Remember Spring

Most of you know that I enjoy the fall season. It is the middle of autumn now and we have experienced the joys of reaping what was sown, and drying, canning, pickling… and being pickled (in our own sweat!) 🙂 And of coarse we are looking forward to Thanksgiving, when “the frost is on the pumpkin” and we celebrate the completion of the year. But it is never a bad time to remember back to that time when all things were made new. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation”. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18

Are you reveling in the joy of having peace with God; of freedom from the world and its pride and its lusts? Are you resting in the promise that He will come again and receive you to himself? Are you receiving the grace and the power that he gives to enable us to do His will? “And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the Sabbath Day.” Deuteronomy 5:15 Your deliverance from spiritual Egypt is what I mean by spring, for “he that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” 1 John 5:12.

Spring morning Apple bloomBlooming Alpine Strawberries Lookin down the holler in maple bloom The "far beehives" in April Our house through the dogwoods Hickory Point just before the leaves come out Dogwood in full bloom Sea of buttercups  Tulips in April Yellow Violets Wild Ginger springing up! When Christ Jesus enters the picture, even the littlest things become beautiful!Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself...


  1. Esther Staddon October 18, 2011 at 6:05 am #

    Praise the Lord for seasons! I especially like the picture representing abiding in Christ.What joy!

  2. Donald October 18, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    And I was surprised to see the picture of the yellow violet. Thank you for the reminder Michael. It is so hard to rest! Yet it makes such a difference! May we continue to abide in Him and do everything “wholeheartedly as unto the Lord” during the harvest as well!

  3. Jenny Wilkes October 18, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    I love the fall too! It is wonderful time of the year!
    We are enjoying the fruits of our labors as well! Just today Hannah was freezing the final batch of tomatoes from the garden. We have tons of pumpkin squash and have been making all sorts of delicious things with it. Mom made a pumpkin roll this morning and we just learnt that spice pumpkin butter is very tasty. So we will have to try it!
    We went and picked up 19 bushels of apples this afternoon to turn them into apple sauce, apple butter, and apple pie filling- Yum!! We have our work cut out for us this weekend but the results will be well worth the time.
    I still remember how much fun it was helping you all last summer make apple sauce. We are hoping to have a couple different families over this weekend to teach them how to make apple sauce and how to can it. What wonderful fellowship and memories have been made around apples. 🙂

  4. Elizabeth October 18, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    Beautiful photos. Autumn is my favorite season, love the weather, the colors, everything about it.

  5. Michael October 20, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    A couple more verses on remembering that awesome spring, when life began in your heart: (I was going to quote 1 Cor. 15:36, Rom. 6:4, and Colossians 3:7-10, but Col. 2:12-13 kind of put them all together!) “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses…”

  6. Michael again October 22, 2011 at 7:09 am #

    Hey we heard great things about pumpkin butter too. We bought some jellies and fruit butters from WV Fruit and Berry and sold them at the Apple Butter Festival. We got excited about trying pumpkin butter when people starting telling us how fantastic it was. Then it all sold out so we are still anticipating the experience! 🙂

  7. James November 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    Beautiful pictures . . .

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