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Another opportunity

to grow in patience.

I honestly couldn’t believe it.

How did the goat squeezed herself into the rabbit hutch?!

(Don’t worry, our bunny is safe. She was visiting our male rabbit, which is why the cage was empty.)

Over a week ago the goat learned she liked rabbit food.

Our granddaughter loves helping with the animals and since she’s only three we don’t make a big deal if she spills some food trying to feed the bunnies.

Unfortunately, one of the times I was taking the goat and sheep out to graze the goat was able to eat some of the grain spilled on the gravel and has been trying to get more.

She was very difficult to get out to the field this morning.

After about twenty minutes, I realized I couldn’t see her anymore.

After investigating, I knew she’d gone back to the barn.

When I got there, I stopped to take a picture.

This was definitely one of those “seeing is believing” moments

The rabbit feeders are only accessible from the inside so it never occurred to me I needed to worry about the goat getting inside the hutch.

And I facilitated this crazy moment by leaving the door open.

I can look back and realize the Lord had whispered to my heart to close the door.

How I wished I’d listened.

The goat didn’t want to leave the cage and I was more than slightly irritated when I got her out.

Rather than messing with her further, I put her back in her pen and took the sheep out to graze.

The goat will have to make due with the hay.

As I sit here watching the sheep graze, enjoying the soft breeze, and listening to the goat bleat, I’m reflecting.

First, that God uses all things and this is definitely an opportunity for me to stretch.

Second, that I can see my past in the behavior of this four hoofed beast, doing everything wrong in an effort to get what she thinks she needs.

And if I’d just listen to my Master, I’d have been well cared for without all the striving on my part.

Truly, God is patient and kind.

He teaches me to be joyful in everything, trusting that He is working through all things.

James 5:11 NKJV — Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your patience with me. Thank You for giving me opportunities to be patient as well. Lord, please teach me what Your plan is for today, that I might not follow my own ways. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for our goat and all the lessons I’m learning through having her. I love You, Lord. Amen.

(Our son just called me and asked, “How do I get the goat off the shelf in barn?” I might have more to share with you later!)

Perseverance

Sometimes, I need a lesson in perseverance.

Recently, God used one of our furniture projects to teach me more about persevering.

It started off really well.

I was excited at how quickly I was able to update this table.

The chairs were another story.

It seemed everything was troublesome.

The table sat waiting for me to get the chairs finished.

Unfortunately, while waiting it was blocking a portion of the garage.

So, things got placed on it when we were trying to access the storage beyond it.

Which eventually led to a large scratch across the top of the table.

The person who accidentally caused the mark was really upset with themselves.

I wasn’t too thrilled either, but upon hearing how it happened it was understandable.

We went out together to look it over.

God allowed that scratch to show me the polyurethane had gone bad.

It was peeling back off the table from both sides of the scratch, definitely not a good thing.

So, we hauled the table back to the shop for it to be sanded down again.

Afterwards, I repainted it with a “weathered” appearance, liking it better than before.

I was excited when I put the polyurethane on, until it began to dry.

The hated yellow of bleed-through began to show.

All the extra sanding had allowed the stained wood to seep through into the whitewashed top.

I can’t express how terrible it looked, and I didn’t take a picture.

“Well, the polyurethane will have to be sanded off again,” I stated through my disappointment.

Our son grimaced, since that is his job, and it would be the third time he’d have to sand the same project.

I didn’t blame him, I was frowning, and on the inside, I felt like crying.

“I need to walk away,” I stated as gently as possible to our son. “I’m really sorry this has been so tough.”

(I love how God uses our children in our lives.)

He shrugged it off and smiled at me.

“It’ll be okay, Mom”

I needed that and walked over to give him a hug.

Not only did he sand it off, but he also put the primer on, because Shellac is the only thing that deals with bleed-through and I can’t handle the odor.

We carried it back to the garage and I painted it with multiple coats of paint and then polyurethane from a brand new can.

I’d finished painting the chairs, but hadn’t been able to get the seats recovered.

Handsome, (my husband’s nickname) pulled all the staples, but I had to wait to get the fabric cut.

Jase and I tackled the project the next day and since we were recovering those two chairs, I figured we’d do a third for a different dining set.

I cut the fabric and got the chair seats recovered.

We walked these to the garage to place them on the chairs.

We both stared at the gray chairs with the new gray and white fabric.

It looked terrible.

Somehow, the shade on the fabric made the shade on the chair look old and dingy.

I grabbed the other seat we had done in a different fabric for another dining set and placed it on the chair.

“Yeah, Mom, that works.”

I smiled a little ruefully, since I knew switching the fabrics meant undoing all the work we’d just done.

But, it was for the best, because when looking for backing fabric, I found another upholstery fabric which looked better on than the gray and white on the second dining set.

And after some prayer, I realized why God allowed it all.

Four of our own dining room chairs needed to be recovered and the gray and white fabric looks great!

My heart is full of gratitude, for the Lord’s patient lessons, especially when I’m struggling with understanding.

In circumstances like these, when I don’t understand, is where my faith grows the most.

Praise God!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your patience. Thank You for this lesson in Persephone. Lord, I know there are people throughout history who have endured far greater trials and walked with perseverance. Thank You for them and their testimonies. Thank You for how You use the little things as well as the big ones in my life. Lord, as I step into today, I humbly request Your guidance. Lord, I’m struggling with fear and I know that’s not Your will for me. Thank You for all You are doing and for calming my anxiety. Thank You for teaching me to rest in You while being diligent, preserving through thick and thin. How I love You, Lord! Thank You for first loving me. Amen.

Finding unity in Marriage

Malachi 2:15 NKJV — But did He not make them one, Having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, And let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth.

Living as one is not easy.

Yet, the Word clearly tells us, God has standards for those who are married.

Genesis 2:24 NKJV — Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

It begins at the covenant, when they say “I do”.

This vow is before God and the couple are no longer to live as two separate people, but as one.

They are to live in unity.

Finding such is complicated, thus God gave us His Word to guide and direct us.

Ephesians 5:22-24 NKJV — Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Ephesians 5:25‭-‬31 KJV

This is heavy, but God’s Word is truth and we are to apply it.

And if one begins to doubt whether marriage was meant to be for life, Jesus made it clear.

Matthew 19:3 NKJV — The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?”

Matthew 19:6 NKJV — “So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Matthew 19:9 NKJV — “And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”

God sees a husband and wife as one and so should we.

No two people are exactly alike, nor are any two marriages, but God’s Word is applicable to all.

Not just these few verses, but many others as well which are our instruction on life and the keys to finding unity in marriage.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for creating marriage. Thank You for Your Word which guides and directs us. Lord, thank You for speaking so clearly and saying so much about marriage. Lord, for myself and my husband, I humbly request that You continue to teach us how to be one. Continue to strengthen our ability to understand both Your Word and one another. Lord, please help us to be thoughtful and prayerful, not rash nor easily offended. Thank You for Your forgiveness. Thank You for Your restoration. Thank You that You have patiently walked us forward each day, each year, teaching us, chastening us, loving us. Lord, thank You for my husband, my family, and the difficult things which brings us closer. Lord, for those who are suffering from deep hurt, wounds of the heart, loneliness due to loss, and struggles from discord, I humbly request You reach each one where they are and heal them. Lord, that You would reveal Your perspective. That You would guide and direct each one, bringing them to Yourself. Lord, Your Word says: Psalm 68:5 NKJV — A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation. Let it be understood, for You are our Salvation and our future. Thank You. Amen.

Difficult animals

This is our goat.

Because we haven’t gotten the cross fence up, we take her and our lamb out to graze three times a day, sometimes more.

A few weeks ago the goat broke her collar, but she had learned to follow us out to the pasture so we didn’t bother to replace it, thinking it best to wait till she was bigger and could get a permanent collar.

As I sat outside with the sheep and goat, I wasn’t here long when I heard our son calling me.

He was struggling to lead the goat back down.

Then he explained he found her trashing the barn in an effort to get into the grain.

I looked over to check on the sheep.

Yup, she was still doing what we came out here to do.

I had to carefully tie the goat, in such a way as to keep her safe, and sat very near her so to be sure she’d be okay.

Did she go back to eating?

No, she began by knocking over the other chair, then chewed the cord on that chair, chewed my gloves, stuck her nose in my hot cup of tea, tried to sit on my lap…

I took the top picture after I had gotten up to put some distance between us, as I was feeling a bit frustrated with her.

“Why can’t you just eat?! That’s why we are out here?” I asked her.

The Lord reminded me: she’s a goat.

Goat’s are very curious.

They are not content to just eat grass, but need a variety of vegetation.

Brush, dead leaves, black berry bushes, weeds,…

They will even strip the bark off trees.

They are noted for climbing and leaping.

They can be difficult to keep in a fence.

Yet, they are very useful animals; they eat troublesome weeds, produce milk, and can be a source of meat.

Ours is a milk goat and we look forward to having our own milk for making cheese and soap and just for drinking.

The Lord’s reminder to my heart brought me truth.

I have to keep in mind they are just animals and will respond to life in their unique way.

The chickens act like chickens; the sheep like sheep; the goat…like every goat I’ve ever had.

All of this points me back to my Good Shepherd.

I want to behave like a sheep.

Following my Master, filling myself with His Word, listening for His voice.

(Our lamb comes when I call her.)

Not going off by myself, or trying to fill up on things God hasn’t given me, or making a mess because I’m not where I’m supposed to be, ignoring the voice of my Master.

I want to obey and reside in the place the Lord has for me, rather than waste that trying to get something else.

For He has supplied my every need and given the best, most important gift of all.

Psalm 68:19 NKJV — Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation! Selah

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for this lesson. Please help me to be a follower of You. Show me my stubborn waywardness that I might repent and turn back to You. Lord Jesus, I want to walk in Your ways, resting in Your provision, waiting upon You for all things. Please continue to teach me daily. And Lord, help me to be wise with how we care for these animals You have given us. Thank You for the blessings they bring. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Birthday Party!

I can hardly believe it’s already been two years since the birth of our grandson.

Since we had plans (great grandma’s birthday party) for that day, we had a party yesterday.

He seemed to enjoy it and we did too.

Even though we’d been working all morning to set up, our first guests found us still trying to get things finished.

Wonderful people that they are, they jumped in and helped!

There were the usual things which come with trying to have a party.

The wading pool had to be dumped and refilled.

We had to find a lid for the pulled pork to keep the yellow jackets out of it.

The heat kept causing the balloons to burst at random, startling anyone nearby.

The bubble guns stopped working after floating in the pool for a while.

But the children played, splashed, ate, ran around, drank a lot of juice and water, squealed, laughed, and pretty much enjoyed themselves.

Upon retrospect, I again am impressed how God works in the little things.

Like the moment when I realized I failed to get a bag for our gift and the only wrapping paper we have is Christmas paper.

God, gave me an idea.

Use another bag to cover the printing on the large bag I had on hand.

(If you want to see that project it’s posted here: https://hopestreasurechest.wordpress.com/2022/08/15/another-craft-moment/)

It then became a “teachable moment” in the car this morning as I talked about how God is constantly giving me ways to supply my needs and sometimes my wants, especially when I least expect it.

I had just shared with our teens last week about using what God gives you, and then the Lord gave me another opportunity to walk in that.

Life is not about having, it’s about serving and relationship.

First and foremost, serving God and walking in a daily relationship with Him.

Then our relationship with others is a natural opportunity to live out the relationship you enjoy with Jesus.

1 John 1:7 NKJV — But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Whatever things God places in our lives, we need to be asking Him how He would have us use those and thankful for the opportunity.

Whether it’s a family party or a unseen moment of unexpected provision God supplies through our stewardship, it is both a pleasure and privilege to serve the Lord Jesus, for He first served us.

John 13:14 KJV — If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your service to us. Thank You for not only creating us, teaching us, healing us, You died to save us! Lord Jesus, thank You for reminding me of the privilege and joy of serving others. Thank You for the provision which You supply, often before I realize the need. Lord, thank You for helping me to be creative yesterday. Thank You for showing me that the important things are people, who have eternal souls. Lord, please continue to teach me how to wait upon You for direction and guidance. Please help me not to plan things myself, but rather to lean upon Your Word and look for the answers there first and always. Lord Jesus, I am waiting upon You for these things and I thank You that I need not fear, only patiently wait with hope. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Rejoicing over a little thing

Both Anne and Jase entered looking expectantly at me.

That expression which hovers between anticipation and “knowing something she doesn’t know” was all over them.

I looked up and raised my eyebrows.

“Yes?”

“Jase found something!” Anne’s voice was full of pleasure.

I looked at him.

“Here!” He reached out and placed a brand new egg in my hands.

All three of us cheered like our team won a State title!

I took a picture of it and texted my husband.

With the tag line: “Jesus heard you, yesterday.”

(For just last night, as he was helping me shut up the coop, he stated he was getting a bit weary of waiting for our chickens to start laying.)

My husband responded to my text with joyful comments and questions as to when and where it was discovered.

His last text read: “So funny I could be so happy about an egg!”

Which were my exact words to our oldest daughter, when I related the occasion over the phone.

Yet, why shouldn’t we be excited?

What’s wrong with rejoicing over the gift of our chickens and the egg?

Yes, it’s a little thing, but God gave us this little thing.

I think it’s right to thank Him for it, and be excited about it.

For if we wait to praise Him for only the big things will we ever?

Is it not in life’s little things, the day-to-day blessings, where we get a much clearer understanding of the goodness of God and His continual care?

Thus, I expect to praise God for eggs, chickens, veggies from the garden, rabbits, sheep, goats, sunsets, family, friends, flowers, good books, home cooked food, warm blankets, clothes, the beauty around us,…for all these good things are gifts from Him.

And His faithfulness and love are worth recognizing and rejoicing over.

Psalm 55:22 KJV — Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

He has definitely been sustaining us.

And I’m so thankful.

Praise the Lord!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for this gift of an egg. We are so blessed to be able to see the outcome of our toil in this tiny package. Lord, thank You for the joy we experienced, just in a small thing. Please help us never to grow callous to Your blessings nor forgetful of Your faithfulness. Lord, You sustain us daily, just the beating of our hearts and the breath in our lungs is testimony to Your gifts. Lord, please continue to show us how to rejoice over the small things. How to find peace through Your promises. How to rest in Your salvation and yet still be diligent servants, faithful in the tasks at hand. Lord, I praise Your holy name! Thank You! Amen.

One Rooster

Watching him strut around the run, drink water, and then attempt to crow, made me smile.

It wasn’t because he’s a handsome rooster.

It was because God used this fellow to remind me of God’s blessing.

Where we bought our chicks, we didn’t get to choose.

We called ahead and reserved 19 chicks, 10 Bared Rocks and nine Rhode Island Reds.

As the worker scooped one after another into our box, I prayed, asking the Lord for enough hens to supply our family with eggs.

One of the chicks died about three days after we got them, but that wasn’t too surprising.

They go through a lot of trauma being shipped to the store and then more being brought home.

As they grew, we watched for signs to tell us which were hens and which were roosters.

We had agreed, our small number of hens would benefit from a single rooster and the rest we would butcher.

Thus, as I watched our rooster this morning, my heart was reminded of the unexpected things God does.

Because the chances of getting a single rooster out of 18 chicks picked at random isn’t too good, but that’s what God gave us.

And I had been pausing to watch the chickens from a place of worry.

I’d been praying for something I couldn’t see a solution for, and that’s when God reminded me I don’t need to worry.

If He can supply us with something as unimportant as a single rooster, He can certainly supply me with the answers to the bigger things.

Because life is a journey, a walk with God, through which He works in us and in others.

Jesus said it best:

Matthew 10:29 NKJV — “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.

Matthew 10:31 NKJV — “Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Lord, please forgive me for allowing worry to creep into my thoughts and settle in my heart. Please help me to be restored to peace in the waiting, for I know You are directing our steps. Lord, I love You and I thank You for Your blessings, especially the reminder of Your goodness and ability. Lord, please help me to be thankful and completely patient. Please help me to be full of mercy and grace. Lord, I trust You with all things and I thank You in advance for how You are working it all for our good. I love You. Amen.

Outside

Yes, we are doing homeschool outside, today.

Probably won’t be the entire day, as yesterday it got too hot in the afternoon.

Why are we homeschooling outside in our field under a tree?

Frankly, the animals need to graze.

Our dairy goat arrived on Saturday!

(That’s a future blog post!)

The pen which both the lamb and yearling doe stay in doesn’t have enough grass to keep them and we haven’t built the hay feeder.

Handsome was the one who thought of walking the animals down to the field and enjoying the shade while letting them graze.

Jase hauled our picnic table all the way down here, by himself, yesterday, and today we are out here again.

Although it’s a beautiful view, yesterday we found our outdoor classroom rather frustrating.

Our new goat found such enjoyment out of getting in and out of the chairs.

She chewed Jase’s pencil, which is a mechanical one.

She nearly got stuck underneath the table…

Yet, all her antics were a reminder.

While she was causing us issues our lamb was grazing.

If we needed her, I’d call and she’d come running.

The Bible talks about the separation of the sheep and the goats.

Matthew 25:32-33 KJV — And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

As a follower of Christ, I want to be a sheep, not a goat.

I want to be about what God has for me, not getting my head stuck in a place I was never meant to be.

I want to feed on the provision of the Lord, not climbing into areas which were never designed for me.

While we enjoy our outdoor classroom, I’m blessed God is teaching me far more than I had expected.

Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
Matthew 25:34‭-‬36 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for opening my understanding of these verses. Lord, thank You for making it obvious that Your will for me is to serve as You call me to, to obey Your commands, and walk in humility, surrendering myself completely. Lord, please continue to help me be aware of those who are in need around me and show me how You want me to help. Lord, I don’t want to try to do anything in my own strength, please guide me in all things. Help me to hear Your voice and trust You continually. Thank You for Your patient endurance with this slow learner. Thank You for Your incredible love and mercy. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

“Adventure” before 7am

We’ve been finding evidence of a critter digging it’s way under neath the chicken run, nearly every morning.

After several failed attempts to deter it, my husband bought a live trap.

Because our son had actually seen a young skunk in the neighbor’s yard, not far from their chickens, my husband wrapped the trap in a tarp to keep from getting sprayed once the animal was caught.

Yesterday morning, when I came up to do the chickens, there was food sitting outside of the trap, but the trap had not been sprung.

I thought that was odd, the food had obviously been eaten on.

When my husband came out, I told him about the food.

He was surprised to see that something got the food out of the trap, but had not sprung it.

Last night, he reset the trap in such a way that the animal was sure to be caught.

So when I came out to do the chickens, I didn’t go near their pen, because the trap had been sprung.

Instead, I sent my husband a message and went about the other chores.

I prayed for him as he headed towards the trap.

Requesting that he would not be sprayed, as he had to go to work this morning.

God answered.

My husband was able to load the live trap and animal into the back of his pickup without incident.

He would take it and release it far away in the woods before heading to work.

When I do chores, I normally let our lamb out of her pen as she wanders about grazing while I take care of the other animals.

This morning was no different, she had followed me to the facet as I filled up the rabbit waterer.

My husband needed to leave immediately to have time to release the skunk.

The lamb and I were nearby as he jumped in the truck with his lunch box.

I realized that my lamb was awfully close to the truck and although she’s normally very frightened of vehicles, I wanted to get her out of the way, it would be very hard for my husband to see her.

I was encumbered by the rabbit waterer and only had one free hand, but assumed the minute he started the truck she would want to come toward me.

I forgot I was dealing with a sheep.

Although, I had put my hand out and called several times, she literally ran towards the back of the truck, under the bed, near the tire.

He was aware that she had been in the area and had seen my efforts, so he did not put it in reverse.

Instead, he got to watch as I tried desperately to get my lamb to come away from the truck.

She did not want to, despite the fact that it was running.

I tried leading her as I normally do, with one hand under her chin, but she fought me and kept trying to turn back towards the truck.

Are exhaust fumes that appealing?!

I knew that he was in a hurry, so I stopped trying to guide her and grabbed a front four leg.

By pulling on her four leg gently, I began to get her away from the truck.

She found this extremely frustrating and began leaping in the air in an attempt to break my hold.

She’s not heavy enough, even with her leaping over and over to break my grip.

I was able to get her away from the truck, to a safe distance, so my husband could drive away.

After getting her there, I didn’t let go, I couldn’t trust her.

She might turn and run back toward the truck, thus I stood, holding on to her leg waiting for my husband to back up and then head down the driveway.

I was very frustrated with her and I could tell she was not impressed with me either.

He did back up the truck, but then he stopped and stuck his head out the window.

About this juncture, I told my lamb that I was simply trying to keep her safe despite her dumb behavior.

Yes, I called my sheep dumb.

My husband called back to me, “You just made my day!”

And laughed!

Putting the truck in drive, he headed out, still laughing.

I had to laugh too.

I let go of my sheep, patted her, and tried to console her from what she thought was extremely poor treatment.

I returned to the chores and thanked the Lord for His blessings this morning, especially catching the skunk and protecting our chickens.

I pictured how funny my lamb and I must have looked as I dragged her away from her impending danger and suddenly realized God is incredibly patient.

How many times have I reacted the exact same way to something that the Lord said?

Then He changed the circumstances, making it far harder for me to return, all the while I act foolishly, and being greatly offended that He would treat me in such a way.

And all He was doing was keeping me from danger.

I praise God for His Sovereignty and the chastisement He has given when I needed it the most.

I am so thankful to the Lord for His faithful care and tireless instruction.

Isaiah 53:6 KJV — All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

I worship Almighty God for His incredible sacrifice, for nothing compares to His salvation through Jesus Christ.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the “adventure” this morning, both with our lamb and with the skunk. Lord, I know You created all and I thank You for reminding me of Your Word this morning as I reflected upon the behavior of our sheep. Thank You for Your incredible amount of patience, Your mercy, and Your grace. Thank You that You died to save us. Please help each of us to be focused upon You and Your Word, that we would follow You with willingness, rather than be curious and seek to draw closer to the dangers You call us away from. Lord, thank You for all Your love! You are amazing! Amen.

By the way,

My lamb forgave me and came over to nuzzle my knee.

And the skunk has a new home.

God can use…

…my mistakes.

Monday, our rabbit hutches finally arrived, but since I’d spent most of the morning getting my allergy shots, I hadn’t planned on putting them together until later.

Plans changed at noon, when I went outside to feed my lamb her bottle, there was a commotion at the old hutch.

As soon as I could, I went over to the barn to see what was going on.

Our male rabbit was chasing our female in circles all around the pen.

She was making the worst noises I’ve heard and was obviously stressed.

I grabbed out our male and tried to figure out a good place to keep him till we could get the hutches put together.

First, we tried the lamb’s outdoor pen, but he scooted through a hole.

Thankfully, Jase was standing right there and got him.

Jase suggested the lamb’s other pen which is under cover.

It was perfect.

Jase lugged the boxes, each containing a hutch, to the barn.

Praising God that my husband had taught our son so much about tools, because he knew where everything was, I suggested we build both at the same time, we’d each work on one.

As we worked, I kept noticing our female rabbit.

The old hutch has a completely wire bottom and in an effort to keep the bunnies from getting sores on their feet, we have grass hay down.

They get fresh hay twice a day and she had plenty, but she kept digging at it.

Although, we’ve never raised rabbits, I have read up on them since receiving these and began to feel concerned.

We’ve been fairly certain the female was pregnant and I remembered reading about a female making a nest near delivery.

I was worried she was attempting to make a nest.

The wire cage would require a box for her to have the kits in.

We didn’t have any wooden boxes and had the male rabbit in the lamb pen.

Letting my fear get the better of me, I sent Jase to the workshop to get a box.

Praying as I worked, the Lord reminded me He was in charge.

Didn’t He send the hutches in time?

Yes.

Then, He would handle the box and I needed to simply focus on the task at hand.

When Jase returned, he was carrying a large cardboard box.

“Mom, this is the only box we have that she could fit in.”

I shook my head.

“Nevermind, sweetheart. I’m sorry I sent you on a wild goose chase. Let’s just finish these hutches.”

He went back to work on his and I had moved mine inside on a piece of plywood to attach the run to the rabbit house.

I put it on upside down and realized it, then thanked the Lord for the mistake.

I was thankful, because I always make a mistake when putting things together and thought how fortunate to have messed up on something so easy to fix.

Jase came over to help me get the ramp on, but it wasn’t touching the ground.

Weird…

But I passed it off, added a small piece of wood to make the ramp stable and finished up the hutch.

I put a full waterer on the side and broke the new feeder trying to get it on.

Jase found a dish to use instead of the feeder and I went to get our male bunny.

It didn’t take long for me to realize something was wrong with the hutch.

Although, I’d placed a piece of 2×4 under the ramp it was ridiculously steep, and there was a gap between the roof and the top of the run.

Jase got a longer 2×4 and covered the gap.

I knew this wasn’t just poor design, something was off.

I prayed about it, asking the Lord for wisdom and then I realized the problem.

This piece was upsidedown.

I was less than happy, because that was step three or four and I really didn’t want to take it all apart and start over.

Jase was less than thrilled as well, so I told him to head to the house and take a break.

I didn’t want to have our male back in the pen with the female, so the first step would be to finish the other hutch.

Once that was completed, I placed our male in it so I could begin to take apart and fix my mistake.

As I began to take the run off the rabbit house, I prayed.

“Lord, please help me figure this out. I don’t want to have to take it all apart, but I’m willing.”

The Lord answered.

He showed me that I could remove the side without taking the house completely apart.

Before I had expected, I was putting it all back together!

My mind turned to the female rabbit.

“Lord, I need a box, please help me to know what to do.”

I finished the run and was looking at the hutch when it hit me.

The house part of this was the exact size and shape she needed.

“Thank You, Jesus!”

He had supplied all my needs.

After putting hay in both the run and the house, I placed our female inside.

I could tell she was much happier in the new hutch.

Last night, I checked on both bunnies before bed and discovered a nest.

Our female is all set to have kits in the next day or two.

As I headed back to the house to tell my husband, my heart was filled with thanksgiving to God.

If the Lord had not allowed me to make the mistake about the hutch side, I’m nearly certain I wouldn’t have been so keen on moving both rabbits to the new hutches as the female doesn’t like to be handled.

God knew I needed a set of circumstances to help me fully understand what the priorities were; not just getting the bunnies separated, but giving the female a safe place to have her babies.

It’s another example of God’s Word.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 NKJV

He really can use all things, even my mistakes.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your patience with me. Lord, too often I get sidetracked on what I think is the priority or need rather than consulting You. I run ahead of Your direction then feel lost in where to go next. Lord, please help me to walk beside You, diligent in listening to Your voice, patient with the season I’m in, being guided by Your truth. Lord Jesus, please help me to walk with understanding and discernment throughout this day, looking to Your Word for my all. Lord Jesus, I thank You so much for bringing me exactly what I needed when I needed it and helping me to remain calm, trusting You despite my mistakes. Lord Jesus, for those who have yet to know You and thus no idea how to trust You, I humbly ask You reach them with Your truth and salvation. Lord, for those who have put their trust in You, I request that they walk in faith, without doubting or fear, but in the understanding of Your perfect peace and love. Thank You that we can come before You for direction in all things. Thank You for Your love and blessings. May Your name be glorified this day. Amen.