Starvin’ – Guest Post by Jake Hershey

by Kevin on February 27, 2012

I got a call awhile back from a man who said his high dollar mare had been losing weight for quite a while- seemed the more he fed her, the more weight she lost.  A local vet had given him my number and told him that being licensed in equine dentistry; I might be able to help the horse.  This type of call is pretty typical…a lot of folks don’t seem to think their horse’s mouth needs worked on until it can’t eat right or won’t ride right….  We made an appointment for what I figured would be a typical case of neglected teeth.  What I found shocked me, the owner and the vet.

The mare had a piece of wood lodged in the roof of her mouth that was about 3/4 of an inch in diameter and almost 4 inches long.  Besides keeping her from chewing and swallowing correctly, it had to be real painful.  When I got the piece of wood out, there were raw, bloody sores in the soft tissue where the ends of the stick had been stuck for what I’m guessin’ was a pretty good while.

This poor horse was starvin’…..and nobody knew it but her.  Thankfully, her owners cared enough about her to notice that something wasn’t right and seek help.  If they hadn’t, that horse would have starved to death.

How many of us are just like that mare?  We’re starvin’.  We all have things in our life that keep us from being in the condition that God wants us to be in.  Whether it’s mentally, emotionally or spiritually…a lot of us are starvin’.

But unlike that mare, you don’t have to suffer in silence.  The nourishment you need to be healthy in every part of your life comes from one place.  That place is a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Horses are dependent on us for their quality of life.  Thank God that mare’s owners cared enough about her to get help.

We need to learn to be just as dependent on God for our quality of life.  He cares enough about you to help….and He’s the only one that can.

We all make bad choices…that horse chose to put that stick in its mouth and was starvin’ because of it.  If you’re starvin’, it ain’t God’s fault.  All you need to do is go to Him and say, “Father, I got this stick jammed up in my life, it’s wearin’ sores on me and I can’t get it out.  I know you’re the only one that can help, so I’m askin’ for it.  Help me to remember that the quality of my life depends on my relationship with you.  Help me to quit jammin’ sticks in my mouth and look to you for direction in every part of my life.”

Quit sufferin’ in silence.  Quit tryin’ to fix it with booze, dope, food, pornography, etc.

Your appointment’s been scheduled.  Go get well.  He’s waitin’ on ya.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.


I want to say thank you to Jake for today’s post and what he does, not only for the Kingdom of God, but also in the cowboy culture. Jake has his own Facebook page now. Click here and “like” his page. If you’re in the Corsicana, Texas area and need someone to shoe horses, float teeth, or even preach a good ol’ cowboy sermon, give him a call.

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  • diane

    Thanks.for. the blessing! That Bible verse keeps reoccuring for me the past few weeks

  • The grace of a God of second chances. Despite my bad choices, still saved by the blood!

  • Jake

    Thanks, guys. Thank God he’s always there to help us out when we’re starvin’ ’cause of our own stupid choices….if not, I’d look like a skeleton by now! Wanted to remind everyone they can go to the Guest Blogger column of this page and see other stuff I’ve written (for those of you that have been asking). Also want to thank my good buddy Kevin for everything- I’m proud to be prowlin’ the big pasture with ya.

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