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Tuesday, June 4, 2019
"Like A Well-Watered Garden"
Message summary: Today may we indeed be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
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"The LORD will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail" (Isaiah 58:11).
The last several days we have been doing a lot of work in both our vegetable and flower gardens. We've scaled down a bit as we have aged but Brooksyne still planted several tomato and pepper plants. We have found we can get good prices on fresh vegetables at roadside stands as we travel the rural roads in our area, but there's nothing like picking your own home-grown tomato!
Brooksyne focuses on the flowers with annuals in the front of our house and several hanging baskets and potted plants. Yesterday I dug out and relocated a barberry bush and a holly bush to a more suitable location for growth.
Our gardens are well-watered right now due to recent heavy downpours in our area. In Isaiah the illustration is given that as God's children we are "like a well-watered garden" in a "sun-scorched land".
Let's consider this verse phrase by phrase.
Today let us rejoice in the spiritual application of this verse. May we indeed be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
(Prayer based on Scripture texts used in our message today.)
Note: We were incorrect in yesterday's message in stating this last Sunday was Pentecost Sunday, which will be next Sunday, June 9! I guess I was so excited to get that teaching in I jumped ahead!
Our Amish neighbor Eli is growing lettuce in this long patch beside other crops. Perhaps you buy this type of lettuce in the grocery store as we often do. It was neat to see it commercially grown right in our neighborhood.
Saturday the Susquehanna River was high at the Columbia-Wrightsville bridge indicative of the abundant rain we have had.
Saturday we had our first seasonal hummingbird sighting in front of our home.
These Amish greenhouse owners at the Hillside Acres Nursery are very entrepreneurial, offering these old chairs for sale to be used as planters!
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Satisfied" Video Gaither Vocal Band
"Big Enough" Video Joseph Habedank
For those who enjoy quizzes here's one that Brooksyne prepared.
Testing Your Gardening Knowledge
1. _______________ is used to smother weeds, beautify flower beds and base of trees, and help retain moisture.
2. Old organic waste such as coffee grounds and vegetable peelings can be turned into __________ which is used to enrich soil and stimulate plant growth.
3. What pesty insect has a problem with drinking beer, much to its demise? ______________.
4. A product that helps plants grow in quality and quantity is called _____________________.
5. Name two early spring vegetables that will withstand light frosts. __________________.
6. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map shows your area to be in which growing zone? ________. (This answer will vary based on where you live.)
7. The process of the sprouting of a seed is called ________________.
8. The method of gardening utilizing only materials derived from living things (i.e. composts & manures) is called ______________________.
9. The process of digging up a plant and moving it to another location is called _______________________.
10. The science of growing plants in mineral solutions or water, instead of in soil is called ___________________.
11. A flower that only grows only one growing season is called an _____________________.
12. A plant or ornamental that returns year after year is called a _________________________.
We will post the answers to this quiz tomorrow!
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