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Don’t expect a harvest…

…if you haven’t planted the seed.

I’m unsure what happened, exactly.

But it was definitely the Lord, that the error was caught.

I’d planted seeds in the garden, but completely missed an entire package.

Much later, I found it where my seeds waited in a drawer all winter.

The crazy thing about it all, is my expectations.

I’ve been looking forward to those in soups and salads, but I’m not going to have a single one if the seeds never go in the ground.

Which struck me.

How often do I expect spiritual fruit, but fail to plant the seeds?

My daily choices today will bring forth a harvest in the future.

Galatians 6:7 NLT — Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.

If I want to reap the fruit of the Spirit in my life, I need to be humble, teachable, obedient to God’s Word, not walking in the ways of the flesh.

Ephesians 4:22-23 RSV — Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds,

Ephesians 4:30 RSV — And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

If I want God’s peace in my life, I have to surrender myself fully to the Lord and trust in His Sovereignty.

Philippians 4:6-7NLT — Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

I shouldn’t expect to reap a harvest of righteousness if I’ve not summited to God and chosen to walk in His ways.

So, I’m grabbing my garden gloves, putting on my rubber boots and taking that unplanted package to the garden to plant, but first…

I’m spending some time with the Lord in His Word and in prayer, making sure I’ve begun this day with the proper seed: faith, humility, love, truth, honesty, selfcontrol, patience, peace, the heart of a servant…

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your love and this lesson in life through my oversight. Lord, please help me to realize each day is an opportunity to plant into tomorrow. Lord, please continue to teach me to be self-disciplined, honorable, gentle, soft spoken, truthful, loving, kind, faithful, wise, discerning, and Your child. Lord, I want to be like You in every way. Thank You for teaching me this morning. Thank You for speaking so clearly through something so simple. How I love You, Jesus! What a blessing it is to walk in Your ways, reading Your Word, and being guided by Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for salvation. Thank You for Your patience with me, such a slow learner. May Your name be glorified throughout the whole earth! Amen.

Monday’s encouragement

This morning didn’t begin as it normally does on a Monday.

Instead of waking to my husband’s alarm, I awoke to him entering the room carrying a blanket and saying in a less-than-rested voice, “I’m late. Going to take a shower.”

“What happened?”

“I was awake from 1 am to 5 this morning and didn’t hear my alarm.”

He headed to the shower and after a few moments of trying to get myself fully awake, I rolled out of bed and headed for the kitchen to make him some coffee.

It’s been a wonderful weekend.

Saturday was our oldest girl’s birthday and our son-in-law had called me the day previous to ask if we could watch the kids so he could to take her out for part of the day, then they would be back in time for supper, cake and gifts.

I love watching the grandbabies!

We had a great time, but somewhere in the day I started to feel a migraine coming on.

It was disappointing, but I prayed and asked the Lord to keep me from having to go to bed while the family was still here.

Thankfully, not long after this our daughter and son-in-law returned.

I went and took my medication and had a short nap.

I was able to get up and enjoy time with all three of our daughters as our second girl and her husband came over as well.

By bedtime, I was ready to crash.

I overslept the next morning and when I did waken it was with the realization that I wasn’t going to leave the house for church.

My family did and prayed for me.

I felt good enough to be able to eat and read my Bible.

I normally watch online when I can’t go, but yesterday I really enjoyed the time by simply praying.

When everyone came back we ate and I rested, while Hubby and Jase worked on our chicken coop.

Hubby had not worked on Saturday so he could help me with the kids.

They got a bunch done and I didn’t have to cook as we had leftovers from the night before.

I went to bed still hurting, but thankful and happy.

Not the same emotion I felt as I drug myself into the kitchen this morning.

Not only had I failed to clean the kitchen after supper, I was like a porcupine whose quills are working the opposite way, everything seemed to poke me.

The cutting board with crumbs, the sink with dirty dishes, the floor which needed to be swept, the…you get the idea.

I needed to get my mind and heart out of the “crummies” and into the Lord so I started to pray.

“Lord, thank You for my family whose dirty dishes are in my way.”

…hmm, not quite the right attitude…try again.

“Lord, thank You for the food we have leftover, so I don’t have to try to make a lunch for my husband.”

…better…

“Lord, thank You for my husband. I don’t know why he couldn’t sleep, but he is so tired, please bless him today, giving him all he needs to do his job well.”

“Lord, thank You for my children still at home. Please help me to be gracious and not cranky today.”

Unfortunately, I got sidetracked from this positive line when I realized the dishwasher was completely clean, but hadn’t been unloaded from yesterday morning, and someone in an effort to find something in the clean clothes in the dryer dropped a used-to-be clean dish towel on the floor and left it there.

I tossed it in the washing machine and went to deal with the dishwasher.

Hubby returned, thanked me for breakfast and lunch and coffee.

He kissed me, hugged me, and knew I was struggling.

Gently asked me what was wrong.

I whispered the truth and he kissed me again, said “I love you” and left.

After finishing the dishes, I loaded and started the washing machine, turned off breakfast to keep it from burning and headed for my room.

I had neglected my time with the Lord and that was why I was struggling so much.

I barely made it in and my phone dinged with a text.

It was a childhood friend whose now a lovely adult woman with a family.

She’d texted me that she was praying for me, thanked me for my prayers for her, and told me I was awesome.

I texted back: “How’d ya know I needed that this morning? I bet it was Jesus who told you. Thank you, so much for your prayers!”

Then, I read another prayer from a friend I made in our last city.

It was beautiful and encouraging and I felt humbled, blessed, and convicted.

I know how difficult it is for me to come back off a migraine and how much my family does when I am unable to do.

It’s very ungrateful of me to focus on all the things they didn’t do rather than praising God for all they did do.

It’s also unfair to them as they are simply doing what they see as the priority for that day.

I spent some time in prayer, thanking God and confessing I’d messed up my Monday morning, asking Him to redeem it.

He has.

With that knowledge and blessing, I am writing to you.

If your struggling with the “crummies”, an attitude which is anything but loving, thankful, and joyful take a minute and repent for the ingratitude, thank God for His blessing, even if it’s only the breath you are breathing you have something to thank Him for.

Then seek God’s Word and His face, find a chance to worship God, and fill your heart and mind with God’s truth, His love, His mercy and grace.

That’s what restored my morning along with the prayers of a few friends, the gentleness of my husband.

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 your paths.
Proverbs 3:5‭-‬6 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word and how You use us to encourage and lift up one another. Lord Jesus, I thank You for all You have done through others for me this morning. First, with the gentle understanding of my husband and then through the reaching out of my friends in prayer. Lord Jesus, for those who are struggling with crummy attitudes, crummy circumstances, maybe even crummy lives, I just lift them up to You and humbly request that they see You this day, that they turn their hearts to seeking You and find solace for their hurting in Your Word and Your salvation. Lord Jesus, sometimes we simply get off track through selfishness or other tricks of sin, please bring us , each one of us, clarity if we have stepped away from following hard after You. Lord, put our feet back upon the right road and let the weary heart find strength in Your Word and You Holy Spirit. For it is Your joy in which we find strength. Lord, for so many who are living lives of horrible oppression and abuse, I humbly request You meet them right where they are and bring them both hope and freedom through You precious blood. Lord, it is for the lost, the sick, the broken, the blind, the lame, the deaf, the hurting, the orphan, the widow, the prodigal, the sinner, that You came, You died, You rose again. May we never tire of that truth nor weary of waiting for Your return. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Looking deeper

Jase had to get pond water and look at it under the microscope for an experiment in Biology.

He had to find specific microorganisms and draw them in his notebook.

Next, he was to get four jars and place something different in each, add pond water, wrap each carefully to keep out the light and wait a week.

Upon the end of the seven days, he was to draw water from the bottom of each jar and look through the microscope to see what he could identify.

He did very well on each slide, quickly finding and drawing what he found, except for one.

Not seeing anything on the 10x power, he switched to the 40x power and still couldn’t discover any microorganisms.

I’d noticed his struggle, but was waiting to see if he’d find some on his own.

After more effort, he looked at me in frustration.

“Mom, I can’t see anything. It must be they all died.”

I offered to look and he stepped aside.

After seeing nothing on either of the powers 10x and 40x, I switched to 400x.

It took a little longer, but I finally found what he’d been looking for.

“Hey bud, why don’t you see if you can see anything now?”

He looked and focused and was silent.

“Can you see those super tiny things that look like little dots? Watch them closely.”

“Oh! Wow! They’re moving!”

I smiled at him.

He returned the smile and went back to watching these things barely visible at our microscope’s highest power.

It turned out to be our favorite slide.

Upon reflection, I realized that “looking deeper”, the extra effort and time, was what made that slide so interesting.

The same thing has been true for my time in God’s Word.

When I was a teen I read my Bible as a duty, missing the joy and interest of looking deeper into God’s precious gift of His written word.

As an adult, I was convinced I was missing something and began reading through the Bible.

It wasn’t easy and often I’d get discouraged, but as I kept at it, I noticed a change in my heart.

God’s Word had become a joy and a source of strength, direction, and hope.

The richness of scripture had been missed by when I only spent a short time in God’s Word.

It has only been through diligent, humble reading of the scriptures where my heart has found the security and guidance I need.

I’m so thankful for the recent reminder of this truth through our son’s science experiment.

Psalm 119:17-18 NKJV — GIMEL Deal bountifully with Your servant, That I may live and keep Your word. Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Lord, let these words from Psalm 119 speak for me. Lord, please continue to teach me how to seek You through Your Word. Lord, open my heart and mind to Your truths and guide me through Your commandments. Thank You for Your mercy and grace. Thank You for all Your blessings. Your ways are perfect and Your Word endures through every generation. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Answered

Psalm 33:4 NKJV — For the word of the LORD is right, And all His work is done in truth.

Psalm 119:160 NKJV — The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.

God has always been faithful.

His Word is trustworthy.

Yesterday, He not only dealt with my fears, He carried me through with ease.

As if that were not enough, He answered prayer and we finally know what is robbing me of my voice, and I am being referred to a Speech Therapist.

When I think about the goodness of God, I am overwhelmed.

Exodus 34:6 NKJV — And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth,

For nothing is too small for His notice and nothing too large for His ability.

Psalm 27:13 NKJV — I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.

Yesterday, I did.

Praise the Lord!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for answering our prayers. Thank You for Your Word and Your goodness. Lord, thank You for being righteous, holy, merciful, and full of grace. Thank You for Your love and help. Lord Jesus, thank You for guiding and directing. Thank You for Your ways, which are far better than ours. Lord Jesus, I lift up the helpless. Those who are in danger, those who are completely vulnerable. You see each and every one. Please act upon their behalf. Please bring the gift of salvation to those in such great need. Lord, let each and every one of us cling to Your Word and walk in peace knowing we can place all our trust in You. Lord, let the whole earth be filled with the knowledge of Your glory. Amen.

“…think on these things.”

Philippians 4:8 KJV — Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

I was recently reminded by the Lord, the importance of guarding my thoughts and this list the Lord gave to help with that.

For the things I choose to think about will not only be seeds into my day, they will sprout up, and grow into reactions, attitudes, and ultimately my perspective.

Therefore, guarding my thoughts and being purposeful about what I choose to think on has a much larger impact upon my life and the lives of those around me.

Focusing on Jesus and His Word (He is every one of these) brings me not only comfort, but courage.

Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV — And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

These last words of Jesus in Matthew’s gospel bring both instruction and inspiration.

We are to live testifying of Jesus Christ daily, teaching others His Word and ways, and He is with us through it all.

When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?
Mark 8:34‭-‬36 NKJV

What can mankind do to save themselves? Nothing.

Jesus is only One who can save us, and we must deny ourselves and take up our cross, and follow Him.

It’s not easy, but it’s far more valuable to lose this temporary life and gain the eternal.

John 15:15 KJV — Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

To be the friend of Christ, what compares to the value of that?

To know that Jesus supplies all needed through salvation and will continue to sustain us while we are yet awaiting His return, there’s no greater comfort or courage.

Let us think on these things and rejoice in the goodness of our Savior!

Isaiah 25:9 KJV — And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Lord, please continue to help me to focus my thoughts upon You and Your Word. Lord, please keep me from looking at worthless things, for once I have seen it, it cannot be unseen. Lord, please help me to know what Your will is for me this day and to walk in Your wisdom. Lord, thank You that You have given me so much through Your Word and Your life, for there was never any who gave as much as You. Lord Jesus, I want to bring glory to Your name and to be an encouragement to others this day. Please help me to look to the interests of others and not only my own. Thank You for Your blessings. Thank You for Your grace, mercy, and love. I praise Your holy name, Jesus. Amen.

Trusting…

God knows what I need far more than I do.

My own understanding is not only short-sighted, it’s tainted.

Sin distorts my ability to perceive things accurately.

Therefore, my heart must trust in the Lord and His Word.

Proverbs 3:5 NKJV — Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;

Walking in this means surrendering my own opinions on what is best and chosing to place myself in the hands of God by following His commands.

Reason alone might argue the antiquity of scripture renders it out dated and unconventional, placing it’s instructions on the shelf as “good for only a season” which has long passed.

Yet to this argument we find God’s response:

2 Timothy 3:16 KJV — All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Our daily choice is whether we apply God’s Word to our lives or walk in our own ways.

Proverbs 3:6 NKJV — In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Trusting God, is choosing to follow Him, with our cross upon our shoulder, our eyes fixed upon His truth, and a heart completely surrendered to the One who loved us first and best.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You that no matter the circumstances I can rest in You and find comfort in scripture. Lord, thank You for this season I’m currently in. Thank You for teaching me so many things and walking me forward into each day. Lord Jesus, thank You for Your love and how perfect Your perspective is. Thank You that I can know my soul is safe with You and there’s nothing more comforting then that. I praise Your holy name, Lord! Thank You for Your truth! May my life bring glory to Your name. Amen.

Truth, our moral compass

Psalm 33:4 NKJV — For the word of the LORD is right, And all His work is done in truth.

Everything, God has done has been in truth and until sin entered into His creation, it was all good.

Mankind’s choices have led us astray, far beyond the original truth of God.

Instead, we have tried to replace God’s truth with reason, science, and preference.

But scripture is full stories of what mankind’s rebellion brings, not only for the individual, but their families, and those who dwelt among them.

Scripture also shows, those who reside near the Lord and are not ignorant of His commands receive a stricter punishment.

Daniel 9:14 KJV — Therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice.

How should we then live, that we might avoid evil?

We must cling to truth.

Not mankind’s ever changing standards, but the moral compass of God’s Word.

Jesus’s words in prayer for those who follow Him included:

John 17:13-17KJV — And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Through God’s Word we are sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ and we are able to walk in His ways by following His commands.

Psalm 119:66 KJV — Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV — Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

God has given us a vast treasure for our lives and our future in His Word.

It is full of wisdom, examples, and is the truth we must direct our perspective from.

When we place our trust in Jesus and choose to walk in His truth our future is safe, for God’s ways are best.

Deuteronomy 32:4 KJV — He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You that we can go to scripture and find all we need for life. Lord, please open our minds to learning Your ways, to understanding Your truth. Lord, just like when You walked this earth people were following all kinds of false teachings, thinking they were obeying Your will. Lord, please remove anything in my heart or mind which is not accurate and doesn’t align with Your truth. Lord, spiritually we can be easily confused or misunderstand Your truth. Please continue to hone us into Your ways and help us to grow in Your truth daily. Lord, thank You for Your creation and how You created it all good in the beginning. Lord, thank You that You have always been good, righteous, and true. Thank You for all Your wonderous works. Amen.

God’s Word is truth

Psalm 119:160 NKJV — The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.

What does it look like, to live in complete understanding that all of God’s Word is truth?

For this to happen, we need to be well acquainted with the entirety of scripture.

No small task.

But one worth our time.

Psalm 33:4 NKJV — For the word of the LORD is right, And all His work is done in truth.

When we understand what God tells us both about Himself, history, sin, and about the world we live in, our relationship grows.

Even if it’s just baby-steps of learning, when we study God’s Word, we find truth.

In these days of uncertainty and skewed perspective, truth seems more valuable than ever.

God’s truth is not only pure, it is from the best perspective, God’s.

Psalm 18:30 NKJV — As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

In the Bible we find not only truth, but salvation, security for our souls.

That’s definitely worth spending time on.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word, for the entirety of scripture. Lord, please help us to not just read it, but truly understand and grow in our relationship with You. Lord, please place Your Word into our hearts. Help us to make scripture a priority and something we find joy in, not a task, not a chore. For in Your Word we find life, truth, wisdom, and knowledge. Please continue to open our minds to Your Word and teach us what You would have us learn today. Thank You for Your Word. May we cherish the gift of Your scriptures and the love You pour out upon us daily. Amen.

“…that I might not sin…”

Psalm 119:11 NKJV — Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.

Scripture is clear, there is none sinless, but Christ.

Yet, we also see a marked difference between those who choose to follow God’s Word and those who choose sin.

The Psalmist is of those who chose to follow.

It’s not that he is sinless.

Instead, it’s that he’s very aware of his sin and is diligent in guarding himself from it.

Proverbs 22:3 KJV — A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

Like the Psalmist we can choose to adhere to God’s Word, following His instructions, and avoid evil.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for this verse. Lord, the longer I live, the more I realize this is a daily activity. Each day, I must hide Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Lord, please continue to teach me. Please continue to hone my heart that I might not cause pain. Lord, thank You for all You have taught me already and how gracious and merciful You are. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for life! Please continue to touch the sick and hurting, to help the helpless, to defend the fatherless, to restore the wayward, to provide for the needy, to save the lost. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Yard sale!

Literally.

We are having one tomorrow and Saturday.

It’s been a plan for a while now, but being this close to the reality is a bit disturbing.

Mostly to my house.

Dragging things out of the closets, out of storage in totes, it out of the hutch and cabinets means stuff everywhere!

I don’t like it.

But it needs to happen.

Because to go through our stuff and move it on is both wise and generous.

It keeps us from becoming over whelmed by the “things”.

Helps us keep our priorities straight and it places items out for others.

As I’ve been going through all this stuff it’s caused me to reflect.

Going through “stuff” shouldn’t be kept to the physical, but it’s important for me to allow the Lord to do this in my heart as well.

To take time to open the closet and drawers and cabinets of my life to Him and be sure there’s nothing I’m treasuring which doesn’t belong there.

Just like the items accumulate, so can bitterness.

Even more important than cleaning out old clothes I don’t wear, is cleaning out old habits or unhealthy thoughts.

But it takes time, effort, and attention to deal with stuff, physical or internal.

I praise God for His Word.

Daily, reading, and prayer sustain the soul.

Study, teaching, and time away from the regular routine give the Lord opportunity to “deep clean”.

So, as we prepare for our yard sale, I’m praying.

I’m expectant that the Lord will use this activity.

I’m also seeking Him for a “deep cleaning” within.

Matthew 23:25-26 NKJV — “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.”

I want to be clean, everywhere.

John 13:8-10 NKJV — Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for reminding me how important it is to get rid of things. To let go of stuff, both inwardly and outwardly. Lord, I know You have washed me completely in Your blood and redeemed me. Lord, please continue to cleanse my heart and mind for living in a sinful world with a sinful nature means I get dirty and sometimes I don’t even notice. Lord, I don’t want to sin. I want to be set apart for You. Please continue to help me hear Your voice and walk in Your ways. I love You, Jesus. Amen.