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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.

Car Show

Moving here has been a huge blessing for our son.

Some things are still difficult, but overall he’s a much happier young man.

(I asked him recently, “Do you still like living here?” He quickly responded, “Oh yes!”)

Making new friends and meeting new people can be challenging for him, but he’s learning.

Several of the adults at our church make a point to speak with Jase, but one older gentleman is a particular favorite.

He sits and listens to Jase and they talk about their individual interests.

When word reached us that the older man’s son had a major health issue, Jase spoke to him, told him he was praying for his son and checked back several times to make sure the older man was doing alright.

Recently, the older gentleman told Jase of a car show.

Jase really wanted to attend and my husband was making plans to take him.

Then the Lord reminded Handsome of a funeral for a coworker and it was the same time as the show.

He wouldn’t be able to take Jase.

Jase took it well, but was obviously disappointed.

So, Handsome called the older gentleman and asked if he’d left for the show yet.

“No, not yet, I’ll be leaving in about an hour. Am I going to see you there?”

My husband related the fact that he would miss it and asked if he would mind taking Jase.

“Well, sure! It’ll be nice to have someone to go with.”

They made a day of it.

They went to the Car Show, ate lunch at a restaurant, and then returned home.

Jase had several pictures on his phone, plus a bunch to tell me about it all.

Later, as I watched him mowing the lawn, I smiled.

God provided an older man to do something with Jase my father would have really enjoyed.

I’ve told our son about how my dad could see an old car and tell me the make, model, and year it was built.

Jase knows a great deal about my father, he loves hearing about Grandpa driving in the time trials or looking at the old black and white pictures Grandpa took or hearing the story of Grandpa driving the tank up on a transport when no one else could do it.

He even likes to hear stories about Grandpa’s favorite Nascar driver, Richard Petty.

I’m so thankful to God for His blessing our son with an older gentleman who cares about the things important to Jase.

He supplied something I didn’t even know was lacking.

Truly, God loves and cares for us far more than we understand or can possibly fathom.

1 John 4:15-19 NKJV — Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your love. Thank You for blessing our son with this trip to the Car Show. Lord, thank You for this older gentleman who has been such a blessing to our family. Please let us bless him in return. Lord, thank You that You alone are in control of all things. Thank You that You walk with us in truth and righteousness. Lord, there is always a danger in relationships, to open our hearts to others means we are vulnerable to being hurt, whether through sin or simply sorrow; for no human relationship is without the sorrow of loss. Yet, Your Word tells us we should love as You do, not counting the cost, not trying to protect ourselves from future pain, but loving unconditionally with understanding, forgiveness, and wisdom. Lord, please help us to walk in Your ways and to love as You do. Amen.