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One. Just One.

I’ve mentioned before that this writing gig is truly a therapeutic thing for me. It’s a release and although I don’t normally get a lot of response from readers, I do enjoy when there is interaction.

Lately, I have been struggling some with what “fits” here at Farming Grace Daily in regards to content.  I have found myself feeling self-conscious and unsure of pressing publish.  The other day I was timid about a post. Later in the day a reader commented the statement below on our Facebook page.

“Love it when you open up your heart and share with us!”

These few words made all the difference to me.  It helped me to feel that I had touched at least one person and that they appreciated what my heart had to say.

Another time where one person did something simple yet helpful was last Sunday.

An extended family member has been dealing with cancer treatments for some time now.  She lives in another state so there isn’t a great deal I could for her.  Prayer, cards, the occasional email, and a care package.  Those were what I did because if I were dealing with something, I think that would help me.

A couple Sundays ago, to my surprise, I got to see this lovely lady.  She hugged me and through her tears she thanked me.  She said that I would never know what those things meant to her.  Although they helped her, she helped me by letting me know.  In a time when I have been focusing more on myself than others her words brought me back to one of the things I love most.  Helping others.  I’m grateful she let me know.

Whether it’s you or me, it only takes one.  One person to help another person.  One person to show kindness.  One person to extend the hand of grace and love.  Start there.  With one person, then let it grow into a bouquet of beauty.

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Grace is a gift,

Julie


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Farm Post Friday 03/25/2016 – The Path Is Clear

Farm Post Fridays

The third week of March there was a beautiful spring-like day and it was time for the center pivot irrigation to be started for the first time in months.  It sat quiet during the winter, but just as the trees were waking up and budding out, it was time for this piece of equipment to go to work!

I had some time and  hopped in with my farmer  when he headed to the field!  I knew it would be a good blog post for our Farm Post Fridays segment!

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My father in law was at the irrigation motor to start the water flowing by turning on the motor. My husband had opened the drain plug at the end of the center pivot so the water could come out.

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Farmer opening the drain plug.

On this particular piece of ground we have high iron content in the water.  So when the water first came out it was not clear.  It was reddish-brown as you can tell from the photo.

irrigation water center pivot

 

Life on the farm is somewhat like this photo.

At times it can be clouded by the exterior conditions due to surrounding things.  Farming is affected by many things in this world, some right in our own back yard, and some that are countries away.

Some could include the amount of rainfall we receive, how much fertilizer is used, the exports to another country, oil prices, and much more.  Although the items mentioned can affect a small Kansas farmer’s livelihood, it is always clear in that farmers mind what their soul purpose of their life is.

 It’s clear like the water that will eventually come from this center pivot.  That living a life on the farm and raising crops to help feed the world is where they are to be.  So although some moments they can’t see the outcome due to darkness, they still clearly know their path.

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Water after running for a short period of time is clear.

Grace is  a gift,

Julie