This is our journal of what we pray is our sojourn of life (Hebrews 11:8-10) along the narrow way (Matthew 7:14), even the old paths (Jeremiah 6:16), submitting to the Bible as a light unto both (Psalms 119:105). It is our prayer that these documented moments in our earthly time benefit whom God might choose to edify, but ultimately that God glorifies Himself through them.

A Little Rattled

Recently one morning on my way to feed Penelope our pig, I suddenly strolled up on a snake in the middle of the road. Yep, it was a rattler! Well, Sue brought out the shotgun to me, and that was that.

And here it is after the fact:

Rattlesnake Shot with Shotgun
More Rattlesnake Shot with Shotgun

And the souvenir rattle:

Rattlesnake Rattle Souvenir

Sue got to carry it back, while it was still moving (they do that even without a head), and then I cut it up into 6-inch pieces for the chickens, although I think the ants had more of it than they.

Yes, rattlesnakes are one of the things we have to keep any eye out for, and I’m thankful to the Lord for His mercies in granting I see it before walking right up on it!

— David


  1. Anonymous

    Hi David & Susan,

    That is a big rattlesnake, thank the Lord that you saw it in time.

    Pat Tolbert

  2. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi Mrs. Tolbert!

    Yes, not the biggest we've seen I don't believe, but not tiny either. And yes, thanks again to God for granting it be out in the open like that, and that I see it.

    Thanks much for saying hi! Nice to hear from you! We pray the Lord always keeps you in His care.

    — David

  3. bayougirl

    Whew! I'm glad you saw that snake before it was too late. Most people around here get bitten by rattlers when they step on them unknowingly.
    Tell Sue she is a good shot.

    Jill P.

  4. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi Jill,

    Thank you. Yes, it's something we remind each other about especially during snake seasons.

    In looking at the way I worded it, it certainly could look like Sue did the shooting too, but she was just the shotgun delivery girl. 🙂 I updated the blog post to be more clear. Sorry about that. 🙂

    — David

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