Tag Archives: rural life

Counting Cows Devotional Thought

When I was a girl growing up in south Alabama, my dad practiced counting cows.

Yep, he had about 75 head–that’s cattle farm terminology for 75 cows and calves– that he counted whenever he drove the tractor down the field road, over the railroad tracks, and through the gate.

Then he would start counting cows.

counting cows devotional thought: Black Angus cow and barn
Black Angus cow.


See, if he was missing one, that could mean that a cow had taken off somewhere to have a baby, or a coyote could have taken one, or any of a dozen other reasons.

Point is, you can bet Dad would be searching for the lost bovine if one went missing!

The Bible has a similar story that Jesus tells in Lk. 15:4 (KJV).

“What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?”

Jesus says that if a shepherd loses one sheep, he would leave the 99 in search of that one.

That’s how important you are to Jesus! He wants every last one of His children to be saved!

“…Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”(I Timothy 2:4 KJV)

Isn’t it nice that God wants all of us safe in His fold?

counting cows devotional thought: Labrador retriever protecting calf
This calf was deserted by his mom, and our dog took over its care.

The Sunny Sunflower Field

The other day, I drove past this beautiful field of Sunflowers in a sunny field in the country near Athens, Alabama. Love!!! What southerner doesn’t love sunflowers? I surely do! There was a sign that said something like: You pick–Saturdays mornings! The field was near Isom’s Orchard, one of my favorite roadside farmer’s market that… Continue Reading

Back to Jachin

  I grew up in a little community in rural south Alabama. This past weekend, I went back through what initially was called Williams Crossroads, Alabama and then later changed Jachin, named after one of the pillars of King Solomon’s temple (1 Kings 7:15). My Papa built a general store at the crossroads and sold… Continue Reading

Summers on Grandma’s Farm

  When I was a girl growing up in south Alabama, my parents would take my brother and I up to north Alabama to attend Maywood Christian Camp for a week, and then my dad’s parents would pick us up and take us to their farm for another week.   North Alabama is further from… Continue Reading

Adventures in Ardmore

Ardmore, Alabama and Ardmore, Tennessee is located right on the state line between TN and AL, with a railroad overpass divvying up the town. I have been hanging out at the Ardmore Public Library. My book’s main character is a librarian, and so I need to expose myself to that environment to be able to… Continue Reading

Fun Deals at Unclaimed Baggage Center

I could just kick myself for not buying this belt at Unclaimed Baggage Center. Only $.99, this little number could make any outfit really pop. This is one of many finds that I discovered at Scottsboro, Alabama’s gem of a store, Unclaimed Baggage. It was a couple of weeks before Christmas, and I needed to… Continue Reading

Oh Christmas Tree!

When I was a girl growing up in south Alabama, one of our favorite Christmas traditions was to go fetch our Christmas tree. Mom, Dave, whatever dog we had at the time, and I would bundle up in our winter coats, our “Bama” toboggans, and mittens and meet Dad around the corner of the house… Continue Reading

Hunting with a Coke, Popcorn, and a Good Book

When I was a girl growing up in rural south Alabama, hunting was a very big deal. With the acres upon acres of woodland and plentiful creeks, Choctaw County was (and still is) a hunter’s paradise. Deer hunting was a favorite hobby for the men and boys where I lived, and my brother David was… Continue Reading