Word Study on Exhaustion (Part 1)

Exhausted.

Definition:

“Completely or almost completely depleted of resources or contents; depleted of energy : extremely tired”

(taken from Merriam-Webster)

There are a lot of Hebrew words that can be translated as exhaustion in the Old Testament. I don’t actually understand a lot of Hebrew anything, so forgive me if I make a mistake as I attempt to go into what they are and what they mean.

Pagar (פָגַר) simply means to be exhausted or faint. It is the word used in 1 Samuel, when the men with David were simply too exhausted to continue.

Here is the story leading up to this point.

“When David and his men came to the city, behold, it was burned with fire, and their wives and their sons and their daughters had been taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him lifted their voices and wept until there was no strength in them to weep.” -1 Samuel 30:3-4

“Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” -1 Samuel 30:6

“Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, “Please bring me the ephod.” So Abiathar brought the ephod to David. David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I pursue this band? Shall I overtake them?” And He said to him, “Pursue, for you will surely overtake them, and you will surely rescue all.” So David went, he and the six hundred men who were with him, and came to the brook Besor, where those left behind remained.” – 1 Samuel 30:7-9

“But David pursued, he and four hundred men, for two hundred who were too exhausted to cross the brook Besor remained behind.” -1 Samuel 30:10

This is among my very favorite stories in the Bible, primarily because of what happens next.

By the blessing of the LORD, David and his men return with their wives and children along with much spoil.

“When David came to the two hundred men who were too exhausted to follow David, who had also been left at the brook Besor, and they went out to meet David and to meet the people who were with him, then David approached the people and greeted them. 

Then all the wicked and worthless men among those who went with David said, “Because they did not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered, except to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away and depart.” 

Then David said, “You must not do so, my brothers, with what the Lord has given us, who has kept us and delivered into our hand the band that came against us. And who will listen to you in this matter? For as his share is who goes down to the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage; they shall share alike.” 

So it has been from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel to this day.” -1 Samuel 30:21-25


Kashal (כָּשַׁל) means to stumble or totter, or more specifically to be brought down. It is often referring to feebleness that is caused by sin or God’s judgment of sin, and is the most frequently used word translated as exhausted.

Interestingly enough, this one of the many words for weariness or tiredness used in the famous Isaiah 40 passage:

“Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
Yet those who wait for the LORD
Will gain new strength;” -Isaiah 40:30-31a

That phrase “stumble badly” is Kashal, to be brought down or to totter. So perhaps this verse means something closer to a statement that even the most physically strong will fall, and even the most vigorous will be brought down, but those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength.

Here are a few more instances of Kashal:

“Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.
Say to those with anxious heart,
“Take courage, fear not.
Behold, your God will come with vengeance;
The recompense of God will come,
But He will save you.” -Isaiah 35:3-4

“But as for you, you have turned aside from the way; you have caused many to stumble by the instruction; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi,” says the Lord of hosts.” -Malachi 2:8

They will therefore stumble over each other as if running from the sword, although no one is pursuing; and you will have no strength to stand up before your enemies.” -Leviticus 26:37

“But a man of God came to him saying, “O king, do not let the army of Israel go with you, for the Lord is not with Israel nor with any of the sons of Ephraim. But if you do go, do it, be strong for the battle; yet God will bring you down before the enemy, for God has power to help and to bring down.” – 2 Chronicles 25:7-8


Yaeph (יָעַף) means to be weary or to be faint and seems to be often used when talking about fruitless and exhausting labor.

This word is also frequently used in Isaiah 40.

For instance:

“Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.” -Isaiah 40:28

“Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly” -Isaiah 40:30

“Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.” -Isaiah 40:31

Another instance of Yaeph is Jeremiah 51:58.

“Thus says the Lord of hosts,

“The broad wall of Babylon will be completely razed
And her high gates will be set on fire;
So the peoples will toil for nothing,
And the nations become exhausted only for fire.” -Jeremiah 51:58

An interesting use of Yaeph is in Daniel. I will back up a bit to get context.

“In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the Lord to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years. 

So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed and said,

“Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances.

Moreover, we have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, our fathers and all the people of the land.”

-Daniel 9:2-6

In great distress of soul Daniel pleads with God. You can read the whole thing here (and I would highly recommend it), but for the sake of this post I will not give the entire thing.

I will however, give the end of it.

“So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplications, and for Your sake, O Lord, let Your face shine on Your desolate sanctuary. 

O my God, incline Your ear and hear! Open Your eyes and see our desolations and the city which is called by Your name; for we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion. 

O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”

-Daniel 9:17-19

Before doing this word study I do not remember coming across this verse, although I think I’ve read Daniel through before. It may now, perhaps, be among my favorite of verses.

After this comes the part where Yaeph is used.

“Now while I was speaking and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God in behalf of the holy mountain of my God, while I was still speaking in prayer, then the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision previously, came to me in my extreme weariness about the time of the evening offering. He gave me instruction and talked with me and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding.”

Daniel’s attention and love towards the city of the LORD was so great that he was in extreme weariness.


Yaga or Yagea (יָגַע) means to toil, grow, or be weary; also to gasp, have pain, or suffer. It is the second most frequently used word for exhausted in the Bible.

Here are some instances the word Yaga:

“I am accounted wicked,
Why then should I toil in vain?” -Job 9:29

I am weary with my sighing;
Every night I make my bed swim,
I dissolve my couch with my tears.” -Psalm 6:6

Do not weary yourself to gain wealth,
Cease from your consideration of it.” -Proverbs 23:4

You have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet you say, “How have we wearied Him?” In that you say, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He delights in them,” or, “Where is the God of justice?” -Malachi 2:17

“Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly” -Isaiah 40:30


I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did! This is one of my favorite things to do. Part two will be on Greek words for exhaustion.

As you may well guess….. I’ve been pretty exhausted within the past couple weeks that I’ve been working on this post. Lately, it has mostly been physical exhaustion, which sleeping in today helped to remedy. But spiritual and mental exhaustion have also been coming my way. Exhaustion of my patience is probably what I’m struggling with most right now.

You might very well be exhausted in some way right now.

Maybe it’s a good kind of exhausted from working hard, and you are looking forward to a restful night with that nice feeling in your limbs somewhere between sore and tired.

Perhaps, like me your patience is running thin and you don’t know whether you will have the strength to answer gently to your siblings.

Or maybe you are so mentally exhausted you can only look forward to a restless night of anxiety.

You might even be spiritually exhausted, unable to put up any form of defense to the lies creeping into your soul.

Let me tell you: God is there for you. He knows you. He can help you. God bless you!

This week’s song is Worn, by Tenth Avenue North.

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” -Galatians 6:9-10 (NASB)

*All scripture quotations are from the NASB translation unless otherwise noted

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Hello again……

Hello! It’s been a little while since I last posted! I sort of had a month-long unannounced hiatus thing. Basically for the last four or five Saturdays something was going on or I was just too busy.

I have no idea how often I’ll be posting in the future, although I know I want to take a complete break in August. I love blogging and I greatly enjoy it and it means a lot to me that people read my blog, so thank you so much!

My life has in so many ways been kinda crazy lately. God has been teaching me so much that I can’t even begin to tell all of y’all. Above all….He is there. Always. No matter what.

He has been showing me that everything apart from Him can fall apart and will fall apart. Yet through it all, He is not only there, but He is who He is, loving, gracious, merciful, just, and true, in everything. He’s been teaching me that emotion is not something to run from and that I need brothers and sisters alongside me.

So here I am again.

In case you were wondering Oliver is doing splendidly. He is in the process of being weaned…..which he does not quite admire. I’m sure he would prefer a little bit more milk but he’s getting big and he needs to start eating grass as his primary source of food.

As for goats……they’re all big and weaned and off somewhere having the time of there lives, whatever that means. I don’t keep track of them very well. I have typically been sticking with cows and chickens. And my dog.

About three weeks I got some (aka a lot) of nice shots of scenery around here and I just now got to editing and processing them and spent most of yesterday trying to figure out why they wouldn’t upload.

So now, to make this an actual post here are my favorites.

The sunbeams were awesome.

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This was a super sweet momma cow and her calf.

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Two with grass as foreground.

And of course after a while……Oliver saw me. As he hadn’t yet had his bottle at that point, he came running. I was just barely able to snap this picture before he was slobbering all over my jeans.

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A yellow rose with pink highlights.

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And finally, a silhouette of some blooming roses set against a fading sunset.

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I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for all the nominating and tagging! I really appreciate it even though, I don’t think I do very many of them, at least not any time soon.

This week’s featured song is My Portion and My Strength by Ellie Holcomb.

 

May you find your portion and your strength in Him!

God be with you.

“But You, O LORD, are a shield about me,
My glory, and the One who lifts my head.”

-Psalm 3:3 (NASB)

Do Our Petty Struggles Matter to God?

Do you ever feel stuck? Like you long to live wholeheartedly for God and something just keeps holding you back?

If there is one thing in America that keeps us from following after God, it is ourselves. We are taught to value individuality and identity so much that we begin to doubt if we even have such things. We don’t look to God to see what is keeping us back; we look at ourselves and then compare to our surroundings.

When I feel stuck, too often my reaction is to think on what a petty life and petty struggles I have.

The small, mundane, petty, ridiculous struggles are what we must conquer, and find joy in the midst of, right now. God will use the struggles we have and the temptations we face – even the petty ones – to strengthen us. When we overcome our day to day struggles, we grow in steadfastness and in diligence.  We need to grow right now, right where we are.


Do you feel stuck behind you own efforts?

Do you feel like you will never grow, never get beyond this place where you are now? Turn to God. Turn to the One who is higher than you, higher than you could ever imagine. And yet, He is as close beside you as ever, just waiting for you to knock.

Reach out in faith and grasp the truth of God’s Holy Word. Seek answers and find them. Do you long for God? Call out. He will answer. He not only can but will deliver you from this present evil age. Call out to God and He will answer. You may not be able to see Him working just yet, but believe me you will.

Your petty struggles, your silly dreams, your biggest temptations, and the miniature wars fought in your mind, they matter to the God who created heaven and earth.

They may seem small, not worth the time to pray about, not worth the effort to look heavenward, but they matter to Him. Every painful step matters. There is nothing hidden that he does not see. He will help you if only you will let Him.

I beg you, ask Him to help you. Pray, even beg on your knees for the Lord to be with you. He answers prayer.

God does not “help those who help themselves”. He helps those who give up pretending they can help themselves and who look to heaven for the help and strength they need.

Don’t look around and compare yourself to everyone around you, whether good or bad. Seek from God where it is He wants you to grow and devote yourself to His will. Delight yourself in God. Find in Him your full joy and peace.

“Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as the noonday.

Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.”

-Psalms 37:3-7

Seek the Lord’s face and you will grow. Walk with the Lord and learn from Him. He will indeed change you to become like Him.

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.” -Philippians 3:20-21

May God help and strengthen you to lay hold of the victory He has provided through the cross!

God bless you.

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 1:6

*All Scripture quotations are from the NASB translation

Featured song:

Jesus Is There For You by The Lindsey Family

Powerful Verses to Help Win Victory Over Fear

I’ve got a lot going on today, so I’m going to “try” and keep this post short.

In my mind, pretty much any time we fail to answer God’s call or do what He asks us to do, it all comes down to one of two things: laziness or fear.

Wouldn’t you agree?

Sometimes they even come together. We are too afraid to answer God’s call and do our duty, and we are too lazy to move forward.

Because listening to God’s leading and following through is at least a really large part of our walk with God, if laziness and fear are the two main things that keep us from doing that, then it is vastly important that we have a weapon against these two things.

As I said in a previous post, scripture really is our most powerful weapon. In fact, it is our sword. Faith is our shield, but the “the sword of the spirit which is the word of God” is our weapon.

In a previous post I talked about laziness and gave a bunch of verses to overcome it.

You can read it here:

I’m thinking I’ll do the same sort of post today, only my talking is going to be a bit shorter. 🙂

Of course, the fear of the LORD, or the awe of God, if you want to put it that way, is probably the biggest thing that helps us overcome fear. Also knowing that God is truly with us and has gone before us. You can read my post on the fear of God here.

Enjoy these verses! May you be refreshed by the word of God!

“Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”-Ephesians 6:14-17

“With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, or which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” -Ephesians 6:18-20

“After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying,
“Do not fear, Abram,
I am a shield to you;
Your reward shall be very great.”” -Genesis 15:1

“But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever.” -Exodus 14:13

“Only do not rebel against the Lord; and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our prey. Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.” -Numbers 14:9

“Do not fear them, for the Lord your God is the one fighting for you.” -Deuteronomy 3:22

“The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” -Deuteronomy 31:8

“Samuel said to the people, “Do not fear. You have committed all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.” -1 Samuel 12:20

“So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”” -2 Kings 6:16

“And he said, “Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.”2 Chronicles 20:15

“You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you.”” -2 Chronicles 20:17

“Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be dismayed because of the king of Assyria nor because of all the horde that is with him; for the one with us is greater than the one with him.” -2 Chronicles 32:7

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” -Psalm 23:4

“The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?” Psalm 27:1

“Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.” -Psalm 27:3

“I sought the Lord, and He answered me,
And delivered me from all my fears.” -Psalm 34:4

“Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;” -Psalm 46:2

“He will not fear evil tidings;
His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” -Psalm 112:7

“The fear of man brings a snare,
But he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted.” -Proverbs 29:25

“Say to those with anxious heart,
“Take courage, fear not.
Behold, your God will come with vengeance;
The recompense of God will come,
But He will save you.”” -Isaiah 35:4

“‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’” -Isaiah 41:10

“For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand,
Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’” -Isaiah 41:13

“But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel,
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine!”” -Isaiah 43:1

“For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.” -Jeremiah 17:8

“Do not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad,
For the Lord has done great things.” -Joel 2:21

“Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.” -Matthew 10:26

“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” -Matthew 10:28

“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” -Luke 12:7

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” -John 14:27

“But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled” -1 Peter 3:14

“Do not fear what you are about to suffer…………………….Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”-Revelation 2:10


As my pastor says repeatedly, when the Bible is repetitive, God is probably trying to make something clear. Do not fear man. Fear God.

Do not fear for your future, do not fear for you earthly life, fear God alone. The fear of God should motivate you forward, fear of man tries to silence God’s voice. Do not fear. He is with us. He will never leave us.

“God is is our refuge and strength,

A very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change

And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;

Though its waters roar and foam,

Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.

God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.

The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered;
He raised His voice, the earth melted.

The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold.”

-Psalm 46:1-7

I pray you would all find peace and joy in the midst of whatever there is around you to fear. Rest in God and be still. Listen, and obey. Do not fear. He will deliver.


If you would like the verses in PDF format you can download it here:

“Verses That Stand Against Fear”


 

This week’s song is Fear Not by Ellie Holcomb. Enjoy!

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine!” -Isaiah 43:1

*All Scripture Quotations are form the NASB Translation

Some Liebster Awards

I’ve been getting nominated a lot for stuff lately. And being as I didn’t really have a good post idea for today, I figured I’d do a couple of them.

Actually I’ll “only” be doing two because that’s all that I remember.

I was nominated by Hannah at A Need To Breathe and Elisha at Africa Boy

RULES

  1.  Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Display your award.
  3. Answer the questions you were asked.
  4. Nominate 5 other bloggers.
  5. Ask 6 new questions.
  6. Let your nominees know they were nominated and give them a link to your post.

Thank you Hannah!

For once I’m actually doing it in order!

Hannah’s Questions

Would you rather live near the ocean (tourist town) or on a mountain (totally isolated)?

I detest this question. The selfish answer is on a mountain. However being as the Bible says:

“Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire;
    he breaks out against all sound judgment.” -Proverbs 18:1 (ESV)

Then I suppose it would be less selfish to live in a tourist town especially being as that would be a good opportunity for evangelism.

Do you prefer the middle of winter or the middle of summer, and why?

Middle of the winter. It’s colder.

Would you rather work with a therapy dog, a therapy cat, or a therapy horse on a daily basis, and why?

Therapy dog? ‘Cause I like dogs. Next would probably come therapy horse.

What is your favorite personality trait (in others AND in yourself)?

Patience and a willingness to listen.

Would you choose to be a writer, an editor, or an English professor?

An editor. 🙂

If you had to become an advocate, what would be your cause?

I would be an advocate of voiceless, the fatherless, and the helpless.


Thank you Elisha!

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Elisha’s Questions

If you had the choice to grow or shrink, what would you choose?

I would probably shrink. I don’t tend to like to be the center of attention…..very insightful question.

Do you play any sports?

Nope.

Favorite animal?

1) My dog.

2) My calf.

3) A nice old fashioned large teddy bear.

What is your funniest childhood memory?

I have no idea.

Favorite movie?

Currently Unplanned.

I have lots, though, among which are Mom’s Night Out, Sound of Music, Courageous, Pride and Prejudice, Gifted Hands, Faith Like Potatoes, Amazing Grace, How To Train Your Dragon, Up, Fiddler on the Roof, The Andy Griffith Show, Ratatouille, and Love Comes Softly. Was this supposed to be an exhaustive list? Oops. “Movie” was singular.

Marvel or DC?

I’m new to them both. In fact I don’t think I’ve watched a DC movie. So I guess you could say Marvel?


My Nominees:

My Questions

  1. What is the hardest thing about writing anything?
  2. What are some things you do when you are feeling down?
  3. What is the most beautiful thing that you can see right now?
  4. What are your thoughts on what God’s will is and how find/seek it?
  5. Which of the fruits of the spirit would you say you are struggling with the most right now? (Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control)
  6. What is a passage or verse that you go to often?

That is the fastest I have ever done a nomination. Ever. Wow. Probably because I didn’t over think the questions and gave really quick answers to the questions I was given. Also there was only 5 people I had to nominate. A lot quicker than 11-20 people.

Have a great week!

I will leave you with this psalm, one of my favorite psalm as well as on eof the most challenging ones.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brothers to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Coming down upon the beard,
Even Aaron’s beard,
Coming down upon the edge of his robes.

It is like the dew of Hermon
Coming down upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the LORD commanded the blessing—life forever” -Psalm 133 (NASB)

And, of course, this week’s featured song will be Hineh Ma Tov, otherwise known as “How Good and Pleasant” or Psalm 133.

Enjoy!

Recent Photos and Baby Goats

Hello everyone!!!!!!! Life has been wonderful over here (for the most part) and we’ve been having wonderful weather! It’s been so beautiful I’ve been wanting to take lots of pictures, but pictures just really don’t do it justice.

My calfy-walfy (my bottle-calf) has been doing mostly splendidly. Getting pictures of him turned out a little harder than I thought. One moment he was way over there. He had just seen me and was running through the thick grass with his little tail in the air.

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The next moment I tried to take a picture of him….uh…well…..you’ll see.

This was all I got.

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Yeah. He likes me I guess. Or he wanted some more milk. Either one.

I tried running a little bit and then turning around real fast to try and snap a picture of him before he got to me. Nope. Didn’t work. He’s too fast. I just ended up out of breath and with more calf slobber on my jeans.

So……..I tried climbing on a rock. It….sort of worked. Sort of.

He’s so cute. He loves to be rubbed under his neck. At least whenever he isn’t focused on getting milk. He’ll just start sucking on your fingers.

When he was younger it was okay except for the slobber part, of which he produces gallons, but now he has developed his sandpaper tongue and it kinda hurts. He’s getting so big!!!!!

My sister and my mom were able to get a picture or two of him when he was grazing, a little more recently.

Isn’t he cute? Don’t you love him? I’ve been halter training him and he’s getting pretty good on the halter. I think he wishes he had his own real herd, though. He will once he’s a little bigger and doesn’t need a bottle.

We still have a problem: he comes to Oliver when I call him, and Oliver just matches him. However, everyone else, excepting my dad who just calls him whatever the person he’s with happens to call him, calls him Marco.

When I had my sister edit the previous post I did on Oliver and I was mentioning the disagreement about his name, good thing I read over her edits because this is what I found.

This was what the sentence was supposed to say:

His name is Oliver. But my sister would probably say his name is Marco (it’s not). I think Oliver matches him.

This is what she edited it to say:

His name is Oliver. But my sisters would probably say his name is definitely Marco (because it is). But I think Oliver matches him.

Very sly. She didn’t actually change what I said, after all.

It gave me a good laugh, though. Anyway…..so everyone calls him Marco…..but I’m the one who takes care of him and feeds him, and after all, he likes me best because I’m his adopted mommy. So shouldn’t I get to name him? I guess I’ll just keep calling him Oliver and they’ll keep calling him Marco and we’ll all just keep going on like this. Forever. Oh well.


All the goats are so big!!! Everything is getting so big!! All the animals are growing up. Little ity-bity Lyrabella is SOOO big now. She’s bigger than her brother, Oxford.

Below is Killarney and Lyrabella, and then on the right, just Lyrabella. She’s a silly little goat.

Guess what?

We have ANOTHER BABY GOAT here on the farm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Diamond had a kid!

Diamond is my favorite goat, although she is the most mischevious of them all. She’s a La Mancha, which means she is extra curious, stubborn, and has little tiny ears called ‘gopher ears’.

This is Diamond.

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We decided to name the kid Tolkien. He’s so cute! He is a cross between La Mancha and Nigerian Dwarf. Because of which, his ears are kind of funny. They are mostly gopher ears, but they are a little longer and look almost like elf ears.

He’s not the most photogenic, but I managed to get some pictures of him with a little help from my brother.

I love this little guy! He’s already almost as big as Gandolf. (Not quite. Gandolf is GIANT, though). He takes after his mom and likes to butt away all the other goats. Just for fun of course. His mommy takes it all very seriously.

Now for some random pretty photos!!!!!! Enjoy! (Remember: no stealing.)

I was trying to get some pictures of the birds at our bird feeders but didn’t have much to show for all the time I sat there waiting. They didn’t like the noise of the shutter and my only lens doesn’t do a good job of getting in close. Some of them were in focus enough for me to crop them a bunch, though, so here they are!

This was the most in focus of all the ones I took of the hummingbirds. For some reason, the hummingbirds weren’t as afraid of me, but they sure are fast!

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This one was cropped a lot. Goldfinches aren’t very sociable. The chickadees and juncos were a little better.

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The hummingbird wasn’t very in focus in this picture, but the lighting was so pretty!

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This one is funny! It was also cropped a lot and was part of a much larger frame. I got it just as the junco began taking off and thus…the wings. It’s still sort of cool, although it is a little blurry.

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Our herbs have been very productive lately! I love having a whole patch of oregano to pick from when I cook! We also have thyme, parsley, and cilantro. The dill plant isn’t currently producing or has disappeared.

I realized after a second glance at this photo that this was not herbs but some sort of lush weed growing in our garden. Anyway, I took a picture of my feet!

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My week has been mostly trying to work on my bad attitude and then making a little progress and then failing and feeling discouraged. I also got sick on Saturday evening and woke up even more sick on Sunday. I still have a chest cough which is a little annoying, but I’m thankful to be feeling a lot better. I got through Camp NaNo, but because of my cold or the flu, whatever it was, I only made it to 18,000 instead of 20,000 words. Still, it’s cool. I lowered my word count goal once I got sick, so I technically won.

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My sister just made banana chocolate chip muffins so that makes me feel better. I AM DETERMINED TO BE JOYFUL THIS WEEK. With or without banana chocolate chip muffins. It makes me smile just thinking of how blessed I am……..**happy sigh**. I really am so blessed!!!!!

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I hope you all had a wonderful Resurrection Sunday! Have a wonderful month of May!

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Hope you enjoyed all the photos and the update on farm life ’round here!!!

For more posts with cute pictures of baby goats, check out:

This week’s song is Wonderfully Made by Ellie Holcomb. I love this song, so make sure and check it out! Lyrics here.

God be with you through everything you may find yourself doing this week! God be with you all!!!!!

“The king answered Daniel and said, “Surely your God is a God of gods and a Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, since you have been able to reveal this mystery.” -Daniel 2:47 (NASB)

Why do We Serve Christ?

Love this post.

I’m taking a break from blogging today so I can amp up my word count on my Camp NaNo project.

Enjoy!

Skipping Adolescence

IMG_0928Hello everyone! I thought the most fitting way to start my blog was by sharing the most important part: Knowing God.

In American churches today, a huge focus is on serving Christ. We do it through sermons, small groups, evangelizing, fighting against things like abortion, helping others in the church, and the list goes on. It’s great!

Or is it?

What is the drive behind why we do what we do, the root of our fruit? Why are we doing all these things? To reach the lost? To encourage other believers? Probably. But I don’t think it stops there.

Sadly, for a lot of Christians, it is because they think that if they don’t serve Him enough, they won’t get to heaven, or God won’t love them as much.

I used to think that. Not consciously, and I wouldn’t say that’s what I thought. I knew that God loved everyone…

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