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The Sly Fox

Good morning friends! If you are reading this, I would first like to thank you for sticking with visiting me during my summertime borderline hiatus from being online/blogging/etc. I think if God has a suggestion box up in Heaven, I might slip a note in there about giving us a few extra hours for the days of the summer months because I could sure use them. As I mentioned before, us "New Englanders" have this pressure to jam in all joy of this sunny season with our unpredictable weather and the looming thoughts that fall is right around the corner. So we cram our schedules with cookouts/reunions.......vacations and beach days......fairs and festivals.......maybe even scraping up the extra cash to take your family to a waterpark for the day.

(On a side note, Dear Six Flaggs.....$42.50 for children under 12 years old??? Really people??? I asked Josh "How do these people sleep at night charging so much?"........His reply....."Probably on 1200 thread count Egyptian Cotton sheets". On another side note.....it was a little disturbing that he even knew about 1200 thread count Egyptian Cotton sheets)

OK, so a while back, I wrote a post regarding God's Ultimate Protection Plan..... (If you have a moment, and you missed it.....please go check it out....I'll wait.)

Back? OK, great. Getting on to the sly fox......finally.

Well yesterday we had an experience that was a perfect example of how important it is to have your security system up and running at all times. Our security system, our 120 pound Rottie, Mufasa......needs his own security system which is an invisible fence. Well, with the lovely unpredictable New England weather......we had a surprise electrical storm sneak up on us this past weekend. Normally, when we know there is thunderstorms in the forecast, we simply shut off the fencing ahead of time. We were at a local country fair all weekend, so this time, it got zapped and blew out the transmitting unit. neat.

So between the blazing 90-100 days we've had these past couple days......and the fact that the fencing is out of commission.....I've had Moofie in the house with us. I am sure he was quite happy with my choice as I found him in this position often.

Well word must have gotten out that he off duty and was airing out every possible crevice of his body......because I heard a raucous going on outside my front window. When I stuck my head out the front door, I saw a slender red fox circling about six of my chickens in the front yard. He then proceeded to grab onto one of them by the back end but thankfully she managed to get away. I came out screaming like one of those old farm ladies with a mop in my hand instead of a loaded shotgun. Hey, cut me some slack.....it was the first thing I could grab and the mop wasn't locked up. I am guessing my high pitched screech alerted everyone else in the house as Nev came running with her bow and arrow and Ez on her heels armed with his slingshot. (ack, I am giving you quite the hillbilly visual, aren't I?)

Finally Mufasa woke up from his dream of being fanned by sexy Golden Labs feeding him slices of sirloin......(well I am guessing that part).......and came running out slobbering and barking about all the commotion. He picked up the scent of the fox and took off into the woods, but it was long gone.

We found our chicken, Pepper, and thankfully she only lost her tail feathers in that close call. Most visits by foxes don't end up this way. They are pretty quick to grab their lunch and go before you even know they where around. Usually, we just find a small pile of feathers from the struggle and play detective based on the colors/pattern of the feathers on who was the victim.

So you know I am gonna wrap this up with an analogy......only because I have been struggling with a spiritual dryness lately that I have been working on for a long time. Too long. And the enemy is like a sly fox. Reminds me of a song that I learned as a kid;

The Devil is a sly old fox,
If I could catch him
I would throw him in a box
I’d lock the door and throw away the key
For all the tricks he’s played on me.

I need an overhaul.....I need an awakening.......I need a revival. I need to be armed and refueled for the next spiritual attack....ready to handle the next family issue or financial set-back. I feel like I have had my security system out "for repairs" for a long time.....leaving me vulnerable to the enemy's attacks and lies, time and time again these past few months.

Because, like the issue of this fox returning for his next chicken dinner......it is not a matter of "if"......it's just a matter of "when".

And I want need to be ready.


Kristina P. said...

Love your analogy. And I don't think I will ever have to deal with a literaly fox in the chicken coop in my life!

alicia said...

Aah. that sly fox the devil is always on the prowl waiting for that fence to be damaged... waiting to sneak in. Great post today... great reminder to be ready.

JC Dude said...

Funny and profound at the same time...I like that. Yes, we need to be ready!

wife.mom.nurse said...


We do live parallel lives :) Well except for the rural life :)

But spiritually is so many ways...i am not eloquent on explaining this...but the thought enters my mind every time I read your post.

And we are living the summer crazies together too.

It has been nice in way...too busy in others.

Good to be here at you blog my friend :) !!!


Amy Sullivan said...

I really connected with your post today, and your husband's 1200 count sheets comment made me laugh. I'm not sure my husband has ever mentioned sheets to me in his life.

Lori said...

Here in Northern Illinois, we do the same thing...as soon as summer comes around we cram all sort of celebrations and work in as we know that again in a few short months it won't be fit to be outside to do those things. Love the picture of your guard dog!

Kim said...

Glad to "hear" from you again! (Continue with your regularly scheduled summmer enjoyment....)

jasonS said...

Quite the post, Michelle. So true. We have to be ready, but thankfully as well, we can rely on Him who never slumbers or sleeps. Thanks!

Tracy said...

Great analogy; not to mention how I'm almost jealous of how comfortable Mufasa looks.

You're in my prayers sister.

momstheword said...

Love the picture of your dog! Too cute. Love the analogy too. Yes, we do need to be on our guard and not be surprised!

amanda said...

perfectly needed to read this today. and since i've been to your house it makes it SO much easier to visualize!! :)


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