Thursday, December 27, 2012

Happy Birthday!

Today is my 34th birthday. As I was reflecting on the year and thinking about what was ahead, I got to thinking about my poor little blog. My neglected blog.

My last post was in May. No, life has not been so boring that there was nothing to write about. I have had hundreds of posts running in my head. But it is like trying to fix your hair in the car while driving with the windows down at 70 mph. Almost possible, a good idea, but a better idea to hold on to the wheel, drive and fix your hair- later.

This has been a good year. A hard year in some ways, but good in other ways. I think I have personally grown more this year that some other years on my life. Comfortable? No, but very worth it. Wouldn't trade anything for where the Lord has brought me.

Some things that marked my year...Not totally in order.

Gardening. Butterflies. Caterpillars. Rain. No rain. Cows. No cows. Peaches. Pregnancy. Heat. Friends. Fellowship. Ladies conference. Homeschool. Planning. Recording. Waiting. Getting ready for Baby. Midwife appointments. Speeding ticket. Waiting. Praying. Waiting. Trusting. Answers. David sick. Praying. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting. Answers. Answers. Answers. Waiting for Baby. Waiting. Christmas. Waiting.

I am overflowed with the abundance that God has poured out on me. Our material needs are taken care of, but I am blessed beyond just those things. I am so blessed with my kids, my husband, my relationship with my God, the watchful care of my Heavenly Father, the blessing of good friends and church family.

Seven years ago at this time, I was heading to Houston for my second round of chemo. Jan 1, 2006, our home was destroyed by a wildfire, we came home to nothing left of our home and farm. Nothing but the house that was miraculously saved, that we live in now. I was still very sick and taking treatments every 21 days, we were trying to rebuild, to make it through the storm we were facing. God was faithful and brought us through that time. (Click here and here to read the story of that time...and you can look at my archives from 2005-2006)

Today, I am pregnant with my 6th child and my 3rd pregnancy after chemo. I am due any day now. We have faced many more trials in the last seven years, but the Lord has always been faithful. We have been facing trials the last few months, and have seen the hand of the Lord move again on our behalf. I am overwhelmed, overflowed at the goodness of the Lord.

The scripture that comes to mind over and over to me is this one:

1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be you envious against the workers of iniquity. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. 3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shall you dwell in the land, and truly you shall be fed. 4 Delight yourself also in the LORD: and he shall give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 6 And he shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your judgment as the noonday. 7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not yourself in any wise to do evil. 9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait on the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. 10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yes, you shall diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. 11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. 12 The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes on him with his teeth. 13 The LORD shall laugh at him: for he sees that his day is coming. 14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation. 15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken. 16 A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked. 17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholds the righteous. 18 The LORD knows the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever. 19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. 20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away. 21 The wicked borrows, and pays not again: but the righteous shows mercy, and gives. 22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off. 23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way. 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholds him with his hand. 25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. 26 He is ever merciful, and lends; and his seed is blessed. 27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for ever more. 28 For the LORD loves judgment, and forsakes not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. 29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever. 30 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of judgment. 31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. 32 The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him. 33 The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged. 34 Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt you to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it. 35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. 36 Yet he passed away, and, see, he was not: yes, I sought him, but he could not be found. 37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. 38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off. 39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble. 40 And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him. Ps 37
 Thank you Lord, that You are faithful, trustworthy in all things and more than enough to meet all our needs.

Nichola http//:peachfarmerswife.blogspot.com
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