look for Oklahoma City and Amarillo, TX on a map and about half way between the two on I-40 you will find it) and we always get asked the same question about our trips here “what are you going there for?”  With considerable emphasis on “there”.

We met the folks here at Trinity Fellowship through Todd PierceBrooks Brewer and Cody Custer all of whom are spiritually covered in ministry by Trinity (those my friends are cowboy names). 

When the brokenness of the last 18 months was probably as tender and as painful as it could get these folks ministered to us for 8 days in supernatural ways.  They prayed for us and over us.  They showed real hospitality and care in ways that only anointed cowboys and cowgirls can.  There is a sense of Spiritual anointing here that we have never seen any where.  You sense it when you drive on the 90 acre campus (read that ranch, horse barns, bucking barrels are unusual on church campuses) and the Presence seems to always be here.

It is hard to explain why it is so special to us, but those of you who have walked closely with us through these last months can testify to the ministry these people had in our lives, a year ago, so when we started thinking about where we wanted to spend spring break it just seemed right to come back to Sayre.

We expect God to speak to us in special ways while we are here.  Sure He could do that in Shelton but so far it hasn’t happened like it does here.  Just as there is an anointing you sense here in Sayre, there is an opposite sense we get (and others sense it too) when we return to Mason County from almost anywhere we go.  It isn’t because there isn’t a drug, child abuse, generational sin, poverty, wild living, etc problem here.  Trinity is right in the middle of that battle but they don’t just let it happen, they advance against it.

That is why I am so thankful for young men like Tyler Johnson who have returned to Shelton to spiritually come against the enemy who seems pretty rooted in there.  Pray for Tyler and for his friend, mentor and Spiritual leader in our area, Mark Buheight (sorry about the spelling ) who is facing a medical crisis that can only be considered an attack on the intercessory ministry in Mason County.

This is the Bible Belt, but that culture is probably as detrimental to Kingdom advancement as it is helpful, but at the same time there is, at least at Trinity, a spiritual awakening that is literally spreading all around the country from this little, backwater, cowboy town. 

There are lots of cowboy wannabees around (listen to the ever popular country music genre, watch the PBR and PRCA if you have any doubts), but there is a move of God in the cowboy nation as well, and though we didn’t seek it, we believe that in very trying times our Father sent them to us to give us a hope and a future. 

If you don’t understand him and he don’t die young, he’ll probably just ride away.”  Might be true of Waylon and Willie’s kind of cowboys but the ones we have found here in Sayre, stay with you through better or worse and for that we thank our Father.

Go head Mama, let your baby grow up to be a cowboy!


Entry filed under: Charismatic, Christianity, Church, Culture, Faith, Friendship, Jesus, Music, Northwest, PBR, Thoughts, Uncategorized.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jess  |  November 2, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    That reminds me of a t-shirt I made. It’s got a picture of my friend’s little boy on it in his cowboy hat looking tough and says “Mama’s don’t let your cowboys grow up to be babies.”

    Having grown up in the city but working on ranches since I was 13, I can honestly say that these country/ranch/farm people and cowboys are the best there are. I’d say that this sort of life has kept me on the straight and narrow and I thank God that I go to an ag school where there are lots of cowboys and cowgirls. Yes, California does have a good number of cowboys.

    Anyhow, I’ll marry a cowboy and my kids will be cowboys and cowgirls.

  • 2. renversgirl  |  April 1, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    that’s the closest i think you will get to my world. without horses i don’t think i would have found my way back to Him. i am thrilled to hear that you are meeting some folk that i may not know personally, but i know them and love them. you are blessed by them, may you also be a blessing to them. And believe me my boys will be cowboys!

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