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Rough Couple Of Weeks On The Farm

15 September 2014 - 02:04 PM

Had a rough couple weeks on the farm, really only two days, but spread out.


We have three livestock dogs, one herding dog, and (had) one Canardly (Canardly tell what it is).


Our livestock dogs will kill and eat a chicken, but when they are locked away, they don't try to get to them. Our herd dog, an Australian Shepherd, once tried to herd the chickens to the desert, but never hurt any. However, our other dog, who we found as a desserted dog near the farm six years back, suddenly up and broke into the chicken pen, at night, killed our six ducks, two half-grown, hand-raised chicks, and one very young chick. Didn't eat any, just killed them.


So the first impulse is to put her down, but since she gets on well with other dogs and cats, and is very friendly, we decided to wait and try to find her a new home.


However, before we could find one, she broke her chain, and got into the rabbit pen, and killed all but six of our rabbits-again, not eating any, just killing them. About 20 rabbits. The six who survived, were small enough to duck into the back of one of the houses out of her reach. So, we brought the pother dogs over and put her down where they could see it, and left her, for the time being, by the rabbit pen where she had been digging to get in. To make a point.


Very sad, but had to be done. She was the first animal I have killed-usualy my wife does the killing when we butcher, but this was my job. The other dogs have all been on very good behavior, and our alpha male livestock dog has even been rolling onto his back for me, something he never did before, so they were impressed.


Sometimes, farm life isn't a lot of fun.  I hope I have not hurt anyone's sensibilities with this, just how it is.

Prayer-Though Not Sure For What.

24 August 2014 - 07:13 PM

Had an odd incident this morning.


I was out to pick up a few folks for service this morning-my regular pick-up guy is out.


We have in the church an elderly mother and her adult son-the son is not quite right: he was born a tad behind, as a young adult indulged in drugs and alcohol, then later had a bad car accident and got some brain damage on top of it. So, he has some...limitations.


Well, he gets on thes tangents, where something is on his mind, and he will ask the same basic quiestion each week-I don't know if he forgets, or just doesn't accpet the answers because its not what he is looking for.   Well, lately, its been about confession of sin-some guy told him that the Bible teached that we are to confess our sins before the congregation. Well, I assume all of us here know that's not correct-we confess our faults before one another, ie, confess to the one we have wronged, and we confess our sins before the Lord alone. Each week, for the past few months he has repeated this, and I tell him the same thing-I remain patient because I know his limitations.


So, last Thursday we had a missionary come in, and he had, on his van, a verse about confessing Christ before others, so this fellow picks up about confessing, and when the missionary took questions about his ministry, our man asks him about confessing sins. well, bless God the missionary and I were on the same page, he gave an excellent answer, and once it was complete, I raised my hand and asked another question, to move it on, because if you give him the time, he will go on and on.  When service ended, I and the fellow in my church spoke, he explained why he had asked, and I said that was fine and hoped he understood. All was well, and they left.


SOOO...this morning, when I wnt to pick him and his mother up, he accosted me at the door, voice on volume 11, and accused me of telling him to 'SHUT UP", in service. I asked him, did I say exactly that, in case he might have thought my asking the next question caused him to think I was trying to shut him up, but no, he said I told him, in front of everyone to shut up-exactly that, he yelled at me for a couple moments, (mind you he's a big fellow, and I half expected to go to church with a black eye, but no). then when I tried to ask some questions, he just said, "good-bye Mike" and shut the door.


  So, we need some prayer, but not sure for what. In some ways I think having him gne m8ght be good for the church, but on the other hand, he's damaged and its not really his fault-I don't even know where he got the idea I had done this, but his mind seems to create strange things. And I hate leaving him out in the cold, so to speak, but, how do you convnce someone that he didn't hear what he truly believes he heard?  So, prayer, I'd appreciate. His mom really needs to go lve with her daughter, as this son really can't care for her anymore and especially since he seems to be getting more unstable.


Thanks for your patience and your prayers.

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16 June 2014 - 11:22 PM

Weird Start To The Morning

09 May 2014 - 11:10 AM

This morning our day got a strange start.


  Before my wife and I were out of bed, I received a call from a man and his mother who, for about 5 years, we struggled to help.


Both of them are not 'normal'. He is an adult of 49 years old, and lives with his mom. He is not of normal intelligence, though functional, but dillusional, as is she. He has a tendency of creating things in his mind and telling her, and she believes each and every word he says, even when her own eyes say otherwise. We have helped her through two bouts of cancer, helped them find places to live, even allowing them to stay in the church parsonage, (which their dogs destroyed). At the end, when we lost our building, they had to leave, as well, and have blamed us for it ever since.


So, some time back, they came to the church meeting early to tell me how my wife had gone to a pastor in another town, and to the next town's auto parts store, and had told them all kinds of crazy things about them. Oh, she went and lied and told horrible things about them. And they are accusing her of this right in front of her. Well, there wasn't much I could do with the auto place, but they had the number of the pastor, so we called him right then and spoke to him in front of them on speaker, and he repudiated the whole thing, said he not only didn't know my wife or I, but that he had no idea who they were, either.  So, things kind of died down, and they began to say, that, well it wasn't my wife, but someone that MIGHT have been her, etc etc. So they stayed for service and things seemed okay.


Now, after about two months of not seeing them, they called to tell me that my wife went to a LAWYER in Susanville and told him horribe things about them, and that she has been sending the local AOG pastor's wife to say horrible things about them, too. When I tried to get more details, they told me to shut up and listen so I hung up on them, and tried to get the info by text but got no response.


So, this morning we are going to go see the lawyer, and talk to him about it-apparently its a public defender, who they called the free lawyer, and that he had suggested they take her to court. So now we must go to it.


So, a little prayer would be good right now, ust for our wisdom and thier calm. I will update.  Thanks, y'all.

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