Jan 7, 2020 – Hospitality

This morning, Owen (my middle child), went to a nearby dairy farm to pick up a Holstein/Jersey mix black bull calf. We needed one more to help nurse out the udder of our Jersey, Tiki.

He nursed well this afternoon. He has a voracious appetite, which is good, because we have plenty of milk. Lollipop, the Ayrshire, is nursing her own heifer calf, Noel, plus a black beef calf that was an orphan twin that her mom rejected.

The new calf nursed Tiki with her own heifer calf (still unnamed). She doesn’t like him yet, but she stands for her calf to nurse, so he gets to nurse as well.

For a little family fun, both kiddos grabbed their horses in the pasture and decided to ride bareback with halters. This is probably dangerous, but these horses and young people know one another and trust one another. Great horsemanship skills happen in these moments.

I also had to patch Owen’s rodeo jeans that he uses to ride bucking horses. He loves these jeans, I think even more so because of the stories in all of these patches.

I did make some intentional moves in the fitness department. I got in my 10,000 steps, loaded some 200# feed tubs (group effort), and ended the day with crunches, squats, and leg lifts. mm

Faith – My Bible reading today was Genesis 18-19. It has some intense things there. Sarah laughs at God, Sodom & Gomorrah are destroyed, God and two angels come to visit with Abraham. All of this and the biggest thing that presents itself to me in this reading is the amount of food that was prepared for the 3 strangers. Abraham tells Sarah to bake bread with 36 pounds of flour. He sends a servant out to kill a calf. (I always wonder that cattle were probably smaller then. This would allow a calf to provide one meal.) Or they wanted the entire thing because Abraham was a generous host.

Hospitality is of God. Giving generously without any expectations. Sharing what God has blessed you with.

Abraham entertained God himself along with two angels.

“Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We get so busy sometimes that we forget to stop and think of others and just visit. Invite someone over! It doesn’t have to be fancy, just heartfelt.

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