Finding Honor In Our Lives…

My favorite farmer celebrates 46 years of awesomeness this week. With the last twenty of those years spent working on the farm, I find myself thinking that perhaps we aren’t as young as we used to be! Matt and I tend to draw very few boundaries in our lives, so it would be impossible to evaluate the last two decades of our lives without including the farm.

A couple of weeks ago, the sermon at church centered on finding honor in our work. The topic resonated deeply with me as honor is something that I personally value. It was a great reminder for me that work is part of God’s plan for humanity and we honor our faith when we honestly and fully engage in our jobs. For Matt and I, finding honor in our work is closely akin to finding honor in our lives as there is very little separation.

I think that one of the hardest things about being a farmer is finding and maintaining balance. You learn quickly to control the controllable in order to protect your livelihood from those things that threaten it. From Mother Nature –  to volatile markets-  to debilitating regulations: the list of things that keeps you up at night can grow lengthy. Maintaining a perspective that focuses on honor instead of fear/frustration provides the encouragement that refuels your cup and grants you a healthy outlook on life.

Cattle are masterful at sensing their caregiver’s attitude 🙂

The last twelve months have inspired me to reflect on this topic. The following are 5 personal habits that I have worked to establish in order to help me always focus on finding honor in my life:

  1. Let my faith be stronger than my fear.
  2. Look for gaps and be cognizant of the needs of others – Approach each day with the question: “How can I help?”
  3. Bring a constant element of thankfulness to my daily perspective. Thankfulness wards off frustration and anger, and increases the ability to live a life filled with joy.
  4. Create a personal focus on giving intentional encouragement so that my words and actions positively inspire others.
  5. Recognize that it is okay to take time for personal reflection and growth. While I am very much an “action” person, taking time each day to talk to God and develop a plan grants meaning to my actions in addition to helping me to refill my cup.

I find each day that I am still a work in progress – achieving differing levels of success with the above 5 habits.  But, I am confident that I am on the right track. Good habits bring about good daily choices.

And, making good choices enables us to find honor in our lives.


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12 responses to “Finding Honor In Our Lives…

  1. Roger Hunt

    Thank you! Probably one of my favorite FYF posts.

    Happy Birthday Matt!!

    • I appreciate it, Roger. The personal ones are the hardest to write, but this one has been on my mind for a while now and was ready to be put to paper 🙂

      Matt’s birthday is tomorrow — it will be an awesome day!

      Take care,

  2. Diane Harkin

    You are an amazing, inspirational woman!! I am so thankful to have come across your blog!!

    • Thank you, Diane. Many thanks for taking the time to read. It was wonderful to read your note of encouragement! The uplifting comments help to keep me writing 🙂

      Have a great night!

  3. Pat Laird

    Thanks Ann, words and thoughts well spoken!

    • Good to hear from you, Pat! I appreciate your note. Yes, these are things that we all need to think on and try to implement in our lives. I appreciate you taking the time to read, and am glad that you found this message to be meaningful.


  4. Great post and I love your five habits you shared.

    • Thank you, Val 🙂 Hopefully they are as helpful to you as they have been for me!

      I appreciate you reading and commenting — Thank you!

    • Thank you, Kim! The girls made him a chocolate layer cake with butter frosting and salted caramel ganache topping 🙂 We also were able to take him water skiing over Labor Day weekend so I think that he is feeling pretty good about 46 years!

      I hope that all is well with you and your family,

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