Happy Holidays everyone. We had a pretty uneventful shift and actually got to sleep thru the night again. We responded to a total of 8 calls but none of them turned out that bad. Our first call came in at 7:50 am and was reported as a male complaining of chest pain. Then again at 8:24 we responded to a male with severe hip pain. At 11:35 am we were dispatched to another hip pain. At 3:45 pm we were called to a seizure and at 7:42 pm we responded to a psychotic breakdown. At 9:11 pm we responded to a fight at the American legion and transported one patient for high blood pressure.
Probably the best call of the shift came in at 11:57 pm when we responded to car wreck. The driver of the vehicle hit a parked van on the side of a residential area road and knocked it into the yard a good three feet. The jeep he was driving turned over on it's side in the middle of the road. It hit the van hard enough that it bent a shock and a leaf spring on the jeep. It also bent the heavy bumper on the corner of the jeep. The driver apparently hit the windshield with his head hard enough to break the windshield and his chest hit the steering wheel hard enough to bend it! The best part of this story is that he was able to get out of the jeep and run from the scene. At last check the police were still looking for him.
We finished the shift off at 6:23 am with a call to back up another station but was cancelled before we arrived on scene. All in all this was a good shift.
I hope you all have a safe and very merry Christmas! Until next time; be safe, buckle up and slow down.
Being raised in a Christian home all of my young life (Presby, Assembly of God), you could say I've been "brain-washed" in my present beliefs, a subject of my environment. If so, I am blessed. But you know I see lots of people who were raised the same way who are as far from God as I am close to Him so I guess you might say- it comes down to choices... little ones... throughout this journey.
I have made good choices and poor ones. I have made very good choices and very bad ones... unlike anyone I know of. Some of those choices have been reactions to experiences and circumstances I had nothing to do with... how I reacted to death, sickness, tragedy, betrayals, offenses-- all shape character.
But as a Christian, several foundational truths remain constant deep in my belief system: My position, who I am, will never change- never. It cannot. I am a child of the Most High God, adopted into His family through the sacrifice of Jesus death and His resurrection has given me life and victory over sin and death, eternal death and separation from God. My name has been written in the Lamb's Book of Life, never to be erased. How did I get there? I was confronted with a choice, deep within my heart, and I chose to accept the urgings of the Holy Spirit who was drawing me to that place of decision. I acknowledged Jesus as the Son of God and His death and resurrection. I confessed I was in a sinner and didn't have a relationship with the One true God and my Creator... and I wanted it. I accepted Jesus as my Savior and confessed Him as my new Lord of my life.
So what do we do with Jesus? Some put Him on a shelf and only pull Him down when we need Him. Some have formed our own opinions about Him, not researching Him out truly, honestly and with an open heart. We have formed our own "theology of life" taking bits and pieces from the Bibles and from lessons learned. We have justified the way we live by examples of other people, even some "Christians" who live sinful lives while spouting "Jesus is Lord" when their life doesn't the evidence at all. All these things don't change God, who He is, His character, what He requires. He is the "I Am". He is love. He is almighty and all powerful and He alone is worthy of our praise and admiration... there is no other.
Search Him out- He is faithful to reveal Himself to those who truly seek Him with all their heart. But if you don't make the effort, life will pass, like a vapor, and it will be too late.
So what do you do with Jesus?
I stayed in town this morning after getting off work at 8 am. The department's Christmas Lunch was today and it wasn't worth the 30 mile trip home just to turn around and come back. So, I decided to stay in town and do some Christmas shopping and of course stop by Starbucks! A little before noon I headed to our headquaters where the meal was to be. Just after I got there station 3 was toned out for a head on collision on the highway. Station 2 responded as the second out unit. The shift supervisor then requested a third ambulance and since I was there, my partner and I responded as well.
It turned out to be a double fatality. We flew one victim from the scene by helicopter and transported two more. The fatailites turned out to be 15 and 16 year old girls! One was ejected thru the front windshield and the other was in the back seat. The patient that was flown from the scene also came from this car. The other two victims were in there late 20's and are expected to make a full recovery. Both of them had femur fractures (the upper leg) and one had an ankle fracture. One also had a collapsed lung.
It turned out the car with the young girls in it were in a hurry and tried to pass a semi-tractor trailor and hit the other car head-on. Slow down people! Why risk your life (and that of others) just so you can get there now rather than a few minutes later? What could possibly be worth that type of risk? If it's so important to get there by a certain time then leave a little earlier - or just accept the fact that your going to be late! ALSO; I've said it before and I'll say it a many a time again. WEAR YOUR SEAT BELTS - THEY DO SAVE LIVES!
Now there are two young girls that won't live up to their potential, that won't realize some goal they had! They (and their families) are going to miss out on so much.
My heart and prayers go out to these two families and may God bless them each and every day.
Until next time . . . be save, buckle up, and slow down!
It's 8am and I'm back on shift for another 24 hours. The day started at 8:49 with a call to the local hospital for an emergency transfer of a 36 year old female that was in active labor. Problem being, she was only 22 weeks along and her water had broke and she was dialated to an 8! We took her lights and sirens to another hospital that was capable of handling this type of labor. We got back to the station just before noon.
At 2:45 pm we were dispatched to a local beauty salon where a 74 year old female had fallen outside and possible broken her leg. After some morphine her pain level had decreased to the point we could move her and not cause to much discomfort. We transported her to the local ER and the last we saw of her she was on her way to x-ray. Before we could clear the hospital we were sent on another medical emergency across town. This turned out to be the same frequent flyer we transported the last shift. We'll call her Mary Frost (the name has been changed to protect the innocent). Mary was once again complaining of chest pain and difficulty breathing. She was also taken to the local ER for further evaluation.
It's now 5:15 pm and we're back at the station. Time for some supper and hopefully and uneventful evening and a good nights sleep.
It's 6:50 pm and we're dispatched to a local assisted living facility for a 89 y.o. male reported to be having chest pain. When we got there it turned out to be a belly ache. The patient told us he had ate too much Christmas candy and cookies. Apparently the staff over reacted. We did convince him to go with us to be checked out just to make sure there were no problems. He reluctantly agreed. We cleared the hospital and were back at our station by 8:45.
At 10:05 pm we were dispatched to one of our frequent flyers. This time however it turned out to be her daughter that is two months pregnant. We'll call her Jo Prickett (name change). Jo's 17 years old and only two months into her pregancy. Although we haven't responded to many calls for her, she is starting to become a regular. Jo was complaining that her belly was cramping and wanted to go to the hospital. We got back to the station at 11:20 and decided it was bedtime.
It's now 7:20 am and we slept thru the night. That's a rare occurance at this station. The EMS gods must have felt pitty on us from our last shift. Time to start getting ready for the next shift to take over.
Until next time - be safe and be happy!
Started the morning off at about 9:00a when we responded to a medical emergency involving a possible stroke. The male pt was found by his wife and had obvious left side involvement. He was transported to the ER for further care. Remember the early warning signs of a stroke: 1) weakness on one side, 2) difficulty talking, and/or 3) an unsteady walk.
Then at about 1:00p we responded to a female complaining of chest pain. This turned out to be one of our "frequent flyers." Her chest pain was, and is always, caused by gas which was relieved in the ER with medications. It's now a little after 3p and we're back at our station. It's time to rest and prepare for the evening calls. It's a Saturday night and things are sure to get fired up.
Yup, it hit the fan as expected. At 9:50p we were dispatched to a medical emergency at one of the local care centers. We had a female patient that was not feeling well. Once we got there we discovered her blood pressure was well below acceptable levels. She was transported to the local ER and at last check was doing better. They admitted her to the hospital for further care.
We cleared the hospital from the previous call at 11:00p and recieved our next call at 11:17p. Dispatch sent us to a vehicle wreck out in the county. When we pulled up on scene we found a small car had rolled over several times and ejected all four of it's occupants. (NOTE: SEAT BELTS PEOPLE!) We ended up transporting all four patients. All 15 year old kids. We took two in our rig and the second out ambulance took the other two. One boy and three girls. Now why was four 15 year old's driving at this time of night? The injuries included: two bruised ribs and a broken back for the boy, a broken shoulder bone and broken rib for one girl, a broken shoulder bone for another girl, and a broken eye socket for the last girl. All in all they were very lucky!
As a side bar here: Seat belts DO work! In my years of EMS I have picked up seveal dead bodies from the roads, ditches and sidewalks. I've even cut some bodies from the car itself. But, I have NEVER cut a dead body from a seat belt! Get the hint?
We cleared the hospital from the wreck at 2:49 am. We were able to crawl into our beds at just about 3:30 in the morning ready for a few hours sleep. But not so, at 4:44 am we recieved a call to go to the hospital and take a patient back to one of the local care facilities. Not because she needed an ambulance to get there, simply because the staff didn't want to get out in the cold and go pick her up! We cleared this call at 5:30 in the morning and crawled back into the rack at just about 6:00. Just in time to get our morning wake up call at 7:00 so that we could finish the shift at 8:00.
I'm now at another station in our jurisdication working the first half of the shift. When I finish this shift I will have worked 36 hours straight. Here's hoping for an uneventful shift.
I'm at home now. The extra shift went well. We responded to only call at just before noon. A male in a local nursing home had low blood pressure and needed transported to the ER. We started IV fluids on him and transported.
Until next time - be safe and be happy!
This is supposed to be the "offseason" for us being in a tourist town... but it's been anything but.
Internet - trying to go wireless. I have a friend who claimed he could install routers and repeaters and cover the resort with wireless internet for us and our guests. Three weeks later, we've dropped DSL and am now on wireless only by our fingernails. It seems we have some interference or something. We might have found the problem tonight- a bad router. We're using a Linksys WRV54G router and a couple of WAP54GP access point routers (we ditched the repeaters). We've ordered a new WRV and another WAP so hoepfully this will close the gap. But it's been very trying... you don't reallize how dependant you are on something until you don't have it.
WebCams- am still looking for the perfect webcam software and video capture card to host the cams. The underwater cam is doing great- if you're in the cleaning shack looking at the monitor. Problem is... I'm dependant on someone else for the expertise. They are friends and won't take any $$$ for the work which honestly I'd rather pay and get it DONE!! Capture cards... routers... they're all way over my head and it's frustrating.
Newletter- I'm finally going to get the White River Journal out next week. Been trying to work on in between everything going on.
Brochure and other things- we've been trying to design/print a resort brochure for several months now... our last brochure is 12 years old. Also designing a logo for ozarkanglers, the resort and new catch-n-release pins for trout unlimited's c/r program. I'm not doing much of the designing but the guys who are seemed to be as busy as me.
Friends in town- the last 10 days have been hospitality time for us. Not complaining too much- they all have been dear friends and we've had a blast... but fitting it all in with Christmas programs at church, YMCA, resort dinner and fishing with everyone, it's been interesting. I see the light at the end of the tunnel- I think it will be Monday next week.
My daughter and son-in-law are coming in Friday before Christmas. Am looking forward to kicking back and sending time with the kids. Meg and Cob move back home tomorrow from C of O so all will be here for the holidays.
Got off work this morning. First day back after a week off. We had a pretty good shift. We responded to 3 medical emergencies and one vehicle accident. The medical emergencies were pretty uneventful except for one. We had an 87 year old female in respiratory distress. This one made us work a bit. But after some IV meds the respirations improved and her color came back.
The car wreck was very minor. We transported one female with an injured knee. She had slid forward in her seat and hit it on the dash boards - WOULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED IF SHE HAD HER SEAT BELTS ON (HINT HINT).
We only had to get up once in the night when we responded to the breathing difficulty call at 3:00 a.m. That's good for the station I'm at this month. Normally you respond to an average of five to six calls and only get about 4 hours of sleep a night. And that's not at one time.
I'm headed up to the city tomorrow to pick up my niece at the airport. She's coming home for the holidays. She's stationed at Great Lakes with the Navy right now. My daughter's on her way home from North Dakota as I write this. Her and her husband will be home for a couple of weeks. My son, also in the Navy, will be home on the 28th for two weeks.
Until next time - Be safe and Happy Holidays
This post comes to you from North Dakota where Sue and I have traveled to see our youngest child. It was a very nerve wrecking trip as we left Kansas just as the winter storm moved into SE Kansas. Finally on day 2, just north of Souix City we broke out of the nasty weather and road conditions and was able to relax. Hopefully the weather will hold for the trip back tomorrow.
Today my daughter, our youngest, graduated from Trinity Bible College in North Dakota. Jacqui and her husband of almost two years are currently living and studing here in Ellendale, North Dakota. She is looking into youth ministries, and Lee is studying towards youth ministries and coaching. As I watched her go across the stage this morning a sense of pride was present.
I must say that I'm proud of both of our children. Jaqui and Lee are both looking into the ministries. John, our oldest, is in California where he is stationed with the U.S. Navy. He is just recently back from the Gulf where he was assigned to a fixed wing attack squadron. He and his family should be coming home for Christmas and I'm anxious to see him after almost two years.
Reflecting back today, I realized Sue and I have done well with our children. John is serving his country defending our freedom and helping others to obtain, or keep, their freedom. A very worthy cause. Jacqui is helping others learn the word of our Lord. Also a very noble profession. We can now set back and say "job well done." It's a good thing for a parent to see their children pursing very worthy causes.
I'm setting here in my warm house looking outside at the ground. There's a small dusting of snow on the ground and they are predicting 3 to 4 inches by tomorrow. Now normally this would be a good thing. You see, I love winter time. I guess I'm still a kid at heart; I like to get outside in the white stuff and just plain play. But tonight, it's a different matter. Tomorrow we leave for North Dakota, and as luck has it the first snow of the season is on the day we will be traveling.
Our daughter, the youngest of our brood, graduates from college on Friday and we're making the 12+ hour drive up to watch this great accomplishment. What was going to be a fun trip has now changed to worry about road conditions.
So, a little emergency planning and a small change in plans is in order. We'll be leaving around noon tomorrow and taking it a little slower getting up there. We had planned on leaving after my wife gets off work and driving for a couple of hours to make the trip a little less stressful.
I'll post again when we get home and let you know how the trip went. Until then, take care and be safe.
Good evening, it's time for me to get on my soap box for a bit. As you may be aware, if you've read my first entry, I'm a paramedic in S.E. Kansas. Here's my pet peeve . . . IF YOU SEE THE RED LIGHTS, BEHIND OR IN FRONT OF YOU, PULL OVER TO THE RIGHT AND COME TO A COMPLETE STOP! If you're in emergency services then you understand. If you're not I want you to think about this. What if it's one of your loved ones that were trying to get to? Turn your radio's down (so you can hear the sirens), check your mirrors often (they're there for a reason), and put the cell phone down (no distractions)! The few minutes, or seconds, that we save by not having to slow down to wait and get around you could me the difference between life or death for someone's loved one. Don't try to "beat" us to the intersection, just wait for us to pass and proceed on your marry way. Ok - enough said - thanks for the opportunity to vent.
Now - for some fishing! My wife and I spent the Thanksgiving weekend at Taneycomo. Fishing was so so up to Sunday morning. Then they turned it on and we had a blast. This was my wife's first trout fishing expedition and it was a great one for her, and me. It's always fun to have a fishing buddy with you to share in the memories. It's even better when it's your best friend. In this case, my wife. Even during the slow times we worked on her casting technique and even got into an impromptu casting competition. We enjoyed being outdoors with each other even if the fishing was slow. This was a great time for Susie (my wife) to learn about the stream, feeding lanes, and trout behavior. With the water so clear we could watch the fish as they reacted to the many food forms available to them. Thank you Lord for the beauty of it all.
Until next time; Be safe and tight lines to you all.
Correction on the preaching Sunday... I have to be here for the dock for most of the morning Sunday so Tom Johnson is doing the honors. I'll have to go ahead and post at least the notes on this blog as soon as I get them done.
You know, this is supposed to be our off season- they say. December is the slowest month but my calendar doesn't say that.
I've been messing with the images on the forum... I'm sure you've noticed. It will get better I promise. I'm going to have some real professionals look at it- I want to do alot with the forum. I just need alot of help.
I see conservationcafe is changing. My vision for this forum is to keep it geared to fishing only and to keep it clean. It's not that I'm judging anyone... I've learned to appreciate alot of the guys and gals on cc over the years but there is alot of sarcasm that gets out of hand at times. My number one thing is - to respect others on the board. Respect people as people and not to use they key board to bash and bite. At best, this kind of communication is impersonal and because it is, sometimes people think what they type doesn't mean anything. It does- much more than we realize.
So I'm going to try to keep this forum focused on fishing... positive enjoyment of an activity we all have in common and love.
That should get some attention- money. This is a short entry cause it's late and I still have to do the cash drawer at the office before turning in but I thought I'd warn you...
I'm delivering the message next Sunday at church and unless the Lord leads in a different direction, the subject is money. I'll be running ideas by the blog during the week so stay tuned.
"Men choose a religion, but a Christian is chosen by Jesus Christ. To be a Christian means to belong to Christ. Jesus asked me to renounce even my life, to follow Him faithfully, not to hear the world even if my body must perish. I prefer to know that God, the Almighty, is with me, even if it means that the whole world is against me.
"I am in God's hands. For 45 years I have walked with the God of miracles, and His goodness is for me a shadow that protects me in His love.
"the God of Daniel, who protected his friends, protected me during my nine years in prison, and all torments changed to my good, so that I have the fulness of love and gratitude.
"of all the prophets, Jesus alone was resurrected from the dead, and He remains our living Mediator forever. I gave me life into His hands. For me, life is an opportunity to serve Him, and death is the privilege of getting to be with Him."
Pastor Mehdi Dibaj of Iran was on trial- these were the words of his defense. He and his family had converted to Christianity and he had been translating a Christian radio station's programing into his native language, Farsi. he was arrested in 1985, accused of apostasy, denying the Muslim faith. He was facing a death sentence.
He was imprisoned in a cramped hole for over 2 years, a hole so small he couldn't even stretch out his legs. While in prison, his wife was force to divorce him and remarry a Muslim.
International pressure force the Iranian gov't to release Mehdi but soon after his release, he was found beaten to death in a park near his home, his attackers were believed to be Muslim leaders.
Despite his death, his children continue to follow in the faith. Voice of the Martyre, Jesus Freaks
There are many, many stories about persecution throughout the world because of what one believes. We are blessed to live in a country where we are free to believe what we choose. That does not mean what we believe is truth though. Every man is not a god unto himself although he develops his our "religion" on how things are in this world, in this life.
There is absolute truth. There has to be for there to be meaning to this life. There is a God, one God, one way to God and that has to be through Jesus, His Son- a man who lived, died and rose from the dead (all historical factual). And if a man seeks God with a whole and true heart, he will find Him... it's a promise. Ask Him for help- He's waiting for that chance.
Have a blessed holiday with friends and family. If you feel lonely, quit thinking about yourself and focus on others in need. Go to a shelter or kitchen and help out. Do a clothes or toy drive and give to your county welfare office or Salvation Army. Ask God to direct you to a church and get involved... but beware of this- don't put your faith in people-- there are great people of God in churches and there are bad people in churches. Just be careful.
November 22, 2005
I'll start this by letting you know a bit about myself. I'm a paramedic in SE Kansas. We work a 24 hour shift and then have 48 hours off. In my off time I enjoy being outdoors. Fly Fishing and duck hunting are my two favorite outdoor activities. My wife, Sue, and I enjoy camping and fishing. She's just started fly fishing and we're having a great time on the rivers and streams around the area.
It was just a couple of days ago I shared about my friend's 50th birthday celebration. Don't they say the eyes start going at 40... I mean the doc informs us we might think about bifocals... What happens at 50???
I'm sure Chuck didn't see it coming... pardon the pun. Yesterday he started seeing double and this morning he had surgery for a detached retina. Doc told him he may lose some sight in the eye. Fifty is way too young for that- right?? But you know, the day we are born our bodies start to die slowly... some slower than others but you get my point. Life is a vapor that lasts a second in comparison to eternity.
Chuck is on his belly with orders not to lift his head for 2 weeks. They glued the wall of the retina like wallpaper (the tear), gas is injected in the eye to put pressure on the wall till the glue dries. Keeping the eye ball pointed down also holds pressure on the "wallpaper". This is a fairly new procedure- before people who had this condition would just lose vision in the eye so I'm sure he's grateful.
Marsha and I prayed this morning... these things happen for a reason- we either learn what God has for us to learn or we don't learn anything - suffer through for basically nothing. We prayed Chuck would learn and learn good! He said he would be spending alot of time praying... and I'm sure he will. He can't read- we're going to make sure he has books-on-tape. We also asked God to help the docs in their procedure. I know without any doubt God could just do a creative miracle and fix the eye without the help of the docs... and we did ask for that... but at the same time trust Him to do the best for Chuck and his wife Terry, whatever that may be.
Tomorrow we have church... then Thanksgiving dinner afterwards. It won't be the same without him. We may have to go over to his house and harass him... on his belly.
Brrrrr…Well, we woke up to 28 degrees this morning and the high is suppose to top out at 44! I got to finally wear my new winter coat!...and scarf and gloves and sweater and long johns and wool socks and…just kidding. But it is very “brisk”, was the word my son used this morning. Tonight’s low will be 20 with 20 mile an hour winds and a wind chill of 10. Okay fall is here.
We have seen something wild the last few days. A flock of starlings (got to be 100,000+ birds) that fly over the office every evening right before we leave. It goes on for an hour or more for as far as you can see. There is a grove of trees that they land in behind the office. They vie for space on the branches until the tree can’t hold anymore, then they explode in a black cloud and start the process all over again. I tried to take pictures of this river of birds flying over but they did not come out very good. We drove back to where they were roosting and the noise is unreal. Right out of an Alfred Hitchcock! The trees are black with birds not leafs. Crazy.
My bird bath was frozen this morning. Need to figure out how to make them a little Jacuzzi. The cardinals are out in force and enjoying the treats I provide. They are very timid and peek from under the leafs before flying down to the feeder. This morning after sitting very still for a few moments the yard was full of about 15 pairs. The ladies are very demure in there tan coats, one warning from one of the scarlet gentlemen and they bolt to the trees. The woodpeckers and blue jays love the suet baskets. The jays protest loudly when someone new shows up for a taste. If it wasn’t so cold I would sit there for hours and watch them play and listen to there songs.
I miss the hummingbirds, they left in September. Their size is so contrary to their personalities. Bold and feisty they are. I had four or five feeders up before they all left only because they would get so territorial. I began moving the feeders around so that others could come to drink, as one little guy would guard his feeder with a vengeance. He would even swoop me when I would take it down to refill it! I look forward to their return in the spring and have added to my feeder collection.
Bill has built me a fly tying table. We are enjoying fly fishing so much, but the cost of the flies are expensive and we thought tying our own would be cheaper. The table is very pretty and I think we are in to $200 so far. Think of all the flies we could have purchased with that!!. Fly fishing is wonderful, there is nothing like standing in the river early in the morning as the mist is rising! You get into a zone and before you know it hours have past. We have spent a couple of weekends camping down at the river, it’s so beautiful I can’t begin to tell you. We are spoiled now not having to drive 6 hours to the Eastern Sierras. Some weekends we get up early drive the half hour to the river, fish for hours and head home for lunch. I think we will end up retiring as fly fishing bums.
The fall colors were fabulous and we took a drive before this last storm hit so we would be sure to see the trees before all the color was blown away. There is a forest service tower a 120 feet in the air in Eureka Springs and we climbed up it to take it all in. By the next weekend most of the leafs were gone. You can now see lime stone formations on the hill sides that we never knew were there. Arkansas is changing her clothing again and is still just as beautiful.
We are looking forward to Christmas. Erik and Megan are coming and it will be so good to see them. We are hoping for snow and our first white Christmas. Shannon and Nick will be sorely missed! She has started a new job and can’t get the time off. After taking the summer off to go to Europe, they are both working hard to make up for their play time. After seeing Austria, Italy, France, Switzerland, and many other places we hope they can both come to lowly Arkansas at spring break. Everything will be green again and Shan will love that!
Ryan is almost through his first semester of college. He has done very well and we are so proud of him. He has really relaxed into the lifestyle here and the transition was much easier for him than I ever dreamed. Everyday he surprises me and the older he gets the less the autism seems to be a hindrance. He is talking about looking for a part time job which is a big step, but I am positive it will be good for him.
I miss our folks and our older kids, but I really feel at home here. We made the right decision no doubt about it!
It's so amazing the difference in climate between north and south.... Missouri. I don't see how people stand the wind and cold up there, let alone further north in Iowa and Nebraska. Tuesday- blowing snow 30-40 mph and totally horizontal. Wednesday - 15 degrees and winds 30-50. Thursday am - 5 degrees but thankfully no wind. Sitting in a stand was incredibly tough and the lack of deer was worse. Too much cover- too much woods where we hunted (east of Trenton about 30 miles). But it was a great trip with my fishing/hunting buddy Vince.
When we moved to Branson in 1983, we knew a couple of people - Rex Grady, a resort owner who befriended us while trying to sell us his report down on Lakeshore Dr, John logan, the realitor who sold us Rosadaro and Lulu Roman who's husband had a hair salon on the strip at the time.
We started attending a church - Branson Hill Assembly of God - where we met more people, people who became life-long friends to this day. One couple was Chuck and Terry Puckett. They had a little girl like us and went on to have 2 more... we had 3 more. We became best friends, took vacations together, changed churches together, started a church together, and yesterday by best friend turned 50. Wow! How time flies.
Chuck is the pastor of our church, Covenant Life Church. He has a pastor's heart... he helps everyone that calls, he's compassionate and patient... all the things I'm not. I've always said Chuck's there to help people who I loose patience with- I'd just as soon slap them on the third or forth go-around.
Chuck is passionate about life and about God. He has walked the walk long enough to have God's wisdom on a lot of life's situations.
The world would be a great place if everyone had a friend like Pastor Puckett We don't call him that cause it sounds so corny.
Polycarp was a bishop of Roman controled Smyrna (now Izmar, Turkey) in 168 AD. He was the last living link with the twelve apostles, as he had studied under John.
At 86 years of age, he was arrested by the Romans and brought into the arena for trial and execution. The proconsul tried to get Polycarp to deny Jesus Christ; "Swear by the fortune of Caesar. Take the oath and I will release you. Curse Christ!"
The bishop stood firm. "Eighty-six years have I served the Lord Jesus Christ, and He never once wronged me. How can I blaspheme my King who has saved me? Let them come, for my purpose is unchangeable," replied Polycarp.
He had been threatened with wild beast and burning at the stake.
"You threaten me with a fire which will burn for an hour and then will go out, but you are ignorant of the fire of the future judgement of God reserved for the everlasting torment of the ungodly. But why do you delay? Bring on the beasts, or the fire. or whatever you choose; you shall not move me to deny Christ, my Lord and Savior."
They brought dry wood and piled it in the center of the arena. Polycarp's hands were tied but he wasn't nailed to the stake by his request.
His final prayer he prayed, "O Father, I thank You, that You have called me to this day and hour and have counted my worthly to receive my place among the number of the holy martyrs. Amen."
At that, the officers lit the fire. The flames rose high above his body, but miraculously, he was not burned. Those who watched said, "He was in the midst of the fire, not as burning flesh but as gold and silver refined in a furnace. And we smelled such a sweet aroma as of incense or some other precious spice."
Since the fire did not burn him, the executioner was ordered to stab him with a sword. As soon as he did, so much blood flowed from the wound that it put out the fire.
As a young boy, I heard the stories of martyrdom and was scared that may happen to me. Since I have learned that God's Spirit gives us just what we need at the time of need, whether it's a word of wisdom or knowledge, strength to face a fearful circumstance or an action that comes from out of the blue, unexplainable. Am I still concerned about dying for my faith? I am more fearful I may fail, but my trust is in Him and Him alone.
I hesitate starting something like this... I work/type/share enough now online that I'm not sure how much I'll do on a "blog"... but there is purpose for all this. There is a reason for what I do in front of the eworld. Fishing and the internet are tools given to me to share the Gospel of Jesus, the reason I continue to live and breathe. For without the relationship I have with Him, I would have no reason for this life, no foundation of why we are here, no hope for the future. I can't imagine anyone living without hope, especially in this day and age.
I'm reading the book "Jesus Freaks" put together by Voice of the Martyrs. It's an account of people through the ages giving their lives for their faith. I plan on sharing some of these stories- true accounts that will bring to reality life in the true sense.
I encourage anyone to start a blog (journal for us old timers) if it helps keeping you in the Word (which is one of my downfalls). The blog can be fishing, golfing, political or whatever.
Can you believe this fall??!! Our trip to New Mexico and the San Juan - the trees (what few there were) were in full colors there. Everything is 2-3 weeks behind. But I was telling my daughter Sara who is visiting from KC this weekend, our trees are more colorful than ever the last 2 days. We've been taking some pics- will share them later.
It's cold. It's snowing tonight. Water is off... finally.
Three thoughts tonight as I watch the white stuff pile up outside my window.
So far this winter shows signs of being a cold one with few warm breaks in the temperature. We've always had days at least up in the 40's in years past but not so far this winter. And nothing in the foreseeable forecast. I personally haven't adjusted to the cold yet. My fishing buddy Vince suggested it's because of the fat I've lost in the last 3 months. I've been watching what I eat and working out. This revelation makes me think about adding that fat back to keep me warm! Guess we better get used to ice in the guides.
Snowing!? I commented to Marsha, as we crept up the hill on the strip this evening, avoiding the 8 car pileup at Roark Valley Road, that this snow was much better than the ice we've had the last 3 winters. Still slick but nothing sticking on the trees.
Water is off!! We've been waiting for this for many months. So far what we've noticed is the bug population is huge and our trout are fat and strong. Scuds, sow bugs and lots and lots of midge hatches. I talked to Duane on New Years day about him seeing gobs of midges on Table Rock while duck hunting. I say gobs because he said they were hatching to fast that they were sticking together on the surface creating clumps of bugs. The only place I've seen that is on the San Juan River. I would love to see that on Taneycomo.
Now I can't speak to how the fishing has been since the change in generation yet. I fished a little on the first up below the dam but too little to get a feel for what will happen in the days to come. I can guess... it's really going to be good! The trout are there. It's the first of January when we see some of the best fishing of the year here on Taney. Our rainbows haven't seen much pressure the last couple of months and have had a chance to rest and grow. Water quality is in great shape. Everything looks fantastic for this winter's season.