moms Forever...

The Official Publication of The Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, Inc.
May 2012  Cañon City, Colorado  Volume 23 - Number 5
photo: Galley family photo Album – See article page 3
“Train up a child in the way he should go
and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6
Line Rider
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Contents 8 may 2012
Feature Articles
get involved with steer, Inc.
I have the best job ever ... to be a mother and grandmother!
A service arm to missions around the world...
monthly columns
A Western Woman's Heart
Oh deer!
by Davalynn Spencer
He will equip us to reach those high places...
Where I'm Led
Drink from the Well
by Dale Livingston
I can’t trust this colt when the chips are down...
Spotlight on Youth
Yance Day
by Elli Ouelette
I always say I became a "bareback rider" when I started following Jesus.
bits 'n' pieces
Prayer Requests, Praise Reports & Chapter Events
Bible Study
Studies in I John
Growing in Christ – 1 John 2:12-14
by Cory Young, FCC Board Member
You have known the Father.
Down the Road
A Helping Hand
with John Kissel
In life, we often find ourselves on our duff in the snow.
in this issue...
Sherida and husband, Dick, won their share
in the mixed roping. Now Sherida, is rising
early each morning, not to ride her horse, but
to go pick up Ruby, her granddaughter.
Like so many of our young people, Ruby’s
mom, Jaedeanne, is having to provide for the
two of them. Not an unfamiliar story these
days and so there are many grandmothers helping with care for their second
generation of children. A grandmothers’ influence can be a rich heritage. Our
children are a gift of great value and a grandmother’s godly influence will last
a life time. As Solomon said in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he
should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
testimony Sherida Galley
I can't start my story without first telling you that I am so very blessed. I thank
God every day for being sovereign and always knowing exactly what I need.
I married my husband, Dick, in 1976, and we lived in Castle Rock, Colorado.
Four years later my daughter, Jaedeanne, was born. From the moment that I
saw her face, I knew that I was blessed by God. I began going to the Catholic
church after she was born and we went as a family on a somewhat-regular basis.
When Jaedeanne was 10 years old, we moved to Texas so that my husband's
veterinary practice could expand. As I made new friends in our community, they
encouraged me to begin going to BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) and soon after
that I began attending Christ Chapel Bible Church. I was amazed at how much
I was learning about the Bible and what God's will for me was.
Meanwhile, Jaedeanne had completed her Masters degree in Biotechnology
at Texas A&M and gotten married and had a good job in Dallas doing
pharmaceutical research. Five years into her marriage, they found out that
they were having a baby girl. What should've been a blissfully happy time was
shattered when her husband left her when she was 6 months pregnant because
he was having an affair. Jaedeanne picked herself up and dusted herself off and
moved back to Fort Worth after her daughter, Ruby, was born.
About the same time, my husband found out that he had Stage 3 to Stage
4 colo-rectal cancer. He endured several rounds of chemotherapy, radiation,
and multiple surgeries. To say that it was a difficult time would be the biggest
understatement ever. By God's grace, his cancer is in remission and has been for
over 2 years now.
I feel as though Dick and I did a wonderful job raising Jaedeanne into a smart,
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A Woman's Heart
Oh deer!
By Davalynn Spencer
The Arkansas River cut through
the sheer cliffs around us, its thin
ribbon of water defying the granite
walls. A narrow path shelved above
the river, and on it our family strolled
beneath an azure sky enjoying
mild temperatures, fresh air and
breathtaking views.
when fruit trees don’t bloom and
vines don’t produce. When fields
are barren and livestock dies. When
everything people depend on falls
What then?
“Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,”
Habakkuk sings.
The path is known as Tunnel Drive
and it burrows through solid rock
west of Cañon City, Colorado. Very
few resting places edge the path, and
vegetation is scant. So scant, that I was
surprised to see a small family of deer
nibbling among the rocks above us.
My first thought was, “What are they
eating?” and the next, “How did they
get up there?”
kind, compassionate, Christ-following woman. God has blessed
me again by bringing Ruby into our lives. I have the wonderful
opportunity to care for Ruby during the day while Jaedeanne is
at work. I enjoy every single second with her and don't want this
time to end. I get up very early every morning and come into Fort
Worth - I get to play with Ruby all day long. We fill our time
attending Bible study, going to ballet class, music class, zoo school,
and playdates. We work on art projects, visit the park, and read
endless books. I have the best job ever. What a great blessing to be
a mother and grandmother! God could grant no greater blessing.
I’ve often seen Rocky Mountain big
horn sheep scale narrow ledges and
I’ve marveled at their sure-footed
ascent. But deer? The animals looked
out of place as they scrambled up
along invisible footholds. Shouldn’t
they be trailing gurgling streams
through grassy meadows in the lush
Years ago I read a wonderful allegory called Hinds Feet on High
Places, by Hannah Hurnard. I learned then that a hind was a deer.
Hurnard references the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk who
says, “The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet
like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places”
(3:19 KJV).
My own mother has been a huge inspiration to me - she taught me
how to love, to be honest, and to work hard.
I have seen my faith grow from the time that Jaedeanne was
born. It has gotten much stronger in the last few years as well.
Between Jaedeanne's divorce and Dick's cancer, the one thing that
I could always lean on was God. When people say that they were
born again, I don't feel like that describes me very well. When
Jaedeanne was born, I feel like that was the start of my relationship
with Christ. I have been learning and growing stronger in Him
daily. It has been a constant process of daily renewing my trust in
Jesus. Prayer and Praise have unlocked the faith in my life.
Hurnard’s story rivals that of Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. The main
character struggles to reach the high places of glory and joy and
delight. Even here on earth we have seen such places that must
mirror the grandeur of what God has in store for us.
But living in a mountainous region allows one to experience a
different kind of high place—one where nothing grows, or nearly
nothing. One where the sun beats down on shadeless terrain and
water is scarce. These are not places of glory.
I pray that God will continue to protect Jaedeanne & Ruby, and
that he will help me to set an example for them to grow and
continue to please God.
The Line Rider When streams run dry and meadows
burn in drought, the deer run to the
high places where scraggly grass
grows in the shadows of the rocks.
God has given them the ability to
make it up there and find food in a
seemingly barren landscape.
Thinking of those deer along that rocky trail, I turned to the
prophet’s words and discovered they were from a song. It’s a song
of praise, but not of glory and beauty. Habakkuk sings of dire times
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“I will joy in the God of my
salvation,” Habakkuk says, for “God
is my strength” (3:18, 19).
Israel’s shepherd king also declared:
“It is God who arms me with
strength, and makes my way perfect.
He makes my feet like the feet of
deer, and enables me to stand on
the heights (Psalm 18:32, 33 NIV).
David wrote this after the Lord
rescued him from his enemies, including a raging King Saul. Where
did David hide from the imbalanced Saul and his soldiers? In the
rocky wilderness. God sustained him there.
When we are in the dry places and the grass is six inches under the
dusty topsoil, no fruit ripens on the stalks, trees or vines, and our
paddocks and barns are empty, God is still God. His promise is still
sure. And as we trust Him, He will equip us to reach those high
places and depend on Him to take care of us there.
© Davalynn Spencer, 2011
Author of Always Before Me
Contact Davalynn at [email protected]
Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO | Photo by DC Spencer