Becoming Blueberries

BECOME, v.i. becum’. pret. became, pp. become.1. To pass from one state to another; to enter into some state or condition, by a change from another state or condition, or by assuming or receiving new properties or qualities, additional matter, or a new character; as, a cion becomes a tree.
BECOM’ING,ppr., Fit; suitable; congruous; proper; graceful; belonging to the character, or adapted to circumstances; as, a dress is very becoming.

Let’s make sure that we’re becoming as we are becoming!

Romans 12:3 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

The Lord wants us to be like Him, to be conformed inwardly to the image of Jesus.

As we consider the image we’re conforming to, realize that God loves beauty and lives in a beautiful setting. Read the description John and Isaiah give:

Revelation 2:2-3 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

Isaiah 1:27-28 …I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.

As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. 

As we study and memorize the Word of God, and conform and grow into His likeness, let’s make sure we are showing not only the spiritual growth, but also an outward glory and beauty.

There is nothing as beautiful as a smiling, pleasant face and eyes that light up when they speak to you. A kind word can be a glimpse into God’s beauty, too. Modest clothing that draws attention only to our face, and a face that glows with the peace of God is a delightful thing to see.

Like the blueberry, we have many steps between our quickening seed of salvation and our finished fruit of His likeness, but let’s be sure that with every step of the process, we’re shining with His glory and beauty.

In Him,

Alesha Kay

When God Provides Before I Need

Some time last fall, a friend of our gifted us with a box of various and sundry equipment: timers, tools, drip lines, rockwool, etc.

Several things I was able to use right away in our fishkeeping hobby. The timers were used for the lights, the rockwool for plant cuttings, and so on.

When I decided (read that as “felt compelled by the Lord”) to plan a garden, I didn’t even remember that box. But Doug did. And he dragged it inside this morning to see what treasures it held.

A watering timer for the spigot, a soil tester, several sets of drip lines (with accessories to customize them), a watering valve for several hoses from one spigot, a warming mat for seedlings, peat moss pods for seeds.

Before I had the need for all those things, God saw to it that they were supplied. He is such a good God.

And one more thing was included in that box. Something that we didn’t really need, but something that I reeeeeally wanted:

These super fancy plastic labels for the different crops in the garden. You saw in my last post that I was just writing the names of the seeds on the side of the bucket, but I was worried that would eventually rub off due to watering, rain and the heat. These little vinyl labels come with sharp picks to dig down into the soil and will be much more durable than just ink on the side of the bucket. I love them and am so excited to write all my veggies on them. 🙂

God knows our need. Before we have the need, He has a plan to meet it. Our circumstances never catch Him off-guard. He’s not surprised by the “emergencies” in our lives.

He’s already made preparation to meet all the needs I’m going to face in this lifetime, because I am His child. As a good Father, He will do only what is best for me. I can trust Him to have it all planned out.

I don’t know what you’re facing today, but if Jesus is your Saviour, I can promise you, He has already met your need before you even realized you had it. Trust Him.

More importantly, give thanks to Him for meeting your need. It will amaze you how your gratitude will transform the circumstances to bring God glory and to carry you through your trial.

In Him,

Alesha Kay

The Garden is Growing

We planted onions today: a yellow onion & a bunching onion.

We also planted melons. They’re called Top Mark Melons. They’re an oval cantaloupe. I can’t wait to see how they do!

Aaaaaaaand our seedlings are sprouting! All the tomatoes are up!

So exciting to see God’s laws in action.

What are you sprouting in your garden?

In Him,

Alesha Kay

Not the Same

II Corinthians 5:17

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Gracelaced by Ruth Chou Simons

You are a new creation. Not the same old You you were before. His life lives in you. His Spirit speaks to you and for you.

Leave the old yesterday behind you and step into the glorious new Today!

In Him,

Alesha Kay

…And So It Begins

I know it’s not spring yet, but here in Florida, things tend to get a head start on everybody else. We’ve already had a couple of very warm days and next week we’ll be in the 80’s five out of seven days.

So, it’s time to get the seedlings started: tomatoes and peppers today. (You can click on each pic to see the whole subject.)

We’re starting with one determinate tomato and one indeterminate, since we don’t really know which will work best for us. We’ve got a yellow bell pepper, a sweet red pepper and a jalapeno.

We’ll be transplanting to buckets when the seedlings are big enough. We’d wanted to do raised garden bed planters, but the lumber was just SO expensive. We decided to go with buckets which are much cheaper and have the added benefit of being portable in case a hurricane heads our way this summer.

Other plants in our yard are getting started too: blueberries and bananas.

We also a few pineapples growing in another spot in the yard.

I’m very excited about our gardening this year. It’s the first time I’ve done the research on the plants, purchased heirloom seeds and planned things out with Doug. I’m hoping (and mostly praying) that it’ll be a huge success.

Are you gardening this year? I’d love to hear what you have planned! Leave a comment below and let me know what you’ve got growing.

In Him,

Alesha Kay

Managing My Monday

Today’s management looks an awful lot like laziness. It isn’t accomplishing much, and the lack of effort being put into it is appalling.

Because, you see, the best way for me to get this week started off well, is for me to rest.

This past weekend took a lot out of me physically. I had several things on my to-do list and my physical energy is completely depleted.

Since I have an adrenal issue, I have to be super careful to allow my body to get the rest it needs. If I don’t, I have an adrenal crash. Those are painful. And scary. And deplete my body even further.

So to avoid that, I have to rest.

You may not have a physical issue that requires extra rest, but you are human! And that means you must have sleep and rest (physically, mentally, spiritually) every day.

I think we women have so much to do on a regular basis that “doing” becomes a habit. And often, our goal.

Just keep doing, doing, doing.

But are we working efficiently? Is our working accomplishing a desired end result? Is our current project even necessary?

These are only questions you and the Lord can answer together.

But I encourage you to allow yourself some down-time when you truly need it. Reject the lies of the enemy that your worth is reflected by your accomplishments.

Your worth is in Jesus. He gave His own life to forgive your sins and give you a home in Heaven with Him. *That* is where your worth lies!

So my Monday is being managed by my snuggling in my little red recliner and reading a book, as soon as I hit “Publish” on this post.

Maybe you need a nap today. If so, I hope you see what a crucial task that is for your week to go well. Go snuggle up with a book or a kiddo and rest your way into the week.

In Him,

Alesha Kay

The Star-Namer

Psalm 147:3-5

He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

There are days when our hearts break.

And days when we are deeply wounded.

But the same One who numbers the stars and gives them each a name is the God who heals our broken hearts and binds up our wounded souls and minds.

He is great. His power is great. His understanding is infinite.

UNDERSTAND’ING, n. Knowledge; exact comprehension.

His ability to comprehend exactly what you are going through never ends.

The Star-name is your Heart-Healer and your Wound-Binder.

Think on that today.

In Him,

Alesha Kay