"No More Chicken Chores!"


God is faithful to give me “little God nudges” in the most unexpected ways and I absolutely LOVE it.  We have chickens on our little farm and recently reached the point of having 20-something chickens. We were feeling pretty maxed out and it seems like just the other day that I mentioned to my husband, “These chickens are a lot of trouble! Something is always happening to one of them. We don’t need to have any more chicken babies.  I can’t handle any more chicken chores!”

We left for vacation shortly after our “chicken overload revelation.” A week later we returned and immediately resumed the process of our normal chicken chores. Not long after our return, we were cleaning the coop one afternoon when I suddenly heard my husband exclaim, “What on earth?!” 

Peeking out from under the ramp going into the coop was the cutest little chick!

We had been diligently pulling broody hens off the nest and making sure to collect all of our eggs so we didn’t hatch any more chicks but lo and behold a mama hen had plans of her own.  She had somehow managed to make nest and sit on it for 21 days and we didn’t even realize it.  She was safely tucked away out of sight, laughing at me as she fouled my plans to keep our chicken numbers down.  We ended up with seven chicks who are now half gown and healthier then ANY of our previous chicks.

God’s Plan Will Prevail

God’s gentile reminder in all of this is just this: I may think I know best and try to move forward with my own plans, but I should be careful about setting my heart on the plans I create.

Bottom line, if He wants something to happen, it WILL happen. And the most eye-opening part of the revelation - He doesn't even need me one bit to put His plans into motion.Click To Tweet

With previous chicks, I’ve carefully set up the brooder area, monitored and fed the mama hen perfectly, guarded her against the other hens, checked for hatching eggs, etc. I generally did everything in my power to help her along.

God is a lot like the mother hen who surprised me. He really doesn’t need me fussing over His plan and helping it along. Even more, He might not feel the need to tell me about His plan until I unexpectedly experience the fruit of the plan.

Sometimes we are required to labor for the Lord, but sometimes he just unexpectedly chooses to bless us with a blessing we didn't even know we needed! 😀Click To Tweet

In this particular case it was seven darling chicks, but it might be a child or any number of things so remember friend:

“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11

Originally Posted: Oct. 5, 2016

Our Prayer


Father God, help me to hold my plans loosely. Your Word tells me that Your ways are not my ways (Isaiah 55:8). Help me to trust and find peace in the knowledge that Your ways are better than mine.

 

I can’t, by my own will and might, accomplish or even realize the good plans You have for me. Open my heart to rest in that truth and receive the “unexpected blessings” you have already set in motion.

Thank you, Lord, for bathing me in the truth of Your Word; a truth that shows me that You are good and I can trust You with all of my plans.

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen

Scriptures for Meditation


~ Proverbs 19:21
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
~ Proverbs 3: 5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
~ Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
~ Proverbs 16:4
The LORD works out everything to its proper end — even the wicked for a day of disaster.

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