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Radishes, Summer Weather and More - Saturday June 8

When they had carried out all that was written about Him, they took Him down from the cross and laid Him in a tomb. But God raised Him from the dead. ~ Acts 13:29-30

But God . . .

I have been thinking about this phrase so much recently. There are so many circumstances that seem bad and wrong and completely out of control and yet there is always a But God . . . moment if we look for it.

In the bleakest of circumstances, the Son of God himself dead and sealed in the tomb, God came through with the greatest But God . . . moment ever! As the course of all humankind seemed to have taken to a bitter and horrible turn into utter black hopelessness God moved. And out of the death and darkness He brought the ultimate life and light for all time and all people. Yes, for a moment all seemed lost but that is never the end of the story with God. God brought life and light back to the earth in a way that could not be denied and will never be demolished.

I've had a bumper crop of radishes this year. We love radishes but this year I've had more than we could eat. And when I came back from over a week of vacation there were so many ready that I began looking for ways of preserving them. I've been reading a little about vegetable powders and decided this may be a good place to start experimenting with this way of preserving. So yesterday I had Michael pull a whole pile of them from the garden for me. I cut off the tops and gave them to the chickens but I did read that they can be dehydrated and powdered as well. I may try that next time. Then I washed them and sliced the bigger ones to put in the dehydrator. When they are nice and dry I will try grinding them into powder to add to other dried and ground vegetables to create a vegetable powder. This is a new experiment for me so we'll see how it goes.

Radishes have an important role to play in a nutritious diet. They are high in antioxidants and contain chemical components that can be useful in regulating blood sugar levels as well as help block the formation of diabetes. They also contain compounds that help enhance liver function and also help the kidneys flush out toxins. They are rich in calcium, Vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, Vitamin B6, folate, potassium, and iron.

And after all that hard work in the garden Michael needed a rest! 😓 🥵🤣

Even thought it's hot they've played hard!

I try to make sure we have plenty of play places in the shade.

And we take lots of water breaks.

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,

because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted,

to proclaim freedom for the captives

and release from darkness for the prisoners,

and the day of vengeance of our God,

to comfort all who mourn,

and provide for those who grieve in Zion,

to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,

the oil of joy instead of mourning

and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,

a planting of the Lotd for the display of His splendor.

~ Isaiah 61:1-3

Beauty for ashes! These are powerful words and a glorious description of the Kingdom ministry of Jesus.

Jesus came to explicitly restore the beauty of creation. His glorious Kingdom ministry paved the way for the restoration of beauty on every level of human existence. He came to overthrow the power of sin in the human heart through the free gift of His righteousness. He came to heal every heart. He came to heal every disease and sickness and to cast out demons from every person who needed deliverance.

For the Lord takes pleasure in His people. He will beautify the humble with salvation. (Psalms 149:4) What wonderful words: "He will beautify. . . " This is a glorious description of God's plan of redemption.

pg. 237

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