Peace and Confidence

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I enjoy talking about Jesus.  I hope that everyone has a relationship with Him as I do.  Things are better when the going gets tough and when you encounter hard problems.  There is peace and confidence in what Jesus has done for me and my wife.  Satan will always attack your relationship with Jesus with the things and problems of this world.  I don’t even worry about money anymore, and Badona doesn’t worry as much as she used to.  To us, money is a tool, and we know that God gave it to be used for His purpose.  He really does take care of our needs.  Sometimes it does take patience on our part.

Now Badona is being attacked on her health, but we know that that is not unusual in this world.  Pray that the pain in her lips will go away, that the medical field can figure out what is causing it, or give her spiritual strength to endure.  Life in Christ is better now on this earth and a better future is promised!

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Surprise Catch!

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Last Tuesday Johnny, Alvin, and I went fishing at Buckroe Pier.  We fished all night.  The wind never stopped blowing!  Not too long after we got there, Johnny and Alvin both had their first catch.  I hadn’t caught anything yet.  I was using spot cut bait.  I wasn’t even at my fishing pole when Alvin called that my drag was going out.  I ran over to tighten the drag and started to wind the reel.  I thought I had on a stingray or a skate, but what I caught surprised me!

I’ve never caught a sea turtle before!  It’s a good thing that it only weighed about three pounds.  I got the hook out of its mouth and carried it to the office at the beginning of the pier.  They called someone and after a while, a man came out to get me.  We filled out a form together, then he took the turtle to a vet to check it out and tag it before letting it go back to sea.  They named it Chuck!

Fishing Lures

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Badona hangs things in the bathroom and on the doorknobs, but I haven’t had a place to hang my lures.  I like to touch up my fishing lures with paint from time to time.  Now I’ve found the perfect place to hang them.  It’s a lamp chain in the kitchen.  I think they look pretty good up there.  I guess I could hang them out in the shed, but it’s been pretty hot out there, in the upper 90’s and even 100’s.  It’s a cool 78 degrees inside the house.  I can’t wait to see how these freshwater lures will do.  When I saw where and how the striped bass were hitting on my lure, I made some alterations to these.

I hope we all can learn something and keep learning and not be afraid to try something new.  There may be some interesting results.  We’ll never stop learning in heaven and the New Earth!

Mount Sugarloaf

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After our visit to Springfield, Massachusetts, we drove over to Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield.  The road was open so we didn’t have to hike up.  It was a clear day, and we were able to see the great view.  But it was cold and extremely windy at the top.  In fact, as we were driving up the narrow road, we could see the wind blowing leaves in a circle.  Lorraine called it a Tasmanian devil. After enjoying the view, we returned to the parking area and saw that two small trees had been twisted off and were lying across the road.  We were glad that they hadn’t fallen on Lorraine’s Jeep, but I think that the caretaker could have pulled the trees off the road all by himself.  Instead, he raced down the road in his golf cart to block the entrance.  No one else would be driving up the road after that.  They would have to walk up!

Springfield Armory

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There are a lot of things to see in Springfield, Massachusetts.  In the past I have been to the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Natural Museum.  I enjoyed them both.  This time, Badona’s brother took us to the Springfield Armory where the Springfield rifle was made.  This place was free, but there is a donation box.  On display are long rifles, war rifles, and all kinds of other rifles, not just Springfield rifles.  The museum is in the original part of the building that was built in 1777.  The building itself is interesting, and the machinery that made the guns is also cool.  The best section, to me, was the mishaps display.  You have to see it to understand.  If you are ever in Springfield, Massachusetts, look up the Springfield Armory.  It’s well worth your time, even if you don’t like guns.

The Things You See While Fishing

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I went fishing last Wednesday and caught a few shad that I put back into the water.  A man was there with his black lab.  He was straight-line fishing and had four brim on a stringer.  He moved to the boat dock and caught another one that he laid on the dock then put his line back in the water.  The fish was flopping around and his dog went to it and pushed it with his nose until the fish fell off the dock.  “That’s my supper!” the man screamed.  Then he moved down to where a tree overhung the river.  He climbed out on the tree and let his line down and caught another one.  This one was larger, and he threw it to the bank.  Well, the fish was flopping and the dog started to push it with its nose.  “No, you don’t!” the man yelled as he got off the tree, slipped in the mud, but saved his fish.  He caught one more before he left with six fish on his stringer.  As he walked past me, slushing with wet mud, he said, “Next time, I’m leaving Jojo at home!”  Fishing is good entertainment!

Aging

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I was thinking back to my first sign of aging.  I used to have a beard most of the year.  Now I only grow it in the winter months.  One day I noticed that there was something white under my lips.  I thought it was just toothpaste.  I took a wet cloth and wiped it off and it seemed to be darker again.  When I washed up the next morning, the white was back and I hadn’t brushed my teeth yet!  Now most of my beard is gray or white instead of my dark brown.  I just looked at some photographs from when my daughter was born and through her toddler years.  I sure don’t look the same as back then!

The next thing I noticed is that I was having a difficult time putting my socks on while standing up.  Now I can’t do it at all.  Then most of my hair turned gray.  Well, I guess it’s downhill from now on.  But it does pay to follow the Lord’s health plan that is prescribed in His Word.  Even though I don’t look the same or am as limber as I used to be, the best way to live is to trust in the Lord with all your being.  It pays now and later with eternal life with God!