A Wondrous Mystery

30 Sep

I love animals. They bring me a lot of joy. We have several dogs and cats, chickens, and a horse. I wouldn’t mind getting some llamas one day. Until then, I am content to watch our neighbor’s llamas across the road.

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Yesterday our neighbor’s dog had her litter of puppies, up under our deck. My daughter and I spent the majority of the day yesterday looking after Mama and her six little fur balls. Ace, our Collie, and Papa to this crew looked on, not sure what to make of these whiny little things.

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As I sat there and observed Mama taking care of her babies, washing them, feeding them, protecting them….I had a God moment. Life, in all forms, is such a wondrous mystery. A miracle. It made me happy to witness it.

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On the sixth day, God created animals, and He said that it was good. Then they made man (and woman) and gave them the responsibility of naming the animals and ruling over them.

A great responsibility indeed.

24Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so. 25God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good. 26Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”… Genesis Chapter 1

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I love this cow that wanted her photo taken.

I love this cow that wanted her photo taken.

The Darkness Can Not Overcome It

29 Sep

The seasons have changed, and with that the night time comes earlier, no more staying light until 9:30 or 10pm. Although, I had already fed Jazz hours earlier, I wanted to let her into the barn for the night. I grabbed my flashlight and headed over for our night time ritual.

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My LED flashlight gave off just enough white light for me to see where I was stepping. One foot after the other. Some nights the moon shines brightly and I can see perfectly without the aid of a man made light source. I live in the wide open country, no street lights, and at night it can get very dark. I often hear dogs barking in the distance, and occasionally, coyotes. I hear geese,  frogs, and owls and often times, the llamas across the road. Llamas hum to each other….it sounds kind of weird, if you don’t understand what it is that you are hearing in the pitch dark.

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When we first moved here, the night seemed very, very black. Scary, even. After being here for several years, it is no longer that way for me, although I remain cautious. I don’t want to run into a opossum, skunk, or raccoon and so I try to be aware.  In the complete darkness out here, I am thankful for my light.

When we can’t see, and we’re scared we need the light.

Jesus already knew this. That is why He came.

For a dark and broken world, Jesus is that light.

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“The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5 

Loving This Season

25 Sep

I wrote this poem a few years ago…..

Ode To Autumn

A chill in the air
Canadian geese I hear?
Time for sweaters
autumn is here!

Pumpkins, and corn shocks
hot chocolate mix
football and soccer
My autumn fix!

The smell of chimney smoke
is in the air,
A fire in the fireplace
the perfect pair.

This season is a favorite
because of family together
holidays that bring us close
No matter the weather.

I love this season
it truly is the best
snuggling in before
the long winters rest.

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Cherish The Simple Things

24 Sep

Twenty-four hours in a day. We each have the same amount of time. Many times we find ourselves overbooked and under satisfied with the way we spend our moments. I am attempting to simplify my life, not by the purging of my possessions, but by the changing of my perspective. When the schedule becomes too full, life becomes less about living and more about lacking. Life was never meant to be lived as an emergency.

Slowing down to give myself space to breathe, to think, to do those things I enjoy. Shouldn’t that be the majority of what makes up this journey? Yes, we all have things we must do, responsibilities, routines, but they should never be to the detriment of the moments that allow us to really live, laugh, love, and be in awe.
Psalm 118:24 “This is the day which the Lord hath made. We will rejoice and be glad in it”.

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I Love Living Here

22 Sep

I love living here.

In this place….

Daily, surrounded by the wonder of God’s creation.

Sometimes words just don’t do it justice.

Instead of writing for my Thankful Monday post, I will just show you.

Today I am thankful for my life in the country: 

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Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:23 NLT

Fall Begins This Week

20 Sep

The last weekend of Summer and the beginning of Fall, this week.

I love Autumn, it is hands down my favorite time of the year! 

*cooler temperatures

*wearing sweaters and cozy socks

*boot weather

*colorful leaves

*chimney smoke in the air

*football games

*harvest

*Fall fest

*blankets and hoodies

*hot chocolate

*pumpkin spiced drinks and desserts

*colorful decorations

*pumpkins

*warm candle light

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“Choose Your Hard”

19 Sep

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Someone recently posted the words, “Choose your hard”.

She was referring to those of trying to make healthy choices for ourselves.

Exercising, eating clean, and avoiding sugar.

Sometimes doing the right thing is difficult and we want to cave, but we know in the long run it is worth it.

She meant choose your hard in reference to health, but those words could be applied to many circumstances in life.

Are the choices we are making today, going to be beneficial to us in the future?

Are we doing the hard things, the right things, even when the world is tempting us to “Just do it!”?

It isn’t always easy. Honestly, most days aren’t easy at all.

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

James 1:5

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
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