We have been getting bunches of rain around here. It is good to get, and I am sure ruins the plans of human ideas. Let us be real though. Without rain we perish.
Inches and inches of rain has fallen. Flat Creek, out our back door is rising from last nights rainfall, and there is more on the way. The creek is barely out of the banks.
I went down to look at an hour or so ago, and it is barely in the lowest spot which use to be part of our yard. After the flooding of December 2015, I do not treat as part of the yard any longer.
April is almost over. The many showers of April have fallen giving rise to hope which will bring prosperity for the ground, cattle, gardens, crops and life. May flowers is the promise of beauty, peace, and prosperity.
Is it not wonderful how our Lord and God has blessed us with beauty and hope. Have a great day ending April. Be blessed in the month of May.
From the banks of a roaring Flat Creek. The picture above is when the Creek is flowing peacefully.
The month of May is in full swing. I mean we cannot go back now, can we. Who would want to? Right? The weather is beautiful. Morning temps around here are in the low sixties. This morning it was 62 degrees at 3 a.m.
The previous two mornings it was 61 degrees when I got up. I can live with those kind of early morning temps. Not only were the temperatures great, but we received early morning showers; yesterday morning’s being with thunderstorms; loud and windy with lightening and thunder.
It would be idea for rain to fall during the night hours, however, we just cannot make those kind of plans. At least I cannot. There are probably some scientist who are working on doing such things as controlling the weather, but…
I will leave that thought with you.
We only have twelve more days of school left, then we are out for Summer break. Looking forward to it.
In the past few years we have attempted to do some gardening, but without much success. This year our son Timothy and wife Sarah have done much work on getting the garden spot ready for planting. They spent all day this past Saturday [March 10] harrowing, plowing, tilling, and other things too. I spent part of that time burning a brush pile; and part of the afternoon doing a little bit to help.
I was worn out. I am fairly certain that Timothy and Sarah were worn out physically too.
It is amazing the temperatures we are having now. Trees are budding. The Bradford Pears are in blossom and leaves have come out too. It seems so early. There is an old weather proverb that says, “Thunder in February; there will be frost in May.” Well, there was thunder in February. We will see if there is frost in May. Frost will be a death knell for many plants unless they are protected.
It will be interesting watching how the Lord will bless our crops this year.
On the banks of Flat Creek.
Another day of sunshine? Another day of rain? Right now it is hard to tell. I look out my office window here at 6:30 in the morning, and the sun does not seem to have made it into our valley yet. It is partially cloudy. We do need some rain. That’s hard to believe after all the rain we received in April and May, but it is getting dry, and hard to work the soil.
Every day is a day to be thankful. Being grateful, thankful and full of praise to our GOD is a part of the faithful Christian’s life. He is what makes life worthwhile. Without Him where would we be?
My conclusion for a day that is just beginning is…
Another Day of Grace.
The last I wrote here it was the end of May, and it was late Spring though Summer vacation had begun for many students of schools.
As of the last writing my wife and I had been cooks at the Youth Camp for Barry County Baptist Association, actually helpers in the kitchen. It was a great time. We were also looking forward to the birth of our eleventh grandchild, and third grand son. Eli Andrew was born June 30, 2008; around 10 a.m. at the mammoth weight of 7 pounds and 14 ounces, and was the grand length of 22 inches.
On July 4 we participated in our families annual fourth of July picnic down at the old swimming hole, had food, and fireworks, and fire arms sounding the sounds of the revolution. On Sunday evening of July 6, following our evening worship at Carr Lane Baptist Church; Madge and I went to Baptist Hill Campgrounds to help cook for Barry County Baptist Children’s Camp. That was a great four or five days. There were five decisions to trust Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior and about 20 other decisions with four of those being rededications to Christ, and the rest pretty much relating to surrender to Christian service.
The Summer is going good, getting hot, but it sure could be hotter. God is good. God is greater than our thoughts, greater than our deeds. He alone is worthy of praise and glory.
I am thankful for this Summer and every day God gives us.
Live the rest of the Summer for the Lord.
-Tim A. Blankenship