Devotion in Motion: The gift of understanding

1 ¶ O LORD, You have searched me and known me.

2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. ~ Psalm 139:1,2 (NKJV)

By Bro. John L. Cash

Throughout this November, people have been making lists of blessings for which they are thankful. Thankfulness is a holy habit and one that is commended by Scripture. So, today I’d like to mention just one thing that I am particularly thankful for today: I am thankful for you, my loyal readers.

When I started writing my weekly online column 4 ½ years ago, I imagined that only my relatives and church members would read it. But that’s not what has happened at all. I’ve been amazed that my readership comes from all age groups and every walk of life; from places all over the United States and around the globe; from people who have known me all my life, from people I’ve met in the past, and folks who have never met me at all. I’ve found that you, my faithful readers, are a very diverse group.

But, judging from your many comments, emails, and feedback, I believe that you all have something in common: You all “get me.” After all, isn’t that how we choose which columnists we read? When I write something, you read it, and immediately you know where I’m coming from. Then, sometimes you come back the next week to read again. This is a great blessing—the blessing of being valued and understood. It may be the greatest blessing of all. Thank you for that gift.

Back in July, Susan and I celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary. For a present, she bought me something that I have always wanted–a concrete statue of St. Francis of Assisi. I am glad that he is now standing in our flower bed because I have always loved “The Prayer of St. Francis” :

francis_statue_in_garden_large-3Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.


Did you notice that Brother Francis said it should be our goal to understand others rather than to be understood ourselves? Writing my column has made me realize why this is so. When a person feels he is understood, even in small things, it changes everything. It makes that person feel like their life’s work is worthwhile. That’s why we should daily pray to understand others—because it can make all the difference in the world for them.

So, dear reader, thank you for taking time to read these words each week. Thank you for your kind comments and notes. But most of all, thank you for understanding.

Dr. John L. Cash is the “Country Preacher Dad.” He was raised in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and has spent the last 30 years being a country preacher in the piney woods five miles south of the little town of Hickory, Mississippi. (On week days has a desk-job at a public school, where he used to teach Latin on closed-circuit-television.) He and his lovely wife, Susan, live in the parsonage next door to the Antioch Christian Church (where the Preacher’s wife sent “honeybun cake” to school for all the Preacher’s schoolteacher-friends this week.) Their kids include Spencer (age 24), his wife Madeline (age 24), and Seth (age 21). You can send him a note at .

Farmland Adventures Winter Attractions Now Open

Farmland adventures, Christmas treesIf you and your kids had a blast picking out a pumpkin or playing at Farmland Adventures in October, we’ve got fun news to share. This year Farmland Adventures is offering Winter Attractions for families, AND they’ll be selling Christmas trees! They are open TODAY (Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) now open signand will be open each Friday and Saturday from now until December 19th.

If your family always puts up “the real deal” kind of Christmas tree, now you can make selecting your tree a family event that will be a lot of fun for the kids and awesome for family snapshots, too. This could be a special new “getting the Christmas tree” family tradition that you begin this year.

In addition to pre-cut Christmas trees for sale, Farmland will also have the play area available, wagon rides, pony rides, a small petting farm and pedal karts. If you don’t need a live Christmas tree, you can still take the kids to Farmland Adventures to play and to get some great photos of them enjoying winter fun on the farm.

Hours of operation will be:

FRIDAYS: November 27th through December 19th on Fridays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

SATURDAYS: November 28th through December 19th on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission info: $8 per person; FREE for kids 2 years old or under; Groups of 20 or more people pay $7 per person.

Here’s a run-down of all you’ll find during the holiday season at Farmland Adventures:

Christmas trees: Please note that you do NOT have to pay admission if you only want to purchase a Christmas tree. They are pre-cut and priced individually.

Wagon rides: Ride around the beautiful farm in a wagon pulled by a tractor. The ride takes about 15 minutes and that crisp winter air will feel great while you’re bundled up in the wagon with your little ones. There is NO extra charge for wagon rides because they’re included in the price of adPony Ridesmission to Farmland. (Remember, the wagon rides close at dark so go early!)

Pony rides: Farmland ponies are so popular with kids! Most children love to ride them but, if your kids are a little hesitant, bring them by so they can simply pet the ponies. Pony rides are also included with farm admission. Kids must be under 100 pounds and 4 feet tall.

Petting farm: Kids are fascinated to see the farm animals up close, especially when they can touch and sometimes feed them. Not all of the animals are available for viewing during winter, but there will be plenty to see in the small petting farm.

pedal kartsPedal Karts: If your kid was born to ride, he or she is going to LOVE the Pedal Karts and the racetrack at Farmland. They’re kid-powered (not electric) and they have four wheels. (There are two sizes — one for little kids and a bigger size for kids age 7 and up. Even moms and dads can get in on the racing action.

Play area: The play area at Farmland is designed just for younger kids. The Straw Bale Maze, Hay Bale Pyramid, and Corn Box will keep kids entertained and occupied. Let them play, climb, dig and jump around all they want.

Cozy campfire: Take a break from the fun winter activities and warm up by the fire!

DIRECTIONS: Click HERE to get specific directions on how to find Farmland Adventures. The farm is located at 5350 Parsons Road in Springdale.

For questions, call them at 479-799-5033.

We know how much fun our families and others have at Farmland Adventures during the Halloween season, so we were thrilled to hear that the fun is being extended this year with these new Winter Attractions. Hope you guys have a blast on the farm! We’d love to see your photos so tag us on Facebook!

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Funny (Black) Friday: Viral video

If you’re heading out EARLY this morning to hit the Black Friday sales and you’re leaving the baby home with Dad, we hope you have plenty of Press N’ Seal. Check out this hilarious video below. Happy shopping!

Happy Thanksgiving!

thanksgiving happy thanksgiving700From our families to yours, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you’re spending it with those you love. (And we hope you have pie! Yum!)

How to prevent and cure that “weird smell”

Smell slider 700Hopefully your house smells AWESOME this week because you or someone else is baking pumpkin pies or preparing the turkey. But most of us have worried (especially before guests come over) that our house might smell weird and we don’t even know it. Have we gone “nose blind” to the weird smells all around us?

We talked about this topic recently during our Mamas on Magic 107.9 radio segment (which airs at 7:45 a.m. weekdays.) Click the left side of the audio bars below to hear that discussion and get tips on how to make sure your carpets, car, kids room and more all smell great.

Stinky carpet?

Refrigerator funk?

Kids rooms and bathrooms

Does your car smell like a rolling chicken nugget?

De-stink the sneakers