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What's Ahead?

By Jeff Roman

Matthew 6:25. "For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink, nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they are? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?

As 2017 becomes a memory for us all, and 2018 becomes a reality. Whether 2017 was a glorious year for you or a year of trials and bumps. We look back at all the times where something did not go quite right. That time when we were running up river on tournament morning and that underwater log caught the prop and sheared a blade off of that stainless steel prop, and there we sat dead in the water. Or how about that time we were duck hunting and that storm blew in and changed the wind direction and blew about 40 miles an hour when the weatherman said there would be no wind that day at all. It completely changed our hunting day. Or that day we were out stalking deer looking for signs and we stepped in a hole and twisted our ankle and had to call it a day. And also at home when the furnace went out or a drain plugged or the central air quit working. Or when a couple of the kids become sick and the doctors could not quite put a handle on it. Or the period of time the boss was all over you and you do not quite understand why. Even though we really had a good year there always seems to be a day or two when trials and bumps pop up. At that time it always seems disastrous.

Isaiah 41:10. "Do not fear, for I am with you, do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

As we prepare for 2018 and look forward to all of the days and events we have coming up whether it be work related or for fun remember this, for Him to help us and to always be by your side and to really get to know His understanding, and what He can do for us, we must have a relationship with Him. He is always with you, but He will always seem closer to us when we are closer to Him. It is fine and good to get that fishing gear ready, plan that vacation, finish off that hunting season and look forward to 2018. But let us not forget Him because He will not forget us. Work on your walk and relationship and get to know him better. See the difference He will make!!

Deuteronomy 31:6. "Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you."


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Never Give Up

By Jeff Roman

Jeremiah 29:11. "for I know the plans I have for you"declares the Lord. "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

It was a long hot day, or so it seemed. We had been fishing very hard all morning. It felt like 3 o'clock in the afternoon as the sweat from the 95 degree and 100% humidity came pouring off my head and dripped onto my shirt sleeve. I looked down at my watch and it said 8:30 am. Oh my, really, only 8:30. Feels like we have been here all day, and without a bite.

It was the fourth tournament of the season and things have not been going well. Did not seem to matter how much time we practiced or how good practices were we just were not able to catch them on tournament day.

Another hunting season had fallen upon us. I have not been able to hunt the previous year due to work commitments, family commitments, and then a series of small illnesses which kind of kept me inside. So looking forward to this year. Spent the entire summer and fall putting out trail cams, putting up new deer stands. Doing all my homework to make sure there were deer in the are and I had properly placed stands where they needed to be. Watching the trail cams and seeing we were going to have good deer opportunities to look forward to And here it is the last day of the season as the clock is ticking down and we have not seen anything all season long. Where did they go, what have I done wrong?!

Work has been stressful. I put in all overtime they asked me to put in. I do all the little things that they ask of me and then on top of that I do things for the company and business that are not even required or expected but that they do notice and have given words of compliment to. Never late, or complain, or short change a full days work.

That new promotion should be mine. But as it is posted on the bulletin board who received it my name is not on there. Somebody in the workforce that I have never even heard of. And come to find out later they have only been there for six months where I have been there for 12 years. How did they manage to get it and I was over looked?

2 Chronicles 15:7 But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar?? Are any of these scenarios you??

A tough year of fishing. A tough year of hunting. A tough year at work. Or all of the above. We all go through tough times in our lives. When it just seems like it does not matter how hard we try or work at things. They just do not turn out!

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I  am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous hand.

During these tough times NEVER GIVE UP!! Learn to rely and trust in Him. Jesus Christ. Spend more time with His word. Spend more time working on that relationship to get to know Him better. He tells us over and over that if we rely on Him things will work out. They may not work out the way we want them to work out, that is were the trust in Him comes in. He knows the plan for you and I. And He has a special plan for you and I. If we rely and trust in Him, His plan for us will work out and like He tells us it will be good.

Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

You have to remember His plan for you and for us and for all of us is to lead us in one direction, but how we get there His plan is different for each of us. But that direction for us is inevitably, straight up. And it is called Heaven!!


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By Jeff Roman

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child, but when I became a man, I put away childish things. (One Corinthian's 13:11)

I cannot count the many ways that I am blessed. There are to many and they are to numerous. And most of us probably fall into the same boat. Which is a good boat to be in.

The last tournament of the season (which for me was only the second one of the year) is in one of my favorite places to go and fish. Mid-October is can be stocked full of small mouth bass. And guess what?, this year it was. And only being in the second tournament I fished all year, it is one tournament I do not want to miss because I love being there. The place where it is does not matter, because we all have one of those places. That place that is special beyond words whether it be because of the fishing or the natural beauty or because of the camaraderie that is shared by those that are there at the time. this place happens to hold all three of those qualities for me.

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. (1-Corinthians 13:12)

One of the things I have been truly blessed with are the amazing friends I have. And I have been blessed with many. One such friend is that of my tournament partner who I spent this weekend with. This body of water that we were on is also very special to him. So special that he owns a trailer at a campground only a mile from the boat ramp. He spends every extra minute he has at that camper and on that water fishing all year long. You could say he had done his homework for this tournament. The river did rise approximately 6 feet over the previous two weeks leading up to our event. Even with that he had done his homework and stayed on top of what the fish were doing. So when it came time the homework he had done paid off for us. A good bag of smallies on day one and in fourth place and then a better bag on Sunday(got some bigger ones to bite) and we captured first place! An amazing weekend where the homework paid off and we were able to hoist the winning prize!

Homework is important! Are we doing enough homework in our spiritual life? God's grace and salvation is free for the asking. It is given to us without any strings attached. But we have to do our homework to know and understand it. And get to know Him better. We need to be doing our homework to get to know Him better to work on our walk and relationship with Him so that one day we can hoist that special winning prize. Our entrance into heaven!! Are you doing your homework?

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these-is love! (1 Corinthians 13:13)

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Are You Ready???

Written by Jeff Roman

Luke 21:36"But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man"

It does not matter which of the outdoor hobbies you are entrenched in, from standard shore fishing to tournament bass fishing to sporting clay's or duck hunting, even deer hunting you have to be on the ready.

Whether it is a line and a lure or a shotgun of some type, being prepared and ready is a must. And that is being prepared and ready for anything that can happen during the day good or bad. Anytime those little incidental things that happened during the day you are able to survive and carry-on and maybe not have a day end in pure misery.

When that lure comes flying back at you after missing a strike and gets caught in your arm and buries itself passed the barb. Are you prepared and ready for what needs to be done? Do you know the "line trick" to get it out? Or do you have the proper pliers to be able to snip the hook off to be able to push the hook through? You are out hunting and your dog comes up lame with an injured paw because of something it has walked through. Are you going to be able to get yourselves back to the truck so you can get your dog medical attention? Any time something comes up are we ready? Even when good things happen like we catch the fish of a lifetime is the camera ready? Is the camera ready to take that photo so that we can keep that memory forever? Good or bad are we ready?

Romans 13:11 "Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep, for now salvation is nearer to us then when we believed."

The Bible is full of statements about being prepared. All of the gospels have preparation quotes in them. All of the prophets told about being prepared. There are endless amounts of stories told in Bible about being prepared. So do you think preparation is important when it is being told to you so many times? Absolutely!!! Do not underestimate preparation. We need to be preparing for Him. We need to work on preparation with Him and for Him every day.

Is it just crazy to think that "Ok I have tomorrow to do this". When was the last time you were out in the field and something happened and you thought to yourself wow if I would only have done this differently and been prepared we would be ready for this situation.

That has happened to all of us at some point in time whether hunting or fishing or whatever we are doing. And sometimes you can get away with it, but we will not get away with it when He comes for us, we better be prepared. There is no tomorrow after He calls us.

Just like in 1 Corinthians 16:13 "Be on the alert, stand firm in faith, act like a man, be strong.

Are you ready???

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So Why Aren't You?

Written by Jeff Roman

As outdoorsmen, whether you are a fisherman or a hunter, certain things need to be practiced and practiced well. To really get the full effect of enjoying the outdoors and what we are trying to accomplish.

If you are a tournament bass angler, which I know a lot of you are and at one time I put myself in that category, there are many things we had to have ready and be fully prepared for to be competitive and have a chance to win. You knew before you ever hit the water the boat had to be completely ready. You could not miss anything and still have a chance to win. You could not forget to put gas in or check the oil, had to make sure you had good line on your rod and reel, make sure all your baits were packed in an orderly fashion so you can get to them quickly when you needed to change. All the things that you were taught by others you had to put into effect so you would be competitive and at your best the day of. 

Going out and expecting to get your limit of geese or ducks on the day of opening season. You had to make sure you were ready, you had to put into practice all the things you were taught by others and all the things you have learned so when opening day came it would be a successful hunt. Making sure the decoys were put out in a fashion that would draw the birds in. Making sure they were set up with correct wind direction. Making sure your guns and ammo, the dogs were ready for a day that you would never forget.

But are we also doing all the things we need to be doing in our spiritual life to???? It is easy to say we believe. Just like it is easy to say we are a tournament fisherman or a goose hunter. But if we do not practice and practice hard or practice things we are taught and do them the correct way we will not be successful.

In Luke 6:46

"But why do you call me Lord, Lord; and do not the things which I say."

If we are going to be followers of Christ and want that eternal life with him and with all the ones who have gone before us we must practice and do what he has told us is correct. Just like coming in at the end of a tournament with the prize winning catch or finishing a day on the water with a full limit of geese or ducks we must do what he says so that we will get his prize. Eternal life in Heaven!!

So why aren't you?? So listen to Him. Work on your walk and relationship with Him, practice, practice, practice.

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