These are just some of the sweet things on our homestead....
seeing my chickens happily foraging for their food...
coming out and being greeted by kid goats...
who cautiously tip toe up to me...
because although they will come to me...
what this little doe is really prudently watching is my dog who stands behind me
and although the goat doesn't know it...
my Foxie really is good around the animals
she may be a rascal at times...
but it makes me happy she is nice with the livestock
we have a bit of sugarcane growing
that grassy part in the photo below is sugarcane
it's what we eat for candy
behind the sugarcane are a few coffee trees and they are bearing well this year
a couple of weeks ago, we harvested the cocoa and sold them...
keeping enough for us
they are now drying in the sun before I will store them and use them whenever needed
of course, being the lover of God's nature...
I cannot help but notice the pretties that flourish under the cocoa trees
and there on the other side of the gate and through the coconut palm leaves...
sits our little vegetable garden
when the chicken coop door is open...
I throw a little feed to the ground to get the chickens started on breakfast...
then, they make a dash to the compost area for the grubs and worms underneath
while they are scratching around for their meat supply...
I water my potted herbs of rosemary...
and newly potted anise hyssop, a favorite of mine for making tea
in the vegetable garden...
we have cabbage which are now starting to form into their spherical shapes...
and this one is more than ready to pick
today, I will be making creamed cauliflower soup per my husband's request
we also have broccoli growing
this one looks like it will be flowering soon if not picked shortly
we have strawberry growing and hopefully will do well in the near future
once we are ready to move over to the new homestead...
I will take a few cuttings from the strawberry plants and transplant in my new garden
of course, what garden does not have tomatoes in it?
lo and behold, a pair of tiny finches decided to build a nest in one of the plants
there are now two wee bitty babies in this nest
but, this nest almost fell the other day and I had to prop it up with my shovel and pick handles
I think it will stay alright now
I check on it every now and then to make sure it stays strong
it will only take a few couple of weeks for those babies to fledge
and I still get my tomatoes harvested just fine
I made a tomato soup the other day which my husband really liked
I did, too
my rose bushes are now blooming and I get a whiff of their fragrance now and then
and because ornamental plants do add a prettiness to a homestead...
or any home...
we do grow a few of those near the front gate
the Lord has graciously sent us, on Pilgrim's Farm, a goodly garden of eats...
we are not in famine time here
which brings me to my post title, Pharoah's Dream...
do you know the story in Genesis 41 in the Bible of Pharoah's dream of feast and famine?
Joseph told Pharoah that sovereign God sent him the dream as it says in verse 28:
"This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharoah:
What God is about to do He sheweth unto Pharoah."
God sent Pharoah the dream to warn him of the 7 year plenty followed by a 7 year famine
both the feast and famine years were not of any doing except by God's decree
and this is known by verses 29 - 32:
"Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt:
and there shall arise after them seven years of famine;
and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt;
and the famine shall consume the land;
and the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following;
for it shall be very grievous.
And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharoah twice;
it is because the thing is established by God,
and God will shortly bring it to pass."
God sent Pharoah the two dreams that were actually one in order to make it known...
that the feast and famine times were of His decree
you can read more about it in the book of Genesis, chapter 41
so what is my point in telling this?
while we often see events and happenings in the world as men's choices in actions...
"I have seen all the works that are done under the sun:
and behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
That which is crooked cannot be made straight:
and that which is wanting cannot be numbered."
"Consider the work of God:
for who can make that straight, which He hath made crooked?
In the day of prosperity be joyful,
but in the day of adversity consider:
God also hath set the one over against the other,
to the end that man should find nothing after him."
whether in feast or famine, I can find comfort in the sovereignty of the Lord...
knowing that all His ways are perfect in all His doings
"And all inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing:
and He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven,
and among the inhabitants of the earth:
and none can stay His hand,
or say unto Him,
what doest Thou?"
May your day or night find solace in the comfort of the Lord's sovereign grace.