"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8That passage of scripture is among my most favorite in the Bible. No matter the "season" of life I am in, the Lord uses this passage to speak to my heart.
Right now, it's speaking to me in a literal sense.
I've spent the past week plucking "up that which is planted" and putting it away for the winter ;) I picked, processed and froze about 100+ lbs of corn and 30 quarts of butternut squash (with a bit more to go). Yesterday, I spent the day picking bushel after bushel of apples.
Along with all that we've harvested, I also purchased 150lbs of potatoes, 40lbs of onions, 50 lbs of carrots, and 6 ginormous cabbages directly from the farms. Our freezer, pantry and root cellar are getting close to full ;)
I am feeling so very blessed...the Lord has provided for us in such a magnificent way! My husband has been very ill and has been out of work. Grocery money will be scarce for the next couple of weeks...but thanks to the Lord's provisions and this wonderful, autumn bounty...we won't even feel it ;)