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First Salad of the season...Radishes and asparagus..won't be eating this today

Loving with Open Hands

So Moses is floating down the river to a life unknown.  How did he get there?  What circumstances led him to this defining moment?  Who could imagine that the life of this baby would eventually serve as the great liberator of his people?  The Bible devotes 1/8th of its pages to the story of Moses’ time.  Yet as I read of these powerful pages, I want to dissect each chapter.  The story is painful yet provides hope.

The details are vivid.   Mother and daughter assembling  a humble papyrus basket  coated with tar and pitch.  What conversations transpired during this?  How many other people were a part of it?   The depression, the grief, the fear the faith, all  the various emotions that encompassed this time were held in silence because they were in hiding.  The journey of grief and loss does not come with a timetable.  One never knows what will trigger it yet, they had no choice they had to move forward. They had to trust that God had a plan.  Without fan-fare they released what they held dear and waited for God’s supernatural intervention. 

What are you holding on to?  Do you have a dream that you have recently experienced slip away?  Maybe you have a child whom you are hoping will turn his heart back toward the Lord?  What is it that you feel so compelled to hold on to that you are paralyzed with fear to let go of? 

Releasing what one holds dear is agonizing yet provides freedom.  Loving with open hands as my friend Cindy likes to remind me.  If one is releasing something physically, the posture of the hand must remain open?   This mother when she released her child extended to him a life of opportunity and position.  She couldn’t have known that at the time, yet she walked in obedience and God honored her faithfulness.  When she released him into the open water, she had to push him out into the reeds.  Then she had to let go.  She pushed him into the river of unknown and she released him with open hands.

Worms on the move

It didn’t take me too long to figure out that where I had the composter was going to get far too hot and I would end up with friend green worms.  So I am putting the massive amount of my neighbors blackberries to work for me and using them as an umbrella. They also double as a nice spot to lean the lid on.  The worms are doing great..still a little shy for the camera.

To the left of the door

 

Sheltered by the blackberries

 

flattening the land for a goat

Coop it good

Well I had lots of naysayers, but I am making a chicken coop.  Returning to my roots from when I lived in the Promise Land and had acreage to burn. (I actually did burn a bit of it).  I have been looking at chicken coop plans for several months and given my space and architectural desires I ended up with the raised coop with the run underneath. It is a 4×4 hen-house with a 4×10 run below. I have two egg boxes with a door on the wall to open and retrieve the eggs. There is also a bigger door for me to look in and clean out the mess.  Had to make a few mods from my original plan but I am really satisfied with it thus far.  I got all the roof beams in but need to get the metal roofing and also attach all the chicken wire around the open spots.  A little paint and we will be ready for chickens by the first part of June.
Check out the progress thus far.

Start of the framing

Start of the egg box

moved outside before it got too heavy

dad came with his power tools. placing in egg box

walls up..egg box and perch set..doors cut and hinged

had to make a few modifications from the plans to get this door and ramp to work

The Process of Waiting II

I have been reading about the life of Moses.  Starting prior to his birth.  It is surreal to me that even before he was born, his destiny was in the hands of God and those who feared Him. The hope of restoration and reconciliation rested in the birth of an unwanted child.  The Hebrew  people endured the threat of death and destruction everyday.  The bondage of slavery was real.    They were not in control of anything  including the well being of their own children.  Children born into a life of turmoil if they were given life at all.  The fate of the male children rested in the hands of the midwives.  The king had commanded that all Hebrew male children were to be put to death upon delivery.  Exodus 1:17- But the midwives  feared  God and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live.  When questioned by the King, the midwives responded that Hebrew women are not like Egyptian woman, for they are vigorous , and they give birth before the midwife can get to them.  So God was good to the midwives and the people multiplied, and became very mighty.  And it came about because the midwives feared God, that He established households for them.

 It wasn’t like the threat of death and destruction ended there.  Good job midwives, here are families of your own to care for, now you are blessed.  No the adversity just intensified.  They were still being asked to do kill and destroy innocent lives. Yet they held strong to their faith and fear of God above all else.    What quiet and intense strength  they must have had.   It seems like God had  abandoned his people and left them to die a slow and painful existence yet you see his provincial hand upon these lives. How do you see beyond the years of slavery?  These midwives had faith to believe that God would not abandon them.  They had an inner drive that enabled them to think beyond themselves to future generations.  The face of adversity brought strength in numbers. 

This sets the stage for the birth of Moses.   A man from the house of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi.  The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months.  Jochebed, the birth Mother of Moses is a hero.  To become pregnant with the understanding that if this child is a male, he will die unless she does something.  I love that it says when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for 3 months.  3 excruciating months.   I honestly question where my sanity would be. 

A few years ago I  watched a Mother give up a child whom she brought into this world.  It was a painful and difficult journey but she came to the place where she wanted to give this child something more.  She knew that because of her own circumstances she could not parent this little one, yet she still brought her into this world.  She will always be this child’s mother and forever this child will remember her.  Life had been so hard on this young Mom, she was scarred both physically and emotionally.  She just wanted someone to love her and be proud of her.  She gave the ultimate gift, she gave someone else an opportunity to love and parent her child. 

When I read the story of Moses I see a woman who bravely gave away a child so that He could have life. One that she hid for 3 months before releasing him into a basket to a new home and a new future.  My dear friends are awaiting adopting a beautiful little girl from China.  They are eagerly anticipating her arrival.  They long to give her a home where she can have a different life.  I am contending in prayer with them for her arrival, yet my heart can’t help but grieve for this mother who brought this beautiful little girl into the world.  No less significant or important in this little ones life.  One could not happen without the other.

Expanded our acreage

We have a huge green belt gully behind our house that we have explored from time to time. Usually after getting eaten by the blackberry thorns we come back crying and swear never to return.  This summer the five kids are much more adventurous and wanted to cut the path way down the hill to make it easier to harvest the berries come fall.  So just past the worm compost box they cut through the thorns and disappeared into the abyss.  Not to be stopped with just a cleared path they decided to make a couple of forts.  They found the remains of one of our tents that blew over the fence 3 years ago and have used that for one of the shelters.
We plan on connecting this path to the main one we have been on at the bottom of the gulch but have yet to find a good entry point.  More to come..but in the mean time check out their creation and please don’t let the city know we just doubled our yard space.
 

This is a steep hill through blackberry bushes

 

Through the berries into the clearing

 

Fort for three..not weather proof yet

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