what’s been afoot this week on the Farm {Friday on the Farm}









And come Friday, after such a week, I’m very ready to curl up very quiet…

Shalom, she’s has been staying close all week, her and Kai dangling their heads and goofy smiles into frames, Levi and her bouncing grinning cameramen hard on trampolines.

When I’d finally just find a pillow in the evenings, she’d pat my cheek and lean into whisper, “You doing good, Mama. You doing so good.”

And come November, when the snow flakes are just beginning to fly here, the farm about ready to tuck in with me for a long, long winter nap, One Thousand Gifts: A DVD Study: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are will remind us of summer and oh, how we’ve been praying, all together as a family, all week, that God would use those 5 DVD study sessions to remind His children that oh, how He loves them.

For the last year, Zondervan had asked if we might consider a DVD small group study curriculum with participants guide, for folks to gather together around what it means to find Joy — right where you are. For the last year, we said no many times.

Yet…. Whenever we say no to the God of the universe — we say yes to the enemy of our souls.

We pray God can now use our weak but trusting yes?

And when I looked into that camera lens, I thought of when Trish told me of the morning her son Caleb went Home to the Lord, and I thought of the Herrle’s bent beside Lydia’s bed offering up their thanks — and I thought of you.

All of you that I have met in hallways and after microphones, my neck broken out in these nervous blotches, and your life broken and given so beautifully for Him in the midst of limping hopes and unwavering Faith. Thought of you whose notes I read in my inbox, of your God stories and your hearts fractured just a bit over the prodigals and the shattered vows and the wrenching turns in the road. Of you who slip words shyly into the corners of Facebook of your brave dare to fully live, to take all wild joy in Him.

It was your face I wanted to cup and just whisper it again:

“Only the Word is the answer to rightly reading the world, because The Word has nail-scarred hands that cup our face close, wipe away the tears running down, has eyes to look deep into our brimming ache, and whisper, “I know. I know.”

The passion on the page is a Person, and the lens I wear of the Word is not abstract idea but the eyes of the God-Man who came and knows the pain.”      (One Thousand Gifts)

I wanted to squeeze your hand tight and open His Word wide and walk together with you — right into His presence where there is always fullness of Joy.

So, after WORLD Magazine coming to the farm, and then the camera/DVD curriculum crew landing in from Zondervan  (the windows washed once for all  & the tramp-bouncing kids smitten with everyone!) — it’s good to just sit quiet with the cheeping and the feathers and the crinkled-nose freckled girl and prayers for you.

It’s good to be just one of the turkeys — just sitting still.

Still and knowing — He’s good — yes, He is so good.   



The DVD Curriculum to accompany One Thousand Gifts

A glimpse of WORLD Magazine coming to the Farm:

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