The Little House Cookbook

If you’ve read the Little House series, your mouth was probably watering a good portion of the time. Hearty soups and homemade bread figured prominently in most of the books; Little House in the Big Woods was notable for maple treats and a huge supper at sugaring-off time; wild game abounded in Little House on…

Found: God’s Will

Many of us have some funny ideas about what God’s will is.  Too often we’re so busy looking for it that we don’t have time to actually do it.  Other times we’re pretty sure we know exactly what God’s will is: it’s the thing we absolutely do not want to do. Neither of these perspectives…

Worth It

Another year has come around, and a flurry of planning and New Year’s resolving has come with it.  There are so many things we’d all like to do this year: We want to plan the best garden ever. We want to try out new ways of keeping our animals happy, healthy, and productive. We want…

The Simple Things

Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  We’re all looking forward to spending time with the family giving thanks for our blessings.  And we certainly have a lot to be thankful for! But while most of us probably remember to give thanks for home, family, friends, turkey, and pumpkin pie, all too often we overlook the…

Doing the Lord’s Work in the Lord’s Way

Wouldn’t you like to know that you’re doing the work of the Lord? And wouldn’t you like to be sure that you’re doing it in His way? If your answer to these questions is “yes,” you might be interested in a sermon in two parts fittingly titled “Doing the Lord’s Work in the Lord’s Way”…

Don’t Look Back

We all have probably made this mistake at some point in our lives.  It’s very easy to do.  But it’s also one of the most crippling things that we could do to ourselves. We look backward.  We dwell on our past mistakes. And, boy, have we made some mistakes, too: Saying things that were more…

Getting Started: Part 4—Focus

Distractions abound in all areas of life.  Every day we are bombarded with ideas: Things that we must do. Things that we could do. Things that we want to do. Things that we really ought to do. Things that we have to do whether we want to or not. Things that we would be happy…

Getting Started: Part 3—Persevere

Country living is exciting.  Every day is a new adventure.  The opportunities to learn and challenge yourself never end.  Freedom, family life, peace and quiet—aren’t these things we all crave? However, forewarned is forearmed, so here it comes: Sooner or later you are going to become tired of the whole thing.  You will feel overwhelmed,…

Getting Started: Part 2—Think For Yourself

It can be very tempting to align ourselves with an ideology or movement, can’t it?  Usually we’re attracted to a particular way of thinking because there’s something in it that speaks to our deepest beliefs and values, or because it just makes too much sense. There’s nothing at all wrong with taking an interest in…