“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1,2
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4,6,7
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, … ‘Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold.” Psalms 46:1-2a, 10-11
“My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.” Psalms 62:5,6“’The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.’” Isaiah 26:3,4″
…casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
“Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. … Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, … Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:3, 5b-6a, 9
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5,6
Through the open window a cicada’s call serenades the late summer moonlit night… And the Lord is blessing our farm with some bountiful summer crops! Sales! If you have been wanting preserving quantities of tomatoes or okra now is the time to jump in!
The Lord has been blessing the late summer and early fall crops of okra, tomatoes, snap beans (green, purple and yellow wax), bell peppers and even some late yellow squash and zucchini! We have been dehydrating some of our tomatoes, bell peppers and okra which is an excellent way to compactly preserve these (and many other) crops for use later! They work beautifully in soups casseroles or, one of my favorite grab and go snacks is dehydrated okra mixed with some peanuts and sesame sticks making it a complete meal with legume, grain and vegetable all in one!