Posted: 5:46 pm Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
By Staff Writer
Does it look like March is going to come in “like a lion”? I’m not that sure if it will in the Pacific Northwest, but one thing IS for certain, it will go out “like a lamb” – er – goat.
Yes! We already have baby goats at the farm! So soft, and sweet, and cuddly! These furry, big eyed, long eared, wobbly legged, little darlings just melt my heart!
You see, it doesn’t have to be February for for things to hit ya ‘right in the feels’ as they say!
Speaking of February, thank you to everyone who took my Love Challenge! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did, and that it gave you an opportunity to pause and think before you responded to a negative rant over social media.
It did take some effort on my part, and I learned some things about myself and my impulse to defend my position and people. Sometimes it’s hard to practice what you preach… Like letting go, and letting God.
For me, loving God is and feeling the love of God is easiest when I’m outdoors. I struggle with ADHD (Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder) so sitting still for an hour or more trying to focus my attention on a speaker is nearly impossible. Therefore, the Heavenly Father is difficult for me to connect to while in a church setting. But being outside, breathing in and taking in the beauty and majesty of nature, makes it incredibly easy for me to feel the love of God coursing through me.
When I look closely at the things I find in nature, the concentric rings on an ancient tree, the delicate perfection of a fern unfurling, the wind-swept clouds that mimic the tail of the horse that I am riding, I see the finger prints of a higher power. I know that my life did not happen by accident, that there is a grand design behind everything that I see and experience.
If God can do this, can create such intricate, detailed, perfection, do you think he made any “mistakes” with you? He did not.
God loves us fully, unconditionally, without reservation or bounds. There are several mentions of love in the bible, but agape’ love is what we are talking about here. The love of man from God, and the love of God from man.
If I’m ever struggling with faith, I go for a walk.
To watch a butterfly paint the sky with it’s delicate wings or listen to the notes of the birds that are beginning to sing in the early dawn of spring or look at a snowflake and discover the fractals of nature… This is to look at the handiwork of God and to know that I am his child.
The same Creator that made all of the beauty in the heavens and the earth, created us. He created us for one purpose; to Love Someone.
The Shack Soundtrack Give-Away
Do you know what one of my favorite things about the industry I work in? The fact that I get to give things away! Truly. To be able to pass on some of the blessings that have been heaped upon me, feels wonderful. I’ve been able to give away some spectacular concert packages, books, and movie tickets recently.
Today, thanks to my friends at Atlantic Records, I’ve got a big stack of The Shack Soundtrack CD’s to share with you!
Tell me that you’d like to have one, and if you feel like it, tell me why.
Winners will be chosen at random on March 7.
I’ve already told you that Tim McGraw & Faith Hills original Keep Your Eye’s on Me is a new favorite, and the CD has many more incredible songs.You’re in for a treat!
The special premier showing of the movie, that I’m hosting, is tomorrow night. A limited number of theaters are participating in this exclusive event and you can go to my web page to find one in your area and purchase tickets. The movie trailer is also there!
Get your name in for the soundtrack give-away, and get your tickets to see The Shack’s special premier with ME as your host, on March 2!
Each year, when March rolls around and images of Leprechauns, rainbows, and pots of gold appear, I think of this verse, and how WE are the treasure at the end of the bow!
“And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.”
March Book Club| This Life I Live
Why he started the blog he could not say. Something compelled him to do so, so he did. There were things he needed to put into writing, but at the time, it wasn’t clear what those things were.
When his wife, Joey, was diagnosed with a rapidly spreading cancer, Rory Feek knew the reason behind This Life I Live.
Chronicling the journey neither of them were prepared to take and letting the world take it along with them, Joeys’ story, the tenderness of her heart, and the message of God’s love was sent to millions, like the smell of sweet jasmine floating on the air.
Readers, by accident or compelled by others, signed up for the blog and felt their own hearts swell with love for this woman, her baby girl, and her husband.
But it was more than that. I was the outpouring of Rory’s life, before, during, and after Joey. It was the story of a boy and man lost, found, and even though reeling with grief, still solid because of the doors Joey had unlocked, walked through, and let God in.
The blog became a book, and the book is now available to you. This passage in This Life I Live is a great summary:
“There are chapters in a person’s life that you don’t want to write. Things that you don’t want to talk about. I would’ve thought for me it would be parts of my past that I am embarrassed about or ashamed of. But, strangely, I don’t have any problem writing about those things. I can see now where they have led and what they’ve taught me and how important they are to the bigger story that God has been telling with my life. And my hope is that in my being honest about who I was . . . who I am . . . that it might encourage someone, the way that my wife’s courage in life and in death has encouraged me and others.”
Read This Life I Live. I was inspired, you will be inspired.
And be sure to listen to my podcast Always Choose Love, featuring Rory Feek!
Fruity Colorful Fun for Kids!
All ages of children will have fun with this activity! All you need is a box of Fruit Loops cereal, some yarn or twine, and a bit of tape.
Kids love sorting. Give them a few handfuls of cereal and let them sort the colors. Then have them count out the same number of each.
Next, cut a long length (about 1.5 feet) of yarn. Tape one end to the table, and wrap a bit around the other end like the end of a shoelace.
Then have the kids string the cereal onto the yarn creating an edible rainbow necklace. (It’s not a vegetable, but better than the candy ones!)
Tie it together making it long enough for them to slip over their heads.
* Note: This should be a FUN activity, if they’re not into sorting – OK! If they’re not into counting – OK! If they’re not into stringing – OK! Maybe they just want a handful of fruit flavored cereal bites for a snack… you decide of that’s OK!
Yes, March is here. It promises some crazy weather, longer days, and the emergence of tender buds and shoots in all but the coldest regions.
My Love Challenge has officially ended, but I’m going to try to keep the positive vibes going, and I’m going to ask you to do the same. I love social media because it gives me more opportunities to connect with my listeners and share in your lives, but the negativity I often see saddens my heart.
Let’s keep it upbeat, spread more hope, more happiness, more humanity.
Let’s Love Someone!