This year I started out the Fall season by buying three large pumpkins and two small ones. In the evening hours some kind of animal, perhaps a raccoon, skunk or It could have been a deer. Anyway, the creature decided He would have pumpkin for dinner. One day I noticed large chomps were missing from one of my pumpkins. Then the next day more chomps. This creature just keeps chomping away and chomping away. Pretty soon my pumpkin will be gone. I don't know who the guilty party is but the evidence it very clear. Something has been chomping and it shows.
In our pumpkin patch of life hopefully we have love, the bible calls this charity. Love is the expression of all the qualities mentioned in the scripture concerning the fruit of the Spirit. Jesus teaches us in Luke 10:27 - that the two greatest commandments are - love the Lord your God with all your heart and to love your neighbor as thyself. To live out these two commandments would take care of all the rest. If we have love we will be kind. If we have love we will be patient. If we have love we will show self control, If we have love we will be gentle. If we have love we will walk by faith, we would do good, we would be joyful, we would be meek (humble). Jesus says in His Word if you love me keep my commandments.
The Bible says, He that loveth not loveth not God for God is love. In our pumpkin patch of life, let our life be filled with expressions of love - first pleasing to God and then pleasing to others. Walking daily in the things of the Word.
In life we have temptation and we have problems, so sometimes we struggle with the dreary dark chewed up pumpkin of bitterness. Satan would love to chomp away at our love until one day we find ourselves walking in the flesh and not in the Spirit. Chomp chomp, with worry, Chomp, chomp with fear, chomp chomp with anger, chomp chomp with drear. Chomp chomp with envy, chomp chomp with pride, chomp chomp with greed and trouble inside. But we must not let the nawing of Satan steal our fruit. We have prayer and the promises God has given to keep us strong. Walking by faith in all that God has commanded and has promised.
God teaches us how to love by teaching us what love is not, In 1 Corinthians 13. ( Read the whole chapter with explanation.) I don't know about you but I need a lot more work on my love, so, I'm constantly talking to God, asking him to help me love others the way He wants me to. I do love people, but sometimes to show love is very difficult, especially to someone that has hurt me, my family or someone I love. When I'm faced with this kind of struggle. I think about Jesus on the cross, He was brutally hurt and widely rejected. he forgave His very enemies while He was being persecuted by them. Through prayer and reading His Word we develop the strength to choose the right things even through our most trying times.
Jesus died for you and me that day on Calvary. He willingly laid down His life for us. Jesus took our sin upon himself. He knows you personally and everything you've ever done even in secret. Still yet, He loves you, but God hates sin. All our good deeds are as filthy rags to God. We are saved by grace through faith alone. When we trust Christ giving our lives to Him. He comes to dwell in our heart. Then His righteousness should shine forth in our good works. Living and walking in His Spirit with a fruit filled life.
And just as Christ arose from the dead, you will be made alive in Christ, a new creature with a new goal.
A goal to love and serve our heavenly Father. In this pumpkin patch of life.
Even when there is a whole lot of chompin' goin' on.
Susan Y Nikitenko
October 5th, 2012
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Just A Down Home Kind Of Place
This farm has been around for 45 years.
After 45 years Ralph Beddow and his family are still picking pumpkins.
Ralph Beddow said, "I'm proud of the fact that our prices are still some of the best around."
His two sons and daughter inlaws along with his eleven grandchildren, help him and his wife gather the harvest of pumpkins.
The Beddow family also grows and sells flowers starting in the Spring.
Then again, they gather a harvest of Christmas trees.
Stop in and say hello to Ralph and buy some pumpkins. I'm sure it will make his day.
4379 Greenwich Rd.
Just Outside of Wadsworth
By the way when I visited Beddow Farms - I bought one large pumpkin, two corn stalks and two zucchini.
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