Jun 142013
“Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10“’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 26:3Trusting in the Lord has all the answers we need… Last week’s verses from Isaiah 40 shows how we have the promise that as our trust is in the Lord He will renew our strength. Above, Isaiah 41 confirms how we can trust in the Lord because He will strengthen, help and uphold us. Chapter 26 reveals that His peace will keep us as we make Him our “everlasting Rock”.Scripture has a lot to say about the Lord being our rock and how we need to make our foundation, our trust and hope in Him alone for He is the only one who can save us. Christ Jesus, God in the flesh, came down to this earth to live among us, die for our sins although He had committed no sin or even anything worthy of death (Isaiah 53:6 and 2 Corinthians 5:20-21) so that He might conquer sin and death and rise again to the right had of the Father in heaven. Yes, Christ is that stone we are to build our very lives on. He is the stone which wast rejected by the men of His day and how great a wonder it is to us that God would show His great love to us even before we accepted Him. Isaiah 28:16 Psalm 118:22,23 Romans 5:8

sorting strawberries
May we come up for a breath of air now?! With strawberry season on it doesn’t seem like we’ve been able to spend much time tending to anything besides strawberries! The Lord has blessed so richly and abundantly in every way though both by “healing” the strawberry crop of water damage and insect pests which threatened to snatch away nearly the entire crop and blessing us with a bountiful harvest. There were a few times we wondered how we were going to manage harvesting, marketing, preserving etc. all the strawberries but the Lord always was faithful and has provided what we needed every time. Strawberry season is winding down now so thankfully we should be able to get back to working on some other projects we’ve really gotten behind on.
packing day
Despite the heavy rains just a short time ago our hot Kansas sun and wind has dried things out to the point the the ground has formed a hard crust. We are already in need of another small rain shower. Technically I should have already broken up the crust which would have helped, but I couldn’t seem to peddle fast enough to get everything done! 🙂
beets & beet greens
More crops are coming on beautifully now and in about a week, Lord willing, we’ll have green beans ready for harvest! Yellow wax beans and purple beans should be right in there as well. Especially our late planted tomatoes and peppers are looking great now! The basil is coming along and in a week or two may be ready for a small harvest. You can see a few okra buds beginning to show even though it is short right now. Beets and white spring turnips are really coming on well and it won’t be long before we may have some canning quantities of beets available. Our asparagus is about ready to have a rest from harvesting this year so after this next harvest I plan to let it go to fern. Stopping harvest now will enable the asparagus crowns to replenish their nutrient supply for next year’s crop!
snap beans
Things continue to change on nearly a daily basis around here. This week has shown the changing of the seasons again as the heat reveals the beginning of summer. Crops continue to grow and as one crop completes it’s harvest period another crop is coming on. What a beautiful time of year!

We are running late on haying again so Lord willing we can hop on it soon!

Better go for now, but may you have a blessed week!

Farmer Joshua and the Mitchell crew