Salt of the Earth

The Shepherdess

I spent time with Carrie on her goat farm.  I was in awe of her love and care for her goats. She truly has The Shepherd’s heart.

She invited me into the barn, where the scent of hay was so sweet  Her curious goats nibbled at my shoe strings and nosed through my pockets.

The soaps and lotions she makes from their milk is devine. 🐐🥛

You can find her products here. https://www.millermicrofarm.com/#/

Salt of the Earth

The Baker

A few months ago I heard a poet say that she always has her eyes open, she’s always looking and watching people. Sometimes she is so distracted she trips over her own two feet. 

I decided to start paying attention, and what I saw were women, who were living as the salt of the earth.  They are makers, warriors, fighters – they are weary, waiting, wondering – they are serving, shepherding and becoming. 

I decided to write about them and post a poem a week.  I hope you enjoy – and as we take a glimpse into their lives, you just might see yourself. 

The Three Women of Christmas

The Three Women of Christmas

Here we are dear friends, stepping into the Christmas Season.  A season of celebration, of joy, of reminding ourselves of our Savior’s birth story.  We must guard this season, that it does not become overrun by all the things that would love to overrun it.   Let’s slow it down and allow ourselves to glory in the miracle that it is.  What better way than to look deep into the Christmas story, that we may see something we have never seen before. 

I love that the Bible is full of stories, stories of God, stories of people.  We can look at the stories of the Bible and think, “They seems so far away.”  It is up to us to bring them close and sit with them for a while, so we remember. 

The Old and New Testaments are filled with stories of women, and we will see that women were instrumental in God’s plan of redemption.   This tells us something, the stories of women are important to God, and should be important to us. We hear their voices all through scripture, in song, in prayer, in conviction, in peace, in war, in obedience, in desperation, in faith and even in laughter. 

As we read through the story of Christ’s birth, we see it woven within the stories of three women. Anna, who would spend the better part of sixty years paving the way for the coming Messiah with her prayers.  Elizabeth, who would rejoice in her old age, as she carried a miracle baby of her own.  Her son John would become the man called John the Baptist, his mission was to prepare the way in the hearts of God’s people to receive their coming King.  Mary, who would say yes to the impossible and carry Jesus, God’s son, within her body.  She would then love him, raise him, and watch him walk out his life as the one and only Sacrificial Lamb.    

My prayer is that we will never see these three women the same again, that we will be stirred to live in faith as they did, willing to pray, willing to trust, willing to say yes to whatever it is the Lord is calling us to.  

You can down load the book from Amazon here  The Three Women of Christmas If you love the cover art you can purchase a print, without the title of course, from Spur and Hearten by Ashley Bostanic Thank you for reading along with me!

Glory to God in the Highest!