The Sunday Message

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it. – Russell Baker

Some random observations about summer…

I think I like the summer season best of all. We just started summer on June 21 and it ends in September.

I enjoy hot days and I like a fan better than I do an air conditioner. Of course, living in Montana we don’t have too many miserably hot days, so it’s not too bad. I like climbing into bed at night with a fan blowing the warm air around the room.

I love the warm nights when I can sit outside and admire the stars. There’s no place better than Montana (Big Sky Country) to do that. When my children were younger we would head out into the country and find a spot where there were no streetlights and watch the stars. I am always in awe of God’s work as I lie on the ground and look up at the stars. Wow!

I think life is a lot like the four seasons. Our childhood is spring up until about age 25. Summer is ages 25-50, fall is ages 50-70 and winter is ages 70 and above.

Here’s a piece of wisdom from someone in the fall of his life – enjoy the seasons. Especially summer.

Have a great week!



Thursday Numbers

I know the voices aren’t real, but man do they come up with some great ideas. – Unknown

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include unemployment, the count of Trump’s false or misleading claims, migrant children, summer arrives, Republican Attorneys General Association, the wall & immigration, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Steve Schmidt, smokers, Kansas City Royals, Canada & marijuana, and much more!

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Terrific News Tuesday

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. – Henry David Thoreau

Welcome to Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Representative
  • Summer
  • Military Jeep
  • Joey the Squirrel

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The Sunday Message

Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well. – George R.R. Martin

We’re coming up on the last week of July. Saturday is the first of August and when we turn the page on the calendar to August, we’ll see “school starts” or “back to school” or “vacation ends” staring right at us at the end of the month.

When I was in my teens, summer was a great time for me. Besides hitting the lake or the river to cool off, there were parties, and concerts to attend. I usually had a summer job, too. I spent one summer on a crew bucking bales of hay. One summer I visited nine different counties and mapped every structure in towns with populations less than 1000. One other summer I painted crosswalks and curbs.

A couple weeks before school started, it was time for the two-a-day football practices that took up most of my time, which meant that my summer had officially ended.

So today’s message is kind of a warning – with the calendar turning to August this Saturday, the countdown officially begins to the end of summer (although autumn does not officially begin until September 23).

It also means it’s time to rack up some memories.

Young people, it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do. Ecclesiastes 11:9 (NLT)

Have a great week!

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The Sunday Message

Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds.  –Regina Brett

The first day of summer arrived Saturday, and I can see some 80 degree days in our future. A thunderstorm rolled through Friday night like a parade celebrating summer’s arrival. My yard is green, some flowers are growing, and my windows are open. I mowed and trimmed my yard. I actually enjoyed it. I do like this time of year.

During summer nights, I love to look at the stars. When my kids were younger we would lie on a blanket in the backyard and look at the stars. We would talk, but I would mostly listen to them. Sometimes we would head out of town away from the city lights and spend an evening looking up at the stars.

For some reason seeing the stars makes me feel closer to God – especially in Montana. Seeing the stars in Big Sky Country makes me feel so small, so inadequate, it makes me feel in awe of God’s great work.

That’s the way we should always feel. Thank you God for your great work – and for summer!


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