When Led Into the Wilderness

Sometimes life as a Christian is a mountain-top experience: life is going our way and it is easy to be content and at peace.  Other times we encounter difficulties and we may ask God, “Why am I going through this?”  We may wonder if we are being tested or even punished.

Does God Test His People?

Personally, I have a hard time accepting that God needs to test us to see if we are ready to move to another level.  God is omniscient: meaning He see’s everything, not just now but past and future as well.  As such, He knows us better than we know ourselves.  Why would He need to test us?  Further, I cannot find anything in the Bible that says we are being “tested”, as in an examination to determine our knowledge of a subject or proficiency in a sport, when we encounter difficulties.  But that does not mean there is not a purpose behind it.  For in fact, even God’s own Son was subjected to trial. Continue reading When Led Into the Wilderness

Buddy Beagle and
Going Ballistic

Buddy Wingo is normally a pretty calm little fellow — unless there’s a squirrel outside, then he has to bay and bark and try to get at it.  There’s something about squirrels that sets him off.  All the other dogs ignore squirrels, but will react similarly to free-ranging cats.  Buddy also goes ballistic if I walk out the back door to go into the play yard.

He will throw himself at the bedroom window and make such an excited fuss and racket!  Then he goes from window to window along the play yard side of the house to try and get the best view, all the while barooing at the top of his lungs.  Sometimes he loses his bladder and leaves a trail of urine.  Too much excitement for an old dog to handle! Continue reading Buddy Beagle and
Going Ballistic

Josie says, “Come with me, come with me!”

I was working at my desk late this morning.  Josephine came in and did her little eye-batting, butt wiggle, nose whistle thing that she does when she wants me to go with her to accomplish something: open the door so she can go out, come to the dining room because dinner is ready and they’re waiting on me, or look at something she’s trying to tattle-tale about.  So I got up and followed her out of the room.

But she went right past the laundry room — where the door to outside is — going straight on.  She glanced back over her shoulder with those big eyes of hers to be sure I was still in tow, tail swinging madly when she saw I was.  She danced into the kitchen, bore to the right and stopped in front of the stove.

Two trays of fresh-baked dog treats just begging to be sampled!

“They’re cool now Doug. Time for SAMPLES!”
“Right you are darlin, right you are.”

Buddy Goes Into The Wall

On Wednesday afternoon Buddy Wingo and Josephine were running around in the yard – more like racing around – and as they passed a corner fence post, Josie knocked into Buddy and “put him in the fence” (as the auto racing folks would say) right here:
vicious fence post
That bolt — which is turned around the wrong way — dug into his side and tore a hole in his skin.  That’s his fur still clinging to the bolt.

He howled and cried something awful, so I knew he got hurt. Continue reading Buddy Goes Into The Wall

Bussy is toy protector

Buddy Wingo: Protector of Toys

Buddy Wingo is a sensitive, caring soul.  Gaze into his eyes and you can see that.  He is a beagle who has come through a horrible experience of his own. He came here from Cedarwood Animal Hospital for a lengthy recovery and we just let him stay.  Now he takes on the roll of household protector.

For the most part he is a good little guy who is devoted to his people (especially Marie) and gets along well with his siblings.  But make a toy cry and you’ll feel his wrath!  Continue reading Buddy Wingo: Protector of Toys

The Language of Jesus

I have, on occasion, been taken to task by someone who claims that the King James Version of the Bible is the only valid Bible; that the modern language translations are, at best, erroneous and, at worst, heresy.  They claim that the KJV is written as Jesus spoke, we HAVE to stay with that version.  To which I must reply, “Are you nuts?”  Here is why I must ask that: Continue reading The Language of Jesus

Innovation In Dog Treats

The old saying about necessity being the mother of invention is absolutely true.  In so many instances I have cobbled together something or other specifically to meet a need in the life of my family or friends.  Even my life as a furniture maker was made successful because I could design pieces to meet the specific needs or desires of my clients.  I find that even in making dog treats, I’m looking for ways to innovate.

Being OCD About Dog Treats

dog treats in a bowlFor the past few months I have been helping out our canine rescue group: Steele Away Home, by making healthy dog treats that are sold in Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital.  The purchase price of these treats gets applied to the rescue’s medical bill at Cedarwood.  This is one of several efforts Marie and I do as The Julian Fund, which raises funds specifically for S.A.H.’s veterinary bill. Continue reading Innovation In Dog Treats

Whitewashed Tombs

whitewashed tombsIn Matthew 23 Jesus launches into a verbal assault on the Pharisees and scribes: the religious leaders and lawyers (interpreters of The Law) of the nation of Israel.  He calls them hypocrites (several times) and blind guides, saying they would strain out a gnat and swallow a camel: meaning that they pick at details but ignore the main concept of faith.  His most striking analogy, however was to call them ” whitewashed tombs “: painted and pleasing to the eye on the outside, but full of death and decay on the inside. Continue reading Whitewashed Tombs

Lucy Steele
Notes on a foster dog

We don’t know much about Lucy yet.  She was traded to us for one of our foster dogs because Lucy liked to chase her former foster parent’s cat.
Last updated: March 12, 2018

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: February 24th, 2018
  • Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 1 year plus
  • Weight: 50 pounds
  • Spay/Neutered: Yes: Mar. 12, 2018
  • General Health: Good
  • Temperament: Good


Our rescue received a call from a woman in Morristown who found Lucy in the middle of a road and took her home.  Lucy did not get along with her dog and was too strong for the lady to control.  Lucy went into one of our foster homes, but wanted to eat their cats, and was too strong for her foster mom to handle.  So she’s here now and I’ll see if I can’t help her settle in and accept her role in our pack.

Known Issues & Progress

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Notes on a foster dog

Ask, Seek, Knock in Prayer

Prayer is a Christian’s most powerful means of effecting change in our own life, the life of those around us, and in the world.  Having said that, there are some caveats to bear in mind.

  1. ask seek knock prayerMost importantly, when we pray we must have a right standing with God.  We cannot expect God to heed our requests if we are living in rebellion to Him.
  2. We must pray in accordance with God’s will.
  3. We are to pray with confidence, knowing that, as long as 1 and 2 are true, God has already granted our request and it will come to pass in our physical world.
  4. We are to be persistent in our prayers; accepting that, as humans, our perception of time and the world around us are limited.  God may well be at work granting our request but in His own time and His own way to maximize the benefit.

Right Standing

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