First Love

Revelation 2:4 & 5
“I have somewhat against thee, because thou has left thy first love.
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works…”
Our first love is being with Jesus. Having Jesus as our Life; our Instructor; our peace and contentment. Yet, now?
What is most on our minds…what dominates our thoughts… directs our decisions…causes us to act the way we do, or say the things we say?

The Lord showed me His Light as I read this morning; about the Kings in Israel and Judah. It was a repetitive cycle that they lived. They would have a king who tried to obey the Lord and their whole country would be blessed and protected. Yet then the next would desire other things and turn away from the Lord. Then everyone would follow and suffer.
And that is the same for us. if we would turn our hearts and minds on pleasing and knowing Jesus; rather than allow ourselves to be caught up ‘in the cares of this world’ ‘the deceitfulness of riches’ or the ‘love of self’ – He would bless and direct our steps. He will also provide all we have need of – and even some things we desire. Ye we must again be dedicated to knowing and serving Him.
We must desire to serve Him – in fullness, devoid of selfish mo-tives, devoid of self-interest, devoid of ourselves – before we can experience the Fullness of His Power and Presence and enjoy the confidence of our Shepherd’s watchful guidance and care.

“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen…”
We must remember the true spiritual fellowship we have expe-rienced with our Lord Jesus. Remember our true walk in Christ, here in this physical world.
And…see that we have fallen from this place of peace and trust.

“Remember,” Jesus says, “From whence thou art fallen, and repent.”
We must confess this as truth. We are fallen from truly wor-shipping and honoring Him. And we must turn from our way – we must;
“repent, and do the first works or the first way that Jesus showed us so long ago.

We must go back to our first Love – Jesus Himself.
We must again focus our hearts, thoughts, desires and our works, our doings on Jesus and His Will.
He will lead and direct our every step – if our hearts desire – true, selfless desire – is to know, honor, and please Him.

“For them that honour Me, I will honour, and they that despie Me shall be lightly esteemed (or recognized).”
1st Samuel 2:30

(taken from reading; not my work)
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Summer evening – and pictures…finally!

Finally, a few evenings ago, the Lord Jesus blessed me to be able to get 
good pictures of each of our newbies. 🙂
Its hard to get them all to stand still, but….Daddy was running the
lawn mower (something completely new to them!)
so they stood still as statues waiting for the ‘monster’ to go away. 🙂
Thelma Lou

Ida Claire

Clara Belle

Suzanna Lea

Phoebe Anne

Lily Rose

Marshall Dixon
We’re very proud of our little newcommers, and thankful to the Lord for them too!
It’s been very strange though, learning to love them.
It’s so different when goats are born on the farm – they’re just yours, and you love 
everything about them.
But buying them from another place and fitting them in…
they have to sort of ‘earn a place’
and registration papers aren’t enough to do that! 🙂
Mama was down at the barn that evening too…
putting in a new light for our floodlight that had blown. 
Its nice to have light at the barn without having to carry a flashlight.
That was a fun evening, us all together at the barn…
its not usual that happens! 🙂

Work

The second addition….stage sheetrock finishing.

Carra after a long day.

Seam. Taped, mudded, and sanded.

A fresh seam. Taped, mudded, sanded, mudded.

Sander.

Me doing some mudding.

I’m so scared of heights.
Carra helped Daddy with the ceiling screw marks.

Mama re-taping up our plastic shield (set up to protect our friends’ home
while we work in addition).
Tiresome, hard work.
But still….strangely….I’ve begun to look forward to going everyday,
enjoying the days we spend there,
and enjoying the good nights of rest that work allows! 🙂
Thank the Lord Jesus for this time we have to work together
as a family.
What have you all been working on so far this summer?
May you all be blessed in Him!

Daddy’s Day

Happy Daddy’s Day to the most wonderful Daddy in the whole world! 🙂
We spent yesterday afternoon/evening celebrating our special Daddy.
He means so much to us all.
And to me he means so much in a special way.
He is the one man in my life I look up to, love, respect and trust.
He has taught me so much through these years –
even when he didn’t know he was teaching! – 
and his love has over-done the love of most Dads for their children.
He has taught us through love the truths of the Lord,
and has been a minister of Jesus in guiding Carra and I into the 
fullness of the Life of Christ.
I love Daddy and pray that yesterday was a true
expression of that love from us all!

Here he is after we had all eaten, uncovering his first present. 🙂

I think he liked the last one best. 🙂 
He loves gardening I think more than anything else he does,
so the gifts we got him were mostly 
garden-oriented. 
Happy Daddy’s Day, Daddy,
and….
WE LOVE YOU!!!

“I am the Vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.”
Luke 15:5

Arguing



“Oh that I knew where I might find Him! that I might come even to His seat!

I would order my cause before Him, and fill my mouth with arguments.”
Job 23:3-4

How often the human heart is wont to argue with the Lord,
as the experience of Job here testifies.
Job here speaks the heart of many, many a believer throughout
the ages.
We are so willing to – and do so often – argue with the Lord.
We come before His seat and order our cause.
We tell Him all the things we have done for Him.
All the faith we’ve had.
All the suffering we have endured.
All the lessons we have learned.
All the people we have helped in His Name.
All the charity we’ve shown.
All the help we have given to the poor.
All the rejection we have suffered.
All the loneliness.
All the isolation.
All the lack of friends and family.
And we argue with Him.

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taken the wise in their own craftiness.
And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.”
I Corinthians 3:19-20

But what availeth all our arguing?
We are using our own logic, our own wisdom, our own sense of right and wrong,
to accuse the Lord.
To find grounds for our rebellious dissatisfaction in the
place, situation, or circumstances the Lord Jesus has put us in.
We cause ourselves a great deal of pain.
Sorrow.
Frustration.
And worse than this,
we cause ourselves to be held back in the plan that He has for us
we postpone things by our unwillingness to
move forward
with Him.

How foolish are our arguments.
How foolish is our human reasoning.
“Let no man decieve himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.”
“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”
I Corinthians 3:18 I Corinthians 10:12


Wednesday Morning.

“And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.”
Luke 1:47

I had a rather different sort of experience Wednesday morning. 
All 4 of my wisdom teeth are coming in as usual,
but as it turns out my mouth is too small to hold them all. 🙂
I’ve been knowing they needed pulled, but last week
one of them got to be very sensitive. 
So…the appointment was set for Wednesday for the tooth to be pulled.
I was actually very nervous.
I had dental work done before, but no actual pulling.
The Lord Jesus is good to His servants though.
He is our Strength – even through these things which seem so simple – 
and He is our Provision when our flesh is too small to deal
with even the simple demands of everyday life.
He blessed us with a wonderful dentist here, and his very
helpful and wonderful staff.
They were all very considerate and helped me to calm down.
Carra went in with me – which was such a comfort!
Thank you again, K! I love you!
The pulling actually wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.
The recovery has been worse than I expected.
I didn’t consider the pain that would come after the 
numbing went away, and it didn’t even cross my mind about the side-effects
of pain medicines….
So…I’ve been quiet – again – around here this week.
First of all Monday and Tuesday were spent preparing for Wednesday.
(That means cleaning, cleaning, cleaning,
cooking, working in the garden, even bathing our five dogs!)
Wednesday was the surgery,
and Thursday and Friday so far have been recovery days.
This is actually the first time I’ve felt well enough to sit up 
and get on my computer.
(And having only been here about 1/2 an hour I’m very dizzy and 
ready to lie down again….)
Lordwilling, I’ll soon be back to life though – 
and back to blogging too! 
I have a lot to share!:)
The Lord Jesus bless you all!

Short Update

I’ve been rather silent on this blog for the past week or so. 
Things have been quite busy, and in many ways difficult, here on the farm.
But the Lord Jesus knows our every need – whether physical, or within ourselves – 
and He in our Supply.
I praise Him for being always here within me.
Even when I cannnot sense His Presence.
I can still grasp this truth, that He will never leave me nor forsake me.
And, as the song says, 
‘Comfort I get from God’s Own Word’.

Summer is in full swing here.
Things are a deep green here in our little patch of Goshen.
Other places are browning and dry from lack of rain.

Flowers are few and far between in nature now.
There’s still a few here and there.
But the flowers we’ve cultivated and grown are blooming prettily.
Both the Tiger and the Cana Lilies are in full bloom now.

The Lord also sent a wonderful rain last night, which will help the garden
and flowers along much more than our meager watering can.
I will have to post more later on the farm and our gardens.
Right now, its getting late in the morning and I need to be getting on
to other things.
Before I go I wanted to add another picture of our new little family member.
Who now has a name…so far. 🙂
Mama feels it doesn’t quite fit her, but she’s already answering to it.
Lady Louann. 
What do ya’ll think about it?
The Lord Jesus bless you all!