Root Removal System

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country life, Photo Story

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There was was a man, worthy, smart, and good. He went to college, married (a super-duper fantastical gal), and almost ten years after their nuptials, they gave their lives to the Lord of lords, and a few months later, they had a baby boy.

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Like most kids, that boy grew faster than a weed. As the man learned what it means in God’s eyes to provide & lead, he realized that money is not, will not, and can not ever, never be the basis for all that he does and is — as a husband, a father, and a child of God.

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When the kid turned five years old, the man’s (and the woman’s and their son’s) world turned upside down. The mill cut back; jobs were hacked, and even salaried folks with degrees, found themselves in a squeeze-chute bind.

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This man took a new job offered – and what a sweet deal it seemed. Many, many hours, days, nights, and weeks away from home may have padded the pockets, but it’s not the stuff that families are made of. God pushed, pulled, led, guided, strengthened, chiseled the tall man and his clan; and, in doing so, He removed all the fluff and stuff.  When another opportunity came up, thankfully God had already showed him the location of his treasures. Christ. Wife. Son. None of those three could be and/or would be bought with greenbacks or big ole pots of gold.

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There still is a man, worthy, smart, and good — but now he and his family are less one rotten root of ruin. He took the lesser paying job and is all the richer for it.

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To most outsiders, I reckon it appears that over the last four years my family has traded down. That’s understandable. I mean really, if one looks upon me and mine from a worldly point of view, we have. We live a simple, basic, rustic life, free of the frivolous. And that man? Yes, he traded way down in his pay scale, but I reckon he now stands taller in the eyes of God.

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So, do ya wanna little lesson in rotten stump removal? Righto, buckaroos, pay attention:

1. Dig all manner of dirt and earthly debris away from stump vicinity.

2. Give the kiddo an ax and let him whack at it for a bit… (What? An ax to a kid? Oh yes ma’am, yes sir. Teach your kiddo(s) the value of hard work as ya share the sweet scent of sweat. [The family that sweats together, stinks together… ’cause there ain’t nobody else who wants to hang around with them.] 

3. When little to no progress has been made with shovels, an ax, a saws all, and three broken blades, bring on the tractor and just get ‘er done… ’cause it’s getting dark, mama’s got dinner on the table, and you boys have been playing in the dirt far too long.

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But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1Timothy 6:10-12)

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For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense,
But the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it. (Ecclesiastes 7:12)

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And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24)

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9 thoughts on “Root Removal System”

  1. S. Etole says:

    “Blessed is the man …” and his family, when God comes first.

  2. Chrystal says:

    Darlene, your stories make my day. Sometimes when i am having a pitty party i read your thought and realize i have so much to be thankful for. Love you and think of you often

  3. Love the photos — as always, but I also love the testimony. God and family is what we were created for — why do so many people turn that down for — stuff?

    When you used this analogy, I grinned. Hubby and I just had a stump removed from the yard. Cute little, retired fireman came to the yard, brought his machine, and spent some time working it down before he was able to remove it for good. The next time I think of my sin, which will happen in the next three seconds, I need to think of that stump removal — work it till it’s gone and then move on to the next stump — cause there will be one.

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