Never Judge A Horse By It's Cover

By Richard Bell, Arlington, WA
(I found this story in Country magazine Aug./ Sep. 2007)
I’d borrowed “Tutti Frutti” to help drive 50 head of Angus cattle through the Big Hole Country of southwest Montana. She was a scruffy-looking chestnut mare, but my ranch friends assured me she loved to push cows.
About an hour into the drive, though, I had some serious doubts. Moving the little herd through some of the roughest hill country I’d ever seen, Tutti shuffled along in short, steady, baby steps and refused to be hurried.
She struck me as perhaps the laziest horse in all Montana – and proud of it.
Then we spotted a dozen cows and calves wandering up the hill into the scrub brush. Jeppie, our trail boss, wasn’t thrilled at the prospect of losing them, and had started yelling and swinging a coil of rope.
“You’ve got the cow horse,” she growled. “Get up there and bring ‘em back out!”

Next thing I knew, Tutti had leapt over a creek and was streaking through a stand of gnarly pines at a dead gallop. All I could do was bury my head in her mane and hope a low branch didn’t knock it clean off.
Beneath us, boulders and knee-deep gopher holes whisked by in a blur. Something snagged my coat and twisted me in the saddle. I grabbed for leather, choked out a panicky laugh and somehow managed to stay on.
Meanwhile, Tutti was doing exactly what God made her for. Cornering the cows with long, ground-eating strides, she quickly had every stray rounded up and headed back downhill.
As we rejoined the herd, I was gulping air by the bucketful. Tutti wasn’t even breathing hard. With her world back in order, the little mare resumed the laid-back in order, the little mare resumed the laid-back shuffle I’d mistaken for laziness.
I completely misjudged the best cow pony I ever had the privilege of riding, and learned a valuable lesson about reaching a verdict before all the evidence was in.
In fact, if I could live my life over, I think I’d spend it chasing strays in the Big Hole with Tutti. I’d relax in my stirrups, aim her toward the cows and let her do her thing.
For those few precious moments, I’d be 100% alive, and truly happy.

(Of course this isn't him!)

My Catechism With Proofs Or Confession of Faith

One of the most helpful and interesting ways to learn exactly what you believe is to put together a catechism. My brother and I have been working on one using “A Catechism with proofs by Charles Haddon Spurgeon”. William Collins and Benjamin Keach originally put it together in 1693. By 1738 the catechism (or Confession of Faith) was adopted by the Philadelphia Association of Baptists in America, the center of all Baptist Churches in America. Later in 1855 Spurgeon edited and reprinted it.
I thought I would show you some of it as I compose my own Catechism or Confession of Faith.

1. What is the Chief end of man?

- Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.”
Matthew 5:16

“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
I Corinthians 6:20

“And what ever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
Colossians 3:17

“My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord: My heart and my flesh cries out for the living God.”
Psalm 84:2

“Whom have I in heaven but You?
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
My flesh and my heart fail: but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Psalm 73:25-26

2. What rule has God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy Him.

- The Word of God, which is contained in the Scripture of the Old and New Testament, (1) is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify God and enjoy Him. (2)

1. “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being the Chief cornerstone.”
Ephesians 2:20

“Rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”
Colossians 2:7

2. “That which we have seen and heard, declare we unto you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.”
1 John 1:3

“If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.”
1 Peter 4:14

Remodeling Our Bathroom

Yes we remodeled our bathroom last month. Sorry it took me so long in posting.

Here is the prep work...

Then the painting...

Then the finishing touches...

Here is the finished product!

Mom did all the painting and we did the clean-up.