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Plant An App And Watching It Grow

There’s an app for that! Believe it or not I have several gardening apps. Yes…gardening apps. At this point I have yet to find the one app that I love but the following are still useful.

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Tomato Match is a good tool for finding different tomato varieties for your different purposes. My only negative would be that I could find some tomatoes on there but not all of the ones in my garden. But this is also understandable as there are quite a lot of varieties. It would be great if they added the ability to add personal notes or keep track of which ones you have in your own garden. Other tips such as saving seeds or recipes would be nice as well.

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This app is a nice one for giving reminders of when to fertilize, weed, plant, etc. I do like this app. But again it has a very limited database. It is quite useful for newer gardeners however as it has a lot of information about each plant that is in the database.

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This app is part of one of my favorite Gardening Supply Companies. It is very useful with lots of tips and tricks.

I am still looking for a good garden mapper where I can notate where my plants are and what their names are. If I knew how to write apps I would create one that did it all!

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Wednesday Web Sitings

Edible Landscaping

Wednesday Web Sitings

There is so much information out there for planting and growing things, be it from seed or seedling, indoors or outdoors, edible or pretty. However the first thing you might need to know is what zone you are in. There are several different zoning systems in the United States. I typically use the USDA zoning for no other reason than that is what my dad uses. I am familiar with it and so I stick with what I know. Here are some sites for finding out your zone:

USDA Plant Hardiness Map
Climate Zones
A Good Site For Alternatives To USDA

Granted I am posting this in a season where there is not much planting going on but depending on the year and the location you might still be able to squeeze in a few plants before the snow flies (if snow flies in your area). Most gardening calendars are based on zone and you can search for gardening calendar and your zone number to find them. But the following is a good resource for all zones:

Gardener’s Almanac

Another thing you can do at this time of year is get seeds for spring. For example, squash is all over the grocery store right now. I buy several types, clean the seeds out, lay them out to dry on a paper towel and then eat the squash. Once the seeds are dry (about a week or so) I put them in a paper bag, write the name of the squash, the year, and what I liked about the squash or a good recipe on the bag. This way in the spring I am all set to plant.

Baked Squashes And Pumpkins And How To Save The Seeds
How To Save Seeds
Seed Sanctuary

Granted you might be reading this at a time of year that gardening is in full swing. If that is the case then enjoy! Explore! Be brave! Try things out, if it doesn’t work then try something different (unlike how I keep planting those sunflowers in the same exact spot!).

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Watching Things Grow

She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
Proverbs 31:16

I can’t say that I have a green thumb, though things have grown that I have planted. But I still can’t say that I have a green thumb because of several things. The first is that God does the growing…really, all I do is stick a seed in the ground and put some water on it. The second reason I can’t claim any glory in this is that all of my planting is trial and error. Everyone said my side yard would not get enough sunlight, but I planted there anyway because it was going to make a cute garden area. So I go with cute instead of practical, and somehow it worked. No matter how many years in a row that I try to grow sunflowers I can’t get them to grow. Why? Because I really really want them to grow in the back yard along the fence. They obviously aren’t getting what they need there because they never make it. See…trial and error.

But I do love my garden. I so enjoy the fruits of my labors and I really enjoy the blessings of watching what God can do!

So join me this week as we explore some of the tips and tricks that I have learned along the way as an amateur gardener.

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Respect Them Even When They Try To Kill You…

There was a time in my life that I was struggling to respect someone in a position of authority above me. My disdain for this person was growing daily. I was struggling to not only find anything good to say about this person but to this person. My attitude was beginning to show to those around me in how I treated this person.

This is when God brought me to the lesson of David and Saul. David had been chosen by God to be king. So he knew he was God’s man for the job. Saul was not a good king anymore. David had every cultural right and expectation to overthrow Saul and take what was, according to God, rightfully his. But he did not do this? Why? Because David honored God so much that it caused him to extend that honor to the man that God had originally placed in the kingship.

David had a couple of opportunities to kill Saul and he did not take them. These would have easily been justified as self defense because Saul was hunting David. On one of these instances David tore off a corner of Saul’s cloak to prove how close he was. But then he was convicted.

Now it happened afterward that David’s heart troubled him because he had cut Saul’s robe. And he said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of The Lord.
1 Samuel 24:5-6

How does David continue to speak well of Saul? By remembering that Saul is the Lord’s anointed.

There is so much more to this story than what I have simply stated above. But for today, I just want to make this point. When you are in a place of needing to honor and respect someone that you find difficult to honor and respect, remember that God has placed them in your life for a reason. Honor and respect them for the Lord’s sake, not theirs. David did this and God blessed him abundantly for it.

…those who honor Me I will honor…
1 Samuel 2:30b

Disclaimer: I am not trying to say that we should condone wrong doing or sin. This is speaking more of those who have lost our respect through actions in the gray areas. The areas of life that are not clear cut wrong doing, but simply not nice. If someone in authority is clearly sinning please seek The Lord and seek Spiritual advice as to how to proceed.

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Respect The Hat

Respect the Hat

What do you do when the person of authority is not worthy of the respect?

My pastor, Pat, often tells about a time, before he was a pastor, when he worked in the warehouse of a large hotel. He had to work with a chef at this hotel that did not handle the position of authority he was given properly. Pat had lost all respect for this gentleman and the two were not able to work together. Finally their boss had a conversation with the both of them to get to the bottom of the issue. Pat laid out all the reasons why he upset with the chef and his boss listened carefully. Finally he told Pat that the chef wasn’t going anywhere and that he was going to have to learn to work with him. “Can you respect this man at all?”, “no, I don’t think I can.” “Then can you at least respect the hat?” “Yes, sir, I think I can do that.”

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
Romans 13:1

Find something in the person that you can respect and focus on that. Respect that. Pray for more things to respect and let it foster and grow. Only speak of the person in ways of respect. Even casual joking can be dangerous because you never know what you are fostering in someone else’s heart. This is speaking well of someone at the gates, making sure that what you say and do fosters respect in others and nothing else.

Disclaimer: I am not trying to say that we should condone wrong doing or sin. This is speaking more of those who have lost our respect through actions in the gray areas. The areas of life that are not clear cut wrong doing, but simply not nice. If someone in authority is clearly sinning please seek The Lord and seek Spiritual advice as to how to proceed.

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31 Days minus a few

I have to admit I cannot keep this up. Which I guess is an act of humility in and of itself. With everything happening in my life right now for me to try to keep up the 31 days project is just not going to work. I will have to cut it short.

Known At The Gates

Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
Proverbs 31:23

How can someone become known in places of authority? Two ways, 1. their own actions and 2. other’s testimonies about them. When we are striving to be those show respect and honor we need to be doing the latter, speaking well of others.

This week we will be focusing on how we speak of others, specifically those in authority above us, be it a position of authority at work, or spiritually someone we should show honor and respect to, like a parent or a pastor.

In a world where communication happens instantly we have a very difficult task ahead of us. It is not easy to think before you speak in such an instant world. Especially when we are seeking to defend ourselves or seeking to explain our own part. Speak well of others, even when it is difficult. Lets go back to the old adage,

If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.

Disclaimer: I am not trying to say that we should condone wrong doing or sin. This is speaking more of those who have lost our respect through actions in the gray areas. The areas of life that are not clear cut wrong doing, but simply not nice. If someone in authority is clearly sinning please seek The Lord and seek Spiritual advice as to how to proceed.

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