The Garden

The Lord will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Isaiah 58:1


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Beyond Faith to Trust

Faith is something I have. But trust is something I do. It is the response of my faith. I believe that God saves, heals, delivers, provides, in short I believe His promises.  Isn’t that wonderful?  Then everything is good, right?   But what happens when what I think will make me happy, or the plan I have for my life, or something I prayed for believing doesn’t happen, or at least not the way I want it to?   That is when I need to trust.

Trust is believing that God’s promises are true, even in those situations where the evidence of it seems contrary. You see God is sovereign. He sees not just my yesterdays, today and tomorrow but He sees yours.  I think Romans 8:28 sums it up pretty well, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His”  So I trust Him.

My oldest daughter was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 2. We were told that she would probably not live to her 3rd birthday, which was just a few months away. However, she lived, I was going to say survived but she did so much more than survive, she lived for 9 more years. Yes, those were years filled with tears and every other feeling you could think of, but they were days of even more joy, love, hope and even peace.  I learned so much about My wonderful Lord.  I learned that he really does love me, that he is always with me.  I learned to TRUST Him and even after my daughter’s going home I learned to TRUST Him even more, and with that trust comes a peace that is indescribable.

So whatever you are going through, I encourage you to trust Him. How do you do that? Get to know Him by reading The Word and find those scriptures that talk about trust, spend time in prayer and not just talking to Him but listening for Him to speak, find  someone who will encourage you and help you.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,  And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him,  And He shall direct[a]your paths.

Finally, for me trust is knowing that God does have the best for us, not just for me but for all. Think about this: When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane and he prays “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”  Where would we be if God had answered that prayer with a yes?  However, Jesus knowing the Father as He did, trusted Him knowing the greater glory and good wouldn’t come from Jesus’ will or desire,  but God’s.    But it didn’t stop him from asking.

So Keep Praying, Believing, and Trusting!


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Atmosphere (part 1)

And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took a harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him. I Samuel 16:23

Atmosphere, it is literally all around us. Not only the air around us but it is also the mood or tone of our environment, such as at work or in our homes.   We all have experienced those times when we have gone into work or went to visit a friend and things just didn’t feel right. There was a sense of tension or uneasiness in the air.  That was atmosphere.

In the scripture above, David changed the atmosphere from where an evil spirit was able to torment Saul, to one where the spirit fled.  God has given us the ability and authority to change our atmosphere or at least our mindset.

There have been times when I had to give myself a “mental shake” and make the conscious decision that I AM going to change my attitude.   One way that I do this is to remember how good God has been to me.  We can get so bogged down in our current problems or a situation,  that we forget to remember what God has done for us.  Looking back isn’t always good especially if you dwell on “the what ifs or if only.” But if you look back and remember the goodness of God and remind yourself of His promises then you will encourage yourself.

So when you find yourself depressed, down in the dumps, discouraged or whatever just  say;

Why am I discouraged?
    Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
    I will praise him again—
    my Savior and my God!   Psalm 42:11

 

 

 


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Gardens

The Lord will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
   Isaiah 58:11

When someone says the word garden, what do you think of?   Do you think of a beautifully landscaped garden like you find at the Biltmore Estate, a place of peace and rest and beauty?  Do you think of a garden in the backyard of a home that grows vegetables for the dinner table, feeding people, sustaining life?  Or do you think of something else, maybe the amount of work that goes into one?

I must say I thought of all those things, but  after reading Isaiah 58, especially verse 11 I realized that we are a garden.   We can be a place of peace and rest, a place of refreshing.   We can also be a place where people draw strength and be fed, not in the natural sense but spiritually and emotionally.  We just have to partner with the Lord and work with Him in the process, not against Him.  He is the master gardener.   He takes us though times of planting, watering,  fertilizing (what does that look like?),   even takes us through times of pruning and weeding (ouch).

So with all that said, I want to be that garden.    May you find rest, encouragement, hope, refreshing, whatever you may need from the Lord here, and you become the garden He wants you to be!