Thee Farm Wife

Thee Farm Wife

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

31 Days from Conceit to Complete


From Conceit to Complete. Taking our eyes off of ourselves and our selfishness and looking to become complete in Jesus. I'll walk you through one day at a time. I can't say it will be easy, but it will be worth it. I promise. Come inside...

This series is part of the #write31days challenge! See more 31 Days series here.

31 Days from Conceit to Complete


From Conceit to Complete. Taking our eyes off of ourselves and our selfishness and looking to become complete in Jesus. I'll walk you through one day at a time. I can't say it will be easy, but it will be worth it. I promise. Come inside...

This series is part of the #write31days challenge! See more 31 Days series here.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Thirty One Days

*First of all pardon me as I make changes to the layout of the blog. I have to conform to certain standards and it is taking a lot of trial and error to get it right. Mainly because when I was a graphic designer Photoshop and such were brand new. Now there is html and buttons and linkies and I am older and learning. Thank you for your grace.*

Fall is here. There is no denying that. And with that comes a challenge to go deeper. To slow down. To notice. Fall is my New Year. The first frost hits and I am ready to shift gears.

Yesterday, I told you how I plan my week. Today I am preparing for the month ahead. October. Pure bliss. Leaves and hay rides and Harvest and the celebration of our blessings and abundance.

As I look at the whole month laying out before me I feel giddy. Thirty one whole days to fill. What I choose to fill them with is what I want to focus on.

I will be writing for thirty one days about thirty one different words that are found in the Bible that start with com and con. These are all words that will force us to make choices, change our direction, look inward and look upward. From conceit to complete we will explore definitions, Scripture, and ways to incorporate or delete these terms from our lives.

I look forward to hearing from you.
 
Colossians 3:15
 "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts
since as members of one body
you were called to peace.
And be thankful!"

Sunday, September 27, 2015

How I plan my days

I am a planner addict. There. I said it. I love all the cute accessories. The Facebook groups. The pens and stickers. And then I found Thee Perfect Planner for me! Happy Planner by me&my big ideas is Thee One for me! You can also find them at Hobby Lobby and use your 40% off code to get a real bargain. I use the extender rings and even found a cute charm at Hobby Lobby.
Now, why do I love planners? My grandfather wrote in one every day as far back as I can remember. I have all of them now. I pour over his handwriting and smile when I see my name. "Carolyn stayed the night." And so my obsession began. To not only record my daily adventures but also to keep my side-tracked mind focused.
The one rule of Fly Lady that has stuck with me the most is to check my calendar before I go to bed. That way I know what time I have to get up. I can lay out the proper outfit. If I have a town day I dress a lot differently than a down on the farm day. I can see if any of the children have a project due. A field trip or a special lunch. It's all right there in my planner.
Sunday evenings are my planning time. I take down the main calendar in the kitchen. Get out my washi tape and pens, some stickers, and start laying out my week. I set goals, plan meals, write in any appointments, and note any special activities for school. I also try and keep positive notes and Bible verses in front of me all week. Right now I am staring at two blank pages just begging me to decorate them and fill them up. Have a wonderful start to your week, my friend!

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Consumed




source http://unbrokenbygrace.tumblr.com/post/43531606596
Galatians 5:15 AMP "But if you bite and devour one another [in bickering and strife], watch out that you [along with your entire fellowship] are not consumed by one another."

 
CEV "But if you keep attacking each other like wild animals, you had better watch out or you will destroy yourselves."
 
consumed verb:
     eaten, drank, used up or destroyed.
     
     
    Think of all of the things in life that nibble away at your peace. Things that drink up your time. What uses up your energy? Your thoughts? What's the one thing you cling to that is destroying you?
     
    Facebook. Addictions. Pride. Bad relationships. Electronics. Obsessing. Worrying. What is eating away at your soul?
     
    The Bible says that bickering and strife will destroy you and those around you. If you are constantly nagging your husband it is going to consume your marriage. (ummm...guilty). If you are constantly looking at your phone it will consume your precious time with your children. (And believe me, they grow up fast.) If you are constantly looking at people and wanting what they have or cutting them down because of your jealousy, it will consume your joy (also guilty).
     
    The one word here is "constantly".
     
    1 Peter 5:8 "Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."
     
    You have an enemy that constantly wants you to be consumed. Destroyed. Knocked out of the picture. He wants your heart and your attention and your thoughts and your time and your marriage and your children. Be on guard. Put the phone down. Look up from that tablet. Look people in the eye when you speak to them. Confess your worries to God. Grab your kids and tell them you are sorry and that you love them. And hang on! Hang on because your whole life is in the balance here.
     
    Satan does not take breaks. He doesn't give second chances. He pounces for the kill.
     
    But there is One whom you can run to. Hide in the shelter of His wings. Read His Word and learn that none of us are without sin. None of us are perfect. But we are all loved. He can give you the strength to put down the phone, turn off those anxious thoughts, and tune in to the world around you.
     
    You are right where you are meant to be. So start living.
     
    2 Corinthians 5:17-20The Message (MSG)16-20 Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.
     
    Be not consumed, my friend.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

So here's the news...

I used to be a news reporter. Honest. They called me "Scoop Kennedy". My biggest interview was Senator Chuck Grassley about the Farm Crisis. Only at the time I knew absolutely nothing about farming. But I sounded like I did.

Now I know more about farming and less about the news. I detest bad news. I can't watch newscasters because I am always yelling at the TV, "Hurt! Not injured!" and "No duh. Get on with the story!" and various other insults that Thee Farmer just rolls his eyes at. I hate when reporters give graphic information that NO ONE needs to know. You can tell me a child was abducted but please spare me the details of that little angels demise. You can tell me about earthquakes but I don't need to know that someone had their head severed - or whatever. I can picture things just fine. Thank you.

Which makes me think about Facebook. Even Twitter. Both of which I use. Both of which I truly believe have some useful purpose but they can never replace the power of a well thought out sentence or sharing the full story. And then there are the over-sharers and the drama queens. For far too long I have limited my writing to quick little sentences. I have replaced real friendships with creeping on people's walls and occasionally commenting on their posts or sharing their memes. We lose connection. Oh, we feel like we are connected because so and so was my best friend in Junior High, and look, she just added me on Facebook. Now we can catch up and reminisce.

But what if we really connected? Not with our 732 friends on Fakebook - but with one or two REAL, LIVE friends? If we called, encouraged, challenged and held each other accountable? If we didn't post "Praying" on a status but actually called and prayed with them? What would happen if we walked alongside each other and actually lived and didn't hide behind a screen? If we stopped taking selfies and instead started giving of ourselves? Thee Real You and Me.

Don't think it matters? Take a second and call one friend that you really love and haven't connected with in awhile. Call her and say, "Hello! I was thinking about you..." and let it go from there.

Then come back and tell me how awesome it made you feel.

Keep encouraging. Keep loving. The World is not lost. It just needs us to connect. One person at a time.

And that's the news at 5. I'm Scoop Kennedy reporting live from Thee Farm.

Power Rangers

I love the days when our two-year-old plays contentedly by himself. He talks to his school bus toy and makes up his own little world. Then I hear him say, "Why you so naughty? Go sit down!" and it hits me that he hears everything I say - even when I think NOTHING is sinking in!

I am supposed to be getting ready to go get groceries. But I honestly have no desire to leave the comfort of home this morning. Most of my chores are done and today would be a perfect day to have a Harry Potter movie marathon. Alas, Thee Farmer needs to eat and since we are going to begin Harvest I guess I better go stock up on Gatorade and Little Debbies!

"Go!Go!Go! Super power!" I guess I am off to play Power Rangers. Funny how I did the exact same thing 20 years ago with our oldest. I am an expert on the art of Morphin Time!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A full days work and it's only 8am

Thee Farm Life is a wonderful life. (Bells ringing. Angel gets his wings.) Since we are cattle farmers first and crop farmers second we get a little more flexibility in our schedules. Thee Farmer's Brother does most of the field work and we take pride that there never was a straighter row of corn. Honestly. I don't know how he does it.

Most days we get up at 6. I do a cattle call to wake the kids up. "Time to get uuuuuuUUUUPPP!!!"
We all head to the Keurig for some gogo juice. Stumble around all wobbly until we fully come to realize that it is another day. The first words spoken are almost always, "What's the weather gonna be like today?" Followed by, "How should I know, ask your Father." Then there are morning snuggles and lunches to pack. Someone is always missing a shoe. Or didn't get annnnnyy breakfast! I whisper prayers for peace and calming. That the Lord will help them make good choices today. And please Jesus, help my girls to not be like me with sharp tongues and poison words to each other. It's 7:10 and I call out, "Head 'em up! Move 'em out!" Rawhide style.
 
 
 
Thee Farmer and I went out to round up a few head of cattle to take to the meat locker. It was nice and easy. Not saying I didn't bite my tongue a lot, but we got it done. I told AJ the Bull that I would see him in the green pastures in Heaven and waved goodbye. Thee Farmer said, "Those are going to be some huge steaks!" And I walk back to the house praising God for providing for us. And that there will also be enough to share.
 
 
Wherever you are today, take a moment to find some peace. If your morning did not go well maybe you need a plan. Try setting a few things out the night before. Check your calendar before you go to bed. Check the weather forecast :). And if you are lacking real peace in your life, the kind that only comes from Thee Savior...check out http://proverbs31.org/do-you-know-jesus/ and while you're there read about some amazing women who also live Thee Real Life!