Monday, February 13, 2017

A Sunday Thought~Be Grateful for What You Are

A Sunday Thought~Be Grateful for What You Are

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation
for all abundance. ~Elkart T

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
James 1:17-19

Ever found yourself saying statements like these:

I wish I had her skinny shape. I wish I had her job. I wish I had her life. I wish I could afford her closet. I wish my house was decorated and more updated. O man, it could go on and on. Right?

Researchers say it is part of our American mind set to desire to have more, go further, be happier, and look better than our parents, and especially than our friends and neighbors. While I think that a little friendly rivalry can spur our exercise efforts if we have a workout partner, having a whole lot of envy of others can send us into a backwards spiral.

I believe that one of the best antidotes for statements of comparison is gratitude for what God has given us and for what we are. This past week, I have been really trying to focus on the good qualities God has given to me. I even wrote a list of the qualities God has given me. It was really good for me to focus on that list because when we appreciate our own abilities and the gifts God has given to us, contentment and peace will settle our hearts. The above verse, taken from James, tells us that every good gift comes from above and we should never forget. 

My plan is to move my pride aside and focus on the love God has shown to me.

So, whenever I start feeling insignificant or "less than," I will be writing a list of blessings and gifts God has given to me. When I write these lists those dark clouds of regret will begin to clear and I then will see the light of who I am and what God has graciously given to me. 

On days (which has actually been a lot lately) when I feel insignificant, I think about the person I am today and the special relationship I have with Christ. It brings the sun out, so I can see the reflection of a lady who is unique and certain of her personal worth because she is loved by God and complete in Christ.

My prayer:
Lord, you are an amazingly loving and giving God. Thank you for your goodness and your love. Thank you for your changing love!

Going Miles on Sunday Thoughts!! 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Calving Season Survival Tips

Calving Season Survival Tips

Calving Survival Tips....Be Prepared. Have a good Attitude. Check Your
Supplies. Buy Snacks. 

We’re entering two of my favorite times of year right now; basketball playoffs and calving season. The goal of a basketball team is to make a deep run in the playoffs and the goal of a rancher is to save as many calves as possible. One of the key components for success in both fields is preparation. They both represent the endpoint of a lot of time, energy, rewards and resources.

Calving is the most important time of our ranch life. Not only do calves represent life, they represent generations of bloodlines, untold hours of caring for their mothers, the mothers before them, and on and on........ 

We are a cow/calf operation - the herd of cows is maintained year-round to produce a new crop of calves every year. The bulls are put in with the cows at a deliberate time in the summer so that the calves will arrive during a pre-determined two-month period in the "spring".
In honor of the heart, spirit, and weeks without sleep that comes with calving, I decided to share some of our Calving Season Survival Tips. We have had nine months to think about this. Right? My Cowboy and I sat down last night and came up with these suggestions.
Be Prepared. 
Be prepared to assist in a birth and for the weather. We have family meetings about calving. We discuss where to put the heavies (cows that have not had their babies yet), we discuss where we are going to put the pairs (cows with calves on the ground), we discuss what pastures we are going to use,we discuss the weather outlook and we discuss the unknowns. It is always good to think about what to do and when to do it. As an example, if we know a storm is coming, or negative degree weather, we will move the heavies close to the house and in a protected area. We want to be able to access them as easy as possible and bring their calves in if they are getting chilled. We also usually feed the pairs in an area close to a tree row (which serves as a wind break). Therefore, the cows should bed down for the night close to the trees where they can be protected better.

"I do a lot more praying during calving." ~My Cowboy

Have a Good Attitude.
It is really easy to run down. It requires long days and long hours to ensure the herd health of our cattle but we have learned that just keeping a good attitude about our lives helps keep our heads above water.  If we keep our head above the water we get to see the sun.
During calving season we operate under the sovereignty of Murphy's First Law: "Whatever can go wrong - will". So we prepare for it all. ~My Cowboy

The "Key" of information.
Calving records, pasture records, bull
records, calendar and notes can
be found in this calving book,
Check your Supplies. 
We call it the Calving Toolbox. This box contains everything that we might need to help a cow and her calf. Things that this box contains include: Ear tags, Markers,Taggers (Make sure you have a spare), a calving book (for records), Milk tuber, Colostrum, Syringes, Scour Pills, Bolus Gun, Plastic Gloves (OB Gloves), Disinfectant, a bucket, Milk Replacer, Calf Bottle, Electrolytes,  Warming Box(or maybe just the passenger side of your pick-up clean out), calf puller and chains, spotlight, and flashlights. I know that I am probably missing somethings but you get the idea. 
This radio is one thing that can be found in our Calving Toolbox.
It has the weather channel and a charger.

Shopping List- Snacks, Snacks and More Snacks! I always try to have a pile of good, healthy snacks because during calving you never know when you might not get to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner. We also prepare a lot of homemade jerky!

Don't forget your Spouse, Kids, Family and Friends. When we are busy and stressed, we tend to forget about the special people in our lives. If we make it a priority to keep in touch with those that we love, or take time to share a laugh, or take time to send a text, or take time to make a phone call, then it will brighten our days and  ease the stress of calving. 

"Go on a date to chase away the calving blues!"~ My Cowboy

Happy Tuesday, friends! I want to hear from you. Do you have any calving advice? Are you calving yet?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A Sunday Thought~Pleasing Everyone is Impossible

A Sunday Thought~Pleasing Everyone is Impossible

Instead of criticizing, lets encourage each other. 

There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
Psalms 4:6

Have you ever heard the ancient fable story by Aesop about his son and donkey?

Well let me tell you,

One fine morning, a father and his son were on their way to market leading their donkey, which would carry their purchases home.
On the way, they met one of their neighbors, who said, "How silly of you both to walk when you have such a fine donkey."
So the father set his son on the donkey, and they continued toward the market, still talking and and enjoying the morning.
As they came to a bend in the road, they met another , who said to the son, "How rude you are to ride while your old father must walk."
So the child slid down from the donkey's back, the father climbed on, and they continued toward town.
As they topped a little hill, they were met by yet another neighbor, who scowled at the father and said, "What a selfish father you are to make this dear child walk while you, a grown man, ride.
So the father pulled his son in from of him on the donkey's back. Of course, it wasn't long  until they met a fourth neighbor. 
"How cruel you are," he said. "To make this poor donkey carry the two of you."
So they both slid off the donkey, and the strong father promptly picked up the animal and put it across his shoulders.
As they walked along, still talking and still enjoying the day, they met yet another neighbor, who doubled over in laughter. "That is the most stupid things I've ever seen! Donkeys are to be ridden, not carried!

What did you think as you read this fable?

We all have opinions? Right or Wrong, we have opinions.

There is a fine line between what is right and what is custom; between what is wrong and what is only different, and between what is a wise action and what is a pitiful attempt to please those around us.

As I seek God's direction today my prayer is this:
Lord, I admit I want the approval of those around me. I listen to their voices and accept their standards even though I know your ways will bring peace rather than chaos, joy rather than regret. Help me to accept your guidance first and then accept all of your strength to follow it. 

Happy Monday, Friends!!
Do you have a favorite fable? Share it please.