Hog Waller Sermons

I figured I’d better wish Brad and the happy better half my congratulations today on their wedding day and will put in a picture as promised that I “lifted”off of Jan’s blog. So here it is!

awheelofflowers Best I can do Brad, I ain’t no computer genius 🙂 And thanks to Jan for letting me lift the photo! Seriously though I do wish the happy couple blessing upon blessing. Ol’ Brad has been around my blogs for a long time.Not the very beginning, but soon after and he never did leave. Wow! Talk about a loyal friend! We’ve had our ups and downs together and are still doing the morning thing many mornings most weeks. By ups and downs I mean we do share more things once in a while than what we have on the blog. Not much, but important things never the less.I wish we were closer in miles cause I’da made it to that wedding if it was under a couple hundred miles! Again,best wishes!

Was cutting meadow hay this afternoon,in a  deep meadow. That means it ain’t really a tame  meadow. A lowland that can be under water if its wet enough,but its dry enough now to get the swamp hay off of It.Took me about twice as long per acre cutting that stuff.Wire grass, cows won’t look at the stuff when you try grazing it,but bale er up and they eat it like candy. Who am I to try and figure out what a cow thinks??

Then a little bit ago I was cutting some grass,or mowing it around the large cattle barn.That stuff sure grows fast and thick I tell you! But now that’s under control again for a couple of weeks. Now today in the deep meadow I dwelled on stuff but not much stuff in reality.Cutting that tough wire grass  kinda throws a monkey wrench into dwelling on stuff very deep. Praise the Lord for JD riding lawnmowers though cause then the dwelling on the Lord and faith came in loud and clear I tell you. And I was thinking about what makes me most comfortable, in a good way. Or should I say, what makes me content? Not in a lazy way, but in a way that just flows.Talking faith here. I was thinking about my roots, my spiritual roots. I used to write about that when I started the old Healing Waters blog a few years ago. And I gotta say, nothing makes me more content in the Lord than that!

I’m talking about that simple faith I always write about, with an old fashioned country mix in it. In fact I guess I’m talking about the old country faith that I cut my spiritual teeth on a few years ago! When a person tries to figure where I came from spiritually it might be a tad bit difficult for folks that haven’t read my writings over the years.At our church I have the honor of being called a hillbilly, which I just take with a smile.No big deal,and I figure its a grand compliment if I must say so. We don’t live in a run down shack or cabin. Just a nice house we built in 1979. We’re out in the country pretty much like everyone else in our church so there ain’t a whole lot of difference there. I think I got the distinction though from cutting my teeth on a more Appalachian style of faith. Even though we don’t live any where near that area its something that kinda took root in me a few years ago.

I’d listen to Pentecostal preachers from that area and something kinda clicked in me. Where a person can talk about a hog pen right in the sermon,or talk about home smoked hams, weeding the corn patch, etc. Things like this stick to me! Talkin about when the little churches where literally hopping. Where small town’s people would see them old Holy Ghost meetings going on over at that church where those Holy Rollers met, and they’d be all scared cause the church was literally rocking and many times had a glow to it! Amen! Yep, that’s the kinda thing I cut my spiritual teeth on. And I ate it up like a starving fella! Then this evening I started thinking about those simple roots of a few years ago and a hunger came back on me like I couldn’t believe! A feller like me can just start singing those old tunes that you won’t hear anywhere else, in no churches that I know of in these here parts.

And that faith those folks had, when they had so little in earthly goods, most just living on small farms trying to scratch out a living. Where the Bible and their small church was the center of their life.They weren’t trying to do anything big,they were just chasing God in their own simple way! I can identify with that! Oh can we complicate things though! And sometimes I see myself falling into the complication pit. I can always feel when that’s happening, because there will be physical effects with it. I’ll start to tighten up, I’ll get a little owly. I don’t have that simple joy that I used to. Then its time to take a good look and see what the heck I’m doing that is causing this! It’ll always be me, no one else. And every time its because I’m going a bit in the ditch on something.

No, a fella just gotta do like I did a few years ago.Just read the Bible and believe it! Get up in the morning and Praise the Lord! Don’t worry about this or that, just work like a bull and trust in the Lord all the time.I ain’t going to let no devil have a field day with me! I ain’t going to let religion rule and take away the joy I have in the Lord. Simple is what it is. And I do believe with all my heart I’m going to see times like they had back then. Only much more than they had back then.I believe that in these days when darkness is spreading across the earth that God’s simple people are going to shine bright! Even if they talk about hog wallers in their sermons!

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  1. “And sometimes I see myself falling into the complication pit. I can always feel when that’s happening, because there will be physical effects with it. I’ll start to tighten up, I’ll get a little owly. I don’t have that simple joy that I used to. Then its time to take a good look and see what the heck I’m doing that is causing this! It’ll always be me, no one else. And every time its because I’m going a bit in the ditch on something.”.. That is SO true!!

  2. Morning all!

  3. Hi Patti!

    Yep, true it sure is! And when a person recognizes it things take on a whole new look!

    God Bless!

    Morning Jan!

    Hope all is well down your way! Maybe tomorrow we’ll hear from that newly married fella, eh 🙂

    God Bless!

  4. congrats Brad! and, Tom, keeping it simple sure DOES please Him…child-like faith is all He’s after…

    thanks for the reminder!

  5. Hi Nina!

    I think one of the greatest Bible stories is in John 9, the whole chapter. I re-read it last evening again and was swept away by it as usual. In that chapter it shows the difference between religion and simple faith. The healed blind man never backed off while the religious leaders almost went nuts chasing their religion. Anyway, that’s something for some preaching sometime 🙂

    God Bless!!

    • preach it! I love that chapter & any sermon on simple faith/grace vs. busyness/religion!

      • It is what I call “the perfect storm” 🙂 ) They could make a full length movie out of that chapter! We’ll see where we go from here on this blog. It all starts with driving the tractor inspiration 🙂

  6. Morning All!!,

    Well how is everyone this fine morning!!

    I’m trying to get back in the swing of things here….. My new routine seems to be nothin routine just yet…. Once I figure out where the dirty towels go and how to stack the dishes and….. awwwww I’m not mindin, Its just learnin to do things all over again. I did find out in this new marriage thing that I’ve been doin things are not quite as right as they ought to be 🙂 . I’m learnin though 🙂

    Two things here on this little blog entry… Patty already touched on one… “And sometimes I see myself falling into the complication pit. I can always feel when that’s happening, because there will be physical effects with it. I’ll start to tighten up, I’ll get a little owly. ” Now I feel this quite a bit… feelin it now in fact…. I’ve felt it on the farm for years…. Now lookin over the last year or so, I’m findin that God seems to be doin a pretty good job with my cows and calfs. All these years I’ve been worryin and my last years hands off approach seems to be doing just as well. oooops not my hands off approach, but my Lords hands on approach…. Thank you Jesus…. even for the little stuff you do for me at this raggely old place. You truly make me one of the luckiest men alive….

    “Don’t worry about this or that, just work like a bull and trust in the Lord all the time.” Tom…. You hit the nail on the head with this one….. I’ve got to get back to that. I’m hoping in the next week or so, everything will calm down (or at least I’ll get used to it), and I can go back to workin like a bull. Nothing like doin that!! I do believe my lifes verse is in 1 Thessolonians 4 verse 11 (WARNING!!! REDNECK SCRIPTURE IS ABOUT TO BE QUOTED!!! 🙂 ). “Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. 12 Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.”

    I’ve always found that to be a beautiful verse. One that I need to strive for in my life. One that I had achieved, and that I need to aachieve again.

    Anyway….. I hope church was good last night. Mine was…. Keep cutting on that hay my friend… Its about time for me to get busy on mine….

    Have a GREAT day,

    Brad

  7. Morning Brad!

    Good to have you back!! And its great to hear that your settling in with the new marriage! Nothing much new this way.Just finished up baling for the summer yesterday and I should try and bring those bales home before I head to the big city tomorrow for of all things….a wedding 🙂

    Thursday morning, that’s when I’m a little more tired than normal. Had children’s church last night, I didn’t do to much but it tires me out a tad never the less.

    Your red neck scripture is fine on this blog. My scripture when I wake up in the morning isn’t quite so refined 🙂 More like a grunt 🙂 But we get er done!

    Again, congratulations on the marriage! And here’s wishing you a life time of blessings!

    God Bless!


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