Thar’s B’ars in Them Thar Hills

Several months ago my middle son came running in saying he had seen a bear in the neighbor’s woods.  We didn’t know whether to believe him or chalk it up to an over active imagination.   He is the one though that if there is a snake nearby he will see it.  My oldest daughter went out with him carrying the camera to get a picture of this bear.  Before long they came back and both reported having seen the bear but he was too far away for the camera to pick him up.  Then throughout the day they saw him several times.  I had injured my foot and was unable to traipse around outside very well.  The bear did not seem intimidated by the humans watching him and even was brave enough to come closer to the barn later in the day.

Since bears don’t live in this part of Alabama:

“Black bears in Alabama are primarily limited to Baldwin, Mobile, and Washington counties.  Reports of bears have been confirmed in several northeast counties but are suspected of being transient bears from other southeastern states.”

I called a couple of the neighbors to let them know about it. After the kids had seen the bear for the fourth time that day, near our property, I decided to call the Alabama Fish and Wildlife to report it.  The Game Warden came out and my son showed him where he had first seen the bear and the area where they had both seen him.  No evidence was found, of course.  Too many leaves for footprints.  But it began to rain in earnest after being a misty day so the hunt for the bear was cut short.  Essentially we got the impression that either we were mistaken about the bear or that it was just traveling thorough.  Not a big deal. Heard how some folks erroneously report things such as black wolves or cougars.  But of course, cougars aren’t around because if they were they would be getting hit by cars like they are in Florida.

We found footprints and much more evidence (scat, trees scratched and down) over the next few days.  The bear was also seen in our pasture a couple of times shortly thereafter.  But the Pyrs also saw the bear and gave it a furious chase.  Since then we haven’t ‘seen’ the bear in our property but it likes the neighbor’s and has been seen and heard several times since then over there.  It sounds like an elephant walking through the woods.  After it was obvious the bear was sticking around and we had evidence, I called the Alabama Fish and Wildlife again to update.  “The State Biologist will give me a call.”  So far several months later I have yet to receive that call.

One neighbor has told us she has since both seen the bear and had troubles with the bear and garbage cans.  Turns out the bear hauled her garbage can, the large rural dumpster can, to the edge of the woods.  Another time a bag of garbage was carried to the middle of a field.

Here is a picture of one very large bear foot.  This is 9 inches long and 6 inches across.  We got this at the fence area where the bear was coming into our property.



A game camera failed to get any pictures of the bear.  Nor have we have succeeded in getting pictures.  No one has seen the bear when they have the camera.  The joke is the safest way to be in the woods or on the mountain is to carry the camera.  Once my son and daughter were together and they had the camera.  For a short bit my son walked on ahead with the camera while his sister was behind him some.  She ran up on the bear up close and personal but of course no camera.  The bear had moved on by the time my son returned to her.

Now we have seen multiple bears and cubs so there is definitely a reproducing population of bears NOT LIVING in this area of Alabama. {sarcasm}

I had started this post back in January but was hoping to get a picture of the bear that doesn’t live in Alabama but alas I think the bear is laughing at us.  But that’s OK because bears in Alabama are old news ……….!


Ahava – May 11 & 12, 2012


Bluegrass Gospel Festival

Friday May 11 and Saturday May 12, 2012.

Friday       1 – 5  Open Picking

5 – 9 PM Bands

Saturday   10am-5pm Bands

a good old pickin’ session until…


Golden Valley Crusaders from NC,

Tall Pines,

McCools East,

The Carrell Family,

Wills Valley Bluegrass,

Chords of Glory,

The Sparks Family,

Mary Scott

The Gospel Highway

Donation of $5 Friday and $10 Saturday for ages 16 & up (all others are free).

Food vendors will be on site with hamburger, hotdogs, BBQ, etc.  Handicap parking is available.  Bring your lawn chairs, but not your pets.  Sound will be provided by Isaac Carrell who is also the MC.  There will be local vendors on site with handmade crafts, etc.  Any proceeds after the band costs will go toward the development of Ahava Springs – a facility promoting Biblical leadership and families (Ezra 8).

Located at 1040 Sumatanga Road in Gallant, AL.

For the Musicians: Bring your instruments.  There will be an open stage time during lunch.  Based on the number interested and time permitting, a limited number will be selected to perform on stage.  See Isaac Carrell when you arrive and arrange with him.  After the bands finish, there will be an open time of pickin’ for everyone to play

Directions:From I59 North-East of Birmingham AL take exit 166 US231 North 3.3 miles toward Oneonta, turn right onto the Gallant road, proceed 3.4 miles, turn right onto Sumatanga road, go 4 miles, Ahava Springs on left.

For information: call (256)538-2602 or visit



“All the tears of a penitent sinner, should he shed as many as there have been fallen drops of rain since the creation, cannot wash away one sin.  The everlasting burnings in hell cannot purify  the flaming conscience from the least sin.”


John Flavel


Right Fear – Bunyan

True or right fear is discovered by three things:– 1. By its rise; it is caused by saving convictions for sin. 2. It driveth the soul to lay fast hold of Christ for salvation. 3. It begetteth and continueth in the soul a great reverence of God, his Word, and ways, keeping it tender, and making it afraid to turn from them, to the right hand or to the left, to anything that may dishonour God, break its peace, grieve the Spirit, or cause the enemy to speak reproachfully.


The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan

Bible Study based on the book Pilgrim’s Progress in Today’s English.


Insensibility to Salvation of Others – Payson

“We all deserve damnation, a thousand times, for our stupid insensibility to the situation of those, who are perishing around us.  We profess to believe the word of God; but can you prove that you believe it?  Do you act, as if you believed it?  Do you believe that many of your acquaintances, your children, are in danger of the fate, which has been so vividly described in the bible?

Dare you go to God, and say, Lord, I believe thy word, I believe that all your warnings and threats will be fulfilled… and then, as if I believed nothing… turn away, and coolly pursue my worldly business, without uttering one agonizing cry for those, who are exposed to this danger?  Dare you go and claim relationship to Christ, and profess to have his Spirit, and then make no effort, or only a few faint efforts, to save those, for whom he shed not tears only, but blood?”


Edward Payson


When Are You Going To Finish?

The other night after church while discussing an up coming meeting about our church’s Titus 2 ministry, the “baby” asked “When are y’all going to finish?”


Then we figured it out. We ladies have, according to him, been studying Titus 2 for close to a year. He wanted to know when we would finish and move to another passage in the Bible!


Depression Quote

“Do you want to know how great God truly is? If so, then you will have to discover how insignificant you truly are, and this means you will have to be brought low, perhaps to the deepest reaches of depression. But it will be worth it, and it will make you more useful to God as well, just as it did Job. Notice, for example, that at the beginning of the book we are told that Job offered sacrifices for his children and interceded for them (1:5). But at the end of the book Job’s ministry was expanded to include his friends (42:7-9). Thus he found that he was able to minister to the very friends who had let him down, and he was able to do so in a way he never could have had he not gone through the trials he went through. We are also told that Job received more blessing from the Lord than ever, after he had gone through all of his trials (42:12a).”

From a series at Reformed Baptist Blog on Depression.


The Sins of Others

“The sins of others leave some kind of stain upon the conscience. I question whether you can read a newspaper and scan the story of a murder or a robbery, or survey with more distant glance in any book of history the sin of your fellow men, without being in a degree injured therewith.”


Charles Spurgeon


Spurgeon’s Prayer for a Renewed Mind and Thoughts

“Lord, give me a new understanding;

wash my mind with the clean water of the Spirit;

come and dwell in my judgment,

my memory,

my thought;

and then give me the new strength of thy Spirit,

and then will I love thee with all my new heart,

with all my new life,

with all my renewed mind,

and with all my spiritual strength,

from this time forth,

even for evermore.”


Spurgeon from The First and Great Commandment