Woke up early this morning.......sweet man and I worked in the garden for about an hour.....pulling weeds and laying some more straw down to keep the water from evaporating. We watered last night as we sat watching family shoot of fireworks. It was so nice out early......look who I found.....sweet kitty under where we watered.
Went to open the Milk House to help keep it cool. The Momma's were sitting and so I fed everyone and gave fresh water to the Momma's, little chicks and teenage chickens........then it was time to go and start watering the tomatoes on the north side of the house. Came back in to wait for 30 minutes, before I moved the hoses again.
Went back out and noticed a huge St. Bernard in my yard. I ran back into house to get the camera this was our neighbors dog who had said it couldn't have been their dog one other time. I was going to have proof. I ran down to the Milk House again. It was a wreak. The cages were sideways......it was horrible. Dead chickens......ended up being 2 of the Momma's that were sitting and some teenage chickens. I was a mess! I kept thinking God help my heart to not get bitter. I could so easily!!!!!! I am human and have a flesh that could just take off! My sweet man called the family. Their dogs have stayed away for a year, but they had to know. The neighbor came over and was so sorry. Course I was bawling and he probably thought I was an idiot. I had asked my sweet man if it was okay to talk to the guy. Not that I needed permission, I just wanted to know if I was acting okay. I told the man that we have tried so hard to be understanding over the years, we had been told to shoot their dogs, that didn't seem right, to sue them......how could I even be a witness to their family, if we did that. We have entrusted ourselves to the Lord. He won't disappoint......man will! I couldn't believe it, but I asked if he would repay for what was lost..........eeeekkkk brave woman! He said, that he trusted us and to let him know what the amount was. PRAISE GOD! I won't have my chickens back, but maybe this man will know that we are different. I had just read this morning.......You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and tramples under peoples feet. You are a light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Matt. 5:13-14. We have prayed for this precious family......asking that we could live in a way that would turn their hearts towards God. God can use my lose.
They are sitting again.....oops noticed their picture fell off the wall behind the nester......I will go and hang it again.
Later in the morning we found Momma Red and Little Red who we thought were dead.......we took the two nests of eggs of the Momma's that are gone and shared them with the girls.........we will have babies. I was just about ready to get the incubator out! I love it when the Girlies do it they do so much better.
I had a choice this morning.......to love like Jesus did. Do I do that every time.......absolutely not......this morning I did, thanking Him that satan didn't win!!!!!!! I live on a farm........and life happens.....just shot a skunk the other night. Every situation is different. Today though, a man walked away from our little "city on a hill", now we are asking the Holy Spirit to do what only He can do.......change the heart of man......He took my heart and made it soft......that is not my nature sweet ladies. It is His though......glad I can live in victory when I let Him have control!
Hugs from the farm,
The truth of the Lord will light your path. Live like Christ, the crucified. Blessings!ReplyDelete
Yes he does! I try with His help! Thank you for your encouragement! Hugs, meDelete
Linda, I'm so sorry for your loss but know you will be blessed because you followed the leading of Our Father. Hugs,ReplyDelete
Hi Regina, thank you so much for the note!Delete
Hugs to you also! Linda
I know how awful having dogs in among the chickens can be. It is terrible. Chickens are so helpless, really. I'm sorry to hear of it and hope the neighbor can keep his dog away in future. It sounds as though he took the news very well and will act responsibly.ReplyDelete
So sorry for this trial, Linda, but I just know that God is going to use your testimony in the life of this family. I am so thankful that He helped you in talking with this man. A long time ago, a pastor gave us this advice to use in tough situations with other people: "Keep your own heart warm." That is what you did and I know God will bless you for it.ReplyDelete
Bless your heart!! Seems you handled it very CHRISTlike. GOD BLESS you!ReplyDelete
Charlotte, God is so precious to help right when we need it! It helps when we know we have been forgiven so much.Delete
Hugs and thank you for writing me,
It is so hard to know how to handle someone else's dog. We had a dog in the neighborhood come up and kill some of our ducks. Mr. D went to him to let him know what had happened and he told us his dog had been home all the time. Well, not long after all the neighbors saw his dog carrying home one of our ducks. The owner then put a shock collar on the dog and he hasn't been up to visit since. God has a way of working these things out and a picture is a great idea. I think you handled the situation very well and in a God honoring way. He always provides a way for us. Not always clearly visible, especially when our hearts are hurting, but it's there and He'll show us.ReplyDelete
Now we have been having trouble with bear. A bear got into our friends little chicken coop and got all but one of their chickens/ducks and he's been snooping around here too. Then this morning the dogs chased a cub up a tree. Good thing momma didn't see that or those dogs would have been mincemeat.
Thank you for your encouragement Mrs. Doug. He is faithful for sure!Delete
We had bears also in Alaska when I lived there. We lost livestock to wolverines it seemed.
Thanks for writing,
I am so sorry about what happened! :( But you handled it like a woman with a heart full of CHRIST. That is awesome.ReplyDelete
Thank you Jessica for the sweetness!!!!! God is so good to help us know what to do. Jesus in us!Delete
Wow, what a day you have had. Glad you handled it well. Crying isn't a bad thing. You had every reason to cry and release the tension. Thanks for showing mercy instead of anger to your neighbor. You never know where this situation will lead, for his heart may be softened and know more of the Lord, if he doesn't already. God bless!ReplyDelete
Linda, I am just amazed at the wonderfully CHRISTlike way in which you handled this awful situation! Who knows - somewhere down the line a blessing may come from this that no one could have anticipated. God always has a way of turning bad things around when we least expect it, and I know He will bless you for being obedient even when it was so difficult for you. Prayers and hugs are headed your way!!ReplyDelete
Linda-so sorry for your heartache.ReplyDelete
You know, we had a tough weekend as well. Friday we had to put down our Lab and Sunday morning we woke up to a dead chicken in our back yard.
Take care,my friend!