‘We were certain this goat wouldn’t make it through the night. ‘Momma, I know it sounds silly, but I prayed for her.’ You can imagine my face when the goat stood up.’: Mom is reminded to ‘trust in the little things’

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“I started this little blog as a glimpse into our lives as a large, homeschooling, farming, Jesus following family. So, I want to share this little testimony of faith from our little farm:

Saturday night, one of our little goats was attacked by a dog. This goat kept getting out of the pasture, no matter how many times we put her back. Well, Saturday night, we weren’t fast enough. We were certain she wouldn’t make it through the night. If she did, she wouldn’t have use of her legs and would have to be put down. Brandon and the boys moved her under the barn and we just had to wait. Sunday, she wasn’t showing any improvements and our 9-year-old, Lily, went out to sit with her, petting her.

Brandon brought Lily back in Sunday night and pulled me to the side. He said, ‘Lisa, I didn’t have the heart to tell Lily, but that goat passed away while she was petting it.’ Lily has already told us that she wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up and this girl loves her animals. Big or small, she loves them hard.

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Monday morning, she came to me while I was in the kitchen, and said, ‘Momma, it looks like Snowy (their name for the goat) made it another night and she’s trying to stand up.’ You can imagine my face. No way this goat is trying to stand up. Brandon watched her take her last breath and her eyes were glazed over. So, I ran over to the back door and sure enough, this goat is trying to push herself up with her back legs. I immediately called Brandon and he said, ‘Lisa, there is no way, absolutely no way that goat is alive.’ Well, I am looking at her with my own eyes. Unfortunately, she still didn’t have use of her front legs, which made us fear she still had a broken shoulder or leg.

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Later in the day, Haden, our 15-year-old son, came upstairs and I was telling him how we thought this goat had died, and here she is. We had not told any of the kids about her ‘dying.’ He said, ‘Momma, I know it sounds silly, but I prayed for her. I just got down by my bed and prayed that God would let her be okay.’

No, son, that’s not silly at all. I told him right now, that’s all we can do. Just keep praying for her. He and Lily went out to give her some food and water and Haden called me and said, ‘Momma! I just have to tell you that God is good. She is up on all four legs!’ She would, periodically, stand up and then fall right back down. Brandon came home last night and gave her a shot of antibiotics and a B12 shot. We made sure she was comfortable under the barn and left to wait…

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This morning, we woke up to this little goat not only standing on all 4 legs but also walking around. She was moving slowly but walking nonetheless. In just a few short hours, she had moved back out into the pasture and is grazing with the other goats. She still has some recovering to do, but we never would have imagined she would make it this far.

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Sometimes, God needs us to trust him with the little things. The little things that seem so silly to us are still important things to our Heavenly Father.

‘Whosoever, therefore, shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’ Matthew 18:4.”

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