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Consider the Chickens

We have backyard chickens and love them.  I think everyone should have chickens, because just sitting and watching them brings such tranquility.  Can’t buy that tranquility, but I can buy chicken food.

I was watching “Flour,” my son’s chicken.  Flour was eating, drinking, interacting with the flock, and obviously very content.  I had brought out some treats and she was quite happy to gobble them down.  Anyhow, Flour had been a “rescue chicken” of sorts.  She had been in two other flocks where she had been horribly picked on and outcast.  She was slightly deformed, and they would not let her in.  Yet here she is today, enjoying a stable place in the flock, and all the food and water and treats she needs.  It reminded me of the scripture about the lilies:   In Matthew 6 it talks about how the Lord is aware of all our needs.  He has a plan.  Things tend to work themselves out.  We are to provide the faith.

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? aConsider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, ashall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little bfaith?

I don’t think that we should expect to live in luxury even if we refuse to work, but I do think that we probably worry more about our temporal welfare than we need to.

 

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Circle of Life

A few years back we started raising back yard chickens.  The experience has been rather eye opening, and rewarding.  Last night we had an egg dish, provided fresh from our yard.  It was delicious, healthy, inexpensive and the kids all enjoyed it.  What more can you ask from a meal?  When we began raising these chickens I had no idea just how good the eggs are for you.  I also had no idea how much we would learn about the circle of life.  We’ve lost a few birds along the way to predators, and one to an unknown illness or injury, but that too is a part of life.  It has been a great teaching opportunity.  The entire circle of life is an incredible miracle, and in my urban upbringing I have had few such opportunities to observe it first hand.  I’m excited to give this opportunity to my children.  (The eggs were great as well.)

Places of Peace

Who has a place where they just always feel calm and happy?  Where is it?  I have a friend who is always calm and happy under a tree- any tree.  I have a “new” and unexpected place.  Sitting in my yard, watching my chickens.  Even just feeding them and watching brings an intense calm.  I think it is because they live a simpler, unassuming, unstressed life that is full of food, friends, and knowing they will be taken care of.  We got 3 new hens this week.  There is a little bit of stress and work involved in integrating them to our current flock, but we are so happy to have more “friends” living outside.  Where is your peaceful place?

Sassafras “Sassy”, Nutmeg, & Paparika