Thursday, October 19, 2017

"his grace through the redemption of Christ Jesus" Romans 3/corn harvest begins/giving it to HIM quickly in prayer!

This man is made of steel, or we all hope so... He climbs these bins hundreds of times over the harvest, and so it began yesterday around Ruth and Paul's place.  Many prayers for him to say "safe and sane."

There was one time when Ruth was about 7 that Pat could not get his hand in to get at a screw at the top of the bin.  He tried to get me up there, but I was too terrified and froze before we got to the roof.  He then had to bring Ruth up there to do it for him!  He placed her right in front of him and helped her every step of the way, and I was shaking inside out of fear and shame.  Ever since than I have a deep appreciation/worry for Pat, who may have to go up and down numerous times while a load is unloading if there are issues.  Lord, I place him in your hands and Trust!
On his way down...

With MEA here.. I was able to do the office and have doughnuts with John, after John had taken breakfast over to share with  his girlfriend, Bobbie, and they had also shared the office/morning prayer before she had to go to work!  Nothing better than sharing our Faith with Joy in the morning!  Such a powerful morning as it is the memorial of those that watered the missions to the North American native people with their blood... St Kateri was one of those who accepted Christ in the years following their sacrifice!
Pat said a quick prayer yesterday asking for some specific moisture for the corn, and that was close to what they found.  "We can really get rocking and rolling if it is 18%, Lord!"  We are ever so grateful for the sun and the wind drying down the crop and allowing us to get busy taking out the crops to feed the world!
This corn came back from hail, so it was less that it could have been if not for that.

There are some fake plans out there about getting down to KC with my parents to see Susan/Hallel for Thanksgiving.  We are big on dreaming up "fake plans" around here as we live life on the fly and never really know what the future will hold.  We giggle about them and my husband is famous for looking at things from every angle and also wanting to be able to be two places or more at the same time.  He wants to do it all!!
Over with grandpa's lunch... I got to see my Saint buddy - Luke.  He is my namesake in the family as I am since my conversion... Barbara Luke. 
The two Lukes on our shared feastday on the beautiful porch at the farm!
My conversion story and choosing St Luke for my patron Saint?...
Ruth went to ride in the tractor with Paul, so I got to take too many pictures of red haired Joy with pumpkin and puppy while the corn was coming out around their house!  Joy smiles with her all!!!

Just as the North American Martyrs led to many coming to Christ with their total Sacrifice, so too St Paul lays it out for us today in Romans 3
"...all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God.
They are justified freely by his grace
through the redemption in Christ Jesus,
whom God set forth as an expiation,
through faith, by his Blood, to prove his righteousness
because of the forgiveness of sins previously committed,
through the forbearance of God–
to prove his righteousness in the present time,
that he might be righteous
and justify the one who has faith in Jesus."
All we need do is come to him in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and find healing and forgiveness and receive "his grace through the redemption of Christ Jesus."  That grace is what I cling to each day as I stumble down the narrow path carrying/dragging my most Cherished Cross!
All was smiles until Katie tried to chew on her...
Joy's first corn harvest... one of many over the years.  Now her mom is living the life she grew up with... with her own family!  It could happen for Joy, too.  The Lord has his own plan for her alone!  Always ask the Lord to show us his plan and trust in him! 

Pat just called to say that on this beautiful MEA vacation that David and Luke are playing on bikes in the shed they swept out, and Mary and Rose are playing on the round bales in the shed!  "The kids are enjoying a beautiful MEA day on the farm.  Perfect for kids on the farm!"
Luke waving at his parents in the tractor...

Lord, I turn to you with each new day and long to be more totally and completely yours - dying to self so that you may live in me.  Yes, I make fake plans, but I know that you are in charge.  I give my life to you and ask  that I may be better at sharing your love and mercy without counting the cost!  Jesus, I trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
Very special to share Luke with this sweetie!  We love the graces and blessings that come from The Church in our day to day lives!  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke with Lukie Tookie!

Happy Feast Day
North American Martyrs
1607 - 1646
Feast Day: October 19
Patron Saint of North America...

St. Isaac Jogues was a Jesuit priest, missionary, and martyr who traveled and worked among the native populations in North America. He gave the original European name to Lake George, calling it Lac du Saint Sacrement, Lake of the Blessed Sacrament. In 1646, Jogues was martyred by the Mohawks near present-day Auriesville, New York. Jogues, Jean de Brébeuf and six other martyred missionaries, all Jesuits or laymen associated with them, were canonized in 1930, and are known as "The North American Martyrs".

Lord, hear our prayer. 

Now THIS is #relationshipgoals! haha! Being canonized together as saints, having all of your kids enter religious life, and having a canonized kid!

Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, parents of Saint Thérèse de Lisieux, are the first married couple in history to be proclaimed saints together today, 18 October 2015!

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Danielle Rose - If I touch him
Danielle Rose - Pursue me

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Happy Feast Day Barbara Luke and Lukey Tookie! St Luke interviewed Mary the Mother of God!

Three bunnies sitting on the fence... maybe the one in the middle is an Indian however and proving that boys will be boys and they are equally silly here!  The two Davids and Gus are close... they enjoy spending time together very much!  I just wanted to start with them to add a smile to our days!
Here's the big picture that I was getting to... Hallel with the boys 5 months ago... she is holding Luke, who will be 4 in a few weeks and who is sharing a Feast day with me today... St Luke! 

Each girl now has a Patrick in their boys... Ruth has Simon Patrick, Nancy has Dominic Patrick, and Maria has Patrick Joseph.  I have been very patient and silent about no Barbaras at all yet, but I have started to mention that it would be nice.  I had pointed out to me that I do have Luke, as when I joined The Church as a 20 year old college student, I took St Luke for my patron Saint.  Why?  Because I love what he gives us of Mary, and the Gospel of Mercy with the Prodigal Son and Good Samaritan, and he was a Physician and I was in nursing school.  I have never regretted taking him for my patron saint and it is very wonderful to share this special day with my grandson, Lukey Tookie!
Luke with 6 month old baby sister, Joy, on applesauce day...  It has been a big new year for Luke as he started going to preschool 3 mornings a week and he loves it!

It was so special to share the beginning of my feast day this morning with John in the dark kitchen... John eats and fills in when he can on our shared morning prayer, and I was sure to read this to him while he ate..."The intimate accounts contained in Luke's gospel of the early years of Christ's life (the Visitation, the Nativity, the Presentation, etc.) lead many scholars to believe that one of the eyewitnesses he interviewed was the Blessed Virgin Mary herself. According to tradition he was also a skilled artist and painted the first icons of Our Lady with the Child Jesus. Several of these icons are still venerated today, the most famous of which hangs in the Church of St. Mary Major in Rome."

I knew that John would love this as much as I do!  We see eye to eye on who the best mother of all is, and we love her so much!  To think that she posed for her icon or St Luke remembered her appearance is out of this world amazing!   Also to think of his wonderful talks with her and relaying it all to us - this is what I love so much about his Gospel... "the intimate accounts" of Mary and Jesus!
Luke with an apple delivery!  You can see him most days bent over in the little boy pushing dump truck position.  He then dumped his load into the sink for grandma.
A few weeks back... with MEA starting this afternoon we have some fake plans to do some canning of tomatoes again.  No more apples to do, however.
The beans came out quickly this year due to the hail that destroyed the crop on June 22nd... we had to replant and got about half  the beans.  Each year has new challenges!

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings 
glad tidings of peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation! 
- Isaiah 52:7  Entrance Antiphon - Feast of St Luke
Yes!!!  This is true of all the Gospels for sure, and the 4 that wrote them with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit!  Today in St Luke's Gospel - Luke 10... He sends forth the disciples to "Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
'The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.'"
No fussy eaters here!  Such a humble place to be in.... depending on the hospitality of others, and nothing but taking what is given to you.  I see a lot of this same thing happening with Hallel and her Community go out on mission/knocking on the door of the poor and begging for their food!  They, too,  represent/are Christ knocking at the door of their hearts as they share the Gospel/Christ with them!
 They have started on corn this morning... Lord watch over the farmers at this busy time of year.

Lord, each day in your Church is a wonderful gift filled with so very much to hold close to our hearts, minds and souls!  St Luke led by the Holy Spirit listened at the feet of our Mother of Heaven and earth and knew that she was chosen by you, and given to us at the foot of the Cross.  We have her account of bringing you into the world, and loving you without counting the cost!  Thank you, St Luke!  We also witness your Mercy in such powerful ways through his sharing The Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan!  We are unworthy of that mercy, and we in turn return it to those around us.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Bless-bless, Barb
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Happy Feast of Saint Luke, the only Gospel writer to give us the Parable of the Prodigal Son. God rejoices when we turn to him, as the father in the parable does: “Let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found” (Luke 15:23-24).
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Hail Mary,
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit...
of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of death.

Our 2 semis by the grain bins... my husband climbs them hundreds of times each fall.  Lord and Guardian angel watch out for my hard working husband, and all those on the farms in this crazy time of year!

A beautiful peaceful sight in the still green pasture across the road from the farm yesterday.  A lush green fall with lots of water in the creeks for the cows.  Praying for peace for all!
Driving around to record pictures of fall 2017... trying to bottle such a beautiful day!  Bless-bless
Newsboys - We believe
third Day - Cry out to Jesus
reminding me of my son-in-law, Captain Joseph, who sings like him!
The picture that came up on my memory today of 5 years ago!  Patrick's healing!
Third Day - God of Wonders!
Joe barely in the door from Afghanistan and he was playing and singing to the delight of his kids!  LOVE!
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Miss them!  Thinking so much about Patrick... 5 years later... such a miracle that continues with each new day!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

"I am not ashamed of the Gospel!" Romans 1/ sharing the Gospel on the way out the door!

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For my birthday I asked for family pictures from my girls... Maria came through for me at the park along with a movie of almost a year old, Evangeline walking her first steps!  This was taken on Patrick's 5th birthday last week, and the memories are coming with each new day of our battle for his healing 5 years ago!
This was the memory for today... Joseph home from Afghanistan to be at the side of Maria and his son, Patrick, after his traumatic birth!
Yes, there have been two miracle babies born happy and healthy since, and Patrick is the picture of health, too! 
A happy Patrick with cousins and sibs when we were visiting them on base/Fort Lewis Washington a month and a half ago.
Now we have two brown eyed 5 year olds going starting Kindergarten, and in a month we will have 3 when Bernadette joins the 5 year old club! 
The three plus Luke, who is a year behind, hanging out with Our Lady in May... Hallel was home for her first visit in 4 years! 
Hallel with all 15 grandkids!  #16 is due at Easter next!  Hallel will be in the U.S. so should be able to meet this one without having to wait too long!

I have gotten side tracked by memories and pictures... Imagine that happening to me?!?  I am still in delight mode with the beginning of St Paul to the Romans today to begin the readings at mass!  "Brothers and sisters:
I am not ashamed of the Gospel.
It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes:"
Such a glorious fall morning and the sign on the barn now says - Family and Farm are the Best!... just got word that the combine got stuck a bit while taking out the beans..."We got them all by going at different angles... it wasn't too bad.  Lord, continue with the drying weather and keep the farmers safe and sane!

My love of the Gospel and The Word/Jesus has definitely been amped up majorly since Hallel joined The Community of the Lamb!  Hallel has also shared that her call to this specific order had a lot to do with her LOVE of Jesus in his Word.  I have adopted their way of starting the night before by reading and chanting each line of the Gospel... actually I just, with great excitement read it before I turn on the light at night!  I then, hopefully, have a chance to read it with Pat and John following morning prayer in the morning.  It is how I ask the Holy Spirit to share with me that spark to set fire to my day!
My brother asked for baby pictures to compare them to his newest dark haired granddaughter living out in Delaware... being the oldest I have lots of special pictures with my young wonderful loving parents!  These were taken 65 years ago, and I still have my parents with me in good mind and health! 
I love this so much... taken just a few weeks ago after sharing a glorious mass together!  I have them to thank for the overflowing blessings I receive each day from The Church as their listening to the Holy Spirit speaking through The Word of God/Isaiah 55:1-2 led us all 13 into The Church!!!
13 new Catholics at The Farm in 1971... 46 years and each day has been filled to the brim with so much!!!!  The Gospel is huge and I am not ashamed of proclaiming from the rooftops all that Jesus and The Church means to me! 

John and I shared morning prayer and breakfast and then the Gospel as he was leaving... " Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside?
But as to what is within, give alms,
and behold, everything will be clean for you."  Luke 11
"This ties into the reading about the wedding feast on Sunday and how what really matters is what is on the inside/ are we in the wedding garment as we come to Jesus?"  Yes, we are to be presentable and clean through confession often and using the Sacraments to come ever closer to dying to self so that Jesus can live and move and breath and serve and care and love and give and proclaim the Gospel of Truth through us!
Do you ever wonder..."Why is it the world as I see it?"  I am humbled and grateful for the years of LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT  I have been given.   Thank you, Lord!
The first of 11 children... my parents certainly modeled for me openness to life and raising LIGHTS!

Lord, I am yours and I humbly ask that I can be your hands and feet in sharing your Truth!  I am unworthy of your mercy, and my I return it to those around me.  Jesus, I trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
We have been longing for the sun, and it is here!  Be with the farmers, Lord!  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
The huge cottonwood tree that is an explosion of wonderful sunny yellow!  I always admired this tree while Ruth and Paul lived here for 10 years and now it is my tree!  The move was right and good for all.  Guardian angels watch out for all of us!
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"Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your own weaknesses."
St. Mother Teresa

Yes, even as a mother of little ones.
Yes, just as you are, right now....
Yes, even with your imperfections and limitations.

We can do great things, one small thing at a time.
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St Ignatius today!  “The only thing I ask of you is to allow me to offer the libation of my blood to God. I am the wheat of the Lord; may I be ground by the teeth of the beasts to become the immaculate bread of Christ.”
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Hills and Valleys
Hillary Scott - Thy will be done