Thursday, April 25, 2019

Faith

My cousin asked me to send her a paragraph on "faith."  
Below is my response:


According to Romans 12:3, I believe each Christian is given “the measure of faith” by God when we become a follower of Jesus.  Everyone living for Christ has faith because God gave it to us.  Now what we do what that faith is up to us.  We can spend our lives barely hanging on, or we can build our faith.  Romans 10:17 says “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”  So the more time we spend in the Word, the stronger our faith becomes!  Wow!!!

 I have had so many times in my life where my faith was all I had.  When my mom was diagnosed with cancer, I had faith that God was going to heal her.  I knew it in my heart.  God did heal her, but it was at the moment He took her to heaven, I never saw her healing with my physical eyes.  So was my faith in vain?  NO!!  God never promised us that this life would be easy. In fact, Jesus Himself said in John 16:33 “in this world YOU WILL HAVE TROUBLE!!  But be of good cheer, I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.”   Our faith that God is with us no matter what our enemy the devil brings against us is what enables us to persevere.  

Faith is what keeps us from giving up in the midst of trials, sorrow, sickness.  Faith is saying “God, Your will be done.”  If I did not know that God loved me, and that no matter what I have to endure on this earth, I will spend eternity with Him, I could not go on.  Life is hard and unfair and the day to day absolutely wears me down.  But thank God He is making all things new and one day none of the things I have stressed about will matter.  The cares will be erased from my memory and I will only see Him.  Faith brings peace.  

Resting in Jesus and in His love for me.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Check Out My Daughter's Blog!!

You remember my beautiful daughter, Alex!  She played volleyball in high school and got married and graduated from college in the blink of an eye and now she lives 0 minutes from me!  She has her teaching certificate and is applying for teaching jobs in our hometown.  To say I am proud of her would be a
HUGE UNDERSTATEMENT!!


Alex has her own blog and it's called "Blissfully Alex!"  She is a great cook and decorator and posts pictures of her husband and her three dogs and recipes and home decor and the day-to-day life of a young married couple.  So please take a few minutes and check out her blog!  You'll be so glad you did!!


 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

SCATTER


One of my beautiful friends saw my post on my "Word" for 2019 -- SCATTER.  And look what she had made for me??




I have the best friends!!  They are SUCH a blessing to me!!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

My "Word" for 2019 is . . . . .

It has become popular for people to pick a word that represents a goal or a desire for the coming year.  But before I tell you my word for 2019, let me go back and remind you of my "words" from prior years.
 

My "Word" for 2015 was MORE.  I wanted MORE of Jesus.  You can read that post HERE.  Little did I know when I wrote that post that in 2015 my children would get married 49 days apart and our daughter would move 1,800 miles away to the state of California.  I truly needed MORE of Jesus as our daughter moving away was very hard on me.  Don't get me wrong, I was so happy for her.  But I MISSED HER!!  Our family is very close and we're used to spending a lot of time together.  That can't happen when one of the family lives so far away.  So I went to visit her two months after she got married and we talked on the phone every single day and I trusted Jesus that He could take care of her and He did.  They are now back home in Missouri safe and sound and live about 10 minutes away from me. Thank you Jesus for giving me MORE.

My "Word" for 2016 was PRAYER.  Specifically the power of prayer. You can read that post HERE.
Again, I could not have known how desperately I would need the power of prayer when I wrote that post.  My beautiful mother was diagnosed with colon cancer on July 29, 2016 and I needed more prayers than I had ever needed before.  There aren't words to describe how much I appreciated all the prayers that were lifted for my mother, and for me.  And while our prayers were not answered the way we wanted, I KNOW that I KNOW that I KNOW that my mother is healed and whole today, walking the streets of heaven and praising Jesus.  Her faith has truly become sight.  I can only imagine what she has seen and I look forward to the day when she meets me at those heavenly gates beside my Savior. What a day that will be.  Thank you Jesus for the power of PRAYER.



Based on the last two "Words" I chose you might be thinking "be careful what word you use!"  And I would say that's very true.  But how could I have known how important those two words would be in my life?  In January of both 2017 and 2018 I didn't pick a word.  I was consumed and overwhelmed with my mom's illness and taking care of her.  But I feel like for 2019 it's time for me to choose another word.

My "Word" for 2019 is SCATTER.  

My husband and I were watching television the other night and they were interviewing a famous man and he said something that has really stuck with me:

"You will be remembered, not for what you gather,
but for what you SCATTER."

The evening of my mom's visitation this past July over 400 people stood in line to pay their respects and to speak to me and my sisters and my dad.  They all shared a common theme of what a wonderful person she was, and what a difference she had made in their lives.  They talked about what a strong faith she had and how she had shared Jesus with them in life changing ways.  My mom SCATTERED her faith throughout her entire life and people remembered it and it changed them.  My mom made a difference because she SCATTERED the love of Jesus everywhere she went.

So for 2019 and beyond I want to be intentional about doing that same thing . . . . scattering the love of Jesus.  Asking people if they know Him, and sharing my faith with them boldly.  The loss of my mother has reminded me that this life is only temporary.  Only what we do for Jesus matters.  And above all else I want my life to have mattered for the kingdom of God.  I want to scatter blessings and generosity and encouragement and faith and hope and love.  People are desperate for something real, and Jesus is as real as it gets.

2019 IS MY YEAR TO SCATTER JESUS!!!




Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Giving Tuesday - Three Angels Haiti

If you're looking for a place to donate for "Giving Tuesday" may I suggest Three Angels Haiti?

Three Angels

Three Angels is a Christian orphanage and school and they're trying to raise money to give Christmas dinners to 300 families. 

I have never gone hungry for even one meal in my life.  I can't imagine the struggles these families face.

PLEASE join me in making a donation to Three Angels Haiti.

For $25 you can provide an entire Christmas meal for a family (a chicken, beans and rice, garlic, bouillon, oil, tomato sauce and spices). 

So click HERE to go to their website and donate.

What are you waiting for??

Not everyone can adopt, but everyone can support a student or an orphan or a family in Haiti.

And while you're at it, check out their website and consider sponsoring an orphan for just $49 a month or sponsoring a student for just $25 a month.  I have sponsored an orphan for several years, and the little girl I sponsored was just adopted by her forever family.  How exciting!!!!  I have continued my monthly donation of $49 and am now sponsoring a different child.

The need is great.  But a small amount per month from you and me can literally change the life of a child in Haiti.

James 1:27 - "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress."

So click on the link above, get out your credit card and GIVE!

 

Monday, November 19, 2018

My Grandson

My grandson arrived EARLY in the morning on Thursday, November 8th.  He and his mama and daddy are doing WONDERFULLY and we, his grandparents, are smitten for sure.

Yes, I can tell already, I'm going to be "that" grandma.  He is absolutely perfect and we are so blessed and so thankful for him.


This is a sneak peak of a newborn photo our son and daughter in law had taken last week.  

He is absolutely the cutest thing I've ever seen.  When I held him for the first time my heart just overflowed with love and happiness imagining all the wonderful memories we will make with him as he grows.

I was very blessed to have two absolutely wonderful Godly grandmothers.  They were both different, and I did different things when I was with them, but my memories of them absolutely bring a smile to my face and warm my heart. I intend to do all I can to make certain my grandchildren have those same wonderful grandma memories that I have.  I'm already thinking of things we can do together!!!

Thank you all for praying.  Our daughter in law had 30 hours of labor and then a c-section, but both are doing great.

Everything I ever heard about how wonderful it is to be a grandma . . . . . every word is true.

Grandchildren are a blessing.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

November

My mother passed away 16 weeks and one day ago and my heart literally aches for her. I miss her with a weight of grief that only those who have experienced true loss know and understand. I KNOW that my mother is in heaven, rejoicing with the angels around the throne, praising the Savior. My mother was a faithful follower of Jesus all the days of her life and I know her reward is great. That brings me great comfort. My feet are bound to the same straight and narrow path my mom's were so that one day I can be reunited with her and meet my Jesus face to face. Oh what a day. Until then, I “press on.” When people ask how I’m doing I smile and say “I’m doing OK.” But some days I’m not OK. Some days I just want to go out to her grave and bawl my eyes out. I want her back. I would never have let her go if God had asked my permission, but He didn’t, and I trust Him. Life goes on and I try hard to focus on the going forward because I believe that is part of that pressing on that the Lord requires of all of us. We know that all of us are born to die, and death is a part of life. 

 But oh it is a painful part. 

There are good parts of life and I’m about to experience the best of life, or so those who have done this before me say . . . I’m going to be a grandma in just a few hours!! Our wonderful daughter in law is just past 40 weeks pregnant and will be induced tonight, so by this time tomorrow morning our first grandchild (a precious baby boy named after my husband) will be here and your prayers for an uneventful, perfectly normal delivery and a healthy baby boy will be greatly appreciated. The thought of that sweet little baby fills my heart with true joy. I like to believe that my little grandson is at this very moment sitting on my mother’s lap in heaven, and she is telling him all about the wonderful family he is about to join. Holding him will be bittersweet for me as I desperately wanted her to be here as I become a grandma.  My mom wanted so desperately to get to see him, and when I hold him for the first time my heart will be full, believing that he has been with my mom since I have. And if that’s not how heaven works then I’m OK with it. But it makes me smile thinking of my mom holding her great-grandson in heaven before I hold him on this earth. Maybe that’s why he’s taking his own sweet time arriving . . . great-grandma’s lap is a wonderful place to be.

My mom's headstone has been delivered to the monument company, and should be engraved this week or next, and set by the end of this month.  We are anxious to get that done.  It looks so bare and empty out there.  I think maybe once the stone is set it will feel more real?  I don't know.  Because there are days the thought of my mom being gone doesn't feel real at all.  Like it must all be a dream.

Speaking of dreams, I dreamed about my mom last week for the first time.  It was a wonderful dream . . . for just a few seconds she was here with me and it was wonderful.

I've fallen off the exercise and healthy eating wagon HARD.  I went on vacation last month . . . . a trip to Florida that got cut short by the hurricane and it took me awhile to get refocused.  But I'm back to exercising and trying to make better food choices.  One day at a time.

Thanks so much for sticking with me here at Down On The Farm.  And thank you for praying for my daughter-in-law, Megan, and my grandson, Ira Paul.  Blessings to you all!! 

Stay tuned for lots of pictures of a very cute baby boy!!!

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