Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Big Hairy Audacious God Driven Garden

Last night I went to church on my way home from work.  Normally we go to church on Sunday morning, however we were lazy over the weekend and did not wake up in time.  So, I went last night to a video taped service, convinced I would probably get nothing out of it because I was sure that the videotaped service would not be as personal.  Regardless, I went.  There were only 5 of us there, and that included the 2 pastors!  I was put off a bit at first because I didn't know anyone, and with only 5 of us there I felt like I was singing on stage at a karaoke bar sober when we were singing hymns.  I was nervous.

As soon as that video started though, I am fairly sure that the message that would follow could be nothing short of divine intervention.  This week was the 2nd part of a 6 part look at a series called "Dare To Dream".  It is a series that reminds you that nothing is impossible with God, and we are working on a life mission statement.  We are trying to figure out our BHAG.  (Big Hairy Audacious God Purpose)  Well, this was not hard for me at all!  This is something I have been pondering for the last 2 weeks at home already, and I tell you from the first 30 seconds of this sermon, I was hooked!

In the past my garden has been a place that I feel a primal connection with the earth and it's creation.  I have said many times it is where I feel a connection to God and 5 minutes in the garden can humble me like nothing else can.  (I don't even know how to put into words what I am trying to describe, but I think you understand....)  Well, last year was our first big garden season and we grew so much food that often times we had more than we could eat, more than our neighbors could eat, and more than our chickens could eat!  We were so blessed by the amount of food that we grew.

This year the Reluctant Farmer and I wanted to do something different.  In October we were at a local festival and we met some people that were volunteers at a local food bank.  I was talking to the woman, asking her if I could donate my extra fresh eggs, chickens and vegetables, and she was so excited.  She explained that they often give away canned goods and non-perishable items because that is what most people donate.  I talked it over with the Reluctant Farmer and we decided  that we would double if not triple our growing space this year, and donate half of what we produce to the local food bank.  (Also note that the food bank is directly across the road from us.  Coincidence?!  I think not!)  I have been mulling this over for the last several weeks, and just have this great vision that I am supposed to do this.

I have a journal that I write in while at church, and this is what came pouring our of me last night:  "If you were given a talent, a wealth of sorts, from God, what would you do with it?  I'm reminded that my wealth is my garden and I am going to feed my community.  From my backyard...."

I am excited to embark on this adventure!  My goal is to obtain another city lot eventually and expand even more.  I would love to have the lot that is directly across the street from me, but currently I am not in a position to buy it.  Perhaps next year: With God nothing is impossible, right?!

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  1. I love your plan to grow food for others...it's a great vision to supply others with fresh produce and eggs! That would be exciting if you could get a city lot to grow on. Wonder if you could raise money as a non-profit in order to buy or lease it? Have you ever heard of The Urban Farm Guys? They are in a run down section of their city and buying property to reclaim it and provide produce, fish (tilapia), eggs, goat milk, etc to their neighborhood. Really great stuff. You can find their videos on You Tube and Facebook. Blessings on your vision and purpose!

  2. Emily, I am a big believer in prayer and I fully believe that with God NOTHING is impossible. It seems that He drew you to that service so He could show you His plan for you and the fact that you live across from the food bank AND an empty lot? Well that just has to be what I call a God-incidence! If you are agreeable to the idea, I will commit to pray for God to continue showing you how to go about this desire He has put on your heart and that He will direct your feet! Is that okay? A thought....does the food bank own that empty lot or can you find out who does? Perhaps they have been trying to figure out how to improve its value and can't put their finger on why? God works like that you know! Please keep your readers updated on how God will work all this out. Until then....you are on my prayer list!

  3. Wonderful! There is nothing better than sharing what you have grown with others :) Perhaps you could talk to the owner of the empty lot about using it for growing food for the food bank?

    Thanks so much for linking up with The HomeAcre Hop!

  4. Wow, that is so cool! I've had some similar desires, but with growing and giving away plants to the poor, along with the offer to help them learn how to grow their own. Hasn't come to pass yet, but with God all things are possible! :)

    Thanks for sharing at the Farm Girl Blog Fest at Let This Mind Be in You!

    ~Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You