Aug 272014


“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,…” Colossians 1:13

Do you remember when I wrote this spring about a very late freeze and how the vast majority of our tomato plants were blackened and ruined by the late freeze? I had mentioned that I specifically remember thinking I shouldn’t mulch the tomatoes quite yet and it is very possible that they would not have been damaged if I would have been listening close enough to realize it was the Lord speaking to me.

A few weeks later do you remember me writing again that the Lord was bringing healing and new life back into the tomato plants? New shoots were coming up from the last growth node next to the ground on many of the plants…something I’ve never seen happen before!

In the same way as the tomatoes were “killed” by the frost our sin kills us, blackening our hearts and bring us eternal death. However, God in His great mercy provided us a gift and way to eternal life that we might live.

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,… For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 3:23 & 6:23

“For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;” 1 Peter 3:18

Jesus Christ died on the cross that we might have eternal life. When we confess our sins to God, ask Him to forgive us of our sins and accept Jesus as our Lord and savior He transfers us to eternal life. As the first passage from Colossians says He moves us from the darkness of death to the light of life in Him.

Like those tomato plants when we ask God for forgiveness of our sins and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord He brings new life from what is seemingly dead.

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

This eternal life is not anything we can obtain on our own or earn by living a “good life”. Jesus is the only way to God, the believer’s heavenly Father, and way to receive eternal life.

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.'” John 14:6

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),… 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:4,5,8,9

If you have not already done so, ask God to forgive you of your sins and Jesus to come into your heart as your Lord and savior. Do this and you will be rescued from the darkness of sin and death and transferred into the glorious light and new life in Christ! The way is not always easy as you walk with and grow in Christ, but the rewards are great.

God has given us the following promise in Romans 8:28. Notice though that the promise is conditional upon the fact that we Love Him.

“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.”

We reap the consequences of what we do. The other part of the tomato story is that the Lord has been very merciful and caused those tomato plants that I thought were dead and lost to produce a bountiful harvest. That is a miracle! However they have been coming on later in part due to the set back at the beginning of the season.

No, when we reap the consequences of our sin against God we do not always get a harvest. However no matter what happens in our life, whether God is disciplining us for disobedience, Satan is allowed to try us as God allowed in Job 1 (please note that God does not tempt us to sin. James 1:13) or whatever else may come our way, when we love God and turn back to Him He will work it all out for our good.

If you have any questions regarding what I have written here please feel free to ask.

Brief summer greetings!

It has been a long time since I’ve written a farm update! There has been far too much going on this summer to write about everything so I will quickly hit some of the highlights.

As stated above the Lord has really blessed us with a tremendous tomato crop…especially after thinking most of the plants were lost after our late freeze this spring! With this being our hottest week thus far for the year, our tomatoes have hit their highest production of the season up to this point.

If you are wanting to preserve tomatoes this year I would say now is the time to do it! This coming Friday we will have a sale on slicing tomato 2nds, salad tomatoes and cherry tomatoes! Place your order now to reserve for our sale and pack day Friday. All produce is first come first served.

Praise the Lord we have finally put up enough hay and are calling the 2014 haying season finished! Whew the last day we put up hay was about the hottest day of the year. With temperatures near 100, mid range humidity and very little breeze Dad and I were ringing wet with sweat by the time we were done.

I am so thankful for the way the Lord has blessed us with rains and a mild summer causing the grass to grow abundantly so we could put up enough hay for all our livestock.

Within the past couple of weeks we have been working on cleaning out the big hoop house so we could plant fall garden in there. It has been so hot lately that some of my later planted outdoor fall garden never did germinate. It’s been difficult to keep the seeds moist enough to germinate without steaming them.

G-Jean has been working at cleaning out the strawberry beds again and what a job that has been! There has been so many other things happening throughout the summer that we have had to let some things slide and the strawberry patch weeding has been one of them. What a mess and what a transformation she has been doing!

Besides growing we have also been canning, dehydrating and freezing various crops to preserve them for our use later this winter. It’s a lot of hard work now but very rewarding when the snow flies this winter!

I better get back outside to work but may you have a blessed day!

Farmer Joshua