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Frozen Stiff

13 Mar

March came in like a lion and it’s been a real bear. Am I mixing my metaphors?

We are grateful for all God’s blessings and provision no matter the circumstances; and events worldwide put our problems in perspective.

Still, there’s no doubt that the 6” of snow topped with 5” more of snow and subzero temps were troublesome to feeding cattle and calving. We got through subzero temps a couple weeks ago as well, followed by a GORGEOUS week, so we were grateful for that! But, during the frigid weather, diesel engines freeze up, waterers freeze up, and baby calves freeze to death. We do our best to prepare ahead of time and to be there in time to get a newborn calf into shelter if needed, but sometimes we areas not successful.

Ultimately, we just have to rely on God’s strength and provision. We do everything in our power and control; knowing that God is really in control and loves us.

And, like my Mom always says, “It all works out in the end. If it’s not working out, it’s not the end.”

And soon enough, the wind started blowing and the snow and ice started melting. And now there’s mud to contend with. So we will slop through, put out straw in the corrals and be thankful for the moisture because there are dry years we would ache for mud.


Matthew 6:33

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.


26 Nov

Thanksgiving | The Farm PaparazziWhenever I reflect on all there is to be thankful for, I become overwhelmed by the goodness of God. Knowing Jesus as my Savior is above all, the most tremendous thing to be thankful for.

I’m reading a great book right now, Overwhelmed: Winning the War Against Worry by Perry Noble. I love his examples of showing us how truly AWEsome our God is. Noble writes, “He is not threatened by our circumstances or situation – He is a grave-robbing, water-walking, miracle-working, death defying God, and He’s able to pull you through anything you have to face in this life.” Wow! That’s a God who deserves all our thanks and praise.

Last year I wrote a post about all the things I was thankful for. That list is still accurate and continues to grow. God provided me with a man who breaks his back and sacrifices every day to raise food for a growing global population and to provide for us. He gave me the most amazing families; one I was born into and continues to bless me daily and another I married into and continues to welcome me with open arms. He provided a community with wonderful friends and a fabulous Church family. God keeps long-time friends in my life who encourage and bless me. He gives me comfort, enough to eat, a strong body and a capable mind with which to serve him, and placed me in the best country on earth. In America we have abundance of food, freedom to worship and share ideas, courageous individuals to serve in our military, hard-working people to teach, protect, serve and provide us with affordable food, fuel and electricity. I could literally go on and on.

Great image by HoneybearLane (http://www.honeybearlane.com/2011/10/giving-thanks-thanksgiving-printables.html). Thanks to EG at Beef & Sweet Tea for drawing my attention to this!

Great image by HoneybearLane (http://www.honeybearlane.com/2011/10/giving-thanks-thanksgiving-printables.html). Thanks to EG at Beef & Sweet Tea for drawing my attention to this!

I pray your Thanksgiving is filled with safe travels, good food, loving people and a time to reflect on all the good God provides. Even in out toughest circumstances, God is working.

Back to the book I’m reading, Noble writes, “Every time I’ve walked through the fire, He has allowed me to do so in order for me to see Him more clearly and follow Him more closely. How would we know He’s a healer if we didn’t experience times when we need to be healed? How would we know He’s a Savior if we didn’t experience things we needed to be saved from? How would we know He’s a provider if we didn’t experience times when we thought we weren’t going to make it?…He is holy and He is good, He promised to always be with us, and He is in complete control. All we need to do is open our eyes.”

God Bless You and American Agriculture on this Thanksgiving,


“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
    wisdom and power are his.
He changes times and seasons;
    he deposes kings and raises up others.
He gives wisdom to the wise
    and knowledge to the discerning.
He reveals deep and hidden things;
    he knows what lies in darkness,
    and light dwells with him.
I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors:
    You have given me wisdom and power,
you have made known to me what we asked of you,
    you have made known to us the dream of the king.”

Daniel 2:20-23 (NIV)

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