The garden view is awesome this year and I didn't have to deal with the garden hose at all...
Ohio enjoyed (survived) the Great Flood of 2015.
yeah-this is our yard...a few days ago...
and oh--this is my husbands replanted soybean field too....
rain makes life messy sometimes...
but sometimes it produces some great flowers in a garden
I love flowers...I dislike weeds...
Yup...the front of the bed looks great...but as you can see they are being held up by brilliantly green and vivaciously happy
Which leads to the garden...that I actually MOWED today...
yeah---the riding lawn mower.
And I am a farmers wife for crying out loud...
I really should have a manicured garden since that
is our family tradition.
pshaw.....not this year.
I AM MANAGING A FAILING ENDEAVOR...
Each of us have a heart that looks like my garden...
A little bit fancy...
A lot of nasty weeds...
That's how life is.
We live in the flesh and it is messy.
Yet God still chooses to use us.
...to live in us.
I AM IN CHRIST.
and even though I am a mess...
He counted it all JOY
to go to the cross
so he could bear fruit in me...
the power you have access to
brought Jesus back
from the dead!!!
He wants us to know
that YOU ARE HIS.
The down payment that tells you that you are His bride...the sealing of the Holy Spirit inside of you.
"...I am sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise who is given as a pledge of our inheritance..."
God gave each believer a SEAL.
A GENUINE MARK
HIS STAMP OF APPROVAL.
He gave you the free gift of the Holy Spirit to let you know
YOU ARE HIS.
NO SECOND GUESSING.
Living inside of YOU...
and He will NEVER leave.
"I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever."
Flesh and Spirit.
Painfully jumbled together as we climb upward to the high calling of being IN CHRIST.
I am thankful he doesn't look at my weedy mess and declare my
I am IN CHRIST
and HE is sufficient.
I am IN CHRIST
and I am SEALED WITH...
COMFORTER AND COUNSELOR- John 14:16
TEACHER-1 Cor 2:13
LEADER- Romans 8:14
GUIDE TO TRUTH- John 16:13
GIFT GIVER- I Cor 12
COMMANDER- Acts 8:29
CONVICTOR OF MY HEART- John 16:7-11
And if the Holy Spirit is living inside of you...He will faithfully deal with the sinful weeds that are choking the life out of you.
Not because he is mad at you.
A garden can't weed itself.
It must have a caretaker.
I didn't walk out to my garden
and rant because it was full of weeds...
The garden was just doing what gardens do.
And my sinful heart does what sinful hearts do.
Our Perfect Caretaker pulls the weeds
and it is painful yet productive
God knows that when those nasty weeds
you will be more aware of
of His presence!
You will experience the glory of His goodness!
...and be overwhelmed by the grace
freely given to you IN CHRIST.
Sweet one, you are going to fall more
deeply in love with JESUS.
So press on sister to the high calling of
KNOWING WHO YOU ARE
It is a
great place to be.
..weeds and all.