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Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness to me. I see Your steadfast love and abiding joy through the good times and bad, through the peaks and the valleys, in the huge things and in the minuscule cares of this world.
This year, a few friends picked my tomatoes while our family was on vacation. After returning home, and picking just a few bowls of tomatoes over the next week, I figured that those families had been blessed with the bulk of my tomato crop. I thanked the Lord and picked the rest throughout the season. My pole beans seemed to grow but not produce, either. I thanked the Lord, and decided that maybe I wouldn't plant them next year.
But here it is, practically November, and I've frozen about six one-quart packages of pole beans! What a late harvest for this part of the country, and for my little garden! God provided--and even if the beans had never come in, I have learned enough to thank Him anyway.
Several days ago Thomas and I finally ripped out all my tomato plants after harvesting every tomato we could find. Besides diced tomatoes, salsa, and tomato sauce, I have now canned two dozen jars of green tomato salsa--new recipe, absolutely spicy and yummy. And there are still four bowls of reddening tomatoes on my counter. (Yes, look, Lori , they are turning red!!) It is a reminder of the Lord's faithfulness (and grace) to me.
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love
Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided--
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
verse 2 and chorus from the hymn Great is Thy Faithfulness
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