"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Thursday, December 10, 2009

It is all in how you see things

I took a class on line that required much writing, and this was a paper I had to write in November on observations.

Observations

Paragraph 1: Farmer's Wife Simple Chores
The stillness resonates the most while standing and looking out towards the Navajo Churro pen and the Sacramento Mountains. The soothing wind gently caresses my face as I am able to delve deep into my inner self and contemplate the future that is ahead. Boaz the ram, bleats letting me know that he needs me, and wishes that I will toss him an apple that is tucked in my jacket pocket. Funny how a dumb animal knows when I carry a treat in my pocket! Boaz and his flock remind me that life does not need to be fast paced, and I am able to slow down and appreciate the very creation of the sheep. I look up towards the crest of the mountains just a mile or so from my home and feel the very Creator displaying the canyons, the peeks, and gulley's. The stillness carries over into the home as I head inside to prepare the family dinner.

Paragraph 2: Farmer's Wife Simple Chores Why must it be so silent as I walk out the the sheep pens? My feet crash into the soil as if White Sand's is testing a nuclear bomb. When will this never-ending wind stop? I should have invested in the White Rain hairspray company as my hair is always tossed the moment I hit the outdoors. Why did I even waste my time washing my hair this morn? The sheep beg for goodies the minute they see me walking towards them. Oh I hate to cart out mushy old apples to them! My hands always get sticky, and last time I fed one of the ewes, she thought my finger was part of the goody. My sister mocks me often as I regressed into a country bumpkin and the slow journey I am on is enough for me to see that my life is slugging away as the world speeds by. I cannot even think about the passenger plane overhead, as the Sacramento Mountains obstruct my view. I cannot believe that the chores take me away from my house and making sure that all inside is neat and tidy. Oh why do sheep need a shepherd?


Do you understand why I shared in this? I wrote about this to share that life will continue no matter how you perceive things. It is so taxing to see the dismal, gloom and doom in everything. If you take some time to ponder that it is YOU that is in control of making the day positive or negative then perhaps you can begin to see things differently. Yes, bad things happen- daily, worldwide. Yet tomorrow will come. Life is not like television. It is full of piles of never ending laundry, too little money, and too little time. Nothing wraps up in a neat little bow- ever. Yet one thing makes life bearable...yes one thing. The simple knowledge that I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13 (p.s. so can you)
Jennifer

6 comments:

WomanWhoRunsWithHorses said...

LOVE this post, HW! :)

Happy Hermit said...

My Faith in the lord preserves me. I know and trust in him. That is why even when the things are hard i whisper praises and thanks for those things he has not done. Because I know truly that he posses me , and I fear nothing because I trust him.

My Faith in Jesus gives me the strength to persevere.

James 5:13
Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

Mrs.Rabe said...

So elequent as you share your perspectives...I agree with you that it is how we perceive our circumstances.

Felinae said...

Very nicely done, Jen.
I agree, perception is everything.

Have a great day, my friend.
Hugs~Felinae~

Humble wife said...

Thanks HB!

HH- I should have just wrote what you wrote...lovely comment!

Mrs. Rabe- thank you, it is so true!

Fel- thank you so much! Right back at you!

Pam said...

Awesome message. You are one talented writer too!