Apr 152014

“Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.” Genesis 2:15

Even while everything God made was perfect and good the Lord God still had work for the man to do. So it is now. Both in the physical and spiritual we are to be active, growing, seeking and learning. All throughout scripture work is commended and most generally non action, laziness and complacency are discouraged. Consider the following.

“The sluggard does not plow after the autumn,
So he begs during the harvest and has nothing.” Proverbs 20:4

“Go to the ant, O sluggard,
Observe her ways and be wise,” Proverbs 6:6

Have you ever seen a lazy ant? Seems like an oxymoron to me!

“For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10

The above references are directed to the physical so also look at the spiritual side of growth and action.

“…but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18

“‘”I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.”‘” Revelation 3:15,16

This passage in Revelation pricked me again when I heard a message in regards to the letter written to this church. Jesus gave His followers work to do as He left this earth. If you are following Christ the call is the same today.

“‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’” Matthew 28:19,20

If you are not following Christ consider the fact that the wages of sin is death…that is eternal death. However, it does not stop at sin being death because God so loved you that He sent His only Son to die on the cross for your sins. Jesus took your sin upon Himself so that you would be blameless and not die but have eternal life. You must accept this gift though, confessing that Jesus Christ is Lord, believing that God raised Him from the dead, repenting of your sins and begin following Him. If you have questions about this feel free to contact anyone in our family.

Seeking the Lord and growing in Him is what He desires of us. Even in the following Psalm my understanding of the Hebrew meaning behind “wait” has an element of expectancy. Not trying to act on our own initiative so waiting for the Lord, but ready to move with His

“Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.” Psalms 27:14

Change indeed!

Things are growing, animals are shedding winter hair and spring life is coming forth in abundance!

We have been busy preparing for the growing season! Cleaning up from winter projects, mowing spring growth a couple of times and doing a small amount of planting have all been on the to do list.

As always it seems like there is more to do than we can get done, but the Lord is blessing and we’ve made progress. Granddad took the tractor and three point tiller out to till under some of the weeds that were coming up and has a beautiful seed bed prepared when it’s time to plant!

While things are growing well we would be thankful for a good soaking rain to give everything a boost. What a blessing it was to get some rain the other day and then even a little beautiful snow yesterday! Yes, it is a little late for snow, but not completely out of line considering we were due for an “Easter storm”. You can about always count on a cold front moving in around Easter and another cold front about the times the wild blackberries bloom.

Our asparagus has been coming on slow due to it being a little dry and the shallow roots of the strawberries could use a good drink. Lord willing if the temperature appears to have leveled out a little we plan to transplant broccoli and cabbage this week! Another planting of beets should be ready to go in the ground as well. It won’t be long before all the garden seed will be ready to plant!

We don’t raise sweet corn to sell but I noticed that the young hedge sprouts are beginning to show color in their buds. The old saying is when the hedge leaves are the size of squirrels’ ears it’s time to plant sweet corn. This saying is nearly always correct and you can have a nice early crop of corn.

With the beautiful weather lately a few of the hoop house crops will be ready to harvest this Friday, April 18th! Limited quantities of radishes, asparagus and arugula are available first come first served. Orders must be placed by 11:00 pm Thursday night for Friday pick up any time after 4:00 pm.

Spinach, lettuce and young greens mix should be ready next week.

Signing off for now!

Have a blessed week!

Farmer Joshua and the Mitchell crew

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