The cry for rain is getting louder and louder. I hear it in my husband’s voice and echoed in the words of our friends, neighbors, and fellow folks in agriculture.
The pastures that feed our cattle through the summer are burning up and taking any nutrition with it. Crops are being forced to bloom early and will not produce as much as they should.
Fields where crops should have germinated just haven’t. Plants that did grow are looking stressed.
Farmers and ranchers are making hard decisions based off of guesses which cost or save them thousands of dollars. Ranchers are haying fields earlier than usual hoping to catch whatever nutrients they can.
This June has been the driest since the early 1900s and we are now classified as experiencing “extreme drought”.
It’s hard to know what to do during times like these.
Folks are beginning to transition from praying for rain to praying for hail so that the crop insurance can help. It seems wrong to feel like you have to decide between praying for rain and praying for your crop to be lost altogether.
These are times that test ones faith, resolve, mental and physical strength.
So, how do we get through this hard time?
Here is what I’m choosing to do…
1. Find things to be grateful for every day.
When you choose to be grateful, you choose to focus on the positive and not the negative.
For me, I choose to focus my gratitude to the One who has carried me through other struggles in my life. When I choose to focus on Him instead of the struggles, it keeps me from giving the problems I’m facing power to control my thoughts and emotions.
2. I am choosing to trust that God will work out a situation that seems really bad in a way that is best for me and my family…Even if I can’t see that.
I’m able to trust God in that way, because in the past I’ve seen Him work good from a bad situation. I’ll tell you a little bit about my past. I grew up in a very conservative, loving, Christian home. When I was 13, my mom passed away. She was hit head on by a drunk driver. Losing a parent has to be towards the top of the list when it comes to hard things for a child to go through. It was very hard, but as I look back on those years since my mom passed away, I can now see the plan that God had worked out for my life. He brought women into my life that guided and loved me when I needed it the most. He opened up opportunities for me to experience things that I probably wouldn’t have experienced had our family stayed unchanged. I can say with great conviction that I would not be a Montana Farm Wife if my mom had not passed away. I love my life and know that God prepared me for the role that I am in now. Although I still miss my mom and I’m sad that that experience was part of my childhood, I can see time and time again where God worked inside a seemingly negative situation to be a positive in my life.
So as we face extreme drought, loss of crops, difficulty finding pasture and hay for animals, and a poor harvest again this year, I choose to be grateful. I choose to believe that this challenge could be part of a bigger plan that I can’t understand or see right now.
I am grateful to believe in a God who loves me, has a plan for my life, and is invested in each and every aspect of my life.
Love to you and yours,
What are you choosing to focus on?
How are you going to make it through this tough time?
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