For those of you that care, our chicken seems to be doing better. I don't know if she is laying eggs, but there appears to be improvement.
AND, my yard no longer looks like the Amazon basin, or the outskirts of a junkyard. I managed to get a good deal of cleaning and clearing done on Saturday.
There is still a lot to be done. It is a never-ending task, which is kind of how life just IS, a lot of never-ending tasks. It can get discouraging, especially when one finds oneself repeating the same tasks over and over and over.
That's why having a reason makes a difference. That's why the Lord calls us friends, or sons, not slaves. As friends or sons, we act to please the Father out of love. It can give a sweetness to the tasks. In the end, He doesn't care so much how successful we are, only that we act out of love for Him, and that we do our best.
Doing our best has to include prayer. We can't do our best if we do it without God. So... FOR God and WITH God.