We have nine cute little black chicks that momma hen hatched last Thursday. Being Dominiques, they are black instead of yellow, but they do have a little tuft of yellow hair on the top of their heads. It is such a wonderful and amazing thing to witness a mother hen diligently sit upon her eggs for 21 days. She seems never to tire of it, never loses patience, remains very determined and knows exactly how to turn her eggs and allow them to warm up or cool off as needed. When the chicks hatch, they stay remarkably clean and are very attentive to what momma hen teaches them. When she clucks a certain way, they respond. She will signal to them when she has found some food, she will call them all to herself when there is potential danger, and she will take them all under her wing when it is time for a nap or for bedtime. If the baby chicks stray, they generally don’t stray too far, for she will scold them. It is very true that nobody knows how to raise chicks like momma hen, and it is definitely the easiest way to add to one’s flock. My children enjoy watching the little chicks and gently picking them up and cuddling them. I enjoy watching them too, and it is always a fun time when a new batch of chicks hatch!
We have had rain this past week, almost every day. I am thankful that we have had rain this summer even when it is typically very dry. It has kept things green and lush here. We have also seen our share of snakes this summer. On Saturday Bryan killed a copperhead, and a few days before that we found a little cottonmouth (or water moccasin) in the little filter basket in our pool. That one had to be killed as well. Whenever we find a harmless snake like a king snake, we leave it alone as it eats the poisonous snakes. An interesting note about snakes is that when you decapitate them, both the body and the head still move for quite some time. The head still opens and closes its mouth as though it were trying to bite. I suppose it still could bite if you touched it. I think that I had heard this, but I really didn’t realize how freaky and true it is. It really reminds me of Satan – how he has had his head crushed and has been mortally wounded by our Savior, but yet he is still moving around and trying to bite people! It may all be over for him, but he is not going down without a fight, and trying to take every last person with him that he can, and he will seek to undermine the Father’s plan as best he can. But God! May we all seek God and submit to Him, and resist the devil so that he will flee from us! Yes, remember James 4:7, and go ahead and read through to verse 10:
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners, and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the LORD, and He shall lift you up.
I find great comfort in drawing nigh unto God, and it is the safest place to be. When things get tough and confusing in life, let us run quickly to Jesus like the baby chicks do to their mother. Let us draw nigh to our Heavenly Father and be safe with HIM!
Blessings to all,