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Some of my stories are published in:
A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters (Adams Media, 2009)
Chicken Soup: What I Learned from the Dog (2009)
Love is a Flame (Bethany House, 2010)
Extraordinary answers to Prayer (Guideposts, 2010)
Love is a Verb (Bethany House, 2011)
Big Dreams from Small Spaces (Group Publishing, 2012)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Are You Thick-Skulled?

To be called thick-skulled is usually not a good thing.
It means things don't penetrate. You're clueless. You just don't get it.

But in the animal world, being thick-skulled can be a life saver. It might mean that you get to pass on your thick-skulled genes to the next generation.

Take the musk ox.

The bull musk ox can weigh about 900 hundred pounds. (That's heavier than most bull elk.)
This guy has horns and a bone that extends horizontally across his forehead.
The bone is about eight inches thick, and underneath, contains tissues that act like shock absorbers.
So at mating time, when the bull sees another bull and rushes across the field to challenge him, their skulls collide at about twenty-five miles per hour.
How would your skull fare if you did that?
The musk ox's thick skull saves his life and gives him the opportunity to live and fight another day.

What about us?

We humans need protection for our heads, as well.
But the danger to our skulls is what can penetrate into our thoughts and cause us to stumble in our Kingdom walk.
Fortunately, the Lord has provided us with a thick helmet.
And a breastplate, and a belt and a shield and a sword.
We just have to remember to put them on!

"Stand firm then with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God." (Ephesians 6: 14-17 NIV Bible)


  1. I appreciate your blog so much, Dena. Always good things to glean here. I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog award. Please see my post at I hope you'll pass on the love. :)

  2. Thank you Dena for a wonderful reminder to "put on" the protection our Lord provides for us!!!!

  3. Thanks, Nancy.I will certainly check it out and pass on the love.

  4. A.J., I so appreciate your comment.