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What if…

Wednesday Wisdom 🙂


Inspiration this week comes from Colossians 3:13-14

“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves in love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.”


There are several things in my life that are causing me angst right now. I am living in the above verses of scripture to help myself be grounded in faith as I walk through them. Karyn and I played a game of “what if” the other day as I tried to help her work through some hard stuff, and it got me thinking about how different our world could be if we all truly lived the above message from Colossians. The New Testament clearly states that Jesus wipes the slate clean and cleanses us from our sins when we repent and ask for forgiveness. It also clearly states that God requires us to do this same thing with others.

With each day that passes, the Holy Spirit keeps placing this message more and more firmly on my heart:

If Jesus forgives me and allows me to “begin anew” each morning, and the Bible tells me that I am supposed to live like Jesus, how could I turn my back and not do the same with the people that God brings into my life? How can I not lead in love when that is what Jesus does for me each day?

And, as I ask myself these questions, the Holy Spirit reinforces the answers that my heart already knows… “Anne, this is the gift of Grace. A gift that is meant to be shared with all.” 


I think these words are easy to read, but hard to live. Human nature seems to push us toward judging or retreating inward instead of forgiving, loving, and accepting others as we try to “meet them where they are”. I know that this is something that I wrestle with, and also something that God keeps trying to teach me as I learn to disciple. My heart knows what Jesus gives to me every day. My heart knows what Jesus asks of me every day. But, it takes constant reminders for me to truly endeavor to live this mantra. Fear of the unknown has a way of trying to thwart my heart as I go through hard things.

Today, I would like to ask all of you to keep our family in your prayers. I’d also like to challenge us as a “virtual family” to play a game of “what if”.

  • What if we intentionally choose to love first? Not just when it is comfortable, but every time.
  • What if we all were able to have glimpses of our world “through Jesus’ eyes”?
  • What if we all came together as a spiritual family to support, guide and grow together?
  • What if trust and faith trumped fear in our daily journey so that Jesus could truly live in and through us?

Some hard thoughts to ponder on this sunny Nebraska Wednesday 😊 Thank you ❤️

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Duck for President…

One of my youngest daughter’s favorite books is Duck for President by Doreen Cronin.  It is an incredibly clever book that takes children through the ups and downs of having responsibilities.  While I am the first to admit that the anthropomorphism of a Duck being President is a bit far-fetched, the silliness of the concept holds the attention of the young readers.

The book begins by talking about the hard work that it takes to run a farm.  Duck is tired of doing chores and organizes an election to oust Farmer Brown from his “management” position on the farm with Duck taking his place.

Duck soon finds out that Farmer Brown’s job is actually harder than doing chores as an animal on the farm.  So, he decides to leave the farm entirely and become a politician.  After winning the election for Governor, Duck discovers that his new job also requires work and decides to move on and run for President.  The cycle again repeats itself and Duck continues to abandon his responsibilities in search of “another job”…

I always shake my head when Karyn reads the book to me.  Duck is lazy…Duck is searching for a job that does not require any work…Duck is selfish and is neither a team player nor a community builder.

She learns from the example that I set for her. I don’t want her to grow up to be like Duck—I want her to make a positive difference in the world using the talents with which she was blessed…

As a parent, teaching my children to be active contributors and to learn to work hard is at the top of my priority list.  I believe that work ethic is a vital part of both personal and community success.

When you love what you do, it is second nature to give 110% of yourself each and every day…

As a cattle farmer, work ethic is what drives me. It is what gets me out of bed and to the feed yard by 6:00am every single day. It determines the success of my animal care—it determines the quality of the beef that my animals produce—it determines the sustainability of my farm.

I start each day with this—dawn at the feed yard is beautiful…

Work ethic is the core component of greatness.  It is what allows an average person like me to manage a feed yard, raise three children, maintain a blog, and support my community in various volunteer positions.  Of all of the things that I have continually developed as an adult, my work ethic is the one that I am most proud of.

It is what keeps me going when my body and my brain are so tired that I begin to doubt that I can do as many things tomorrow as I did today…

Teaching them how to be good animal caregivers is special–from it, they learn life skills such as empathy and responsibility…

It is in giving of ourselves that we receive.

As we move forward as a country over the next several months, I hope that everyone will give great thought to what their role is as an American.  We are all different—different talents, different dreams, and different opinions.  Combining those differences with a good work ethic and a desire to work together will ensure the prosperity that our country so rightly deserves.

Pride in our country—Pride in ourselves

We are not all meant to be farmers.  We are not all meant to be President.  But, we are all meant to be fellow countrymen—and with that carries both a privilege and a duty.

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