Six Month Checkup

August vegetable garden

Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you. Hosea 10:12 (Fallow ground – left uncultivated and unproductive)

“Hey, Bill— Didn’t you say six months ago that you were going to retire and break up your fallow ground? How’s it going on that?

Well, it depends. You can see from this photo from earlier this week, that the physical break up, rebuild, renovate of the vegetable garden’s fallow ground has stayed on hold through these six months. Now, it’s too hot these days to get started with a good spray of Roundup and have it be effective. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.) This garden hopefully, will rise to the top of the list in the Fall.

But, on the flower garden side of things, the Lord has blessed us with much beauty. Much fallow ground was broken up. I’ve posted a couple of photos on blog posts, and several more on Facebook. The one below is the view from our bedroom window.

On other things, I haven’t done as much writing as I had planned (but, I have done more than I was doing, so that’s progress.) My plans to spend more time with my guitar and banjo are still in their cases, so to speak—but they’re still on the list.

I’ve discovered that what happens to impede progress—is life. Like always, there are planned and unplanned things that come up that divert attention from the to-do list of items mentioned above. Also, now that I’m a bit older, I’ve discovered that just resting and staying out of the heat are needful, too.

But, the fallow ground in the above verse from Hosea isn’t referring to these physical things I’ve mentioned (although, I would hope writing and music could fit in with it). The verse is talking about the more important aspects of life—sowing righteousness, reaping love, and seeking the Lord. I’ve been working on those, too.

I won’t mention specifics. But, there have been successes and wonderful blessings (all by the grace of God), and utter failures of commission and omission (all by the humanity of Bill). I don’t plan to quit trying, but I do get discouraged at times. Then, the Lord sends me a message, like He did through our Pastor the other night. In His preface to our church conference, he talked a bit about Galatians 6:9—
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
So, with the Lord’s help, I won’t faint.

Bedroom window view

Blooms and Scripture – Blueberries

Blueberries

Blueberries

It’s a great blueberry season – and still going. You can see other pictures on the blog of my structure and netting I built to protect these from the birds. There probably will be enough to share without using the netting this year.
Two things I did – during winter, I cut them back rather severely (we have six large bushes over 6 feet high), and also had a soil test done showing the bed needed sulfur – which I added. And, as I said, wonderful crop this year.

We truly have an abundance of so many things – mainly God’s blessings.
“May there be abundance of grain in the land; on the tops of the mountains may it wave; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field” Psalm 72:16
“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous things.
Blessed be his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory!
Amen and Amen!” Psalm 72:18-19

Blooms and Scripture – Purslane

Purslane in Pots

Purslane in Pots

Sharon bought me this neat little flower pot holder several years ago. It’s a simple copper rod with a base to hold it up. It took a few seasons to discover that purslane fits it perfectly.

A bit of assurance to start the day:
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

Blooms and Scripture – Day Lilies

Day Lilies I

Day Lilies I

Day Lilies II

Day Lilies II

These are re-blooming day lilies, and they actually have a nice scent, too. They’ve been putting out blooms for a month now and show no signs of stopping.

We (I) need to remember our prayer shouldn’t be only asking for help, or mercy. Praising God should be a focus.
“Good and upright is the Lord: Therefore will he teach sinners in the way. The meek will he guide in judgement: and the meek will he teach his way.” Psalm 25: 8-9

Blooms and Scripture – Wildflowers

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Wildflowers

The wildflowers have continued for several years after planting over our rebuilt drain field.

More verses of one of my favorite prayers –
“Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses, for they have been ever of old. Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me, for thy goodness’ sake, O Lord.” Psalm 25:6-7

Blooms and Scripture – Phlox

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Phlox in the Sun

I’ve been neglecting the blog lately due to stuff, but do hope to get going again. Thought I would post more Blooms and Scripture with this years garden.

Here’s the first part of one of my favorite prayers –
“Show me thy ways, O Lord. Teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: For thou are the God of my salvation. On thee do I wait all the day.” Psalms 25:4-5