Monday, January 27, 2014

nuary  26, 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . . To Get Us Out Of Our Comfort Zones (Jay C)
Bible Study Verse
Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (NKJV)

It took a few hunts before Junior, my Arizona-raised GSP, got himself oriented to Midwest quail. But, not without some necessary changes on his part. 
Initially, he just really didn't want to point birds in the corn stalks and briar patches ... so he kept looking for the mesquite and cat-claw.
I could almost hear him rationalizing, "There should be birds there . . . there always had been before." But no matter how much he looked nor how much he ran around all he found was more corn stalks and briar patches. One day he pointed . . . and now there are birds in every field, just in different places than he wanted or expected them to be. 
(Jay C)

Action Point
We tend to get stuck into very similar patterns and ruts as well. We look for mesquite when we are standing in corn. Looking in the same, familiar places for that which we seek . . . answers, assurance, security, happiness, purpose, and significance. 
Sometimes the Lord needs to get us out of our comfort zones, to learn new principles or truths. and to be honest with ourselves so we can reach out to others. 
  • Sometimes this isn't a lot of fun at first. 
  • Sometimes it takes a lot of humility. 
  • Sometimes it can be especially painful and unpleasant.
But we are afforded the promised assurance of blessings from our Father when we place ourselves in positions to be stretched, challenged and grown for His glory.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Our bird dogs get thirsty in cold weather just as in hot. Likewise, they'll hunt and become overly cold just like they'll get over heated. Remember to be mindful of your "hunting partner." Sometimes the excitement in the field today needs to be tempered with the excitement of future hunts together.