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Pray for the Plant Kingdom

Prayer for The Plant Kingdom
Why do we need to pray for the Plant Kingdom?
Dominion is a big responsibility. God does not make mistakes, so we know that His choice to put us in charge was the right one. Now, here we are, falling down on the job.

It is easy to dismiss the needs of plants, because although they are living beings, they aren’t sentient ones. They just exist to supply human beings… thus the imperative to care well for them. God gave them to us to be pleasing to look at and good for food (Genesis 2:9). For them to continue to be able to do that, we must care for them diligently. If we neglect them, they will not be able to serve their purpose in our lives. Therefore, there exists a symbiosis between man and plants: they need us, but also, we need them.

Man, with his hard heart, has always had an inclination towards conquest of that which is weaker. Plants, from the tallest trees in the world down to the smallest dandelions in your front yard, have become a favorite target. Man has declared war on them. Our job was to steward them, but because there are those of them for whom we could not fully understand their existence and purpose, we justify destroying them to eliminate them from where we have decided we do not want them to exist any longer. We shot first and we asked questions later.

When we did start really asking the questions, we started to get some answers.

What was the purpose of all those trees, we asked, that are occupying so much land that we could use to raise livestock? Their purposes, we discovered, was to provide much needed carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, provide an ecosystem for countless animal species, and be a source of healing natural medicines for mankind, among others.

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I always loved dandelions! They are pretty, and also nutritious!

Caution to man: if you continue to cut down the Amazon, you will cause damage to this world. We asked more questions. We even discovered that those dandelions fit both of God’s plant criteria from Genesis 2:9. They are both pleasing to look at and good for food!

Nonetheless, the war rages on, and we are systematically losing. From the perspective of the small group of people for whom the continuance of this war is a matter of profit and loss, we are winning and positioned to continue to win. As far as the rest of mankind is concerned, we are losing biodiversity, we are losing nutrition sources and natural healing resources and , as a result, we are losing the wellness we were ordained to have in this life on earth. Indeed, our prayer does not need to ask for God’s care over them. He does that already. Our prayer is to end the war that has been waged against them so that they can recover and fill the earth again as they should.

Prayer for the Plant Kingdom
To you, Jehovah Nissi, our banner of victory in times of warfare, be the glory and all the honor. We thank you, great Jehovah Jireh, for all that You have provided us from the beginning of our existence to this very day, and all that You will provide us forever.

We come to you in prayer for Your intervention in the war that is being waged against the plants You created and gave us for our food, our medicine and our pleasure. We pray for them because they cannot pray for themselves, and we pray that You protect them as only You can because we need them for so many reasons to sustain the quality of life that You, Our Loving Father, want us to have on earth.

We come against the corporations that continue to produce plant killing poisons for profit and we pray that You intervene and stop them from their evil works. We pray that You send Your ministering angels to speak to the hearts of the leaders of those industries, for only You know how to speak to the hearts of men.

We come against the ranchers that are continuing to cut down the Amazon rainforest You painstakingly created. They do this to serve their money god, but You are the only true God and we know You can bring an end to their evil works.

We pray for the protection of the remaining plants on earth. We pray that You cover them in the blood of Jesus so they may live and proliferate in the biodiversity that You

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Judah is learning how to plant and grow bulbs using cuttings of cive (scallion/spring onion/green onion). Recycled water bottle as planter.

created. We pray for abundance in every urban garden, organic farm, kitchen and home garden, and every acre of jungle, forest, prairie, woodland and bush land that has not yet been attacked. We pray Father that You protect them from any future attacks. We pray that every soul on earth be inspired to plant, grow and seek out clean, nourishing food just as You gave Adam to do in Eden, for we know that is how You want us to live and we know that when Jesus returns, this is how we will live in the New Jerusalem.  Also, we pray that You inspire parents to teach their children the importance of plants and gardening as they train them up in the way that they should go.

Father, we know that once all this plant killing stops, that Your creation will reclaim the earth and the plants we thought were lost forever will return. We know the plant kingdom will flourish again despite all of mankind’s foolish attempts to subdue it. You set the original seeds, and our faith rests fully in You.

We ask, we believe, we receive, in the majestic name of Jesus. Amen

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Prayer for Seed Sovereignty for the People

Genesis 1:11-12 (ESV)

11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants[e] yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

God created seed.  In this verse is the obvious intention that plants should yield seeds according to their kind to keep them multiplying in perpetuity, as in a cycle.

Genesis 1:29 (ESV)

29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

Once God created man in His image and likeness, He gave the food, seeds and all, to His new creation.

Seeds belong to mankind.  All mankind has a right to seeds to grow food.  It was given to us by our benevolent, holy Father in Heaven, and in all the wrathful acts He did in the Old Testament to reproach His wayward, ungrateful, rebellious children, He never took away our seeds.  Seeds are vital.

God’s word is vital.  In Isaiah 55, He likens His word to the rain and snow that fall from the heavens to water the plants so they will sprout and give “seed to the sower and bread to the eater”.  Like this process, that he was careful to re-establish just before the flood waters receeded in Genesis 8, His word, never comes back without having yielded a result.

Isaiah 55:11-12 (New American Standard Bible)

10″For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; 11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.

In the case of His word, it returns the fulfillment.  In the case of the seed, it returns a harvest to feed you and more seed to sow for another harvest again.

For a long time, it was not legal to patent seed.  A patent certifies ownership, and since seed is a life form, not an invention, it stood to reason that just as we had abolished slavery (well, somewhat, see The 13th) we could not through governmental avenues certify proprietorship over life.  In fact, patents are specifically for inventions.  God already invented seed, so what was there for man to patent?

Enter Genetic Engineering.

Genetic Engineering, also known as and akin to Genetic Modification and more widely referred to as GMO, is the modification of a seed to create a slightly different plant than the parent plant was.  In this context, we are specifically referring to this being done in a laboratory through forced gene splicing that bastardizes seed by introducing genes from the other kingdom to attempt to recreate the plant with new characteristics.  Through the great American artistry of political lobbying, campaign contributions and high priced  jargon-juggling lawyers (no offence to honest, hard working attorneys here), our frenemies at Monsanto et al have convinced our elected officials to allow them to patent these seeds.

The double-talk goes like this:

For their patents, they argue that they are different, we invented them, they are a unique product, so we should be able to patent them.

Later on, when the crops are grown and it comes to discussing whether the “food” they produce is safe for human, or even farm animal, consumption, they argue that this “corn” is not fundamentally different from any corn grown from traditional seed.

This is how we suffer:

The newly patented seed costs farmers a king’s ransom.

The seed requires the use of that company’s companion chemicals to grow the crops.

The farmers are bound under restrictive agreements involving licensing and such so that they are prohibited from saving and sharing seeds.

Often these seeds cannot reproduce anyway.  The seeds in the crops they bring forth are barren!

And because their double-talk is heeded as though it is truth, the crop is never required to be tested before being fed to farm animals who’s flesh, milk or eggs we will later consume, or being sold to us at retail in the form of whole produce or ingredients in processed, packaged items.  So we are the living experiment.

Seed is one of the world’s most precious resources.  As valuable as it is, it is most valuable when it is in its natural, unadulterated, poison-free state, available to all to be saved, shared and sown as we need to feed ourselves.  It is the very basis of our food sovereignty and we are systematically being robbed of it.

Make no mistake, by the way, GMO will probably end soon as more and more people become aware and demand that their food be free of that kind of seed.  Nonetheless, as I write these words, the think-erati and the mad scientists inside of Bayer, BASF, Dow, DuPont, Monsanto, and Syngenta (all of whom also sell agricultural chemicals, synthetic fertilizers, processed foods and pharmaceutical drugs) are well on their way to their next idea that will protect their profits and continue their reign over the world food system.  This is why we need to pray.

 

Prayer for Seed Sovereignty for the People

Father God, you gave us seed at creation.  On that day, you deemed your creation Good and on the seventh day you deemed all your creation Very Good. 

Even when you flooded the world, you re-established your system of seedtime and harvest.  Seed is our birthright according to Your holy word. 

Really Nourish Prayer for Seed Sovereignty for the PeopleWe now come to you in prayer as the misguided members of our human family have attempted to match Your mastery in creation by tampering with genes to modify Your perfect design.  We forgive them Father but we pray now to reclaim sovereignty over all seed in Jesus’ name.  We reclaim our God-given right to save, use, sow, re-sow, exchange, share and sell our own seed in the name of Jesus.  We come against any plans that are currently in the works to continue to steal our seed from us in Jesus’ might name. 

We pray for the proliferation of community-held seed banks all over the world to preserve the diverse plants you created.  We pray for an international moratorium on the genetic modification or genetic engineering of seed in the fashion of the multinational seed corporations and their hired scientists.  We pray for an international moratorium on seed patenting and the revocation of all existing patents on seeds and plants.  

We hereby reclaim seed freedom. We reclaim poly-culture farming. We reclaim the biodiversity in food that we have had since the garden of Eden.  We reclaim this for our local community here (speak the name of your region or country), for the farmers and gardeners in our country, and for small farmers and gardeners all over the world in the might name of Jesus.  

AMEN.

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Faith Gardening is A Ministry of Patience🌛🕛🌱

Faith Gardening is a ministry of patience, like the branch on which my patience fruit ripens. (Fruit of the spirit, Galatians 5:22-23) There is a built in patience requirement in gardening, as one awaits the flow of the natural life cycle of plants.  Then, I imposed another cycle of waiting periods on myself by timing my gardening activities with the moon. 🌑🌒🌓🌔🌕

Faith Gardening is a Ministry of Patience
Lune & Jardin App by JOCS

Sounds very esoteric, right? Not that woke. I have been able to approach this faith gardening with biodynamic vibes using the 📱Lune & Jardin (Moon & Garden) app by JOCS.

Faith Gardening refers to gardening without chemicals, synthetic fertilizers, or growth enhancers.  It relies heavily on natural factors and forces, like the phases of the moon as in biodynamic farming.

I started this practice with a shade of skepticism, not about the practice itself, but about the accuracy of the app. Nonetheless, through a combination of research, practice and sky gazing, Lune & Jardin has proven itself. It has even enlightened me to concepts about the moon’s travels I had never known before, like the earth inhaling and exhaling depending on what part of its revolution path it is on around the planet.

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Waiting for bananas to ripen…patiently. #MorningInTheFaithGarden

How My Approach to Gardening has Changed

When I get the urge to put some new seeds in soil, for example, I have may to wait until next week when the moon is on its ascent again. Right now, it is descending, the earth is inhaling, the energy is in a downward direction so it is not a good time to expect seeds to sprout. This faith gardening is a ministry of patience indeed that perhaps is lost on the chemical gardeners and the hothouse farmers who flout natural seasonality in favor of profits.

Faith Gardening is a Ministry of Patience
During a descending moon, the downward pressure can even shift soil. Today I am able to see the roots of my heirloom tomato tree!

Gardening this way has given me a deeper understanding of Ecclesiastes 3. There is, indeed, a season to everything, a time to every purpose under heaven. When we submit to that timing, we are in harmony with creation. When we attempt to force our will out of timing, we create chaos. Yes, faith gardening is a ministry of patience that many of us need in our lives.

Faith Gardening is a Ministry of Patience
My neighbor blessed me a cutting of her Spanish Thyme, in the background are eggplant sprouts from seed. These will transplant into the garden today.
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Les Serres (The Greenhouses)

Reutilise les boutille plastique

Le fléau de la terre biologique

Comme des petits serres pour mes grains

Gloire au seigneir de les mettre dans mes main

Et bien! Les grains réussissent 

Le jardin grandit!

We reused water bottles as mini greenhouses to protect organic snap peas, tomato seeds and pimento seeds from birds as they sprout.

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The Faith Garden Phase One: Germination

OK, so It’s been almost 4 months since I posted The Faith Garden: Part 1 on The Really Nourish Movement YouTube station, and I’m finally at a stage where I am ready to start this thing!

For a couple of months over the summer I had a bit of garden training in an already existing garden.  My landlady went away for holidays and she gave us the green light to harvest whatever would grow.  So we had fresh pimentos, jalapenos (which I sliced and pickled in a blend of Apple Cider Vinegar and olive brine for my daughter), eggplants and ochro on a regular basis.  She was also growing cassava, limes and dasheen but we didn’t get too involved in those crops.  Her mango tree was not bearing (season was over) but the two coconut trees provided us with fresh coconut water on a few occasions when one of the men felt to put up a ladder.

We harvested together and shared the bounty around with fellow tenants and some IMG_3673friends.  She had one pimento tree growing in a pot and then some various pots around with chadon beni (culantro) flourishing.  I watered the pots and the garden crops close to the wall from time to time and didn’t have to weed any of it because my husband simply sprayed it when it came up.

Then we started the Sangre Grande Family Resource Group under the auspices of the National Family Service and decided that one of our first acts would be to start a “Grow Box” initiative.  The plan is to learn how to grow our own food.  I was giddy when this all came together!  This is Really Nourish in motion indeed!   Restoring food sovereignty to the community here in Sangre Grande, and to Trinibagonians at large, is a neglected priority.  All the reasons we are so focused on this project relate to food sovereignty – taking control of our food costs, our health, our environment (by growing organically) and teaching the skill to our children as a vital parenting activity.  In that last consideration, it dawned on me that the skill got lost in recent generations and it is now time to reintroduce the education of food cultivation as a necessary part of parenting, perhaps institute the stewardship of plants as a rite of passage for every child.

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USDA Organic seeds are from organically grown plants and are non-GMO and not treated with any growth stimulants.

So, I decided, after the demise of said training garden, with my fridge devoid of any fresh fruit or vegetable, and the recent realization that I live in a food desert in the middle of farm country, I initiated The Really Nourish Faith Garden.  My children, the neighbor’s children, Abigail (aka Lindey) from the Sangre Grande Family Resource Group and I got our hands happily dirty filling the tray and sowing the seeds.  The children were fascinated at the different sizes and shapes of the seeds for each plant.  I even planted some sunflower seeds given to me by Mount Sinai Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute at an event where they honored kidney donors about a month after my dad and my transplant.

Here’s the photo journal entry of the seed sowing activity.  We prayed over this little tray as we sprinkled water over them all by hand.  All of them are USDA organic, and most of them are good companions for each other.  I charted out their germination and harvest time frames.  Updates to come!!  Keep us in your prayers for success!

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My daughter and the girl next door sowing seeds. Statement on shirt: WORK IT GIRL!  
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Didn’t want to rely upon my memory of what was planted in each of the 120 spots in the tray, so I made this chart as we went along. Multiples of 4 made it good times table practice for my Standard 2 student!
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ReallyNourish.com Faith Garden: Phase One. I marked where the sunflowers are so I could reference the chart the correct way. I am sticking the chart up where we stage the tray inside at night.
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This is the kind of activity that creates many bonding opportunities for my children and I in stages – sowing seeds, watching seedlings sprout, transplanting, Repeat! Thanks be to God!
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The Faith Garden Part 1

We are enslaved if we must rely solely upon our jobs, money, supermarkets and agribusiness to eat.  Thank God for His (yes, it’s His) system of seed time and harvest that never ceases.  We can all grow at least some of our own food.  You will start small but you will want to grow more because it was God’s first job for us.  He gave us the power to feed ourselves.