Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Praying for Cows: A Real-Life Drama!

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Matt. 10:29-31 (NIV)

Dear Reader, Lifeboat is a widows-only, private support group that I've set up on Facebook. It's a secret group, and won't show up in a search, so everything is confidential: what happens on Lifeboat stays on Lifeboat. But with Ruth's permission, I just had to document and share this little miracle that happened on Sunday. We've never prayed for a cow before, but because God cares for sparrows we know He cares for widows and cows!

Ruth:  Friends please pray! A calf is trying to be born, but for the last 2 hours nothing but the feet are coming.... this is not going well... the cow won't let us get near her (I called a friend to help). My friend went to get his trailer & we're going to try to catch her & take her to his place where he has a chute; then he can pull the calf. Even the vet can't do anything till we catch her. I only have 3 cows & already lost one calf this spring.... can't afford to lose another. (posted Saturday at 9:07 p.m.)
Joyce:  Praying for you and her and the calf.
Linda:  Praying Ruth - let us know when calf is born!
Sandra:  Praying right now!!
Shearon:  Praying... 
Ferree: praying, Ruth . . . 
Theresa:  prayer said, I'm hoping for the best turn out for you.
Shannon: Praying now  
Joann: praying Ruth, I am so thankful some one is helping you. I have a hay wagon wedged in the pasture ....grrrr.
Ginny: Praying,
Ruth:  Thank you thank you all who've been praying! she's caught & on her way....pray the calf is still alive! (posted at 9:47 p.m.)
Rose: I'm so glad you were able to get her caught. Praying for a live birth~
Joyce: Good, still praying and please keep us posted. Praying for you too, Joann. I don't know how you ladies do it. You are amazing.
Susan: Bless your heart ~ praying now
Esther:  Praying for you, Ruth. I know what it's like to have to pull the calves--it's work! We had to pull one with a come-a-long once.
Ruth: Thank you for your prayers! The calf is alive! ...which is something of a miracle after 4 hours. It was breech, which is why it wasn't coming on its own. The next 24 hours will tell if there was any brain damage; we'll wait to see that it stands & suckles. (Posted at 11:29 p.m.)
Sandra: Oh, this brings tears to my eyes! I'm so thankful it's alive. Will continue to pray for it and for you and the mama cow.
Linda: We are mighty women of prayer! God is sooooo faithful isn't He! Please keep us posted Ruth - I think we can all agree that little calf is just as much ours as it is yours and more importantly is God's! Rose: Oh, good news!! Now for the next hurdle. Poor little thing ~ what a rough way to come into this world! Hope mama is ok and has lots of milk. Praying for them and you ~
Sue: Praying for mama and baby.
Cindy: Praying mama and baby have a good night and that you get some rest! (posted Sunday at 1:50 a.m.)
Joyce: (posted Sunday at 6:50 a.m.) Ruth, did the calf make out okay? Is the cow doing alright? Let us know, please. You came to mind when I awoke this morning.
Ruth: Yes, Joyce, Mama & baby are looking good. I posted a photo on lifeboat this morning :-) Thanks everyone for your prayers! (posted Sunday at 10:10 a.m.)
Here's our little miracle baby this morning: still a bit wobbly (naturally), and mama a bit nervous about me taking pictures. Thanks again for your prayers! --Ruth

If you're a widow and need prayer, or just need to know you're not alone, this blog and/or Lifeboat are the places to be! Members are from many regions, even different countries! And we're a variety of ages, with little children to adult children to without children. Married a few months, to many years. Widowed from a few days, to experienced and supportive. If you'd like to try Lifeboat, here's how: send me --Ferree Hardy--a friend request on Facebook and you MUST add the word Lifeboat to it. Send me a message if you don't get a response within 24 hours or have any questions. I will then add you to the group on a Tuesday or a Friday night, whichever is earliest.
ferree

2 comments:

  1. Thank you Ferree, for sharing this here. To see it posted this way strengthens our faith even more! God does care about widows and cows! :)

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  2. I remember that call to prayer and could "feel" the others praying along as we waited for news. It is a daily blessing for me to pray, share and love one another thrugh these difficult times of our lives as we travel together in "the boat".

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