Thanks to prayer and God’s positive response, photos are downloaded and instead of my usual Sabbath Keeping post, I’m doing an update this evening. Not a day goes by I’m not thanking and praising God for this move to Nottoway County! God cannot forget His own for in Isaiah it says, “See, I have engraved you on the palms of My hand.” Notice He didn’t say your name but YOU. In another part of Isaiah it says, “Do not fear. I have redeemed you. I have called you by name, you are Mine.” I don’t know about you but that makes me scream for joy! Once, Dave asked me, “Do you think God micromanages your life?” I said, “Absolutely.” Dave replied, “I don’t think God micromanages my life. God gave me a brain and He expects me to use it.” I smiled and said, “You’re right, Dave. God doesn’t micromanage your life because you haven’t asked for His help. Just as I’m right because I do ask for His help and He does give it. God doesn’t force Himself, He waits for us to ask.”
Another time we were talking about prayer and Dave asked if God hear his prayers. I looked sadly at him and said, “No, I’m sorry to say He doesn’t hear your prayer because He cannot hear the prayers of the unsaved. The only prayer God hears from an unsaved person is when that person asks forgiveness of sins and for Jesus to live in his or her heart. But once that prayer is prayed, God will always hear your prayer, no matter how short, how long, how awkward…God hears and He always responds. Maybe not immediately and a lot of times not how we’d like. A lot of times He’ll say “No” but He always listens, He always hears. When people who aren’t saved (but are “spiritual”…whatever that means…I’ve asked them but never received a reply) tell me they’ll “say a prayer for me”, I want to reply, “Better save your breath to cool your soup” but I don’t because why hurt their feelings?
We’ve had SNOW! It’s been glorious and a sweet reminder of the way it was at the last farm. The major difference is there’s not much wind and chores are so much easier without that nasty wind chill! About four inches of snow were covered with sleet and icy rain which has been rather harsh but hasn’t stopped me but perhaps slowed me down a tad.
This morning the water in the horse troughs was frozen solid…I really thought I’d left all that behind! Each paddock has a waterer but I like to give them extra so put in these tubs; the horses would rather have the in place waterer because the water is a lot warmer coming out of the ground. By the time I went back to do evening chores, everything had thawed…last night it was about 24 and today’s high was 39.
One of the best farm purchases has been the Hay Hut; it’s for round bales of hay and minimizes waste. All the horses are in the same paddock and, thank God, getting along very well; being able to feed them all together makes it easier on me.
Yesterday, Mom, Dad and I went to West End Assembly of God Church to see the 30th Annual Christmas production A FANtastic Christmas. There were all sorts of references to Richmond’s Fan District, the time was circa 1960’s and Mom did a stellar job of driving in the snow and sleety stuff. I tell you this to not only brag on Mom but to say how wonderful it’s been being closer to family so we can do things like this.