Archive for June 19, 2010

Joy in the Midst of Pain

God continues to give me joy by offering opportunities to mentor special people who serve others in this land.  In the absence of my earthly family here, these fine people gather around me to help, to protect, to advise, to pray for me…even to help with the heavy work of my big vegetable garden.  Some asked about my garden…

Every morning, I first gather fresh lettuce, radishes and onions to eat with my free range eggs and peasant potato bread.  After the vegetables are in the kitchen, I set up the sprinklers to water the garden before the scorching sun appears.  Theoretically, I can set the two sprinklers (that are on spikes that I stick into the ground) and leave them running for 10 minutes.  Piece of cake!  as we say in the U.S. about something that is easy to do.

But this is ME, and this is Romania!  Theoretically, if I place them in 8 specific areas (2 at a time), I can be finished with watering the garden in an hour. Then there’s the front yard with grass, 2 rock gardens and 12 rose bushes. Actually, the time required to water depends upon how many times the connections come apart, how many times I get totally drenched by the water shooting from the hoses!  It’s an adventure.

However, at this moment, seeing the beautiful plants thrills my soul – bush yellow beans, cucumber, cabbage (both green, and red), broccoli, strawberries, a few carrots, radishes, onions (both yellow, and red), 12 tomato plants, parsley, pole beans, spinach, etc. grace my back yard along one side fence and the back end of the yard.  Eating the fruit of our labor almost makes up for the dowsing I receive most days!

The plums are growing plump.  Miniature apples are appearing on branches.  Tiny cherries and pears are beginning. I sure can use some help with freezing and canning all this at harvest time.  Any takers???

“…he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.  2 Corinithins 9:12

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, it produces a harvest .” Hebrews 12:11

Think about these words.  Is there a message in them for you?  There surely is one for me. — Anne

First, the beds had to be dug, and prepared for planting. Jozep, Guszti, Sisi, and Marti all helped.

Aranka came over to inspect the new bed Sisi dug. If you look closely, you can see little cabbage plants to the right of Aranka.

June 19, 2010 at 8:05 pm 1 comment


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