Picking Peaches

picking peaches

This past Thursday we went to the Pearson peach farm, for work. It was a good break from the daily routine. We saw how they pick and package the peaches for shipment.  The peaches we saw packed will be in the stores by this weekend. All the peaches they pick are shipped out within 24 hours from the time they we picked.

We also when out into the fields and got a lesson on how they grow peaches. A peach is a peach to most of us, but they plant 12 different varieties of peach trees.

The reason is, peach trees only produce peaches worth sales for 12-20 days a year, the other 345 days they just grow in the fields. Different varieties produce fruit at different times of the year. For example when the first trees are about finished producing fruit the next group is getting ready to pick. This repeats it’s self 12 times throughout the summer, so we get fresh peaches all summer long.

Also the only produce fruit for the market from age 3 -12, even thought they may leave the trees in the fields up to 20 years. The older trees produce less fruit but a high quality. They use these for ice cream and other sweets. This is how this peach farm has stayed in business for over 100 years.

It reminds me of our Christian life, how that most of our life we bear little or no fruit. It also reminds me of the next generation that will pickup where we stopped. It is important to the Church to keep a new generation of Christians in the field.

A reminder of nature of how the Church most go forward.

 

 

 

 

Forgiveness

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.

And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand; and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying Hail King of the Jews! And they spit on him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him and led him away to crucify him. (Matthew 27:27-31)

And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus. And there followed him a great company of people and women, which also bewailed and lamented him. (Luke 23:26-27).

And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father forgive them; for they know not what they do. (Luke 23:33-34)

Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the Scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did. (John 19:23-24)

My Love

First and foremost, God’s love to me and my love for Him. As the song goes,” I never knew love till I met Jesus”.

I thank God for Arlene, she has been a helpmeet for me for over forty years, she is a good woman and mother and of course Nana.

I love my boys, Alan and Ricky, they have added great value to my life, it pleases me to see God using both of them.

I love my girls, Hilary and Marinda, they too have been a blessing to our family and my sons.

I love the grand kids, Tennyson (T.K.), Moreland (Morlie) and Elijah (Eli), unconditional love.

Grandchildren

Psalm 112:1 Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

When me and Arlene started our family we were “foolish” enough to believe that the Bible was God’s Word and we could trust it to teach our children.
Some sociologists say there’s a “five generation rule” in the raising of children. The way you bring up your child impacts not only him or her, but four generations that follow.
Princeton scholar Benjamin Warfield tested the rule by comparing descendants of godly Jonathan Edwards to those of atheist Max Jukes.
Edwards’ progeny included 13 college presidents, 65 professors, 30 judges, 100 lawyers, 60 physicians and 100 pastors.
Jukes descendants numbered 310 paupers, 150 criminals, seven murderers and more than 100 alcoholics. Happiness is on the side of those who reverence God.
It does matter how we raise our children and it will effect our grandchildren and their children.
Keep the faith and don’t let a few set back keep you from staying faithful.

Happy Father’s Day

A Father’s Role

A father is the leader of the family God gives to him,

Just to have that role is a great honor deep within;

He spends every day to care for, love, & guide;

With his heart finding a sweet sense of pride inside!

A father watches over the things his family needs,

He is there at all times, our safety to oversee;

Working hard each day is one thing he will do,

Because of the deep love he has for me & you!

A father instructs us in the path we ought to walk,

He teaches right & wrong in the way we should talk;

God gives wisdom in the care he needs to provide,

For the ones He blesses into his heart & life!

A father protects us in every possible way,

In strength & love, our family he will embrace;

Yes, father does many different things for us,

And he deserves our heart’s loyalty & trust!

Karen Icenhour 6-12-12

Oreo

Job 12:7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee;

Job was going through a very hard time in his life, he knew that we can all learn for God’s creatures, most of us called them pets.

Last night the family pet died, Oreo,was a small poodle that we got from a man standing out in front of a Waffle House 11 years ago. She was all black except a small white spot under her neck, the people who had her called her Oreo, we kept the name. Arlene called her “my baby” and sometimes I think Oreo though she was. Everywhere she went Oreo was right behind her, a true friend. I would have a lots of fun picking at her and playing catch with her stuff toys. I would say “I got your baby!!” she would run up and down the hall getting the toy and bringing it back, just to repeat the same thing over and over. Finally she would get tired and take her”baby” to the backroom, with “baby” in mouth and head held high she would strut out like the Queen.
It didn’t take the grand kids long to play the same game with Oreo. Tennyson was the first, she would stand on the sofa and call to Oreo “I got your baby!!” and the games would began. Of course when Moreland came up she wanted to to the same thing. The girls always wanted Nana to put the Drama Queen dress on Oreo when they came up. I don’t think Oreo enjoyed it as much as the girls did. Then Eli came alone and it wasn’t long before he too was playing the “I got your baby!!” game.
The years went by and the black turned to grey and the running became less times before getting her baby and heading for the other room.
For the past few months Oreo has been sleeping more than normal and wanted to be held more than normal. She would come over for me to rub her head and then lay down for a tummy rub.I guess she just needed a little loving.
I will be the first to say that you love people and like animals. But it was impossible not to shed tears when I got word that she had died. She will be missed.
I thank the Lord for allowing Arlene and Me to get to keep her for 11 years and the blessings and comfort that she brought to our family. A lots of good memories and lots of times I would talk to her about things that others may not understand, she seemed to. It may sound silly but sometimes I think she knew what I was saying and understood.
I am thankful that God knows we get comfort for His creatures, we call pets, and it helps us to better understand unconditional love.

Picture from Christmas 2011

Happy Papa

This is a copy of a post my son Alan put on Facebook.
Eli has been reading his children’s Bible all day. He started in Gen 1 and is now reading David and Goliath. He’s read 180 pages of God’s Word. He said that he wanted to read the Bible so he would know how to live. I am a blessed dad!

Proverbs 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. 9. For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

Soul saved

It was lesson 8 of a Bible study on a Wednesday night. The lesson was a little hard to teach and I felt a little dry. It seem like this had been a hard week for me to get my study time in. One of the members had a death in the family and where I work we got a new boss. It was almost seven p.m. when I finally got the pass out sheets printed and ready to go. I felt that it was not going to be a easy service but the Lord reminded me that He honors faithfulness.
After the service a young lady came up and told me that she wanted to be saved. I happy to take the Bible and show her.
1. All have sinned.
2. The wages of sin is death.
3. The gift of God is eternal life.
4. Confess your sins and ask forgiveness.
5. Believe God for salvation.
She prayed and asked the Lord in her heart! Praise the Lord! A soul saved.
Thank You Jesus!