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

…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

Trying to Catch Up

We've had a quiet couple of weeks here at our house.  Ike's caregiver was on vacation one week, then she took some days off for the 4th of July. 

We've been getting lots of rain here, along with our mid-90* weather.  The rain does help the mercury to stand still and stop climbing for a little while each day.

I think the crepe myrtles must really love the rain.  They are all in bloom all over town.

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Our summer skies are really breath-taking here in Florida.  I know other places have beautiful skies too; but I am quite particular to ours.

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I know Kepler doesn't get outside as much as she would like.  I think she was trying to tell me she needed a little more vitamin D when she positioned her head to bask in this puddle of sunshine.

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Doug is still planting seeds and harvesting a few veggies here and
there.  Nothing has produced like we expected it to, so for this next
round of seeds he will be using a special fertilizer for each bucket.  Yep,
we have a garbage can full of cow manure in our back yard. ;) 

I like to call this new addition to our garden "Bowl-o-Cilantro". (You can click to make the pictures bigger.)

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Now…I'm a little hesitant to tell you this, because I'm afraid I might get fussed at; but that bowl?  Yeah…it's Tupperwear.  And yeah, it does have drainage holes now.  Is that like really wrong?  I'm telling you, I just could not resist doing it.  How amazing does that cilantro look in that bowl???

The trick is to cut from a small quadrant of the full bowl when you need cilantro, then rotate and clip the next quadrant the next time you need it.  That way it will continue growing in the bowl all the time.  I am looking forward to some yummy dishes this summer!

We are still doing ok, financially.  We did have to dip into the money we were saving for Doug's surgery during last week, as he didn't tutor.  (The boys spent the week at church camp.)  We received a $300 check in the mail, just in time to pay our utilities bills this week.  We also received a HUGE check towards Doug's surgery.  He will be calling today to set up his surgery date.  He is a little nervous about that, as he's never had surgery before; but I know the Lord is going to see him through it with no complications.

By the way, we are still continuing to try to stay on our diet.  I say "trying" because we got waylaid a little bit by the 4th of July.  When you step out the door and smell barbecue grills cooking, it sets up a domino effect!  We did have burgers…and then cupcakes, and then we struggled all weekend.  However, on Monday, we got back on track and are doing well now.  According to my doctor's scales, I am still the same weight I was this past February.  Eh…  And Doug, of course, has lost in the neighborhood of 30 pounds already.  Yeah…I know.  I want to just poke him in the eye, too! 😉

I leave you with a close up of Poppet.  Doug was cleaning her cage this week and so I was spending a little one-on-one time with her.  Then she bit my ear.  And went right back into her cage!!!  But she looks really cute here.

Poppet

That's all for today!

Talk to you again soon,

Alesha

 

How to Share with your Friends

Well, I'm going to show you how to share PLANTS with your friends, anyway!  You really ought to know by now how to share other stuff with your friends. 😉

I think I'm going to be known as "The Mint Lady" soon.  I now have spearmint, sweet mint, chocolate mint and lavender mint growing in my kitchen.  We love the smells of each of them, and I've enjoyed sharing them with my family and friends.

Just in case you've ever wondered how to "root" a piece of leafy plant like mint or ivy, this is the way my Mama has done it for years.

You cut off a sprig of the plant you want to "clone".  You tuck it into a container of water.  Keep it filled.  Put it in a sunny place, if you'd like.  Eventually, you'll begin to see small root forming; and you will begin to see additional growth at the top of your plant.

Here is a bit of lavender mint that my friend passed on to me.  This was after it had been in the water about a week.

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Here it is about a week later:

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And here it is this week:

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It is truly amazing to watch.

Some plant take longer than
others.  I had tiny sprigs of ivy that did nothing for months, then
suddenly began to root and grow like crazy.  I transplanted them to a
large pot and planted them in good potting soil, and now, it is a happy,
happy plant.

I plan to move this lavender mint to a pretty little pot very soon…when we have extra money for potting soil. 😉

By the way, I was able to pay all the bills through this end of this month today.  I also sold a set of books today.  Yay! 

Doug doesn't work the week of the 4th, so it will be interesting to see how God provides for the bills of next month!

Hoping you have a great weekend,

Alesha

A Profitable Week

Wednesday night, I came home from church, and my hubby had these yummy roasted potatoes ready.

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They were so delicious!  There was, however, just one catch:  he included crushed red pepper flakes in his seasonings.  They were so hot I could barely eat them!!!

So, we are planning to do them again, minus the atomic seasonings.

We picked our first cucumbers today!  So exciting! 

Cukes

The long one is a Straight Eight and the short one is a pickling cucumber.  We also picked our first jalapeno pepper this week, and used it to make some delicious Mexican rice and refried beans.  Oh so yummy!!!

My gardenia is out-doing herself this year. 

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This is her 5th blossom, I think, and she has 2 others as well.  She has never bloomed very much, so I am enjoying these gorgeous blooms so much.

Our tax return was finally approved and deposited.  It only took over 60 days!  Three times as long as they say it will take.  I'm thinking it was some glitch in the e-filing; but at least it was corrected eventually.

My sweet mother-in-law sent me a box of books this week. 

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Does she know my language of love, or what?!  The exciting thing is that I can share them with my friends, too.  So fun.

Our church is doing something special for Father's Day this year.  They put up several bulletin boards in the back of the church, and everybody is bringing in pictures of their dads to put up.  It's been so fun to see the really old pictures of our church members, and the way they resemble their dads (or not!).

So, of course, we had to get a picture of Isaac's Daddy for the display.  We shot this on Wednesday afternoon, and were able to get it printed off and posted in the auditorium.  I really love it!

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Well, it's been a good week.  I was able to order some supplements I needed today, thanks to that tax return.  I will also be able to buy some new bedsheets, which we are in desperate need of.  I'll let you know what kind of deal I find on those!

Praying you have a profitable weekend (by spending time in the Lord's House!),

Alesha