Plow up those Fields

Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. Hosea 10:12 KJV

“Fallow comes from the old English word for plowing, and refers to the practice of leaving fields unplowed in rotation––when a field lies fallow, the soil regains nutrients that are sucked up by over-planting.”  Vocabulary.com

One temptation I face as I grow older is to abandon some of the fields in my life. There are some fields that have so long been unproductive that it scarcely seems worth the effort to continue to hope for any sort of fruitful harvest. But God has an entirely different idea. God says that today is the exact perfect time to stop moping around the house, get the plow out of the barn and break up my fallow ground.

Do you have some fallow fields in your life? There is nothing wrong with that but God has not created us to lie fallow forever. Maybe today your fallow time is coming to an end. Maybe it is time to hitch up the plow to the horse and get to work. There is still something that God has called for us to do. Do not be discouraged. Nothing will grow better crops than a field that has had time to rest for a while.  God has planned for and promised a harvest season ahead if only we plow up our fallow fields and then plant them today!

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Cloudy Day

Do you know how the clouds are balanced, Those wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge? Job 37:16

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As we are preparing to begin the road towards Florida I thought I’d take some farewell photos of my beloved farm (not mine exactly but the one I have managed for 25 years. Wouldn’t you know it but my big chance for lots of spectacular endless mountain scenery ended up as a cloudy day.

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But even with clouds it is still an amazing place. It is so hard to imagine not seeing these hills, muddy roads, quiet streams and fields.

 

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Nothing grows easily in this hard rocky clay soil but grass, trees, corn and people with roots deep enough to keep them from being blown off the mountain ridges!

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But whatever road God leads us on He has promised to be with us. What better scenery than the horizon that God has chosen is there? He has promised to watch over, walk along side and care for our needs in whatever place He chooses for us to call home!

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26

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The Bear Went Over the Mountain

On the top of the mountain sits Springfield Farm where I’ve been a caretaker for over 25 years. I’ve seen and photographed. hawks, geese, a blue Heron, all sorts of butterflies and deer but never a bear. Last night our friends came upon as this full grown black bear went for an evening stroll. He just quietly ambled by within about 50 feet of their truck and then crossed over the road, through the soybean field and down into the deep woods! There are times when God says “Be Still” so that He can show us something. Maybe I have spent 25 years rushing around too much, but I am grateful for friends shared their photos and experience with me!

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10