Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Relying on God's love

Today's scripture picture takes me back to a sad day last Summer.
Arkansas was suffering  extreme drought.
To say it was dry... was  understatement.
Our grassland turned crispy brown under scorching sun.
Air stifled, pond stagnated and earth cracked hard.
Army worms and ravenous grasshoppers invaded every last morsel of leafy goodness.
Hay became scarce and luxury we could no longer  afford to feed all Summer long.

We held on .... praying and trusting.
But sometimes you have to let go... and keep trusting... anyways.
As the gooseneck  trailer backed up to the corral to take  away the last of our herd two hearts broke.  The buyer drove off with  our cattle peering  through slatted siderails.
Our herd..... no more.

As scorching days wore on..... we began to feel relief from this letting go.
And many weeks.. months... later... new opportunity came to buy 6 Momma cows, a bull, and even hay too.
The two baby heifers  above... are testimony of God's provision and grace.
This little  herd is growing...
 and  we give thanks. 



Patty Sumner said...

What a sweet testimony of God's love...I am soo glad he brought back to you what you had to give up...such a blessings.. Just finished studying I that book.. Blessings and keep us updated on your blessings. Blessings to you.. com on by and follow along with me... We have much in common. Blessings to you for today and days to come!

Rebecca said...

The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the Name of the Lord! Thanking Him with you for the current "giving time", Lea.

Debbie Johnson said...

That would be so heart breaking. So glad you have a new herd to love and enJoy!

Debra said...

Oh God bless you! And your sweet herd!

Sherry said...

A bittersweet story so beautifully written.
Reminds me of singing, "He gives and takes away, my heart will choose to say, Lord blessed be Your name."

Paula said...

This gives me a lot of hope. Thank you friend :-)

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

I can only imagine how hard that was but it paid off!!! So happy for your farm, full of life again!!

Auntie Bliss said...

We sure have some reliable droughts at times!! You can count on fun whatsoever :/
Glad you got new heifers and hay.
I don't know how you missed hearing about my trip last July. I have an album "Alaska" on FB if you want to see. Gee, can't type it all here...maybe a snail mail letter for you!

Fran. said...

Hi Lea!! I remember as you told this story following your heartbreak last summer!! What a summer it was!! But God has blessed you even more!! Those letting go lessons sometimes are so hard to learn from GOD!! But hanging on to HIM is so amazing!! I LOVE how you post your pics and tell stories about them through our Lord!! Have a blessed night sweet Lea!! Love ya to the moon n back!! XOXO Frannie

Denise said...

Precious testimony.