Thursday, November 30, 2006

A Change in the Weather

Winter blew in to North Central Texas last night. Yesterday I was working in the yard in short sleeves, and by bedtime, the cold and rain had crawled across the prairie to our front door. This morning I ran out to check on the critters, and they were fine. They even spent a little time romping in the pasture. But temperatures continued to drop, and by afternoon, the alpacas had decided to camp out in their wind-free shed. The sheep, however, don't mind it at all, and wandered around the pasture, coming up to the gate to bellow at me for their supper. We've had freezing rain and something akin to snow most of the day.

Now we're into the time of year where my boots are cold and muddy, my glasses fog up after a trip outside, and where you don't want to be without your scarf and gloves! Startin' to feel like the Christmas season!

Friday, November 10, 2006

We are the People of His Pasture and the Sheep of His Hand

One of my favorite lines from the Psalms...

Well, thanks to more fence help from our friend Glen, my little flock is now free to enjoy the newly green grass of our large pasture! Hurray!! And they are loving it! It is such a joy to look out there and see them contentedly grazing in the mild fall weather. I am wrestling with over-protectiveness as they seem so exposed, compared to the confines of the small pens. But this is where I learn to trust God, because in reality, I can only do so much to keep them safe. In this, He reminds me to trust Him not only for my flock's safety and wellbeing, but also for the safety and wellbeing of my family, friends, and community. Lord, let us graze in Your pasture, peaceful and content, trusting in Your care.

LK 12:32 "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. "