The Bible is full of gems from nature. Jesus describes God’s nurturing love as that of a hen gathering her chickens under her wings.
“How often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings…” Matthew 23:37
The Bible is full of gems from nature. In this scripture Jesus describes God’s nurturing love as that of a hen gathering her chickens under her wings.
It’s amazing to observe a clucky hen. For three weeks she will sit on the eggs with such dedication, awaiting for these to hatch. During that time, she will only get up for feed and toilet time. In other words, she is placing the needs of her future babies above her need. She looks like an enchanted bird, vulnerable to any predator, until one tries to remove her from the nest. Best to have protective gloves as she will attack you.
As these baby chickens hatches, she will continue to nurture, protect, take care of them. This she will do for several weeks. She will gather them under her feathers, keeping them warm and protecting them. I tried to lift our broody hen’s feathers to see the babies and she put up a fight.
Watching our broody hen, and pondering on this passage of Scripture, I can only say: How awesome it is to know that God cares for us, nurtures us, protects us.
“The Lord is my Shepherd,
I shall not want” Psalms 23:1
There’s something special about watching animals grazing. I find it soothing, therapeutic. My whole being relaxes and I find myself submerged in the peace they radiate.
It reminds me of Psalms 23, the Psalm about the Good Shepherd.
As I surrender my life into the loving hands of my Heavenly Father and Creator of all heaven and earth, I too can relax knowing that He provides my every needs. He cares about us, He loves us. Nothing is hidden from Him.
He is a good good Father. He is a good good Shepherd.
Everyday Inspiration, Day Six: The Space to Write
Idealistically I would love to have just one place where I get inspired and write. With me it just doesn’t work that way. Some ideas form over time.
My inspiration may start sitting in my favourite spot in our paddock. It’s where I like to speak with God, to contemplate God’s creation, to meditate and at times to write. A thought, an idea may be born right here.
Between the birth of a thought, it’s completion and publishing on my blog, there can be various days or weeks. It often looks so different than my original thought.
My favourite place to sit down and write is in a coffee shop. My husband sitting on the other side of the table sipping his cappuccino and reading a newspaper. I’m relaxed, nothing disturbing me except the occasional comments from my husband. There, my thoughts take form on my iPhone. It flows so easily.
Before I know it, it is ready to be proofread and finally published.
I would like to give my audience the opportunity to visit my contact page and to submit some suggestions for my future post. This would be greatly appreciated and helpful.
You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. – Desmond Tutu
It’s been a privilege to enjoy the company of my two sisters and their children. One of them lives abroad, therefore visits are few and far between. Although my other sister visits regularly, to have both over at the same time was a blessing.
It is amazing to see how we do things together. Somehow, all our ideas blend, whether in the kitchen, or whatever else we do. We may start off with a basic meal plan for the day, yet once it is set on the table we have a totally different menu, using the same ingredients. A much better menu.
Our vision for our homestead is to give respite, a time of rest and recharge for our family. This time round, it was meant to be about respite for my sisters, but towards the end of their stay, they took full charge of the house as I became ill. They were a blessing to me.
The above quote is so real. We don’t get to choose our family. We are God’s gift to each other. No matter what one of us is going through, we all feel it. There’s always someone who will step in at the right time for the need of the moment. I couldn’t be more thankful to God for a wonderful family.
Everyday Inspiration, Day Four: A Story in a Single Image
The thickness of this forest can confuse the mind.
At first instinct, the path to take is straight on.
Let your mind latch to the miriad of thoughts. “What if my first instinct is wrong?” “What if it isn’t as clear as it seems?” “What if I should take another path to reach my destination?”
I am now confused, unsure. “Why did I allow myself to listen to these thoughts? I am now clouded with doubts, unable to discern the way out.”
This photo depicts Life’s journey, in that we are faced with choices, if we listen to the first instinct choice that comes from deep within, not from the crowds of thoughts that bombard our mind, we are most likely going to take the right choice.
Traveling on this road called life, if we could only learn to take captive our thoughts, what a difference it would make. We are responsible to make the choice to refuse to entertain thought that would cloud our ability to make the right decision.
Thought based on II Corinthians 10:5 “bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”
The other day, while sitting near our top dam surrounded by our sheep and calves, I was overwhelmed with emotions. My eyes became tearful, I started singing Psalms 23 “The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want”. The words of that psalm felt so real.
I have this sensation that God knew the deepest desire, need, want of our inner being, one that we ourselves had no idea was there, and through His providence He orchestrated for it to happen.
We are blessed beyond measure. ”I shall not want”, this means ”I have no need”, “I lack nothing”. I would even say, ”I have in abundance”.
By abundance, I am not talking of material things. One can have all the material gains and still feel empty. I am referring to an inner state of abundance. I have no need, no wants, I feel my cup is overflowing.
A couple of months have passed since I started blogging. I am not a professional writer nor do I have great writing skills. What I do have is a new chapter in my life called homesteading and I want to write about it, share our experience with friends and family.
I want to, captivate my audience, arouse the reader’s curiosity to the point that they will want to read more.That takes effort, practice, inspiration and skill. How better to achieve that than to sign up to a course on blogging. Twenty blogs of every inspiration.
Standing in my favourite spot, I stand gazing, ready to capture the evening sunset. A slight turn of my head, my eyes fixate at the stunning view. A few brown cows grazing on the luscious hilltop. I forget what I came for. This view is truly worthy to be captured.
It’s amazing how easily our thoughts wander away, as if they had a will of their own. I would compare them to the weeds in my garden.
Weeds don’t wait for an invitation to invade a garden, they just do. It takes efforts to remove them, either by physically pulling them out or using weed killer.
A beautiful garden needs careful planning, work, effort and continuous maintenance on the part of the gardener. Seeds must be chosen with care.
I am a novice when it comes to gardening. However, it has become clear that there are many similarities between nature and how to live our life. No wonder Jesus spoke in parables; stories using examples from nature to convey a spiritual truth or lifestyle lesson.
Believe it or not, it takes constant planning, time and effort on our part to cultivate a beautiful mind. The Bible gives us an insight to what type of thought to plant. In Philippians 4:8 we are encouraged to meditate on: things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, anything that has any virtue and that is praiseworthy.
Today I will make every effort to “ Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable” in God’s sight. Psalms 19:14