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Be still before the Lord

and wait for him.  Ps. 37:7 CEB

 

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Patience has never been easy for me. At times I have infinite patience; and other times not so. Yesterday, Will took pictures of me for the eBook. Now I wait for a call or an email to see what next needs to be done to move the process along. First I post. Next I plan be still before the Lord.

 

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Trust in the LORD with all your heart

And lean not on your own understanding  Prov. 3:5 NKJV

He said it can’t be done. Not in those exact words. He was kind enough but formal in a business way. He understands process. The process has many steps…lots of hands and minds working it. But does he understand God can do ALL things?

Mentally I replied, “But there are only 1,530 words, 7,931 characters, 319 paragraphs, 452 lines and that includes the title, copyright and contents pages. Oh, yes, and 21 drawings. What could take so long? Just the eBook in one format is all I need published right now. We can take our time with the rest.”

The manuscript, 21 drawings, suggested cover art and author bio with photo were submitted as a Word document with .JPGs on Thursday.  In my timeline there are another 12 days of production to deliver an eBook in just one format: .epub, .mobi or .ipa by the deadline for the contest. Ah, but for the publishing staff there are only six working days plus two weekends and a holiday.

Hmmmmm…..Perspective.

I am leaving it in God’s hands. He is the One. His Will is paramount. Through the process I will do my part, the free will part. Then trusting Him, I let go. If I meet the deadline, it will be a testament not to my perseverance but to His Power, Grace and Sufficiency.

 

Two drawings not included because the dimensions are square instead of rectangular:

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Thanks be to God

BeautyWildflowers at mailboxPurple starburstsfor His indescribable gift!  2Cor. 9:15 NKJV

The earth is the Lord's

The earth is the Lord’s

Snowball blooms brightly

Snowball blooms brightly

Reflection

Reflection

A closer look at wildflower visitor

A closer look at wildflower visitor

First hosta bloom this year!

First hosta bloom this year!

White carnation and gladiola blooms grace tiny space

White carnation and gladiola blooms grace tiny space

Mock orange bloom

Mock orange bloom

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I forget about the things behind me

and reach out for the things ahead of me.  Phil. 3:13b CEB

 

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Past starts, sputters and screeching halts are of no consequence because the momentum and joy of writing, photographing drawings and preparing a “thin read” is propelling me forward.  Just as the insect gathers nectar my solar-plexus pulls me inward hungry to express the gifts so graciously bestowed.

Writing space full view

Strength and beauty

are in His sanctuary. Ps. 96:6b CEB

 

Writing space full view

 

A friend asked if there would  be a place for me to write in my cabin when I leave my part-time employment. Yes, I said. Once my laptop was returned and functional this space was created. The cabin-on-wheels, the land on which it sits, spaces for the horses and bovines and this corner exist by the grace of God.  It is His sanctuary just on loan to me.

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Jesus said, “I have come into the world

to exercise judgment so that those who don’t see can see and those who see will become blind.”  John 9:39 CEB

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Beauty blooms in the midst of weeds as in life

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ask, and it will be given

to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  Matt. 7:7-8 NKJV

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Abba, Father, I am asking, not for myself but for the animals: abundant green pastures, winter and summer shelter, no piles of limbs and broken trees brought down by storms, no ankle-deep mud, no barbwire.  Instead please provide pipe fencing which safely allows the horses and cattle to commune again, and bless me the pleasure of telling their story, Your story. I delight in all that You are and You have promised to give me the desires of my heart (Ps. 37:4). You said nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37). I believe.

Sonny finishes grain with down trees behind

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Those who make peace

sow the seeds of justice by their peaceful acts.  James 3:18 CEB

Closer Jackie straddling Sonny w_his face

Not only did the Great Dane Jackie pal with the baby bovine Holly, she also became friends with the Brahma Sonny. In addition to straddling the bull who was OK with her presence, she also climbed on top of him. A few years later all the critters took up residence in Tennessee.

Sid w_Jack eating 5_10Siddhartha, the wanderer, just showed up one day and made fast friends with Jack, the Palomino paint. Sid stayed on the Tennessee farm with the other canine rescues, two horses and three pet cattle.

You will show me the path of life

In Your presence is fullness of joy;

At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.  Ps. 16:11

Amid cedar branches with a few snowflakes a cardinal momentarily takes refuge

Amid cedar branches with a few snowflakes a cardinal momentarily takes refuge

In whose hand is the life of every living thing

And the breath of all mankind?  Job 11:10 NKJV

A closer look at wildflower visitor

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Marvelous are Your works

And that my soul knows very well.  Ps. 139:14 NKJV

Autumn mushrooms in duplicate

Each day I return to the large animals’ quarters  there is a new crop of mushrooms in varying shapes, sizes and colorful displays, having pushed their heads up through soil and pine needles beside fallen leaves.

…even Solomon in all his glory was not

arrayed like one of these.  Luke 12:27 NKJV

White carnation and gladiola blooms grace tiny space

These white carnations and gladiola blooms retrieved from the trash at work thrill me with their beauty—and the simple pleasure they elicit with every glance.

Be fruitful and multiply

and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on earth  Gen. 1:22 NKJV

Doe and twin fawns help themselves to crapapples

Doe takes note with twin fawns nearby

After eating crabapples off the ground twin fawns look my way

Fawn stops eating crabapples to lick self

Better a dry crust with peace and quiet

than a house full of feasting, with strife  Prov. 17:1 NIV

Wild rabbit sits and waits

It had sprinkled,

the grass was damp with

another spritz on the way.

Would a wild rabbit wait for me to retrieve the

camera from atop the refrigerator in the cabin?

The answer was indeed, yes!

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;

the whole earth is full of his glory  Is. 6:3 NOAB

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Thou dost show me the path of life

in thy presence there is fullness of joy… Ps 16:11 NOAB

In 1964 the children’s book Flat Stanley written by Jeff Brown was published. In the story a bulletin board hanging over Stanley Lambchop’s bed fell. It completely flattened Stanley which led to a series of books highlighting adventures that only a flat person could experience.

Three decades later Canadian third grade teacher Dale Hubert started the Flat Stanley project. His students created their own flat people who went on to have adventures of their own.

To my surprise and delight I hosted a flat person for several weeks. Flat Rylee arrived in West Tennessee in a manila envelope delivered by the US Postal Service.  Inside were instructions from my granddaughter’s first grade teacher and a letter from Rylee.

Flat Rylee sits on fouton in Grandmother’s cabin

Over the course of her visit Flat Rylee joined me at work, went to the feed store and library and helped with the farm chores.

Flat Rylee sat down in the hay stack with Sonny

 

Flat Rylee tipped into the Brahma Sonny’s fenced space and sat down in the hay stack with him.

When Sonny became curious about what Flat Rylee was doing there, she left to visit the horses.

Sonny notices Flat Rylee

From a tree she watched as Jack, the Palomino paint, and Bebe, a line-back filly, ate their breakfast.

Jack notices Flat Rylee while Bebe dines

Flat Rylee also visited the local library where she received a yellow kite and a pink flower. She joined librarians Kecia, Laura and Mary Anne in the children’s corner at the tea-table. There she met stuffed pals Love Bug, Angel Bear, Ms. Kitty, Giraffe and Llama Llama.

When it was time for Flat Rylee’s visit to end, she returned home with several 4X6 color prints and a brief description of our travels together.

Any time Flat Rylee cares to visit, she is most welcome.

Jesus came and stood among them and said…

“Peace be with you.” John 20:19 (NOAB)

Sonny close up at gate

Sonny peers over gate after trees removed

Recently Sonny brought down several two-inch diameter trees, 15 ft. tall or more. From the cabin the crunching of branches under hooves and backside scratching on hanging debris rang, “I’m looking for a way out!”

This morning with axe and loppers I loosed remnants from root and stump. Next they were thrown outside of Sonny’s space.

When finished I sighed. Now he can amble around clutter-free and peace filled me.

This God—his way is perfect

the promise of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.  Ps 18:30 (NOAB)

For three days I cut grass with a push mower and delivered the cuttings to my farm pals: Sonny, Holly, Buff, Jack and Bebe.

Hay is scarce. Following droughts in neighboring states farmers and ranchers learning of available supplies in West Tennessee traveled with their trailers and hauled full loads back to their animals.

Following breakfast grain Bebe diness on hay

The local farm supply held out serving locals until there was no more.  Last weekend I found someone who had older rolls of mixed grass. Two rolls were delivered the next day. While it lacks that fresh, sweet scent my group is accustomed to at least the cattle will eat it with a sprinkling of green. Except for the edges it is too rough to feed the horses.

Jack eats Bermuda with breakfast

Buff washes up while standing in the morning sun

Yesterday I connected with the person who delivered nine square bales of Bermuda a week ago, and he brought us 15 squares.

We have hay. We have fuel. We have grain and chow for all of us. Everyone is in relatively good health.  And we have a safe place to sleep and good tenants for neighbors.

Life is good on the farm thanks to God’s grace.