One year ago, I posted my second blog post ever, and I titled it I am not a gardener. Well, that's just not true. I am TOTALLY a gardener, and I have proof.
I have been taking pictures for weeks in order to show you just how miraculous a garden really is.
We plant cucumbers, green beans and tomatoes. We also have one mature Gala apple tree, one juvenile Gala apple tree and a baby cherry tree that barely survived our horrible winter.
You've seen cucumber seeds, right? Same with the seeds in the green beans, tomatoes and apples - you've seen how small they really are, haven't you?
Keep that in mind as you see what happens with sun, rain, good soil and God's blessing.
Here we go:
I love the fresh veggies and fruit. I really enjoy making pickles and pickle relish. The fresh salsa from garden tomatoes is delicious and this year, I'll try canning spaghetti sauce, too.
Since we picked the first round of green beans this weekend, I processed and packaged them for storage.
I'll be posting a "how-to" blog for both the long-term freezer storage of green beans and the making/canning of blueberry jelly. (I bought the blueberries at Aldi for 99¢ a pint, so it was totally worth the work).
The picking and canning of the apples will come later.
As much as I enjoy being a gardener that produces edible food, I am a gardener in a different way, too. One that is far more important in regards to eternal ramifications.
Part of God's plan for professed Christians is the Great Commission.
Huh, you say? What's that?
The Great Commission from God is that we go out and share our faith with others. We must go into the world and tell people about Jesus, salvation and what it all means.
Matthew 28:19 (ESV)
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Mark 16:15 (ESV)
15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
One of the greatest joys for a Gospel-sharing Christian is leading someone to Christ, walking that person through the sinner's prayer and helping him/her find a new life in Christ.
I've never, ever done that, not even with my own children. Although we are just as faithful at home as we are at church, it just so happened that they both said the sinner's prayer with their Sunday school teachers.
When I prayed about it, I asked God why.
I asked Him, "Lord, I share my faith with my family, and they come to Jesus with another. I share my faith on my adventure vacations, but no one's ever accepted Christ after I've shared."
"I share my faith through my blog, but I've never had anyone write to me and ask me to help them give their lives to you. Lord, am I doing OK? Am I doing what you want me to do? Why, then?"
His immediate response through my spirit was very clear and direct - "You are seed-planter. You are not a harvester. I will water the seed you plant, and the ones in the good soil will flourish. Then I will provide a harvester in the right time and place."
Alrighty then. Janie-Appleseed it is. Per God's will, I will just keep planting. I'll do my harvesting among the fruit and vegetables in my own backyard.
The Parable of the Sower Explained - Matthew 13:18-23
18 “Hear then the parable of the sower:
19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.
20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.[a]
22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
Do you garden? Do you garden for the Lord, too?
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