Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Shake the Earth

 

.....this lady ...so inspiring...made me go "woohoo!" first thing in the morning!......I just wanted to share this because it is so "dadgum" exciting.  


She said, "I wanna shake the earth, in a way" ........I think she is.    I wanna shake it too.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Something to Imagine With

"And now if you ask how you may know that you have truly consecrated yourself to Him, I reply, observe every indication of his will concerning you, no matter how trivial, and see whether you at once close in with that will. Lay down this principle as law - God does nothing arbitrary. If He takes away your health, for instance, it is because He has some reason in doing so; and this is true of everything of value; and if you have real faith in Him, you will not insist on knowing the reason." --- Elizabeth Prentiss


And a simple observation for today--straight from the farm:

 Following Jesus is  an exciting proposition....always there is more in Him, always drawing deeper,  pushing against the flow of feeble thoughts to reroute and retrain.   


Imagining my life  w/ this Prentiss quote (above) in mind as I clean the little cabin this chilly Saturday morning , take a walk, feed the goats, and whatever. 

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Thank you, Jesus, for thoughts that are higher than mine....lifting my ideas of reality.  You act in our lives with absolute purpose in all circumstances..... all happenings.

 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Joy, Pain, and Balance

When your life is shaken and it feels like to your core, it can take some time to find a new balance.  Mine comes through family, farm, and a small town with valued neighbors.  Golden chickens help too. ;)
           It takes time to see the beauty again that is around you and settle it that it is o.k. to enjoy it and accept God's goodness while you pray that others will be blessed this way as well; 

                                 to enjoy simple things,

                              to laugh at bunnies with bangs,


                             to pull up a chair and be thankful.


As HE has been showing me many needs and suffering in the world around me, showing me new places that I must venture forward into, I forgot to also look out the window to see lovely fainting goats almost ready to have little ones again,  and lush green leaves turning fiery before floating on breezes, lighting the ground with color and crunch.  I forgot that beauty and light and breezes and farm surprises are still mine to delight in

 
 If I wake early enough I can see hunters going on first ever hunts, and Dads learning something new for the love of sons.
 And if I pry away from computer screens, documentaries, or books on the destitute, and drive down town, I can see this most wonderful tuba player playing for the last time with his high school marching band.  I can enjoy how handsome he his becoming and feel that "momma" pride. 
I can oversee science experiments where household ingredients create gases which blow up balloons and amaze one and all. 

I'm thinking that there must be balance and room for happiness and joy and blessings.  And at the same time, there must be concern for those described as  the "least of these" by  HIM who leads us on.  Maybe I am finding some balance these days.....and maybe finding my way through the inward shaking to some resolve . ♥  To hold "the least of these" in my prayers, in my heart, in my plans, in my hopes, and still delight in my God each day giving Him thanks for all that is ours. 

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’