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Chick & Her Roo: It’s REAL Life, too.

Fostering the chicks

Fostering the chicks

After three months of fostering 2 little chicks, it was time for them to go to their forever home with my friend Jean. My heart was sad but I know that she will treasure them and keep them safe, but wait…that’s not how the day started.

Yawning, I turned the shower on but the phone rang and off went the shower.

I need you. I need Bill. My goose was attacked and she’s laying in the yard fighting for her life. She’s still alive. Please send Bill to help me. I can’t handle this on my own.

Now Bill had just closed his eyes for a much deserved afternoon nap. Putting my hand on his shoulder, I whispered that our friend needed him. He didn’t pause although he did sigh when I told him why she needed him. Changing his clothes, he asked what she wanted for him to do. That, I could not answer. This was not his favorite kind of call to take, as you may imagine.

“BUT IF ANYONE HAS THE WORLD’S GOODS AND SEE HIS BROTHER IN NEED, YET CLOSES HIS HEART AGAINS HIM, HOW DOES GOD’S LOVE ABIDE IN HIM?” -1 JOHN 3:17

Waiting for him to return, I decided to start preparing the casseroles for several families that I had promised. As I was shredding the chicken, I was looking out my kitchen window and see the irony as my live chickens ran around the back yard.

Over an hour later, Bill returned home.

What took you so long?

She wanted me to save the goose. Because this had happened yesterday, the goose had flies surrounding it…she was in pain, so I “put her down”. I dug the hole and she is at rest now. (By the way, by “her”, he was referring to the goose. You probably knew that, but…) The other 45 minutes was spent talking to her and comforting her.

“BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL FOR THEY SHALL RECEIVE MERCY.” –MATTHEW 5:7

Oh, and I told her that we may want 1 male and 1 female goose.

Looking around, I tried to locate my husband…I could not understand what he was saying. This is the same man that says we have enough.

But they are geese that warn the chickens of predators.

Uh, huh…

They will stay with the chickens.

Uh huh…

*Our friends always call me the crazy chicken/dog lady. Sooo, who is who around here? Just sayin’…

Before he went to lay back down for his nap, I told him our other friend, who is retired and couldn’t start with the baby chicks, was coming to pick up the little ones we’d had for 3 months – the ones we had fostered for her. No doubt that Bill was as attached to them as I was. I realize this sounds ridiculous, but oh…so…true. We went out to the pen to visit with them when our friend arrived. We chased them down and put them in a box. I ran back into the house, as she was one of the casserole recipients. Again, I found it ironic as I placed her chicken casserole in the front seat of her car while HER beautiful chickens were in the backseat.

“DO NOT NEGLECT TO DO GOOD AND TO SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE, FOR SUCH SACRIFICES ARE PLEASING TO GOD. “ –HEBREWS 13:16

Meanwhile, I get a text message from our 11-year-old neighbor. He reports that the dozen eggs I gave him for his school project ALL HATCHED. (Oh fantastic.)

Adam, I’m so glad for you. What does that mean?

Ms. Summer, You may pick them up on Wednesday because school is out on Thursday.

Perfect. Now, we will have a dozen more chicks that are 2 weeks old and un-sexed, meaning we may have 12 roosters. We won’t know until we get perfectly attached with love to each one of them. I can’t wait! I don’t even know how they sex them until they are 5 or 6 months old. I’ve heard wives tales about how to sex them; but that’s not scientific. (Lay them on their backs and if their legs stretch out they are roosters…or is it hens? I can’t even remember the wives tale!)

Bill doesn’t seem to be bothered by any of this…not one of these things. I wonder if being married to me has him used to being on your toes at all times. He acts as if all of this is natural. The one thing I know is this. I know this is love.

As I sit and reflect on this single day in my life, I understand that I need to thank God for the big and the small things every single day. Besides that, if I don’t thank him in the good times as well as the bad, especially today, I may not have time after Wednesday when we include a dozen chicks and 2 adolescent geese…geese.

“DO NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT ANYTHING, BUT IN EVERY SITUATION, BY PRAYER AND PETITION, WITH THANKSGIVING, PRESENT YOUR REQUESTS TO GOD.” –PHILIPPIANS 4:6

You know that those geese will probably head from Virginia to Texas to my friends in the winter! And, you’re welcome! I guess I need to look into baby pools? I don’t have a pond except for the one in front of the house. It might hold tadpoles. I can’t see it holding even one goose. They are going to need water. Right? Oh man…I guess I’ll need to join another FB group, where we pray about someone’s goose that may or may not make it because of some stupid nature creature that attacked it. Don’t get me wrong, we prayed for a sick rooster last summer that deserved the prayers to God; BUT I noticed that he had 75,000 followers. Yes. Yes, he did.

The truth is that in having the animals it helps to keep me active. Left to my own devices, I might let this arthritis, the kind that has my joints degenerating at a rapid pace and that tries to strangle my everyday activity, actually strangle me to a chair. There is a reason and a season for every single one of the animals inside and outside of our house. God knew before I was born what I would need and he provides. He provided for me prior to my own birth.

“THERE IS A TIME FOR EVERYTHING, AND A SEASON FOR EVERY ACTIVITY UNDER THE HEAVENS.” –ECCLESIASTES 3:1

Now this day…this day that I am telling you about didn’t end yet. We soon left after receiving a call from another neighbor down the road to please come to their house, now. Without explanation, we put our shoes on and left the house. After arriving there, Bill met with the husband and I went inside and met with the wife. We prayed together for what this family is encountering. No details needed except that I praise God for this day. I praise him because he never lets me out of his sight. He knows what I need. He knows who needs him.

Am I perfect? No. Am I a Christian, even when people say “and you call yourself a Christian”? Yes. I am his daughter. I am his imperfect, chosen, loveable and tired daughter; but I get up and receive new joy every morning. I have never been happier.

“IN HIM WE WERE ALSO CHOSEN, HAVING BEEN PREDISTINED ACCORDING TO THE PLAN OF HIM WHO WORKS OUT EVERYTHING IN CONFORMITY WITH THE PURPOSE OF HIS WILL, IN ORDER THAT WE, WHO WERE THE FIRST TO PUT OUR HOPE IN CHRIST, MIGHT BE FOR THE PRAISE OF HIS GLORY.” –EPHESIANS 1:11-12

Did I mention that I still didn’t get that shower I started on this day? No one seemed to care and I frankly, I didn’t either. God knows. As we know and we know now that “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.”

This entire day reminds me of how much I love God. He is the Word. He sacrificed everything for me. So I believe I can spend time with him everyday. Most of all, I’m a believer.

Are you in a season of life you don’t understand? Do you ask why things happen? Lets talk about it. Lets find him in the details of what’s happening in your life. There’s nothing more exhilarating or satisfying than knowing there is a plan – which the Holy Spirit moves in your life. There is no such thing as perfect.

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Chickless Chick Says All Lives Matter

If you haven’t watched the news lately, I don’t recommend that you start doing it now. It’s devastating to hear about the savagery done everywhere in the world. It’s heartbreaking to see children, women, and men killed and for what? People are being murdered for being Christian, for being Jewish, for being black, for being white, for being homosexual, for being a woman, for being a man…for not agreeing with the people that are killing people. Not only is there death from human beings but, there are also natural disasters that have killed and are displacing individuals from their homes. If I see hashtags with #________livesmatter it infuriates me because all lives matter.

Gang mentality is all around us, whether it be a gang of people who kill randomly for religious sake in the Middle East, the United Kingdom or the United States or people who kill to gain membership anywhere they will be accepted. People are lost. People have lost respect for others…for life.

You’re probably thinking why is this childless, chicken owner discussing this?

People have lost compassion….consumed with the daily routine. Homes and families are broken and no one is talking about a fix for any of this. We seem to be in defense mode and not offense mode. We can’t rely on government to “fix” this. How can this be remedied unless we do something…unless we talk about it? It seems that the lost will fall in line with anyone who offers them a place, a home….anything for a place, any place for a sense of belonging, even if it’s not a healthy environment. That’s why this childless, chicken owner is discussing this.

Recently I watched an episode on television about a successful owner of a chain of fitness facilities. As he spoke about his business it resonated to me as a human being with values and respect on this earth.

He said things like:

Get ready. Challenge yourself everyday. Create a new breed of thinking. Use simple functional movements. Do 25 repetitions at a time. Core strength is important. Don’t try to grow a business, but do the right things for the right reasons. Drop in on affiliates at random times. Training videos are free. There is no recruiting necessary because people want to win. Stay in your chair and you’ll be sure to be hurt.

Now, you may think that by adding this it’s about being physically fit. While that’s an important part of life, this is about being ready for the challenge of life outside of our comfort zone. It’s time to get radical about loving on purpose on this earth. Get radical about how you’re going to do this. This is more than learning a scripture here and there. It’s more than attending a church building. This is larger than catch phrases. It means not comparing ourselves with each other. It’s looking for each opportunity to share compassion and a love we are so freely given, even when we don’t “feel” like it.

Feelings aren’t facts, by the way.

You do have a purpose. Have you a clue what your purpose is while you’re here but for a short time? It matters not what your age. You may make a difference in someone’s life. In fact, you may save a life because of your age and wisdom. What is stopping you from showing compassion to someone who needs you? Is it time? Do you think you can’t do it? You don’t feel like it? Well, wake up. You don’t have to know what your purpose is to show compassion or to love one another. Get a little uncomfortable. Get out of your chair or surely you will be lonely and you’re only hurting yourself.

Personally, I know what gifts I have been given. I use them as much as possible and I give God the glory for all of those gifts he loaned me. (You have these too!) When I met a woman six years ago who was a thorn in my side, I would try to avoid her at all costs. She showed up at my home at the most inappropriate times. She is also raising her granddaughter and she’d drop her at my home…unexpectedly. Two years ago this child’s mother died of a drug overdose. My attitude changed. All of the sudden, I began to tutor her for school. Word got out that I was helping her and now, there are three little girls with no mom or dad. God knew what I needed and he knew what they needed. Did I know this was part of my purpose? Not really. I didn’t really want to do it. I was uncomfortable because I wasn’t the best student myself. BUT GOD has me studying and being loved by these little hearts. I believe they benefit. They seem to look forward to our meetings. And, darn it, we have them around sometimes when we aren’t doing schoolwork. So my purpose has been to mentor these angels, and it comes at a time when physically I am at my weakest. I don’t believe that is a mistake.

Finding your purpose may also mean it’s an opportunity to have a relationship with God that is as natural as “breath” or “wind”. (“Holy Spirit” in Hebrew means “wind” and in Greek means “breath”.) It means intentionally giving God time each day and allowing him to control our lives. (Think of it as your daily repetitions! Exercise each of your muscles God gives us. There are at least 25 of them! Prayer, love, forgiveness, time, meditation…even when you don’t “feel” like it.)

(If you don’t have a relationship with God, maybe it’s a time to explore one with him. Maybe you’ve thought it was a lot of hocus pocus, but what if you’re wrong? I pray that if you want to get a little uncomfortable in order to know who Jesus is and what he did for you, I am glad to discuss it with you. What’s stopping you? It’s free. There’s no obligation, but there is a responsibility that comes with it…naturally and you will want to love because of the love given to you.)

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him will have everlasting life.” – John 3:16

Being a child of God, we will surely be hurt if we “stay in our chair”. Today we live in a world where more than not, people are looking for:
love, acceptance, redemption, followers, likers, and they often find it in the wrong places. Sometimes they seem to be the most unlovable people we meet, when truly they are just hurt or hurting people. The last place they want to be is in a church building to be judged. The last place they want to be is where they aren’t accepted for who they are right now. How can we change ourselves to create a door for them to know God…to know His love and to accept his love and gift of eternal life? How may their life change, if we simply get out of our comfort zone? Are we consciously waking each day to awaken the Holy Spirit inside each one of us who is his child?

Someone invited Naeem Fazal to church. He had recently moved to the United States as a Muslim. He encapsulates his journey to Christianity in his book “Ex-Muslim”. His parents rejected him. They were not happy, as you may imagine. Years later his parents moved from Kuwait to the United States and live with him. They scorned him. They did their daily prayers and he is ridiculed daily in his own home. His mother often asked him questions about ‘his Jesus”. He admits that it is through this challenge that he has learned more and become stronger in his faith in God, as a Christian. In fact, the Holy Spirit moves him, he admits.

“For as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Philippians 3:18-20

“You will have troubles in this world, but God overcame the world.”-John 16:33

This isn’t a debate about faith and or works. This is meant to cause a commotion in your core. Do you fight that direction from above or that direction from your gut? What voice do you give to those in need? What does the Bible speak to you after you pray? Do you hear from the Holy Spirit? Do you discuss your challenges with a fellow believer? How do you discern what is from the Holy Spirit? What challenges you to move…to get out of that chair? What will you do?

Transformed…

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” –Romans 12:2

In fact, God is our provider. As a Christian, God will renew us and transform us…He always provides. He never promised a life without problems. I have had my share of problems. (Thank you for reminding me…I’ve seen good come from it and I’ve learned from it! Thank you for asking!) Transformation and provision from God may not look like what we think. If you didn’t have a car, you’d likely find a ride. If you didn’t have a phone, you would find a way to communicate or you may get a phone later. You may think you’re on a “fixed income” but when someone treats you to dinner, is that not a bonus? If you give your last twenty dollars to someone in need, will you not receive a blessing ten fold? How much more may we give in love? God always provides. We ask and we will receive. Why not share what is given us with those who truly need?

Much of our time is put into being comfortable. It’s not a sin to be comfortable but what if we spent as much time to think outside of this earthly mold? Today, challenge yourself to think with God’s eternal perspective. What does your room look like in heaven? Dream God sized dreams. Pray for his direction to take you out of your comfort chair today, to negate our “feelings” and say hello to conviction and repetition of God’s love. Like waves that hit the shores, I pray that you will spread the news of compassion, that you will see that there are lives outside of our immediate family who want to be loved. Will you get out of that chair for 25 repetitions…people who may need help?

But first, spend time with God. Make that the first repetition for the day. Pray for his guidance, with thanksgiving because love never fails.

“Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”-Philippians 4:6

Will you take that challenge to get uncomfortable today? If you do, I want to hear from you. I’m thankful for this shake-up and I pray that we may join together to show compassion. I pray that all lives matter and that we may come together to know what is true….to show love and compassion. Lets be agents for change.

Hi, My name is Summer and I am a Christian Warrior.

Who are you? Comment here with solutions….I am not enough but together, we may have solutions.