About Me

Van Walton

Fun Facts about Van Walton

My favorite smell: The way the earth smells after it rains.

My favorite sound: The first notes of a grand symphony.

My favorite way to relax: Sitting anywhere outside - on my front porch, on my deck, or by the lake, early in the morning with my first cup of coffee.

My favorite birthday dessert: a Peach cobbler baked by my husband. He’s my fave chef!

I will not eat: Avocado. They turn my stomach into a volcano that never erupts.

Technology I couldn't live without and why: My laptop - it takes me anywhere I want to go.

One thing that makes me smile: My sons' faces!

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Pound to Palace

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Monday, June 13, 2011

There's a snake in my pool!

No one wants to wake up to find a snake in their pool! 

This is not a comfortable subject. I don’t want to talk about it - don’t want to tell the neighbors. Don’t want to let the quests in our home know. 

This morning I woke up to find a snake in the pool. It wasn’t one of the little garden variety either.
I knew I should get rid of it so I called my DH to do the honors, fight the battle for his damsel in distress. Chase down that old serpent, slay it and throw it as far as the east is from the west. In our house that would mean- throw it across the ravine. 

So my husband began his vigil. 

As he did, I watched the battle we each face every. 

This is what happened. I saw the snake. He slid into the pool off the connector hose to the vacuum. I chased him around trying to “scoop” him up with the skimmer pole. From time to time the sleazy serpent surfaced trying to climb up and over the coping- to no avail. So, for one split second I turned to call my husband and ask for help to corner the enemy. Wouldn’t you know it? When I turned my face back to the water- he had disappeared!  I assumed he had slithered into the skimmer. That is where my husband set up his vigil- for three hours he watched and waited for the hidden danger to show his face. He never did! 

This is what I learned:

-We never know when we wake up each day what is lurking.
-We may spot evil, danger, temptation, wickedness and call it what it is, but we had best never take our eyes off it. When we do, it will slither away, causing us to think it is GONE!
-We must keep alert and know where the enemy is working. 

I also realized I need to be prepared. 

-Wake up each day knowing I will come face to face with evil.
-Wake up each day prepared to call out that which desires to cause me harm.
-Wake up each day prepared stay focused, keeping my enemy in check, lest he hide nearby and I forget his intent is to ruin my life. 

Is there a “snake” in your “pool?”

What’s his name?  



Michele said...

Hi dear friend,

I loved the analogy!!!
You told me about the snake over the phone, but your story here in your blog was amazing!
Yes, I do have snakes in my pool. It's called fear and doubt. Insecurity as well!
But I'm brave. I'm ready to fight against them!

I love you!