May // Praise Him In The Storm – Natalie Grant

I was sure by now, God you would have reached down

And wiped our tears away

Stepped in and saved the day

But once again, I say Amen

And it’s still raining

And as the thunder rolls, I barely hear Your whisper through the rain

I’m with you

And as your mercy falls

I raise my hands and praise the God who gives and takes away

And I’ll praise you in this storm

And I will lift my hands

‘Cause you are who you are, no matter where I am

And every tear I’ve cried You hold in your hand

You never left my side

And though my heart is torn I will praise you in this storm

I remember when I stumbled in the wind

You heard my cry, You raised me up again

My strength is almost gone, how can I carry on?

But as the thunder rolls, I barely hear You whisper through the rain

I’m with you

And I’ll praise you in this storm and I will lift my hands

‘Cause you are who you are, no matter where I am

I lift my eyes unto the hills

Where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord

The maker of heaven and earth

And though my heart is torn

I will praise you in this storm

Praise Him In The Storm – Natalie Grant

Hey Everyone.

It’s been awhile, just about a whole month. I didn’t plan on taking the month of June (and most of May) off of blogging, but that’s what ended up happening. When does life go as planned anyway, especially not this year. Taking a break was needed and simply because I just didn’t have time to put a post together. June was a crazy busy month and I know July will be crazy as well. I don’t know if I’m back for good or just for the week, I guess that only time will tell.

July is usually my favorite month of the year. Mainly because it is when I have gone to camp (it’s also my birthday month :). This year camp was canceled, just like so many of the other things we were all looking forward to, and I’ve been missing it every day. It’s hard to not focus on the many things that are not happening this year, but I am trying to choose to focus on the things that I can do (read, go for walks, spend time with my family) instead of the things that can’t do. I am so thankful for all of the space that I have to move around and for the books that I have access to. Although my summer doesn’t look like I planned, that doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy it fully.

I have a bunch of post ideas (Hamilton themed!! Introducing Animals) and I hope that I end up with enough time to put them together. 🙂

I hope that you are all well and staying safe and healthy.

Who else literally cannot contain their excitement that Hamilton is coming to Disney+ this Friday!? How have you been filling your summer break free time? How are you?

Spring Photos// feat. Days Gone By – Hillsong Young And Free

I walked the world afar

Built up a thousand walls

To try and hide away

I searched to find my soul

A journey far from home

Lost in a life I’d made

And I’d been ’round in circles

Living for the moment

I know I ran so far

Was acting kind of crazy

Coming up with empty

Felt like I lost my heart

Now I’ve found a love that is clearer than the deep blue skies

It’s true You were right there

I can see it in the days gone by

I see You in the days gone by

Your promise never left my side

I know sometimes I tried to give up

Still You caught me when I fell from high

You took my fragile fate and didn’t hesitate

Your love in every scar

Passion with no restraints

Held back the darkest days

So now my life is Yours

You’ve got me when I’m broken

You’re with me when I’m hopeless

I know You’re never far

Your mercy has no ending

It perseveres unfailing

You’ll always have my heart

Now I’ve found a love that is clearer than the deep blue skies

It’s true You were right there

I can see it in the days gone by

I see you in the days gone by

Days Gone By – Hillsong Young & Free

Hey Everyone.

I can’t believe that the first week of May is already over! It has been a windy, chilly and sunny May so far for us. All of our cows and calves are now out on grass! (Pictures coming soon.) It is exciting to see things beginning to grow, although the grass is growing slower than we might want.

My brothers found four kittens this morning! A few years ago we got their mom from another farm with a litter of four kittens. Since that litter she has basically become feral and just comes to our barn (or attic) to have kittens every year. We have been seeing her around recently and we were guessing that she had kittens. My brothers have been looking around but didn’t find them until today. There are two boys and two girls, all of them absolutely adorable. I’ll be sure to share some pictures soon. 😀

Do you have a favorite spring flower? What is your favorite thing about spring?

Spring Is Here//feat. King of Kings – Hillsong

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Without hope without light

Till from heaven You came running

There was mercy in Your eyes

To fulfil the law and prophets

To a virgin came the Word

From a throne of endless glory

To a cradle in the dirt

Praise the Father, Praise the Son

Praise the Spirit three in one

God of glory, Majesty

Praise forever to the King of Kings

To reveal the kingdom coming and to reconcile the lost

To redeem the whole creation

You did not despise the cross

For even in Your suffering, You saw to the other side

Knowing this was our salvation

Jesus for our sake You died

And the morning that You rose all of heaven held its breath

Till that stone was moved for good

For the Lamb had conquered death

And the dead rose from their tombs

And the angels stood in awe

For the souls of all who’d come to the Father are restored

And the Church of Christ was born

Then the Spirit lit the flame

Now this gospel truth of old, shall not kneel shall not faint

By His blood and in His Name, in His freedom I am free

For the love of Jesus Christ who has resurrected me

King of Kings – Hillsong Worship

Thinking of you all during this very difficult time. I hope that you take some time celebrate this special day, the day we remember the resurrection of Jesus.

Has spring arrived where you live? What is your favorite thing about spring? Do you have a favorite of the (many) pictures above?

March 2020 Playlist//Crocus Pictures

Hey Everyone.

It is really beginning to feel like spring here. The winter already is starting to feel like a memory (other then the fact that we had snow earlier this week). The crocuses have popped up and they are so beautiful, the first flowers of the spring. I have, of course, taken quite a few pictures of the crocuses in our front yard. I won’t share them all, but I will share some of my favorites.

Music is such a powerful thing, it can affect and at times completely change the mood of the listeners. With this in mind, I’ve put together a playlist of some songs that I think are really encouraging during this difficult time and that are the reminder that we need to trust God. These are all great songs to put on repeat in the background of your life at home right now.

I hope that these pictures are a bit of fresh air to you and that these songs are even slightly encouraging and help to bring you some hope during this intense and difficult time.

The Blessing – Elevation Worship

More Than Enough – Jesus Culture

Waymaker – Passion

I’m Leaning On You – Passion

PEACE – Hillsong Young & Free

Shoulders – For King & Country

Always Good (feat. Rita Springer) – The McClures

Midnight – Rita Springer

Breathing – Elle Limebear

Still in Control – Jesus Culture

My Arms – Ledger

Have you heard any of these songs? What have you been listening to recently?

First Signs Of Spring 2020//feat. Peace – Hillsong Young & Free

You will stay true

Even when the lies come

Your word remains truth

Even when my thoughts don’t line up

I will stand tall on each promise You made

Let the rest fade away

There’s a peace far beyond all understanding

May it ever set my heart at ease

Dare anxiety come, I’ll remember that peace is a promise You keep

Peace is a promise You keep

You will stay true

Even in the chaos

Your word remains truth

Even when my mind wreaks havoc

I will be still

For I’ve known all along

My Jehovah Shalom

There’s a peace far beyond all understanding, may it ever set my heart at ease

What anxiety fails to remember is peace is a promise You keep

You are peace to a restless soul

Peace when my thoughts wage war

Peace to the anxious heart

That’s who You are, that’s who You are

You are peace when my fear takes hold

Peace when I feel enclosed

Peace when I lose control

That’s who You are, that’s who You are

I’ve found peace far beyond all understanding, let it flow when my mind’s under siege

All anxiety bows in the presence of Jesus the Keeper of Peace

And peace is a promise He keeps

PeaceHillsong Young & Free

I hope and pray that you are able to find peace in Jesus tonight, amidst all of the chaos in the world and our lives.

Spring Photos!!

Hey Everyone!

I am really excited to show you some of the pictures I have been taking. I am so so happy that spring is fully here! Everything is so green and beautiful. I love seeing all the new life springing up.

I have decided that spring is my favorite season. It is so beautiful and warm, but not hot. There aren’t the pesky flies and mosquitoes of summer but you still can enjoy the green grass and sunshine!

The lilac leaf buds are opening and growing constantly! It won’t be much longer until we have lilacs.

Forsythia is so bright and colorful. We have a rather wild hedge of it in front of our house.

The beautiful red maple full of buds.

Aren’t these red maple buds amazing!

More red maple buds, further along. Leaves are coming soon!

I am probably going to be posting another collection of spring photos soon, so be watching for it!

Which picture is your favorite? Did these springy pictures bring even a small smile to your face? What is you favorite part of spring?

Weekly Verse #29

Hey Everyone!

Happy Easter!!

It is finally spring here!! It was nice and warm outside (when it it wasn’t raining) all this past week. It is so wonderful to look out my window, when I wake up in the morning, and not see snow but bright green grass! I have been taking a bunch of pictures, but I decided to restrain myself and only share these. I hope they brighten your day as they did mine.

I love crocuses. They are so brave and bold to be the first flowers that come up!

The sharp points of the petals are so beautiful and I love the purple stem!

The contrast of the bright yellow pollen and the white petals is so strong and eye-catching.

Here is this week’s verse:

Colossians 1. 19,20

For in Jesus all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

It is so crazy to me that Lent and now Holy Week are over. In some ways it felt endless and in others it flew by. You know what I mean?

Which picture is your favorite of these? How is your spring going? Isn’t it crazy Lent is over?!

Weekly Verse #28

Hey Everyone!

It’s feeling mostly springy here again! I spent some time outside this morning with my siblings and we went on a nice walk, only wearing our sweatshirts! It feels like it has been forever since we didn’t need layers of warm clothing, so it is wonderful to only wear a sweatshirt.

I think Zibah was waiting for someone to throw her the ball. 😀

Very soon all the trees will have leaves! I can’t wait.

This thorn looks super pointy, but I love the color of the little branch. I probably shouldn’t love anything about the prickers, but if we have to put up with them we should appreciate any beauty that they have. Right?

Our Verse for this week is:

Psalm 85.7,8

Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation. Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for God will speak peace to God’s people, to God’s faithful, to those who turn to the LORD in their hearts.

I love that how this verse says that God will speak peace to his people. It is such a wonderful and amazing promise, that God will give us peace and I find it extremely comforting.

What stands out to your from this verse? How has your Lent been? Any prayer requests?

Spring Pictures and Life Update

Hey Everyone!

It was really springy feeling for a couple of days here and now it’s gray and chilly out, ugh. I just want it to be sunny and warm! Haven’t we earned it after a long and cold winter!?

Anyway! Here are some pictures for you to (hopefully) enjoy looking through!

I am really proud of how this picture turned out. ❤️

Spiky green grass coming up through the rocks. Spring……………..😀

For some reason I haven’t taken nearly enough sky pictures recently. Not sure why?

Adorable little plants. 💕

Doesn’t it look like a little flower!?

Lilac buds! I LOVE lilacs!

Mini Life Update

We are in the process of having a farm store built (they just started today)! It is really exciting because we have been selling our milk, cheese and meat out of our garage since we moved here. I will have to take some pictures of the contrast. 😀

School is going well, I guess. I am so looking forward to finishing though (who isn’t)! Just a couple more months and it will be summer vacation!

We had piglets born a week or so ago and another calf born. We also got our broiler chicks! I really need to take pictures of them soon.

I have been reading a lot recently, probably more then I should be. I just read Michelle Obama’s Becoming and loved it! I have also found several new authors that I really enjoy and have been inspired to write some mini-reviews, so keep your eye out for more book related posts from me!

My new favorite food is baked potatoes with melted cheese, salt and butter. I could almost live on them. I wish that I had started eating them at the beginning of the winter and not at the end.

Well, that’s all I have to share today. I hope you enjoyed my short and random little life update. I am thinking about doing monthly review and update posts like so many other bloggers do.

Which picture was your favorite? Any thoughts on my doing monthly update and review posts? What is your favorite spring flower?

Weekly Verse #27

Hey Everyone!

Spring is here, just barely, but it is still so exciting!!! I went and took some pictures earlier today and I want to share them with you. 😀

Parts of our yard are turning green, maybe tomorrow after the rain we are supposed to get, the whole yard will be green!

I love this bright yellow tipped leaf.

Isn’t amazing how the bright green makes even the old concrete look pretty?

They are so tiny still! I can’t wait for them to flower!

Even the weeds look beautiful after the long winter. Right?

Our verse for this week is:

Psalm 51.15,17

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

What is your favorite way to praise the Lord? Dancing, singing, praying out loud or something else?