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Walking like Abraham

You know life is funny. You think you have your life planned out. You think that the path your future will take is so sure. I think back to 2006 when I had just graduated high school. My path was crystal clear. I would find a job for the summer and then start a new part time job in the fall when my college classes would start. I would go to community college for two years before transferring to a large university to finish up my degree to become a meteorologist. Ha thinking about it makes me want to smack myself in the face and laugh at how crazy that sounds now. God had other plans, but like a loving father he was ok with me thinking I could drive … Read entire article »

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Sermon of the Axe

I’ve been on an axe binge lately. I’ve made several tomahawks/hatchets and my current project is a double bladed axe I’ve been commissioned to forge. While forging towel holders and camping tripods is good, there is just something incredible about forging an axe from start to finish. Taking a piece of scrap metal and bringing forth a strong useable tool. I thought I would go through the process the best I can using text and try to bring the significance to anyone reading with a quick walkthrough. First, I gather my materials: a 10″x2″ piece of steel(I like using old lawnmower blades and a piece of high carbon steel for the edge(piece of old file). Once my materials are ready, I get my forge burning hot and clean. After the old … Read entire article »

Filed under: Andy's Blacksmith Shop, Blacksmithing, Messages

Take It to Heart

I want to get serious this morning. Before you read any farther I want you to say out loud, “This commandment is for me”. This message is not for your husband or your wife, or your children. This message is not for your pastor, your brother or sister, or your neighbor. This message is for you. My scripture this morning comes out of the book of Malachi. We will start reading in verse one.   1. And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you. 2. If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye … Read entire article »

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Return the King

Our scripture for today comes from 2nd Samuel – Chapter 19. 8: Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. And they told unto all the people, saying, Behold, the king doth sit in the gate. And all the people came before the king: for Israel had fled every man to his tent. 9: And all the people were at strife throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, The king saved us out of the hand of our enemies, and he delivered us out of the hand of the Philistines; and now he is fled out of the land for Absalom. 10: And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why speak ye not a word of bringing the king back? 11: And king David sent to Zadok and … Read entire article »

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Paul Obadiah Robinson

Andy and Erin Robinson are proud to announce the arrival of their first born son, Paul Obadiah. He arrived at Brookwood Medical Center at 3:15 on Sunday, September 11, 2011.  Little Paul weighs 9 lbs and 6 ounces and is 21 inches long.  A pure blessing from the Lord!   [nggallery id=23] … Read entire article »

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Such a Beautiful Candle

The text for today’s message comes out of Luke 8:16-18. No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light. For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have. Luke 8:16-19 For the past few weeks, Erin and I have intently searched through our lives looking for anything contrary to the Word of God. One thing is certain, the more you intently look, the more God will reveal. … Read entire article »

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WARNING! Water on Road

At the time of this post, tropical storm Lee is in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Weather service has said up to twenty inches of rain may fall over the gulf states and they are warning people about possible flooding. I researched a little and found that Floods kill an average of one hundred and twenty-seven people in the US each year. What is more tragic is the fact that most of those deaths are caused by people driving over flooded roadways and being swept away. Most of the deaths could be prevented. WARNING! Water on Road! How many times have you seen that sign. I don’t live in a flood prone area, however I’ve seen it a few times myself. Sometimes I’ve been puzzled because just a little water … Read entire article »

Filed under: Andy's Journey, Plain Lifestyle

Homesteader’s Weekend 2012?

Shepherd’s Hill Followers – We are planning on arranging another Homesteader’s Weekend in the Spring of 2012. However, we must have enough interest to start the planning process. Homesteader’s Weekend is a  3 day weekend featuring “How To’s” on different homesteading skills. Some of the topics covered include: Blacksmithing Basket Making Beekeeping Gardening Soap Making Lots More! There will be a fee charged for attending. This fee will cover meals and supplies for classes. There will also be camping spots available for tents. The biggest part of the Shepherd’s Hill Homestead’s Weekend is the Christian Fellowship! We have morning devotions together, breaks during the day for fellowship and plenty of time for worship at night! We want Christ to remain the center focus during these events! If you are interested in attending this 3 day weekend event, please email us … Read entire article »

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The Blacksmith Shop

The Blacksmith Shop

  I started blacksmithing not too long before Erin and I were married. After we were married I began working on my own forge. I started off first with a brake drum forge, but quickly realized that I couldn’t do what I wanted to do with it, so over the winter and spring I began working on another forge. I finished it in May. In this post I will go over the basic things needed to … Read entire article »

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Life’s Worklist

The other day my wife and I sat down together and wrote out a list of things we want to finish around our place. After about an hour, we had compiled a list that will last us until next year. Some of the items on that list were big things like building a rabbit shed and others small things like the lights in our house that I need install. Today, thinking on that list I realized something, for some crazy reason the list was the exactly the same size as the one we made over a year ago. Even as time has passed and our tasks were slowly finished, more projects were added. As big things were accomplished and we took a break, our mind would get working on the … Read entire article »

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Big News

March 30, 2011 ” Big News” As I write this, the time is 9:45pm and my beautiful wife is deep asleep in the bed. I should be too, however I felt like staying up a little later and writing this blog. As many know, many things have changed in our new family. I’ll try to recap the best I can in the long, long overdue update. First things first, the BIG news. We are expecting our first child on September 12th. Erin is just over four months along. Erin and I are very excited, yet also scared to some degree. I do know this, God’s timing is perfect on the birth of this little one. Our small fears are nothing in His greater knowledge and plan. We will confide in Him as we … Read entire article »

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Faith Like Potatoes

May 12, 2010 – “Faith Like Potatoes???” Lessons in life come in all forms of shapes and sizes.  Some are good. Some are bad and some just seem hard to learn and accept. Example: Do not lean back in a chair or you could fall backwards. That is a lesson I have yet to learn fully. I am beginning the writing of this blog from my desk at Sifat and have just once again remembered that lesson the hard way. I am alright and besides a good laugh at myself, nothing is hurt.  Lately I have been thinking about the lessons God has been teaching me slowly. Erin and I have been married for over five months now and that is incredible considering how short these five months have been. I feel that God … Read entire article »

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