by Pastor Genell Knisley, Grassland Church of the Nazarene
There are days when life is so full of joy and there are days that are hard. Day by- day, what is it that motivates you to continue on? Are the motivations different? I think to myself: “What is my motivation? Is it about me, others, or Christ?” How about you? What motivates your days? Is it stirred by love or fear, accomplishment, or a lack of esteem, to fulfill your role or maybe someone else’s, or to be obedient to Christ and used for the Kingdom of God? What is the reason we have for living in a particular way? There are likely many reasons. Do the reasons that come to your mind motivate you?
- W. Tozer said, “When it looks like things are out of control, behind the scenes there is a God who hasn’t surrendered His Authority.” What an amazing Truth! Jesus said, “All Authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.” Our God is Sovereign. He Is Mighty and Rules with Great Authority!
Another question to ask ourselves is “HOW?” How am I living? Am I running after success or fulfillment, or trying to please people? Is it my desire for my life to imitate those in the world or to imitate Christ? Paul wrote to the Christians in Ephesus, “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children, and walk in love, just as Christ loves us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2.
To be “a fragrant offering;” I love that thought. What are your favorite fragrances? My mind goes to the kitchen. When the Bible speaks of Christ’s sacrifice as a fragrant offering, it is not talking about wonderful kitchen smells. I wonder what obedience smells like? What does loving devotion smell like? What does sacrifice for the life of others smell like? God knows! Our lives, surrendered to Christ, can take on that fragrant aroma!
God knows the intricacies of the whole universe, and He knows all the motivations of your heart and mine. Our cry needs to be like David’s: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and put a new and steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10. Filled up with the Spirit of God, we can have the faith of a child. Children watch our every move and imitate us. It is precious to see them grow. With our eyes on Jesus, we can truly imitate Him in love, character, and selflessness. That must be a lovely fragrance! The Lord can use that kind of motivation to build His Kingdom: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.”
O Sovereign Lord, be glorified by the motivations and fragrances of our lives!
By Voda Beth Gradine
Most everyone in Garza County has been touched by some way or other by Bo and Marita Jackson. If you have had a bite of Jackson’s Beef Jerky or german sausage, you were touched by Bo. If you went to school or had a child going to school in Post from 1971 to 2000, you may have been touched by Marita. This Christian couple pray for Post and Garza County on a regular basis, so you may have been touched by them and not even known it.
The newlywed couple came to Post in 1957 with only the possessions in their car. They had married in New Mexico and drove to Post. They rented the small one-room apartment behind Clint and Lois Herring’s house on Main Street.
The couple came to Post for Bo to take his brother Jim’s job at the little locker plant. At that time there was a small building Wallace Simpson owned that had been a feed store turned into the meat locker. Jim was headed to the service and asked Bo to take his place. Since few homes had a freezer, there was 300 boxes in the large freezer, but the kill floor and the rest of the plant were small. Bo did every job in the locker plant except slaughter the animals. He unloaded the animals, cleaned the plant, cut up the meat, wrapped and stored the processed product.
When Jim returned from the service, he and Bo asked to become partners with Simpson. Simpson wanted out of the business, so he sold it to Bo & Jim for $15,000.
In the late 1960’s, they knew they needed more room. They went to the bank to borrow $100,000, which was more than they ever thought they could repay. The expansion included a larger kill floor and processing room as well as an office for the state inspector that was now required by the state. The only processing happening during the expansion was for deer. The hands needed something to do so Bo started looking for extra work. He purchased a welding shop and a grave digging business. He also put his employees to work building a swimming pool and waterfall in his backyard. This led to people requesting the same work at their yards. The employees worked at the locker when there was work to be done and other places when the locker was slow. No employee was terminated or missed a pay check during the expansion.
About the time of the expansion, a locker plant in Pampa was selling a large stainless steel smokehouse. They thought it was way too expensive but decided to go eat lunch and ask God about the purchase. After lunch they went back and bought it. It was a good purchase because right after they got the smokehouse installed Dr. Harry Tubbs came to them with a recipe for beef jerky. They started loading the smokehouse with beef for jerky. It was sold for $2.50 a pound. Shortly after that a German man from Slaton and another from Wilson started bringing german sausage for them to sell. This sold so well, the men gave the Jacksons their recipe making them promise the recipe would never be given out. To this day no one but the locker plant knows that recipe.
Governor Preston Smith started an award in 1971 for industrial expansion. It was co-sponsored by the Texas Industrial Commission with the award being given at the Governor’s Conference on Industrial Expansion on October 13 & 14 in Austin. Jackson Bros. Meat Locker won 3rd place. Jim Harwell, commission executive director said; “This citation is being awarded for the first time this year because of the quality of the entries”. Jackson Bros. had been closed for the expansion but still the payroll increased to 21, an increase of 75% from 1969. The total sales for the year was $250,000. Arthur K. and Lawrence J. Jackson were awarded 3rd place at the ceremony. The new plant in Plainview that Jimmy Dean started won 1st place. That same year the state recognized Jackson Bros. as being the largest custom house in the state. Custom house is where the animal comes into the plant on foot and the meat is processed ready to go on the table.
After 26 years of partnership Bo bought Jim out of the locker plant. This was the time Jim built and opened Chaparral Restaurant. Bo continued to build the business until 2000. At this time he was ready to slow down so he sold the plant to his two favorite hands David Hernandez and Joe Rodriguez.
Jackson Bros. Jerky is world renowned now. Soldiers stationed all over the world have ordered jerky to be sent to them. It is still being processed on a daily basis and people are lining up to get it. The Jacksons took a hole-in-the-wall place to the largest custom house in the state. That put Post on the map for many who love good food.
The rest of the Jackson story will follow next week.
Reference to visit of Congressman Arrington to Post and in particular “representing the views of West Texas”.
Questions I would have asked the Congressman:
1 The insurrection on June 8, 2021 – a vote against any investigation of the facts concerning this outrage.
- How did you (Arrington) vote on certifying the election returns?
- As a Texas, how does the fact a Lawyer filling a lawsuit in Federal Court in Michigan, with sufficient facts, the Federal Judge held a hearing and as a result determined the Attorney General from the State of Texas who signed this frivolous lawsuit without sufficient facts should be held accountable and disciplined by the State Bar of Texas?
I love it when a neighbor or co-worker has a bumper crop of peaches. Is there anything better than fresh sliced peaches with cream? I’ll take them anyway I can get them. And I love baking with stone fruit.
Fresh picked peaches pack the perfect flavor in these adorable peach purses. They are similar to apple dumplings but I like to make them a tad bit lighter for summer, with not as many spices. It’s nice to let the fresh peach taste stand alone. Add just a touch of lemon zest and a drizzle of sauce made from the leftover peach juice to create a burst of summer goodness.
The dough is very simple to make. Scoop a couple of spoonsful of peaches into the center of a 6-inch circle of dough and pull the edges up over the center, pinching together to create a pretty pouch.
The peaches my friend shared with me last year came from one loaded down tree. They were small, but oh so sweet! And perfect for summer-time baking!
Enjoy food made fresh!
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (1 ½ sticks) cold butter, cut into cubes
1/8 teaspoon salt
7 to 8 tablespoons ice water
2 2/3 cups fresh peach slices, peeled
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water mixed with reserved peach juices
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup reserved sauce
1 tablespoon cream
In a large mixing bowl, add flour, cubes of butter, and salt. Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry cutter, 2 butter knives, or your hands until the mixture is mealy with pea-size clumps. Gradually add a tablespoon of water at a time just until the dough starts to come together and looks shaggy.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and form into a disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate while you prepare the peaches.
Fill a 2-quart saucepan with water, about 2/3 full. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Plunge peaches into the boiling water for about 1 minute to loosen the skins. Remove with a slotted spoon and slip the skins off of each peach. Cut each peach into small wedges. Place them in a bowl and add sugar and lemon zest. Stir to coat. Set aside. Note: A little more sugar may be added if peaches are not very sweet. Reserve juices for the sauce.
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Separate chilled dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece out on a floured surface with a floured rolling pin into 6-inch circles. Scoop about 2 spoonsful of prepared peach slices onto the center of each piece of dough. Pull edges of dough up over the peaches and pinch together at the top; place each one into a cast iron skillet, or a 9-by-9 inch baking dish. Note: You may want to line the pan with parchment paper, before adding the peach purse, to make clean-up easier.
Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes until golden brown.
Add enough water to reserved juices to make 1/2 cup liquid. Add brown sugar, water/juice mixture, and cinnamon to a small saucepan to make the sauce. Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Drizzle sauce over the peach purses once they are done, (reserve ¼ cup for glaze). Return them to oven for 5 to 10 minutes.
In a medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, reserved sauce, and cream until smooth. Drizzle over the top of slightly cooled dumplings. Serve warm. Makes 8 servings.
By Ellen Peffley
What to do with all the zucchini! The mother ship in the garden quickly grew from a small seedling into a sprawling bush that exploded to 6 feet in length and almost as wide.
A mixed blessing, for sure. We sauté, roast, bake, fry, grill, broil, steam, and mash zucchini; they get ‘zoodled’ into spiralized noodle strands as substitutes for pasta; turned into cakes, brownies, breads, casseroles, and soups; we leave them at the gym, at church, giving them to anyone who will take them.
On August 8 gardeners are given the ultimate outlet for our zucchini – Sunday is National Sneak Some Zucchini onto your Neighbor’s Porch Day.
August 8 was created as a zucchini holiday by Thomas Roy, a radio personality and actor from Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania. It is a fun holiday popular across America that is observed always on August 8, prime harvest month for zucchini. By August gardeners have been harvesting zucchini for several weeks and have given the vegetable to any who will accept them. This may be why Thomas Roy founded this holiday.
The name zucchini is from the Italian zucca, meaning gourd, and ino, meaning diminutive. The name of this vegetable is ‘Americanized’ from the Italian since one vegetable is zucchino, while zucchini is plural, yet we harvest zucchini one by one. American English vernacular has imported plural forms of Italian foods, treating them as singular nouns, such as spaghetti and ravioli. (dictionary.com)
Alleviate any imagined guilt when giving away baskets full of your home-grown zucchini, knowing that with the gift you are helping your neighbors stay healthy. Zucchini definitely falls into the category of a health food. USDA nutrition data gives it five stars out of five for weight loss and optimum health. It is low in saturated fat and sodium; very low in cholesterol; a good source of protein; high in Vitamins A, B6, C, and K, riboflavin, folate, thiamin, and niacin; a good source for the minerals phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, manganese and copper; and a very good source of dietary fiber.
Zucchini is harvested and consumed as an immature vegetable. Optimum harvest stage is 6-8 inches in length whe
n the skin is soft with a bright sheen and the interior seed cavity is small and seeds are indistinct. Skin of larger zucchini is tough without a sheen and the interior has a well-defined seed cavity with hard seeds. There are many varieties of zucchini – varying from dark green to almost black, golden yellow, and grey or light green. The usual shape is slender and oblong but fun new varieties are shaped like small globes.
Some information from nationaldaycalendar.com/
Contrary to some of our founding documents, not everyone is created equal. Yes, we are born with the same rights, but we vary in size, strength, speed, and stamina. For a long time in human history those who were blessed with size and strength and the mental capacity to use it were often able to exact their will on others, for good or bad. If you were female, a minority or simply small in stature, you were automatically at a disadvantage.
Then a tool of wood and steel and fire was invented – the musket. This tool could sling a lead ball faster and farther than someone could shoot an arrow. These long arms were a game changer, but they were still heavy and cumbersome. They also still required a certain amount of skill and strength to load and fire with any effectiveness.
Then, in 1835, a man named Samuel Colt filed a patent for a percussion cap revolver. It was smaller, lighter and faster than a rifle. It could be fired even by small-framed people and it carried six shots instead of one or two.
This invention altered the landscape of liberty forever.
From there, in 1860, the first practical repeating rifle was produced by Benjamin Henry. Carrying fourteen shots in a tube under the barrel and operated by a lever, it paved the way for most of the iconic rifles of the Wild West. Gun technology evolved rapidly from there, often spurred by conflicts and wars. Then, with the commercialization of polymers in the first half of the 20th century, it really took off.
In 1963, the US military adopted the M-16 as their main rifle and selected Colt (old Sam Colt’s company) to produce the rifles. This opened the door to the popularity of one of the most recognizable, loved and hated rifles to ever be – the AR-15.
The point of the history lesson is this: a few hundred years ago being a woman, being small, being slow, being black, being Indian, or being on the wrong side of any number of governments meant you were going to be relegated to a subpar existence, if not completely annihilated. These days, however, a 90-pound woman can purchase an AR-15 rifle for $500-$600 and be on par with any other person on this planet in terms of lethality.
Yes, the AR-15 is intimidating, but it has a job, and it does it well. Its job is to be a sentinel that watches over its owner and family. This is a scary concept for some, and understandably so. People naturally don’t like to think about bad things. They don’t like to think about armed intruders kicking in your door at 2 a.m., or a rogue state usurping your freedom, or a foreign invader attacking your neighborhood. But just because one doesn’t like to think about these things doesn’t mean they cannot happen. Even in recent history there are examples of this – the USSR, Nazi Germany, Venezuela, etc. When people lose their sovereign right of self defense and preservation, bad things happen.
I know anti-gun forces can quote statistics to support their cause just as pro-gun forces can do the same.
However, it is not just about statistics, but rather principles and what you believe in. Freedom is sometimes messy, hard work. Our founders knew that to preserve our freedom and ensure its advance we would need the capability to defend ourselves, our families and our liberty. As it was understood and predicted by our founders, guns have gone hand in hand with the preservation of freedom and liberty since their invention centuries ago. They have fought back in the hands of Jewish and French resistance fighters against Nazis, they stopped a Russian advance across Finland, they liberated a race during our Civil War, and they birthed the greatest country in the world during the American Revolution.
Our founders knew an armed citizen can never really be forced to do anything they don’t want to do – they must be persuaded. The government, or any evil doer, could try to force them, but it will result in a fight.
And yes, the aggressor may win, but then again, they may not, and that makes them nervous. Any student of history knows that almost every time evil on a massive scale has taken place, it’s been preceded by gun control and confiscation. That is because, in the end, the right and ability to keep and bear arms guarantees all other rights. Remember that the next time someone demands you give that right up.
“A man’s rights rest in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.” – Frederick Douglas.
New titles arrive just in time for Winter Reading Challenge
By Post Public Library Staff
We have finally received our first shipment of new adult books for 2021!
If you are taking part in the Winter Reading Challenge, we have a new book to help complete your challenge under author’s name beginning with the letter “A.” In Ace Atkins Jan. 12 release, “Robert B. Parker’s Someone to Watch over You,” Atkin’s has continued Robert B. Parker’s iconic Spenser character since Parker’s death in 2010, adding seven best-selling novels in the series.
Helping you complete your challenge with the letter “H” is the second novel in Karen Harper’s “An Alaska Wild Novel” series, “Under the Alaskan Ice.” If you haven’t read Harper’s first book in the series, “Deep in the Alaskan Woods,” it is also available for grabs.
Another “H” author is Rachel Hawkins. Her debut novel, “The Wife Upstairs,” pairs Southern charm with domestic suspense.
“Meet Jane. Newly arrived to Birmingham, Alabama, Jane is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates – a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs and bored housewives. The kind of place where no one will notice if Jane lifts the discarded tchotchkes and jewelry off the side tables of her well-heeled clients.
Where no one will think to ask if Jane is her real name. But her luck changes when she meets Eddie Rochester. Recently widowed, Eddie is Thornfield Estates’ most mysterious resident. His wife, Bea, drowned in a boating accident with her best friend, their bodies lost to the deep.”
If you like Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca,” you’re guaranteed to enjoy this read.
We’ve also added books from Danielle Steel, Faye Kellerman, Patricia Cornwell, Christina Dodd, James Grippando, Jayne Ann Krentz and Rachael English to our collection this year.
Haven’t joined the challenge? There’s still time! Plus, who doesn’t like to earn prizes for reading?
The Post Public Library is open weekdays, noon to 5 p.m.
Come in and get caught reading!
Walter and Covey Duckworth
By Voda Beth Gradine
As I was surfing TV channels to avoid watching the inauguration on Wednesday, I stopped on TVLAND to watch “Bonanza.”
Watching “Bonanza,” I was reminded of the extra set of grandparents I was lucky enough to claim during my younger years, Walter and Covey Duckworth.
Water and Covey lived on the opposite end of the 700 block of Main Street as me. Every Sunday night, I would run as fast as I could from my front door to theirs to watch “Bonanza” with them on their color television. Covey would watch me as I ran, complimenting on how fast I was. “Bonanza” began at 8 p.m. when the fire on the map came on. This was our special time. And, as time went by, I started visiting them even earlier to watch “The Wonderful World of Disney” at 6 p.m.
The Duckworth’s lived in the big house across the street from Hudman Funeral Home. All the neighborhood kids would play on their wraparound porch. And, even with all the noise and screaming that we did, they were never upset.
They were also good friends of my parents, despite being over 10 years older than them. What seemed like every Saturday night, Walter and Covery, Pauline and Dee Coleman and my parents would join at one of their homes to play cards. And I, being the only child of the six, was very spoiled by them all. Although there were other couples that played with them from time to time, those six played all the time even occasionally traveling to Ruidoso to play.
During my favorite Ruidoso trip, the three couples stayed at my aunt and uncle’s cabin in the Upper Canyon. Being, snow was everywhere, forcing the couples to park down by the road and hike up the mountain to reach the cabin. Attempting to bring up the food they had packed for the weekend, everyone was slipping and sliding in the snow. Walter, being the “old man” of the group eventually became tired of watching them all falling and laughing. So, he grabbed a box and began trudging up the mountain to show them how it was done. Making it only a few steps, Walter went down, landing on the box he was carrying. And, as he raised his head, broken eggs were dripping off of his chin, making the rest break out in laughter.
Walter was born on January 23, 1891 and was the third son of Ira and Lee Durham Duckworth. Raised on several ranches around Garza and Scurry county, he worked as a cowboy and was known as one of the best horse wrangles around. Later, he owned Texaco Distributorship in Post. He was a quiet man but when he talked it was always important and you could see in his eyes how much he enjoyed being around you.
Eula Covey was born on January 29, 1901. After she was grown, she came to Post with a friend. Here, she met and married Walter. Being older when they married, they had no children of their own. However, they claimed all of Walter’s brothers’ girls, Mary Florence Cross, Ira Franklin (Dude) McLaurin, Frances Lee Camp and Mary Margaret Norman, as their own.
I was very blessed to have these two great people as extra grandparents and also just as friends.
Like me, I hope you all have special people in your life to reminisce on good memories of.
Dwelling with God
by Pastor Genell Knisley, Grassland Church of the Nazarene
God’s ways, His thoughts and all about Him are higher than ours.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9.
God never expected us to be able to get to the place of His Throne on our own. His plan from the beginning was to join us.
“My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be My people.” Ezekiel 37:27.
Yet, we often try hard to be lofty so we can enter into God’s presence.
“I sought to hear the voice of God and climbed the topmost steeple, but God declared: ‘Go down again – I dwell among the people,’” John Henry Newman said.
God knew humankind would fall to temptation and sin. He knew we would be depraved and hopeless without His help. He had a plan from the beginning to send us His Son, Jesus. In prophecies about Jesus, He is called Emmanuel which literally means “God with us.” God knew we would never be able to understand or participate with Him without help. Therefore, He sent Jesus to show us the way! God wants us to accept His invitation to be in an active, interactive relationship with Him. In it, we will be forgiven, cleansed, molded and made holy. He wants to dwell with us!
The amazing thing about the Creator of the Universe is that He never forces anyone to join Him in life. He created each one with the freedom to choose. God wants us all to want to! If we choose to live our lives with Him, He works in us, through us and with us. He does things in us that will amaze and astound us as well as those around us. God does provide and will meet us in what we call those “mountain top experiences.”
Mostly though, He will willingly join us here in our lives; and especially join us in the valleys of our existence. We all have valley times, and He is there with us through them.
“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, … You are with me.” Psalm 23:4.
He gives us proof in those times. There is never a shadow with light. Jesus is The Light of the World. He is with us through His Spirit! God never leaves us destitute in the valleys; it is in the “valley times” that we grow and mature the most!
“You, O LORD, are a Shield about me, my glory, and the Lifter of my head.” Psalm 3:3
So, if you find yourself in the valley, do not give in to discouragement. Instead look to the One who will not just “get you through it,” but will dwell with you and bring you to the other side as a Victor in Christ Jesus!