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Heirloom or Hybrid – an explanation

  Heirloom or Hybrid – an explanation        There are two types of seed: Heirloom and Hybrid.  Heirloom is a pure seed and will reproduce its parent plant identical.  A Hybrid has been developed from multiple plants cross pollinating.  Hybridized plants are usually more disease resistant, drought resistant, larger size, etc.  But the seed from a hybrid will not reproduce that same plant.  It will reproduce one of the parent plants that it originally came from – you never know what you will get in other words.  There is also the possibility that the seeds from hybrids will be sterile and produce nothing.  So, my best suggestion is to have some Heirloom plants (they are usually the most flavorsome too) so that you can collect their seeds.  But you may want to include … Read entire article »

Filed under: Gardening

Life in a Garden

      Life in a Garden       As you know, the first Gardener was our Precious Father God!  He created His perfect earth as a garden.  It was here that His creativity came alive.  Oh, to see for just a moment the glory that must have been Eden.  I understand His desire to spend part of each and every day walking through the garden – enjoying, breathing in, loving and communing with His children.       Here on Shepherds Hill we truly enjoy working the Earth.  Plowing, tilling, weeding, planting, harvesting, and often just sitting and looking at the wonders.  To wake up and go outside early and find the first peony bursting open. Or to bend down and move a leaf to discover the first pure red strawberry of the Spring.  To see the blackberries change … Read entire article »

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Getting Started

 Pray first!  Ask God what His plan is. Oftentimes we really don’t want to know what God’s plan is, we just want Him to confirm our plans!!  Big mistake. God does not argue nor explain.  He is ALL wise, ALL-powerful, ALL knowing.  He doesn’t need a plan B.  So, wouldn’t it make sense to ask Him what He wants instead of TELLING Him what you want?  Paul and I went through long hours of prayer and searching the scripture.  We began to see that the success the world portrayed was not success at all.  Large home, new car, new fashionable clothing, the newest electronic equipment, children in every activity possible, nice fat bank account, membership in the largest, most active church in the community – this was the worldly Christian success – … Read entire article »

Filed under: A Separated Life, Plain Lifestyle

Christians and Television

   I am amazed at what Christians allow in their lives, only to wonder why they suffer so much temptation. I guess I shouldn’t be too amazed since I used to do these things too! I’m talking about television and worldly entertainment. We all know that we are to be separated from the world. We just don’t always know what we are supposed to be separated from. Most Christians use the democratic process in what they allow in their lives. If most people are doing it, they figure it must be right. Today, I want you to reconsider how you live.    We began studying stable Christian groups a few years ago, seeing that much of what we had built our lives on wasn’t Christ. Angie and I wanted our home … Read entire article »

Filed under: A Separated Life, Plain Lifestyle

Different Results come from Different Actions

   I had to stop this evening and write this. It’s burning a hole in my soul like money used to do in my pocket when I was younger. I’ve had a long day that ended with shearing one of the rams. He was in bad need of shearing and I could not put it off any longer. Just like this article.    We continue to get two responses from people regarding our family. I don’t understand why there is no logic in figuring out that we live differently for a reason. Whenever new people meet us for the first time they notice that our children are not like other children. They make statements like “I can’t believe that she’s so mature”, “my child would not have responded like your child … Read entire article »

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Headcoverings

    Let me begin by saying that Angie and I were not raised as “plain-dressed” Christians but were mainstream, modern and denominational in every way. I was saved in a Baptist church and later went to a Pentecostal church. Angie was born Catholic and later saved in a Baptist church. After that, she went to a Charismatic church. Within the last five years, we’ve become saddened at the worldliness of churches.      We began to study what the early church did and we also studied stable, devout Christian denominations. We decided that we would back away from all the teaching that we’d had and see what God’s Word had to say. After all, we’d been taught so many different things. We figured the Holy Spirit would lead us into truth through … Read entire article »

Filed under: A Separated Life, Plain Lifestyle

Meat Ye Know Not Of

             Hello to all who walk under the name of the Lord JesusChrist. We are going to look at the Word concerning Fasting. Please turn with me to Acts chapter 10. Here we find the historical account of how God opened up the gospel to others besides the Jews. Up until this point, the early church was going by what they perceived as total truth. The message was only given at Jewish Synagogues and to the Hebrew people. There was a man at this time named Cornelius who was a Gentile. He sought God through righteous living. In verse 2, it says he prayed to God always. We know that there is power in prayer. Today I want to focus on another attribute of righteousness that Cornelius practiced; the act … Read entire article »

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No Passion, No Lord and No Chronicles

   Isn’t it amazing how animals follow someone who has food, even if the food isn’t good for them? Take our sheep for example. Every time I walk into the field with an item, they always assume it’s for them. They get sweet feed regularly in the winter and even if they’ve already had it for the day, they want more. If we try and get a few feed sacks of chicken feed to the barn stall where we store it, they will knock you down to tear into it. It doesn’t matter that the food isn’t for them. All they know is that the package looks like sweet feed.    One day, I was walking around the field that the sheep were in. I opened a bag and started poisoning … Read entire article »

Filed under: A Separated Life, Plain Lifestyle

The Rush to Wickedness

 In the last three weeks we have had somewhat of an ordeal here with our cats.  Now you may ask yourself, what in the world does a bunch of cats have to do with the title of this article, but hang in there with me.   We have three adult cats: two females and a male.  One female, Snickers, is not really pretty but is as gentle and loving as you could ever want a pet to be.  The other female, Cowboy (don’t ask J) is beautiful, but very unfriendly and aloof.  The male, Vincent, is beautiful and friendly but a typical Tom Cat. We have had these adult cats for many, many years.  Well, as happens every spring, our two momma cats each blessed us with a litter of kittens – … Read entire article »

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Ollie Ollie Oxen Free!

 I am the youngest child in a family of 5 siblings.  I have three older brothers:  John (Duke), Allen and David and one sister Tracy (now living in Heaven with our Lord!).  Duke and Allen were 10 and 8 years older than me respectively, so most of my memories of them are as older BIG brothers.  David and Tracy and I were closer in age and so my memories of play when I was a little one are with them.  When we were children we played outside mostly.  In those days, it was a punishment to have to stay inside.  Around dusk in the evening we loved to be outside catching fireflies and when it got dark, we would play games like “freeze-tag”, “sling the statue” or best of all … Read entire article »

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Holy Moments-A Christmas Story

   His name was William. If he spoke to you, you would know that he wasn’t like everyone else. You see, he lives in a nursing home because he can’t take care of himself. At first glance, he seems so out of place. He appears to be only in his fifties and gets around well enough. But his mental state is so that he wouldn’t make it alone. Our family met him one Christmas.            Angie has always encouraged the girls to spend time ministering to those who are not like others. Being somewhat of outcasts ourselves we tend to relate to those that society seems to forget. But this time it would be hard for me. I never could go to the nursing home easily. It always made me feel … Read entire article »

Filed under: Holidays and Celebration, Homemaking, Plain Lifestyle, Servants Of Christ

What a day that will be!

Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.     This morning, Angie woke me up at 4:30. She was so excited and said that she had something that she wanted me to see. As I crawled out of bed, she explained that she’d had a terrible dream and couldn’t go back to sleep. When she came into the living room, she’d heard something outside. As I approached with her, I heard it, too.     I could hear a bird chirping outside our door. Now, let me stop and tell you that we love birds and have feeders and houses everywhere for them. We’ve had a bluebird in a nest raising her young and we have watched as … Read entire article »

Filed under: Plain Lifestyle, Servants Of Christ

WHERE CAN WE GO BUT TO THE LORD

 Living below in this old sinful world Hardly a comfort can afford Striving alone to face temptation so Where could I go but to the Lord   Where could I go, oh where could I go Seeking a refuge from my soul Needing a friend to save me in the end Where could I go but to the Lord   Life here is grand with friends I love so dear Comfort I get from God’s own word Yet when I face the chilling hand of death Where could I go but to the Lord   Where could I go, oh where could I go Seeking a refuge from my soul Needing a friend to save me in the end Where could I go but to the Lord   This morning I woke up singing this song. Do you ever do that? Wake up with a song flowing through your mind? … Read entire article »

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Backburner Stuff

     Whenever Angie is cooking, she often saves the best for last. My favorite things seem to be the leftover items that she’s miraculously transformed into a delicious stew or soup. She’s prone to get that old wood stove fired up in the cookhouse on weekends. While she’s cooking bread or some other item, she’s got this stew going on the back burner. It takes a long time to get it finished, but it’s always worth it. I mean, those ingredients simmer together and you can’t tell what’s coming until that first bite. Well, last week, the Lord did some back burner cooking for me. And that bite was glorious!       There have always been those items in scripture that don’t have immediate answers. They are the things that scholars don’t … Read entire article »

Filed under: Plain Lifestyle, Servants Of Christ

People of Ceaseless Prayer

 I would like to ask you a few questions. Do you pray? Do you pray often or only a couple times a day? Would you consider yourself to be a person of ceaseless prayer?  When you think of your day, what times would you say you pray? Do meal blessings or bed time prayers come first to mind? Is it possible that these few moments in time are really the only time we pray? Should we do it more?  To really determine how much we should pray, we must first understand what prayer is. Webster’s Dictionary says prayer is “an address to God in word or thought”. Prayer has many different meanings. Usually we use prayer to ask God’s guidance, for answers to questions or provision for tangible things we need. But prayer is so much more than that.  Prayer is the most powerful way … Read entire article »

Filed under: Plain Lifestyle, Servants Of Christ

A DAD’S PLACE

   I am sitting at home, finally. It seems like when I’m away, I can’t get back quick enough. You see, I had to go to a school in Atlanta this past week. Angie went with me and that did make things better. But the children stayed behind and so did our home and our place. As far back as I can remember, my Dad used the term “place” when he talked about where someone lived. He’d say, “They sure have a nice place”.   Well, this week, I remembered my place. I constantly thought of my home and of the girls. It’s been stated that home is where the heart is. I suppose that’s true. My instructor in Atlanta, Steve Haskett, is a man of constant travel. He goes all … Read entire article »

Filed under: Plain Lifestyle, Servants Of Christ

Secret Agent Christians

     I was in a Bible study with my family the other night, when I said something that made them all laugh. We had been discussing the fact that scripture clearly states that Christians will be persecuted. In Matthew 5  the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount begin. Jesus is giving the statements that clearly define the correct attitudes of the born again.  I have always taught that they were much like a “job description” of today. In other words, this is what the Saints of God have that distinguishes them from the world.     It was then that I spoke of the “undercover agent” Christians; those that want to be included with the number on judgment day, but really don’t want to live any differently than the rest of the world. I remembered … Read entire article »

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The Art of Being Offended

Recently I have been pondering the different times in my life when I have become offended at people for various and sundry reasons.  Which of course leads me to think about the people who have been offended at me.  One night as I was considering a particular situation in the past, the thought flashed into my mind that this person had raised being offended to an art.  Immediately I felt the Holy Spirit urging me to pray, which I did at some length.  Probably about 15 years ago, I did a personal Bible Study on being offended and the Spirit of Offense.  At the time it seemed that I was either hurting people’s feelings or being hurt myself on a regular basis.  Not too long after this I heard a sermon … Read entire article »

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Teaching the Blind

    In Talladega there is a School for the Blind. It’s very interesting to have the “sight impaired” community here as we often see them walking with their white canes. I have always admired those with physical handicaps who’ve overcome and usually do very well with their lives. The other morning, as I was going to work, I saw a gentleman taking a morning stroll. He had a white cane and dark glasses so I recognized him as a blind person. As I watched him, I thought about all that he’d had to learn and how well the school had done in instructing him to walk around town unaided. Then the Holy Spirit spoke to me. It seems that we’ve done the same thing in the Church.       We have a condition, being born … Read entire article »

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MUCH WAS GIVEN

 I had a dream quite a few years ago and I think that it’s time I shared it with you.  It was one of those dreams that was directly from God and I knew it as soon as I woke up.  Now, I know what some of you are thinking. “Everytime I get on a website and read about someone having a dream, it always seems to be prophetic.  It’s usually a calamity or some future event that is supposed to happen.”  This is not one of those dreams, so please bear with me.  The following is my dream in its entirety.  It is still burned into my mind even seven years later. “I was standing on a corner lot.  It was vacant and didn’t even have trees.  A group of people … Read entire article »

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