Monday, June 6, 2016

"The Lord is your shade... he will guard your life." Psalm 121

It was such a glorious evening last night sitting out on the deck with John and Pat's mom sharing prayer, reading the Word/readings from Tenth Sunday of Ordinary time, and feeling the presence of Christ with us in the Eucharist!  We kept saying that the wind and the sun were kept from us by the beautiful shelter from her deck.  It was close to 90 and the wind would gust, but we were in the shade and out of the wind other than a nice cooling ruffle now and then.  John and mom shared one of her rare smiles as John temporarily dropped the host and said it was lucky that it didn't go through the cracks of the decking. 
How we felt his presence as the Holy Spirit guided our prayer and sharing and the readings were powerful!  Sharing the day with Jesus along in the pix, as we awaited the time to go and share His Body with grandma.  I had him in my purse along with my phone while I mowed and John says that is probably why it looked so nice.  I am so happy when John is around... he makes me laugh a lot and that is a huge gift to me!




After this sharing and just back in from time out doing chores in the sun and the wind today... these words from the Psalm 121 from mass today just jumped out...  "The Lord is your shade... he will guard your life."  Even when the sun in beating down on us and things are miserable and hard... the Lord gives us peace as he is in control, and if we place him first we will know that our life is according to his will for us.
Ruth has turned this city girl come to the farm to even more of a country girl... Yes, I used to go outside and put clothes on the line and pick radishes and asparagus from my garden at this time of year, but flowers were always hard for me to grow and now... I have an entire bed of daisies!   I have eggs to pick every day, and she has started a strawberry patch here, too! 

Pat comments on how much Ruth is doing with breeding now with watching for heat morning, noon and night and placing all the info on the computer.  If there is anything to be done outside... she is there!  She is out there working right beside Paul and Pat and her kids are watching and learning right there with them! John, too, is finding farm jobs while he awaits the Lord's plans for him to be revealed.
The breeding station Ruth has set up in the calving barn, which is now empty as calving is over for the year!

The Gospel today is The Beatitudes from Matthew 5!  When you look at them you notice a common theme - poor, mourn, meek, hungry... HUMBLE!!!!  Just as when we say The Magnificat of Mary each night with evening prayer... the message comes across loud and clear - We need to be humble and small and not proud and high on ourselves for without Our Lord we are nothing!

These are too important to not share them for us to ponder how we can do better as we die to self and allow the Spirit to work in us!
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven.
Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
Matthew 5:1-12
The last 2 calves are enjoying the shade of big puffy clouds in the blue blue sky!

Lord, thank you for putting before us all the ways we are called to become more and more yours!  All the ways we are called to humbly approach as we find you in all those we meet - most especially those in our domestic Church/family.  We see The Truth and share it always and there are many that disagree and feel that we are misled.  May we always keep our eyes on you and never stop sharing your LIGHT and your Truth!  Armed with the Fruits of your Holy Spirit, and with the armor of God, may we never cease loving you and serving you without counting the cost!  Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke... city girl come to the farm, and now more country than ever thanks to my farmer daughter, Ruth Ida Rose!
May these we bear these fruits in our lives!
Hold fast and fight off Satan's lies!
Dominic looks like he is ready for battle!  Really he is having fun while older sister and brother go to Vacation Bible School at the Catholic Church a couple blocks away in KC!

Gus and Bernadette very excited for VBS to start!.. This is an exciting time of getting them fired up about their faith at a young age!

Scott Hahn and I share total LOVE for The Church!

Satan is being defeated!  These men saying "yes" to the priesthood are bringing LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT/Christ in Sacrament into the world!

Saying mass on the ship before DDay in 1944 - today is the anniversary!
Danielle Rose - Small Things with great love
Danielle Rose - Litany of Humility
The Afters - Broken Hallelujah
Third Day - You are so good to me
Every time I share their music I think of my talented and amazing son-in-law, Joseph! 

Inside a Missouri fort during a day filled with thunder storms!
 
Love to keep an eye on our other families!  Thank you, girls!




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