In Season and Out of Season

Is winter in season or out of season? It’s February. I go outside and don’t need a coat, or hat, or mittens. Where is the cold weather that I associate with February?

Now, I’m not complaining. No, not one bit. I’m enjoying this weather. I even spent a few minutes riding my horse this morning. But, it makes me wonder. What has happened with February? January was warm too. So was most of December.

“I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with [a]great patience and instruction.” 2 Timothy 4: 1-2 (NASB).

Whether it’s 76 degrees in February or snowing in July, God’s word remains the same. It’s our responsibility as followers of Jesus to speak His word, to share the Good News.

Even if we don’t need a coat in February.

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What’s in a Name

10437412-seamless-texture-simulating-the-sky-at-night   My eyes looked at the brilliant stars in the January night sky. Two stars, or planets, maybe, drew my attention. I asked myself, “I wonder which those two are?”

I turned to view more of the heavens. Stars shone brightly, some twinkling, some just barely visible. I’m awestruck by how many are up there. Even more amazing is that God has named every, single one. Not a star exists that hasn’t been given a name by God.

“He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them” Psalm 147:4 (NASB).

Humans give names to their children, their pets, sometimes their cars and homes. Giving someone, or something, a name implies an ownership – my child, my dog. Naming also involves responsibility. I have a duty to take care of my children, my pets, my property.

God gave us that ownership and responsibility when he assigned Adam the task of naming the animals in the Garden of Eden.

“Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name” Genesis 2:19 (NASB).

Just as God knows each, and every star by name, He knows us. The stars shine and reflect the glory of His creation in the heavens. We are to reflect His glory on the earth.

“As all of us reflect the glory of the Lord with unveiled faces, we are becoming more like him with ever-increasing glory by the Lord’s Spirit” 2 Corinthians 3:18 (ISV).






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Ten Tips for a Fresh Writing Start the New Year

I will be implementing this list. Great Tips.



I’m posting a checklist for the new year. We all know we never get right back on the writing horse on January 2nd. It takes a bit of recovery time before we are ready to saddle up again.  I have ten points to consider. Things I may or may not get done but claim as my ideal goals for getting ready to write in 2017.  They are in no particular order so arrange them how you like.

1) Clean out old files and emails. I shared about email in a previous post. So, I’ll say no more. But we all have several copies of WIP at various stages. Delete all the old ones so all that remains is your present Work in Progress. If you must, create a new file for all those scenes you must delete but can’t bear to part with and trash the rest. (Side…

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FROM THE DESK OF DR. HILDY™ – Botanicals of Antiquity – BAY LEAVES

This was my “learn something new” topic of today.

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FROM THE DESK OF DR. HILDY™                    

by Dr. Hildegarde Staninger, RIET-1    

Series 4:  Botanicals of Antiquity        BAY LEAVES

© August 3, 2012

Bay leaves have been used in culinary dishes from all over the word to give the tasty dish a “little zing” since ancient times. The bay tree belongs to the family of Laurraceane of the genus Laurus nobilis.   It is thought to originate from Asia Minor, but spread all over the Mediterranean and Asia during earlier times. 

Bay Leaf Tree

The bay plant is a conical evergreen tree growing to 30 feet in height.  Yellow or greenish white, star shaped flowers appear during early spring, which subsequently produce dark green-purplish single seeded berry.  The leaves are eliptic and shiny dark green about 3 to 4 inches long, rather thick and leathery.  

The leaves give off a sweet aroma when broken and added to a dish or your flour…

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How the Barn Became a Church

“The message has always been Peace.”
Christ came to bring peace. Peace amongst ourselves, peace with God.

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Were you born in a barn? Not me, but I wish. I lived in the tiny asphalt-shingle house just south of the barn.

The barn was huge and white, with doors that rolled open wide enough that even the big tractor passed through with room to spare. There were two tall silos on the east side, and a loft with arched rafters that formed a dome high above the hay. You could climb the ladder up and build forts with the barn cats. The light that came in through small windows, diffused by dust and hay, had a way of making things look sacred, like those holy cards with prayerful saints in halos. Our barn was simply the warmest, most inviting place in the world. And much bigger than a church. What was I supposed to think?

Is this not the barn story you expected this time of year?


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The Maze of Life

Have you ever been lost and didn’t know which way to go? Struggled to see the end of the path, only to find out there are several turns? Wanted to get to the finish line, but the finish line wasn’t close enough? Which direction to turn? How far until the end, the answer, the finish, the solution?

Well, if you are out enjoying autumn fun in the countryside these are the questions posed while navigating the corn maze. Increasing in popularity, these treks can be torture (for older ladies like me), challenging (mothers with small children may find it so), but still – fun.

Following Jesus is a lot like walking through a corn maze. You don’t always know which direction to turn. You can’t see the path ahead. We will make wrong decisions. But, just like the staff members watching over the maze and its travelers, God watches over us. He can set our feet on the right path. He can block the wrong direction and tell us which way to turn.

For the corn maze, there is a map, and the counsel of the people who work there. For the maze of life, we have the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit.

Don’t stay lost.

“… He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” Psalm 23:3 (NASB).

For corn maze fun in Lexington, SC:


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Content Whatever the Circumstances

Several weeks ago I struggled with pending changes in my horse life, my horses’ living arrangements, in my financial situation. I lost sleep dwelling on the potential outcomes of these changes, fighting with myself over what would be the best decisions. I wrote about my struggle in Resistant to Change.docx

As I turned to God in the midst of this emotional battle, once again, He uses my horses to teach me the lesson He offers.
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned
to be content whatever the circumstances” Philippians 4:11. (NIV)

My friend sold her farm. Many reasons suggested it would be best for me to find a new home for my horses. I began searching and talking to a few horse people in the area. My horses moved to the new place at the beginning of September.

A few minutes after arrival this is the level of their “struggle” with changing homes.


Soon they discover other resources have been provided for them.

My horses adjusted quickly to their new home. I realized that the safety, security, and constancy of having what they needed, and familiar people involved in their care, brought them a contentment instead of “resistance to change”.

Just as my presence gave them a comfort and contentment, I can be content in my circumstances because I know –
“God, who is enthroned from of old, who does not change . . .” Psalm 55:1. (NIV)

Later that same week, my granddaughter is bathing ‘her’ horse. The others stand close to the spray of the water, enjoying their new home. They are content because they rely on us to take care of them.

“The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble” Proverbs 19:23. (NIV)

Rest content in the Lord, allow Him to be your constant Presence. Be content, whatever your circumstances.

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You’re a Timid Rider?

I often thought I was doing my horse a disservice by going so slowly with what we learned and what we did. Reading this helps me realize that this was the right thing for us.

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What if it isn’t a bad thing?

I have a “big picture” thing I want to say and it’s going to take some explaining. Just food for thought, really, but there’s some defining of terms that has to happen first. Just for the purposes of this article, and with full knowledge that making generalizations is always a bad idea. Here goes.

Some riders fall into the category of timid. Or cautious. They may compete or trail ride or whatever, but they are always aware of a certain voice in their heads that’s a bit reluctant, concerned about of injury, or just not having control. And they ride anyway. My thesaurus adds these synonyms for timid: apprehensive, demure, modest, nervous, browbeaten, yellow, milquetoast, mousy, fainthearted. Is it just me or do the words run to name-calling near the end?

There is a level of fear that runs deeper than timid. It’s a rider…

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Feral On Any Given Day

From definition 2:
Feral – having reverted to the wild state, as from domestication

Before I got her, Holly was a neglected backyard pony with a different name. Her interactions with people during that time were primarily negative and she became shy, wary, afraid, feral. Taking matters into her own hands (so to speak) she decided that people were safer from a distance. Catching her became a real challenge. It took over two hours to catch her during her “rescue” and she is still feral on any given day.

Over the years, Holly has been extensively handled and behaves quite nicely, once she’s caught. The challenge to catch her no longer takes two hours, but sometimes I choose to stop, if catching her isn’t totally necessary that day. If she doesn’t want to do what she thinks I’m going to ask of her she is still feral on any given day.

Now, Holly has learned that I am not going to be primarily negative, and that most interactions between us will benefit her. Being brushed and having the itchy bug bites treated; getting food, hay, or carrots; playing games that result in rewards; these are the things that usually happen when I do catch her. Still, often she doesn’t want what I’m offering and is feral on any given day.

On occasion there are times that I am going to ask her to do something she’s not comfortable with. Getting vaccinations is right up there at the top of the list. So is getting separated from her horse friends. (Riding her is not an option due to physical and emotional trauma in her earlier life.) Since she doesn’t know ahead of time whether she’s going to experience a rewarding situation or an uncomfortable one, she’s still feral on any given day.

I’ve discovered that I am also ‘feral on any given day’. There are days where I run from God, I don’t want to be caught, I don’t want what He may be offering – just in case it might make me uncomfortable or might be something I don’t want to do. Sometimes I just want to do my own thing and not even look at what His possibilities may be. Just as Holly may miss out on being brushed or given carrots on days I can’t catch her, I may be missing out on some of God’s blessing as I try to avoid Him.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28 (NIV).

What about you, have you also been ‘feral on any given day.’ Let’s all be more receptive to what God has for us, whether rewarding or uncomfortable it’s all going to be in our best interest. Let’s allow God to ‘catch us’, no longer being feral on any given day.

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Resistant to Change

Today I was struggling with a pain-filled pondering.

I do not like change.

When my routine is upset I get thrown off track and forget stuff. When I’ve become comfortable in a place, but then that place changes, I get frustrated, discouraged, even depressed. I work at two horse farms. Both of them are for sale by their owners. This is a pending change that often makes me feel a sense of worry, and doom.

One of the farms is the home for my horses. They are happy there. I was happy there, before things started to change. I try to continue to be happy there even though the owner is changing fencing configurations. There are fences that no longer have a gate. Gates now block what used to be open access. Small changes but still I find it dismaying.

Pondering these changes and feeling that somehow my response to them was not ‘right’, I get hit upside the head (figuratively) by God. Change does not happen without the hand of God. He controls all changes and the results of change. If I am resistant to change, then I am also resisting Him. I am setting myself in His place as the one who should control.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.   And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV).

Wow, does that make me feel better about what is going on regarding the sale of these two farms. I keep telling myself that God is going to use this to bring people into my life that will enrich me in some way. I pray that I will, in turn, be used to enrich theirs.

Are you trying to cope with changes in your life? Ask God for His peace to guard your heart and mind as well.

~ Cindy

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