An Apple A Day Keeps the Doctor Away??

appleWhy the question mark? Isn’t this a known truth??

Someone once told me an old saying….. A lie told 1000 times is still a lie.

I’ve got some of your attention now don’t I! Don’t worry I used to believe this lie too. I used to think that if I grew it myself I knew what it was made of and if I knew what it was made of then I would stay healthy. Jesus shot this idea right in the foot for me.

My daughter puked today and my first thought was “we’ve been eating a lot of junk food”. I’m convicted of this thought. Why? Jesus did not say…. “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing…..oh except junk food…. and that means chips, hot dogs, school lunch, and GMO’s definitely worry about those….” Dangit! That’s NOT what He said. He said….”Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever enters in at the mouth goes into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.” (Mathew 6:25 and 15:17-18)

Okay so you may argue that this is talking spiritual defilement. Fine, lets follow that logic trail, how then do you explain chapter 14 of Romans? I was thinking about copying the whole thing here but if you really want to follow the train, you’ll read 14. You want my synopsis? Eat what you’ve been given which is all things as long as you believe in the One who gives you life. Don’t eat anything that may lead another into sin if they don’t understand why you feel free to eat it. My statement is not nearly as convicting as chapter 14.

Let me come at this a new direction. If you DONT eat something because you’re afraid of it, what is controlling your decision? Fear or Faith? If you eat something because you don’t fear Jesus (hence if He has told you to not eat it) then what is controlling your decision? Obedience or Disobedience?

Now don’t go getting all wrapped up in the Law here because I will always tell you what you need is a deep personal relationship with Jesus, not a bunch of rules.  The law had a job to do. That job was to point to Jesus. Do the eating rules in the Law tend to show healthy results? Yes. Do they mean you can make it into heaven by following them? No. Furthermore, does Jesus not talk about how everything is good to eat now if you trust in Him? Yes. Why??

I will tell you! Jesus is the way, the truth, the LIFE. Only thru Jesus do we have life anyway even if we choose NOT to eat. “But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”. Have not many fasted for days and weeks even? Yes.

So then does this mean that my daughter was “defiled” at heart and puked? No. What this means is that if my daughter needs healing then I need to seek the one that gives healing… Jesus. He paid for it, why wouldn’t He want us to take part in it? If I trust only changing her diet to heal her, who/what am I trusting in? Ouch right?

Here is my choice, instead of jumping straight to blaming the food we ate, ask Jesus. Here’s my prayer “Lord, forgive me for not trusting that when I prayed for you to bless my food that you did. I know that thru sin in the earth there are things that make us sick. I also know that by disobedience I can suffer consequences. Have I sinned and this is a consequence or is this just a result of sin in the world? Show me Lord and I shall repent. If there is something I need to do or not do show me. Heal my daughter Lord for I know that only you can heal and only you can give life. Thank you for the price you’ve paid.”

Jesus vs Sin…. Jesus wins. You see even if it was because the sin in the world resulted in bad food or resulted in a bad virus that doesn’t mean that I have to fear it. Jesus wins. If its due to my own sin, then confess and Jesus says “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). If it is due to Adam’s sin, again confess it and be cleansed. This is not rocket science but admittedly, I forgot this.

So what then do I say to those that read this and think that I’m saying I can do whatever I want and Jesus will let me, and for that matter bless me for it? That’s crap. That’s what’d I’d say to that. What I’m trying to say is that if I have a true, deep, honest relationship with Jesus and He convicts me to eat differently or not eat differently than I better obey! The Lord says “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” Also what I’d say is that the Lord has convicted me of where my trust is. Do I trust Jesus or do I trust food? My actions must line up with my faith or its dead.

I must go pray for healing with my daughter and confess to her my sin of believing in food and not Jesus. We’ll chat again soon!

Forgiveness in Goats and Chickens?

20140223_144904This morning I asked Jesus “Lord, what are these animals teaching me about you that I can share with others?” He said “forgiveness”. I of course said…. “HUH?”

It is my deepest desire to share with you things the Lord is showing me. This means He must SHOW me something. This falls in the category of showing me right here and now, not something He’s showed me in the past so here we go!

Forgiveness? What do chickens, goats, geese, turkeys etc have to do with that? When you have animals you will end up with one or more of them ticking you off. They get out of the yard, they step on your feet, they eat things that they’re not supposed to, they fight you while your trying to help them…. ohhh…..! I’m an animal sometimes to Jesus! I get off trail, I step on His plan for me and make a mess of it, I take part in things I shouldn’t and dangit… I fight Him when he is trying to help me. Yet, He forgave me when I still hated Him. Romans 5:8-11 says “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

I dare you to re-read those verses. Look for the words sinners, enemies, reconciled and atonement. It brought tears to my eyes to consider myself an enemy of God. We all start that way. So how does this correlate to animals? Can they ask for forgiveness? No. They cant speak…. and if they can to you…. umm that’s a new discussion! Yet we have to forgive them. Would I say your animals hate you or are your enemies, no. However if you start to forgive something as simple as an animal without being asked for forgiveness or without an apology then could we apply the “practice makes permanent” theory? Yes.

Are we going to have a stranger, neighbor, friend, family member or spouse that is going to treat us like an enemy? Maybe do something that we must forgive without them ever repenting? Absolutely. If we are practicing forgiving with animals will we be better at forgiving people in our lives? Absolutely! Will it be easy? No, but I dare say as we do more forgiving the more easily it will come.

Here’s the toughest of questions in forgiveness… “Does it make what they did right?” No. So work is required here. Training work like teaching them to follow instead of dragging them. Work like mending fences, wearing boots, feeding them the appropriate amounts so they don’t get thru the fence for your neighbors grass… you get the point. The same applies to people.

Teaching people comes in many forms. Sometimes teaching people comes from teaching them wrong from right and the best way to do that is humbling ourselves to apologize for our wrongs or being open to discuss area’s we’ve learned things. Easy? No. Worth it? Yes. When we ask for forgiveness we get better at giving it, know that it is desperately needed by all. The last part of that scripture says “we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ” this atonement with Him gives us joy and therefore atonement with others will give us joy.

Sometimes the “people” needing to be taught is you, hence the boots and feeding corrections. You see, we were enemies with Jesus before we received Him has our savior. Now we are not enemies but co-heirs with Him (Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ) This is where I’m going, if now we are no longer enemies, than are we still in need of forgiveness? Yes. We make mistakes and 1John 1:9 says If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Can we act unrighteous after we’ve been saved? Yes. We’ve worked on animals, and worked on people, this is how Jesus works on us. Regardless of the other persons reaction our confession cleanses us because Jesus does the cleansing, not the people.

Ok, goats can’t confess so where did I get this from animals? I’ll tell you. My chickens have been getting into my neighbors yard. I’ve done tons of things to try to fix this however my neighbor is still upset about it. I reacted on our last occasion with harshness and unkindness because, well the because doesn’t matter does it. I acted that way and knew that I must apologize knowing full well that this neighbor has no desire nor is he equipped to forgive me. I had to anyway. Even if I was never to be forgiven by my neighbor, Jesus could clean my unrighteousness regardless of the reaction.

I’m grateful for the chastisement of my Lord for he says in Proverbs 13:24 He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly. Ask Jesus today what you can work on, who might learn from it and where you can practice.

Amen

 

 

Its a Dirty Job…

Don’t let a little dirt get in your way of planting something. What do I mean? Well, this is the statement made to me…

“I don’t even know how to prepare the ground…”

Honestly, in just about every place I know you can grow something with very little effort. Most back yards will let you turn the dirt over in circle about 18″ in diameter chop up the clumps, and plant a seed right in the middle of it. I used to think to grow a garden you needed rows and rows of tilled earth and if you didn’t rent one of those motorized machines to do it, you were doomed to failure…. it just isn’t so.  Now, that’s not to say that you should never do anything to your dirt. Just don’t stress out so much about it that you never do anything.

 Little effort plants I posted in “Lets Get Started”. What I didn’t address was the dirt, planting, water and mulch.

The dirt: get your shovel and get it into the dirt as far as you can. Pry it up and turn the whole clump over. Use your shovel then to chop up the clump right there in the hole. Do this in a circle till its about 18″ in diameter. Believe it or not that is enough room for most easy veggies to grow. If you want to be sure, get yourself a bag of organic potting soil (I prefer Square Foot Gardening) and mix a bit of it into the soil you chopped up.

The Planting: When planting the seeds I suggested follow the basic directions on the package right in the middle of your circle. Make sure you pat it down gently so your seeds don’t float but don’t get overboard or it’ll struggle coming up.

The Water: Since you created yourself a hole, there is no need to water your entire yard just to water your plant. Fill the hole with water daily till your plant peeks its head out. If you want to be able to turn on your water and walk away by all means bust out the sprinkler! Another fun way to water is to take a super cheap hose (or just a old one wearing out) and lay it out in whatever pattern your circles are in and cut tiny holes in the hose at each circle. Crimp the end of your hose with a heavy rubber band (I use hair ties) then turn your water on low and enjoy your very easy and adjustable “drip system”.

The Mulch: Once your beautiful little baby pops its head out mulch the circle with something biodegradable and good for next years garden. Example: my property has a lot of clay in the soil so I mulch with wood chips so that I can turn those under and in doing so increase the organic matter in my soil for water retention next year! Here are some great mulches; wood chips, straw, pine shavings, pine needles, nut shells, leaves and even cardboard that isn’t waxed. Get creative but remember where you live. If its hot mulch lightly colored, if its cold mulch dark colored, if its windy mulch heavy such as nut shells. Mulch is for water retention and weed suppression so have fun!

2013-10-19 15.51.05No one said a garden has to have rows! Not to say there isn’t a purpose for rows just don’t get stuck on it. I planted pumpkins at the base of my greenhouse short wall and it caught all the rain water and dropped it right on my pumpkins. The beauty was the leaves! I grow an heirloom called Big Max and the leaves can stand as tall as my waste! Oh how they were gorgeous wrapping all the way around the greenhouse and providing shade for the inside and a green background and wonderful yellow/orange flowers to look at from my back porch.  I’ve told several people now to try growing pumpkins about a foot from the base of their gutter down spouts. Train them to follow the house and before you know it, you’ll have greenery that after the first frost will surprise you with great big gifts that had been hiding underneath.  Little work… great pie!

Lets talk about raised beds briefly. I love my raised beds. I recommend it for any gardener for a multiplicity of reasons. However, its June. Don’t worry about it this year. We’ll build some beds in late fall after canning when there isn’t much growing but we want to be outside cultivating for next year. I am all about recycling and there are so many fun ways to build beds for very little cost so I may go over some ideas before then so you can start grabbing materials sooner.  For now, plant a squash anywhere.

Genesis 8:22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.

Just try, if you mess it all up, try again next year.

Amen.

Self Sufficient or Producing?

20141030_184550There is a huge push right now to become self sufficient. Of course this concept is subject to the culture in which we live now and has a variety of applications and names. Some call it prepping, off grid living, small farming, simple living, big brother awareness, tiny houses, homesteading, the list goes on and on. I have found that most of the information driving these concepts are based in fear.  Fear of GMOs, people, money or lack of money, world population, imposing government, and economic crashes this list is longer than the first.  I would like to introduce you to becoming a producer with faith.  Faith that this creation was given to us with a divine purpose and we have a divine job to “be fruitful and multiply”.

Faith based producing doesn’t look much different from old-time homesteading on the surface but it has a huge difference in the long run. Having a true and honest reason for why you are doing something can affect the way you do it, but also the drive to keep doing it. Most don’t know this but the life of growing things is much harder in some areas and easier in others that you wouldn’t expect. Why keep doing it if you don’t truly know why? You wouldnt. It’s easy to fall off a band wagon, its much harder to change your core beliefs to accommodate a different lifestyle. This is why the Lord showed me that our family is not becoming self sufficient, we are becoming producers.

When we first started this journey I thought we were heading in the path of self-sufficiency. The Lord is so gracious that He showed me that is not at all what He wants from His people. He says do not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching (Heb 10:25). If we dig deeper he also says two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up Ecc 4:9-10. This means that we cannot run away from people and rely only on our own efforts for us to survive. This is not healthy both physically and spiritually.

If we dig deeper into the meaning of “self-sufficiency” we see that the emphasis is on our own ability to supply all our needs. This directly contradicts how we were made. We were made to need Jesus and we were made for fellowship with others. Now, that being said, in regard to cities the Lord also talks about woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth! (Isa 5:8). What this means to me is that its ok to take a field and make it produce, as long as we are including Jesus in the process. This keeps us from depending on the strength of a fortified city (physical walls are not the only thing that “fortify” a city) or the false security of a country home.

It also means not just producing for you, but for others also. Why? Because He says… Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, For I was a hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in, naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? The King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me (Mathew 25:35-40).

You can be a producer right where you are! It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment, city house, country acre or hundreds of acres. I know people who grow more on a patio than those that have an acre and those that grow more on an acre than those with hundreds. We are here to help you grow and enjoy producing from any amount of space you have and  also give you new tricks and encouragement and insights on creation you may have never seen!  A love for Jesus and a little hard work and you’ll be producing and learning from it in no time!

Amen

Volunteer Lettuce

Volunteer LettuceVolunteer Lettuce?? Yes! It is one of my favorite parts of spring. I do nothing at all and lettuce grows somewhere in the garden. Usually down wind from the last place that you planted lettuce.

How do you do this, you may ask! Well, its quite easy which is why it is so fun! Start by picking out an heirloom variety. Most varieties will produce a seed that will grow again but with heirloom you’ll know what will be growing the next year and therefore be able to spot it better. I use Amish Deer Tongue. When you plant this year, plant as much as you like plus a little more. The beauty of how easy this idea can be is exactly that… beautiful flowers will shoot up out of your lettuce plants you left behind and you can enjoy the beauty. The seeds will naturally develop at the flower head and drop or blow with the wind when they dry up. Hint: do not try to eat the leaves of the lettuce once it starts to bloom, they become very bitter and you’ll get an unfair idea of the taste of that lettuce. Lettuce is best tasting young and early in the morning or just after watering.

At the end of your year you’ll go thru the motions of pulling up all the dead plants and composting them.  You’ll turn your beds over and with out ever knowing it, you’ll plant your lettuce. Next spring you’ll start to see lettuce pop in fun places. The best part is that in most regions the lettuce will come up and be ready to pull and be eaten long before you need to plant that bed with warm weather plants.

Another note for those who are under the same misunderstanding that I was when I first started a garden…. your lettuce will rarely be growing at the same time as your tomatoes! This is fun though because it forces us out of the box of what a “salad” really is! Some wonderful salad additions that are more likely to be ready while you have lettuce ready are radishes, beets, carrots, and sugar peas. Why not throw those in a bowl and relish the freshness as early as March! Later on you can plant a fall set (beginning in late August early Sept) and enjoy your cucumbers and tomatoes with your favorite lettuce.

What does this show us about Jesus? This is how the parable of the seed is more clear to me. Not all the seeds your lettuce produce will fall on good ground. After you watch the first set of lettuce come up in the most unlikely places you’ll reflect that the people that we would never guess could come to know and love Jesus, do! What should we do then? Spread the seed of Jesus as the wind, the wind has no judgment on where it lands or what direction its going, you may be surprised where the good soil is!

Happy planting!

Let’s get started

Fun easy plants for anyone to grow

Anytime I talk to someone about growing their first vegetables I always recommend greenbeans, cucumbers, yellow summer squash, zucchini and pumpkins These are so easy to grow from seed and it’s important to be successful the first time because it will encourage you to try something new the next year. If you like tomatoes as I do, just go to your local nursery and find a plant. Next year you can try tomatoes from seed, they are super easy but you have to get started in March and we’re already in May.

20150625_112233Green beans: If you have a fence line or lattice area this is a great place for beans. A pole type bean (Kentucky Wonder) means they will climb like a vine and it is not only nutritious but beautiful. They are simple to start from seed and don’t need much attention except to guide them into the fence instead of on the ground.

Cucumbers: These are like beans in that they are a vine also. Someone might tell you that you need 2 different kinds of cucumbers, a pickling and a table. I disagree. The National Pickling cucumber is delicious as a table cucumber so just grow one for now and if you decide later you want try something else then go for it! This has a double bonus because if you have tons then you can try your hand at pickling, which is much easier than you might think.

Yellow Squash or Zucchini: My father in law had a saying… “what do you have when you plant 2 zucchini plants?… 1 to many!” He was right of course! Every pot luck has some sort of zucchini dish starting around July and all the way thru October around here. These two plants are marvelously easy to grow and there are so many fun ways to prepare them that you’ll enjoy it year after year.

2013-10-19 15.51.05Pumpkins: This one needs space but if you have it, go for it. It’s is so much fun to watch the first freeze reveal the enormous treasures hiding under the expanse of greenery! It’s hard to look for them during the season because the leaves and vines are prickly so just let them go and enjoy the surprise in October! This squash is so easy to cook and store for future pie, bread and baby food that you’ll feel like a pro the very first year!

20150625_112209Tomatoes: Contrary to most opinions, I think tomatoes are easy…. If you know the tricks! Tomatoes are of a tropical background and knowing this helps guide you to healthy tomatoes. Around here we have what we call high dessert weather. It’s extremely warm during the day and freezing cold night. A trick my father law taught my husband, who thankful taught me this; to control the drastic drops in temperature, add a wall water around your new plant. I use old milk jugs or 2 liter bottles. The water will slowly warm up during the day and slowly cool off during the night. Essentially creating a more leveled out temperature which encourages the tomatoes to grow.

So it is Spring…

Nectarine BlossomsLet’s get started! It’s spring and it is a great time to start something growing. Truly no matter where you live, how much space you have or how much time you have, you can grow something.

We don’t have to live on hundreds of acres or be an expert to learn something from growing. Some of you out there have been gardening a while and might have sage flowers blooming already, or perhaps you have tomatoes growing in your window like I do, or maybe your really a pro and have a greenhouse full of fun plants ready to go outside. Maybe though, this is your first year and you’re looking around and wondering what could you really try this year? Don’t worry! I’ll give you some good places to start and you’ll have something in no time!

Before we do that, I’d like to talk about what spring is… For me, Spring is a “morning”. Winter is a time of “night”. During winter not much grows that is seen, it rests, or in the case of most deciduous plants it grows roots. This is an extremely important time for plants and for us spiritually. If we spend all our time on our outward appearance, we become weak in our roots. If we become weak in our roots, when the storm comes, we are torn up and washed away. However, this is Spring and it’s when we come up from our roots and show what we have learned during our winter! We burst forth with blossoms of praise to the Lord! Genesis 40:10 “it was as though it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and its clusters brought forth ripe grapes.”

Palms 30:5 says ” For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning!” Isn’t interesting that is doesn’t say we have joy always?! There is a time for weeping or for God’s anger, but then there is the promise of joy. For some of you who live in snowy area’s you are very aware of the joy that comes with spring! You stare out at the bleak snow and wait in full expectation of a colorful spring. We must go thru our trials and tribulations of winter in our life building our roots and expecting wholeheartedly that God will give you spring after.

Song of Solomon 7:12 says “Let us get up early to the vineyards; Let us see if the vine has budded, Whether the grape blossoms are open, And the pomegranates are in bloom. There I will give you my love.” Solomon was talking to his bride and it is a picture of Jesus talking to us, His Bride. We only recently planted fruit trees but when the weather starts to break, it’s the first thing I want to do! I run outside in early morning and checked trees for buds. I was checking to see if they survived winter and are ready to produce fruit. Did you know Jesus waits eagerly for your winter weather to break, running to you expecting to see buds of faith that will burst out in praise of Him? He does!

That is the picture in Song of Solomon. Several times he takes his bride to check for fruit. Check it out sometime, it will fill you with love for the Lord to see how eagerly He tends to you, gently, earnestly gardening you. Gardening is hard, dirty work, but the outcome is always worth it. To Him, you are worth it.

Some of you are coming out of a winter and this spring is full of praise. However, for those of you who are still in winter spiritually, go outside and watch something grow, check for buds or enjoy a blossom and know deep down, your winter is going to end. There will be a time for praise. A glorious colorful spring of joy for you is coming, praise the Lord for the promise and hold tight to it.

Amen

For a list of great starter plants as promised in this blog go to “Lets get started”

In the beginning….

DSCN7782Do you ever wonder why your drawn to grow something? Do you marvel at beautiful landscaping and question why it is beautiful to you? Maybe you never do, maybe you enjoy these things and never worry about why. If so, is it possible to hear or read someone’s reasons and believe them for yourself? Yes. What do we do then? Never question and never believe anyone’s answers, or dig deeper and get an answer that is truth? I’m going to dig deeper….. want to come?

The beginning of the answer is in the beginning of life. God says in Genesis, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Then He worked on a few things, some He called good, some He didn’t and in verses 11-12 you find; “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.” God saw it was good!

Ok, so you ask “I’m not God, what’s that got to do with me?” I’ll tell you! “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”. He didn’t stop there, that wasn’t the whole point, it gets better! Not only were we created like Him and therefore enjoy the things He enjoys, we were given the things He created and charged with them. Genesis 1:28-29 “And God blessed them, and God said unto them(us), Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” This is exciting! After He says all this and charged us with this duty, He says “and God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good”. Did you catch that? He said VERY good.

This is fantastic news to me. When we are drawn to grow something or enjoy something growing around us, it is because we were designed to. Jesus said this (John 14:21) “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” It was a commandment to go, be fruitful, multiply, subdue, and replenish the earth and as we do so the Lord will make Himself known to us and we can grow in our relationship with Him. This concept is important because this is the goal, to know our God intimately and to become more and more the bride He desires us to be.

Let me be clear, gardening and growing is NOT the only way to obtain this relationship. It is one of many ways, of many commandments, and even many facets to the scriptures I’ve laid out for you, that bring us close to the side of Jesus. However, it’s important to know now why you are drawn to it so that when you hear others reasons, you may stand firm on the cornerstone which is Jesus and not be swayed to the worship of His creation but to the worship of Him!

Amen

Creation for the Created

DSCN6797We can all agree that the world around us is a beautiful place, but can we all agree what it’s for, how it works and what our responsibility to it is? Probably not. This is where Jesus and what He says in the bible are critical in finding agreement and purpose in this beautiful creation.

Over the last few years the Lord has led my family and I on a journey of growing both plants and animals for the purpose of becoming a producer not just a consumer.  During this journey I began to see Jesus in everything I was doing. I began to understand some parables I never understood before, and realize a much deeper connection to who Jesus is, who we are and what He did for us.

The bible says “For by him were all things were created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:16-17). The more I dive into the cultivating of this earth the more I see this truth!

The Lord revealed to me that there are more of us out there wanting to grow and harvest but are swimming in pool of information that while it is good for learning how to do this, we are drowning in a culture of worshiping creation and NOT the Creator.  He showed me that it was time to fill a need for information with the correct purpose behind it.

Then what can you expect from me? I have been charged to write a weekly commentary answering questions about how to grow things, why we grow heirlooms, how to have chickens and other livestock, basic projects etc.  You can expect me to pray diligently about subjects in this area that are close to the Lord’s heart and relay them.  Also, you can contact me about any questions you may have and I will do my best to pray and either answer them for you or point you in the right direction.

I’m so excited to start on this journey with you! It’s going to be fun and we are going to grow in Jesus while we grow something around us!

Jeanine