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Topic: Rattled (05/09/13)
TITLE: Woe is me?
By Pamela Reed
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My husband and I retired from our businesses but decided that we were too young to just sit. We needed something constructive to do with the rest of our lives. God led me to begin a writing career and my husband had always wanted horses, so wanted a farm. We searched within our state and found a 43 acre farm with the most beautiful fields and the most gorgeous view of hills that we had ever seen. There was only one small issue -- the farmhouse and outbuildings hadn’t seen any maintenance in many years. We needed to use an outhouse at the farm for the first three months until a bathroom could be added to the house. It was quaint for the first month or so!
When you believe that the Lord has led you to a particular place for His reason, it gives you the strength to overcome and persevere. So we put together a plan of progress. I wake early in the morning to write when the house is quiet. The rebuilding is done by season. The warm seasons are spent on outside projects; putting in horse fences, rebuilding outbuildings, or putting new windows in the farmhouse and then installing the rough sawn siding in that section. The cold northern winters do not lend to outside work, so each winter we choose an interior room to remodel. One room by one room, we are making our dream come true.
Hardworking and uncomplaining, I stood strongly beside my husband, so it surprised me when he caught me off guard. The kitchen was not yet done and doors were beginning to fail. The easy solution was to sit my cowgirl boots in front of the bottom cupboard door to keep it shut. So, I lightly joked “I wonder how many wives put their cowgirl boots in front of their cupboard doors to keep them shut?” My husband turned, looked right at me and said “I believe that many wives would LOVE to put their cowgirl boots at the base of a cupboard door because they don’t have any cupboards. Many wives have no house whatsoever. I think they would love to be in your shoes.” I was rattled from the top of my head to the very tips of my toes. I broke out in tears and had to turn away. Although my words were only said as a joke, my tears flowed because I knew that the facts he stated were true.
In my husband’s three short sentences, my thoughts turned from those that had more and better to those who have less. My heart ached for those families who struggle every day to provide. My prayers were instantly focused. What can we do to make this world a better place while sharing Jesus? We are supporting ministries and food banks and looking to the future, praying for direction and wisdom. We trust that our Father God will show us the way - His way.
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