Cowboys and Indians, oh my!  When I say “Western”, my favorite Sunday afternoon TV shows come to mind: The Lone Ranger, The Rifleman, Bonanza, Rawhide, and Alias Smith and Jones. I would watch episode week after week and love every one!  I suppose my appreciation for Western design might stem from scenes I replay in my mind. Oh! And, who could forget the glamour of The Big Valley and those Barkley boys…well, I digress. 

Western design has core elements of being raw, worn, large, and inviting. When I examine a rugged piece of Western furniture, I’m confident in its strength. I see something that has withstood the test of time. I’m not afraid to sit on the arm of the chair or prop my feet up on the table. These pieces are sturdy, rugged, used, and yet, valuable. 

These qualities remind me of a father: stable, experienced, strong, and loving. I’m blessed with a strong father who has led me throughout my lifetime. I can remember times of discipline at the hand of my father, but most of all, I remember the loving touch of my father. Many times, I would sit at my father’s side simply to have him rub my back or play with my hair. This was a place of safety, comfort, and experience. I sat here to be comforted when in despair. I sat here for advice when perplexed. I am grateful for my earthly father. 

Perhaps you, too, have a loving father, but many do not. Do not be discouraged. There is a place of comfort where all are welcome. We have a Heavenly Father who is bigger than all of our problems. He wants each of us to sit at His feet today. Let Him be the protector, confidant, and place of strength.  

Psalm 46:1 (HCSB) 

God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.

Matthew 6:31-33(KJV)

…take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?…for your heavenly Father knoweth that you have need of all these things. But, seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Take time to read all of Psalm 46 & Matthew 6. Be encouraged today! Just like a Western room, the Lord is inviting you in. Bask in His warm, worn but not weary arms. His reach is large, all-encompassing, and there is a safe place for you. 

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As a former mathematics teacher and pastor's wife, I encounter many people facing difficult problems in everyday life. I desire to inspire others to push on during times of difficulty. I am a mother of two grown children, and what I lack in personal experience, I have gleaned through the experiences of others. My goal is to encourage through my "Priddy" words.

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