Friday, October 28, 2011

Of Prayers and Apples

Growing up, I always knew my Mom was a woman of prayer. Even little things in our lives she would bring to the Lord and then rejoice to share with us His direct answers to her specific requests. As a child, her persistence in prayer strengthened my faith.

And as an adult, I continue to learn from her. This summer, Mom has been praying for apples. Our whole family simply loves applesauce, but our canning jars were sitting empty, silently pleading to be filled with yummy-ness. However, our search for apples in our local area turned up unsuccessful. The official season was past, but Mom kept praying.

We left on our fall tour, but answers to prayer are never late. Just before our final concert in Ohio, we discovered an orchard that was selling apples for a quarter the amount we'd previously priced. And, although we weren't planning to buy this amount, they loaded us up with 16 bushels of apples. Yes, over 700 lbs of apples! Applesauce, anyone?!

Bushels of summer goodness

Cutting apples for sauce

Tart sweetness!

Taking out the seeds

Straining out the sauce

Capping all the jars

Slicing the apple pie filling

Smiles!

Pie filling

And the final product -- 200 quarts of fresh applesauce and pie filling. Not bad for a days work?! We're so thankful for this specific answer to prayer! Have you been prompted to pray for a specific need lately?!


"Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

1 Thess 5:16-18

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, I have canned before, but 200 quarts????? That blows me away...

Tori said...

Wow! That looks yummy! :-)

Anonymous said...

Wow! Looks delicious! Happy birthday, Nathanael. Do you think you will have applesauce with your birthday cake? How about watermelon sherbet? We love you. Uncle J and Aunt D

Sarah Benson said...

That is SO exciting! Reminds me of a very similar answer to prayer with my family! {sarah}

Blythe said...

We have the same applesauce maker. I love making Applesauce!!! :)

Katie said...

Wow! What a lot of work! It is sooooooo worth it though when you get to enjoy it later! Do you have a recipe for your apple pie filling?? Sounds like a neat idea!

Shiloh said...

Wow! That's great!

And to your last question, yes I have. :)

Talitha said...

What a perfect answer to your prayers! 200 quarts of apple sauce and apple pie filling is a very nice supply. ;) It is so nice to have these goodies to enjoy during the winter months!

Spencer Rothfuss said...

What a great story!

Rebecca at Cotton+Wood said...

Yes, I've been prompted to pray for a specific need but I don't have the answer yet. :) This is an encouragement to keep praying!

Anonymous said...

Wow! That looks good! :)
~Elizabeth Lindsay

Alicia said...

That is wonderful. I didn't get any apples this year. I will definitely be praying about it next year. We too love canning apples.

Bryants said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful answer to prayer - what a joy it truly is to ask something of our gracious Father and see Him provide!

Our family actually experienced the same blessing this fall, because we wanted to make applesauce. God provided apples just last week for us - although we didn't make quite 200 quarts. :)
Blessings to you all!

Bloombunchboys said...

That is an awesome gift from God!
(And that is a lot of apple sauce)
We only jarred 102 quarts of apple sauce.
That looks like a fun seasonal event, and
reminds me of our own.
Joshua

Bloombunchboys said...

That is a lot of apple sauce!!!!!!! This year we made 102 quarts, but 200 hundred is just amazing! God said, ".... if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." Malachi 3:10. This sure sounds like your situation, except you had room enough. Oh, we have that same strainer! Hope to see you guys soon! :-) Jeremiah Bloom

Clan of 7 said...

Hello Wissman Family,
We have a quick question. My sister is getting married in March and we have had a hard time finding a modest bridesmaid dress pattern. We were wondering if you all had any pattern numbers that you would recommend for a bridesmaid dress. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

And tell Rachel that we are so happy for her! Congratulations to you all!

-The Hammond family