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A Season to Work

IMG_7536When we were raising our five daughters, we worked hard every day. I thought for sure the next season of life would be easier.  You know… -less work.

I’ve come to realize that as long as I have life in this body, it will be a season to work.  We have a friend on the farm helping  today (Luciano) who just said, “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space!” Hehe, he’s a pastor and also lives life to the fullest capacity! When he has nothing left to give, God refuels him to give even more.

My husband and I take off one day of week to rest.  Six days a week we go hard, really hard. 

In the past month I’ve traveled and spoke EVERY week.  And, we’ve hosted a wedding on our farm EVERY weekend. . .

The harvest is SO ripe, I get to see people coming to Christ and surrendering all- it's the greatest thing in all the world

The harvest is SO ripe. I get to see people coming to Christ and surrendering all.  It’s the greatest thing in all the world.  I wouldn’t want to do anything else!

Joel 3:13 “Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Go in, tread, for the winepress is full. The vats overflow…”

What a blessing to get to minister

The living Word of God pours out like a fire hydrant on dry bones! Oh to witness what God does with His Word.  Indescribable.

We've had two people come to Christ on our farm at weddings! We are now praying  with every family who gets married here. Many who come here don't know Jesus.

We’ve had two people come to Christ on our farm at weddings! We are now praying with every family who get married here. Many who come here don’t know Jesus before the wedding.

We have a wedding this year EVERY weekend except August 1, Christmas and Thanksgiving!  Yeah… not one wedding passes without us praying for someone or many. After praying for the bride and bridesmaids at one wedding, the word got out that my husband and I were ministers and all throughout the reception we had a constant flow of people coming to us for personal prayer. Can it get any better than that?

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The work on a farm never stops.  Never.

Gal 6:9, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Beautiful set Free hosted a benefit dinner in our barn for Brothel's in the Red Zone of India. Three children from India rescued from the effects of suffering and sex slavery came to join us all the way from India and led us in worship, singing, "There is power in the Name of Jesus...Breaking every chain...There's an army rising up..."

Set Beautiful Free hosted a benefit dinner in our barn for Brothel’s in the Red Light District of India. Three children from India rescued from the effects of suffering and sex slavery came to join us all the way from India and led us in worship.  They sang, “There is power in the Name of Jesus…Breaking every chain…There’s an army rising up…”
One of my blog family whom I'd never met came to my speaking event in PA last weekend! Thank you Linda, for blessing me more than you can imagine!

One of my blog family members whom I’d never met before came to my speaking event in PA last weekend! Thank you Linda for blessing me more than you can imagine!

Our princess and prince announced that our seventh grandchild will make its grand appearance to the world in November 2015! Tears of joy continue to randomly burst every time I think of it!

In middle of  our season of work, God blows us away with BLESSING upon BLESSING!  Our princess and prince announced that our seventh grandchild will make its grand appearance to the world in November 2015!  Tears of joy continue to randomly burst every time I think of it!

 

Last weekend after speaking in PA, I drove 6 hours to get home for a Mother's Day dinner- PERFECT way to end a wonderful weekend!

Last weekend after speaking in PA, I drove 6 hours to get home for a Mother’s Day dinner.  It was the PERFECT way to end such a wonderful weekend!

Mother's Day bliss- We missed Jennifer and Alex- they're in Italy. Ellie  in Kansas City

Mother’s Day bliss.  We missed Jennifer and Alex.  They’re in Italy. Ellie in Kansas City.

We visit my precious mom every week. This week we celebrated Mother's Day going to The Cheesecake Factory!

Every week my precious mom, Dale, and I have dinner and fun together. This week we celebrated Mother’s Day going to The Cheesecake Factory!

I cracked TWO teeth this week! Yep- yesterday one got a crown

I cracked TWO teeth this week! oh boy! :(

Starting my day with the Lord is the only way to keep it all in balance and to know His voice and follow His leading

Starting my day with the Lord is the only way to keep it all in balance and to know His voice and follow His leading.

Going out now to mow grass for this weekend’s wedding.  When that’s finished, I’ll finish preparing for Sunday’s speaking event in Jonestown, PA.

Have a blessed weekend! If it’s a season of work for you, I pray God gives you what you need to accomplish it all! Col 3:23 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…”

The winner of our last drawing is Karen Walker!! Contact me with your address!!

     
 

The Drug for Hopelessness

Glory of the Lord over our Barn

Glory of the Lord over our Barn!

If you are visiting from Proverbs 31 devotions welcome!

Hopelessness knocks on every door, even spiritual giants. If we

succumb to the temptation to believe there is no hope- hopelessness is

given permission to rule us.

Hopelessness tempted me at a young age, but God graciously showed

me the way of escape. To this day when hopeless thoughts attempt to rule me–

I remember what I learned that day.

I had come home from school and found my mom lying on her bed in

convulsions. I called 911. On the way to the hospital I prayed that God

would save her life. Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given unto you…”

repeated in my thoughts. The rescue crew worked feverishly to get her

heart to beat. When we got to the hospital they put me in a little room

off the big waiting room. The doctor came in and told me my mom had

died on the way to the hospital.

My faith didn’t fail at this point.

The doctor took me back to see my mom. As I put my hand on her

foot, the flat line on the monitor showed a heart beat, then two. . .

She was put into intensive care, unconscious. My sisters, brother, and

I went to my dad’s house (who didn’t live with us).

I waited till everyone was asleep. I opened my Bible to II Chronicles

20. A vast battle was coming against the Southern Kingdom in Israel,

Judah. The battle was so over-powering that it would be impossible to

win. When Jehoshaphat heard of the battle- the Scripture says he

feared and sought God. He also proclaimed a fast in all of Judah.

Then, he gathered all of the people together and then started to praise

God for all He had done for them. Soon after, a prophet stood up in

the audience and said that the battle would not be their’s- but God’s.

A strategy came from heaven… The next day they put worshippers in

the front of the battle line, singing,

“Praise the Lord,

For His mercy endures forever.”

As soon as the worship started, the battle was won. Even as

a child, this charged my spirit. I read the same chapter over and over

all night, without going to sleep! I wept over this chapter, praying that

I would have the ability to live it, myself.

That morning, I got on a school bus exhausted from no sleep. I felt

hopelessness closing in on me. I didn’t know if my mom made it

through the night. What would happen to us? I thought how can I be

so hopeless when I was in His presence- ALL night??

My faith started to fail. The Lord whispered to my heart, “Will you

live it?” I prayed, “JESUS, this is too hard! I saw You do a miracle

yesterday and here I am today in total despair.”

Nothing in me wanted to worship. Absolutely nothing. I felt no

strength or power in my spirit. I was a goner. Have you ever been

there? A lifeless goner?

I stood up on the bus. I knew that in II Chronicles

20 they won the battle when they started to worship. I couldn’t sing a

lick and didn’t even know one worship song’s words! But, I was desperate to win the battle– so I started to

sing Amazing Grace (off key) and missing half the words. I noticed

that when I started to worship- the darkness lifted off. . . 

There’s a lot more to the story…

My mom lived and I learned a powerful truth. Psalm 34:17-20 “When

the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all

their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the

crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the

Lord delivers him out of them all.”

Mom and me at lunch this past week- Thank You Lord

Mom and me at lunch this past week- Thank You Lord

To this day when hopelessness knocks on my door (and yes

unfortunately as long as we live in these flesh bodies we will have occasional hopeless

thoughts)- I remember what He calls me to do and do it!

1. Cry out to Him!

2. Worship Him!

3. Believe His Word and live it!

Hopelessness knocks on every door- even spiritual giants (Elijah, Job,

Moses, Peter…) If we succumb to the temptation of believing there is

no hope, then hopelessness is given permission to rule us. We

cannot allow hopelessness to rule- we have the key to

overcome it!

God graciously saves the crushed spirit- but we have a part to play.

We must do our part.

Are you in a battle? Is your faith being tested? Do you feel like a

“goner?” You’re in the perfect place for God to deliver you! Cry out to

Him. Worship Him. Believe His Word and LIVE IT!

What are you battling? We will pray for you! Your comment will enter

you to win the “Walk by Faith necklace and earrings AND Lysa Terkerust’s book- What Happens When Women Walk in Faith.

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Hazelnut Sweet Potato Flatbread

Flatbread stuffed with: Smoked wild salmon, whipped avocado, red onion and organic green

Flatbread stuffed with: Smoked wild salmon, whipped avocado, red onion and organic green

Organic Sweet Potato Flatbread

A delicious paleo flatbread that taste like heaven.You would never know it’s healthy!  Every ingredient is packed with life-giving nutrients. This recipe makes 4 sandwiches, 8 flat breads. You’ll probably want to double it!hazelnut flour

Ingredients

3 tabs Hazelnut flour or substitute w/ Coconut flour (Hazelnuts contains phytopchemicals, including proanthocyanidins, quercetin and kaempherol. These proanthocyanidins belong to a group called the flavonoids. Flavonoids support brain health, improve circulation and reduce symptoms associated with allergies)

1 envelope of  Knox gelatin (largely composed of the amino acids glycine and proline- anti inflammatory)

6 tbsp baked sweet potato, mashed (one of the most nutritious foods in the vegetable kingdom, loaded w/carotenoids, calcium, b-12, potassium, vitamins A and C…) 

2 tbsp real butter (abundant in vitamins, minerals, healthy fatty acids, perfect balance of omega-3 and 6

2 pastured eggs, lightly beaten  (said to be the world’s healthiest food)

1/2 teaspoon sea salt (contains many essential trace minerals our bodies need to be healthy)

  1. Bake sweet potato -Heat oven to 400° F. Pierce sweet potato with the tines of a fork. Place  sweet potato on a cookie sheet. Bake until tender, about 45 minutes. Mash 6 tablespoons of the sweet potato.
  2. Mix all ingredients in bowl, except gelatin. Add gelatin last, stir well-until smooth.
  3. Put sheet of parchment paper on baking sheet. Spoon dough into oblong rounds 1/4 inch thick and smooth out.IMG_0001
  4. Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 15 minutes. Remove pan from oven and peel flatbread from paper.  Make second batch of flatbread. 

    Baked flatbread

    Baked flatbread

Layer your flatbread with your favorite sandwich filling. 

Today’s flatbread is layered with whipped avocado’s, smoked salmon, organic greens, tomato and red onion. Served with a colorful organic salad.

Other times I’ve filled them with organic chicken salad or bacon, lettuce and tomato. . .

Flatbread stuffed with: Smoked wild salmon, whipped avocado, red onion and organic green

Flatbread stuffed with: Smoked wild salmon, whipped avocado, red onion and organic green

Winner from last drawing is Tami who posted her comment 2015/03/17 at 9:10 AM! email me your address!

     
 

When Your Plan to Keep out of Trouble- Fails

Our walk from the gas station when our car broke down- Goodwill Outlet in background

Our walk from the gas station when our car broke down- Goodwill Outlet in background

Have you ever made a plan to keep out of trouble, but instead found yourself in double trouble? Oh my goodness… That was ME- this week!

My daughter got a job 18 hours from home and needed to get there immediately. But, we didn’t have a budget for the move.

Question: Do we use credit and go into debt?
Answer: Avoid debt at ALL COSTS. Keep the goal and stay out of debt!
The Plan: Leave credit cards at home.

The plan was to pack our 2000 VW Bug and drive 18 hours straight- only stopping for gas. The plan was to get free furniture and appliances from Craigslist when we got there.
The plan was working well! We got there on $100 and slept at a friend of a friend’s house.

The next day, we wasted no time as we headed for a thrift store. It was a banner day! We got a microwave and other appliances all for just $17! We were getting pretty puffed up about our successful plan until we got back
into the car and… it wouldn’t start.

The gas gauge was at a quarter tank. Maybe the gauge is broken? We walked to the nearest gas station… bought gas. That wasn’t the problem.

We asked nearby businesses what local mechanic to call. They all said, “You’re in the hood ma’am. There’s no place we recommend.” That was not comforting!

I called our sweet new friends (who let us sleep at their house). They graciously called a tow truck and had the car delivered to a trusted mechanic. While the car was being towed, we were picked up and delivered to Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

They needed a credit card with my name on it in order to rent a car. Gulp… I didn’t bring a credit card because the plan was to stay out of debt! I didn’t plan to break down! All I had was a debit card and they wouldn’t take a debit card, period.

Sternly, the manager said, “We’re closing. We’ll take you back to where you broke down.” The woman was very rude and treated us like vagabonds.

My emotions rose…

This is where I found myself in double trouble. My flesh wanted to rise up and my faith was challenged. Instantly, I recalled a verse I had read that very morning. “You shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord,
that it may be well with you…” Ah, yes Lord.

“Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.. . but the fruit of the spirit is, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control… If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

I was very kind and gracious to her, as she locked the door. I said, “Would you accept a photo copy of one of my credit cards at home?”

She said, “Yes.” Oh thank the Lord, I thought!

The problem was that no one was at home! Rachel Moberley drove to our house, found the card, and sent a copy to me! I was approved!

The story gets good now… We didn’t just rent a car. We got a truck!
Now we had the needed vehicle to pick up free furniture! And just a few miles from Enterprise, was sitting a free couch. The people selling the couch were Christians and it was very clean. So I asked if they had a mattress or any other furniture they needed to get rid of. They said, “Yes!” After loading all the goods I asked if I could pray for them. They said, “Sure.”

They cried…

I’m not sure who the car broke down for- us or them. We got all this free stuff and they were in need of prayer and God’s direction. JESUS!!!!

It had been a day. I was exhausted from lack of sleep but had made a commitment to the Lord to give Him a sacrifice of praise, prayer, and time with Him in His Word- every morning and night.

I opened the Bible to where I had left off that morning and this is what it said, “And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you into the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you… so that you might know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.” Deuteronomy 8:2-3

Gulp. Worship and tears sprang from my heart like a fire hydrant.

Oh Lord, may I be found faithful in the testing- even when my plans fail!

The car? It was the anti-theft processor. It took the garage 6 hours to figure out! There was also a “God set-up” at the mechanic and all the work turned out to be only $150. Although we had to have a credit card to be approved for the rental car, we were able to pay in cash without having to go into debt. Jesus, You are worthy of all my praise! What a life in Christ!

Saying goodbye yesterday

Saying goodbye yesterday

A plan that we make to keep out of trouble is quickly broken if we are merely relying on our own ability. We’re not strong enough on our own. We need supernatural strength, wisdom, and guidance from the King of kings and Lord of lords! He can and will help us through it all!

A couple of weeks ago, I made a plan to fast from complaining for 40 days. I failed on the first day! I came up with a new plan and it’s radically changing my life. Since starting this, I’ve had more breakthroughs- than
ever. Read post to read plan. It will be over on Good Friday, which is the first day of Passover.

I’m journaling everything that happens. It’s unreal!

Do you need to make a plan to keep out of trouble? What is your trouble?

Complaining, debt, gluttony, your mouth, anger, sexual sin, addiction, lack of faith, laziness, lying. . .? Tell me in one word below. I’ll pray for you!

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A Real-Life Devotional Bible is a must for your gift set, I’ve got a few devotions in it!

A name will be drawn from the comments to win a Keep Out of Trouble gift set that includes: a Bible, journal for your 40 days, and a candle to remind you to keep the fire burning on the altar of your sacrifice!

A journal and Yankee candle (cupcake scent). You must journal your 40 days!

You’ll also get this journal and Yankee candle (cupcake scent). You must journal your 40 days!

     
 

Catch the Foxes

Enjoying the snow, while praying and the fox appeared on this path

Enjoying the snow, while praying and the fox appeared on this path

It was a standoff.  The biggest fox I’d ever seen… and me…

We’ve lost countless chickens, ducks, turkeys, and even a couple newborn baby goats to fox attacks. They come to kill, steal, and destroy under the guise of the dark.

They can sniff out a bountiful farm a mile away, even sending a few lead foxes to scope out the place before the attack. Then, before dusk, they inch their way closer to their prey- all the while hiding (very sneakily) so as not to get caught.

Yesterday, I took a walk on my prayer path through the newly fallen snow, with the Lord.  I was marveling at each intricate snow flake, the beauty of His creation and then I saw this past summers hornets nest. “Lord thank You for this time of rest on the farm!  Thank you that I don’t have to worry about poisonous snakes, hornets nests, or poison ivy!”

No sooner had that prayer been spoken to the Lord, when the biggest fox I’d ever seen stood directly in front of me.  It was staring right at me! If I didn’t know better, I would’ve thought it was a wolf or a coyote it was so BIG! Any predator looks bigger than life when face to face, the red hair gave him away.  Foxes usually come out at dusk and forage for their kill until just after sunrise.  It was broad daylight–he took me by surprise!

Thankfully, I terrified him and he ran away… Then I did!

After I collected myself, I asked the Lord, “What in the world was that about?” He very gently and sternly showed me…  We can never take a rest from guarding our lives from the schemes of the enemy.  He is always on the prowl looking for ways to kill, steal, and destroy from what is rightfully ours.

We need to guard the perimeter of our home, family, marriage, and (figuratively speaking) our vineyard. We can never take a break from guarding our lives.  If you give the enemy an inch- he’ll not only take a mile…he’ll take everything. . .

In the beginning it may be one fox, then two- then they bring their whole pack.  It’s at that point, a lot is a stake…Dale has had to stay up all night waiting to capture a pack of foxes! But he got ‘em!

Isn’t that how the enemy is in our life? Comes when we aren’t watching, he’s sneaky and looks for opportunity to devour us. We have to be on guard all the time, always patrolling the borders around our home, marriages and in our children’s lives.

This morning I asked the Lord to reveal any area of my life that I’ve not guarded and have given the enemy entrance to.  I asked Him to reveal any area of compromise, or sin.

My eyes were closed in prayer when I saw a set of scales—I felt the Lord whisper to my heart that, “everything I think, do, or say glorifies Me or your flesh. Weigh everything on those scales, Sharon—everything.”

Every dollar I spend… book I read… movie I watch… word I speak… every thought glorifies Him or my flesh.  If it doesn’t glorify Him, it will bring compromise into my life and to the fullness of His will becoming manifest.

The little foxes will come to the most bountiful farms. Guard your borders and if you ever find yourself  face to face with a fox- Having done all, STAND. He will flee if you command. Take charge, don’t let the enemy think you’re bait!

Song of Solomon 2:15 “Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes.” 

Romans 16:19-20a, “For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.”

Our chickens in the snow

Our chickens in the snow