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One thing you learn fast when it comes to homesteading is the truth of the old statement “make hay while the sun shines”. The weather can often be unpredictable and sometimes the almanac is wrong.
Winter has been quite mild so far so we’ve been taking advantage of the nicer weather.
Every night this week a few people have gone outside and cut some wood. Keeping a good amount of wood in the house preparing for the potential snowstorm or winter sickness. The other day it was warmer out and sunny so we started tidying up the yard for Spring. Cleaning off the carport, moving some cinderblocks, and putting away lots of odds and ends that had been left out.
In addition, we’ve been baking lots of dog treats, packaging orders, and preparing for our first show next month. Then there’s the Christmas decorations that we’ve been working on taking down. Slowly but surely we’re making progress. I’m sad to see them go but then once they’re gone, I’m always surprised by how big the house feels.
Even though we’ve been staying busy, it’s hard for me to not dwell on what is going on in the world.
Dad and Bradley are out in the workforce and see a lot of what is going on first hand. In addition to social media (which I’m trying to spend less time on), T.V. shows, and the general rumblings of people around me I see how scary the world is.
I see all these fearful possibilities everywhere I look and often wonder if it’s too big to fix. If it’s gone on so long already, is there any way out? I tend to just ruminate. Thinking of every what if, every possible way it could play out and what we’d do if x, y, or, z happened.
And I’m realizing that I can’t live that way. Life is happening NOW, right in front of my face and if I just sit around trying to solve the world’s problems I MISS OUT ON THE LIFE THAT GOD HAS CALLED ME TO LIVE TODAY!
So, when I start thinking about all those what if’s I pause and pray about it. Then I ask God to help me live today. I’ll often ask, “What’s next God?”.
I’m trying to live each day and count my blessings along the way. Taking note of every good thing, every answered prayer, and the little ways that God has been showing up. This is *NOT* easy, but I can say that it does work. I’m not perfect at it but I am learning. Learning to count my blessings, rejoice in the day that God has made (Psalm 118:24), and trust God along the way.
There have been so many times in the last few years where looking back I often wonder how we made it. How what was meant to harm us actually made us better (see Genesis 50:20). And honestly, the only answer I have is that God was there. Guiding us, showing us a better way, changing our desires to be His desires for our lives. And along the way, each new day, each new month, each milestone we reach reminds me that even though I’m far from where I should be as His child He’s still here. Still molding me to be more like Him, still active in my life. And He IS faithful!
And you know what? Even though I hate a LOT of what I see going on in this world, and it makes me sad, very angry, and fearful my relationship with God has deepend in a way that I can’t quite explain.
And really, I’ve probably prayed more earnestly in the last 2+ years than at any other time in my life and I’ve seen God move more than I remember. This is not to say that every prayer I’ve prayed gets answered the way that I want it to because they don’t. Or that He didn’t move in my life before, because He did. But I think that I’m just more aware of Him and what He’s doing. I find I am seeking Him more and as a result I can SEE what He’s doing in my life now. Changing my desires to His, showing me what’s really important, and keeping me in the moment.
I’ve seen more evidence of His hand in my life, His goodness, and His faithfulness in the last couple of years than I can remember prior. Especially lately I’ve been able to clearly see the truth of Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”.
“Singing oh Lord, keep me in the moment
Help me live with my eyes wide open
‘Cause I don’t wanna miss what you have for me
Singing oh Lord, show me what matters
Throw away what I’m chasing after
‘Cause I don’t wanna miss what you have for me
Keep me in the moment”
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Until next time,