The Bull Pen

Jim Bull is a horseman and country guy from Kentucky bringing us The Bull Pen: stories and musings from a Christian world view.

Christian cowboy Jim Bull, a contributor to the rodeo ministry and bull riding ministry website

The Beginning

The Beginning

A friend give me 10 words to use in a poem: white, heaven, darlin, creation, danger, thunder, captive, victim, innocent. This is what I came up with

The Beginning
Oh the glory it would have been to see

the Lord creating our home to be.

The thunder so loud and lightning so bright;

innocent eyes held captive by the sight.

Dark clouds parting then fading to white

as heaven appeared from a glorious light.

“Now go Adam and enjoy this place.”

God must have said with happiness on His face.

“But be warned of the danger of eating from yonder tree.

The fruit it bears is not for you. Just let it be.

”But not long after Adam and Eve were to meet

Do they fall victim to Satan’s deceit.“

Oh Eve my darlin, what have we done?’

Nothing worse could we do under the sun.

”The moments intense as they waited for Him;

punishment to come would be just, not on a whim.

Now we ask forgiveness, pull weeds and give birth.

We praise God and all He does for us while we’re here on Earth.

(Inspiration From Genesis Chapters 1 through 3)

Jim Bull is a horseman from Kentucky who writes, The Bull Pen for the Cowboys of the Cross website, devotions meant to teach and encourage through illustrations from life.

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I finally worked up the nerve to talk to my now wife, Laura, on September 22, 1999. Just over three months
later was New Years Eve and we, along with her roommate, were hosting an End of the Millennium
party. Some of the girls’ closest friends were there and I had come to know and respect them. During this
party, one of their friends pulled me to the side to tell me how happy she was for Laura and me; how
great we were for each other and how great I was to her.
I remember the feeling of the grin that spread across my face. The assurance, from a woman I barely
knew, was a great boost to my ego but, more importantly, made me want to do better. A little
encouragement goes a long way to building relationships, your own, as well as people you know or
Hebrews 10:24-25 says “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good
deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-
and all the more as you see the day approaching.”
My wife and I have been married for 16 years. In that time, we have had great moments of expressing
our love for each other. We have also had times of complacency, when we knew we loved each other
but failed to make the effort to show it unashamedly. I have had times when I felt I was a failure as a
husband because I knew my wife was feeling lonely and abandoned because I was wrapped up in work
and not putting forth the effort to show how much I needed her; how much I loved her. I have also felt
lonely, like a hired worker or a servant. It is in these times we were lacking communication and the
expression of our love, not that we were ever lacking the love itself.
Proverbs 31:28 says “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her”

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