Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wash Me And I Will Be Whiter Than Snow

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Psalm 51:7 - (KJV) - Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

 

This morning’s commute was like riding through a winter wonderland.  There was a light frosting of snow on the trees and bushes.  Not enough to make driving too miserable but I did need to slow down so I wouldn’t find myself slipping and sliding all over the country roads I travel to and from work.

The roads were just a little slippery, and the snow was blowing off the trees and housetops making little snow storms along the route; but, really, all things considered, it was just beautiful.  I found myself thinking about how the roads looked yesterday.  They were clear of snow and ice and easy to drive; but they were also dark and dingy, unremarkable in appearance, and they lacked luster.

Then I had a funny thought!  I thought to myself that this must be what we look like to God after we accept Christ as our savior.  It’s not hard for me to imagine that I was dark and dingy, and nothing special to look at, before accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and my Savior. 

The Bible says that God can wash us and that we will be whiter than snow.  I just love that picture!  Someday perhaps God will show us what He sees when He looks at us; maybe we’ll know what we looked like to him before we were saved; and then, maybe we’ll see what God sees when He looks at us after we are washed in the precious blood of His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

Until that day I’m going to imagine that the transformation is much like this morning, a lustrous snow covered, white and wonderful sight that only God could make.


My Prayer for Today...   Thank you, Lord, for helping me see You in everything.  Help me be grateful for all the seasons you give us.  Help me remember to share Your love with others as You have shared Your Son with us.  Dear Lord, give me an opportunity to share the Lord Jesus Christ with others.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Gardening!

Written by Carisa Stahl

Please pray for Mary, she had a tooth pulled today.

We have gardened a lot over the years and have tried various things. Today's post is about our plans for this year.




We've been busy planning our garden and working toward starting plants. Chuck set up 3 shelves with a florescent lights above each one- the top light does not show in this picture. A friend of Nathaniel's brought him 10 trays (for scrap metal) that a local fast food place was throwing out. They are perfectly fine except for looking grungy and 10 trays is exactly what fits under the grow lights. The top light does not show in this picture.









Jeffrey and I worked on modifying Styrofoam cups to start seeds in. There are  six slits cut in the sides of each cup- 3 from the bottom and 3 starting below the rim and going half way down.












Then you mix Styrofoam peanuts with your seed starter mix and put that in the cups. This helps the plants develop a very good root system. We did this about 25 years ago when we rented a farm house. The info for starting plants this way can be found in a book called NO DIG NO WEED GARDENING. 









This year we are going to try Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. His updated techniques can be found in ALL NEW SQUARE FOOT GARDENING. His method uses mainly 4x4 beds. The middle can easily be reached from all sides and a trellis can go on one end. With SFG you grow your vining plants like tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, melons, etc. on the trellis. With SFG you plant a variety of vegetables and flowers in each bed but just one type of thing per square foot. This helps the plants to have less disease problems. There are a lot of advantages to SFG.





Currently we have raised beds. Marking them out into one foot squares we have 246 square feet. We just need to come up with something to leave permanent grids on the beds. If we decide not to continue with chickens we'll have an additional 54 square feet to garden in. 

I used a spread sheet to mark out the square feet for each garden bed and printed out one garden bed per page. Then I marked where the trellis for each bed will go. I'm still praying about what to make the trellis' from.

We also have improved soil at the end of the house where I will use our 11 bean towers for tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, cucumbers, peas, and ground cherries (an annual fruit vine). We also have several feet in front of the sun room windows.

Last night I started marking each modified cup with what would be planted in it and what bed it will be planted in and even what square foot it goes in, in the bed. 







Before I progressed to far in my garden planning I decided that I had better study up on companion planting. I've been reading CARROTS LOVE TOMATOES & ROSES LOVE GARLIC. Some plants do well or even thrive by particular plants- others are not good to be planted by each other. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Seeds of Doubt and Needless Worry

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Seeds of Doubt
Needless Worrry
Written by Mary Carol Poggemann

It occurred to me today that I allow Satan to sow my garden with seeds of doubt. Sometimes, more often than not, I live in a world where I don’t have all the facts. And in those times it’s all too easy to let my negative thoughts run wild. Doubt is the first step toward being disobedient to God; He did not make us to doubt but to Trust and Obey. When we disobey, the doubt takes over our lives.