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Mixing in Thanks…

“The great painter boasted that he mixed all his colours with brains, and the great saint may be said to mix all his thoughts with thanks. All goods look better…

Children, Family, Farming, Freeze Frame, Mothering Prayer

Seed Bed

She’s laid bare, exposed and waiting. We, all of us, watch as he stands on her tilled edge, opening bags, preparing to fill soil’s barrenness. Something about the sound of…

Farming, Joy, TDJ

Hand Dwellers

Trust in the Lord and do good,dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. ~Ps. 37:3 This land marks our time. The glow of lights in the neighbor’s dairy barn:…

Christmas, Farming, Freeze Frame, Spiritual Disciplines

New Year Hope

It seems an unlikely, but strangely right, place to spend the final hours of Christmas. While the planet twinkles in the glow of trees circled with plates piled high in…

Farming, Freeze Frame, Worship

Hope at the Heart…

November blows bitter, trees naked and gray with cold. We straw the strawberries, pulling up warmth. We wrap the tender bark of the young fruit trees in a coat, insulation,…

Faith, Farming, Spiritual Disciplines

Keep Faith and Wait Quietly

Elisabeth Elliot on faithfully doing our work and waiting on God…. “Growth is always imperceptible. But the farmer exercises long patience in waiting for his crop. He has done his…

Faith, Family, Farming, Freeze Frame, Gratitude

Harvest Days

These are harvest days. Beans roll golden. Wagons fill. Children ride with uncles, Grandpa, Dad, and Mama brings meals. We are a family, grateful and blessed to be. I worked…

Farming, Freeze Frame, Listening, Spiritual Disciplines

Listening… and doing

I wake Sunday morning to grey growing on the horizon like dark waves rolling in from the sea. These fields of corn and beans, that lap up around old farmhouses…

Farming, Freeze Frame

Saturday at the Farm: Stay the Course

Lean into it, girl. That’s it. Turn her hard. She’ll build your muscles, this old girl still going strong. Steering takes focus. And strength to keep that wheel straight on…

Faith, Farming, Freeze Frame

Always

They say that on still summer nights in these parts, if you lay in bed just so, ear cocked and listening, you can hear the soybeans growing out in the…

Farming, Freeze Frame, Mothering Prayer

Led by GPS

Heading north down the field I had vision, that endless blue sky stretching out like a royal canopy under which we could ride to where earth meets the heavens. But…

Farming, Freeze Frame

Broken

Back to the fields today, cultivating while Darryl plants…notes scratched in the tall ditch grass Friday… We broke up the earth, tearing her asunder, steel ripping deep, and she wept…

Faith, Farming, Spiritual Disciplines, Worship

Sabbath Rest

We did not work in the fields yesterday, though the sun shone bright and the earth warmed, ready. We rested in Him. And let the seeds lie still. Sietze Buning’s…

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