Are you in Drought or Irrigation mode??

Broken heart

Are you in Drought or Irrigation mode??

Is your spring dry or bubbling over?

Broken heart
Encouragement for the dry soul!

What is the state of our spirit, our spring of life?  Is it full and are we sharing it?? Or are we all dried up and unhealthy??  The word spring brings to mind endless clear bubbling water! That is the kind of inner climate God wants us to have, springs of living water that we can share with others to replenish them and refresh them and give them life!

Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all vigilance for from it flow the Springs of Life!!

I have so many friends facing hard times right now whether it be, issues with finances, or housing, loss of a child, infertility, church issues, health or even just simple unhappiness do to a lack of focus! I even find myself in some of those categories! It is a daily struggle to have gladness and to choose joy!  It would be so easy to just let my heart dry up, but I find if I take the time to search there is refreshment to be had!

Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad!

Proverbs 15:13 A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is crushed!.

Prov 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 14:30 A tranquil (healing) heart gives life to flesh, but envy makes bones rot!

If our spirit is crushed, when our heart is grieving, times we are sad or feel unloved or unworthy to receive the good, than we truly need a heart refocus and a life-giving spring refilling! We need to submerse ourselves in the Spring of Christ word.  Maybe we are so crushed and dried up that we need friends who care.  Christian friends, with deep well springs, who can drench us with hope and healing! Sometimes that spring water comes in the form of a gift of a smile, or an encouraging card, or maybe it is some gentle loving correction.  There are times we need to pull into a rest stop on the journey of life and listen to wise counsel and reproof! When we are the receiver of the reproof, we must decide if it is given in a life-giving spirit, and if so we must accept and act on it, to receive intelligence to move us forward in our journey!!  Another form of spring water ( I had not thought of) is someone else’s good news! It does our hearts good to hear good news and to rejoice with others. The teaching of the wise is also a source of spring water to our drought cracked souls, we need to listen and apply the wisdom that is given to us!

Proverbs 15:29 – 33 The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous. The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones. The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise. Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence. The fear of the lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

Proverbs 19:8 Whoever gets sense loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding will discover good.

Proverbs 14:27a The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,

Proverbs 13:14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.

Proverbs 14:26a In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence,

Proverbs 3:5-8 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes;  fear the Lord, turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

We can share our good news, give an encouraging word, or maybe we are asked to give life-giving reproof, do so with the fear and joy of the Lord. I know we are all called to be a friend, a person who has a cold drink for the fellow journeyman.  We can all be peace planners, blessing givers, spring cleaners, well diggers, heart healers and soul doctors. It doesn’t take silver or gold or a degree in counseling

Proverbs 16:24 Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

Proverbs 25:20 Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off (shares) a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on soda!

Proverbs 25:25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

Proverbs 12:20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy.

Proverbs 11:25 Whoever brings blessings will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered!

Caring for someone else out of the full spring we are given by God is truly refreshing and life changing!  If we refuse to share the life-,giving spring water, than we are soon doomed to a broken down shack in the middle of the stinky swamp of self-pity or the desert of lifelessness!! Let’s spread the Spring water around my friends!!

Dorcas For #thedelightfulcottage

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Food boys hate, & a Cleaner Fridge!

Food my Boys Hate!

Help me out, am I the only mom who buys good food to fill the fridge for her family, only to find out they hate it? We eat a lot of yogert, or at least we use to! I have had a stash of it in the fridge for a while (way to long)! I would ask the boys during lunch packing “who wants yogert?” and they responded with gagging noises!!! This mama is fed up. So I started thinking, how can I use this all up?

A Cleaner Fridge.

I pulled all the yogurt cups  out of the fridge and emptied them into a large measuring cup. It was 8+ cups of yogurt!!! Now I have an empty clean fridge drawer to refill, not with yogurt tho!

I pulled a bag of frozen strawberries out of the freezer, some milk, protein powder, a bit of super sweet and the vanilla. We are going to have Strawberry Grande smoothies for supper. I split the strawberries into 5 sections and blended them ,one chunk at a time, with the milk and sweetener and protein powder. After that was blended, I topped of the blender with yogurt and a splash of vanilla. It made 4 huge beer mugs of smoothie with enough left for a refill.  I then pulled out my stove top popcorn popper and popped a Mega bowl full of popcorn topped with nutritional yeast and Himalayan pink salt.

What foods does your family refuse to eat? Have you discovered unique ways to use this food?

Dory ~ Copilot for The Delightful Cottage

 

Do you have the Homesteaders itch!

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Sunset on another day!

It is a gorgeous February day here on our makeshift homestead! The breeze is warm and just strong enough to make my wind chime sing, I can hear it through my open windows. The sun is shining off my little fish pond and the chickens are scratching in the dormant garden while the goats lay in the pasture enjoying the pleasant warmth!! I wish I had a good excuse to go out and get my fingers dirty!

I love to work outside in my flowerbeds or garden. There is just something about plants that draw me in!! Bulbs & saved seeds, the idea for a new flowerbed, free mulch waiting to be used, these are my weaknesses!

But I can’t do that, there is no good reason to get my hands dirty! We are renters, renting a very small piece of property! I have tried for 2 years to grow a garden in the only available area on the property, but I have concluded that is will not happen this spring! There is just to many things that are not in the favor of that spot being a garden. I also came to the conclusion that spending money on these flowerbeds will not happen either this spring. It is just not one of the good uses of our time and resources. Oh, this is one of those moments where it is not fun to be an adult.

The Homesteaders Itch

I think this is why the homesteaders itch has bit us so bad. I look out my windows and see 12 or more neighbors houses. We need Space! I don’t need a big house, a cozy one with lots of windows and wood heat will fit the bill! My guys would be in heaven if they had a nice shop to work in, (diesels & oil & wrenches, oh my) when the weather wasn’t nice.The boys could enjoy a long driveway for bike riding, and go-carting!  It all comes back to the fact that we are really very country at heart and we need space to spread our wings and our roots!

The Dream.

In my daydreams I have the space for a full size vegetable and herb garden irrigated from rain barrels and mulched “Back to Eden” style! Space to plant lots of flower beds with perennials for cutting. A real  honest to goodness hen house. I dream of  pastures for beef, goats, chickens, turkeys, pork and maybe even enough land to grow our own hay! A small orchard and vineyard would be planted, and we could take up beekeeping!  I most certainly would have a greenhouse, built with the windows I have been saving for almost 4 years! In my dreams the property would be full of wildlife and my boys could have plenty of good experiences with hunting and exploring.

The Reality

I sit here on this beautiful winter day and wonder what it will take to finally become homesteaders! We are grappling with the decision right now of what the best way is to become homesteaders. Would renting a farm be a good choice, or just buying a couple acres and renting the rest? What about the best area to buy/rent? What would we do for income till the land supported us? Are we crazy or just completely batty? It is a hard job to just keep waiting, I work better with a goal or deadline in sight! Reality is that we are not wealthy and we do not have enough of a nest egg to just strike out and see what happens. This dream needs to have money to power it! I know that it will be even more intense work for all of us, but we can do it. Hard work does not scare us, bring it on! We are ready for this challenge!

What About You?

Property owners, oh those words are music to my ears. Do you have the homesteading itch?  Are you looking for ways to get back to your roots? What have you done, or are you doing to scratch it? What ways have you found to finance your way of life?

Dory~Copilot for The Delightful Cottage.

Am I a Homesteader?

Am I a homesteader?

I am a bit of a homesteading junkie! I love the term homesteader, it seams so steady and current. So I ask you, and myself, what does one need to do to “be a homesteader”? What kind of property must you own? Do you have to own livestock or chickens?  Oh wait, maybe I already am, I have goats & chickens! Must you grow all your food? Well than count me out! I decided to check for an official definition to answer this question!

The Definition of a Homesteader.

Lets start with what a homestead is,

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A homestead is a house and surrounding land owned by a family — often, it includes a farmhouse.

Most people have homes, but not everyone has a homestead: that means your family owns more than a house. The homestead often consists of a farmhouse and land devoted to crops or animals. You’ll find a lot more homesteads in rural areas than in cities. Often, a homestead is passed down from parents to children for generations. 

What is a Homesteader? A homesteader is a person or family who occupies a homestead! So by definition to be a homesteader you must own a homestead.

I guess I have answered my own question, I am not an official homesteader. I have animals but they do not provide me with income or food (lazy chickens). I do not own the property or the house.

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Moments in nature at TDC

So how do I become a homesteader?  I must be a property owner, of property that can support my family with food from gardens and land enough to raise some type of animal for income and food!

Why would I want to become a homesteader? Oh I can give you reasons all day. Where do I start? I guess a little background on us might help you understand why we want this. We both come from families that are culturally country folk, no city living here. My husband grew up on a working dairy farm. He grew up milking cows, feeding calves, driving tractor and 4-wheelers. There was no lack of things to do.  I grew up upstate NY and spent many hours helping with dairy cows on my paternal grandparents farm or beef cows on my maternal grandparents farm. If we were not on my grandparents farm then we were likely stacking wood for one of my dads firewood customers, or weeding the acre of garden or playing in the stream or in our forest hideouts.

We want our boys to have that life. The chance to experience the hard rewarding work of animal care or harvesting a crop.  The realization of were food comes from and how much work it takes to get it! To grow in their realization that God is an awesome creator to have created all this and blessed us with earth to care for.

We want this life because we really want to grow more, much more, of our own food.  Vegetables & fruit for our own use and possible to sell would be a dream come true. Raising animals for our own meat and also to sell would be wonderful as well! We are working towards this big dream.

“A Goal is just a dream with work boots on” Dave Ramsey

How about you? Are you a real honest to goodness homesteader? Or are you with me, wish and working towards that goal of being a homesteader?

Dory ~ Copilot here at The Delightful Cottage.

Breakfast Options For Busy Mom’s

Do you wonder what to eat some mornings? What breakfast options are there for busy moms?

Fruit loops,

supper left overs,

juice box,

granola bar,

Or ice water!

We all know that breakfast is a very necessary part of a successful day! Who doesn’t want a successful day? It just seems almost pointless to stop and eat some mornings, but if we have a bit of a plan it helps. Moms especially, need to feel good, the household depend on us!

I am not a morning person; night owl would describe me much better! But as life would have it, I am married to a man whose job takes him out of the house most mornings before the rooster even stretches on his roost! I arise and pack my man his lunch and make him a mug of hot coffee or tea! Honestly tho ladies who want to eat breakfast at the crack of crazy???

A breakfast plan is a life saver.

I have come up with a bit of a system to get breakfast in this mom’s face.             Two  breakfasts, yes, 2 breakfasts, one at 4-5 am and the second around 9 am.  In the early am I drink a mug of bulletproof coffee, because it is easy, I just made a hot pot of coffee for the Man. Once the boys are off to school I eat a yogurt with fruit, or granola. If I actually take time to cook a hot breakfast for the boys then I have that option, such as oatmeal, or cornmeal. Some mornings one of the boys or I make fried eggs, these can be consumed with a slice of cheese or sour dough bread.

Sometimes you just need the biggest mug possible!

This system has really helped me stabilize my blood-sugar levels. I also take my supplements with the mid-morning breakfast. You must do whatever works for you, But, not eating is not an option!

Ladies we must take care of ourselves, we are the guides and map writers for the next generation!  We can do this, we know it is best for our health, both physically and mentally!

Eat your meals,

Research and take supplements.

Jump and run with your children to get your heart rate up.

Fill your mind with positive encouragement from Gods word!

Show by example, let them see us doing what is good and right for our bodies. By making healthy choices for ourselves we then have the mental and physical health to do what is best for the family!

“Give her the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates”   Prov. 31:31

Dory ~ Copilot for The Delightful Cottage!