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Christian Blog resilience

Dog Gone It!

We have a dog in our neighborhood that’s a fence jumper. Every so often, even with the gate shut, he magically appears in the backyard. He’s friendly enough, but we worry what might happen if he gets in when our little dog is out.

We thought we had the problem solved. Our super-athletic trespasser liked to jump the one section of our fence that was four feet tall, so we replaced it with a six foot wooden privacy fence. We now have a tall fence around our whole backyard. “That should do it,” I told my wife.

But wouldn’t you know, one day we looked out and there he was– standing on the back patio laughing at himself in the window. What kind of dog gets over a six foot privacy fence?!

This has to be yet another metaphor for life. We build fences around our circumstances to control them. And then, when something breaches our puny perimeter, we build better ones.

Yet sometimes, no matter how hard we try, IT still happens. They make LifeProof cases for phones, but not for the human condition. And when something jumps the ‘fence’ and comes to the window, it’s easy to feel violated, unsafe and unsure about the future.

Enter God, the creator and sustainer of the universe, who most certainly understands humans. 

He became one.

And, as it turns out, He’s a fence builder too.

You hem me in–behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.

Psalm 139:5 (NIV)

King David doesn’t mention sideways, but surely the Almighty has that covered as well.😀🙏

So friend, can we agree that whatever we’re facing right now—be it good, bad or ugly—God saw it coming and knows what to do about it?

His Word is His bond.

Kind reader, thank you for enduring my daily posts for one week. After today, I will be back to my normal schedule.

🙏❤️ prayers and love.


Photo by Dallas Reedy on Unsplash


This post first appeared on my blog in September of 2020.

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Christian Blog spiritual warfare

Just Beyond the Gate

I heard them the moment I opened the back door at 3 am. Our geriatric schnauzer scurried to his favorite spot for a potty break, but I hesitated.

It was a whole pack of coyotes, yipping and howling, seemingly just on the other side of our six foot privacy fence. Using an exposed board as a step, I peeked over–into the pre dawn mist. Nothing.

Cooper, our little dog, paid his wild cousins no mind. Yet their eerie cries were unsettling. The only thing between us and them was a few hundred yards of open ground and a wooden fence. “Hurry up, buddy!”

Safely back inside, I remembered this cool product I found online called the Coyote Roller.

It’s a long piece of pipe that rolls under the paws of athletic interlopers. Thus, any frisky varmints who try to clear the fence are quickly returned to the ground.

Back in a warm bed, listening to a now snoring schnauzer, I pondered: “Is there a spiritual equivalent to the Coyote Roller?”

I found one a few hours later, over breakfast, sans coyotes. Revelation chapter 12 tells about a war in heaven. Michael and his angels fight against the dragon, satan and his angels, and prevail. Consequently, the devil and his buddies have to relocate. A voice comes over the loud speaker: “The accuser of our brothers has been hurled down.” Verse 11 reveals the power behind it:

They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.

Revelation 12:11 (NIV)

Kind reader, the blood of Christ, the truths he taught, and our own resolve to hold onto faith, are more than enough to keep any “coyotes” out of the back yard. As a former pastor of mine liked to say, “If you’re willing to stand forever, you won’t have to stand for long.”

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️


The first photo is by my friend, Gary Fultz. Check out his excellent nature shots here.

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Christian Blog thankfulness

Gratitude on a Sliding Scale

You may have noticed I’ve been posting every day this week, leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S. Well, despite the name of my site, I’ve rediscovered sharing daily is no easy task! Hat’s off to my excellent blogger friends out there who regularly do this.

Kind reader, I’m fresh out of ideas. So, here’s a guest post I wrote a few weeks back for Rainer Bantau–The Devotional Guy. If you don’t already follow him, please check out his site!


My wife and I enjoy a show on the Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV) called House Hunters. Each episode features would be home buyers working with a realtor to find their forever home.

It’s fun to watch folks, from different stages and walks of life, ticking through their wish lists. However, there are times when “Sky’s the Limit” thinking by a couple of twenty-somethings is a bit much.🙄

For example, there was the young wife who refused to consider any home with a chain link fence, because (to her) it made the outside of the house look like a prison yard. Or the couple who rejected a kitchen outright because it didn’t have high-end stainless-steel appliances.

I shook my head. When I was their age, I lived in a one-bedroom upstairs apartment and was glad to get it for $400 a month. Oh, and the neighbor across the hall cooked every meal with soy sauce.

Aren’t millennials grateful for anything!?

I spoke too soon. During an episode a week later, we were pleasantly surprised. Another young couple toured a house that seemed perfect for them. There was just one wrinkle: the washer and dryer were out on the screened in back porch. I thought for sure they would turn their noses up. But the young wife said, “I wouldn’t mind doing laundry out here. Growing up in Honduras, I walked down to the river to do the washing with my mother.” There goes my spoiled millennials theory.

Gratitude is connected to perspective

This is my take-away from the youthful Honduran housewife. For example, there are folks in hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico who are grateful for a couple of new tarps and fuel for the generator. Meanwhile, I’m irritated when heavy rain blocks my satellite reception.

Here are a few of my favorite “gratitude in perspective” scriptures.


“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Jesus (Luke 12:15 – NIV)

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5- NIV

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 -NIV


Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.

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