Are You Content?

Victorious Christian Living By July 7, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

My arena is growing. The process is disruptive, time-consuming, expensive, frustrating, and exciting. Part of the old fence is gone and the new location is marked. Change is constant. Being content amid change is a gift of grace. Contentment is owning where you are. More certain than taxes is change. Today is not a carbon copy of yesterday. “Groundhog Day”…

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Why Teenagers Don’t Talk About Their Faith or Feelings

Victorious Christian Living By July 6, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Why don’t more teens talk about faith and feelings? Research suggests they can’t. Conclusions reached in the National Study of Youth and Religion are sharply disturbing. How well does your teen-ager communicate? Whether it’s your child or a grandchild, do you enjoy emotion-rich conversation? Can you snuggle together in the parlor with a cup of tea and talk about faith, family,…

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Rethinking the Use of Pressure in Horse Training

Horses and Owners By June 21, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

For the first time, Journey backed with impulsion and perfect form yesterday. Woo-hoo! It’s hard to believe we rescued him almost three years ago because some lessons come s-l-o-w-l-y. His success yesterday was like a piece of birthday cake. (I love cake.) A moment worth savoring. Journey’s back up was pretty. Cadenced. Straight. Hocks and hindquarters engaged. With the diagonal…

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Pretty Doesn’t Ride

Horses and Owners By June 12, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Pretty alone doesn’t ride. Pretty isn’t a reliable indicator of ability, heart, character, or trainability. Neither is a great hip, but it’s a better bet than an attractive head if you want to do any of the funner things with a horse. Gallop across meadows. Chase cows. Climb mountains. Run fast and shoot balloons. Enjoy play days or competitions. As…

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Every Horse Trainer is Guilty of This

Horses and Owners By May 30, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Horse trainers are human, falling into the trap of thinking we’re always right. Horses are an amazing gift from God. They treat us precisely as we deserve, unless they show us grace. Horses lift you higher than you can go on your own. They tattle on you when you lose concentration or react to changes you don’t know you make. …

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Does it Really Matter if the Bible is 100% Accurate?

Uncategorized By May 23, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

The Bible is old. Not as old as it’s content – but it’s old. When something has been translated so many times and into so many languages, reasonable folks might assume it contains a few errors. If there are, does it really matter? Let’s consider the question from two angles. One, a Christian blogger. The other, the Chicago Statement on…

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Do You Worry You’re Not Doing Enough?

Victorious Christian Living By May 22, 2018 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Like many of you, sometimes I wonder if I’m doing enough. For the Lord, for my family, for the horses, as a good steward, and as a writer. I haven’t posted much since the last newsletter. This month’s list of articles is uncomfortably short. Have I let you down? Shirked? What happened? Life. Fiction writers dream up stories, mysteries, and…

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Horse Trainers MUST Have This

Horses and Owners By May 22, 2018 Tags: , , No Comments

It takes a horse to train a horse. Not too difficult a concept, right? Yet many people spend endless hours searching out the latest greatest training methods or resources. Not a bad thing. But I know quite a few who invest more time reading about horses than spending time with one. Some folks spend hours watching videos, surfing the internet…

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Can You Prove Christianity?

Victorious Christian Living By May 22, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

“Is Christianity true just because the inerrant Bible says it is?” This is the central question in a June 2018 American Family Association Journal article by Dr. Frank Turek, apologist and Christian radio host. His short answer is, “No,” followed by hundreds of words explaining the “but.” I like this question better, “Is Christianity provable?” It’s simpler and delivers the…

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Learning About Christian Character from a Horse

Horses and Owners By May 14, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Everyone is wonderful some of the time. Few people are delightful all the time. Authentic character is expressed in hard times, not days of leisure. It’s easy to be kind and agreeable when circumstances are kind and agreeable. Apply the thumb screws and our true nature is revealed. Tribulation tears away the shroud of pretense. Gray horses played pivotal roles…

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