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Bountiful Harvest

Some of my best memories are being at my Granny's when a relative or friend stopped by with a truck full of silver queen corn. We would sit under the car port and shuck corn and talk. There would always be lots of laughter especially if my Uncle Larry was there. We just had fun. There would always be a basket of tomatoes with the corn. I would be so excited because I knew what that meant!

Supper would be tomato sandwiches with Duke's mayonnaise, of course, and fresh corn on the cob! It just does not get any better than that! After supper I would help Granny cut the corn off the cob so she could have creamed corn in the freezer. Mine will never taste as good as Granny's did! Maybe fatback was her southern secret!

The first corn or the first tomato was always the best. I had a small, o.k. tiny, garden when Ivey was a baby. I learned the hard work that went into a garden. I had to constantly think about protecting the garden from animals. Watering the garden. The weeding was a never ending job! There was a great joy that came when I made a salad with my own lettuce and cucumbers. There was a great job of cooking my own green beans and my own okra! My family was the first to receive this bounty of hard work!

2 Timothy 2: 1-6, "You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.  Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.  Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.  The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops."

Paul wrote this letter to show what hard work ministry is. Like taking care of our plants we have to do much the same for others. We have to stay focused on growth. Growing requires living water. We have to weed out all of the clutter in our lives. When we minister to others there is a joy in seeing people grow in Jesus Christ. After working hard serving others we get to share in the harvest of changed lives!

Thank God for your bountiful harvest. Psalm 100: 5, " For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations." Psalm 118: 1 " Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever." Psalm 136: 1, "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever."

This is a season of grateful hearts...so thankful for God's amazing goodness and love. The blessings we enjoy with special friends and family are treasures. These treasures are gifts of love and caring from our faithful Father.

Blessings at Thanksgiving!

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