Remember Your Armor

Today we have a message from Liz Sabath’s garden.  From her garden, we can learn a gospel truth!


Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist. With the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of Peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God.  (Ephesians 6: 14-17)

My garden is a ratchet mess now that we are coming to the end of the growing season.  It actually hurts my heart walking outside to that area of our farm.  

Our herb garden became a temporary rooster hang out recently.  Those buggers took a liking to my lavender and basil.  Who knew?  

Our tomatoes are done; they look like a drooping, leafless stalk of nothing.  They did provide tons of fruit (yes, a tomato is a fruit).  Joe made some amazing fried green tomatoes after the storm with all that fell off the plants.  

Our cucumbers already mulched themselves to compost.

Our watermelons should be called softball melons because they never got bigger than one.  We wound up using some of the tiny ones as treats for the chickens.

Our peppers are going strong and as well as our beans, providing us veggies through the winter with the freezer stash we have.

We bought ever bearing strawberry plants a few years ago.  They give you berries more than once during the growing season.  They are the sweetest most amazing tasting strawberry you will ever have.  We have them in 2 spots outside.  Chipmunks have tried their hardest to make off with the sweet berries.  I call those little rodents -- well never mind what I call them.  

I had to figure out a way to save the berries.  I had the grandkids paint rocks red.  Big ones and little ones, bright red rocks.  We placed them around the boxes the strawberries are planted in.  Within 1 hour of putting the rocks outside, 1 was gone and another had a chunk of red paint missing.  They had already tried to get the “new berries.”  The grands were amazed!  It became a mission to protect the berries.  The rocks became their armor.  Surrounding them so they could grow bigger, sweeter, brighter.  

God’s armor is like that.  If you surround yourself with the Armor of God, you can grow bigger in your faith, sweeter in your life and brighter in this world.  God’s armor can protect you from little enemies or big hurdles.  Knowing that protection is ours can and will get you through all that comes your way both good and bad.  Embrace it.  

- Liz Sabath

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