The first time I had contact with this foreign word (forgiveness) was about 20 years ago. We were brand new christians and our daughter Amber’s bus had rolled down the mountainside and Amber was helicoptered to the nearest hospital with head wounds. Continue Reading
God was just having fun with me.
Today’s story is going to be a little different than most, but I had such an exciting day yesterday, I had to share. Continue Reading
Once again we have come to a screeching halt and realized, wow this “getting away” thing is pretty darn good. What is it that keeps us from going here often? There is nothing on this earth more important than time away with God and my husband, but there are many things that would tell me that is not true…until we get here. Continue Reading
Along with the beautiful sunshine and budding trees there seems to be a calling for justice in the air. Some of you may not be in this swirl, but Mike and I seem to be in 3 different situations right now that are calling for truth and for someone to stand up and say they are not going away. Continue Reading
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I decided to study about love this week…and then I got the flu:( But here’s what I found out so far:
New Living Translation
18 ‘The LORD is slow to anger and filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion. But he does not excuse the guilty. He lays the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations.’
Deuteronomy 5: 10 But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.
Exodus 15:13 In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed.
Exodus 34:5 Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.
So, what we have here is a God who is filled with love, who lavishes unfailing love on us and on a thousand generations of those who love Him and His commands, abounding in love, maintaining love, forgiving to thousands of generations. That sounds like the best deal ever. All we have to do is obey His commands, and love Him. And we get all of that love back!
Hmm, what happened? Why did I not know of this love of God as a child and in my adult life? I read further and found that the Israelites didn’t want to go near God because they were afraid. So they sent Moses and so set the trend for not talking to God but through a priest. God said ok, I’ll give you a priest. Just put all of My word on your doorposts, on your gates, and even on your forehead, so you don’t forget. But I wonder what happens when we start only listening to what someone else says about God. When we don’t read it for ourselves. I wonder if it gets a little watered down, and we don’t even know about some parts. I don’t think my mom and dad ever read God’s word, although they were in church all the time when they grew up. I wonder what would have happened if they had read the word about how much God loved them? Maybe they would have taught me about it and I would have taught it to my kids.
Never too late to start. So I’m doing what I can now. I’m hoping to start the “thousand generations that will be loved by God”. I know that my mom and dad were very kingdom minded. They raised us to be kind, do not lie, definitely don’t kill anyone, don’t covet…you get the idea, but I had no idea that all came from God and that He loved me with abundant love.
Even though I began changing my life to line up with God’s word 20 years ago when I gave my life to Jesus, I never knew about His love.
But now I do. I can share it with everyone I know and I can receive it for myself and walk in it. So that everyone who meets me gets splashed with that. I love Kim Walker’s song “How He Loves”, on the album We Cry Out. (If you are reading this in an email and can’t see the video click here)
Wow, that’s the kind of love I want to carry around. There’s one part in the song where she says “If you’ve ever received His love you’d know it because you’d never be the same!” Isn’t that what we all want? To be so loved that we are never the same? I think you’re gonna have to watch this video and feel the love of God and never be the same.
Love you all this week. So thankful for my family, so thankful for the people of God, so thankful I know God. Today Mike is in charge of the marketplace prayer at Frank Consulting at noon. It’s been a rough week with his pain so I hope you’ll come and not only pray with him for the marketplace but also to love on Him and help to bring healing to his body.
Frosty Acres Cattle Farm
In an effort to bring more peace to our lives, Michael and I have decided to take one day a week for pleasure. We are going to visit the many beautiful places surrounding us and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation.
Our first adventure took us to Frosty-Acres All Natural Gourmet, Grass Fed Beef in Adin, California. Now, all of you vegetarians turn your heads as I tell you the reason for our visit. We decided to purchase 1/4 of a cow! Organic beef is now sitting in pretty packages in our home freezer and now we don’t have to go to the grocery store and take what is put on the shelves or pay extravagent prices for a small piece of meat.
The tricky part for me, is to understand that my beef actually comes from a cute little cow grazing out in the field. But I thought it was important not only from the organic side, but to know the people that raised our beef! I was delightfully surprised with the couple that met us as we pulled into the ranch. Andy and Helen Albaugh have a small ranch (4,000 acres together with their family) and were excited to tell us all about their family and home and even gave us a tour of the original homestead, which was purchased by his parents back in 1937.
It was a glorious day and I had so much fun tromping around the ranch and touring the original barn built back in the 1800′s. Andy shared wonderful stories of the way the barns were made back then, pointing out that there was no metal in the entire barn. We viewed the stalls where the horses got to rest from their workday, along with the harnesses, still hanging alongside of the stall. We walked to the center of the huge barn and saw how they drove the horses through with the hay and threw it up into the loft. Brought back a lot of good memories of my youth and crawling around in the hayloft with my sisters.
And talk about research! Andy was able to share with us the history of dairy cattle and why some people might even be allergic to today’s milk because of the gradual changes that have happened during breeding, trying to get higher production, which may have affected the milk! Who knew?
When I was growing up I would hike up the hill to visit my dad with his “girls” he called them. He had around a 100 head of milking cows, and he’d be down in the pit pushing the cows through and hooking them up to the milking equipment. We’d shout down to him and wave and of course his happy smile to see us and wave back was always a wonderful reward. Eventually he’d come up to check on the milk in the huge tank and dip out a pitcherful of milk to take down to mom. The thick cream would rise to the top and she’d use that for deserts and cooking or for our cereal! Growing up with milk around the table was a must and we happily drank glassfuls for each meal.
Not quite the same experience today. I don’t even like the taste of milk and I’ve been told I’m allergic! Now how could that be? Seems it’s possible they have been changing the cows on me?!
The Albaugh’s have just recently in the last few years gotten back to the ranch with their family and are learning new ways to sell their product to the public. Seems this is a pretty popular business right now, and they’re finding their niche but at times it’s difficult with all of the competition, especially if large corporations get in on the act.
All in all it was a glorious day of enjoying the sunshine, the company and the quiet of the beautiful outdoors. Ranger, our golden retriever was allowed to ride along and I think he was pretty impressed with the “farm life”. I hope you’ll visit their website and order your meat from them. Check out the amazing facts of buying grass fed vs grain fed. It even has Omega 3′s and less calories than grain fed. Who knew? If nothing else, take a day and go for a drive. You won’t regret it!
Hope to see some of you tomorrow at Frank Consulting to pray for the marketplace!