Quick Thoughts On Christianity, and Regenerative Agriculture

On one hand, this appears to be two completely unrelated topics. But when you dive into it, really get down to the root of it, the two are linked at the hip.

Indulge me for a bit, what does the Bible, the perfect Word of YHWH, have to say on the matter?
Genesis 1:26 King James Version (KJV) 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

What does it mean to have dominion? Is it ruling with an iron fist? Crushing and domin-ating everything within reach? Or could it be that our Creator tasked us with watching over, managing, His creation? Are we to subjugate all creatures, fish, birds, animals, insects (“good”, and “bad”)? To eradicate all “weeds”, without knowing the symbiotic relationship they may have with other plants?

If we take a cue from YHWH’s design, we can see in everything we pay close attention to, what we always refer to as “the circle of life”.

Nothing exists in a vacuum (or does it?). Pun aside, from the tiniest of micro-organisms, all the way to the largest animal on earth, they are all connected.

From the white-tail deer who feasts on berries, nuts, and grain. Then harvested by a hunter, who deposits hide and innards in an out of the way location. That in turn is feasted on by buzzards, coyotes, and flies. The flies are eaten by a flock of migrating birds, who also ate berries alongside the white-tail deer. The birds then deposit the berry seeds under a tree or in some fence row in another region. A tree sprouts, with fertility having been added to the soil by (horror) dandelions, vetch, and plantain. The cycle continues ad infinitum.

How do we, as YHWH’s people, fit into this circle of life. To husband is to manage with prudent economy, to frugally conserve. Not to live in awe and worship of the created “mother earth”. Not to disrupt the cycle of nature. But to live in such a way that brings honor and glory to the one who created all.

Now tell me, how is the best way to honor the Creator in our garden? Is it to Round-Up every “weed” and “undesirable plant” that may pop up? Sevin dust (now we have Eight dust, Sevin isn’t strong enough anymore) to rid ourselves of all “pests”? Or could we arrange our gardens and lawns in such a way, as control these “curses” naturally?

Thoughts?

My Old Kentucky Home

About 2 years ago, my wife and I had had enough of the south GA summer heat. So we decided to pack and look for land in the mid-south, hoping to find something in eastern TN. After several unsuccessful trips, covering many miles, looking for land, I happened to find online, a piece of land in southern KY.

It looked like like it could be exactly what we were looking for. The size was right, 34 acres. It had most of the features we were looking for, open land, a fresh water spring, a cave, a creek running across part of the property, and some river frontage. What more could we ask for?!? But….it was KY…

So, one more 9 hour drive to see one more property. As we drove the last 20 or so miles to the property, we grew more excited. The surrounding area was rolling hills, creeks bubbling through the valleys, and waterfalls from the recent rain. As we drew even nearer, our hopes were fading, the winding, twisting, climbing road, seemed to be leading to the same type of inaccessible land that was every other property we had contemplated.

But finally, in the last mile, the hills dwindled, and the land opened up to a nice little piece of flat land in the bend of the river. Next stop,

 

We were instantly in love. So we made our best offer. The counter offer was a good bit more than we were willing to pay, so we politely declined. Sadly we went about our business, but a short time later, they called back and accepted our initial offer.

So where are we now? Off-grid and living in a camper. Filtering our water from the river. And using a composting toilet. Loving every minute of it.

Pictures from this past weekend

 

It’s a journey. Good times, and hard. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies. Currently we are back in GA temporarily, working. My wife and I both had short term job opportunities back home, so our off-grid homestead is on hold. That doesn’t keep us from making weekend trips back to KY, and it sure doesn’t keep us from dreaming.

Spring is here!

How cliche is it to write about the first day of spring FINALLY arriving? Pretty darn, I say.

Living in southeast GA, spring seems to arrive weeks ahead of much of the rest the east coast. The few redbuds (shouldn’t they be called purple buds?) have long come and gone. The wisteria has made itself know with its purple budded vines.

The azaleas are in full bloom as well, waiting on the (soon to be here) blast of summer heat and humidity, when they’ll quickly die off.

Sadly I missed the peak of one of my favorite trees, dogwoods. Hopefully I can catch a few good ones and update later.

This weekend I’m in Harrisonburg, VA for wedding of my youngest sister-in-law. It’s almost like traveling back in time, as far as seasons are concerned. Their redbuds are only just now blooming, the red maples are starting to come out. But still no sign of leaves on the deciduous trees.

Will update next week from our farm in KY.

Imagining Heaven

Last Sunday in church, we had an I Can Only Imagine inspired message. Pastor Marcus had asked for 3 different people to share on what they imagine Heaven to be.

One shared thoughts of how she thought a child they had lost at 18, could finally walk with, and talk, face to face with Jesus. Another shared how mentally restful she could imagine it, no more stress, no worries.

That got me to thinking on a passage I read recently in my devotions. It comes from 1 Corinthians 15:34-58

34Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
35But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
36Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
37And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:
38But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
39All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
40There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
41There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
42So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
43It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
44It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
45And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
     The part that struck me is v37-38, how there are different kinds of seeds, yet each, after it dies, rises to a new life, completely transformed.
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    While we see the things of this earth, and all its earthly forms, imagine the transformation we go through from death, to new life. It was a powerful image for me.

The search for perfection

Those of you who know me, know I absolutely LOVE listening to podcasts, almost to my detriment. There is not nearly enough time in a day to keep up with everything I want to hear, even at 1.5x speed.

One of the podcasts I’m into right now is Freedomain Radio with Stafan Molyneux. I like a quote he said yesterday, though I haven’t been able to find it’s origin attributed to Sting, “The search for perfection is all good and well, but to look for heaven is to live here in hell.” 

What I take away from this is, strive for perfection, but don’t pass up on a good opportunity while you’re sitting around waiting on perfect to hit you in the mouth. Sometimes, the situation may not be what you think is perfect at the moment, but it may be just what you need at that moment in time. You can’t pass on an opportunity for growth in hopes that something better is afoot. Hope is NOT a strategy.