Thee Farm Wife

Thee Farm Wife

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Pondering The Stars

I get so caught up in the meaningless stuff in life and I get sidetracked. A lot. So, when I happen to glance up at the early morning sky and see the stars, I often draw a quick breath of amazement. How could I forget this glorious tapestry? Why would I miss THIS every single morning?! I look up, head tilted way back, spread my arms wide and twirl around and WORSHIP.

God told Abraham his descendants would be more than the stars in the sky.

 The Magi followed the star to Bethlehem to find the Messiah. (Matthew 2:2, 9, 10)

Man has tried to read the stars for millennia. Yet who has ever really seen the true glory of God in all of His riches? Sure, we get a glimpse when we stare at the sky. But how can that be anything compared to the One who sees us? He sees us in our darkness and still has plans to bring us to the Light.

 And God chose to reveal to us, His son, on a midnight clear, with stars brightly shining, to His chosen servant, Mary. She must have seen the stars that night.

 O Holy Night!
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior's birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appear'd and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary soul rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!

Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night divine

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming
Here come the wise men from Orient land
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger
In all our trials born to be our friend

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name


 When He appears, we notice, for the first time, just as I do when I take notice of the stars, That there is something more to this life. That there is hope. Peace.

Come, He says. Come and I will set you free. Come and see what I have planned for you since I created the stars. Come, my daughter, believe. Let me break the chains of your past. Let your soul rejoice as you watch the stars and welcome a new morning. For I have come to bring you a new life. I have come to love you. Look up. Look up at the stars. Dance with joy. For I have come.

Dance with the stars, Glory to the newborn King,
Thee Farm Wife

Journal it out:

Reflect on that starry night. When was the last time you took the time to purposefully look up and notice the wonder of the night sky? Go outside, alone if you can, and look. Count. Rejoice. Ponder.

Read Matthew Chapter 2. Can you imagine following a star hundreds of miles? What kind of faith would that take?

Write out a portion of your favorite Christmas carol. Journal what it means to you. Do you see Christmas differently now?

Leave a comment below and tell me how you plan on seeing Jesus in a new light this Christmas.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Joy to The World


The Lord has come. 
Let Earth receive her King.

Today let's reflect on the gift of joy. Yes, the gift. It's not to be earned. It's not something you attain to. It's within you. 

When we receive Jesus, we receive joy. Unspeakable joy.

Joy is not the same thing as happiness. Joy is not always a feeling. Joy is assurance that within you is something bigger. Something stronger. 

John 15:9-13New International Version (NIV)“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
I never thought of this before but Jesus laid down his life for us - and there is no greater love than this. He commands us to lay down our lives for each other. Love as He loved. Keep His commands as He kept God's commands...so our joy will be made complete. Jesus was full of JOY! He died with JOY for you and me! 

When I choose to do something helpful (and maybe it's a hardship for me) for someone I might say "It's my pleasure to help you." or "It's not a problem at all!" I am serving and loving and obeying His commands and this brings me JOY!

Joy gives us the courage to step out in faith and do what God has asked us to do. Love one another. Some in this world might call me a hypocrite, saying I judge. I am the last one to judge anyone else, trust me! Loving one another means LOVING ONE ANOTHER. Are you a stranger? I love you. Have you hurt me in some way? I still love you. Are you gay? You guessed it, I love you! Are you an immigrant or a refugee? I love you. 

It is my JOY to love. If I were to condemn or judge or hate then I would have no joy within me. There can be no joy in the midst of these things.

Obey His commandments. Remain in His love. Love one another. Your joy will be complete.

Journal it out:

Is there joy within you? Write out John 15:9-13 or highlight it in your Bible. Draw a red heart around "love." Circle the word "joy." Draw a square around the word "complete."

Have you stepped out in faith and loved so that your joy may be full? Are you bringing joy to the world as Jesus did?

Source: Pinterest


Joy to the World
The Lord is Come
Let Earth receive her King
Let every heart, prepare Him room! 
And Heaven and nature sing.
And Heaven and nature sing.
And Heaven and Heaven and nature sing!

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove,
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
And wonders of His love
And wonders, wonders of His Love!


Joy to you always,
Thee Farm Wife





Sunday, December 3, 2017

Come Let Us Adore Him

It's Sunday night. Another week gone, and another started all at once. It's dark now, only a little past five. We all feel like we should be in bed. And yet, we know that soon, the Light will return. It's what we are all anticipating. The joy of that Holy Night. 

It's the glow of the tree. The smiles of strangers. The hope that is all around. You can't help but feel that something's coming. Someone is coming. 

Jesus. I whisper His name. Jesus. You are coming to this world, leaving your Heavenly throne and humbling yourself as a vulnerable little baby. This world full of hate, and war and disease...this awful thing we've created out of your Creation. And you came, not to condemn us, but to set us free. 

And Mary kept all of these things hidden in her heart when they came to see you in the manger. Mary who had known the Holy Spirit. Mary who had to endure the shame and criticism of her people. Mary who trusted that this unknown child would be her Messiah. 

Now the world knows your Name. Jesus. Not all believe. Not all admit that this season is all about you. Only you. It's always been you. 

Emmanuel. God with us. Come.


Adoration of the Shepherds by Gerard van Honthorst, 1622

Read Luke 2:1-20

Journal: What would it have been like to walk a hundred miles and very pregnant? What would the rejection by the innkeeper have done to her trust and belief in her husband or even God? Why would she keep all of these feelings stored in her heart? (To remember later when he would offer Himself up as sacrifice for even her?)

Draw it out: Pray and ask God to show you what it must have been like. What that holy scene looked like? Consider thinking outside the lines of our Nativities that we put up each Christmas. 

Will you share your creations? You may comment below or email me at kennedy993@yahoo.com.

May the joy and light of this Season give you strength and cause you to pause and reflect...

Love,
Thee Farm Wife

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Big Girl Panties

I should be at church right now. Should be. Need to be. But I am enveloped by chaos. Children screaming, refusing to obey. So much laundry. Dirty dishes. And I cleaned ALL DAY yesterday. 

It's hard to find hope in the midst of chaos, isn't it?

My Bible is right by my side. I know it contains HOPE in all of it's pages. 

  • for this child I have prayed 
  • streams of grace
  • my hope is in the LORD
  • only ask and you shall receive
  • as long as I breathe, I hope
  • God will continue and finish the good work He began in me
  • love will overflow
  • He gives me a future and a hope
From James 5:7-10 (my paraphrase):
Wash your hands...purify your hearts...cry over what you have done...grieve over what was lost. Cry instead of laughing it off. Embrace the gloom for a moment. Joy will come. 
In other words, give yourself time to admit that it is a mess. That the kids are being awful. That you should've gone to church. Cry in the bathroom until your mascara runs. Feel sorry for yourself.
And then put on your Big Girl Panties and deal with it!
~Carolyn's Mama




 Be brave,

Thee Farm Wife







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