I love cowkids

Why cowkids? A sales rep asked me about my business name the other day posing the question “Do you love cows? Or do you love kids?” Hmm, I quickly replied…”I love cows AND I love kids.” And I love their way of life.

I love cowboys. I love cowgirls. I love horses and cattle and rodeos and farms. I love the western way of life. I love the smell of a horse barn. I love watching farmers at harvest time. I love the atmosphere of a county fair beef show. I love watching children interact with livestock. Their simplicity and innocence captivate me.

And it’s a good thing.

To everything there is a season

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Ecclesiastes 3 (King James Version)

Fall in the Midwest…one of my favorite times of the year.  I so thoroughly enjoy the colors, the smells, the crispness.  I can’t soak up enough of the hues of reds and oranges and yellows and browns.  I cannot resist a leaf pile.  I especially love the days where the sky is so incredibly blue that you get lost in it.  You can’t help but lay down on the crunchy leaves and gaze into the endless sky while the autumn sun kisses your face.  Sweatshirt weather, bonfire season, harvest moons, football games, hiking trips, Sunday drives… ahhhh I love, love, love fall.

And then it comes to an end.

The days get shorter.  The trees become bare.  The windows close.  The farmers are out of the fields.  The Harleys are hibernating.  The deer are moving.  The geese are flying.  The ice-scrapers are put in vehicles.  The winter clothes come out.  Ugh…it’s depressing.  I’m finding the older I get, the faster time moves and, I’m sorry, but fall just doesn’t last long enough!

But then you get a couple days of reprieve.  An “open your windows once last time” kind of a day.  One last chance to take the bikes out.  Another opportunity for leaf piles or a game of ball.  One more day of hearing children running and laughing outside.  Gray skies exit and blue skies are ushered in.  And you are grateful.  Thankful.  Thankful to the Creator for the reminder of His power and grace.  It is so easy to get discouraged and down-trodden during different seasons of life.  It is so simple to forget the blessings in our lives and instead focus on the negative.  It is so effortless!  Yet, perhaps we should put some effort into a season of Thanksgiving.   A season to store up a harvest of gratitude for the blessings and mercies shown in our lives this year.

It is a sure cure for the winter blahs…count your blessings.  Just start counting.  You’ll be amazed when you begin.  And soon, thankfulness will be effortless.  Perspectives will change.  A balance will set.  The blindfold of resentment, bitterness, regret, jealousy (whatever foothold is covering you) will be removed.  And you will  begin to see with new eyes.  And as the leaves change and weaken and fall to their rest, we can still find something to admire and fix our eyes upon.  Wherever you are, wherever you live.  Beauty is all around us…if we just have the eyes to see it.

~My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  2 Cor 12:9