Bruce the Sheep Here . . .

Well I hope you fellow sheep are doing better than I am of late. Nothing radically off the wall, but more of an accumulation of “little things” that have a tendency to take a bigger toll than they used to in my younger days. I’m pretty sure that someone inadvertently turned down my energy level by about 30 % recently. That is significant because it was already turned down by at least 25% previously. If it goes much lower, someone may have to prop me up in my chair!

My wife and I were delivering a birthday card to one of our grand sons yesterday and their dog and I have this “love relationship” thing going. He is a big fellow and when he stands up on his back legs, his front legs easily can rest on my shoulders. I was pressing towards him, to offset his weight and then he suddenly dropped down, and I subsequently lost my balance. That happens when you get older, your sense of balance is not what it used to be. My daughter-in-law quickly said “Are you OK?” I had fallen forward. Nothing hurt but my pride. Anyway, all things considered, it was nice to be licked by him again. I love dogs.

Historically, January and February are not my fondest months of the year. There is that “back to norm” with the Christmas decorations all taken down and I find it looks a little on the “bare” side for a while. And of course, now that the cold weather has set in, that doesn’t help either. I used to enjoy being out in the cold, but not so much anymore. I’m seriously thinking that I could totally do without winter at all. I could easily live with just looking at pictures that Gary Fultz sometimes provides!

I’m not really complaining, this is more of a low toned muffled murmuring. I’m finding that the word “humbug” seems to be appearing in the back of my mind more as of late. Finding it really hard to believe some of the things that Christians are saying about other Christians. The art of “condescending inferences” apparently is being taken to a whole new level, supposedly spoken in “love”. That would be an instance when one of those “humbugs” would appear. That’s actually an improvement over a word that used to appear in my mind and no, you don’t want to know what “it” was, but in support of full disclosure, it’s close to “bullship”. I told you “humbug” was better!

I’ve been writing on some controversial subjects as of late and managed to ruffle a few feathers. Thinking I will back off on that for a while. What with Covid19 and all, we’ve all got more than enough “negativity” in our lives right now. I personally don’t know what I would do without God’s grace and His patience with me. Think I will try to focus on the “uplifting” aspects of our gracious Lord, a tad more in the future.

Anyway, just touching base, trusting you all are hanging in there. Be kind and forgiving to one another, lift one another up in prayer and be mindful of our own imperfections.

Love in Christ

Bruce

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

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  1. Praying you feel better, Bruce. I’m with you on winter. I miss Colorado, but I don’t miss the cold or shoveling snow. It’s been a little cooler down here in Florida lately. It’s about 66 today. It’s gotten down in the high 30s and low 40s at night recently. That is cold for here. There was even frost on my car the other day. First time I’ve seen that here. I try to enjoy the weather as much as I can right now. It’s just about perfect this time of year. The brutal heat and humidity come back in the summer. For the majority of winter it’s in the 70s and barely humid. No hurricanes either. Amen to your encouragement to be kind. Blessings!

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    • Hi Ryan, really nice to hear from you. I could stand a bit of Florida about now! Interesting how the geography can change but the murmuring remains consistent. There’s probably a lesson there for all of us if we look for it! May our gracious Lord bless you and yours richly!

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  2. Such a good post, Bruce. You capture well the “let down” of aging, the winter season, and with the state of the world and ourselves as Christians. Saying “dog” prayers myself: “Thank you, Lord, for this wonderful day, a warm place to sleep, the food in my bowl, and people who love me.” Amen.

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  3. Hello Bruce, I’m sure you are not the only one feeling low in energy level these days. I experienced it this January over a blocked career expectation.

    Thankfully, I’m taking things in their strides believing that “all things work together for my good” as the Lord promised us in His word.

    Your point to pray for one another is timely. Don’t we all the need the grace of God? Remained blessed Bruce.

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  4. Dear brother Bruce…. I am so grateful that you didn’t injure yourself when you fell! I learned years ago when I was a nurse, that our sense of balance is like a muscle that weakens with age and lack of practice. So every day I practice my balance while standing on just one leg while brushing my upper teeth, then I stand on the other leg while brushing the lower. The first time I tried this though, I almost fell into the sink. So be careful!

    Nothing that you have ever written has ever offended me in the least. You are an inspiration to me. God bless you and your family.

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    • What! You STILL have your upper and lower teeth! (Just kidding!) I know first hand about balancing on one leg. Who would have thought that putting on a pair of pants would be this difficult! And don’t even ask me about socks! The groans and grunts that both my wife and I make when putting on our socks is definitely something you want to avoid. Humbling isn’t it? BUT the love deepens between man and wife and that is beyond expectation, so it is not all downers! God’s grace is a wonderful thing. God bless you and yours also!

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      • Thanks for the reminder. I am 2 months overdue on my dental checkup. It’s going to have to wait a bit longer though, because we have too much going on. Yesterday, which was day #10 after my husband’s surgery, I got a call from my doctor’s nurse informing me that my recent MRI revealed advanced degeneration of my right shoulder joint, and a labrum tear. My doctor is referring me to an orthopedic surgeon. I told the nurse that my surgery will have to wait, until after my husband has fully recovered from his disc fusions.

        About two hours after I received this disturbing news, my beloved husband, who has been having digestive issues since his surgery, overflowed the toilet. He’s been feeling dizzy too, and he isn’t supposed to bend over or lift anything, yet my precious love was trying to clean up the mess so that I would not have to. AUGH! When I discovered what had happened, I helped him back to his recliner chair, and then…. I contemplated how to best clean the mess, with my injured shoulder.

        Since running away from home isn’t an option, I prayed, put on some old clothes and disposable gloves, and… the bathroom is now clean. Yaaay!

        I can’t wait to see what happens next. Getting old definitely isn’t for sissies!!

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      • I went and checked and none of this is in any of the marriage manuals! God love ya Linda Lee, you are a trooper! Sounds like hubby is one too! I think my murmuring just went down a couple of octaves! Hang in there! Blessings!

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      • Guess what! I have some really GOOD news for a change! Just after I left my last comment here, I went to wake my hubby for his next round of medication. He sat up, swallowed the pills, then told me that he is now 98% free of pain! His pain has been so bad for so long, it was off the charts. Oh…. I was so overjoyed that I went down on my knees right then and there and wept and praised God.

        Thank You Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. I’m with you Bruce, only I still like winter maybe a little more than most. The way below zero has been hard on camera batteries and fingers this year. The bad news, with age we recognize the weaknesses of our sheep-ness.
    the good news: We recognize our sheep-ness. The bad news of this for me: I vacillate between the two.
    Doing some underwater (under-ice) video photography today for fish decoy products… Maybe I’ll get a fish or two out of it. Maybe my ATV will start in this cold weather after I’m done. I see my name mentioned for winter pictures…I’ve been shirking that a bit so I’ll start up on the photos again, thanks

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    • Hi Gary, well you can be assured I am sending warm thoughts your way! That would be me, here, where it’s warm inside, sending you, warm thoughts, out in the cold! Does it count that I slept out in -40 degrees F in Wainwright, Alberta for a week in an arctic tent and sleeping bag that was only rated for -25 F? Naw …. I didn’t think so! And how cold was that you ask? Well I can tell you, it HURT to put your arm outside of the sleeping bag (you don’t wear clothes because the condensation builds up) and you don’t even want to think about using nearby washroom facilities (as in NONE)! Ask me if I am glad those are MEMORIES! Enjoy! Blessings!

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      • It counts Bruce. I would have died. I have built several quinsy’s to sleep in (above zero in -40 weather) and I use a two bag system. Contemplating one more trip but it is a young person sport.
        When I was in youth For Christ, 3 of us adults (loose term-adults) took at risk kids in to the wilderness at -38 and 20 mph winds first week of February. I later learned that march was better and warmer.

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      • Interesting enough, when it warmed up somewhat, we were walking around in t-shirts when it was -25 F. Amazing how the human body can adapt. Of course when I came home, I had to open all the windows because it was like a hot house in our home. Wife didn’t take to that too kindly! πŸ™‚

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  6. Thank you very much for the insights,yes we truly need to support all those who are trying hard to be Christ’s followers rather than criticizing them because If I am a true follower of Christ then my empathy for them will be a guiding light or a blessing which will strengthen them whenever they feel weak.Please take care.Prayers assured.πŸ™πŸ’

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    • Thank you Francis, it’s not always easy but I think that is what Jesus would have us do. In far too many cases it would appear that we are losing our common respect for one another and that is not good. Appreciate your prayers! God’s blessings on you and yours!

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      • Very well said,yes we are loosing the grace of the Lord by loosing our common respect for one another.Thank you very much sir for your prayers,blessings and appreciation.Take care.πŸ™πŸ’

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  7. My wife, God bless her, keeps trying to put a positive spin on our Rust Belt snow and sub-freezing cold, but I know I have less and less tolerance for it. Last winter I started wearing a house jacket in the evenings and continuing this year.

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  8. It wouldn’t be Reasoned Cases For Christ if you didn’t ruffle a few feathers now and then, Bruce. Maybe you need a second site called, “Warm and Fuzzy Thoughts from Uncle Bruce.” No, I’m not being passive/aggressively condescending. I’m serious. A Christians apologetics blog–much like this one–and a “Hey, here’s some words of wisdom from a guy who has been around the block a time or two” site. Anyway, I read them all, Bruce. Enjoyed your post today over on Alan’s site–Devotional Treasures. Blessings to you and yours.

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  9. Bruce, I just want to say that those posts that ruffle feathers are the same ones that encourage others who are struggling with the lack of discernment they see in the Church. I don’t think Satan likes it very much when Christians stand up for Truth. I think he will come against them with everything he’s got. I, for one, appreciate the fact that I can go to your website for clarification on so many issues that concern me. Blessings, Brother!

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