Farm // Beauty From Ashes

June 1, 2017

When people heard what happened to our house, we had a lot of people proclaim Isaiah 61 over us. I had people I had NEVER seen in my life tell me that this was a ‘ beauty from ashes’ story.

When I finally sat down and re-read the verse I was shocked on the words used in the verse.

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,a]
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
    and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
the oil of joy 
    instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the Lord
    for the display of his splendor.

They will rebuild the ancient ruins
    and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
    that have been devastated for generations.
Strangers will shepherd your flocks;
    foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
And you will be called priests of the Lord,
    you will be named ministers of our God.
You will feed on the wealth of nations,
    and in their riches you will boast.

Instead of your shame
    you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
    you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,
    and everlasting joy will be yours.

“For I, the Lord, love justice;
    I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
In my faithfulness I will reward my people
    and make an everlasting covenant with them.
Their descendants will be known among the nations
    and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge
    that they are a people the Lord has blessed.”

10 I delight greatly in the Lord;
    my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
    and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
    and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up
    and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness
    and praise spring up before all nations.

We had many reasons to move away from busy California. We didn’t just want time with our children, we wanted QUALITY time with our children. Time that was uninterrupted by emergency calls that my husband had to answer (he worked for Servpro) and the craziness of what the neighbor kids recently bought and now my kids ‘needed’. Or the hours of homework that always ended with frustrations and tears. The hours spent in traffic to go anywhere.

We wanted to be self-reliant.Wanted to grow and butcher out own food and not have to rely on a store to do it for us.

We wanted our kids to learn by doing instead of reading it in a textbook.

We wanted more. I mean, after all — isn’t life more than wake up, go to work, pay your bills, sleep and repeat? We all get stuck in this cycle but it’s time to break it.
We wanted to open up the farm to the community and families that needed a little pick me up. We envisioned movie nights outside on colorful blankets, farm dinners under the big trees and tiny homes we modernize and convert to little camping houses.
This verse gets me. Get’s what we want to do and all the amazing “farm” lingo in it is just so perfect!


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