How Your Garden Grows

You reap what you sow…..


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It’s been a rough winter with lots of snow and very cold; no El Niño this past season. Remnants of winter linger into the spring; broken branches and debris still remains. The last frost was last week so I plan this weekend to cultivate. But watching what I’ve seen this season gives me pause….how does your garden grow? Did you plant too early or are you waiting? Will it be too late for your harvest needs rain?

In the spring flowers, I watch the butterflies as they arrive in the winds and pollen is carried off. I pray the little creatures will bless my garden. Only God sends angels to protect my nurturing.

Though I’m constantly observing, I question your intentions. Looking across the meadow’s tranquility, I wonder what grows beneath your aura. I ask God, how can I help as I look at your direction lost in the cross hairs?

I listen to crickets as the night calls while God blesses those wGarden Growsho follow his commandments. I lay my head upon my pillow, praying for the inflicted who unaware of their notions, day in and out. I pray God to help your garden. But the wilted vegetation reflects my concerns – no one knows what you planted. The sun comes up and the sun sets. I stand on my mountain and watch….


You reap what you sow…..

 


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Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption,  (Galatians 6: 7-8)

 

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; …   (Psalm 1: 1-6)

Should…

“If you don’t change your direction, you’ll end up where your headed”


I can’t for the life of me tell you why there are some that want to live their life criminally. Where does it start? Parents? Maybe, or possibly a very bad marriage or relationship? No matter, God won’t save the unruly ones. You couldn’t look at me. I know you’ll be blinded if you try to look into God’s eyes.

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Trying to connect the dots, I started with Facebook. I find another assumed name and pictures you might have in a Boy’s Life magazine. Now inquisitive, your nothing like you appear on LinkedIn either.

Why hide the truth, I wonder. The lies will eat you alive someday….or maybe now. So I dove into your integrity, camouflaged by humanity. For God so loved, he protects the hundreds you have infected. There’s no cure!

I recently read, “you are what you are”. Closing the journal, I went to a leather-bound. In a word, you can’t rectify the damage but you can rebuke the thoughts. As God gives us a new day to start over, born again, dawn anoints the honorable. Christ then leads them away from the evil, but of course, you have to want to change.

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Author John C. Maxwell once said, “If you don’t change your direction, you’ll end up where your headed”. No names necessary as I’d spoil my point, but giving God the credit, His antidote was in place long before 2017. I sit and absorb God’s offering. Not alone nor insecure, tranquility has measured my reassurance.

Your unscrupulous habits I pray, will end. For our almighty Father will administer His fate, on those who feel ashamed…..or SHOULD!

 

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For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. (Romans 13:4)

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6: 9-10)

The Chilling Fact

…what if I could remove any inhibitions from speculation? ?


 

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I can’t say I’ve ever written about current events, but sometimes you just have to share secrets. There are times in life when doubt controls, but what if I could remove any inhibitions from speculation? What if hypothetically was actual? What if – Satan lives? Oh, not just in the minds of many but in a laptop or a computer. Think not?? Think again! My editor, Anne, has always been very happy to edit and post my messages for the world to read. EXCEPT NOW!!!!

After weighing on my heart for many months, the thought of Satan ruining our faithful foundations of life… well… I thought it is time to exploit that Satan is very much alive. And if you doubt me, ask Anne! She fought Friday for four hours trying to post my blog, “As Satan Caves”. Satan fought her tooth and nail by moving his picture and writings around the screen. He was trying deprive her the privilege of exploiting his undermining in our world today. I gave her the secret words to remove him from her laptop.

On Saturday, a message from a new Christian, whose concerns are the same, spoke to a pastor about my exact writings contents. Anne began responding to her with a heartfelt answer. And voila – GONE! Yes! Her response vanished! But not just her response but also the email I received. Hours later, her response and email reappeared.

I think I touched a nerve. No, not Anne’s but Satan’s being! In my mission to exploit the truth, God is so real. Satan remains trying to rule our very way of life. I, for one, stays close to God in prayer as Satan obviously knows I’m affecting his intentions. Rejoicing — I’m making a difference!

 


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Control yourselves. Be on your guard. Your enemy the devil is like a roaring lion. He prowls around looking for someone to chew up and swallow. Stand up to him. Stand firm in what you believe. All over the world you know that your brothers and sisters are going through the same kind of suffering. (1 Peter 5: 8-9)

He may wrestle against you, fighting against your progress in Christ (Ephesians 6:12)

He may try to cripple your effectiveness through confusion, discouragement, and despair (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).

As Satan Caves

…..has Satan found a safe haven in the church?


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Demonology is not a profession I care to indulge in or any other witchcraft for that fact. Too many unexplained phenomena occur quite frequently in places supposedly undisturbed and left considered sacred to the holy. I’m beginning to wonder, has Satan found a safe haven in the church?

Where our Holy Father administers, the congregation withers. I see signs going against the grain. Many people should be disturbed to think Satan dwells where voices call out in tongues. I listen to the tones as octaves are out of harmony. Joyful noises aren’t so joyful anymore. He is destroying the very existence of the congregation.

Some believers are preoccupied with outside endeavors and have lost their point of center. God may be with them but Satan runs rampant in their life. (For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs: 1 Timothy 6:10)  Steepled sanctuaries are becoming more like financial institutions. So, folks are flocking to private, little non-denominational houses of worship and homespun bible studies; keeping in mind that God comes first.

Memories remind me of the olden days of tiny steeples along the road. Those who traveled under heavy laden could stop to pray and perhaps get a hot meal. Odd, we may have returned to the older days of totalitarianism worship. I watch the young flock to younger congregations and the old trying to justify their absence. And divisions conquer as Satan separates what’s left of a family tradition.

But personally, I know better… while listening to the choir, the sun is setting on my vestibule. All of God’s creatures are saying a prayer as the sun fades behind the clouds. I love my life. I’m not rich, monetarily speaking, but I’m far from poor as my faith is worth a fortune! My paycheck comes in answered prayers. Celibate to God, my spirit is undivided. Commitments resonate from the messages above.

 

 
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Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:11-12)

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (Galatians 5:1)

 


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Satan is wise. His method is to infiltrate the church and work from within to destroy it. He uses people and problems. Satan has penetrated our churches and he is succeeding in draining the strength and power. Revival seems to be gone in America. More people are being born than being saved by far. The Devil is stealing our influence, and even our churches are being used against the cause of Christ.

Ways Satan is infiltrating the church:

  1. Formal houses of worship: The less power with God a church has, the more ceremony will be involved. This is a day of bowing, chanting and saying meaningless prayers. Everything will be done to please people, and every decision is made in light of what others will say or do. God’s will and plan are not regarded. The plain teaching of the Bible is ignored. Churches are busy with clubs, sales, bakes, projects, etc. but where is the power of God? When a needy sinner goes to one of these formal churches for help, they quickly recommend that he see a psychiatrist.
  2. Members are living sinful: Church is just another club that will help them feel good about themselves or advance their business or give them more contacts. The church of today is filled with whimpering, jealous, defeated Christians. They are worldly, selfish and cold. Instead of love for the Father, it is the lust of the flesh.
  3. Cults: Thousands have followed the teachings of men and not of God. They have started religions to suit themselves. Many souls will spend eternity in Hell because of a smooth-talking religious racketeer who loves power and money.
  4. Congregation yields to sin: In the Bible we have the account of many who failed when they were tempted. Eve let God down and disgraced her family…Adam said, oh well, and took the plunge too! The whole human race has suffered ever since. Solomon gave in to his weakness for women and disobeyed the plain leading of the Lord. David was tempted by flesh, and his lust led to the sin of adultery with Bathsheba. He uses tongues, disloyalty, pride, false teaching, and our own flesh to his benefit – if we’ll allow it.!!

 

Learning To Trust

…..go to God where trust originates.

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Sitting at the kitchen bar, watching the sunlight in the clouds, I’m deciding what to wear. Listening to the weatherman, I wander, what crystal ball is he looking into? For sure, not the one in his hands! He’s saying clear but I swear it looks like rain. The only thing warm is the coffee cup against my palms. I hate this kind of weather because you never know how to dress. Throwing on my winter coat, I grab a sweatshirt, cap and gloves and think to myself, now I’m prepared. But are we ever? Our best guess might be the worst case scenario.

Not looking back, I start to back out of the garage. Trusting there is nothing behind me, I pull out into the street. I guess I should have looked but for the millionth time, I will be fine. Like kissing my bride good-bye, I trust today will be like tomorrow and like yesterday.

It’s noon and wanting to send my love, I reach for my phone. There’s no answer. What comes to mind? A million thoughts – the “what if’s” are haunting and all of a sudden I’m wondering… hmmm. But I’ve been married for years; I’m certainly secure but there’s a little inkling that something is wrong. I’ll shake it off and go about my day.

Arriving home, I see she’s beat me. What a surprise, or, what is she up to? Dinner’s nice but a little too quiet. Suspicious, I’m afraid to ask. I’ll get my shower and slip under the covers….the place where no bars are held. She’s putting her back to me! My trust is on the line and comfort zone infiltrated. Reminded of the weatherman, I’m trying to prepare for the onslaught of the night. All these years are wrapped up in an instant. There’s no time to ask for prayer unless I’m trying to save myself. So I go to God where trust originates. A clap of thunder and it’s not just three of us anymore – God, her, and I. Now I know it’s four!

Learning to trust, it’s faith that’s granted but still, there’s doubt after all these years. Feeling for my life, I’m trying to prepare but there’s no way my heart isn’t broken. I’m trying to trust with suspicion arising but it’s like painting rust… hopefully it will go away. Trusting in a can of paint is much the same as believing in the honesty of a liar.

So it’s back to square one. I don’t know how to cope with the elements at hand. Now it’s me that wishes I had a crystal ball. But the only peak I see is that which God determines. Protecting me, God wards off the evil spirits. Staying diligent in my Father’s faith, He instills in me, Learning to Trust 101….

How trusting are you??  Share your experiences….

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Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie! (Psalms 44:4)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6–7)

For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. … (Romans 7:15-24)

The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. (Proverbs 31:11)

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Living the Lie

…..He never anoints a relationship who’s posterity is blemished.


I gave you my heart and for $18.99 you vowed to wedlock. With a closet so full of skeletons, you venture out, leaving a trail of unscrupulous documents that lead us all to question. So on a bright Friday morning, you jump into your car and run to the pastor’s office. Committing to God, you try to start over. Singing in the choir will not pardon the guilt from a history book. A pretty smile might ward off a congregation but God tallies the sequence of events. Your heart pounds. Is it possible to hide from the horrific confrontation?

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Born once more, you change your name. You set up home and trim the thorns. Playing make believe, life seems grand, but it’s plagued; your health and spirit are contaminated from the past.

Miles away from the scene of the crime, no one knew the life you lead. But the lies lay dormant like the winter flowers covered by the recent snow. I find myself in a quandary deciding my next move. I turn to God, the only solution to engrave my soul against your satanic ways. To think I loved you and you didn’t care. A con job of a marriage; what a horrible fright!

Sad these stories bear false witnesses as the innocent pays the price. Meanwhile, the guilty laugh about it and heartless memories are thrown in the trash. Years of existence, down the drain. It’s too late. You walk away thanking God, for He never anoints a relationship who’s posterity is blemished.

It’s not just here but around the world that deceiving is a way of life. It seems we need a resume before we ever marry. A rap sheet too if you don’t mind….. I’d like to know where you’ve been – if it’s all the same to you.

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Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel. (Proverbs 20:17)

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. (Proverbs 6: 16-19)

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The Art of Aliases

inspired by a true story –


It’s a beautiful, cool and clear Tuesday morning and reverence is abounding. Everything is so still. The leaves hang in solitude as the flowers stand quietly at in observance. I sit and wonder, why do God’s creations try to deceive the very framework of which love is conceived?

God, our creator, did not make us something we are not. My heart saddens for those who believe living fictitiously will crown them glory. Does their world spin differently… like more in their favor? God is aware they are the same today as they were long ago except their integrity is exceedingly soured. Hiding from the truth will not grant them amnesty.

Walk away, ashamed of those who portray to be forthright. They linger in the night pretending to hide from reality. Aliases won’t change their identity even if hiding in a church choir or singing among the congregation.

Do we ever totally get to know those we are supposed to be so close to? I wonder… like boxes quietly sitting upon a shelf waiting, the truth well-hidden, will come out eventually. As though it was Christmas with surprises neatly wrapped, the facts are to be revealed.

God forgive the innocent, the ones of integrity that say, “I do”…. the one that gives their heart, committed to a vow that’s broken in the dark. So many disgruntled feelings blossom in the sun giving light to the problems, as skeletons hide behind the closet.

Not alone, it’s a sad fact the blame changes hands and followers remain confused from their intentions. Walking away, while waiting on an answer, it will all be in God’s timing. The clichés are too numerous to mention. Words spread like wildfire; the wrath is upon the guilty. Defending themselves, though not an option, God will protect those of innocent integrity.

How dare they take a name in vain, one who once vowed under God? They will only be persecuted by the destruction of their fame. Serenity bows through the valley as only God anoints the dearly beloved. But where’s the righteousness of men who seek to damage the weakened hearts? I sympathize with the involuntary souls raked across the cinders. Their mercy is short-changed but the rewards of those guilty will cost them dearly.

The sun has risen; it’s a new day and God anoints the born again. May we stay in prayer as we observe the maneuvers of many who think the laws are only for the meek. Convinced their lifestyle is permissible, acquaintances, in awe, stare from a distance. In despair, we ask if we can help them, but sadly the reply is, “No, I am fine”, unaware of the wake of harm behind them. And God sits quietly knowing – shaking his head. They are only creating their own hell to share before the feet of God.

 


The people we surround ourselves with either raise or lower our standards.  They either help us to become the-best-version-of-ourselves or encourage us to become lesser versions of ourselves.  We become like our friends.  No man becomes great on his own.  No woman becomes great on her own.  The people around them help to make them great.

We all need people in our lives who raise our standards, remind us of our essential purpose and challenge us to become the-best-version-of-ourselves.

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“Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment” (Proverbs 12:19)

“The righteous hates falsehood, but the wicked brings shame and disgrace” (Proverbs 13:5)

“Would not God discover this? For he knows the secrets of the heart” (Psalms 44:21)

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