Goats Eat Poison Ivy

I heard an interview about someone who rented a heard of goats. He had purchased land and it was overgrown with brush. Apparently, goats love brush.

It made me curious. What kind of brush would they eat? Would they even eat poison ivy? Why, yes, they would. They eat any type of brush. Leaves, berries, everything but the stems. Even poison ivy.

I’ve often wondered what in the world God was thinking when he created poison ivy. My daughter cannot be within inches of it without breaking out in blisters. I suppose it would make a great deterrent to trespassers if you planted it around the perimeter.

Turns out there is a purpose for poison ivy. It’s food for goats. How is it not poisoness? What is different about their digestive system? Why don’t their tongues blister?

It makes me think of my life. Are there things in my life that work for me that don’t work for others? Do I dismiss people, products, or situations that seem irrelevant to me? Do I recognize that these are not irrelevant to other people?

The fact that goats eat poison ivy says “you do you” ’cause nobody else can or will.

You’re Invited…

There is a new Facebook group for This is Her Story podcast!

We are a podcast community encouraging women clergy and women in lay ministry. We also welcome men who recognize the egalitarian view of ministry. You can use this to post prayer requests, share resource materials, or ask questions about ministry. We are always looking for recommendations for podcast episodes. Please remember the group rules.

Please feel free to invite those who might be encouraged by participating in such a group. I want this to be a resource as well as an encouraging forum. I will be sharing some video interviews down the road as well.

Check out the podcast online or find it on Google, Apple, Stitcher, and Spotify.

Messy Faith, Sobriety, and Finding the Way Back

I’m excited to share this episode with you, friends! I’ve known Brent for about five years now. We talk about deconstructing faith, ten years of sobriety, and finding the way back. Sobriety is a life-long journey and it comes with lots of twists and turns. I’m sure you will find lots of good stuff here and I know there is someone who needs this episode. 

Check out Brent’s website for guided meditation: www.TheConnectToday.com  

Check out Richard Rohr’s book here:

Breathing Under Water 

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