I love the message in Psalms 33:5b, “the earth is full of his unfailing love.” If you look all around, you can see God’s love. It is the blue sky, the sunset, the early morning crow of a rooster, the sighting of a hummingbird, a rainbow, the refreshing rains, the clouds, the grass, the pumpkins growing in my compost pile (God’s having to grow it…I’m clueless and have given up after trying to garden for 8 years), the squirrels fighting over an acorn, my cat trying to catch the squirrels… do you get the picture or must I continue? God’s love is all around us and for that I am grateful.
My quest for balance has brought me to the book of Proverbs. While reading chapter 12, I ran across a verse that floored me especially after reading Eating Animals.
A righteous man cares of the needs of his animal.. Proverbs 12:10a
I sat there for a few moments and I knew that a change was on the horizon. I thought about how so many animals are chemically altered, mass reproduced, grossly slaughtered and confined in farm factories just so I can have a freezer full of meats. What I read disturbed me and no where did I find the caring for the animals’ needs. So if purchasing such “cheap meats” is supporting these “techniques,” I can not consciously and knowingly buy the said meats. Does this mean I am vegan? You bet.. until I find local farms with righteous farmers who cares for the needs of their animals. I hate to think I am promoting cruelty to animals just because it tastes good.
You might want to say a prayer or two for my family.. this is going to be a BIG change in our household until my research is complete and I have a list of local farmers worthy of my purchases…
Just want to share with you guys the progress made towards my balanced life…
1. Quiet Time: reading a chapter of Proverbs twice a day, sitting completely still and trying to keep my mind quiet for 15 minutes at least once a day, praying before and after reading Proverbs, and making it a point to pray for those I say I will pray for them.
2. Ridding the Sluggard: Walking in the morning, enlisting kids to be my own personal trainers, and praying that I continue to “want to” exercise. Making it a goal to finish one project a week… this week’s goal is complete, I finished the drawing I promised a friend.
3. Balanced Eating: Well, today’s post covered this topic. I am compiling a list of local organic farms in my area. I purchased fresh cucumbers and squash from a fresh produce stand down the road. I only spent $65 for a week’s worth of vegan foods for this week’s groceries.
Next week I am going to tackle a balanced work week…