When I first started blogging I did a post on an old boxelder tree of ours. Our boys thought it was an eyesore. My husband loved it for the fact that it housed so much wildlife through the years. It was a tree that refused to die and seemed to have confusion over the fact it was a tree rather than a tall bush.

My husband decreed the tree would stay till the dead part fell over. It was up to God when that would occur and he (my husband) would not hasten that day. This past September, the decreed time came to pass. We were sitting on the porch one morning during my recuperation period and suddenly noticed that this event had happened.20181107_164213.jpg

We have no idea exactly what day it happened. We just know that by September 16 the majority of the tree was down. It was a little sad to know that there would be no more squirrels raising families in that tree. Owls, hawks and eagles would no longer perch in the top part of those dead branches.

We will miss those days of watching the animals that used that dead tree. We should probably have counted the varieties of animals that actually used it for a home or just a resting place. Everything from squirrels, woodpeckers of all types, wood ducks, geese, eagles and more have used it.

I have found out this past year that life can change as quickly as a tree falling over. One week you are healthy….the next months you struggle to regain what disappeared in a flash. Families change…..parents make life changing moves to a new residence and it is hard on the entire family. Children get married and it is a wonderful celebration. Life is such a mix.

This year of 2018 is quickly….way too quickly…coming to a close. Looking back, it is hard to believe how many things are not what they were a year ago. Some are better….some are worse. I have a feeling that is just how life is and it is okay.

This Thanksgiving our devotion was on being content in any circumstance. It asked us if we would be content if God said “No” to our prayers….or “Wait”. I would love to answer that I am always content, but that would be a lie. I will say I strive to be content.

There are things I would love to change as quickly as the wind pushes a tree over. I would love to be as I was before West Nile. And then I need to remember how long that tree withstood every storm that came it’s way. It is good to step back and see the blessing in the wait.

The tree was a great lesson on waiting…on contentment. It was in no hurry to fall. While it waited it was useful and in it’s seeming deadness it housed so much life. It is a lesson I can learn. A lesson that there can be a contentment in the wait. A lesson that even though I am not at 100 percent I can still be useful.

Now that our tree is no longer there for those life lessons I am beginning to look around and wonder what part of creation God is going to use next to teach me those life lessons? I have a feeling there will always be something that will be used to teach….as long as I open my eyes.

May you be blessed in the waiting this weekend. May you be content in the changes that life brings.


Biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be.     

John Ortberg



39 thoughts on “Changes

    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you Lisa. I am better than I was and not as good as I hope to be….that is my answer to where I am when people ask lol. I am actually way better than I was. Balance wise I am probably at 90% and how my head feels when I get tired (which is often) is probably at 65%.


  1. says:

    Your words are full of wisdom. Like that old tree you have withstood the tests of time. Life can quickly change. I pray that you will soon be feeling 100 percent and that God will continue to use these life lessons through you to bring hope for others.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      You are so welcome Ruth. I firmly believe that when God gives us an insight and teaches us a lesson of truth we should be sharing that good truth.
      I tell people I am not 100% and no one really knows if it will get back to that but I am doing really good.

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  2. Al says:

    Based on the insightful comments you have penned here, I would have to say this was not just a boxelder, but a “tree of life.” You are very wise, Faye. Nature can be a wonderful teacher.

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  3. Ray V. says:

    Beautifully worded and so I much I can associate with. I had a favorite tree also, but it succumbed to our big ice storm in 2014. With regards to waiting, I sometimes feel as if I’ve waited too long and missed the opportunities God laid before me. I believe the term for that is second-guessing. Soon the snow will be flying and the wood will be burning in the stove. Then, before long, the first signs of Spring. All part of waiting.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Ah man Ray…..I am a master at second guessing! I often wonder how many truths I have missed because I have been to stubborn to open my eyes and look at what He puts in front of me.
      Out here in Iowa we have been burning wood in the stoves for a few weeks now. We are supposed to have highs in the 20’s and lows tonite around 11! The promise of Spring is a wonderful thing!

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  4. Gbolabo Adetunji says:

    This is so powerful and uplifting. I find here the reason why it looks like some prayers never get answered. Sometimes, it is our timing!! The power to cope while waiting lies in the knowledge of the ways of God. Thank you for sharing . ❤

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  5. bcparkison says:

    Well it was gonna happen and it did but not until Nature had goton all it could out of that twisted old tree. How much enjoyment did you get out of watching all of the life that lived in and on that tree. A whole bunch.!
    You are feeling better …I can tell and come Spring,hopefully before, you will be back up to speed and ready to jump into another season of ‘reach and get it’. Just don’t jump in too fast and have a set back. they aren’t much fun. Hang in there…Love you.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        The news is bad Faye and every day it is something more terrible going on … I put on blinders and try to take joy in the nicer stories I read online; the heartwarming stories to do with nature are my favorite. Today I watched a video of a man who rescued a penguin and for five years that penguin returns to see him, after making a long journey, to visit the man who saved his life. That type of story could bring me to tears and put a smile on my face. That smile doesn’t happen with the “hard news” that hits us in the gut every morning.

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  6. Timelesslady says:

    We had an oak tree in our yard that we had to have taken down. It was feet away from the house so when it went into decline and started dying we had to take action. The tree once had a fabulous swing my grandsons loved. It also housed squirrels and other wildlife in its branches. I miss it still…and near to me right now, in a vase, I keep a few of its smaller twigs…a reminder of my old friend. I enjoyed remembering my special tree through your post.

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  7. says:

    My dear friend-this seemed like a love letter to me-Today, I have felt especially impatient-Now, I agree with every word in your post and I remember that tree. This reading gave me a dose of what I needed to hear. Thank you. I pray for you regularly, please know I send you love and always the best-love Michele

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  8. peggyjoan42 says:

    Life changes before our eyes. Life passes so fast – so do not blink too often. This is a wonderful post Faye. Cherish every day as if it were your last – never take tomorrow for granted.. Love to you Faye

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