Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Family Time

Tomorrow we're heading back down south to Louisiana to visit family.  I love my Louisiana family!!  They are such awesome people.  We see them about this time every year, and have for the past four years.  We use Mardi Gras as an excuse.  Yes, we go to the parades and we catch beads!!  (And just in case you're wondering, NO, we don't go into New Orleans for Mardi Gras.  We stay out in the little towns and watch parades where no skin is involved in getting beads!)

We have crawfish boils and eat red beans and rice.  



We devour Cajun beef jerky and boudin that we buy HERE at the Bourgeois Meat Market.  











We eat fried catfish and potato salad.  




We take Plantation Tours - (we're going HERE to Destrehan Plantation) . 


Isn't that GORGEOUS!!!

But honestly it's not about the beads and parades, or about the food (well maybe a little bit about the food!)  It's about family!!!  It's about hugging my Aunt's neck.


It's about hanging out with the coolest cousins EVER!  These are SOME of my cousins last year at Nottaway Plantation!!


It's about listening to stories from years ago.  New stories.  Stories I've heard a thousand times but never get tired of listening to.  It's about spending time with my parents and my sisters.  Making memories.

Please keep us in your prayers as we head to Louisiana this weekend.  We'll be driving down there tomorrow and driving back on Monday.  Please pray for safe travels and for safety while we're gone.  And pray that God will give me opportunities to share Jesus!!

I'll have pictures next week! 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Power of Prayer

I have seen a lot of posts about a "word" for 2016.  Last year my word for 2015 was "MORE" as in MORE OF JESUS.  And you can click HERE to read about that.  

This year my word is PRAYER.  Let me tell you what the Bible says about prayer.

James 5:13-18 says this:  "Is any among you afflicted? let him PRAY. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them PRAY over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the PRAYER of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and PRAY one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent PRAYER of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he PRAYED earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he PRAYED again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit."



II Chronicles 7:14  "If my people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and PRAY, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

I Thessalonians 5:16-18
"Rejoice always; PRAY without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."

Luke 17:6  And the Lord said, "If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this mulberry tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you."



Matthew 17:20  "If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."

I could go on and on quoting verses that tell us to PRAY all the time, and about EVERYTHING.

Do you see why PRAYER is my word for 2016?  Can you grasp the POWER that Jesus has given us through PRAYER?

The Bible tells us that the same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in us.  Romans 8:11 "But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you."

When Jesus was on this earth, He was fully God, and fully man.  And through Him we have that same access to God that He had through prayer.

I don't know about you, but I have mountains in my life that need to be MOVED.  I have people that I love who need a closer walk with Jesus.  I have people that I love who are hurting and need a touch from God. People who are confused and need God's guidance.  And we live in a country that desperately needs healing in our land.  The hand of God is moved by the PRAYER OF THE RIGHTEOUS.

With God's help, we can change the world for His glory.  This is my PRAYER for 2016.



Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Living the California Life

This morning my cell phone rang at work.  It was my beautiful daughter Alex and she NEVER calls me at work.  I could tell something was wrong as soon as I heard her voice.  She had experienced her first EARTHQUAKE.  She said it woke her up, shaking the bed for four or five seconds.  

M 4.5 Earthquake
4km NNW of Banning, California
An earthquake with magnitude 4.5 occurred near Banning, CA at 14:42:34.80 UTC on Jan 6, 2016 ...
17 mins ago – U.S. Geological Survey
 
 I know earthquakes are the "norm" to folks from California . . . but to a mama from Missouri 1,800 miles away from her baby girl it's not normal at all!!!

I reassured her (and myself) and reminded her that earthquakes are commonplace for California, but I know she was pretty upset.  And I was upset too.
 
So if you could say a few extra prayers for her today I'd sure appreciate it!!!
 
 


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Monday, December 28, 2015

DriButts

Today I'm sharing a link to the wonderful blog THE LETTERED COTTAGE!  If you don't "follow" sweet Layla you should.  She is a beautiful young woman who loves the Lord and she and her husband, Kevin, are in the final stretch of adopting a sweet baby boy from Haiti.  

Today on her blog she posted about DRIBUTTS.  DriButts provides reusable diapers to babies in Haiti who DON'T HAVE DIAPERS.  That's right.  There are mamas in Haiti who don't have diapers.  Babies who have never worn a diaper.  

This is unimaginable to me.  And I don't have to describe to you how this affects the UN-CLEANLINESS of the house these babies live in.  No wonder so many babies die from disease. 

So this morning I logged on and donated $30 which will provide TWO DIAPERS for a baby in Haiti.  These diapers are washable and reusable and will last about two years if properly cared for.  And part of what DriButts does is educate these mamas (and daddys) about the importance of keeping their babies clean and how to use and clean the diapers.

Please search your heart as you read this and see if the Lord will lead you to make a donation to this incredibly worthwhile project.  You don't have to travel to Haiti to make a difference in Haiti.   Go to Layla's blog, or visit the DriButts website to read about how YOU can make a difference in the lives of families in Haiti!!

WWW.DRIBUTTS.COM

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Wonderful Trip - Part Two

Well I wish I could give you some suitable excuse for taking nearly TWO MONTHS to post on this blog o' mine.  But I don't have one.  Can I just say "I've been really busy" and we'll forgive and forget.  I mean we're friends, right??

Part Two of my California trip was equally as wonderful as Part One.  I flew from San Diego to Oakland on Wednesday to spend a few days with my amazing cousin who lives in Lafayette, just outside of Oakland.  She and her mother (her mother is my dad's first cousin) picked me up at the airport and away we went!!!

If you've never visited California you should know that "Northern" California and "Southern" California are completely different.  Different in terrain, different in the "vibe" of the people, different in climate.  It's hard to image you are even in the same state.  

We took a drive through the Sonoma Wine Country and had lunch at the Korbel  Winery.  One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.  I've never been to Italy, but I can imagine it looks something like this . . . 


We drove to Ocean Beach near the Presidio.  Words cannot describe how completely gorgeous this area is. 



The Golden Gate Bridge is just AMAZING.  If you've never been to Northern California you simply MUST GO.  It is breathtakingly beautiful.



I had a wonderful visit with my cousin.  She was the best hostess in the world.  We ate, we laughed, we ate some more, we watched her son play high school football, we did a lot of sightseeing and spent time with her family.  We ate at the Cliff House overlooking the ocean and it was just one of the most amazing days of my life.  I'm HOPING she is coming to Missouri for a visit this spring!!

Since I've been back it just seems like the days have flown by.  And our beautiful daughter, Alex, has been back for a visit and already gone home.  She was here for a week just after the first of December.  Plane tickets are SOOOOOOO EXPENSIVE at Christmas time, they decided that the two of them wouldn't come home for Christmas but that she would come for a week while our son-in-law had a training mission in Southern California (freedom isn't free). We are so thankful for her visit and look forward to seeing her again sometime in February!  We are counting the weeks!!!

It was WONDERFUL having her home, but the week just went by way too fast.  I still can't believe she was here and it's been nearly two weeks since I took her back to the airport.  We talk nearly every single day, and we text EVERY day.   I miss her.

I have all my Christmas shopping done, and tonight I will try to get the wrapping completed.  I'm gonna be honest and share that I didn't put up a Christmas tree this year.  Alex coming home early threw me for a loop and got me off schedule!!  But I feel absolutely NO GUILT.  Christmas is not about the tree.  Christmas is about Jesus.  A baby born a King.  A Savior King.  

My prayer is that God will bless each and every one of you.  I don't know what you're facing.  I don't know your past.  I don't know what is heavy on your heart.  But I know the One who can meet every need.  Put your trust in Him.  No matter what the circumstance, Jesus is the answer.  I pray for everyone who reads this blog, that Jesus will meet your every need and strengthen you and encourage you!!

Merry, Merry Christmas to you and your family.  I am really praying about what God has in mind for Down On The Farm blog in 2016.  I want everything I do to bring glory and honor to Him.  

I'll leave you with one of my favorite Christmas songs, "The Night Before Christmas" by Brandon Heath.  So click on the video and remember that first Night Before Christmas over 2,000 years ago!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!