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.


  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! :)

  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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