Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Just Call Me Kish {On Being a Grandmother After God's Own Heart}

Monday morning I was blessed beyond words when my first grandchild was born.  I have been trying to decide what my grandson would call me ever since I knew of his impending arrival.  

Everyone is grandma (so confusing), and I loathe "granny."  I wanted something easy for him to say that would distinguish me from his other grandmother (and great grandmothers).  Since I am part Wasco (Indian), it seemed to me that the Wasco word for grandmother was perfect.  I am officially "Kish"!

Sam: the world's cutest grandson.

Monday, July 21, 2014

See You at the Finish Line!


24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. 25 Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; 27 but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9)

When I left Facebook, a young God-lover who was serving the Lord in Mexico on a summer mission trip bid me farewell:

See you at the finish line!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Making a Jesus a Liar

This is actually a recycled post - one of my favorites from earlier this year.  (And, if you enjoy reading my previous posts, it turns out that one of them was featured on Faithful Bloggers last week.  I'd be blessed if you'd read and comment on either one!)

For decades, as I've read my Bible, I've been somewhat curious about how the early Christians lived in such intimate community with one another.  And, as I've been curious, I've discussed this with wiser, older Christians and they've always agreed: " is such a curiosity...such a beautiful thing...but definitely not "required" in any way...and not even feasible in our day and age and location."

Sounded reasonable to me.

Yet, it still nags at me every time I read verses like:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Communion - What Does God Want From It? (And a Recipe!)

Delicious unleavened bread from recipes for our daily bread dot com. 

Every other week, I make the bread for our weekly participation in the Lord's Supper.  Sometime last fall, I came across this absolutely delicious recipe from Diane at Recipes For Our Daily Bread.  This bread is so yummy that there is never any left (and I make quite a bit) and when The Cowboy first tasted it he declared it was too yummy to qualify as communion bread!

You see, millennia of a distorted view of the Lord's Supper - that has resulted in a form of ritualism that God has declared that He despises - have brought us to believe that Communion is a time of somber reflection over tasteless bits of cracker and a thimble of juice.

The practice instituted by the Spirit-led apostles couldn't have been further from our sad attempts to participate in what was established as a glorious time of remembrance and fellowship among believers.

Monday, July 14, 2014

When Ministry Becomes Idolatry and Service Becomes Sin


I felt a connection to her because we had given birth a day apart with the very same midwife. Actually she had worked for my midwife and done my first prenatal with her.

At that appointment she told me all about the mission trip to Central America she and her husband had gone on in recent years.  The kids had stayed with friends and family, as she and her husband took a couple of weeks out of "real life" to do Real Life.

So when she posted on Facebook, not two weeks after our cherubs were born, that she was itching to get back in the mission field, I couldn't help myself.

A Blog About the Farm

Because I'm utterly crazy, I've added another blog.

The Farm School continues to be my devotional/farmschooling blog - but a few months ago I began playing around with a blog to promote our farm's products.  It's evolved into a blog about life on the farm.

While I try to update this blog a few times a week, the our Canaan's Land Farm & Ranch blog will only be updated weekly.

So, if you dig that kind of thing (pictures of farm life, farm kids, and stories about what we're doing as farmers and ranchers) you might want to check it out!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

When a Commitment to Godliness Results in a Failed Adoption

Friday I posted about ethics in adoption.  If you read my series on the sad saga of Baby Veronica Brown you know my background - that I started out being on fire for adoption - and completely embracing the mantra of the Christian Adoption Movement: save the orphan!

Over time, especially via sweet Veronica's tragic story, I came to see that the perspective of any adoption movement is inherently one-sided: pro-adoption.  That is not to say that I no longer believe in adoption.  I absolutely believe in adoption - but only for children who have no family willing to care for them.

I also began to learn, as I searched adoption ethics, that the good intentions of the movement were driving corruption in the industry.  (The fact that children being taken from one family and put in another family (whether or not the first family was a willing participant) is now an industry, should be your first indicator that corruption is unavoidable in the process.)  It's not that most adopters want the corruption to take place, it's that they are seen as consumers, and vulnerable children are seen as commodities...and that drives corruption.  The fact that many Christian adopters (most?) are unwilling to aggressively fight this corruption drives it that much moreso.

So, today I was blessed while reading Abide Family Center's Instagram feed (and can I say, if you don't follow them on Instagram, you are missing out!).  After this family found that the young girl they were planning to adopt had a living mother, their love for God resulted in a change a plans.  After moving the girl to a better facility, they contacted Abide who is helping to reunite their would-be adopted daughter with her first mother.  The mother is impoverished, and Abide will help her get back on her feet financially and become a family with her children again.

God is SO good.

I can't help but think, though, how many other times could children be reunited with their first family if we'd just follow God and His plan for helping the poor and vulnerable of the world?

Please go check out the family's blog post (and read the there further for back-information) - and I hope you'll send some love to this broken-hearted family who is seeking God's face.

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