As I think on how blessed I am, how highly favored I am, and how I’ve taken for granted and neglected this truth. I can’t help but thank The Most High God for not smiting me for my lack of appreciation and reverence for the gift of my very own garden to tend to, love, care for, and marvel at.
But, how does my garden grow?
When the acceptance of and the following of Jesus The Christ becomes the center of my life, oh how my garden grows.
When I love as if there was nothing more important, oh how my garden grows.
When I allow the love and correction of God till the hardened surface of my heart to expose the love-rich soil which is perfect for planting, oh how my garden grows.
When I allow the richness of His grace, love, and mercy fertilize that very soil so that what is planted will have nourishment, oh how my garden grows.
When love, patience, kindness, meekness, gentleness, acceptance, and an attitude of forgiveness are PRACTICED, OH how my garden grows.
When a wife is planted in that heavenly prepped soil, oh how my garden grows.
When an attitude of submission, not slavery, of self to the wife is PRACTICED, oh how my garden grows.
When one child, then another, then another, then another is planted in that same soil, oh how my garden grows.
When a healthy, scriptural approach to parenting is PRACTICED, oh how my garden grows.
When trials come and they are faced head on with an unwavering faith that God WILL see me through it is evident, oh how my garden grows.
When two fragile seedlings are planted with no idea if the soil prepared will be enough, yet God’s will is trusted to persevere, OH how my garden grows.
I thank God for all I have been blessed with. Thank Him for my garden, my family. And oh how beautifully my garden grows.
Why do gymnasts call doing a flip a Summersault?
Was it because the first time somebody attempted to do one it was during the summer and they failed horribly by doing a doggone belly buster onto a nearby bag of salt!?
What if that same person attempted to do the very first one in the Spring and fails horribly by doing belly buster onto a nearby bag of pepper?
Would it then be called a Springpepper?
Things that make you say… Hmm.
Take some time to watch this episode of The Spectacular Spider-man!
I know it sounds crazy but humor yourself by watching it and look for the message that spoke to me on how in our everyday lives as believers of Christ Jesus, we battle against the powers of this dark world and how God will try and intervene yet not force His way into our lives.
Sin wants into our lives and when we are not close to The Lord and have a right relationship with Him, we tend to walk so closely in sin that we cannot discern who’s voice we hear. Is it the voice of The Lord or the voice of the enemy that we entertain?
God knows our hearts desires and so does our enemy because of our sin nature. God is ALWAYS with us and speaks to us in a small, still voice.
1 Kings 19:11-13 (KJV)
11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:
12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
Our enemy whispers lies and deceit so that you will be enticed and not hear from The Lord.
John 8:43-45 (NIV)
43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!
There is ALWAYS a hand reaching down from heaven waiting ever so patiently for YOU to grab hold so He can pull you up and out of the muck. In the end, light always conquers the darkness. Let your light shine through.
Genesis 1:4 (NIV)
4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.
~Keep it Kingdom!
1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God,did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothingby taking the very nature of a servant,being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man,he humbled himselfby becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest placeand gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,to the glory of God the Father.