Thursday, April 12, 2012

Today's blessings were people

Bruce tossed and turned and prayed last night.  He was worried. He desperately needed help.  We had rented a little bobcat for today to dig a trench for the temporary hydro line. They delivered the bobcat early.

So, yesterday afternoon he decided to try it out.  It wasn't as easy as it looked.  There are people who are just plain gifted at working with machinery.  Bruce decided he wasn't one of them.

The electrician was expecting the trench to be dug while he was setting up the box and laying the pipe.  That meant more pressure.

We were both praying in desperation.

At 8:30 we headed out to the land.  We hadn't gotten very far when we received a phone call. Our son-in-law, Noe, who works evenings and usually needs to sleep in the mornings, was wondering if we needed help with the bobcat.

Noe is one of those people who truly is gifted with machinery.  He was our answer to prayer, and a real blessing.

Then there was Jeff. 

A friend is not always someone you have known for years. We met Jeff  and Sheila last year after hearing about a church community garden.  Jeff was the powerhouse behind it.  A sheep man with a love for the land, Jeff was doing all he could to help others get back to the land.

He was the one who directed us to our piece of property; he plowed my garden for me; and today he was there helping us prepare for the arrival of our two sheep.

 It is his electric fencing that now surrounds a paddock next to the sheep shed.  He showed us what to do, and he set up the fence.  He is bringing a round bail of hay for the sheep. 

Jeff and Sheila are encouragers who add actions to their words.  They are rare in this self centered world.  How were we so blessed to have them for our friends?

Two huge blessing in one day. God led them to us today because He cares, and He has Children who care just like their Heavenly Father.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, and thank you, Noe and Jeff.

For the previous post see: Build you sheep shed but -

For the next post see: A big blessing from the neighbors

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Build your Sheep Shed - but

As I sat down to read my Bible this morning I was still stiff from helping Bruce build the sheep shed. I was not asking or searching the Bible for a specific word from the Lord.  I simply turned to the scripture passage where I left off in Numbers.

But my Savior was waiting to talk to me and He sure knew how to catch my attention.

Holding my attention has not been all that easy lately.  My mind is constantly absorbed with the details of starting a market garden, designing the house, thinking about financing,  and, of course, planning for the two pregnant milk sheep that will be arriving April 15th.

When I sat down to read, I admit, my mind was still not completely engaged.  But then I realized what I was reading about.  The children of Israel were finally ready to cross the Jordan.  They had already fought and won some land before the crossing, and a couple of tribes who had a lot of cattle wanted to have it for their herds. 

The verse that caught my attention, as nothing else could have, was where Moses was speaking: Numbers 32:24 "Build cities for your little ones and FOLDS FOR YOUR SHEEP ..." 

My first thought was "Wow! You are with us in what we are doing."  But as I continued to read I got thinking about Moses's full admonition:

"Build that sheep shed - but don't stop fighting the battle.  Your brothers and sisters need you there for support."  

I thought of how lax I had been in my prayer life lately, with so many other thoughts crowding in during my prayer time, and I knew that the Lord had just spoken to me with gentle correction. 

I want you to know that I am praying with you today.  We are in this battle together and we need each other now more than ever.

For the previous post see: What have you got in the house?