I have not published for a little while because of family fun times. Last week we attended a family reunion with most of my brothers and sisters and their families. It was great. We got to spend time with family members we have not seen in a while and build our relationships. This time we had fewer events planned and spent more time just hanging around at the lodge and swimming and fishing etc… It was great. Although I could not walk as far as I wanted I was able to get around a bit and enjoy myself with family.
When we got home Bob went to the garden and there was an abundant harvest. I decided this morning that I would cook up the tomatoes and peppers along with onions, celery and some broccoli that I had in the fridge to make some tomato juice. We ended up with some juice and some tasty tomato paste. I think we can use it all. (I hate throwing anything out that tastes good.)
I love that we plant seeds and nurture the plants and can leave them for a while and when we return they have done well with producing. Bob found a very large cucumber that we enjoyed some of for lunch today. We weren’t sure if it would be good because it was so big, but it turned out great.
Over the years as a Christian we have all planted faith seeds in different places among different people. It is not up to us to cause these seeds to grow it is up to us to plant and water and trust God to help them grow and mature. We have to trust God that any good we plant will reap something good, but we can’t get frustrated and try to take this into our own hands and force fruit. Fruit must grow naturally or it does not grow.
Sometimes we allow ourselves to believe we are in charge of the salvation and walk of those around us. We are not. Truthfully, we are only servants of God who spread good news, the results are out of our hands. I am happy with that because I don’t want to be in charge of what other people do and what they think or how they live. I struggle enough taking care of my walk with God.
Mark 4:26-28 (NASB)
26 And He was saying, “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; 27 and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows—how, he himself does not know. 28 The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head.
God is in control. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.
Have you ever tried to pull grass out of your garden? Some grass can be easy to pull but some is deeply rooted and impossible to pull with your hands only. Yesterday I managed to get my lawn chair close enough to our garden to be able to help my husband pull some grass. I am still being very cautious since surgery and trying to not hurt myself while I heal. The grass I could reach was deeply rooted and sends out runners which made it very hard to pull with bare hands. Needless to say I had a difficult time and could not get all the roots. I know some of this grass will come back.
This experience made me think about “grassroots” efforts and how strong they can be. I understand now the reference to grassroots as something that is very fundamental and strong. Grass does not have a hierarchy it is basic and down to earth, literally. 🙂
The early church was a grassroots effort. And it is still going strong today. Jesus even spoke of roots in Matthew 13 where He tells us the parable of the sower. In His explanation He talks about the seed from rocky places that is easily uprooted because it has no strong root. And then there is a seed in good soil that gets good roots and cannot be pulled out and it bears fruit.
I strive to be like that strong rooted grass, not giving up what I believe in and bearing fruit. I know to do that I need to never compromise or back down when it comes to my faith. God planted me in the good soil of His word I can take those nutrients and thrive while I let my roots grow deep in Him.
Keep your roots growing strong in God. And since it is the Memorial Day weekend won’t you also join me in remembering those who stood strong and gave their lives for our country so we could have the freedom to grow in our faith. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.
Genesis 2 gives a view of a simple life with purpose. This is the beginning of time before the world got complicated and complex.
Genesis 2:5-6, 15 (NASB)
5 Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. 6 But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground………15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.
Cultivate means to work or serve. Adam was to work or serve the earth. The earth was not to serve Adam. The earth sustains life and we should care for it so that life can continue. Adam as the first man was given a charge to cultivate and keep the land. This is a big responsibility and God never took back that responsibility from the human descendants of Adam and Eve.
To live a simpler life we must first each take back our responsibility of caring for the land with what we do. You may live in the middle of a city and don’t think that what you do affects the land, but you are wrong. Everything that each of us who live on this planet does has an effect on the earth that we live on and are to care for.
My husband and I are beginning to transform our back yard as the first step on our journey to a sustainable lifestyle. Part of our motivation is getting back to our roots and part of the motivation is to try to care for a piece of this planet that God has given us. We desire to find a way that the hustle and bustle of metropolitan living no longer takes all of our time and robs us of God’s purpose for this life.
Image with me being able to walk into your back yard and see the beauty that God put on this planet, as is documented in the book of Genesis. God caused all those plants to sprout. Each time I see a “volunteer” plant show up in my yard I praise God for allowing it to grow and allowing me to partake of its fruit. Our backyard has squash plants growing in our compost pile and in random places throughout the yard. Some Bob has transplanted into hills and some are still growing where they started.
Bob has planted tomato plants, pole beans, okra, lima beans and peppers. I am so thankful that God is helping us to figure out how to transform the dirt in our back yard into soil that produces fruit. Believe me when I tell you this will be a long road to turn dirt-which is just ground depleted of nutrients into soil–which sustains life because it has the micro-organisms and nutrients needed to sustain life.
Bob planted a peach tree in the back yard last year and this year it has peaches. We won’t eat many this year but next year we should be able to eat lots of the fruit of the tree. Won’t you join us in thanking God for all the wonderful plants that you see blooming and producing life sustaining fruit?
Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.
The leaves are coming out on the trees, flowers are blooming, the garden is taking shape and the brief winter cold is over. I love seeing the earth come to life.
After spending much of my week trying to break a fever and overcome a sinuse infection I need the freshness of spring to lift my spirits and make me feel better.
Genesis 1:11 (NKJV)
“Then God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them’; and it was so.”
God the creator of all things is the only one who can make spring happen.
Thank you Lord for spring and new life! Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more!