New Paths

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The last few days we have had snow off and on. For some reason it seems more on than off…but that could just be me. I hear from so many people that they are so ready for Spring to come and Winter to be done.

Those warmer days seem a distant memory on these cold winter days. The green grass seems far in the past and does not feel like it will show up again anytime soon. It does feel like I have gotten to be really good friends with the red plastic grain scoop that lives in our garage.

The girls do not like walking through the snow to get around so I spend some mornings shoveling trails for them to use; to get here and there. They are not very patient while they wait and watch me clear those paths. They keep up a constant clucking and chatter while they peer through the chicken wire at me.

It doesn’t matter how many time I reassure them that I am scooping as fast as I can…they lecture me….loudly…….. on my slow scooping. I sometimes wonder if they are also lecturing me on my skill level in scooping? It is hard to tell……they just tend to sound irate and impatient.

Hearing those girls squawking impatiently at me I tend to wonder if that is how I sound? I do sometimes wonder (loudly and impatiently) why things around me don’t happen fast enough to suit me.

In my mind I can almost hear God reassuring me that He is shoveling as fast as He can. Do you think He keeps up a running commentary, like I do with the girls? “You’re going to really like this when I get it done.”  “Just be patient a bit longer….I almost have it ready for you.” “Yeah….yeah….just keep crabbing at me……it will be done when it is supposed to be done.” “Just chill out and relax! I’ve never failed you yet.”

Just thinking that puts a grin on my face. Perhaps it isn’t just me who can act like a crabby chicken when waiting for a new path to open up? Perhaps there are more of us who kind of liked things the way they were or know exactly what we want any changes to look like?

Maybe we long for Spring because it is a comfortable place to be? It isn’t cold, it isn’t dark, it speaks of life. In Spring we don’t need to wait for someone to make a new trail for us…..we get to take the same old path.

May this weekend find you looking forward to the adventure of a new path. May you be reassured that those new trails will take you exactly where you are supposed to be and may you be blessed on that journey.

“…I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:19

37 thoughts on “New Paths

    • thechickengrandma says:

      You are so welcome Jocelyn. I really never know where a post is heading when I start typing. To be honest I just kind of start typing about some topic or other and it just kind of happens!! So….I don’t know that I can really take credit.

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  1. Ray V. says:

    Great analogy, Faye. We’ve had a premature spring here and lots of trees are budding already, especially in the Peach Orchards. One cold spell could wreak havoc on the peach crop, which is a huge part of the regional economy. Just hoping that the plan God has in place is a good one.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Oh man…..I sure hope our wishes are God’s!! I love peaches and would hate to see a cold spell for those trees…..not to mention how many people would be hurt financially.
      It is always amazing where those God-shoveled paths tend to lead….not always easy…but always interesting.

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  2. atimetoshare.me says:

    I love how you put a spiritual spin on your chickens. We are so much like them, aren’t we. Impatient, constantly complaining, thinking God isn’t paying attention. We can learn from our animals

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  3. Deb says:

    Oh that’s so funny…I’d turn around, hand them the scoop and say do it yourself if your so impatient!!! lol. That’s a very interesting parallel you bring up and yes sometimes I crab about having to go to work every day and why can’t I retire already, when’s it gonna get here…it’s taking too long…oh yes I definitely must sound like a squawking chicken…guess I’ll have to remember He knows when it’s the best time for everything, trust in that and enjoy where I’m at right now….maybe if I whispered? hehe ❤

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  4. Lisa@LismorePaperCo. says:

    I just love hearing about the girls. They seem to have so much personality. It’s truly amazing how much we actually have in common with them. My conversations with God seem to happen while I am outdoors, usually in the garden. Like you, I am sure people have wondered about me talking to myself 🙂 Beautiful post!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you so much Lisa. We really do tend to be like animals. My husband and I used to have sheep and after raising them we would laugh when the Bible tells us we are like sheep…..not always a wonderful comparison!

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  5. thecobweboriumemporium says:

    What a truly inspiring, warm (despite the snow and cold), loving, wonderful post.
    Aw Chicken, you know I love your posts about life there, but I love them for more than just the warmth of the love you weave between the words. I love you for the conversation you have with God as you write. Sometimes you mention Him by name, sometimes you don’t mention Him at all – but I can always ‘feel’ Him there, and that’s what’s important.

    I love your writing, and I love you too.
    I send my love to you, Mr.Chicken and all those cluckers who have an opinion about your skills as a carer. I’m sure that one or two are old lady moaners – but they all love you just the same.
    Have a blessed week, my fabulous friend ~ Cobs. xxx

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you so much Cobs. I don’t always mention Him by name as I don’t want to sound “preachy” I am always kind of hoping that everyone knows who I am talking about and referring to. I am so glad to hear that you can “feel” Him in my posts because He is always there. I am so grateful He is….as I would be a hopeless case without Him.
      I am always watching for your posts as well Cobs. You have no idea how I value your friendship and your opinion! ❤

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  6. Green Global Trek says:

    Hi Faye, you gave me such a good chuckle reading this. I just wish I could see some photos of your chickens. I do love the one of the cleared pathway and yes my relatives in Chicago where I lived for 20 years of super cold winters say this year has been particularly rough. Spring will be ever so sweet after that!
    Peta

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      The cold does tend to make the warmth just that much sweeter! We had 4 inches of snow the other day and today it warmed up enough to melt a lot of it…….and I am ever so grateful for that!
      I think Chicago might get more snow than us as they have that lake effect thing going on.

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      • tinaor says:

        Well, I say, couldn’t tell the time – I am guessing he should only have crowed first thing in the morning, but that might be wrong! I have never owned chickens. Maybe 2pm was after a nap or something else made him crow! You might have a better idea and I might be talking rubbish!!

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  7. rabbitpatchdiary.com says:

    hERE, IT HAS BEEN SPRINGLIKE FOR WEEKS. I think I may sound like a chicken to God-and I do keep a long running commentary it seems. Oddly I planned this weekend to start reading everything in the Bible about prayer. I do not want to be a whining chicken! haha!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I envy you, your spring like weather Michele! Prayer can be so many things…a running conversation with God, a one-word whisper, begging, praising, pleading…..Relationship.
      I really like the idea of reading everything the Bible has to say about prayer. Are you finding those passages in a book or just reading your way through?

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I would probly do fairly well in the snow shoveling category…as long as it was a race but rather neatness and estheticallhy pleasing LOL.
      We, in Iowa, will take all the medals we can get :). I know in our area lots of our small towns still have their own hospitals. They no longer deliver babies in some of them but at least there is hospital care available close by.

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