Saturday, April 24, 2010

My Melon Experience

I have been a farmer most of my life but my first experience of planting a seed was when I was 5 or 6 years old. Someone gave me honey dew melon seeds. I decided to plant them just west of our house. The soil was sandy and it takes a lot of watering to keep things growing. I dug up a small plot and planted four or five hills. It was close to the windmill so I kept them watered good. It didn't take them long to sprout and come up and they had good vines.

They started blooming, then came the little melons. About a month went by and I had several good sized melons. I decided to check one of them and see if it was ripe. It was still green so I waited a week and checked another one. It was still green. This went on until I had no more melons. I was really disappointed.

That fall the person that gave me the seeds asked about the melons and I told him what had happened. He started laughing and told me that they were green when they were ripe. So much for my honey dew melons.

Years later we planted watermelons down by the orchard. It was when the kids were still home. We had a beautiful patch of melons and they were big. I checked one and it was still green. I told my neighbor, who was known for raising good melons, and he said he would come and show me how to check and know when they were ready. He picked some and said they were ripe---no, they were green! I had a truck-farmer friend tell me he could pick out ripe ones but they were green, too! There were other people who told me they could pick ripe ones, too, but they were all green. They never ripened, they just started rotting.

I checked with K-State and they told me sometimes that happens. I never did raise good watermelons but several years we raised big cantaloupe that were wonderful.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


"Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and His glory appears over you." Isa. 60:1-2

"The true light that gives light to every man
was coming into the world." John 1:9
"But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light
we have fellowship with one another,
and the blood of Jesus, His Son purifies us from all sin."
I John 1:7

"But what does it say? The word is near you,
it is in your mouth and in your heart,
that is the word of faith we are proclaiming.
That if you confess with your mouth "Jesus is Lord"
and believe in your heart that God raised Him
from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:8-9

"For if when we were God's enemies, we were
reconciled to Him through the death of His Son,
how much more, having been reconciled,
shall we be saved through His life". Romans 5:10

Easter morning people gather here for Sunrise Service. There are people from many different churches plus some that don't go to any church. We all celebrate the Risen Lord. If He had not risen we would not have life. He overcame death for you and me. He paid the price that you and I could have never paid and the best part is it doesn't cost anything, it is FREE! Just call on the Lord. Read Romans 10:8-9 again.

We pray that the Risen Lord is in your life, and if He is not we pray that you ask Him to come in and be your Lord and Savior.