A Joyous Heart by Carrie Bender

By Carrie Bender

Lifestyles at the farm is peaceable and worthwhile even with difficulties that crop up. unexpectedly disease and loss of life strike the kinfolk. Blaming herself, Miriam reveals it approximately very unlikely to deal with grief.

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God can redeem even our mistakes and make something good and beautiful out of them. Only trust God. ' '' Then and there I confessed my sin to God, the sin of refusing to forgive myself. I cried for a long time, and it was true, they were tears of cleansing, healing, and thankfulness. " Lord, I feel as if I've already been purged with hyssop, and washed clean, and my heart overflows with thanksgiving. "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence; and take not your Holy Spirit from me.

Of course, they're always working side by side. Today while I was busy capping berries at the kitchen table, Rudy came in with two big bowls of strawberries. No matter how busy he is, he always has time for a few kind words for Amanda, or a pat on her head, or swinging her up in the air, which makes her shriek with laughter. " Whenever he says that, Barbianne wrinkles up her nose at him. It's obvious that she wants to be his girl, and Rudy doesn't seem to resent it. He laughs and winks charmingly at her.

I'd like to do some reading and writing, maybe hook a rug or two, and spend leisure time with the children, reading to them and playing with them. Right now all five of them are taking a nap, and I am alone in the kitchen. It's cozy in here, the teakettle is humming a tune on the range, and the clock on the mantle ticks gaily away. Outside, big flakes of snow are gently floating down, putting a clean white coat on top of snow already on the ground. Through the window I can see the bird feeder Nate put up for me, to help our feathered friends that make themselves at home in our backyard along the creek this winter.

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