Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Joyful & Triumphant!

It's that time of year to reflect upon the past 12 months and look forward with eagerness and anticipation to the New Year ahead!  Traditionally, we also make those "so very difficult to keep" New Year's resolutions….  What resolutions are you making?

For me, I (Joan) am keeping it pretty simple this year ~

  • Develop "a heart of thanksgiving."  Find things in each day to be thankful for, even if it's that I'm still breathing or made it through another day. Life changing. 
  • Spending time daily in growing my faith.  I am a believer in Jesus Christ.  The more I learn in God's Word, the more challenges and trials I go through, the more time spent in prayer, the more God helps me learn and grow and let go, the more I love others as He has loved me - my faith grows. It's a wondrous and amazing gift daily.
  • Perspective.  It changes everything.  Learning more about perspective every day.
  • People.  Family and friends and neighbors and strangers.  Being available to God for He blesses me to be a blessing to others.  My Heavenly Father is in the people business.  (Re)committing my life to supporting the family business full time.
  • Health and healing.  Daily exercise, better eating, herb learning. 
  • Joy Bell Farm.  We have encountered some big obstacles, given away much and are not currently farming (on any level), but we are determined to follow our dreams and trust that God can and will provide.  His timing.  His plan.  We are not giving up!  Continuing farm education, as we wait.  And, helping others when I can.
  • Joyful & Triumphant!  Living this out daily.  Definition:  feeling, expressing or causing great pleasure and happiness AND victorious; conquering.  Amen and amen.  

Over the past few days, God has been speaking into our spirits:

God Calling:  December 26:  Health and Wealth ~

Be not afraid, health and wealth are coming to you both.  My wealth which is sufficiency for your needs, and for My work you long to do.

Money, as some call wealth, to hoard, to display, you know is not for My disciples.

Journey through this world simply seeking the means to do My Will and work.  Never keep anything you are not using.  Remember all I give you will be Mine, only given to you to use.  Could you think of Me hoarding My Treasures?  You must never do it.  Rely on Me.

To store for the future is to fear and to doubt Me.  Check every doubt of Me at once.  Live in the Joy of My constant Presence.  Yield every moment to Me.  Perform every task, however humble, as at My gentle bidding, and for Me, for love of Me.  So live, so love, so  work.  

You are the Apostles of the Little Services.

God Calling:  December 27:  Glorious Work ~

I have stripped you of much, that it should be truly a life of well-being.  Build up stone by stone upon a firm foundation, and that Rock is your Master - that Rock is Christ.

A life of discipline and of joyous fulfillment is to be yours… Never lose sight of the glorious work to which you have been called.

Let no riches, no ease entice you from the path of miracle-working with Me upon which your feet are set.  Love and laugh.  Trust and pray.  Ride on now in a loving humility to victory.

God Calling:  December 29:  Work and Prayer ~

Work and prayer represent the two forces that will ensure your success.  Your work and My work.

For prayer, believing prayer, is based on the certainty that I Am working for you and with you and in you. 

Go forward gladly and unafraid, I Am with you.  With men your task may be impossible, but with God all things are possible.

God Calling:  December 31:  Jesus the Conqueror ~

Jesus.  That is the Name by which you conquer.  Jesus. Not as cringing suppliants but as those recognizing a friend, say My Name - Jesus.  "Thou shall call His Name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins."

And in that word "sins" read not only vice and degradation, but doubts, fears, tempers, despondencies, impatience, lack of Love in big and little things.  Jesus.  "He shall save His people from their sins."  The very uttering of the Name lifts the soul away from petty valley irritations to mountain heights.

"He shall save His people from their sins."  Saviour and Friend, Joy-bringer and Rescuer, Leader and Guide - Jesus.  Do you need delivering from cowardice, from adverse circumstances, from poverty, from failure, from weakness?

"There is none other Name….whereby you can be saved" - Jesus.  Say it often.  Claim the Power it brings.

So now dear friends and family, many thoughts run through my mind.  So much I desire to say, but I shall say nothing more…. for now.

My encouragement to you:  take time to reflect on the past year, the new year arriving and the words shared.  What does God desire to do in you?  Your life?  Through you?  May we all be:

Happy New Year and abundant blessings in 2014!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The value of an egg

There are time when events happen in life and you lose something that you loved and your are greatly saddened by the loss.  But sometimes, you end up realizing HOW MUCH value that thing had in your life and how great your loss is!

Huh?  Could you be a little more specific, Joan?

Certainly.  I didn't eat a lot of eggs before these girls arrived in my life…  Why?  I just didn't feel really good when I ate eggs from the grocery store.  I used them mostly for baking.

Are homegrown eggs really different than organic eggs you purchase at the farmers market or your local heath food store (or even at a regular grocery store).  


They look like regular, ordinary eggs, don't they?

However, I have now discovered that they weren't.  These were a valuable source of critical nutrition for me… and now they are no longer in my diet, as we had to re-home our girls when we moved from our home.

If you knew these type of eggs were a vital nutritional source for you, what would these eggs be worth to you?  $0.99/dozen?  $2.00/dozen?  $5.00/dozen?  

Would you pay $12.00/dozen?  $1.00 per egg?

Are you crazy?  That is ridiculously expensive!!!

Ever purchased one of these?  I understand they cost about $2.69.  If you purchase a white only version, it's $1.00.  If you're willing to purchase one of these (or something similar from another "fast food restaurant"), why wouldn't you consider paying ONE DOLLAR per egg for eggs that are nutrient dense and provide high value to your diet?

I don't think you can say an Egg McMuffin has the nutrient value of organically raised, homegrown eggs.   Why not?  What was so special about your eggs?

 Feed choice!  I paid for a highly quality/locally sourced and milled feed - that was always non-gmo and is now certified organic.  Yes, it does make a difference.

Because I chose a mash chicken feed, a lot of the smaller pieces and nutritional components were left in the bottom of the feeder.  To insure that my chicken girls got everything they needed, I would give them a bowl of the "dust" from the feeder mixed with goat milk kefir every other day.  They loved it and it added to their health and the eggs they produced.

In addition, my girls had fresh water regularly (usually I changed their water every other day - and washed out the gallon water container).  I put approximately 2 Tablespoons of ACV in their water when changing it.  This helped to keep their guts healthy.

They also had oyster shell calcium and grit available at all times.

While it was readily available, my girls also had a trough of non-gmo, unsprayed alfalfa.  They didn't care for the straw (although they loved to scratch through it as I created piles out in their free range area), so I shook off the leaf (which went into the trough) and the straw made great compost out in the garden.  Alfalfa is very bio-available to chickens and increases the nutrient value in their eggs.  Today's challenge:  most farmers are growing GMO alfalfa and it's very difficult to find a source for non-gmo, unsprayed alfalfa.  

I also offered kale and sometimes spinach to my girls - especially on days when I couldn't be home and they had to stay in the coop all day.  Here, Sussy is enjoying spinach.

Depending on the season, they received other food from my garden ~ overripe berries, greens that were too damaged for our table, pumpkins (seeds and flesh), cherry tomatoes...  I had even thrown them bok choy that had bolted.

I kept their coop clean and used white shavings for their bedding/litter and Diatomaceous Earth (DE) to deal with bugs.

Organic Cracked Corn - was a treat only on the coldest of nights, as chickens can easily put on extra weight from too much corn in their diets and disease can develop.  When the temps fell, a corn treat before bed meant they'd burn off the corn all night and be toasty warm.

Organic Black Oil Sunflower Seeds (BOSS) - a morning treat after I had completed my morning coop chores.  They'd all come running at the sound of those seeds being shaken in the glass jar…  And, they would "plant" some of those sunflowers and it was delightful to see a new plant sprout in their free range area.

Free Ranging!  My girls had the ability to seek bugs and worms throughout the property on a daily basis (well, not when there was drenching rains - but most days - even if for a short window of time). 

We have tried purchasing organic, soy-free eggs - but they don't hold the same nutritional value that my girls' eggs did.  The whites are runny - mine were firm.  The egg yolk is not the same beautiful orange either.  And, the biggest test:  I don't feel as good as I did when I ate the eggs my girls produced.  Plus, we don't have that beautiful golden color added to our baked goods.  

Sometimes, you don't realize the value of something until you don't have it any longer.

I may not be eating eggs in my diet right now (as we're living in a rental house that has no chicken space available), but I'm praising God in the midst of this challenging time.  He has taught me a valuable lesson of what He had provided and that He is able to take care of my every need.

As I wait to have my own flock again, this I believe:

God is good.

He's got an amazing plan for my/our life.

I'm/We're going to have it!

Something good is going to happen to me/us.

Blaine and I continue to believe that Joy Bell Farm will be a real place; not just a place we hold dear in our hearts!  

Isaiah 61:7  Instead of your [former] shame you shall have a twofold recompense; instead of dishonor and reproach [your people] shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double [what they had forfeited]; everlasting joy shall be theirs.

Abundant blessings.  God has an amazing plan for your life too!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Picking up the pieces... (a repost from my personal blog)

I have been trying to put together a "post move" blog post here and have struggled to deal with my emotions and in finding the words to share.  Honestly, it's been a huge challenge for me...  I miss my urban farm and, especially, my chicken girls.  My heart has been truly sad.  

This is kind of what my world looked like before....

And then, the storm hit and now my world looks like this...

How do I go about picking up the pieces and creating beauty in my life?

I have been trying to put on a "good face" for the world.  You know ~ 

  • Be Happy!
  • Bloom where you are planted
  • Seek the good wherever you are
etc, etc, etc.  You know what I'm talking about.  

Yes, there are really good things living in the Phinney Ridge/Greenwood neighborhood.  Lots of coffee shops nearby (for Blaine), everything is convenient for Nicholas (school, work, church) and lots of places to walk (for Coco and I).  As I prayed this summer (knowing we had to move and I hoped to find farm land to lease), I really believed that God was asking me/us to lay down our farm plans and move to the city.  And, we received outside confirmation from a friend that knew nothing of what we were considering.  We said yes and I embraced the "new adventure" ahead of us.  I gave away our urban farm plants/supplies and re-homed our chicken girls.  I shared about the journey and trial and correction that God was/is taking us through.  I have tried to be "happy," but I have been quietly suffering and so completely sad that my identity is gone (urban farmer/chicken mama).  I try to embrace the daily beauty around me and look past the rental house that doesn't meet 'our standards.'  Fussing and complaining, but making myself praise God in the midst of it all.  Why is this so hard for me and I'm constantly wrestling with living here, as we prayed and (supposedly) God directed us to where we are now living, right?  Well, I am human and in this world there will be troubles.

This is what has been tumbling about in my thoughts lately:  

Doesn't God know I don't belong in the city?  Doesn't He know that I have wanted to be a farmer for as long as I can remember?  Doesn't He know how hard this is for me?  YES, He does.  And, now that I've stop fussing and complaining for a moment (and couldn't be in our rental house on Monday due to chimney repair work and duct cleaning and sat at Golden Gardens Park for a few hours reading Joyce Meyer's Don't Give Up),  He has my attention and was able to speak to me again...

So, instead of looking through the glasses of "it's not fair, etc" and seeing this:

Our bathroom "exhaust" fan, as mildew was already coming through the walls 2 weeks after we moved in.  Now, I open the window and run the fan for hours a day to dry the room out - not sure what we'll do when the rainy season arrives...

Our electric fireplace (from our previous home) that helps heat the living room sitting next to the fireplace (the firebox was just rebuilt, as well as the chimney repaired).

Our dining room/storage area - this is the area we are trying to fit in as much as possible.  Our bookcases, our former family room storage cabinets plus we have our pantry in here.

Perhaps you have one of these installed at your house or maybe you remember this from your Grandma's house.  It's about 50 years old and so is the oil furnace in our rental house.  (Some things you don't think to ask when renting a house...) 

While the system is maintained and the ducts were just cleaned, we will only use the furnace if it's really freezing cold outside.  Not a central heating supporter and the system is so small, the oil guy told us we can't close vents or it will put a strain on the really old furnace.  

Plus, we have single pane aluminum windows - so bye bye heat!  We've invested in double cell top down/bottom up cellular shades to help with insulation... (and so thankful God provided for us to do so.)

And, the landscaping has invasive weeds - bindweed, bittersweet nightshade plus an invasive groundcover, that plant nurseries used to sell, as well as lots of spiders, slugs and snails.  I'll do some cleanup work, but need to seek God's leading for how much I invest in another's landscaping.

Okay ~ so this is some of my whining and complaining that was happening when I had to step away from the house and got to spend some time reflecting...

This is a great place to go to for reflection and quiet (wait - not the quiet part, as the trains constantly run by here during the day), but again, I must focus for I digress from my what I desire to share...

I was able to read the introduction and the first couple of chapters and my mind and heart and spirit were flooded with God's presence and anointing.  It's like discovering that you were seriously dehydrated and someone brought you a thirst quenching glass of water...

I felt refreshed and encouraged by what I read.

And the very next morning, I discover this...

God Calling:  October 22nd:  Home-Building

You are building up an unshakable faith.  Be furnishing the quiet places of your souls now.

Fill them with all that is harmonious and good, beautiful and enduring.

Home build in the Spirit now, and the waiting time will be well spent.

Grace for the Moment:  October 22nd:  A Crisp View of God

Lord, even when I have trouble all around me, you will keep me alive.  Psalm 138:7

There is a window in your heart through which you can see God.  Once upon a time that window was clear. Your view of God was crisp  You could see God so vividly as you could see a gentle valley or hillside.

Then, suddenly, the window cracked.  A pebble broke the window.  A pebble of pain.

And suddenly God was not so easy to see.  The view that had been so crisp had changed.

You were puzzled.  God wouldn't allow something like this to happen, would He?

When you can't see Him, trust Him...Jesus is closer than you've ever dreamed.

Suddenly, I realize - NOW - this season is not about where we live, it's about God.  It's a time of healing, building, renewal and hope; a season of preparation for what is to come and yet, to be fully present and available to God today.  I give thanks that God has brought me/us to a place where He desires to spend time with me and bring healing and hope and growth into my life.

The same day, two people's writing I value also posted powerful words that impacted my life.

Richard Dahlstrom

Ann Voskamp

Powerful words shared.  I am so thankful for each of their hearts and their openness in sharing with others.  Please click on their photos to go to their websites.  You just might be glad you did.

And, in the end, you may discover joy right outside your back door.  A place God enabled a flower to bloom where you thought flowers wouldn't bloom....

And then you know, just know, that God is working in your life despite your human weakness, failures and doubts...  He is encouraging you to:

....and see the amazing and wondrous things He does in and through each of our lives!

Abundant blessings.  

Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6

Thursday, October 10, 2013

A "much delayed" update... (more to come)

What our home looked like in 2006 when we purchased it.

At 10:00 am PST today, our house was auctioned off in downtown Seattle.  The likelihood that an investor purchased our foreclosed home is very high.  

  • Yes, we made the decision to allow our home to return to the bank.
  • Yes, we knew what the outcome of our decision would be:  foreclosure.
  • Yes, we felt that we didn't have a choice in the matter when faced with a financially devastating discovery in 2012; our foundation was undermined by underground water.  

When we purchased this home in 2006, we could not have imagined the 7 year journey ahead of us...  Had we known, we would have said, "Thanks, but no thanks."  And, in reflecting about the purchase of this home ~ had we listened to God and been obedient, we never would have purchased this home.  WHAT?

It's true.  Throughout the years, God has told us to "Get out of debt!"  It's a simple and specific statement.  It's not difficult to understand what is being said to us, but, for some reason, it's nearly impossible for us to make this a reality in our lives.  When we sold our home in Marysville we could have paid off all our debt (from the profit of that sale), and if we had, we would be debt-free today.  But, we listened to the voices of the world around us.  "Re-invest your money, protect the profit made from Capital Gains Tax, you will be better off owning your own home."  And so, we did as the world encouraged us to do and purchased a home outside of our desired neighborhood, at the time ~ and now, we've lost all of our financial investment and still have outstanding debt.  Looking back, we discovered that we learned numerous lessons equal to (or more than) the cost of putting Blaine and I through college (without having an official degree awarded to us).  

This illustration does pretty much sum it up though...  sigh.

Place Your Life Before God

Romans 12 1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

It is so easy to get caught up in the world's way of thinking.  Even as a believer in Christ, who is in God's Word and praying, we can get caught up when we don't take every thought captive and we forget to look at our "road map" (the Bible), especially when human emotion is in the mix.  And, God always gives us a choice.  We had one:  get out of debt or choose to buy a new house.  He does not force us to take the road of His choosing and He will bless us when we choose our own path to follow (though the level of blessing will not be what would have been in choosing obedience to Him).  He is a gracious, merciful and loving God.  He truly is.  And, He chose to teach us and help us to grow in His Truth.  Discipline is not easy to live with, but it does make us better people in the end.  For that, I am so thankful!  God has taught us much in our time here:

  • Learning not to "judge" people who live different lives than we do or believe differently than we do.  Everyone has a story and God is at work in each person's life.  As a believer, I am to love other people, as God has loved me.
  • Learning that other believers will treat us badly and inflict wounds; sometimes deep wounds.  Revelation:  we are all human and prone to make mistakes and can cause hurt whether intentional or unintentional.
  • Learning that when things happen in people's lives there is often more to the story than just what is known by others or told to others.
  • Friendship is a precious gift.  Sometimes we don't understand the value of the gift until that person is gone.
  • Blessed to be a blessing to others ~ allowing God's blessings to flow through our lives to others.
  • The greatest difficulties can bring about the greatest freedom and healing in our lives.
  • Learning that no matter how far we may get off the path, God provides a way to get back on the path to Him.
  • The importance of obedience.  

I still have so much to learn, but these past 7 years have been an amazing time of learning and growth in our lives.

Hebrews 12:11

The Message (MSG)
4-11 In this all-out match against sin, others have suffered far worse than you, to say nothing of what Jesus went through—all that bloodshed! So don’t feel sorry for yourselves. Or have you forgotten how good parents treat children, and that God regards you as his children?

My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline,

    but don’t be crushed by it either.

It’s the child he loves that he disciplines;

    the child he embraces, he also corrects.
God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. He’s treating you as dear children. This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it’s training, the normal experience of children. Only irresponsible parents leave children to fend for themselves. Would you prefer an irresponsible God? We respect our own parents for training and not spoiling us, so why not embrace God’s training so we can truly live? While we were children, our parents did what seemed best to them. But God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God’s holy best. At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God.

For 6 years we lived in our home, developed the garden, got to know the neighbors and remodeled our home.  We also had many heartaches that occurred during this time too, as never before in our family.  And then, in 2012, we were told by a structural engineer that "the foundation of our house is broken and sinking..."  Believe me, the spiritual significance was not lost on me.  While we were overwhelmed by the great financial loss that was before us, the realization that there was a much deeper and serious spiritual issue at hand was devastating!

We've gone from Bounty...

To Bare!

The countless hours (years) of work, the financial investment, the fruits and veggies and chickens and fertile soil, the wheelbarrow loads of soil and compost, and the harvests...all gone in just a few weeks time.

And, the people ~ one cannot even begin to find words to share about being part of a neighborhood; a community ~ for the first time in our lives.

We have also been in anguish regarding the scale of damage to this house and that someone else will buy it (not knowing) and then possibly cover it up and pass it along to another...devastating their lives financially.  It has been an terrible burden to bear in not being able to warn another of the path that lies ahead of them.  How often I must remind myself that this is God's story, not mine.  

And, once we move next week, it will be as if we had never been here...except for the footprints we have left on people's lives (and they on ours) and our tangled heartstrings.

And yet...  In the midst of great sorrow, beauty remains.  Hope is all around us. I am overwhelmed by His grace in God saying, "Enough and it is finished" with this house.  It's time to rebuild our foundation strong and reinforced in Him.  

Today, this is the beauty I saw in the garden; reminding me of my amazing Creator ~ 

A sunflower planted by the chickens blooms today...

A strong storm passed through the area yesterday afternoon, but the sunflowers continue blooming despite the power of that storm...

A reminder to stop and see the beauty in reflections...

Calendula blooms late in the season despite the maple tree suffering in this hot, dry summer...

My precious maple tree greatly suffering in the heat, but I know that a season of rest through the winter will bring new life in the spring.

Despite being pounded in the storm, the amaranth is still gorgeous!

Revelation 21:5

The Message (MSG)
3-5 I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: “Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God. He’ll wipe every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for good—tears gone, crying gone, pain gone—all the first order of things gone.” The Enthroned continued, “Look! I’m making everything new. Write it all down—each word dependable and accurate.”

And now, the time has arrived for Blaine and I to move on; to move forward into a new season with God.  We cannot look back, but we must keep our eyes focused on Him.  He is writing an amazing and beautiful story in our lives for His purposes and to share His love with others.  He brings healing and hope.  We lift our eyes toward heaven and say, "Here we are, Lord, use us; send us"  For this, we do give thanks.

And, we rejoice, once more, in knowing that God makes all things new.
He has a plan for our lives.

For 2013:  Hope, Health and a Future...open to possibilities!  Jeremiah 29:11

***Update:  The house did not sell at auction (where the starting bid was $210,000 - which was the appraised amount a year ago, but it was noted in the appraiser's report that the value may not reflect the actual value depending on the basement foundation issue.  Sad to see bank greed, but thankful the house did not sell at auction.  The bank must now take possession of the property.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Joy Bell Farm?

Thank you to everyone who has been praying with us as we walk by faith in seeking to establish Joy Bell Farm as a biodynamic, polyculture, organic farm on acreage; transitioning from urban farming.  We have obediently walked out where God led us in pursuing 5939 Shincke Rd NE, Olympia.  We've tried to establish a farm lease (owner got cold feet), given the option to purchase it (owner's property price way too high and non-negotiable) and then, we sent a purchase proposal to the owner that God guided us in putting together.  To date, we've heard nothing.  So what next?

We are still believing God for this property.

We are actively waiting on God, praying for His provision and plans to be realized, searching for an apartment for Nicholas in Seattle and, after celebrating Nicholas' 21st birthday and Independence Day (July 3 and 4), we'll start packing the house.

In addition, we're entering into the busiest season with the garden.  Strawberries are pretty much done (the rain arrived at the wrong time, though we were able to make a few batches of strawberry jam and some very yummy strawberry coconut "ice cream").  Raspberries are coming on strong.  Good, fresh eating and a batch of raspberry jelly is done.  The peas are really starting to mature and they'll be overly abundant soon.  Garlic is still maturing.  We've harvested gooseberries too - they're huge this year!  We've had a good rhubarb harvest this year and wondering if we'll get another harvest yet... And, all the chickens are laying again.  The broody season is over. Hooray! 

Just finished weeding our whole urban property.  Garden looks great right now.  Mowed, weeds pulled, tidied up ~ ready for celebrations ahead!

Abundant blessings to each one of you!  We'd be honored if you continued to pray with us.  We'll post updates here when we have news to share.  

Remember:  God is good.  All the time.

Blessed to be a blessing...

God Calling: June 30 ~ Understand Them

Take joy wherever you go. You have been much blessed. You are being much blessed.

Such stores of blessing are awaiting you in the months and years that lie ahead. Pass every blessing on.

Love can and does go round the world, passed on the God-currents from one to the other.

Shed a little sunshine in the heart of one, that one is cheered to pass it on, and so My vitalizing joy-giving message goes.

Be transmitters these days. Love and Laugh. Cheer all. Love all.

Always seek to understand others and you cannot fail to love them.

See Me in the dull, the uninteresting, the sinful, the critical, the miserable.

See Me in the laughter of children and the sweetness of old age, in the courage of youth and the patience of man and womanhood.

“Dear Friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”  1 John 4:11

As God's children, we truly are.....

Keep your hands open and pass on the amazing and wondrous blessings you are given!

Live out His love daily.