Cowboy Understandin’

When your heart is talking, there are no wrong words.

Just like Jesus, a good horse knows what he’s doing even when you don’t.

I am tryin’ to focus on being the man Christ wants me to be instead of a Christian that man expects me to be.

I’ve never seen a cowboy that succeeded while holding his own reins.

Tomorrow will never accomplish what can be lived today.

God’s love is unconditional, but his commands are concrete.

Courage is knowin’ that you’re gettin’ bucked off before you ever get on and saddlin’ up anyway.

Cowboys make great Christians because they already understand the importance of having hope and having a sense of humor.

Tryin’ to keep a cowboy or cowgirl from tellin’ someone how God changed their life is like tryin’ to keep a cowdog in the yard when you’re going to work cattle. It’s durn near impossible.

I hope I don’t ever have to tell someone I’m a Christian. It should be so obvious by the way I live my life that they know without being told and they don’t have to ask.

If God doesn’t give it to you and a Catahoula cowdog can’t catch it, you probably don’t want it.

You won’t learn patience with others until you master keeping your mouth shut when they act stupid.

A herd of cattle won’t cross a river until one of them steps out into the water and leads the way for the others.

When you’re in the pasture gathering cattle, the only time papers on a horse really means something is when they’re white and come on a roll.

Three phrases that I am throwing away: I want, I think, and I know.

Why do we put things off and say we will pray about something God has called us to do? If He’s called you to do something, saddle up and do it. You can pray along the way.

The way a cowboy believes is evident in the way he takes care of his horse, the way he treats a lady, and the way he lives his life.

Forgiving someone is more about you than it is about them.

Christianity isn’t about what you don’t do anymore….it’s about what you do now!

Workin’ on a sermon to preach this Sunday. I sure hope they ain’t expectin’ anything more than Jesus Christ….that’s all I got!!

Only Jesus and Christians understand how much God loves us. Everyone else has second hand information.

I’m going to tell someone about Jesus Christ today and there ain’t a darn thing you can do about it.

Two of the stupidest things I could think of are kicking a cactus barefooted and thinking that you have plenty of time to accept Jesus when you get older.

One day, this statement will be the most important one ever spoken. “Jesus is going to be here tomorrow. Are you saddled up and ready to ride?”

I’m going to tell someone about Jesus Christ today and there ain’t a darn thing you can do about it.

When things go crazy is when God goes amazing.

Usin’ a T-post driver all day will sure make you grateful that we get to heaven by grace and not by works.

Readin’ God’s Word without applyin’ it to your life is like saddlin’ your horse and not cinchin’ it down. It may look good, but it won’t do you any good at all.

Guilt is puttin’ more stock in the devil’s lies rather than God’s forgiveness.

I wish God would just use a twitch on me so I would be still and listen.

The Holy Spirit is life’s power steering.

I have spent my whole life tryin’ to be someone I’m not. I remember the day that man died and I became the cowboy God wanted me to be.

Things on my truck’s dash: Box of .22 shells, fence staples, and a Bible. Is there anything else a cowboy needs?

Jesus wants you to know he registered a brand about 2,000 years ago. It is the “4U”.

“When you hurt, I heal. When you laugh, I smile. When you pray, I listen.”

The thing that makes men and rivers crooked is following the line of least resistance.

I can’t follow Jesus and blaze my own trail at the same time.

Donkeys don’t care what other people think, they sound silly when they open their mouths, and the only thing they are good at is being who God made them to be. I love it that Jesus rode one into Jerusalem. There’s a lesson in there for all of us.

The only way to keep cowboyin’ a lifestyle is to live like a cowboy. Same goes for the Christian lifestyle.

I’ve officially decided to ban Nickelodeon and Disney from my house. I need someone to develop a kids version of True Grit, Tombstone, and Lonesome Dove.

You make it to the short-go, not by how well you perform, but by how well you let Christ perform through you.

We’re the windmill, not the wind….It is God’s power working through us that brings the water to the thirsty and dying.

If you ain’t willin’ to change directions, you’re gonna end up right where you’re horse is headed.

The Lord is responsible for making everything, but he won’t make you love him….that’s up to you.

“Selfishness” is a horse that wants you to ride it forever.

Being meek doesn’t mean surrendering to the will of man, but to the will of God.

Busy work doesn’t equal effective work. You can ride around the pasture all day and not gather a single cow.

If you turn a horse loose in the pasture, it will find the other horses. If you turn your life loose, you’ll find Jesus.

Choosing the right trail is easy. Leavin’ behind those unwillin’ to ride with you is the hard part.

When your life is at it’s worst is when Jesus is at his best.

My daughter is boycotting the word “Mule”. She said it would make better sense if they were called “Honkeys”.

You can’t see God smile upon you if you’re always lookin’ down at your boots.

If your relationship with God isn’t the most meaningful part of your life, then you life is just meaningless.

We don’t need alarm clocks at the ranch, we have flies and they wake up real early.

Understandin’ usually comes at the end of a trail, not the beginning.

I can’t wait for Jesus to come back, but I’m gonna try to be horseback when He takes us to heaven. I’d like for Him to put 30 days on this knothead I’m ridin’.

It doesn’t even surprise me anymore when I see angels disguised as children and cowgirls.

True happiness in life comes from takin’ what you like to do the most and doin’ it for God.

He died for me so I could live for Him….What’s so hard to understand about that?

God needs two things in order for you to hear Him: Shut your mouth and open your heart.

God’s got a plan for you. Contentment with the ordinary is what keeps you from experiencing the extraordinary.

“I’ve found that worry carries too big a price tag, grudges burn a hole in your gut, and being grateful stills a troubled soul.” -The Good Cowboy

My daughter says she will never drive a dually pick-up. It’s a truck with big hips.

God sent us cow dogs to teach us how to love unconditionally.

Prayers are just talkin’ unless you’re walkin’ with the Lord.

If you’re sittin’ comfortable in the saddle you are probably sittin’ still.

The West Texas wind is mosquito repellant from God.

If the roads in heaven are caliche, that will be just fine with me ’cause that’s the way they are in Texas.

They don’t let good cowboys and cowgirls in heaven. Only forgiven ones.

We are not defined by what other’s think of us. We are defined by God’s love that lives through us.

Submitting to God isn’t like surrendering from a Kung Fu choke hold. It’s taking the time to have a cup of coffee with God and finally listening to Him.

God didn’t let cowboys go to Jesus’ crucifixion. They would have turned that hill into the little Alamo before they let someone kill their Lord.

If Adam would have been a cowboy, he would’ve shot that snake in the garden with some buckshot and then cut his head off and hung the body in a mesquite so it would rain. Sure would’ve saved us a mess of trouble.

Jesus has drawn a line in the dirt. Do you have the guts to follow the cowboy that conquered death? Leave your sissified life behind and let’s go live a life worth living.

Unfortunately, most people feel the same way about God as they do four wheel drive. They really don’t think they need it until they get stuck.

The greatest act of worship is havin’ fun and rejoicing in the Lord each and every day. So quit yer whinin’ and bellyachin’. It’s worse than watchin’ World Cup Soccer.

You wouldn’t feed your best horse moldy hay, so turn off the TV and hang out with your family or friends. It’s Omolene and oats for the soul.

Jesus is the pair of gloves we wear when dealing with the barbed wire of life.

When you get to the pearly gates, will Peter yell “Ship him” or “Keep him”? (Hint..He’s looking for Jesus Christ’s brand on your heart and soul.)

I hate a cowboy that doesn’t get back on when he gets bucked off. Unless he lands in a mesquite or a cactus and then it’s fine to roll around and scream bloody murder.

In my day, a man would stay with you on a handshake. –John Wayne, The Cowboys

I have many BS degrees from the School of Hard Knocks, but the one I want the most stands for “Be Still”.

I’ve seen sorrow, happiness, curiosity, and wonder all in the sideways tilt of a dog’s head. If they can say so much with so little why do we think we have to use so many words all the time?

I am not responsible for how you act, speak, or feel. Taking responsibility for you not only damages me, but is even more damaging to you.

You are either a liar or a communist if you don’t like Flintstone Vitamins. And I will hit you with my wife’s hardcover Amplified Bible if you touch the one shaped like a car.

Cowboy Wisdom: If ketchup can’t fix it, don’t eat it.

Put your big boy boots on and quit feelin’ sorry for yourself….either give it to Jesus or shut up.

A real cowboy is a man that has guts and a horse…and Jesus.

In my experience, people tend to be a little more careful about what they say if you are holding a long yellow hot-shot.

Jesus don’t use a high port bit or sharp rowel spurs to get us to do what he wants. He uses gentle pressure on your heart.

For all the small churches out there….Jesus says, “I only had 12.”

A day started with prayer and coffee will keep you going all day long. “Stay thirsty my friends.”

If God wanted us to work our way into heaven, He would have sent us post-hole diggers and a pair of gloves. Instead, He traded the killer buyer his Son for your heart.

Jesus won’t say, “Thou hath done a good deed my child” when I get to heaven. I’m pretty sure He’s gonna tell me, “Heckuva job amigo! Let’s go get some beans.”

A snake in your path is no cause for alarm. It’s a cause for 3,000 shotgun shells, a nitro pill, and the only time a man is allowed to scream like a girl and not be made fun of.

I’ve seen people scuff up their new boots so they look like they’ve been working. My boots are like that from walkin’ through crap, kickin’ myself for bein’ stupid, and usin’ them to take me and my horse where God wants me to go.

I’m gonna ride this day like the Man From Snowy River — a crack of the whip, a smile on my face, and goin’ where no one else dares to go!!

Many people stay lathered up in life because they are tryin’ to carry God around in their lives. We should trust in God and let Him carry us instead.

Opening your Bible is a lot easier than opening a stupid feed sack. You can start from either end and not mess up.

God made receiver hitches shin high to remind us to slow down.

I can sure relate to this new 4-yr old horse we are trying out. She ain’t very big. She ain’t very pretty. She ain’t very fast. But what I really love about her is that: SHE DON’T KNOW THAT! She thinks she’s big, pretty, and fast and I can relate to that.

Jesus said, “Out of your mouth flows the true nature of your heart.” My entire head is now covered in duct tape while I do some prayin’.

Gettin’ bucked off don’t hurt near as bad as admittin’ it was your fault.

When Jesus comes back, he won’t be in a Mercedes. He won’t be on a pogo stick. He won’t be flyin’ in on a lear jet wearin’ a three piece suit. He’s gonna be ridin’ a ranch horse for goodness sake. Tell me God don’t love cowboys.

“God, would you please saddle up and ride with me today. I keep gettin’ stuck in the same old canyon no matter how hard I try. I go south and it’s there. I go north and it’s there. But when I look up…it’s gone.”

I may have muddy boots, a muddy mouth, and a muddy brain, but God sends the rain that can wash all my mud away.

Like ridin’ a horse at night, Lord, I am going to trust you to guide me when the trail back home is dark. I’m shuckin’ you all the reins and I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the stars.

When I saddle up Monday’s, they always seem to have a little hump in their back. Thank goodness I have Jesus snubbin’ for me this morning.

“Dear Lord, today I pray that I don’t lose a stirrup or break a rein as I try to work your pastures.”

If Jesus would have chosen to come to Texas instead of Israel, his disciples would have been: Joe Dean, Larry Don, Ricky Bud, Tom Bill, Billy Bob, Jack Alan, Jay Simm, Cody Lee, John Wayne, Tom Dooley, Joe David, and Biscuits.

Let’s all squat down with our spurs on. Maybe a swift jab from behind will help us “Go Love A Knucklehead Today!” Lovin’ the lovely is easy….knuckleheads are whole different story–and that’s who Jesus talks about when he says,”Love yer neighbor”

If the “Devil Went Down to Georgia” is the favorite congregational hymn….you might be in Cowboy Church.

Heaven on earth is a child’s smile from the back of a horse.

Cowboys know that toughness is a result of enduring blisters that would stop most people from doing what needs to be done. Just like changing boots, be prepared to endure a few blisters when you try to change your life from broken down to brand new.

Christians and Cowboys are made of the same metals: Hearts of gold and guts of steel.

Tryin’ to push a little God into your life is like pushin’ a rope. It goes everywhere except where you want it to. But if you turn it around and put God first and let Him lead the way, your life will line up right behind Him just right.

You want to know why you keep landing in every cactus in the pasture? Because you think your life is about you.

It can’t ever be too cowboy and you can’t ever have too much Jesus.

When God made the world, he made a few people who would: choke up over loosin’ a good dog, who could love a horse just like a family member, and who would laugh until they cried when people fall down. He said that these people were good and He called them Cowboys and Cowgirls.

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  • Darlene Fair

    That was great — you sure kn0w your “cowboy stuff.

  • Prayingmedic

    Darn, I just love this. I think I’m gonna hafta steal it and re-post on my blog.

    • Kevin

      You go right ahead!!! Thanks for stoppin’ in and I’ll drop by your blog and check it out.

  • Thanks, Kevin. Here’s my blog address:

    mobileintensiveprayerunit.blogspot.com

    I have it set up to post on Sunday. I’ll add your blog to my blog list.

    blessings!

  • Kevin, this is excellent! Some really good sense there, clear enough even for us city-folk to get it! Good job, Amigo!

    • Kevin

      Thanks David. I added a bunch more today. They are all at the top.

  • Mickey Perritt

    Kevin, I love your Understandin’ I’ve borrowed some of it and posted it on my Facebook page, Hope you don’t mind. Here one I wrote and I thought I’d share with you:

    “It’s me again Lord, as we saddle up, I think we should ride drag today and try to find some of those lost souls and bring them back to your herd. There’s a lot of them, I know we have our work cut our for us, but if we can bring just one home it would be a job well done and a day well spent.”

    • Kevin

      Glad you enjoyed them. Feel free to use them. You drove home the nail on that one that you wrote. Thanks for stoppin’ by and come back soon.

  • Ryan

    I love these. Simply love these. There are lots of great ones to share with my son. Oh man, how I wish I was a cowboy, out on the range.

    • Kevin

      Make a trip out to Texas and I’ll make your dreams come true….course, it’ll be hot, windy, tiring, and so worth it.

  • Billy Williams

    Thanks, for the website, hope you guys are doing well. we are real busy with the church. Horse got snake bit, i got bucked off and broke a collarbone and rotator cup. i have endured the ribbing. I am back riding now. All is well. Billy Williams

    • Kevin

      Thanks for the update Billy. Sorry about your accident, but at least you’ve got a story to add to your list. Glad you stopped by and said hello.

  • Mike

    Hey there Kevin I was a C.O. with you and your brother in Ft. Stockton 99-00 so on and I gota say you made a positive impact on my career then and you have made a positive impact on my life after reading this. Thank you brother and god bless.

  • James

    I hope you dont mind I use some of these on my daily facebook post. Great stuff

    • Kevin

      That’s cool…if God leads you to, I’d appreciate inviting your friends to the website and maybe our facebook fanpage.

  • Frank Johnson

    Howdy Keven I don’t know if you remember me or not , we meet at Red Oak TX a while back,and have a mutual pard Jake Hershey. Any way just wanted to say howdy and hope all is well you and yours. I’d like to share some oneliners with you sometime if you like . Give me a shout sometime , it’s good to here from some top hands that have been pop’n brush look’n for strays. Till then ………… Vios Con de Ois

  • Wow! Love all of these. Thank you.

  • Tess Schwieterman

    This Is Great Stuff! I Hope you don’t mind if I share some! I reckon some of my friends could hear some of this also!

  • Holly

    I totally LOVED these. I think I reposted all of them and some from your other page. I have just recently found my way back from a long down fall and every encouraging word means so much. Not only were these a good laugh but great lesson learned. Thanks for sharing them and I look forward to reading more and sharing them with my 3 lil girls that are country as country gets! Hope yuo and your family are doing well. Have a very blessed night!

    • Kevin

      Thanks Holly!! We are doing well…blessed beyond belief.

  • Jacqueline Vain

    Kevin:
    I faithfully listen to you Sermons, they are a real eye opener for me. Not understanding my Bible, I was wondering if I can Purchase a Cowboy Bible? You have a Fantastic way with words when speaking about the Lord. I have Changed my Life for the Better Thanks to you. Not that it was that bad, but understanding Better. I plan on ordering some of your Audio CD’s. To listen to while I drive and in the future.after 2014, I plan a trip From Pennsylvania to Co. Just to hear you in Person.
    God has Blessed me in so many ways…..I just needed your Inspiration to understand…
    I Thank You, for all your Help! For with out you I wouldn’t have the knowledge of Understanding so
    what the Lord was trying to tell me.
    God Bless,
    Jacqueline

  • Mike Moss

    Sir I have to let you know I have copied n pasted most of these quotes n pasted them on my facebook page as to let people know that they need to learn more about God an doesnt matter if ya are a cowboy or not !!! Myself I am a former rodeo cowboy, a Champion in many different associations. I had gotten away from God n lots of bad things was happening in my life but after reading these quotes I have realized tis time to turn my life back around and get back to God.

    Thanks you sir,

    Mike

  • Kristie Cunningham

    Kevin, this is some of the best stuff I’ve read in a very long time. I’ll probably borrow some of your sayings and share them on facebook for other cowboy/cowgirls to read. I just watched one of your church services and I LOVED it. I dont even rem. how I stumbled upon this website but I know God had a hand in it and I’m so grateful!! Thank you for sharing this with all of us and Praise God theres folks like you out there spreading the Good news!!

  • Shaun Hunter

    Well, if it don’t need fixin’ then it don’t need ketchup

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  • scott palmerq

    hey kevin, just wanted to say thank you for your grace, words of wisdom and insight and for bringing me a lil closer to the Almighty when I need that kick in the jeans. maybe one day my path and yours may cross over some coffee.

    • Kevin

      That is a big 10-4 Scott!

  • Brian Becker

    1 Peter 5:8 pretty much says the enemy is all bout us – but lately – not only is he around me -he’s got me surrounded and im runnin low on ammo and fresh water — feels like i’m fightin this here battle alone sometimes ——- summa ur quotes there Kevin – kinda relite the faith a lil – much obliged pard

  • Corina Schwarzinger

    Hi Kevin
    I found your website when I was looking for Cowboy Christian poetry-some of the best wisdom is related by those who are humble enough to bow before the Lord and bare their souls, and it seems I find that a lot in Cowboy poetry. But I found much more when I stumbled across your website-stories I could relate to and daily quotes that hit the nail on the head.
    Thank you for your site and for getting the message out to us! I will be a frequent visitor!!
    God Bless and may you and yours have a very Blessed Christmas!
    Corina in Montana

  • If God doesn’t give it to you and a Catahoula cowdog can’t catch it, you probably don’t want it. would like to borrow this. thanks Ann