Another 5,000 lb. granite ball floating on water.
This one lives in Gatliburg, TN. I was there on a men's retreat - skiing and the like - any of you guys remember " he dusted Mike like a beignet" ? I may have to tell that story on the blog one day - it was so funny. I happened to stumble across this picture today and thought it odd how just the other day I posted the Houston ball.
Anyway... Another hot day today, unless you were in the shade, then it was not as bad. Can you believe another cat came walking through the property next to ours, meowing like crazy. He is obviously a sibling to the other one which the kids named 'tippy'. This one is totally black and is much less trusting than tippy. Of course I fed him - I know that is what you were thinking. But I do not plan on becoming the cat man. All but Tippy will go to other owners or the pound.
It has been a blessing to have my parents in town. We enjoy each others company. I know Robin and the kids have been liking it this week - coming home to a big home cooked meal is something Robin said she could get used to. We are still on the okra kick, the plants are producing a significant number of pods almost daily. The squash is almost played out due to those stinkin' vine borers but the eggplant is doing really good since they usually suffer less damage from pests.
Pests are like the devil. Jesus said that satan came to steal, kill and destroy - that is basically what these various pests do, they either eat the leaves, the fruit once it starts growing or attack the roots/stems. No matter how well you try to protect the plants from the pest(s), some will invariably get past your attempts at protection and do some kind of damage. Knowing this, you adjust your expectations and learn to manage the pests as best you can. You also can plant resistant varieties.
As believers, we need to have our shield of faith ready, which can quench the firey darts of the enemy - and the sword of the spirit, too. That is God's form of 'pest' control. Quoting scripture, singing praise and worship songs and 'praying without ceasing'. Walking in His light daily, one day at a time. Todays manna is all we need. We are praying for an open Heaven. For God to move as He wills not only in our lives, but in others lives as well.
Thank God for his mercy. Talk to you later. George.