An Evening In The Woods

Hunting Season 2014 1 WM

With the changing of the seasons, comes cooler weather, and one season which our family looks forward to every year.

Deer hunting season!!!

It is a time where, we are continually blessed with a supply of fresh meat for our freezer.  It cannot get much fresher than that, and nothing compares.  We call it our “mana from heaven”.  Though it requires a lot of patience, and many hours sitting and waiting in sometimes cold conditions, it is well worth it, no matter the weather.

This is me all bundled up in many, many layers of clothes to keep warm.

Hunting Season 2014 2 WM

Because of the nature of hunting (silence is key, unless you have a buck or doe call), I did not take my camera with me, but took my phone, and I am so glad I did to capture just a small glimpse of the beautiful view I had in the hunting blind one evening as the sun was setting.  It was beautiful!

This one is in the blind…. my view.

Hunting Season 2014 3 WM

….And this one is about an hour later right outside the blind in the same spot as the one above.

Hunting Season 2014 6 WM

It was such a peaceful week, listening/watching the wildlife, and sharing special quiet moments with my Heavenly Father.

It was like a mini retreat to reflect on all that the Lord has done for me and my family, and sing quiet songs of praise to Him Who has been so good to our family.

It was a week I will never forget, and will cherish it always.  I am greatly looking forward to next year!

One song running through my mind that week, was this beautiful hymn written by one of my favorite singing couples, Keith and Kristyn Getty called “Good Shepherd of My Soul”.

“Good Shepherd of my soul
Come dwell within me.
Take all I am and mould
Your likeness in me.
Before the cross of Christ
This is my sacrifice:
A life laid down
And ready to follow.

The troubled find their peace
In true surrender.
The prisoners their release
From chains of anger.
In springs of living grace
I find a resting place
To rise refreshed,
Determined to follow.

I’ll walk this narrow road
With Christ before me
Where thorns and thistles grow
And cords ensnare me.
Though doubted and denied
He never leaves my side
But lifts my head
And calls me to follow.

And when my days are gone
My strength is failing
He’ll carry me along
Through death’s unveiling
Earth’s struggles overcome
Heav’n’s journey just begun
To search Christ’s depths
And ever to follow.”

You can listen to the beautiful song HERE.

The Lord blessed my efforts that week with shooting my first doe (which you can see HERE), and are so thankful to have that meat to enjoy during the winter months.

It is truly a blessing!

A fellow sister in Christ exercising her adventurous femininity for the glory of her Lord and Savior,

Miss Antoinette Joy

*Note* All photos were taken with no filters

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One thought on “An Evening In The Woods

  1. Congratulations on shooting your first doe Miss Antoinette!

    God’s provision is truly wonderful!

    Thank you for sharing the lyrics to such a beautiful hymn of praise to God.

    How good it is to know that the Lord Jesus is our Good Shepherd leading us and drawing us closer to Himself.
    When we have Him we need nothing else besides.
    “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” –Heb.13:5

    When we reflect upon Christ’s death to satisfy the penalty for our sins against the holiness of God, complete consecration is the only appropriate response.
    In Psalm 116:12 we read:
    “What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?”
    Romans 12:1 provides us with the answer.
    “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

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