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What is a Ditch Rider?

What is a Ditch Rider?

I sometimes get ideas from the strangest places. This one came one Sunday afternoon from watching another old western movie, Red River Valley, starring Gene Autry. Gene and his sidekick Frog set out to find the person or persons causing the accidents at a dam construction site.

During a fight, someone called Gene a ditch rider. Not sure how he meant it. But the light bulb flashed on! (light bulb image)

Ditch rider! Hmmm…what is that? Off I went to look it up.

This is too cool. Here’s what a ditch rider does:

*exterminates rodents
*maintains ditch banks and monitors for erosion
*monitors right-of-way for trespassing and unauthorized use
*contacts water users to determine the quantity of water needed
*may take annual crop census and make weed and other surveys
*prepares the ditch/channel/canal for water flow by removing debris
*regulates the head-gates for water flow according to water use and loss
*makes emergency repairs by patching breaks and leaks and filling holes
*may supervise crew workers cleaning ditches and other maintenance work
*patrols assigned area to detect signs of instability, failure, or weak or damaged areas
*may patrol at night to determine that water is flowing in prescribed volume into user’s ditches
*manages and is responsible for delivering water through ditches/channels/canals to farmers for irrigating crops and fields so that the crops produce the necessary harvest

Don’t you find that interesting? I sure do! ‘Course, I’m also a little weird. But don’t you think the Lord is our Ditch Rider? Doesn’t the Holy Spirit ride His chariot along the ditch/channel of our lives, checking on the Living Water supply?

If the Lord is the manager of our lives, then He is responsible for delivering His Living Water through us as channels that the garden/crop/field of our lives produces the necessary harvest.

He keeps in touch with us as His water users and determines how much water each one of us needs. Regulating the gate of our hearts, He adjusts the water flow according to what we can use, what we have lost, or how dry we are.

Water not flowing properly in a water user’s life? He sees to it that any weeds or debris are removed, for if our ditch/channel is full of obstructions, it will be sluggish. The water will be hindered from flowing freely and stagnation can become a problem, resulting in a lack of clean water and power.

As our Ditch Rider, He inspects for signs of instability or failure, patrolling our hearts to detect any leaks, breaks, weak areas, or damage. He checks for any erosion and makes emergency repairs by patching breaks and leaks and filling holes when necessary.

Got any pesky rodents in your life? The Lord will get rid of them and monitor for other trespassers and unauthorized users.

He supervises us as His crew workers as we clean and do other maintenance work. He also appraises the crops we are producing.

The Lord never gives up watching over us, overseeing us during the day and surveying us at night to determine that water is flowing in the amount necessary for our use.

Jesus said, “Have faith in Me, and you will have life-giving water flowing from deep inside you.” (John 7:38 CEV)

Don’t you find it encouraging that the Lord is your Ditch Rider and is always working for the best flow in your life?

The Lord…our Ditch Rider!

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CrossReaders Book Review: There’s a sheep in my bathtub by Brian Hogan

CrossReaders Book Review: There’s a sheep in my bathtub by Brian Hogan

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Title: There’s a Sheep in My Bathtub

Author: Brian Hogan

Rating: 5/5 stars

About the Book

The true story of a team of church planting missionaries in Mongolia in the 1990’s.

Review

There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub is a remarkable book. It tells the story of the small team of missionaries that God used to plant a dynamic indigenous church in Mongolia. In the course of a few years, Mongolia went from being a nation with hardly any Christians to a nation with its own church planting church. Brian tells the story with wisdom, humor, and transparency about the struggles and loss his own family experienced. The book is a must for anyone with any interest in church planting because it is one of the healthiest and most anointed examples that I have heard of—it will be a classic of missions history.

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This review was submitted by: John Avery – please visit his website at www.NamesForGod.net

CrossReaders Book Review: The Rogue Trust by Deanne Durrett

CrossReaders Book Review: The Rogue Trust by Deanne Durrett

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Title: The Rogue Trust

Author: Deanne Durrett

Rating: ****

About the Book

The Rouge Trust is a story of hope, courage, love and community. Becca, a widow with a teenage daughter, unexpectedly faces an opportunity to be wealthy immediately. We see her struggle with a decision on taking the money knowing her life and her daughter’s will forever changed.

Review

The Rouge Trust
By Deanne Durrett

Durrett weaves mystery, suspense, and intrigue throughout telling us this story. And she does is such a way you are never bored with the story, never feel everything is rote, and you certainly do not want to grab a book mark and wait until later to finish. She has a beautiful, unique and inspiring story intwined with all this of a war hero and those who served under his command.
Durrett has an easy going writing style and the pace is much like a lazy afternoon. She develops her characters well making you want to get to know. While this is Christian fiction it certainly is not the sterotypical Christian fiction. We are not surrounded by angelic characters spouting off Bible verses all the time. We see characters who are realistic with a faith that is part of who they are and influences their life choices and relationships.
Excellent book. My first to read of Durrett. Hopefully it will not be my last.

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This review was submitted by: books4nana

The Human Heart Craves

The Human Heart Craves

The human heart craves…

…to be loved, unconditionally
…to be accepted, without reservation
…to be understood, without condemnation
…security for the day
…comfort in times of stress, grief, and affliction
…peace
…strength to cope
…a leader to follow
…recognition of achievement
…joy in spite of turmoil
…forgiveness
…fulfillment for its emptiness
…tenderness when the world is unlovely
…encouragement for those days filled with woes
…safety from all that would harm
…confidence and calm when fear attacks
…soothing for the frustrations of life
…provision for all needs
…protection from evil
…power to fight the enemy
…shelter in the storm
…courage to step out when fainthearted
…a guidance counselor to find the designed path
…the right spouse, job, school, friendships
…refreshment in those parched times
…an intimate relationship and the revelation of that loved One’s heart
…a Savior
…to be welcomed Home into the Everlasting Arms

But yes, there are times when the human heart is contrary and desires the wrong things, but it seeks in confusion. A right heart craves to beat in perfect harmony with the Heartbeat of the Beloved.

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires
and secret petitions of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord
[roll and repose each care of your load on Him];
trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him
and He will bring it to pass.”

(Ps. 37:4-5 Amp)

 

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Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, Heading Home.

 

CrossReaders Book Review: Down Fall  by Suzanne D. Williams

CrossReaders Book Review: Down Fall by Suzanne D. Williams

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Title: Down Fall

Author: Suzanne D. Williams

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Jacob Flynn lost his wife and son in childbirth and fled south to Florida to escape the memories. But in, Aurelia Cotton, the pregnant wife of a kind man who took him in, they come back to him. She’s so very beautiful.

Helplessly in love, he finds himself pressed closer and closer to the ultimate act of betrayal, when tragedy strikes.

Yet the evil someone meant for selfish gain, just might be their one chance for forgiveness.

 

Review

Down Fall by Suzanne D. Williams is a Christian romance that leaves the reader with a good feeling. Jacob Flynn left Georgia and fled to Florida hoping to lessen his grief and erase the memories caused by the death of his wife and son in childbirth. Almost immediately after reaching Florida he runs into temptation in the form of Aurelia Cotton, another man’s wife, and to make matters worse she is pregnant. Aurelia’s husband has given Jacob a job and a place to live. Jacob soon learns that Aurelia also feels an attraction to him but they both uphold their Christian faith and strive to avoid temptation.

Suzanne did a great job in the development of the characters in this story It would have been easy to write the story in a worldly way but she upheld her Christian beliefs. I was completely drawn into the lives of Jacob and Aurelia and felt as if they were close friends and I wanted to help them solve their problems. The dialogue throughout the story was well thought out and showed the personality of each character. The plot was very well written and I was not always certain as to how things were going to end. The story could have had a much different ending but Suzanne gave it just the right touch.

I definitely recommend this novella to anyone who likes a good clean romance that gives you a good feeling.

Thanks to the author, Suzanne D. Williams, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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This review was submitted by: Deanna Gottreu – please visit her website at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog