Farmer Josh

Sep 042013
 

“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 12:1,2marigolds

“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!

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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!okra 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! Continue reading »

Jul 222013
 
Praise the Lord for rain! There is still much of the country that needs rain, and we could certainly use some more, but what a blessing for the Lord to have sent us some really nice showers in the last few days! Either during or shortly after one of our recent beautiful rains I was reminded of this passage in Habakkuk.“Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. The Lord GOD is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, And makes me walk on my high places.” Habakkuk 3:17-19Even if all the crops fail, if we loose everything we have in this earth, we are to still thank and praise the Lord. He is the one who gives us life and strength and has promised to provide for our every need if we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness first and foremost in our lives. I wish I could say I always patiently waited on the Lord to provide, but I am still learning that patience. The Apostle Paul came to a point in his relationship with the Lord that he could be content in whatever circumstance he found himself in…he knew that the Lord would provide for him what he needed whether that was little or much and Paul had learned to be content with what the Lord had given him at that time. Though trials come we have God’s promises to stand on. Here are a couple that have special meaning to me as I seek the Lord and learn to trust Him more. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 “‘”For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”‘” Jeremiah 29:11-13 Knowing as James says that every good thing comes from the Lord does not necessarily make it easy to endure the trials and wait patiently for the Lord to provide. The passage from Jeremiah came at a point in Israel’s history when they had greatly sinned against the Lord and He had exiled them to Babylon for 70 years! The Lord is very merciful and loving but is also just and as Jeremiah shows here the Lord was merciful and greatly blessed His people yet they were still in exile as a consequence of their sins. No mater what we are going through let us remember to put Philippians 4:4 and 6 into practice that the promise of verse 7 may be fulfilled in our lives. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! … 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

What a week we’ve had! Heat and drought to cool nights…and the Lord threw in the huge blessing of rain showers in one of which a trio got drenched! One day last week, there was a small chance of scattered thunderstorms and Dad had seen on the radar that these mini storms were popping up all around us. We had a batch of hay that was really a little greener than we’d prefer putting up so had left the hay stack uncovered to air it out a little more. Soon Dad, Jena and I all saw a small thunder cell heading straight our way from the east! Rain from the east is very rare here, but we knew we’d better get the stack covered as quickly as we could. Dad and Jena beat me to the hay stack and started covering the pile. I was just starting that way when it cut loose and the Lord “dumped the bucket”! Thankfully we had most of the hay covered before it got too wet, but needless to say the three of us were drenched (to the point we were dumping water out of our boots) by the time we had the plastic tied down. Oh yes, might mention that when we were nearly done tying the plastic down it quit raining! :-) That’s ok we were sure enjoying the rain while we were working! We’ve had to let the hay stack air a little before adding to it. Unless the Lord continues to send some more rain we are almost done haying for the summer. The grass will need more rain in order to regrow after we cut it. Just a little more and we’ll have our first hay stack completed which will make a wonderful quitting place for now. Garden info! So far the burpless cucumbers have been outdoing themselves this year! They have been sweet (almost like candy while working out in the garden on a hot day!) and very prolific. The cabbage is almost finished now, but the Lord has really blessed us with beautiful cabbage this year and has extended the harvest over a much longer time frame than I had expected. Our okra plants are beginning to pick up production some. Unfortunately it does not appear very many early tomatoes set on but with the cool nights still the Lord is blessing us now with lots of blooms on the tomato vines! Lord willing they will set on good and we’ll have a nice late summer crop. Our yellow squash and zucchini aren’t producing heavily yet, but they are hanging in there and producing a few nice squash. Oh yes, the weeds are still growing well despite the drought! However G-Jean has been working them over hard and as some of the crops have completed their life cycle we’ve been turning under the old crop, weeds and all. Lord willing we’ll have a few bell peppers coming on within the next few weeks! Better go for now but may you have a blessed week!

Farmer Joshua and the Mitchell Crew