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

When Things Go Wrong

Be Happy with Simple Pleasures

Have courage when things go wrong! A pandemic in these days is something gone wrong. Probably not one of us thought that we would be where we are today earlier in 2020. We had no clue as to the changes that would happen in our lives or the pause button that would be pressed. The giant PAUSE button. But as this quote says, “The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful, to make the most of what we have; to be happy with the simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.” All of that statement is still very true. Maybe this pause in our lives has helped us to get back to some of the simple pleasures of life.

Here are some of my simple pleasures that have helped me to focus on the good and the many blessings that the Lord has given me in these days instead of focusing on the chaos and the difficulties in this world. And instead of focusing on the realities of missing friends, gatherings, church, and grandchildren.

Hand prints in the Garden

Hand prints of some of the grandchildren from seven or eight years ago. Thanks to their momma for capturing their sweet hands in this clay so those hands could bless me today. As I cleaned out the flower beds to prepare for spring, I uncovered this cherished gift. This is a reminder of great memories of the grandkids coming to our farm and playing in the dirt and with kittens and building a fort in our tree row. I love hearing their shouts of fun as they run through the sprinkler or slide on our makeshift water slide. (Tarp and water hose and a slight slope.) Hills are hard to come by in this part of the flatland. One of the simple treasures.

Spring Buds

Spring is beginning to bud out here on the farm. Oh how we love the songs of the birds. The meadowlark song is beautiful as he sings to his mate. Then we hear the sound of the Bob-white quail as he says over and over “Bob white! Bob white!” The trees are beginning to spring out their leaves and make shelter for our bird friends. A female pheasant hen is inside the yard fence and I worry that perhaps she is caught but she slides right under the woven fence like she does it daily. The bunnies play their bunny games and chase one another around the tree trunk. Yes, there is new life everywhere and that is one of the simple pleasures.

Baltimore Oriole
Old School Outhouse

I imagine Laura Ingalls Wilder used an outhouse like this behind her school. The left one is for the women and the one on the right in the open is for the men. I am so grateful for the simple pleasure of a flushing toilet and running water.

Old Farm Machinery
Bridge at Antelope Lake

A nice drive around an old fishing lake close to our farm has us driving over this bridge. All of the shelter houses and bathrooms around the lake were built in the 1930s by the WPA program. We are so thankful for those workers and those programs that still leave us much to enjoy today. This lake was bustling with activity and many boats and campers were enjoying this day. Social distancing and a nice quiet lake go together well. Many dads were showing their boys how to fish and it appeared there was some great family times happening. Oh the simple pleasures.

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in our hearts.”

Winnie the Pooh
Chocolate Chip Cookies out of the oven

One simple pleasure is doing something for someone else. I was able this week to prepare a meal for a friend who is really going through a difficult time. Those struggles that are so hard are even more magnified in a pandemic with social distancing when what they really need is all hands on deck to hug and carry them through this. It is such a pleasure to come alongside others that are dealing with tragedies. It is also a pleasure to make a batch of cookies and put many in the freezer for when the grandkids can come again and share with a neighbor who has adopted three little ones. She is teaching online and homeschooling five children. There are so many unsung heroes in this time. When we get down in these days nothing lifts us up quicker than doing for someone else.

So as Laura Ingalls Wilder says, “The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful, to make the most of what we have; to be happy with the simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.” Our God is still the same, yesterday, today and forever. Our faith is still in Him and our trust is focused on Him. It is still best to be honest and truthful and ahhh those simple pleasures. Lets look for them. They are all around us.

If you sense you are losing all hope as David shares in Psalms 143:4, read that full psalm and let me know. I would love to listen and visit with you.

Psalms 143:4 I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear. I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done.

verse 6 I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirst for rain.

verse 8 Let me hear of your unfailing love every morning, for I am trusting in you.

verse 10 May your gracious spirit lead me forward on firm footing. Because of your faithfulness bring me out of this distress.

Found Spring

Green is a beautiful color!  My six year old grandson, Luke loves green.  I love green grass and trees! This spot at Highlands Lake Convention Center is so beautiful.  I think the birds love green also. They are singing and praising God! So many different varieties!  We also found flies and bees at our picnics today. They loved the smell of food. We are right on Lake Travis.  

Cactus in a Tree

Our new friends from South Dakota said that it is a saying in their town in winter to get in a snow plow and keep heading south until people start asking, “what is that you are driving?”  Then you know you’ve gone far enough.  

Everyone is so friendly here.  We’ve met several great people already and two of the couples we will be working with.  Our project has changed since we arrived for the men. I am not sure what the ladies will be doing, maybe painting.  Glad I brought some paint clothes.  Hope we are painting green!

We are not in a good wifi spot so I will have to make some effort to get these updates posted. 

 

Sign says Jesus is the Light of the World!