Jan 4 – The First Saturday of 2020

I’m barely coming in under the wire. It’s 11:55 pm on Jan 4 – Just a few minutes away from Jan 5.

My morning began early. I arose at 5 am so that I could milk the cow before heading out to do a morning shift at a veterinary clinic near me. For those of you who don’t know, dairy cows are bred to produce around 3 gallons of milk twice a day. A baby calf can’t drink that much milk. We have to find an orphan calf to nurse the cow with her current calf. Until we locate one, I must milk her to keep her from getting an udder infection (called mastitis) from leftover milk.

I worked at the veterinary clinic from 8-12, seeing an assortment of pets: A chihuahua in congestive heart failure, rechecking a dog that was neutered yesterday before he went home this morning, a few nail trims, a sweet new puppy exam, a stray cat that had found a wonderful owner, and an itchy dog with tapeworms, to name a few.

When I arrived home, my house was a disaster. My daughter decided to make macaroons, and there were things strewn from door to door. Her second Ayrshire heifer had to be artificially inseminated today after 6 weeks of hormone therapy to help her conceive. Then I had to prepare for a few friends coming over for a Mom’s night out.

It was a busy day, but I managed my Bible reading this way: I listened to the Bible App while I cleaned the kitchen after my friends left tonight. Genesis 12-14. I find it interesting that the theme of these last few days seems to be choices. When Lot and Abram separated, Abram allowed Lot to choose which direction he would take. Lot chose land near Sodom, where the people were “wicked and sinning greatly”. It seems that Lot didn’t think through his decision well. He chose poorly.

Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he pitched his tents and then built an altar to the Lord.

Lot chose comfort, while Abram chose to focus on worship. That’s a choice we can all relate to. Do we choose to sleep late in our comfy beds on Sunday mornings? Or do we choose to gather and worship the Lord?

Abram became the Father of Many Nations, while Lot lost everything.

Tomorrow I work an emergency shift, so I’m not sure when I will be able to post. But I will listen to tomorrow’s reading on the way to or from the hospital.

Many Blessings!

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