As I was contemplating what my first post would be under my new blog name, with all the huge plans of writing more regularly about farm life, what the Lord has been teaching me, and running through a bazillion ideas in my mind, God decided to slow me down a bit, to “smell the roses”, and soak in the curve-balls He has seen fit to throw my way the past few weeks that have kept me from writing sooner (His ways our never like our own, right? 😉 ), which have caused me to pull back, and focus on Him and the life lessons He is challenging me with this season on the farm…..which has been a LOT, and full of much sanctification….. some very trying and hard lessons in the valley which have left me relying only on my Savior’s sovereign grace and realizing more of my utter dependence on Him in all seasons.
I know what you are thinking: “of course we need to depend on Christ in everything”, but you see, when He brings us to the breaking point in our lives that try us so deep that we feel like we are drowning, we understand and feel our need of Him even more so than just hearing it. Believing it and seeing it lived out in our lives makes it become real and true to everyday living!
We NEED those real everyday reminders in life; more than just reading, the application of it is crucial to any growing believer’s walk with our Great Comforter, and to know He has been where we are to a greater extent when He sacrificed Himself for us on the Cross to save us from our sin, and the fact He is with us even now to hold us together even when we feel miles apart at times. He uses all circumstances for our Good and for His glory!
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.“
A couple of things that really challenged me and encouraged me were these two excerpts which I pray would be a blessing to y’all as well. They preach to me as much as anyone else in these dealings and dwellings in the valley to keep my mind and heart focused on Christ, and may they encourage you the same in your walk with Him :
No Cross, No Gospel
“Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand.”
“When you set yourself to seriously pursue holiness, you’ll begin realizing what an awful sinner you are. If you aren’t firmly rooted in the gospel and haven’t learned to preach to yourself every day, you’ll soon become discouraged and will slack off. In the pursuit of holiness, nothing’s more important than learning to preach the gospel to yourself every day.
In doing so, we must be careful not to preach a gospel without a cross. All the wonderful promises of forgiveness in Scripture are based upon Christ’s atoning death. Through it He has satisfied God’s justice and averted from us God’s wrath. We must be careful not to rely on the so-called unconditional love of God without realizing His love can flow to us only as a result of Christ’s atoning death.
This is the gospel by which we were saved, and the gospel by which we must live every day of our Christian lives.
In Romans 3:24, Paul said we are justified by grace, referring to what we might call our point-in-time salvation, the day we trusted in Christ. In Romans 5:2, however, Paul spoke of this grace in which we now stand. Here he refers to our day-to-day standing before God as being on the same basis as our justification – the basis of grace. But this grace – unmerited favor to those who deserve wrath – comes to us through the Lord Jesus Christ.
God is the “God of all grace” (1 Peter 5:10) and is disposed to deal with us by grace, but not at the expense of His justice. But with justice satisfied, God can now deal with us in grace, both in our salvation and in our day-to-day relationship with Him.”
~Jerry Bridges “Holiness Day By Day” week 6, Weekend pg. 42 (taken from his book: “The Discipline of Grace”)~
“O God of Grace,
Thou hast imputed my sin to my Substitute, and hast imputed His righteousness to my soul, clothing me with a bridegroom’s robe, decking me with jewels of holiness. But in my Christian walk I am still in rags; my best prayers are stained with sin; my penitential tears are so much impurity; my confessions of wrong are so many aggravations of sin; my receiving the Spirit is tinctured with selfishness.
I need to repent of my repentance; I need my tears to be washed; I have no robe to bring to cover my sins, no loom to weave my own righteousness; I am always standing clothed in filthy garments, and by grace an always receiving change of raiment, for Thou dost always justify the ungodly; I am always going into the far country, and always returning home as a prodigal, always saying, Father forgive me, and Thou art always bringing forth the best robe.
Every morning let me wear it, every evening return in it, go out to the day’s work in it, be married in it, be wound in death in it, stand before the great white throne in it, enter heaven in it shining as the sun.
Grant me never to lose sight of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, the exceeding righteousness of salvation, the exceeding glory of Christ, the exceeding beauty of holiness, the exceeding wonder of grace.”
~”The Valley of Vision”, Leather bound, pg.136-137~
Some of you have been following my updates on this year’s lambing season journey via Instagram (HERE) which has been very hard losing so many little lambs this year, dealing with some health issues related to feeling so overwhelmed with everything that has been going on as of late. Through it all, it has left me more in awe of the God I serve who has given me the strength to press on even when I did not feel like I could, and give me the strength to take each day is it comes, knowing He will supply my needs and has faithfully done so through it all and will not just stop there, but continue till He takes me home to glory! God is so very good, and I praise Him for the work He is doing in my life and the life of my sweet family and farm. Thank you so much for your sweet words of encouragement and prayers….they mean more than you will ever know!
Thanking the Lord for these hard lessons that draw me closer to Him, and for all of you dear readers and fellow prayer warriors.
Soli Deo Gloria,