Acts of kindness/Cancer Awareness

I came across a blog the other day that is just amazing. http://www.cards-of-hope.com
They deliver cards at random to cancer patients. Children, adults, anyone suffering with this dreadful disease. What a great and uplifting idea. If more of us spent a little of our time devoting random acts of kindness to strangers just think how kind and loving our world could be. This kindness has inspired me to try to make sure I am a kinder, more generous person in my day-to-day life. Hopefully as you read this, the work they do will inspire you as well. Please check out the blog and if you know someone who could use a card, add their name to the list!

Ovarian cancer has affected my family. This horrible fast growing cancer takes the lives of so many women that I am going to include common symptoms and a link so if any one need more information they can easily find it.
Please encourage anyone you know with these symptoms that last more than a couple of weeks to see their doctor.

Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer is difficult to detect, especially, in the early stages.

Bloating
Pelvic or abdominal pain
Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often

Other symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:
Fatigue
Upset stomach or heartburn
Back pain
Pain during sex
Constipation or menstrual changes

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/ovariancancer/

My thoughts on 9/11

Do you remember where you were, what you were doing when you first heard or saw the news that day? I don’t think there is a single soul in America who doesn’t, one who is old enough to remember anyway. I was standing in my mother’s kitchen getting ready to go with her to a doctors appointment as we heard the news of the first plane crashing into the Twin Towers. And before we wrapped our heads around that, the second one collapsed. As I think about it, the feelings I had that day come back to the forefront of my mind and my heart. Shock, disbelief, horror, sadness, what do we do now?
I also remember staring in horror at the television when the space shuttle exploded with school teacher Christa MCauliffe aboard. Although just a wee tot at the time I saw how devastated our country was and still is over President Kennedy’s assassination.
This time though we felt violated and hated as well. As a nation, a people, a country -we are hated because we are Americans. America, the same country that allows everyone to make their home here, and rushes to everyone’s aid. Just doesn’t seem right does it?
What does our Lord tell us to do about those who hate us?
Hate evil, you who love the Lord. He protects his followers and saves them from evil people. (‭Psalms‬ ‭97‬:‭10‬ ERV)
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭44‬ NIV)

So in all my “wisdom” this means love the sinner not the sin. Pray for and witness to the people who do wrong to us because our God is a loving God who wants no one to perish. Do we fight the evil infiltrating our country? Heck yea! Have you read some of the battles in the Bible? But we need to be fighting according to God’s plan. Always according to his plan.
How do we do this? Pray for our leaders. Daily, continually, without ceasing, pray for our country and it’s leaders.

To those who lost family, friends, loved ones one this tragic day, God bless you and we applaud your loved ones bravery.

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Why bad things happen to good people

I’ve reflected on this topic a lot lately. Probably because a few friends who have lost full term babies recently have been on my mind and in my heart. I also know, as I’m sure you do, people who have and are currently experiencing major illness, life changing family situations, death, financial hardship, and other catastrophic events we can only imagine. So where is God while we face these hardships one might ask?

One of my very favorite books series was made into a movie. The author is Janette Oke and the series is Love Comes Softly. Despite the name it is a pioneering story full of hardships, tragedies, hard work, faith in God and yes, love. In the story when Clark meets Marty there has already been tragedy. He has lost his wife, she her husband. A little girl (Missy) has lost a mother. In my very favorite scene as Marty is screaming at Clark after his barn has just burned to the ground,”How can you believe in a God who let’s things like this happen? Did you pray for the barn to burn down, Did you pray for Ellen to be taken from you, for Missy to grow up without a mother?” Clark, in his calm, mild way takes her had and tells her to come on, “we’re going to church”! His church is a beautiful scenic mountain overlook that if I tried to describe I would fail miserably. As they sit on a log he explains that even though Missy is right beside him, she can still fall and get hurt. As her father, he will pick her up, dust her off, check her wounds, and love her. Even though he was right beside her she still fell and got hurt. He didn’t allow it, he didn’t cause it, but he was there to help her when it happened. That is the way our Heavenly Father is with us. And then he left Marty to think on it.

So as you struggle with whatever it is you are facing, follow Clark’s lead. Go to “church”. Whether your church is a walk in the forest listening to the birds, a mountain view, a peaceful stream,watching a gorgeous sunset, sitting in the park, your farm and chickens at play, whatever in God’s nature brings you comfort and rest, go to “church” and listen for His voice. Think on it. Pray on it.

Blessings,
V.

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Healing Goldie

It has been a trying few days since Goldie, one of our sweet hens was injured. We have finally decided it must have been the roosters. She didn’t have many feathers on her head and top of the neck where they grab on so it sounds logical. Our older Roos are in a pen of their own, the younger ones spurs are not sharp but since she basically was bald it is very probable. We have been treating her with veteracyn at least twice daily and she is in her own little sick bay/ hospital pen. Pics to follow. She is healing nicely. I highly recommend veteracyn to be on product in all your chicken first aid kits!