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10 Things…

Isn’t God amazing! He blesses us over and over even when we don’t deserve it or take time to notice. Ten things I recognize as gifts of blessing to begin this month are:
Apple Picking is one of my favorite things about Fall. Picking on Monday took me down memory lane as I thought of all the times My Children and I picked at the local orchard. I couldn’t help smiling as I heard Laughter from excited youngsters hidden behind a row of trees laden with gorgeous, juicy apples.
A Dear Friend is a grandma again. This New Life is a handsome little boy.
God has allowed me to hang out with and minister to several Young Ladies. I love watching how they grow and mature in life and in their relationship with God. It also helps keep me young. 🙂
A Garden that is still producing! Will it get zapped by frost by weeks end?
This morning my phone chimed with a new text message…a LOVE Note from my hubby. ❤
It took a 30 year reunion to Rekindle Friendships~ Sally and Shelly, I am so excited that we have reconnected!
The Desire to learn and grow. Sometimes it is easier to simply let life happen, and I have spent too many years of my life doing that. Yes, the desire to learn and grow is a blessing from the Lord, and I have so much yet to learn.

I continue on this journey of intentionally counting 1000 Gifts in 2012- The Joy Dare. If you are not in the practice of intentionally looking for God’s blessings I’d encourage you to begin today. If you would like to follow the list I’m using for October click HERE. A few gifts we’ll look for are: 3 gifts prayed for, a gift baked/stirred/eaten, 3 gifts on time, a gift surrendered.

How is God blessing you this week? I’d love for you to leave a comment and share your joy!

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Weed or Flower?

So many beauties blooming across the prairie, are they weed or flower?

I have loved Kansas Wildflowers since at least fourth grade. Mrs. Swisher led the class through picking, identifying and drying wildflowers of Kansas. By the conclusion of the unit study, each student had a book of dried wildflowers to take home. Many, many years later, I can still identify some of those flowers.

ANNUAL ERIOGONUM

CAMPHOR WEED

My favorite bouquet is one that is handpicked either from my garden, the pasture or road ditch. Although Mrs. Swisher never referred to them as weeds, my farmer hubby would have a conniption if I were to purposely plant them in my flower beds. Though adding beautiful color to the landscape many are obnoxious and even noxious. They can crowd out the grass or growing crop, make animals sick and are difficult to control.

These weeds have a similar effect as temptation and sin. When we are tempted, the temptation is often pleasing to the eye. However, once we give into the temptation, sin begins to reveal its ugliness. If we let that sin take root it will spread into other areas of our life, crowding out our desire to follow the example Jesus set for us.

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. 1 Peter 5:8, 9a NLT

Don’t be deceived; keep the weeds out of the flowers.

Lazy Days of Summer?

I hear people refer to the “lazy days of summer”, but I’m not sure I truly know what those lazy days are!

On the farm, summer is anything but lazy! In the fields, there is harvesting, planting, tilling, fertilizing, spraying and irrigating.  In the pastures, there is counting and checking cattle, hauling water and making sure windmills are pumping, and moving cattle from one pasture to the next as the grass gets eaten or becomes brown and crisp from lack of rain.

With the thermometer reading in the triple digits for many days now and no rain to speak of, the farmers around here will tell you these are the “dog days of summer” not the lazy days!

Having said all that, I can assure you that many a farmer, Hubby included, would not think of changing their occupation.  There seems to be something about dirt, sweat, grease under fingernails and knowing farmer has done all he can. The rest is up to God to orchestrate the weather so the seeds will grow and produce a harvest.

As my farmer goes about his busy day, he also keeps an eye on the horizon and the sky.  He is watchful of curls of smoke or a sudden flare of fire in field, ditch or pasture, or clouds building with promise of rain. He is trusting God for protection and provision.

These are not the lazy days of summer!

Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp. He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills. He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call. His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of a man; the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. Psalm 147:7-11