Rev. Nani Arning
Rev. Nani Arning

About a month ago, we got three chickens. This is after I said we would probably never have chickens. My son repurposed a piece of furniture into the coop, built a run, and away we went!

It’s amazing how peaceful and calming those chicken sounds are.  Not really knowing anything about raising chickens, I’ve learned a lot. They really do have personalities, from calm to flighty.

Now we have learned about Chicken TV! Just about every day we’ve been bringing the chickens into the yard to hang out. They love the flowers and hiding in the squash plants and pecking at anything and everything. So, we have Chicken TV: watching the chickens in the yard.  I realize this may not sound too exciting, but we have found that it has been a wonderful time of stopping whatever we’ve been doing, sitting together watching chickens and talking.  young chickens in sunflowers

Our lives get very busy in the fall as school and activities start up, so the calmer days of summer were a gift.  Every so often, I have to learn, again, that it is good to stop and sit and just be.

Psalm 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God.”   This can be a challenge with the noise that surrounds us and minds that may tend to wander. Being intentional about time to just be, to really listen for God’s guidance, to relax for a few minutes and take in the beauty around us is a necessity. I believe it is also a gift that God intends for us.

God is with us for the long haul. Taking intentional moments to breathe, listen and see around us can keep us on the path God has in mind for each of us.

Blessings on your days and moments of listening!


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