Daily Post

Moth and Rust

Over the past few weeks I have been closing down my square foot garden for the winter – well actually, I still have some tomato plants that will make it a few more weeks, and then I will have closed down the garden for the winter.  While I have been doing that I have been thinking about bigger and better gardens in the spring.

In the meantime next door, men have been tearing down my neighbors deck and removing his pool.  Their vehicles have been driving over the space where his garden once bloomed.  My neighbor is now a old man, and cannot maintain those projects any longer.

It’s has been a little sobering to consider my plans for expansion while watching it’s ultimate end state going on right before my eyes.  It’s not that it makes it appear futile, because I know my neighbor has had several great years of enjoyment and value from that deck and from his garden, but it does place a little perspective on things.

This weekend one of my friends received a message that his grandmother had passed.  He had mentioned how just a few years ago he was commenting on how lucky he was to have all four of his grandparents still living, and with her passing they are all gone.

It’s the circle of life, I suppose, but it sure is sobering to witness!  Let’s not let that drop us into an ‘all is vanity’ cry.  Let us use that understanding to motivate and focus us on those things of utmost importance.

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21 (New International Version)

Daily Post

Summer Harvest

Do you like tomatoes? If so I have some for you!  I am currently picking handfuls of Cherry and Roma tomatoes a day from my square foot garden.   I am also starting to bring in cucumbers,  squash and peppers.  I have a few little bitty really hot peppers that have grown amazingly, I am just not exactly sure what do to with them. If you have some suggestions, I will gladly listen!

Its been a great experience this spring, taking care of these vines by directing their growth and providing support and water.   And finally what a pleasurable experience walking into the house with hands fulls of fresh produce.  Its a great thing being a vinedresser.  I can only imagine the pleasure the Lord gets in when he observes the fruit we bear.  Check this out – still from the Johns:

1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

5“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:1-8 (New International Version)

This is to my Father’s glory!   Yep!  The Father loves to walk into the kitchen with a big grin on his face and an armful of fruit – your fruit!  Live today in a way that glorifies the gardener by producing fruit!    Are you not sure what fruit you can produce?  Take a quick look in Galatians and if you know the song sing along while you read it.

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.