“Distinguish between the fact of God’s presence, and the emotion of the fact…The religious life is not a brooding over emotions, grazing the keel of faith in the shallows, of dragging the anchor of hope through the oozy tide mud as if afraid of encountering the healthy breeze…If we remain groveling on the low ground of feeling and emotion, we shall find ourselves entangled in a thousand meshes of doubt and despondency, temptation and unbelief. Hope thou in God!” ~Streams in the Desert
Genesis 2:24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.
Genesis 6:5 And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.
Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
GROANING, Uttering a low mournful sound.
GROANING, The act of groaning; lamentation; complaint; a deep sound uttered in pain or sorrow.
In the Old Testament, when the children of Israel groaned because of the hardships that their disobedience had caused, God heard the sound of their groanings, and He remembered His promises to them, and made a way of deliverance.
In the New Testament, because we have the indwelling of the believer by the Holy Spirit, God the Father takes it even further: when the pain is too deep and the grief is too overwhelming to have breath to make a sound, God HEARS our cry. His Holy Spirit calls out to God the Father and communicates what our prayer should be.
Romans 8:27 says “And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.“
On days when we can’t find the words to tell God how much we hurt, how broken our heart is, how overwhelmed we are, how deeply we are wounded, and we groan out our prayers to Him – He remembers! And when there are days that the pain is so sharp and so deep, that we can’t even summon the breath to groan – amazingly – He hears!
Do not despair, my sweet friend. You are heard by the Almighty God. He knows your voice. He sees your pain. He remembers His promises. He will use this present suffering to work His glory in your life.
(For further study and edification, I encourage you to read the entire chapter of Romans 8.)
I’ve promised to remember…
The day the Islamic terrorists attacked our great nation, here on native soil.
But I am also promising to remember…
The man who just empowered those same terrorist groups…
While he stripped our citizens of their God-given, constitutionally-protected rights and freedoms.
The enemy is no longer foreign. He (and the party he represents) is destroying our country from right here in the heart of our nation’s capitol.
If you’re going to remember, remember it all.
Make sure your children and grandchildren know that when a nation forgets God, He removes His protection. He allows the enemies to attack from without…and from within.
The only safely we have is the eternal refuge, protection and salvation of the Lord our God.
Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.Psalm 20:6-7
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
I know you’ve been waiting a long time for a garden update.
Here’s a picture post to hold you over until I can sit down to do a proper post.
It’s been quite an education out there in the garden. It’s so odd – the things that don’t grow & the things that do. I am constantly surprised.
We plan to harvest our first set of potatoes buckets in the next day or so. I’m hoping we won’t be disappointed. The first bucket we harvested when they should have been ready only had 2 little potatoes in it!
We’ve got cattle panels to set up for all the melon seedlings that are ready to be transplanted. We’re planning to make arches with the panels. It’s so exciting to see the back yard come together as a food forest!
We had to take Isaac for some medical tests this week in Orlando. When we told the tech we were from Haines City, his next question was “Oh, so you guys have a farm there?”
We just laughed & said no. But then we thought about it.
I told him, “Well, we do have a garden this year! It’s not quite a farm, but we are growing things.”
It was funny that he thought of our area as farm country. It is very rural, I guess. I don’t mind that at all. I’m so glad the Lord didn’t “plant” me in the big city. I’m grateful I have lots of nature & clear blue skies where I live.
That’s it for this update! I hope to be back soon!
Just as the garden gives us glimpses of wonderful things that are in the future, so does the Word of God:
1 Corinthians 2:9 (KJV) But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
The Master Gardener is at work in your life. Don’t give up hope. He has beautiful things in store, just for you!
Psalms 68:18 (KJV) Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.
Ephesians 4:7-10 (KJV) But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
When Jesus’ physical body died on the cross on Wednesday & was in the tomb for 3 days, His spirit was not there in that tomb as well.
He was busy. Descending. Ascending. Leading captive ones. Attaining gifts.
It’s a hugely complex study.
But the crux of the matter is that He was still at work during those 3 days, assuring the forgiveness of our sins & our eternal home in Heaven.
His resurrection was the “Hallelujah!” exclamation point to the story He began in that stable over 30 years before.
Because He came, we have hope.
Because He died, we have a covering for our sins.
Because He lives, we live eternally.
Read that first verse again.
“…for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.”
What a glorious truth, that even when my rebellious heart had no desire to know its Creator, He came & died to guarantee I *could* be reconciled to Him one day.
I am filled with gratitude & awe as I reflect on the work He did to ensure I could live with Him in Heaven throughout eternity.
Hallelujah! What a Saviour!!!
Oh, amen to this! I’ve seen the most amazing thing play out in our church over the last year. As some of us were moved to other churches, or sidelined by illness, or afraid to attend because of Covid, God has moved so many “unknowns” into those vacated positions. They have stepped up & filled those positions! They have the talent, skill & courage to get the work done!
Sometimes we get so used to seeing the same people fill the same positions that we forget God has others who can do the work just as well. And sadly, some of US think that we are indispensable, & we have an inner celebrity attitude that God must despise.
It’s good to remember that we are replaceable. God’s will moves forward always…with or without us. It’s our job to stay available, humble & teachable if we want to remain in our role doing God’s work. When we are no longer usable, God will use someone else.
No celebrities in church. Only servants. ❤