Your body is designed with the God-given ability to stay healthy and to regain health. My book, “Morning By Morning Pathway to Health”, applies biblical principles to health and shows how a daily commitment and the faithfulness of God can transform your health.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2 NIV)
Remember that bumper crop from a few years ago? Thank heaven and my son Paul for a bumper crop of delicious champion tomatoes. Totally organic — just Paul’s hard work planting and tending, watering, and Florence Park sunshine yields the perfectly formed delicious tomato that God intended. We’ve been eating, canning, freezing and sharing tomatoes with friends and neighbors. What a blessing!
No time for gardening? This miniature kitchen garden is planted directly into a bag of potting soil. No mess, no fuss, no bending over or weeding needed. Three kinds of lettuce, radishes, and other salad makings can be right at your fingertips! Fresh salad whenever you want and as near as your deck or patio.
And here’s an idea for a no fuss flower garden right on your porch. A rack holding potted flowers requires no weeding or labor. Just add water, sit back with a good book, and enjoy the color and aroma of fresh flowers all summer long!
You can make a delicious, beautiful zucchini soup with about 2 lbs. zucchini cut in pieces, 3 T butter, 1 medium Vidalia onion diced, 1/4 cup half & half, and 1/2 cup either chicken broth or vegetable broth. Boil the zucchini for a few minutes; saute onion in butter. Puree or blend the zucchini until smooth and pour into the pan with the onions. Add broth and half & half. Wonderful either hot or cold!
We know how many seeds are in an apple, but only God knows how many apples are in a seed. We plant seeds of truth by spreading the gospel, as described in the parable of the sower in Matthew 13. Some seeds fall along the path and are snatched away. Some fall in rocky places where they are received with joy but have no root and soon wither. Some seeds fall among thorns where worries of this life choke them out. And some seeds fall on good soil where people hear the Word, understand it, retain it, and produce a crop. What places in your life are like valleys, mountains, or rough places that challenge your faith? Mountains are difficult challenges requiring endurance and perseverance. Valleys may be depressing events that lead to emotional fatigue, mental distress and physical exhaustion. In crooked places you don’t know which way to turn, you can’t see the path or discern the way. In rough places, like with illness and betrayal, the going gets tough; you can clearly see the way, but it is still very difficult to cope and keep going. When you hear the Word and understand it, you produce a crop yielding many times what was sown. Our job is to plant the seeds of truth. How many apples may be in the seeds you are planting and in the seeds from those apples in the future? Keep planting. Only God knows what the harvest will bring.
A bit of nostalgia: this family photo was taken in 1924. No, I’m not in it! In fact, my dad is the baby on my grandmother’s lap, third from left on the second row. My grandpa stands behind her and my dad’s older brother sits in front of her. I was privileged to know some but not all of the rest. Some passed before I was born; some lived far away. Still, we were close.
Family bonds are strong, even if we never meet all of our extended family members. That’s how it is with the family of God, too. When we meet or hear of another believer, or welcome a new believer into the body of Christ, there is an instant closeness and spiritual bond. As the lyrics to the hymn “The Family of God”, written by Bill and Gloria Gaither, so eloquently convey:
“I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God,
I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I’m part of the family,
The Family of God.”
May you be blessed with a strong family bond.