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April '24

"To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted . . ." 

~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-2



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God’s green earth has re-awakened for a new season of life!

Amish farmers are looking ahead to planting potatoes in just a few days, and sowing seed for oats will come next. Fields are being tilled in preparation for planting corn the end of this month or early May, and families are fertilizing their kitchen gardens with barn manure in hope of a bountiful harvest.


“’Tis the season for new beginnings,” my Amish friends like to say. I wholeheartedly agree, ready to put the cold winds and snow of winter behind me. 


The promise of spring is that, no matter how harsh or challenging the winter season may have been, spring always comes and with it, the joy of new life. The same is true after times of our own sadness and weeping: comfort and even laughter comes. After slogging through troubled waters comes the calm of peace.


I clearly remember all the years of yearning, preparing . . . and waiting before the time came to adopt. Oh, the joy of holding our baby Julie—a true blessing, indeed. And two and a half years later, two more gifts from God: newborn boy/girl twins—Jonathan and Janie! 


Just as a caterpillar forms into a chrysalis over time and struggles to emerge as a beautiful butterfly, so someday we also will emerge reborn. Thankfully, even in the in-between times, Lamentations 3:22-23 assures us that God’s mercies are new for us every morning and will not come to an end.


May this month bring you the assurance of knowing our heavenly Father is with you. Not a few steps ahead, but beside you, no matter what season of life you may be experiencing. 


Blessings for spring and always,


—Beverly Lewis



1) For its twentieth anniversary, my beautiful Amish cookbook has been updated for modern cooks and is available to preorder for 40% off + free shipping at Baker Book House or wherever books are sold:

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2) I have completed the first draft of my Amish Christmas novella, releasing in fall 2025. Much more on that exciting book later.


3) NEW cards for Mother's Day are available to order now at our secure website:

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4) Thanks for being such a devoted reader-friend. I am so grateful!


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