Where I’m At In Life


It’s been a while since I posted. I can’t tell you how many things I’ve sat down and halfway typed out, only to re-read it and ponder my incomplete work as even being worth publishing.

Although we are still on the homesteading path… my heart is far from the topic right now. I have been spending a lot of time pouring over the Scriptures, and have pushed my gardening books to the back shelf.

There are so many things I’ve thought about sharing with you; how Hanukkah went, and how and why we celebrated it; the crazy episode we had the other day chasing wild chickens on a lady’s farm in order that we might gain seven more hens and a new rooster for free; my recent visit with Ms. Addy, and how my garlic and artichokes are doing, or recapping our progress over 2011…

But all of that seems so trivial compared to what the LORD has been revealing to us through His Word. Although, it is the “fun” stuff that people enjoy reading about.

I want so desperately to shout on my rooftop all of the amazing things we have learned. But I have come to the realization that it is pointless to cast the truth upon deafened ears. Yeshua (Jesus) himself did not stand in the streets crying aloud, but walked quietly and humbly, and answered only those who asked of him.

So, although I am overcome with eagerness to saturate my blog with Bible studies, I think for right now I will stop sharing our beliefs, other than a mentioning here and there.

For those who are truly interested in why we have begun eating a Kosher diet, are keeping a Saturday Sabbath, and are observing the Lord’s Feasts as given in Leviticus 23, please feel free to email me personally and I’ll be happy to share what we’ve learned.

I will write soon, and share more of our latest homesteading adventures, when the inspiration comes again.

I love you all, and I wish you the very best New Year.


Kendra
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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.

32 Comments

  1. I love reading your blog – I’ve been following it for at least a year now! Honestly I enjoy everything that you write about. I’m very secure in my faith (I’m a fundamental Baptist) and I enjoy reading about where the Lord is leading you. I also especially have enjoyed your posts about gardening, homesteading and “prepping” because I’m of the same mindset, even though I live in the city. I don’t think you have to write every day, especially if you don’t feel like it, but for those of us suburb-dwellers who like to live vicariously, quite honestly I would enjoy even just daily update type posts – got up, made breakfast for the kids, worked in the garden, etc. I think it is okay to combine your homesteading lifestyle along with Scripture and your walk, I don’t see why not. It is part of your life.

  2. Please continue to share with us what is happening in your life. You have written things that have gotten me thinking about things that I would not of thought of. Although our lives are on different paths, I very much enjoy reading ALL you write.

  3. Kendra,
    You are such an inspiration to me that if you were only blogging about catching wild chickens, I’d still be reading attentively! I find your posts about your faith helpful in my own journey. After years of spiritual atrophy, I’ve felt an intense desire to learn more about Christ. I’ve tried ignoring it, or explaining it away, but it feels like I’ve been pursued (for lack of a better term) by the Lord. I have some days when I doubt the existence of a creator, and days when I believe that we MUST have a creator. However, when it comes to Jesus, I have no doubt that he existed. I know this doesn’t sound like much in terms of faith, but for me as a former atheist, admitting you believe in Christ’s ministry and the need for him in your life,well, it’s a huge step. I wish my husband would be willing to walk with me, but he’s an adamant atheist. I’m hoping my faith will be like a mustard seed, KWIM?
    When I first found your blog, I was interested mostly in the practical aspects, like recipes. But I’ve picked up a lot of insight about faith from you, which has inspired me to ponder Christ more,and I wanted to thank you. My husband lost his job(of ten years) 2 days after Christmas. There was absolutely no warning. I’m sick in my heart and soul. My faith that the Lord will take care of us isn’t very strong, but I hope that this will be an opportunity for my relationship with him,and my faith, to grow stronger. Plus, having your recipe for homemade chocolate syrup really helps, too πŸ˜‰
    @ Anonymous- about preparing for rough days ahead,I agree with you, and appreciate your candor. We’ve prepared some, but now we’re being tested on how well we’ve planned.
    I’ve been hesitant to ask folks to pray for me and my family, but at this point, I’m so worried and scared that I would even ask folks reading this to pray for us, that we will make good financial choices and have the Lord’s guidance. And maybe pray that my husband’s heart towards religion would soften. Thanks.

  4. Kendra,
    Every year, Pat Robertson from the 700 Club spends one week in solitude with God and asks for understanding and direction for the coming year. Here is what he reported about that time that he spent with God and his report aired today. You’ll find where he shares this info approx. 20 minutes into the program. You can slide the bar at the bottom of the screen over to the 20 minute mark if you want to see it and not watch the whole program. Thought you would find it interesting and you can hear and decide what YOU think.

    http://www.cbn.com/media/player/index.aspx?s=/archive/club/700Club010312_WS&t=k&search=700clubepisodes

  5. Happy New Year Kendra!
    There is a spiritual awakening happening right now. Our family are Sabbath keeping protestants. We have at least one confirmed prophet in our midst. Yes perilous times are ahead but under His wings we are safely abiding.
    Continue to study and obey the truth that the Holy Spirit opens up to you in God’s holy word. The more you obey His voice the more light He will reveal to you.
    Peace, Love and every Blessing to you and your family in 2012.

  6. Kendra,

    Continue in your studies, and I do hope that you continue in your writings. I have never believed there is anything wrong with sharing your faith with others. We will always find deafened ears, but sometimes ears become deafened when they are shouted into. People are stubborn, but solidity can be a virtue. Our family ate together and exchanged gifts this year. Our time with them was much needed, and time which we will cherish. Perhaps I will be uploading some videos of me playing with my nephews. Speaking of deafness, I never thought I’d see the day when the constant noise of children didn’t cause some deafness of my own! We had a great time. I hope that your Hanukkah was good as well, and I hope to read about it. Keep up the good fight.

    ~Cliff

  7. Kendra,

    I too would love to hear about your journey through the Jewish customs. What resources are you using? You should not be afraid to share your faith, but I realize more and more, in today’s world, everything we say is offensive to someone and persecution comes so readily from all different directions when we try and share our heart. Jesus told us in Matthew 10:22 . . And ye shall be hated by all men for My name’s sake, but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. Take peace in knowing that there are many out there that WANT to hear your faith journey.
    Blessings,
    Michelle

  8. Kendra,

    I’m so happy you’ll be sharing!!!!! I can’t wait to share this walk with you and others! Praise be to Him!

    Blessings,
    Tammy

  9. Kendra, I have missed your posts so much but I understand how you feel. I too practice Saturday Sabbath, the feasts and have met with much ridicule, both from family and friends, although now most of my friends seem to be of the same mind set I am. I agree with the commentor who mentioned how the Orthodox Jews feel about this subject. I never thought of it as jealousy though but she may be right. I went to a women’s conference last year and will never go back again. Some of the men of our little group went to a BIG conference during July and they will never go back either due to the way they were treated. In our own little group there was a problem that caused four of us to break off, and that incident alone almost made me stop going altogether. The head of the congregation’s wife said that we should all be walking in the Torah but did not do so herself. They were judgemental and made the statement that they would not hold anyone’s hand through their walk. I told the gentlemen who helped with the service that they had better read the Torah again. Isn’t that the whole point – to love our brothers and sisters as ourselves as the Word tells us?

    Anyway, sorry to get on my soapbox, but I hope you will continue to share with us. I would be very interested in how you handled the holiday season. I was lucky enough to make it until December 23rd without a Christmas tree in the house but then my youngest and her fiancee brought one in and decorated it and said it wasn’t about my wants, it was about making my grandchildren happy, so you see what I’m up against. So please, please continue to share with us.

  10. We’re Messianic Gentiles too. You’re not alone. In fact, I’d say you’re one of a growing number of believers. But it’s a hard road to go, most Christians won’t understand, and most Jews won’t understand either.

  11. Happy New Year Kendra & Family!

    I would loooove to know more about your spiritual walk & what God’s revealing to you & hubby. We learn from each other, which builds on God’s church, His people. Thank you.

    Every one has an agenda whether for good or bad. What was King James’ agenda when he translated God’s word. Tindale was killed when trying to translate the bible closer to original.

    Anonymous above says she has 12 trusted modern day prophets.. we know of maybe two, one for sure. I would love to know who those are so we can do our homework on who God wants us to trust.

    We too are trying to become better at knowing what God wants of us, our purpose through prayer. We do however need to read God’s word more often but don’t know who or what to trust. God has shown us but I know we haven’t opened ourselves enough to God to hear everything.

    Much blessings to you & your family for 2012.

  12. Kendra,
    My husband and I have been celebrating the feasts since the LORD showed us in 2007. Based on your post about not celebrating Christmas, we sought the LORD about it and ultimately changed what we did. We are guilty of “church hopping” because we can’t find a place that strengthens our walk with the LORD. We feel so isolated from Christians and our people of faith because of where the LORD has us right now.

    Your blog has been a place of fellowship with like-minded believers. I will miss the comfort I feel there, but understand you must do as the LORD leads. Persecution will come in the last days. We are not to grow weary in doing good.

    God bless you and your family, and the work of your hands!
    Amelia

  13. Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

    Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness [come] by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

    Please read the book of Galatians and realize that you are NOT under the law. Your keeping the law will profit you nothing. The entire book of Galatians is written by Paul from the Lord Himself to show that we are not keeping the law today. Please read it over and over until you can grasp this! I beg of you!

    Gal 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

    Gal 3:10 ΒΆ For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

    Gal 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that hangeth on a tree:

    Gal 3:21 [Is] the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.

    Gal 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

    Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

    Gal 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

    Gal 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?

    Gal 4:10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.

    Gal 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.

  14. Just want to let you know that I would love, love, love to read what God has laid upon your heart and all the things that you are being led to and learning. You are always at the top of my reading list. I find encouragement and motivation in reading your posts.

  15. Kendra,

    I am so sad to hear that you won’t be sharing your walk and the changes your making in it. I pray that you will reconsider as I am making the changes you are also and keeping the Lords feast days, etc. I have been studying our jewish roots and it has been life changing, not easy or well received but amazing in my closeness with Him.
    I know you are very busy but maybe you could have a side note of some sort that all of us that are interested can go through this journey with you. I pray you will. In the last year at least 4 blogs that I started out reading about homesteading had this transformation in thought to go back to our jewish roots and keeping the feasts of the Lord. I feel as though God has said through people like you and the other bloggers, that yes Tammy you are going in the right direction.
    If you were to simply write about Him and your walk, I would LOVE to read it.
    Have I said please enough? Lol!! We need more people bold enough to talk about this.

    In His glory,
    Tammy

    • Tammy and everyone,

      Thank you so much for your encouraging words! I am in the process of creating a unique place where I can share our Spiritual journey, exclusively for those who are interested in following along. Although I do believe that our homesteading passion is intertwined with our faith, I have come to peace in separating the two… not that I won’t share our convictions on my blog, but I won’t go into all of the Scripture here. In following Yeshua’s example, he did not go out into the streets calling everyone to listen to him, but in humility he only answered those who asked of him. And so, I will definitely be sharing our walk, but only with those who ask. I’ll be in touch!!

  16. please share here on the blog! i think everyone is in agreement πŸ™‚
    as for my family we also went down the same path you and your family are now on. simply put, we chose to follow both paths, if that makes sense. for example, we celebrate Christmas ( after much much much long prayer and discussion) and we also celebrate Saturday sabbath. i blogged about why we will celebrate Christmas here-

    blessings!

  17. Kendra,
    I enjoy your blog, and am blessed to hear we share the same faith…and I am grateful for the reminder of Yeshua….not casting his pearls from the rough tops…listen to him…and walk in HIS peace! Blessings to you!

  18. I agree with everyone. πŸ™‚ It is your blog and you should feel comfortable saying whatever you want. πŸ™‚ I love to learn about others lives, beliefs, etc. Share on the blog if you want, but I for one, would love to hear and learn with you.

  19. I just found your lovely blog and am adding you to my blog’s “Who I’m Reading” list. I’ll be checking back often. Thank you for sharing your journey so openly and honestly. I feel refreshed and renewed- like I just found a long lost dear friend.

    Patti

  20. happy new year,

    i must first say, your posts are a blessing. see for me, i am on my own journey and i walk with my Father daily, whether i want it or not.

    Your posts are a little bit of each one of us connected to you, sharing with you, gardening, chasing hens, or following your heart. we can choose to continue to follow your decisions and life, or not.

    ive noticed the recent ridicule regarding people openly sharing their faith. i choose to keep more positive, faithful and inclusive feeds in my life.

    ultimately, i would love to hear how these changes are coming about and working in your life, so if you do not post, please email me.

  21. I love hearing about your faith. God is leading our family on a similar path. The Great Commission demands that we go and tell others the truth of Jesus Christ. However, you do not want so many to come against you and cause a stumbling block for yourself. I’ll pray that God will reveal to you where that line is. I personally love hearing about what God is revealing to you. Maybe, create a news letter type thing, and have a database of e-mail addresses of people that would like to read it and send it out via e-mail?

    Anyways, God will reveal to you how and when to share what He is teaching you.

  22. Please continue to share!!! I come to read your blog because I am genuinely interested. I loved the Hanukkah post and would love to hear more.

  23. I would certainly like to hear whatever it is you find important that God is revealing to you. I certainly uderstand your reason for not posting, though. There are always critics and those who want to argue rather than discuss and contemplate. πŸ™‚ I’m on a journey myself, and other people’s thoughts are comforting and enlightening! πŸ™‚ Have a great new year!

  24. I agree that if you feel comfortable with it, you should share. That said, I don’t share alot about my faith on my blog either, except occasionally. Totally understand:) For me it is a very person walk.

    No matter what you share, we will be faithfully following your steps, whether it be with your faith, your homesteading, or anything else you are guided to. You write wonderfully and I really enjoy you blog!

    Happy New Year!

  25. Kendra,
    I love reading your blog.
    I think God speaks to us through others sometimes.
    Because of this I’m very interested in what He is saying to you,
    In how He is directing your path.
    I feel He will show himself in many ways this new year.
    Please continue to share His messages.
    Many blessings, Mary

  26. Let God grow you/teach you in whatever topic that is (and for you right now it sounds like Jewish roots.) There are seasons. We had a get-out-of-debt season, learn to live-on-a-budget season, homeschool season (6th through high school graduation), a growing and gardening season, a wheat grinding/bread baking season, etc. Who can learn everything at once? God shows you something, and once you get that down pat, He introduces another (and sometimes a second one to see if you can multi-task).

    My daughter is being led to understand the Jewish prayer shawl and the feast days. Other gentiles are too, and this may be what insights the Jews to jealousy…as the word says will happen. Imagine being Jewish and seeing the gentiles keeping the Sabbath, going into their prayer closet (praying under the talit), celebrating the feast days and then many fallen away Jews saying, “Wait, isn’t this OUR religion? What is going on that so many gentiles are practicing our faith?” Let God lead you, even if no one you know is currently headed on that same path.

    I’ll share my current new path adventure. If God does nothing that He does not first reveal it to His prophets (Amos 3:7), then I had to decide who are His prophets in this hour? So I studied what was being said and by whom and drew my own conclusions based on what God was showing me. I have identified 12 or so I trust and believe are operating in the prophetic under the direction of the Lord.

    Okay, so what was the common message I heard? Rough days ahead and soon. These will be the best of times for God’s people as we live in hard times. So if there is a depression coming that will be bigger than the Great Depression, shouldn’t I know how our great grandparents made it through the 30’s? So over Christmas I’ve read personal stories from two books and asked myself, “What would I do in that situation?” “Are we ready?” “What can I do now that will give my family a better quality of life in the days ahead?” People might call that FEAR! No, that is understanding the times and acting prudently.

    I dislike the labeling that gets attached to prudent people. The lady who cuts my hair thinks anyone with more than a few days of food is HOARDING! Well she must be hoarding cruise ship vacations because she’s had two a year for the last 5 years! Enough with the labeling of prudent people by those who KNOW they should be doing something but don’t and then deflect this by name calling.

    God has given me three warning dreams…warning me that I am not thinking big enough in regard to food. And when He asks me to do something, He provides a way. I went to the store and saw a display of LARGE cans of pumpkin for 50 cents per can. These were the cans large enough to make two pies. They regularly sold for $2.49/can. They were in date, best by Dec. of 2014. This super store had bought way too much for the holidays and were now clearing it out.

    So I did not pick up two cans. I picked up 60 cans. I did not clear the shelf…I left lots for others to enjoy (if they even notice this bargain!) This will be used now and in the years ahead as I make pumpkin pies, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes, etc.
    There is no way I could grow it and can it for that small cost! Steadily, God lets me find one amazing deal after another, and this is how I gather large quantities for the days ahead. God leads and God makes a way!

    Enjoy the current season you’re in…even if no one else understands!

  27. I enjoy reading your blog & I would be be very interested to hear what you are learning through God’s word…The Christmas article was also very inspiring so please don’t stop posting. Have a great year!

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