Found the Pot of Gold

Welcome to Rainbow Acres

There are over 1000 promises in the Bible that God has made to those that believe in Him.  Many of these promises are a two-way contract that we call a Covenant Promise.  Some examples of this are found in the following verses.

Jer. 7:23  Obey my voice and I will be your God, and you shall be my people.  And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.

Matt. 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  

His believers have a part to play in all of these covenant promises.  

God keeps His promises and He always does His part.  He never, ever fails us.  We can take His word to the bank.  

Is 54:10 For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you.  

There is one thing God cannot do…He cannot, will not stop loving you!!

The rainbow of seven (perfection) colors is a sign of His promise. 

Genesis 9:12-16 And God said:”This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between you and Me and the earth.  It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.  The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.  

The rainbow is a beautiful symbol and reminder of all of God’s promises.  The number of the colors and stripes in the rainbow are seven.  That is the number of perfection in the Bible.  Only God could put such a beautiful promise right up in the sky for us all to see.  

Some people say there is a pot of gold at the bottom of the rainbow.  If there is I think I found it here at Rainbow Acres.  The beautiful people “ranchers” here, absolutely are pure gold.  God made them so beautiful.  I spent the lunch time visiting with a rancher very knowlegeable about trains and steam engines.  He asked me a lot of questions that I had no answer.  Study on trains is a must if I sit by John again.  

Roadrunner with a Lizard

At Bible study on Monday night there was some lively discussion among the ranchers on the book of Ecclesiastes. One young lady there was very knowledgeable about the Word of God and had some great answers.  The joy of the Lord is so apparent on many of their faces.  Some have been here since the facility opened in 1974.  Jeff came at that time and his parents died shortly after he came here.  This is definitely his home.  He collects lanyards and had a birthday on Saturday.  Since the grandkids and I love to sew lanyards, I made one for him.  The smile on his face was the ultimate pot of gold.  

Remodel Project

I think the pot of gold is doing something for others and knowing without a shadow of a doubt that God keeps His promises.  In the times we are living in, it is priceless to know that we have no reason to fear or even to worry.  We know God is faithful, as we’ve seen it many times in our past.  

These ranchers know the faithfulness of God.  The covid lockdowns were very hard on them and being away from all of the other ranchers was such a strain.  They have such joy in being together again.  Their prayer circle in the morning is a delight, as their prayer requests are so rich.  They pray for their families and their families here.  They try so very hard to be kind to one another.   I think they know more than the rest of us what it feels like to be treated harshly by others.  

We are working on sanding cupboards in one of the group homes that is being remodeled.  I think there are eight rooms in each house with a kitchen and big gathering room.  A caregiver is in the home at all times.  They don’t spend a lot of time there as they are busy with classes and working.  One of the ranchers was so excited about her history class.  The grounds are busy with bicycles and hikes and enjoying this spring time weather.  Everyone greets you here.  Everyone smiles and makes you feel special.  Yes, I’m feeling pretty special in this place.  They all are.  I wish our world could be so in love with being together.  Maybe, just maybe we could lay down our differences and cherish them instead.  

Kitchen Cupboards

Yes, the pot of gold is very close to Rainbow Acres.  The pot of gold is seeing the love of Jesus in others.  His rainbow is His creation and so are we and so are these precious ranchers.  God is good all the time.

Tonto Natural Bridge Monument

Ridge Haven Project Complete

The last three weeks have flown by and our project here is complete.  Some more SOWER couples will be coming in next week and we will be departing soon.  What a great team we had here and we feel like our mission was accomplished.  Each couple comes with their own unique talents and giftings.  It is such a delight to see how God assembles each team.  Our General Leader couple were such a success in guiding this ship.  Wendy planned some really fun times for the ladies and for the couples too.  It was not all fun and games though as we really worked hard to do our best for the Lord and for the ministry here.  

Still in the Toilets

Some couples are leaving tomorrow and some on Monday and Tuesday of next week.  Some are going home to check on their own livestock and some are on their way to their next project.  One couple is full time in their RV and one has been on the road 16 months and will have completed their 25th project by the time they arrive home.  That is the wonderful thing about SOWERS is that you can do it most any way you would like to.  

Now That’s and Anvil!

The farmer and I are ready to get back to our farm and see what is happening on the home front.  I have several groups of girlfriends I need to have lunch with and catch up on their last month.  A neighbor needs the farmer to drive a truck.  We will have cousin camp for our 13 grandchildren in a couple of weeks so we won’t be bored.

Smell That Bacon!

Iowa has treated us well.  The weather has been beautiful, the camp staff delightful. The new friends are so very special. There is nothing like sharing work and life for a few weeks together on a mission. It is hard to leave but home is calling.  

We will miss these new friends.

Synergy or Two Dry Land Farmers on the Lake

There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests get together to work toward the same goals.  –Idowu Koyenikan

Bell Tower Installation

The beginning has finally begun!  We have been in preparation for this for several months.  Actually the Lord has probably been preparing us for this all of our lives.  We are so thankful to be in this season of life and able to do all we sense God is calling us to do.  

This mornings devotion was such a great way to start the day.  I love Nehemiah and all that God was able to accomplish through one man dedicated to God’s purposes.  His heart broke at the knowledge of the devastation of his people and of Jerusalem. His beautiful prayer asking God for favor with the King is dynamic.  He prayed and fasted and sought the Lord for his next step. Nehemiah’s leadership and humility is such an inspiration.  

Cross on Lake Travis

There are four couples here with the SOWER ministry.  We are so thankful for the experience we find in these couples.  One couple, John and Anita have been with the SOWERS for 16 years.  Anita used to be a specialty clinic manager so we can certainly relate to each other.  Our general leader couple Dan and Kathleen were at this camp for three months last year so they know the staff and the area well.  Ken and Barb have been in ministry all of their lives and have been with SOWERS for three years. As you can see we two newbies are in a great group.

The women are staining a deck on a cabin and will be painting the cabin and trim also.  A couple will be living in it this summer when they arrive to help staff this huge camp for the summer.  We ladies will also be doing some other painting and staining jobs with some new water stations that are being built.  It seems that summer camp in Texas with thousands of kids playing and learning about Jesus, water stations are essential.  One thing I don’t understand though is how these other gals can do this work and not have the stain all over them. Somehow I seem to really get into my work!

My three leaders!

The men are building a large bell tower in front of the auditorium.  This camp was given a huge bell that a church had in the area. One of the traditions here is that at the end of each camp those who received salvation while here at camp are to get to ring the bell!  This new bell will make an even larger sound than the old one. I think they had 600 some salvations last summer!

They appreciate their power tools! More Power!

We are really enjoying our first week at Highlands Lake Camp and Conference Center in Spicewood, TX.  This place has the greatest staff and the ministry here on this 200 acres on the shores of Lake Travis is inspiring.  

You can NEVER check the level enough!