Archives for May 2013

It Takes One To Hunt One

Birds@Joe's (2 of 2)

A field full of Butterballs.

Another spring turkey season has passed here in Tennessee. I managed to tip over a tom and saw a few others expire at the hot end of the gun barrels belonging to other hunting friends.

One morning while sitting in the dark shade of a huge oak waiting for birds to show up, I recalled an evening a few years ago when I asked Annie if there was anything she needed me to do the next day. As soon as I asked the question she knew why I was inquiring. Her response was an understanding, “Not a thing! Enjoy your hunt tomorrow!”

I smiled, thanked her profusely and told her where my friend and I would be going the next morning to chase the spring gobblers. That’s when she returned a mischievous smile and said the words that have become famous around our house and repeated many times since that evening.

“Turkey…it takes one to hunt one!” (Isn’t that a nice way to be called a turkey?)

Actually, I really don’t mind the humorous dig if the turkey referred to is one of the smart old gobblers that remain faithful to the hen he’s with. In fact, I consider it a major compliment because he’s a feller I want to be like. Its guys like him who live to see another spring.

However, I’d prefer not to be called a turkey if its in reference to a bird like the one in the steve tkypicture that’s draped over my shoulder. He did a very unwise thing. He left his hen and responded to the call of another woman. Little did he know he was responding to the human tempter (me) and walking into range of my 12 gage. Not smart.

If you happen to be reading this post right now and you’re married, What kind of man…er…turkey do you want to be? I have a feeling you’d like to avoid the mistake of chasing after another woman and getting spiritually and emotionally shot. If so, we’re thinking alike. May God help us both be smart birds.

 

 

Wednesday’s Prayer Guide-Week #19

 

“That my children will be fed on Your words of Life.”

Create, oh God, in our children’s heart, a deep hunger for the eternal truths in Your written Word. May DSC_2111they feed at the table that You have lovingly prepared for them, and may the revelations of Your undeniable and absolute truths serve to nourish both their body and spirit until You come.

May Your presence in their lives make their bones strong so that they will walk with You all the days of their lives.

“Thou dost prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies…”  Psalm 235

“How sweet are Thy words to my taste!  Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth.”  Psalm 119:103

Wednesday’s Prayer-Week #18

 

“May I hunger, Lord, instead…”

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Father in Heaven, each time this fleshly hunger rises up in us today and gnaws at our minds, crying to be satisfied, we will refuse it and be grateful for this momentary, bearable pain. We will accept it as a pin prick in our souls that reminds us of the eternal purpose for which we pray, Oh! God, have mercy on our children!

 

 

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

Matthew 5:6

Memorial Day Tribute- “Took A Bullet For”

My friend, Lindsey Williams, and I wrote the song featured in the video below to honor the brave men and women who have given so much to defend the freedoms we all enjoy. God bless the past and present members of this nation’s military.

Words & Music: Steve Chapman/Lindsey Williams

Vocal: Tim Buppert

Times & Seasons Music/Really Big Bison Music (BMI)

(Song and video available as a listen and viewing only on this website and You Tube)

Wednesday’s Prayer Guide-Week #17

 

“And as my flesh cries out for bread…”

On this day, Oh! Lord, we come to your throne of grace bearing the offering of fleshly hunger.  In no way is this small sacrifice comparable to what You gave to us in Your Holy Son, Christ Jesus. Still, we Breadcome with a hopeful heart that You will see this hunger as a cry for Your attentive ear. 

We know that without Your merciful intervention in the lives of our children, they will never experience the peace and purpose You have planned for them.  As parents who love their children more than life itself, please accept this small but sincere gesture of fasting food on their behalf.  Please credit this sacrifice to their account.

Hear us, O, Lord.  In Jesus’ name.

Amen.

 

“…is not life more than food…?”  Matthew 6:25 

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting.  I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.  But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face…and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”  Matthew 6:16-18

 

More about Fasting:

Fasting is a voluntary act of devotion and is not required as an expression of salvation. Fasting is used and encouraged in the Bible:

  • Fasting in times of personal sorrow (2 Samuel 1:12; Nehemiah 1:4)
  • Fasting as a part of repentance (Jonah 3:5)
  • Fasting practiced as a part of important events (Exodus 34:28; Matt. 4:2; Acts 13:2,3; 2 Cor. 6:5; 11:27)
  • Fasting is not for the purpose of showing one’s spiritual superiority or self-righteousness.  It is only beneficial and accepting from the Lord when done with the right motive. (Isaiah 58; Matt. 6:16-18; Luke 18:9-14)

Additional benefits of fasting:  Fasting has physical health benefits; fasting is honored when done as an expression of dependence and contrition; fasting helps promote self-discipline

 

 

A “Mother’s Touch” – HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!

We wish all the moms a Happy Mother’s Day!

If you want to give your mother a special recognition we encourage you to either play this song for her personally or send her the link to this post!

“Mother’s Touch” was written a few years ago to honor my own sweet mom, Lillian Chapman (pictured below).

Lillian Chapman (Steve's mother)

Lillian Chapman (Steve’s mother)

 

 

Two incredible Moms and two grateful hubbies!

Two incredible Moms
and two grateful hubbies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(“Mother’s Touch” is available on the CD, “A Mother’s Touch” click here to order)

Wednesday’s Prayer Guide-Week 16

“…a purpose for their years…”

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Dear Father,

As long as our children have breath, grace them with a keen awareness of their heavenly purpose for their earthly existence. May their lives not be wasted nor their time squandered on quests that lack in eternal value.

 

 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28

You Have My Word

“I will not violate my covenant or alter the word that went forth from my lips.” Psalm 89:34


You Have My Word

You have my heart, its yours alone

You have my soul till time is gone

But there’s one thing of greater worth

I give it now, you have my word

 

You have my word, I promise you

Long as I live I will be true

Your love is more than I deserve

I give it now, you have my word

 

You have my hopes, and all my dreams

You have my years, all that remain

Still there’s one thing of greater worth

I give it now, you have my word

 

(Steve & Annie Chapman/Little Dog Little Boy Music/BMI)

Right Outside Our Window

On a recent spring morning here in Tennessee Annie made oatmeal while we both listened to a news/talk radio station. Sadly, the only good news we heard was a commercial about a sale on flower garden items. The rest of the news was totally depressing.

Not wanting to hear any more about the spiraling fall of our nation’s economy and the bleak unemployment statistics, and the irresponsible politicians who seem to prefer spending over fixing what’s wrong, we decided to turn the radio off and take our breakfast to the sunroom.  

God surely knew that our troubled hearts needed lifting because right outside our window an encouraging reminder of His goodness landed on a metal flower holder. It was my all time favorite bird… the bluebird.

Right outside our window

Right outside our window

    I grabbed my camera and snapped the photo posted here. Seeing the brilliant colors of the male’s feathers through the viewfinder was breathtaking. Add to that sight the soothing sound of its song and I had plenty to bring me out of the doldrums.

As I enjoyed the timely encounter with the bluebird I whispered a prayer of thanks to its Maker and how He, through a small, feathered creature had brought a smile to my emotions. Then I remembered another trait about the bird that caused my soul to feel at peace.

Bluebirds are voracious consumers of insect pests. For that reason, gardeners will go to extreme lengths to attract and keep them in their garden for the protective benefit they provide.

When I recalled this helpful characteristic of the bluebird God quietly reminded me that as long as our family does all we can to make Him welcome in the “garden of our lives” we will enjoy the beauty and the benefit of His presence.

What a comfort it is to know that, like the bluebird that destroys the enemies of a garden, God is willing and fully able to rid our home of the damaging “pests” of uncertainty and fear that swarm around us.

May God help each us do all that is necessary to make Him feel welcome at our homes…as welcome as a bluebird!

 

He shall cover you with His feathers and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.  Psalm 91:4-6

And He said, “My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14

When my enemies turn back, they shall fall and perish at Your presence. Psalm 9:3