The Chicken Coop

I said “NO” to chickens until we were settled into our little piece of Alabama.  So on day two, Chris took Peyton to the local Tractor Supply store and bought five.  Peyton has been taking care of them faithfully, using the tiny chicken coop that the previous owner’s left us.  But they’ve outgrown that little space and had to upgrade to a bigger coop. 

This last weekend, Peyton and Chris worked together to build the new set-up, finding the right spot for the new pen.  They moved it to three spots before finally declaring it was the perfect place.  They noticed, however, that there were gaps between the bottom of the coop and the ground.  We know this can be detrimental when it comes to predators.  It doesn’t take very much space at all for a snake to slither in, taking the sweet birds you’ve raised since practically birth.  Peyton spent close to 30 minutes shoveling dirt all around the coop, filling in the gaps where needed to protect her five babies.

In the same fashion, we are lambs in God’s flock.  He tends to us, caring for our every need, guiding our every step.  He constantly watches over us as we walk this journey called life.  He has given us protections to help keep us safe in the form of the bible and verses that clearly give us direction.  His commands in the bible are words that are meant to keep us away from the perils of sin that lead us astray and instead draw closer to Him. 

We worry about our family?  He shovels the dirt in the gap…”Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous!  Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” –Joshua 1:9

Are you struggling with the idea of being nice to someone who’s hurt you?  He fills the hole…”Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”  — Ephesians 4:32

We’re angry at our parents because they annoy us? (This one’s in case my kid is reading.)  He seals up the breach…”Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise,” –Ephesians 6:2

I pray as we go through this week we remember the protection God has given us.  Open your bible to see His love and security that He’s given to each and every one of us.

~Erin

Chris and Peyton with the new coop!

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