Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
I share this with you as a parable of our lives. How often do we encounter trials and tribulations called hills? How often do we spin out of control as we fail to lean on our mighty God and put our trust in Him, depending on our own strength and wisdom? We try to put the pieces back together and realize we are bruised and bloody and have been going in the wrong direction as we have left God out. How the Father waits for us to turn to Him and how He nourishs us and heals us. We may have battle scars, but may they serve as reminders of God's grace and mercy to us.
The vile creature was found trying to scale the house following the sound of baby swallows. The Ram whacked him with the hoe and deciding that wasn't enough, I proceeded to remove the head. A lamb will be presenting this offering to a special someone this evening.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
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Here are the prizes for this month's giveaway:
- First prize: $200 gift certificate for Monergism Books and a Five Solas t-shirt.
- Second prize: $75 gift certificate for Monergism Books and a Five Solas t-shirt.
- Third Prize: $35 gift certificate for Monergism Books and a Five Solas t-shirt.
As always, even if you don't like the prize, you could pass it along to your friendly blogger!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
- "How Many Times I Can Make You Jump When I Switch You In The Face With My Tail"
- "Let's See If I Can Rub On You Hard Enough To Knock You Down"
- "Let's See How Many Times I Can Go Potty"
- "Let's See If I Can Position My 800 Pound Body So You Will Be Kneeling, Squatting, or Sitting In The Results Of The Previous Game."
- Mind you, all these games are played simultaneouly with "Let's See How Many Times I Can Move Around and Make You Move That Bucket, Especially When You Just Get Comfortable."
I am not the only one reluctant to go back into the barn after the serpent sighting. Yes, milking would be easier in the stantion, but so far, I have not been able to push, pull, shove or bribe her back in there. At least rain isn't forecasted this week!
One of our favorite children's book illustrators is Steven Kellog. Apparantly, Belle has read some of his stuff. She has only kicked me twice. Once was in the pen when we first met. She was pretty upset at the time as she had been chased by dog, old man and 4-wheeler for close to an hour. Now here I was following her around the pen until she stood still and started rubbing on her. I probably would have kicked me too! The second time was last week when we were walking together to the milking station. I really think it was an accident and she was actually jumping for joy as Clorinda does:
Saturday, May 17, 2008
sampling some fresh herbs in the yard soapmaking, this one is oatmeal and honey
artisan bread baking
Monday, May 12, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Running a farm is very hard work.
At the end of each day Farmer Barcak is covered from head to toes in hay, cow hair, seeds, sprouts, feathers, milk, filth, mud, muck and tea stains.
She doesn't smell very good either.
Lamb: What is that smell?
Ewe: What does it smell like?
Lamb: Cow and cow stuff.
Ewe: Oh, that's just me. (after milking the stubborn cow who did not want to come into the nice cozy barn to be milked but instead would rather be out in the rain, mud, muck, and well, cow stuff.)
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Jonathan Edwards descriptions of humility when he wrote to Mrs. Peperell on November 28, 1751, concerning Christ:
- He is indeed possessed of infinite majesty, to inspire us with reverence an adoration; yet that majesty need not terrify us, for we behold it blended with humility, meekness, and sweet condescension. We may feel the most profound reverence and self-abasement, and yet our hearts be drawn forth sweetly and powerfully into an intimacy the most free, confidential, and delightful. The dread, so naturally inspired by his greatness, is dispelled by the contemplation of his gentleness and humility; while the familiarity, which might otherwise arise from this view of the loveliness of his character merely, is ever prevented by the consciousness of his infinite majesty and glory; and the sight of all his perfections united fills us with sweet surprise and humble confidence, with reverential love and delightful adoration. (Works, Vol. 1 (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth), p. cxxxix)
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
2 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
dash of cinnamon
1 1/4 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2-3 Tbsp melted butter
Mix. Bake 350 for 8 minutes. I placed chocolate chips onto the pancake batter once in the pan
It takes pancake breakfast from about 1 hour for everyone to have their pancakes ( cooked in singles on stovetop) to 10 minutes. Brilliant!
Why do godly friends exhort each other and ask tough questions about your struggles with sin? Because they care and they don’t want you to be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Sin is deceitful, and many times we fail to see our sin accurately. For example, I recently confessed to that I had been struggling with worry (our house down in Texas still has not sold). My friend was able to show me that I was failing to trust God, and I was being self-sufficient. This exhortation helped me to see my sin as it truly was. Godly friends help each other see their sin accurately by asking tough questions. Are you a godly friend? Do you ask your friends about their struggles with sin? Do you exhort them towards godliness? On the flip side, do you invite your friends to ask you the awkward questions? Be a godly friend and ask the tough questions. The questions aren’t one-sided. You should be inviting your friends to ask these same questions of you. Here are some examples:
Have you been consistently pursuing the Lord through scripture reading and prayer?
I want to see my friends are faithfully pursuing the Lord. If there is a deficiency in reading scripture and prayer, there will be a deficiency in their relationship with the Lord.
Have you diligently pursued your wife/husband this week?
This questions applies to married folks only. Our relationship with our spouse is our second most important relationship after the Lord. If I’m not diligently investing in my relationship with my spouse, there’s a problem.
Have you seen any persistent patterns of sin in your life recently?
Sin usually isn’t an isolated event. The same sin usually occurs multiple times in different contexts. It’s crucial that we help each other identify patterns of sin.
Last week you confessed struggling with [insert sin]. Have you taken steps to fight it this week?
It’s not enough to just confess sin. We want to help each other actively fight against the sin that we confess.
When you gave into [insert sin], what were you believing about God in that moment? What were you believing about yourself?
Sin is the result of believing lies about God and about ourselves. We sin in worry because we believe that God isn’t taking care of us. We sin in lust because we believe that it will satisfy us more than God. We sin in anger because we feel that our “rights” have been violated. Sin is the result of believing lies.
What is the truth that you need to believe in this situation?
We fight against the lies of sin by believing scriptural truth. We must help each other see how scripture applies to every area of our lives.
When you had the conflict with [insert person], what were you craving at that moment?
Scripture tells that conflict is the result of cravings. James 4:1-2 says, “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel.” Cravings underlie conflict.
Hopefully these questions get you going in the right direction. Let there be awkward questions!