Saturday, May 28, 2011

"Occupy Till I Come..."

It was time to repaint that bookcase...
I started the repainting project a few years ago...
and am now finishing the last coat of paint.

Too many other priorities edged in...
and repainting a bookcase wasn't on the high point list.

The peppers really needed harvesting for market...
and my husband did that while I worked on the bookcase.
He brought in a basket of papayas for the market, also...

Now that our corn has seen it's last days...
we've replanted some seeds and...
hung up the dried ones for seed later on.
They must be hung or the night critters will think we are giving them a free feast.

Already, the corn shoots have come up...
and it won't be long before they are a few feet high.
It usually takes only a couple of months before we see our first ears.

Now that my potager garden is ready to go...
I've planted my seedlings of tomatoes, collards, kale and a few cotton plants...
Seedlings of cucumber, summer squash, lettuce, chinese cabbage, beets and various herbs are coming up in their starter trays.
A flowering vine has been planted near one of the garden gates to trail as it grows along the fence.

You can see the potager garden and seedling area in these two photos.
The above photo shows a rain catching tank on the left for watering my garden...
the bottom photo shows my canopied seedling area.
We planted a few flowering trees
(including the Peacock Flamboyant) which I have fallen in love with...
to frame and beautify the area but,
 not take away too much sun from the garden. 

In Luke 19, the Lord Jesus had called on Zacchaeus and saved him that day.
As Christ came near to Jerusalem, the Jews thought the kingdom of God was about to appear immediately.
However, Jesus told a parable...
"He said therefore,
A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom,
and to return.
And he called his ten servants,
and delivered them ten pounds, and said to them,
Occupy till I come."

I encourage you to read the whole story for there is deep meaning in the chapter...
but, as the Lord gives us time on earth...
we are to be...

watching, waiting, praying...
and doing whatsoever the Lord has placed in our hands to do...
" it heartedly, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance:
for ye serve the Lord."
Colossians 3:23,24

Peacock Flamboyant

May you find joy in serving the Lord in whatever He has given you to do.


  1. Sometimes I get so distraught and frustrated at the lack of honor and morals in the world that I have to remind myself the keep asking for Him to show me what He wants me to do...Thanks for the reminder.

    I do enjoy seeing the progress in your garden..It looks great!

  2. Your potager garden is coming along nicely...well done on getting your bookcase painted, and harvesting all those vegies for the markets!

    God bless, Julia

  3. I enjoyed reading your reminder at the end - about how we should find joy in serving the Lord in whatever we do. This is so true, yet we often forget this sometimes, as we go about our tasks in this busy world.

    Anyway, looks like you are making some great progress in your garden as well as with the bookshelf. Lovely photos as always. :)

    -L. Rose

  4. Keeping this thought in my head at all is not easy - but as long as you continue to remember, all will be well!

    Beautiful pictures - excellent thoughts.


  5. beautiful verse and flower picture and your garden looks great!! I finally got rid of some of my bookcases and down sized...I tend to gather far to many books. I hope your painting project went well ~Have a wonderful week Love Heather