Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Milk and Honey

I know you guys must get sick and tired of me writing about how much I love my customers, but the truth is, every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday I end my day tired, but thankful. Thankful for local economy. Thankful that enough people come to buy bread and cookies and grain and granola to get my basic bills covered.

Do you remember the Bible story about the widow and the oil? When I am tired and sad, worried about things that are beyond my ability to change, I fear that I will run out of strength or that I will run out of ingredients or that I will run out of customers. But every time, there is just enough. Just enough strength. Just enough ingredients. Just enough customers. Just enough money to pay the bills and get more ingredients.

I bet that biblical widow lady must have felt a similar wonder as she, exhausted, stressed, worried, kept on filling up those oil bottles, jars and vessels, and managed to keep her son fed.

Have you noticed how much of life is a miracle? And how many miracles require a significant amount of work? Okay. I will try to get back to blogging about other things. Besides my sweet customers, who buy their daily bread and freely give out hugs. Thanks for bearing with me and the sentimentality. I really can't help it. I am very grateful, and there are days when I realize the ability to be grateful is a pretty big miracle. At least for a grouchy old mama like me.

If you were living here in the Chihuahuan Desert, you would be enjoying lots of flowers. The claret cup cactus is one of my favorites. Desert willow is blooming down south and should be opening up here in Alpine in a few days. The temperatures are brisk in the morning. 47 degrees when I took the kids to school. 80 by the time they headed back home.

Occasionally the wind blows violently, but today she was calm. Trees are glossy green with leaves and they make my eyes feel better.


Anonymous said...

I found your farm for sale, then after contacting you, found your blog and started reading it about the time you took a break from writing. That gave me time to catch up with it.

I am a stranger to you but you have touched my heart as you have many others. You have a wonderful gift.

This history of the farm and your family has endeared Full Circle Farm that much more to me. I believe that God has brought me here for a reason, though I hope it is to buy the farm when the time and money is right, it may have been to learn from another's life. I hope the farm is not a burden on you and that it is being treated well. I find it a challenge to pray for acceptance of God's will when my every hope is that it is to align things to purchase the farm :-)
Please post if you sell the farm so I can let it go.

I hope to set up an appointment to see the farm with my husband within the next month. I care for my mom in Norfolk, VA so it is a challenge to get away, but we will.

I am glad to hear that your heart seems to be lifted a bit since your Lenten time post. I hope all is well with you and yours.


Stephen said...

Don't feel you need to spare the sentimentality. It's what a lot of your readers like, it seems to me. Certainly I like it!

c said...

I'm grateful that you write so freely and thoughtfully of your feelings, these are universal themes that are important to consider.

McDermotts said...

I wish we were close enough to buy your bread and give hugs. Phinehas is hitting his "clingy" stage which means he freely gives out hugs to everyone he loves and buries his face into your chest when shy. It is wonderful. He sends you one of his sweet little cuddles!

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