“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
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.
Just thought I’d share a little progress note with you.
We are starting seeds for the new fall garden. I’m excited to be able to grow things now that wouldn’t grow during the hot summer here.
Lots of sprouting going on!
And we’ve been prepping our beds for some special seedlings. These are our Seminole Pumpkins! I’m so excited to be growing this Florida native in my garden this fall! If you look closely, there are nine little seedlings in that bed. We’ll be giving it some more mulch a little later on.
And I thought I’d share some of the ways we get things accomplished here at our house. I’m not able to go outside for hours, helping with all the gardening tasks. And there are SO many, you can be sure! When it’s cooler, I can sit and help outside, but it’s still just too hot for me to sit out there now.
So, this is how I help. We cover the floor with sheets and cardboard, set up a table, bring in dirt and pots and plants and I help get things done. These were our strawberries. They’ve grown and multiplied for several months in this wagon and needed to be separated in order to bloom in the fall and winter. It felt so good when that job was done. Doug rolled them back outside and brought in our other wagon to load up all the pots.
There would be no garden if Doug didn’t help. I am so thankful for him! He says I’m the brain and he’s the brawn…LoL! Not really, but it does sort of describe our strengths. I do all the planning, plotting, choosing seed, buying supplies, laying out the garden; and he supplies the brute strength. I’m so grateful the Lord put us together on the same team.
I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our day.
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. ❤
Right now. Wherever you are.
God provides all you need to do what He’d have you do.
So, go ahead! Get your bloom on!!!
Sometimes, it feels like everyone else is doing so well. Achieving. Growing. Accomplishing.
While I seem stuck. In a rut. Making no great progress. Just existing. Or to be honest, just barely existing.
My tasks feel unimportant. My growth is so slow. Even I’m bored with me.
But as my pastor reminded me last night, there are no unimportant jobs in Christ’s work. And even my small contributions are worth my very best effort.
Whether I’m doing dishes…or calculating our budget…or greeting a church visitor with a smile…or praying for my church leaders… maybe sending out a get well card… these “small” efforts are important in God’s grand scheme. And I should do my best.
His goal for me isn’t great accomplishments. His goal is my growth. He wants me to keep growing to be more like Him.
And even if my growth isn’t the same as some others…
I am still growing.
Be faithful in your tasks today, my friend. God will bless your work in His way & in His time.