Monthly Devotions

Mama Should Have Named Me Martha


Anyone who has ever lived on the farm knows that the work is never done. No matter how hard you work, no matter how long you work, no matter how much technology or equipment you use, you never get finished! There is always something else that needs to be done - and it needs to be done now!     

            There are always fences to put up or to put back up. There is always a cow or a horse or two that needs tending. There is always a piece of equipment that needs fixing or needs to be serviced to keep it running in the future. There are animals to feed, bulls to test, breeding plans to establish, feed to buy, minerals to put out, hay to move, calves to tag, vaccinations to give, show or sale animals to groom, neighbors that need helping, pastures to spray, fertilize to put out, and on and on and on the list goes - not to mention the record keeping!


FENCES: On the Farm & In Our Lives


For the last few weeks and months, I have been working feverishly to build fencing on the pasture donated for the Cattle for Christ herd. Thanks to God’s faithfulness and the generosity of our donors, the CCI herd is growing rapidly-at times more rapidly than my fence building ability.

The greatest challenge has been to build enough quality fencing fast enough to keep up with herd growth while also making sure that the fence construction is suited for the various types and temperaments of cattle we receive. The actual land boundaries are fixed and non-negotiable, but the individual fences vary from pen to pen, according to the needs of the individual cattle to be contained.


The Harvest Depends on the Heart


Thankfully, we finally received enough moisture to plant thirty one acres of winter grazing for our Cattle for Christ herd. The land, though all in one section, is very diverse in its makeup. Half of the pasture has lain out for years and contains a lot of red clay knolls, some rocky places, washed out areas, and some bottom land with good topsoil-but grown up in briars. The remaining half is very fertile soil.

As I drilled the seed into the poorer land, I noticed that even after the soaking rain, some of the land was still so hard that the seed was left on top of the ground. In the rocky areas, most of the seed made it into the ground, but not deep enough to survive.


The Gospel & Our Response to God's Grace

As you read this devotional, I hope to be in Ethiopia. I will be one of four preachers/missionaries going to train pastors and share the Gospel of Christ. Our team is part of a much larger medical and dental team going in to minister to the needs of the people. Please pray for me, the teams, the Ethiopian pastors and masses of people that we will be ministering to.


Devotions by Year

  • Even Bulls Can Learn To Get Along
  • Changed Minds
  • Today is the Day
  • Sometimes We See What's Not There
  • Why Do You Farm?
  • Misplaced Aggression
  • Feasting On Filler
  • 'Get Some Rest': Not As Easy As It Sounds
  • Lessons From Freddy
  • Just Tired and Reflecting
  • Safe Pasture
  • Sin: Just Like Fall Army Worms
  • Blood Cleanses
  • Just Cute Little Harmless Pups
  • Life: A Series of Pipping
  • Just Because He Loves Us!
  • No Excuses!
  • Oh! Now You Tell Me!
  • Live Like You Were Dying
  • But You Didn't Tell Me!
  • Time to Choose
  • A Gift for the Man Who Has Everything and Realizes That He Really Has Nothing
  • Celebrate the Harvest
  • Falling Stars
  • Easier To Lead Than To Drive
  • Weeds, Weeds, Weeds!
  • Grace Is Like Grits
  • We Can’t Do It ‘Ourselves’!
  • I Wouldn’t Make a Good Cowboy
  • What Are We Thinking?
  • Your Walk Talks
  • Activity is No Substitute for Reproduction
  • Who Would Have Ever Thought It?
  • Thankful for Boundaries
  • Cover It Up Or Fix The Problem?
  • What Will Your Legacy Be?
  • I Wish I Had Been There! I Wish I Had Not Forgotten!
  • If God Can Use a Dove....?
  • Hope In The Midst Of Hopelessness
  • I Don't Know You!
  • Like A Straddled Squirrel
  • Sounding the Alarm: This Is Not a Test!
  • Don’t Let The Urgent Keep You From The Most Important
  • We Never Know Who We Have In The Basket
  • Uh Oh--Jesus' Got Toothpaste On His Head!
  • A Moment of Silence is like Preg Checking a Bull
  • A Chicken's Right to Choose
  • Got to Leave Right Now! What Do I Take With Me?
  • He is Able—But if He Does Not!
  • Declarations of Independence: Properity or Destruction?
  • Blackie: One In A Hundred-In More Ways Than One
  • Who Is Holding On The Tightest?
  • That Must Have Been 20 Years Ago!
  • It's Almost Time
  • Keeping Me Awake At Night
  • Better Be Dressed
  • CHRISTMAS My Favorite Time of the Year
  • A Nation Without God is a Nation Without Hope
  • Bush Hogging During a Severe Drought?
  • When the Heart Dies—the Whole Body Dies With It
  • Depopulate and Eradicate (or) Expiate and Propitiate
  • If I Could Only Say One Thing and Had One Last Chance to Say It
  • Go Ahead and Jump Son—Daddy Will Catch You
  • The Final Dispersal
  • Chicken Piping—He Sees Them All
  • “Takes the Teeth Out”
  • Making It Harder Than It Is
  • Why Was He Born?
  • What to do when you don’t know what to do
  • A Dry And Thirsty Land Where No Water Is
  • If Only These People Will Change
  • Go Fishing—You Never Know What You Might Catch
  • Some Droughts are Preventable
  • Celebrating ‘True Freedom’
  • Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone
  • Victory Through Surrender
  • Responding Like a Sick Calf?
  • Our Life’s Investment: A Time for Reflection
  • Preg Checking: Open! Bred! I Ain’t Sure!!
  • Confidence To Face The New Year
  • Two Virgins and a Baby—The Irony and the Gift of Christmas
  • Precious Moments in the Calving Pasture
  • Working On a Building
  • What is the Foundation of Your Faith?
  • To Walk on Water—You Have to Step Out of the Boat
  • Only One Life to Live
  • The Uniqueness of a Mother’s Love
  • A Prayer That God Will Always Answer
  • Lessons from a Boar
  • When You Have Done All You Can Do to Stand: Stand Firm
  • Lowing in the Distance
  • Not My Dirty Feet!
  • Where did it go CFCI devotional
  • The Day ‘Tater’ Died
  • Life’s Lessons from the Chicken Yard
  • Christmas Choices
  • Experiencing God in the Calving Pasture
  • FAMILY: On and Off the Farm
  • Unity is More Than Important—It is Absolutely Essential
  • God, I’m not ______________. I AM!
  • The Rod and the Staff
  • The Good Shepherd Leads the Way
  • The Good Shepherd
  • Blessed to be a Blessing
  • Mama Should Have Named Me Martha
  • FENCES: On the Farm & In Our Lives
  • The Harvest Depends on the Heart
  • The Gospel & Our Response to God's Grace
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