Thursday, October 28, 2021

A Rich Harvest

 


The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us. ~Psalm 67:6

The city of Kennesaw, Georgia, has grown exponentially in the last 20 years, largely due to the expanding Kennesaw State University located in our backyard.  Even with all this increase in housing, traffic and population, Kennesaw proper hasn't lost its hometown feel.  We are even crowned with the coveted title of the 10th safest city in the entire state!  (Thank you, Kennesaw PD!)

With all the stories of division in communities propagated by the mainstream media these days.  Kennesaw proudly goes against the grain of that narrative.  Nothing speaks louder to that than this fall display of scarecrows in the downtown area.  These creations are concocted by a variety of churches, businesses and civic groups in our area.  Each has its own unique message or theme.  Best of all, agree or disagree, every display is respected, and might I say, enjoyed. 

So, come with me as I take a walking tour of downtown, and meet the diverse, and sometimes humorous, scarecrows of Kennesaw!


A Mom's Support Group created these scarecrows above, and I bridal shop, the one below.


From the library.


Yes, we have a brewery and distillery in town.



A cheer and tumble place.


Our church's preschool (Kennesaw UMC)


First Baptist Church


Happy there's no ban on Dr. Seuss here!


I never even knew our city has an organization designed to rescue rabbits.


There are more photos I could share, but will close with my favorite:  A salute to active military and veterans.



What a fun way to celebrate the splendor of the fall and the realization of a rich harvest!  God, our God, has certainly blessed our city and community in so many ways.

I pray that He will bless yours, too.

Amen!

Friends, I could really use some prayers.  I'm having some surgery on my gums this coming Monday, and the aftermath, for at least the first several days, will not be pleasant.  In light of this, I won't be posting a blog on Tuesday, as usual, and I might not be up to getting around to your blogs, either.  I know you all will understand.  Thanks in advance for the prayers!  Love and blessings!

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  1. Dearest Martha Jane,
    You in Kennesaw are very fortunate for having a good Mayor and one with humor.
    The ranking of each city depends as it varies on different checking lists. But no doubt, you live in a good and historical city!
    Scarecrows are fun.
    Good luck with your gum surgery.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Yes, it's a wonderful place to live, Mariette, and we feel fortunate to be here. This is the first year they've had a scarecrow "contest," on the town square, so yes, lots of fun.
      Love and blessings!

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    1. It is definitely great fun, Glynn. I got such a kick out of the different designs.
      Love and blessings!

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  3. OH, I love the scarecrows! What a fun way to decorate the town, and neat that all the businesses, etc. got in the act!! I loved seeing them. Now, I will definitely be praying for you as you have that surgery next week on your gums. That does sound painful. Not sure what that entails, but will definitely keep you in my prayers. (((hugs)))

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    1. I'm glad to know you like scarecrows, too, Pamela! About the gum surgery - my surface teeth/gums are in great shape, but underneath, there seems to be a pulling away from the bone - probably has to do with osteoporosis. Anyway, it's not complicated, but the recovery is said to be quite painful. I do so appreciate your prayers!
      Love and blessings!

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    2. I will be keeping you in prayer...and I wanted to thank you for the lovely get well card you sent me! What a blessing you are! Thank you so much. And may your surgery be fully successful and not as painful as they say.

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    3. I'm so glad you got the card, Pamela! And thank you again for your prayers, dear friend. I already feel them pouring in!

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  4. Praying for your healing, Martha. And for your family.

    God bless.

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  5. Oh my goodness ... all those scarecrow creations are precious! I love this initiative so much, the obvious sense of pride which exists. I'll be thinking of you Monday morning. Lifting prayers for speedy healing and less-than-expected pain! 💛

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    1. Thanks for your prayers, Myra, they are so appreciated! Yes, I think these scarecrows take the cake, representing fall and Halloween perfectly. So happy I could share these photos with all my friends. :)
      Love and blessings!

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  6. Thanks for the great photos, Martha. Will pray that all goes well next week.

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    1. You are so welcome, Frank, and your prayers are so appreciated! We know the power of intercessory prayer for one another. Lifting prayers for you and all those who comment here.
      Love and blessings!

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  7. What a great way to celebrate fall, Martha. It makes a town feel more cozy. :) I'm sorry you need gum surgery. Love and blessings of strength and healing!

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    1. It is a perfect way to celebrate, Trudy, and I really love the hometown spirit we enjoy in Kennesaw. Thanks so much for your prayers!
      Love and blessings!

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  8. What fun and brought joy to my heart!

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that, Jean! We all can use a bit more joy and happiness in our lives, that's for sure.
      Love and blessings!

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  9. Love the Fall Festival and all the scarecrows Ms. Martha; and love that each can be enjoyed for their uniqueness. Sure beats all the evie, divisiveness,and hatred so many want to promote today.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this Fall Festival, J. D. And those were my thoughts exactly - in a time when so many factions are promoting divisiveness, our town is doing just the opposite. So refreshing!
      Love and blessings!

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  10. Count on my prayers, Martha. I am so sorry for what you will be enduring next week. I really enjoyed seeing all of the scarecrows!! What a fun idea and great way to bring people together. Thanks for sharing your town with us. xo

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    1. Thanks a million for your prayers, Terri! Yes, next week won't be a barrel of laughs, but I'm trusting in God to get me through. Glad you enjoyed this creative assortment of scarecrows!
      Love and blessngs!

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  11. Thank you, Martha, for the interesting and lovely your. I enjoyed taking the walk around your town. Prayers, hugs and blessings.

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    1. Thanks for taking this tour with me, Nells!
      Love and blessings!

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  12. I hope you feel better soon. Thanks for sharing scarecrows. They are cute and make me childlike.

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    1. Isn't it great to feel like a child again? Glad you enjoyed the scarecrows, and thanks for your good wishes and prayers for my upcoming procedure.
      Love and blessings!

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  13. I'm last to this party Martha and I apologize. I most definitely will be praying for you over the next few days. You have become a very dear online friend and it would be an honor to pray for you. And I love that your community is together.

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    1. Thanks so much for your prayers, Bill. I'll need all I can get as this surgery is NOT going to be fun. You may be "last" to the party, but you're certainly not the least!
      Love and blessings!

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  14. What a fun way to draw attention to the various businesses, services, and ministries in town! You've got some creative people in Kennesaw. I'm sorry you must face surgery on Monday and perhaps a troublesome recovery the first few days. But I'm praying you'll surprise yourself and your surgeon how quickly you improve!!

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    1. Thanks so much for your prayers and positive outlook, Nancy. I sure need both! Glad you enjoyed the scarecrow displays, too. Just so much light-hearted fun that we can all enjoy.
      Love and blessings!

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  15. What a fun post and celebration of fall, Martha. Cute scarecrows on display and love that your town is ranked among the safest in the state. Thanks for sharing! God bless!

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    1. I'm proud of our safety record, too, Karen. As large as Kennesaw has become in the last decade, it's been truly a miracle. So glad you enjoyed the post, my friend.
      Love and blessings!

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  16. I LOVE these, Martha! Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea!
    Blessings!

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  17. What a fun tradition! I love all these scarecrows. Our local botanical gardens usually has a scarecrow trail but it's only for those who purchase a ticket. Praying that you're recovering well from your gum surgery!

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    1. Thanks for sharing what your local botanical gardens do in this season, Lisa. Most of all, thanks for your prayers! My Friday blog will detail all that has transpired, so I do hope you will pay a visit.
      Love and blessings!

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  18. Boa tarde Martha. Deus tem o controle de todas situações em nossa vida. Vamos orar pela sua família. Aqui no Brasil não temos o costume de fazer espantalhos.

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    1. I think scarecrows are pretty much a North American tradition, Luiz. Glad you enjoyed the post!
      Love and blessings!

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  19. Sounds like a real blessing living in a safe city. I love those scarecrows. They are certainly part of this Fall/Autumn season. I enjoy reading your stories. Thank you.

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    1. I'm so glad you are enjoying my posts, Anne. I love yours, too!
      Love and blessings!

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