Yes, the LORD has done amazing things for us!

What joy! Ps. 126:3 NLT

Moved in but not yet moved out, that is our joy! All 10 cats, three dogs and moi are moved into the new cabin. Two armoires, other treasured pieces remain in the old cabin along with lots of “stuff”.

Letting go of much of that stuff lies ahead which means lots of work but once it is done, then we will be able to make ready the old cabin for a new occupant. It took more than a year to move into the new with all the essentials: lights, plumbing, HVAC.

Then there was the dilapidated mobile that sat at the edge of my driveway. Thinking it would find a new home soon I didn’t mind having it moved 100 feet out of the way. Finally, after 14 months it was gone. Just like that, one rainy Saturday someone came along and wanted it! In a week it was headed south.

I have started reading again, lots of nonfiction books. Not yet writing but that will come. Since the New Year we have had an onslaught of precipitation, saturating the ground and making it muddy miserable for not just my livestock but for neighbors’ animals too. Hay for purchase is scarce to nonexistent with it too wet for farmers to cut and bale. Looks like we might get a week of warm weather and hopefully squares will soon be available.

Spending multiple weekends repairing fence and moving the horses, including this weekend, now Jack and Bebe are back up on the hill with some dry patches of earth. They are happier and so am I. Holly is toughing it out. Now and then she speaks to me in grunts (her version of mooing) and tells me where to place her grain or to refresh her water.

Already mentioned the next project is getting rid of the clutter. You know the stuff you can’t take with you and do not want to schlep.

Life is good, peace…

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In my distress I prayed

to the Lord and the Lord answered me and set me free.  Ps. 118:5 NLT

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Around midnight on a recent road trip I became fixated on the enigmatic face observed by ancients down through the ages. While the mythology of the man in the moon persists, it struck me on this evening that the image seemed more feminine. Her expression, the terrain of her countenance, was more exquisite than a piece chisled by Auguste Rodin. 
Preoccupied she did not seem to notice me–watching her. I imagined a recent childbirth and wanted to ask her, “Are you smiling with contentment or grimacing with a tear on your translucent face?”
Excerpt from Whippoorwill Calls Prose & Poetry Edition

A man’s heart plans his way

But the Lord directs his steps. Prov. 16.9 NKJV

Prior to a mandatory four-day annual conference, my plan was to have the new cabin plumbed, wired with heat and air so we, my pets and I, could move in. That was my heart’s plan.

By conference time our custom tiny home had water so the cats were moved. This allowed a caretaker to easily come and feed them. The dogs were kenneled. A new light pole with an amber light was installed.

However, to take the next step, provide underground wiring to the tiny house, a 1977 mobile home must go to its new owner who has put $100 down. The unsightly mobile is sitting in my front yard blocking a clear path from the light pole to the cabin. The person hired to haul it 12 miles has a backlog.

Today I looked for a drop-leaf table and chairs for a small space adjacent to the kitchen and electric heater, as well as a new tiny recliner for my writing desk. The two piece desk will be situated in the living room. My former, well warn chair is going in the dogs’ room.  Buying time, I am, and waiting to be directed as to the next steps, the Lord has for me.


Commit your works to the Lord

And your thoughts will be established. Prov. 16:3 NKJV

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Peace, He said.

But where?

It is a matter of faith. Reconnect.

So I do.

Whisper his name.

Jesus. I close my eyes and find peace, always present …

 

 

 

 

 

…a still small voice

 

Field after clearingJust this August a small portion of my land was cleared for my horses, Jack and Bebe, and pet cow Holly, pictured below in front of brush before the clearing.

The prediction is for warm, dry weather this fall ideal for fencing. We have had an unusually wet summer. In fact many hay growers have lost crop to army worms so there may be a scarcity of good quality hay this winter.Before w_Holly

While a desire to return to the Northwest is still strong, all doors have opened wide to improve my property here in Tennessee and commit to managing low income housing for  24 seniors where I have worked since January. So, I walk through open doors and follow the still small voice.

Then He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake, and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. 1 Kings 19:11-12 NKJV

 

Why are you cast down, O my soul?

And why are you disquieted within me? PS. 43:5a NKJV

A coup attempt and repression in Turkey, mass murder in France on Bastille Day, men in blue assassinated in Dallas, Texas, individual men and women of African-American descent killed or shot by individual officers for what? White privilege acknowledge by some; unacknowledged by most. Two candidates who are despised by many clamor to lead this nation. A nation and a world caught in a spiral of discontent.

I cry out to the LORD, help us please. Fill us with the peace You have promised.

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If I look to Your creation, beauty shouts: “I AM here, Gabrielle, in the zebra, the gazelle, the lion, the sunset, the sunrise, waterfalls and the sea. I AM everywhere around you. Open your heart and be still long enough to hear Me. I have not left you. I AM searchable with each breath. Know Me. Trust Me. I AM with you always.”

 

You shall love your neighbor as yourself

Seeking to be clever and trip Jesus, the lawyer asked him, “Teacher which is the great commandment in the Law?” Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love you neighbor as yourself.'” Matt. 22:36-39

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Another time Jesus was asked, “Who is my neighbor?” In reply, Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan who stopped to help an injured man on the side of the road, administering to him and taking him to a nearby inn and paying for his lodging while he recuperated. Prior to the Samaritan stopping two others had crossed over to the opposite side of the road, not wanting to become involved.

Presented with opportunities to become involved and administer to another who is in pain, sometimes I have stopped, listened and provided comfort and more. Other times I have behaved more like the two who chose not to provide comfort and sustain life.

My country, which I love, is at a critical juncture. If ever there was a time to become involved, commit to a dialog, listen and be open to change as part of the process of loving our neighbors as ourselves, it is now. And while this is a Christian precept, The Golden Rule, treat others as you want to be treated, is part of most faith traditions.

All of us…not just a few must be a part of the solution. Each death, takes aim at the heart of our national soul.