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CHOOSE HOPE

And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.  – Romans 5:5

There’s a high quality of hope from God’s Holy Spirit that gives us a literal supernatural boost to fly in the right direction.  If we seek hope from any other source, we will be disappointed in the end.  The superficial brand of hope offered by sources on planet earth is thin and short-lived.  For instance, last night I was sitting in front of my T.V. when a familiar weight loss company’s commercial played.  I listened to the words closely.  The spokesperson made many promises including, happiness, health, longevity and even a better love life.  In other words, they promised to give a sense of well-being and hope!

The wings of hope carry us, soaring high above the driving winds of life.  – Ana Jacob

The hope that God’s Holy Spirit freely pours out into our hearts promises to never disappoint!  It is HOPE for any situation and it is custom-made just for you from God Himself!

All it takes is one bloom of hope to make a spiritual garden.  – Terri Guillemets

I may need hope from God for one thing – and maybe you need it for another.  I don’t know about you, but I refuse to accept cheap hope from worldly sources.  I want the good stuff that only God can give me!

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.  – Christopher Reeve

Today if you feel a bit hopeless and need your tank filled, don’t settle for anything less than the Holy Spirit’s own brand of hope!  It’s a matter of exercising your faith and trust in Him.  As we extend more faith, He pours His hope on us and the result will be miraculous and that custom-made, cozy coat of hope will give us just exactly what God wants us to have – because He loves us more than anyone!  🙂

 

 

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INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY

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12-11 MOUNTAIN FARMERS

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To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.  – Mahatma Gandhi

Today we celebrate INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY!

This year, the theme for IMD is Mountain Farming.  Let’s talk about how mountain agriculture, which is predominantly family farming, has provided high quality food for America.  Here are two mountain farms in the United States, one in the Eastern U.S. and one in the Western U.S.  There are certainly more than two in the country – far too many to mention in this post.  Let’s begin with our choice of farms in the Eastern U.S.

It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top.  – Unknown

Smile and say SALSA!

In 2004, Tomato Mountain Farm in Brooklyn, Wisconsin began producing its own line of homemade salsas, preserves, soups, and other jarred products such as pasta sauce and bloody Mary mix. The truly unique combination of an organic farm dedicated to producing quality, delicious produce and a kitchen that processes and grows all its own ingredients right at home has helped these products quickly come to represent the bulk of Tomato Mountain Farm’s business.

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Why do we need a day to focus on mountains?

Well, now that we know why we need to focus on mountains, let’s check out the family mountain farm in the Western United States.

Superior in flavor…

Since 2001, David & Cindy Krepky have owned and operated Dog Mountain Farm which has served the Snoqualmie Valley community and Seattle area by providing farm-fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers, eggs, poultry meat, and pork. Located in Carnation, Washington, they use sustainable growing methods without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or commercial fertilizers. They strive to produce nutrient dense food that is superior in flavor and shelf life and provides a broad range of health benefits. Their livestock is humanely raised on pasture without antibiotics or hormones. Building a strong biological system in the soil is the focus of their agricultural management.

Eating is an agricultural act. . . . How we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used.  – Wendell Berry,  The Pleasure of Eating

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I find mountain farming fascinating because I’m only familiar with farming on the plains!  We have to travel several hundred miles to get to mountains!  There are so many family farms in Kansas and Oklahoma – but today we focus on mountain farms and the families who have committed their lives to providing the best quality products for us to eat!

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but Nature’s sources never fail.  – John Muir, Our National Parks

If you know of a mountain farmer in your area, find out if they have a product that may be suitable for a Christmas gift and buy it from them!  You know I’m all about buying American – but to put your money back into your own community would be better yet!  Buy locally grown food!

As we’ve seen, there are mountain farmers in the Eastern United States and in the Western United States.  Surely there’s a mountain farm in your neck of the woods – unless you happen to live in Kansas like me!  LOL!!!   😀

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift, may I suggest a new devotional book by Lucinda Berry Hill?  Everyone needs a new devotional book to begin the new year!

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Click on the link below to order your copy!

http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Products/SKU-000952694/A-Second-Cup-with-Jesus.aspx