Cow Hope

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Where do you go for comfort? a bag of potato chips, a friend, shopping, ect…? When Brownie and Red were orphaned, they went to each other. Specifically, each others belly buttons. Although they were fed with a bottle, they needed extra nurturing and they went to the natural thing(ha!). Because of this early nurturing habit, they have droopy belly button. So much so, that they look like boys instead of girls at first glance. I have often been met with strange looks when I mention that I can’t wait until Brownie is big enough to have a calf. Visitors will glance Brownie and then give me an eyebrows down look.

Brownie came to New Life Trails when she was 8 weeks old. While I was never able to teach her to lead, she has been a delight. We do prod her along by pulling her tail forward. Filling our lives with brushing, petting, and even riding her when she was smaller, she is a major part of the work that we do with students at New Life Trails. We often here children say, ” I’ve never touched a cow before!”

Well, Brownie has entered a new chapter in her life. She is going to be a mom. We aren’t sure the date, because she was pasture bred, but we fill confident that it won’t be too long. Since she was a baby, I’ve petted her from top to bottom because I wanted her to be used to touch. As she got older, I would pretend milk her so that she will allow us to milk her when she has her calf. Not much, just enough so that she is familiar with the feel. As her milk bag has started to drop preparing for the calf, I have done it more often. Yes, I get a really hard time about it! First, she is an angus, and I am continually told that you don’t milk or mess with an angus,especially when they have a calf. We were also told that we couldn’t even do what we are doing now with her.

Our journey at New Life Trails has been one miracle after another. Yes, Brownie is one of those miracles. From the beginning we have claimed the scripture Romans 4:17 – (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, [even] God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Yes, we live by calling those things that are not, as though they are in Jesus name and according to His will. We do not ask the things that we do for our own pleasure , but that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:13

As a teacher, each year we took the kids to a family farm and they were able to milk a cow. They were elated by the experience. Consistent with our goal to get the heart, so we can work with the minds of children. This emulates are goal!

As many things in my life relate to New Life Trails, I find that they often translate to my personal life. What in my life do I need to “in faith” call it to be even though I don’t see it immediately: my children’s and grandchildren’s walk with God, personal goals that I haven’t met, unsaved friends and family, my relationship with my spouse, fruit of the Spirit in my life, peace, patience, joy?

I send personalized Bible promises to my family members, friends, and those who need a Word from God. There are a lot of bad things going on with phones and in this world, but Jesus said to not be overcome by evil, but to overcome evil with good Romans 12:21.

So, as you see in the picture that I am pretend milking Brownie. I am calling those things that are not(yet!), as though they are.