Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Apples Galore!!

Twenty years ago when we moved here from Ontario there were three fruit bearing apple trees in our back yard! So thankful for the foresight of those before us who were willing to plant apple trees. Just think, they might not have even enjoyed the fruit of these trees that they had planted so many years ago. What a good picture for us. We are given the command to spread the good news of the gospel. So we faithfully hand out tracts, find creative ways to witness to co-workers, memorize scriptures that will help us have an answer when we are asked, pray for opportunities to share Christ, and then give God all the glory when we see souls saved. Yet there are many times that we don't see the fruit of our labour. Are we going to throw in the towel, and say "What's the use of all this work?". Please don't!! 
Galatians 6:9 says And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. It is God who gives the increase so leave success up to God and keep on being faithful, you will not be disappointed in the long run. We all want to hear Christ say to us, Well done thou good and faithful servant. So how to we start being faithful? It's a choice that you must make every day, and it's starts in laying aside your will and letting Christ rule in your life. Christ being Lord of your life will show itself in the small things...Having a cheerful attitude when you are sick, giving up your idea of what you want to play when with siblings, a kind word vs a unkind word, being quick to forgive, spending time in God's word and loving it (!!), ultimately having a true genuine love for Christ and others!! Your love for Jesus will compel you to share Christ with others.So how is your love life today with Jesus? Are you being a faithful spreader of the gospel? Wow!! I really needed to hear this today...maybe you read this and are discouraged because you figure you will never get witnessing unto Christ and he will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you don't even know!!
Yes, I know these aren't large apples, but their flavor is phenomenal.

We used to do most of the applesauce work inside, but little by little we have been moving that work outside! Here we are cooking the apples until they are soft enough to go through the applesauce maker.

Caleb got this grand idea to put the applesauce maker on the very edge of the picnic table. Typically we put the maker in the center of the table and we only have a flat plastic container the sauce drains into, and someone has to take the sauce and transfer it into a large plastic bowl to be sweetened. As you can see with the maker on the edge of the table the sauce drains into a large plastic bowl. Yes!! one step was eliminated in our applesauce process. We are always looking for ways to save time...and yet with all the years that we have been making applesauce none of us had ever thought of this idea!!

The end result. This summer we have canned well over 100 quarts of applesauce!!

Apple wars!! Who says you can't have fun and work at the same time:):) Totally thankful for my mom and my three youngest sisters, Marie, JoAnna, and Esther for doing the bulk of the work processing applesauce this year.
 To close I have a couple verses that were a big encouragement to me this morning.

14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

 Signing off: EJM

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Good Bye Rachel!!

Last week Rachel headed out for Oklahoma City. She will be gone for three months helping teach character classes in the public schools. In the afternoons their team will also teach Bible clubs. I am sure that she would covet your prayers!
One thing that we always enjoy doing in the fall is helping at the Country Corn Maze. Since Rachel was going to miss out on doing that this year, we were able to go the Corn Maze on opening day, and make some memories together. Then Dad, Mom, Jo and Esther brought Rachel down to the cities to hop on a plane for Oklahoma City.

Thoroughly enjoyed our time together. Would definitely recommend you attending the corn maze at least once!!
"This is the right way mom" Well...maybe...he couldn't be too specific...since he knows it like the back of his hand.  :)
Esther with Anna and Esther about to enjoy a hay ride.
Waxy Willow Trail. 
(it's worth the walk!)
The Duck Races are not only for kids!
Esther in the corn box :)
The two younger girls were glad that they could drive down with Dad and Mom to see Rachel off.
Enjoying a meal at the Panda Express.
We will miss this sweet lady, but are so thankful that God can use her in this neat way.

Psalms 96:3 - Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Itasca Family Music Festival, Bible Bee, Making Memories.

Summer passes so quickly, doesn't it?!! What is it that we do, that makes life meaningful, worthwhile? The Bible talks a lot about time. Ephesians 5:16 is a great one on that. "Redeeming the time because the days are evil." Redeem means to ransom or to buy...And just how do you do that with time? God gives us all kinds of opportunities in life. Do we choose to have a good attitude, to respond cheerfully, to have a slow answer to wrath, joy in the midst of sorrow, trust instead of fear...the opportunities in life are endless and numerous. I would encourage you to take that next opportunity that God sends your way and redeem that moment for Christ. One choice at a time choose Christ.
This summer for us has been a memory building one, and we would like to share just a few of the last few highlights with you!! Our family again had the privilege to be part of the Bible Bee. Across the nation hundreds of children spent at least part of their summer memorizing God's Word, and studying the first three chapters in Genesis. My Dad hosted a local  bee , and it was encouraging to get together a couple times over the summer...we also made some new friends, which was a plus :):) Our last meeting was at our house...

 There was food...
 Scripture recitation...
"For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:" Colossians 1:16, nobody made it on to Nationals:(...but everyone is  a winner!!!...
 Campfire Pies...So tasty on a summer evening.
We also really enjoyed attending the Itasca Family Music Festival, especially since Ben, Emily and Cedric came up from  Sioux Falls  to meet us there!!
Enjoy a slight photo overload of our time there :)
 "Jesus I am Resting Resting"
Verse 1. Jesus I am resting in the joy of what thou art
 I am finding out of thy loving heart.
Chorus: O how great thy loving kindness!! Vaster, broader than the seas
 And the mercies thou givest to those who call on thee.
 Verse 2. Simply trusting thee Lord
 I behold thee as thou  art
 And thy love so pure satisfies my heart.
Chorus O, how great thy loving kindness! vaster broader than the seas
 And the mercy thou givest to those who call on thee.
 verse 3. Ever lift thy face upon me, as I wait and watch for thee
 Neath thy loving smile, earth's dark shadows flee.
Chorus: O how  great thy Loving kindness
 Vaster broader than the seas
 And the mercy thou givest
 to those who call on thee." This song is quickly becoming a family favorite. It is sung by and arranged by one of the family bands attending and preforming at Itasca.
 What a  blessing and a refreshing time was had by all!! 
And just in case you have not had enough of pictures, here are a couple more!! The Lord has really been laying it on our heart to work on family relationships. This takes time, but is so worth it!
 Story time...
 Evening canoe rides...
 So peaceful...
 Running a 5k...we all made it:)
 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1
 We hope that you are having wonderful summer. Keep resting in Jesus and continue faithful in this race!! Thanks for spending a little time with me catching up with what is happening in our lives!! I pray that you were blessed. Stop by again!!
Signing off: EJM

Friday, August 11, 2017

A Small thing :)

We woke up one morning to find that a wasp nest had formed in one of our flowering crab trees overnight...that was fast and unexpected. How often do we go through life and let little things creep into our lives, thinking that we can handle it or that it really does not matter. A sharp tone of voice, skipping devotions just once, letting others cover your work now and then, stretching the truth ever so know yourself what it is that you let creep into your life! A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. Galatians 5:9 Don't let Satan decieve you and make you buy into the lie, " oh, that sin is really not that bad"!! Why did Jesus have to die?? It was because of SIN!! If we don't take care of this little wasp nest it will grow bigger, no doubt about it!! Another interesting thing that I learn from this, is that the wasp nest will hurt others if I don't get rid of it. When we let sin grow in our lives, it not only hurts us, but it hurts others as well. Don't think that you can waste time, yell at others, think bad thoughts, boast and dominate conversation ect. and others won't be affected. Today if you are one of those who is compromising and letting sin in your life, cry out to God to forgive you and to start out anew. "If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9 Praise Jesus we find forgiveness at the foot of the cross. 
Wow, I don't think that I will ever look at a wasp nest quite the same anymore! I hope that this encourages you as much as it encouraged me! 

Signing off: Elizabeth