"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." ~ from ISAIAH 61 Bible verse for this Blog

Showing posts with label Garden. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Garden. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WALK On WEDS.

I am walking through some "tough" times in this season of my life
but nothing compared to the sufferings of others.

Hold on to this forewarning
{for this is a long walk today}

[credit image: faith gateway]


So I guess I really need a 
WALK On Weds.
in the "garden of GRACE"
{for more of that GRACE FUEL}
besides it's way too hot for me outside
so it's much better for me
in my imaginary garden
pondering and wondering
about if that GRACE fuel 
ran out or could ever run out
where would I be?
I depend on Him and His Grace!

Today

I'd much prefer to be
"painting the roses red"
however
Jennie Allen's OBS this week is on
"Embracing Suffering"
{honestly, not my favorite thing to think about or do}

[credit]


and
Pastor Rick Warren
is finishing up with
"Life's Healing Choices"
{I still know there is much healing and growth
needed in me {and others
So much GROWing to do!
{ouch-painful}

so
I turned my listening heart
toward 
"The Mended Heart"
OBS at P31 now on Week 2 
{I was there in Week 1 too, covertly}
which means lurking on the sidelines

***

I'm learning once again in blogland that I am better off
not commenting but reading in the shadows (sigh
 {I won't mention which ones}
but it's not at P31, it's in other group studies
because I found myself entangled and snared once again
by the enemy's tactics to silence me
{and it's not by what's said to me or my comment, it's what's not}
NOTHING-no interaction

That old spider's web "comparison" (etc.) and that root of
"rejection"
was engulfing my thoughts and hindering me

I began seeing all the ugliness flare up in me
in my mind and in my daily living
dragging me back
to the past and pains
that I thought I was done dealing with
yet
realize that it's so easy to dig up
those "pebbles" and boulders
distractions
my weakness
-anger-
raises it ugly head

My weaknesses 
are magnified and illuminated
I begin to see all of those roots entangle

Rejection
Rebellion
Bitterness
Pride
?

{I always forget the other that I learned, could it be "unforgiveness"? because I think that's one I'm already done with (never, it's continual) or that's not a problem for me, at least I thought 'naught' however, there's the rub. I thought that about those others, especially 'bitterness" - I'm not bitter (huh?) or I'm not prideful (right?) just a bit arrogant. Satan certainly has been busy planting and seeding. And I thought "rebellion" and  being rejected were my only roots.}


The more I read or researched
the worse I feel and get
so I back away
into
my recluse
in
my own
Garden
and
I pray for more
GRACE

and
I look toward the
"Beatitudes"
with IF:Equip

This week: Matthew 5:5

MEEKNESS 
 strength brought under control 

... Inherit the earth...
spiritual inheritance

Hmmm
back to the
Garden
and
on my knees
{so much up-rooting and weeding needed}
What is God's Voice quietly whispering to me or loudly proclaiming?

let-life-be-hard

ANYTHING ??? 

Life is Hard

I do need God every day
some days it hurts so much
other days it's joyful but I still need Him

Giving God the Glory
{yes, I'm guilty of seeking approval and attention 
but this Glory factor has always been for Him as far as I'm concerned, 
even when ... forgive me Lord}

Do something with my nothing

Stop me from trying to be something 
I'm not

mh_obs_week2-sm
Hebrews 4:16



OK, this WALK On Weds. walked through a summary of all the interesting convictions I've been passing through via all my online connections, studies,etc. but what about my personal Garden experiences ... ups and downs ... ins and outs ... soaking in His GRACE, approaching God's Throne of GRACE, waiting,
not as confidently as I usually enter ... perhaps some of that Spirit conviction was dashed with much worldly condemnation and inner turmoil so I found myself a bit deaf to that sweet Voice of His, a bit weary in my weakness, a bit weaken by my weaknesses, a bit overwhelmed by what's next, Lord? ... a bit in need, bit by bit, holding on to His GRACE, nothing in comparison to the suffering and life of others ... yet here I sit ... kneel ... lay ... grasping every bit of any GRACE ... so, I've been here and there in this aMazing Garden ... searching, holding on, inquisitive or impulsive desiring the intimacy and temporarily waiting in this season. Am I restless? Am I stuck? Am I loosing motivation & momentum ? 

Funny, how one of the devotions this past week for me from the actual book "Devotions from the Garden" (1st image above) was on "Waiting" (#58) and another (#56) "Seasons" and before that "Pulling Weeds" ... but as I head into the #60s, "The Mustard Seed", "The Mystery Plant", I encounter "No Formula for Flourishing" (#62) followed by "Blooms but No Fruit" (#63) and this seems to be my dilemma in my garden ... so perhaps all this gardening (with reading and listening) will find me uprooting, gardening, seeding, planting, starting all over again at His Feet for a "Time of Rest" (#71). In my 60s, I never thought I'd see myself retiring ... but now as I reflect, I've been retired since my 40s and fighting others thinking I was "retirement age" when I was still full of life (so I thought) with much to give ... I can see as I saw back then, I have much to do and now little energy to do ... so it was a blessing in disguise to be sent into His Garden early on in life because frankly, I lack much and need much from the Master Gardener ... always have and always will. He most definitely meets me right where I am whether it's disappointment or discouragement or filled with encouragement and GRACE! He is there! He is with me. Giving me fuel to go on.

Curious as to what Roy Lessin will have in the "Meadow" this week if he continues "Someone Cares" (#5) because his week started off with this:

[credit]

"We Don't Have What It Takes"
{perhaps you fail to see the thread that connects all this but it's abundantly clear to me}
I need Jesus!

We all need Jesus!

The world needs Jesus!

Come, Master Gardener, till my soil

until You and Your fruit

Grow

in me

and

I can seed and plant for

Your Kingdom

and

Your Glory

alone

*******





* my left arm/shoulder and all that problem is better (which for me means without pain) but still not able to do like I'm use to ... lacking mobility. I never knew how dependent I was on both arms working together. I will still need to see a dr. (or specialist) in the fall when I make my MN trip for my license but at least now I don't fear having to do anything here and am doing OK as I take it easy, which sadly includes not being online or working ahead on my blog stuff as much, but doing physical therapy exercises and watching/listening more than hen-pecking typing, watching my posture and all (e-hem)... Thank you for your prayers and all!~Peggy (I think Sharon's info led me to some solid medical advice and considerations, also the fear of not wanting the surgery her loved one went through-grrr-no time for that and certainly can't return here without completing the therapy needed for healing) ... Yes, healing ... complicated topic.



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

WALK On WEDS.

Today's Walk On Weds. is very different from my other "walks"

I decided to share a Cultural event from here

"Alice in Wonderland"



Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

{I was thinking the embed code might share the actual Live Stream video here, hopefully it will ... (skip the first minute and a half, and the ending (there's also an intermission midway) the curtain opens on this beautiful ballet) but for now I just see the link, not the video, grrr - sorry}.
Perhaps "ballet", cultural events or stories of "Alice in Wonderland" do not strike you or appeal to your time passing through my "garden" today, but you'd have to agree that Alice's walk into her garden, was quite the "wonderland". It just happens to be one of my fondest Disney tales that I memorized scores of the various dialogues and songs. I loved living in the world of music and musicals! And I love dance! How fun this production looks to be a part of ... and for me, a real delight in joining the celebration of the first 25 years of the School of Ballet, professional ballet dancers from here joined by the National School of Cuba.



"... that's just the trouble with me; I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it." ... {that explains the troubles that I'm always in} ...


When I was in fifth grade, we put on this presentation of "Alice in Wonderland" and you'll never guess which part(s) I played (and it wasn't "Alice" although it is her parts I remember the most) ... besides directing and putting it altogether. I knew all the parts and still remember some. My mom and a friend's mom did excellent with the costumes and each character became so alive. Sadly, I have not one photo available (fire loss of all school memories) and this was long before videos were done. I wonder if anyone from grade school has any?




Lewis Carroll's original book of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
or "Through the Looking Glass"
most certainly has many lessons to teach us

I especially remember
"The Garden of Live Flowers"



"It would be so nice if something would make sense for a change."

and
"The Mad Tea Party"




If you watched any of this and know the actual tale of
"Alice in Wonderland"
share with me your favorite character part
or
Garden Wonder


In the ballet, I so enjoyed how the Queen
became so comical
and
love the
"The Queen's Croquet"
{immensely enjoyable flamingos}

I really do hope that you are able to view it. 
(or some of it)


Since it's dance, you don't/won't have to worry about 
Spanish except the last half hour of the video
after it's over, they explain the history of dance here.
{June 13th was Day of Music here}
"ALL IN THE GOLDEN AFTERNOON"


... after all -  "you CAN learn alot  of things from the flowers
but especially in the month of June ..."


I love
Disney's animation
of the Garden!



* I wanted to link to the Disney movie, but thought it would be blocked or worse, taken off due to copyright ... and I really would like it left for others to view ... 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

WALK On WEDS.


As I enter the "gardens of GRACE" once again for this Walk On Weds., the temperatures here are already in the high 80s and 90s, so it's a different kind of walk today ... it's a walk in the recesses of my mind (OK, not really, just one "of the mind" instead of flowery garden things, you'll see). However, I did think about doing something with the "recesses of our minds" ... it's just that all "that" weighs too heavily upon this weary soul's mind so I'm not ready to write about it.

Instead, I'm caught up reflecting on just the word "GRACE" and a brief word study {etymology} as I make connections with the Spanish word "gracia" from which "gracias" comes (actually it's the plural form of "grace/gracia") ... and most know that "gracias" means "thank you" as in "muchas gracias" (many graces, not really, it means "many thanks"). Loving languages, this inquisitive nature is such a part of me ... my, how I wish I could easily say the same for "grace" {because it's not, and it should be, right?}. 

So, if "grace" and "thanks" are so interrelated in Spanish and English, other words must also somehow be connected, or how about some of the other languages? 

Does "grace" and "gracious" just relate to one another in sounding alike, or is an attitude of thankfulness somehow the connecting link to GRACE? Am I gracious?

This all relates to our Day 33 in GRACE IMMERSION this week but it came into my mind and heart in a vivid way before this SONday. Even though, it's not near November and "thanksgiving" thoughts, I spend many more days than the month of November giving thanks. In fact, it's a daily offering and such a part of my relationship with God and hopefully others. Yet, painstakingly truthful, I see less of others being grateful, saying thanks, showing gratitude, or appreciating what they are being given ... and it is weighing heavily on me and affecting me.

A whirlwind of words begin to whirl around in my mind ... like the beautiful butterflies flitting and floating among the flowers as they pass the day,  I find myself going from "gracia" to "gracias" to "gracious" and "gratitude" (much closer to these words than any form of "thanks" ... that seems a bit more like the Germanic words than from the "Romance" languages {I tend more toward those languages by nature and sound, a bit of a French background in my genes, yet I don't know French as my grandpa spoke nor can I pronounce many French sounds and words} ... I digress, a little, but in French, "merci" sounds more like "mercy", don't you think? {oh, another quick side note: although some bigger words in English seem to be Latin in origin ... English is a Germanic language}.

Other languages, except Italian (graziedo not sound like the Spanish "gracias" for saying thanks. But without knowing those languages, I might not see the connection as clearly. So before leaving this, I thought I might look at least into the original languages of Greek and Hebrew (not knowledgeable of these languages either but I had to check) ... digging deep at "roots" today.

Hebrew (for Old Testament) GRACE word study (Hebrew: henhananhesed, rahum) not much help for my point but the study linked is really good. 

However, looking at GRACE in the Greek χάρις - charis, we come much closer to similar words like "charity" and "charismatic" and "GRACIOUS", the same root ... and the Root of Jesse, Jesus, makes GRACE possible. Somewhere, I read the Greek word for "thanks" is "eucharisteo" (this word is kinda embedded in my mind from Ann Voskamp) from which the Catholic church gets "Eucharist" or "Eucharistic" for Holy Communion, the Lord's Supper, the remembrance of Christ's body and blood given for us as a sacrifice for our sins. Uniting us in "gratitude" and a spiritual communion for us to share together this which we have in common: Jesus Christ. But once again, in the middle of this word ... you see "charis" also ... GRACE! (from where the "charismatic movement" began, I would imagine, too) from the very special GIFT! --- favor, kindness, mercy, compassion, bestowed on us by Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit from Our Father. So much to be thankful for and show our deep gratitude for this aMazing Grace and how GRACIOUS God is to us. From Latin gratia, favor and thanks;  and gratus pleasing, grateful; we can see that our hearts cry out "gracia" ... "Muchas Gracias!" to God, so that every gift, every day, we should be saying "thank You", being charitable with all we have been given and all that we receive. ... "for to whom much is given much is required"... (Luke 12:48) and far too often we forget this. 'We' in North America; 'we'- the church. 

Looking at the roots in words draws such powerful meanings and connections.

Looking at "roots" in life can be quite the intricate work and you may find yourself entangled with much more than you ever intended. In the Garden, we have many root situations that I'll stay clear of investigating but I just want to point out that in "Devotions from the Garden" (book), I have been saturated with "Mulch and Root Flares", "Root Systems", "When Roots Go Haywire" and even "Root Rot" so you shouldn't be that surprised that I wandered into "roots" with words associated to GRACE today. I could not come close to the expertise of Miriam Drennan to the garden explanations or our spiritual implications and applications, but I'm sure you can get the message: "... roots search for nourishment in all the wrong places...". I'm thoroughly checking out my roots.

I know I went a bit overboard on this walk of gratitude, being gracious and GRACE (word studies and all) but I have to include this quote from John Piper:


"...Almost all English translations miss a beautiful opportunity to preserve in English a play on words that occurs in Paul's Greek. Paul says, "It is all for your sake, so that as charis extends to more and more people it may increase eucharistian to the glory of God." The Greek word for thanks is built on the word for grace:  charis becomes eucharistian. This could have been preserved in English by the use of 'grace' and 'gratitude' which show the same original root. So I would translate: "It is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase gratitude to the glory of God." The reason this is important is because when we try to define thanks or gratitude, what we find is that it has a very close relationship to grace. Unless we see this relationship, we really don't know what gratitude is." ...© 2015 Desiring God Foundation, John Piper

taken out of his sermon from back in 1981
with hopes you'll want to read more or all of it 

When I stumbled upon it, here in my garden search,
it brought it all together
and
confirmed for me
that
God was speaking to me
particularly
and us, in general
about
"GRACE
GRATITUDE and the GLORY
of GOD"
{and I came upon John Piper's sermon after I headed into this}

But that's how beautiful God works

when we seek, we find


I also found out that each year on September 21st ... the World celebrates 

"WORLD GRATITUDE DAY"

so I'm a little early for that, but at least I know now 
another time - set aside
to show gratitude
to be gracious
and
reflect on
GRACE

flower by flower

fragrance by fragrance

empowered

{my mom's rosebud, just because someone asked}


"For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing." 2 Corinthians 2:15 (NIV)

"Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing2 Corinthians 2:15 (NLT)

"In a turbulent world where people are either dying or being rescued, we are the sweet smell of the Anointed to God our Father.2 Corinthians 2:15 (The Voice)



NOTE: due to all this rambling and an extra "book" review post this week, I will have to forget about "Returning to the Heartbeat of God" for this FRI. so we "P.A.W.S." instead (Pray, Adore, Worship, Sing) with my furry critters and their paws up, {hardly, except if they're on their backs} giving glory to God ... A DIOS (adios) ~ Peggy

{A DIOS means "to God" and adios (altogether) means goodbye, but as you can see our parting words are actually placing "you" (understood) in the hands of God, until we meet again} I've mentioned this before here, so these Spanish lessons are free ... and just another blessings of His aMazing GRACE



Wednesday, June 3, 2015

WOW ~ WALK On WEDS.


[credit image: faith gateway]

As I head on down the path today in the "Gardens of GRACE", I was not intending to share from "Devotions from the Garden" (linked with the photo above and as I have been sharing recently) but I was tempted to take a peek and see what the theme was and I had to chuckle as I found it to be either "Neglected Beds" (if I go back to the 3rd one) or "Drought" (if I continue on with each day) --- both are very apropos to me and my spiritual walk right now. But I will spare you the details of that and continue on with this other one I had chosen for today on "Seasons" from my emails of encouragement that I receive from Joel Osteen's Ministries ... as I sit down and relax in the Garden, I read:


...“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, NLT)

"Embrace Your Season"

{easier said than done}


"God has ordained seasons and cycles in our lives. Sometimes, when our dreams aren’t coming to pass on our timetable, we can be tempted to get frustrated. We have to be careful not to allow our attitude to keep us from moving forward.

In God’s kingdom, every season is not harvest. There are plowing seasons, planting seasons and watering seasons. Sure, we would love for every season to be a time of increase; but without the other seasons, we wouldn’t be prepared. It’s during the plowing seasons that God brings issues to light that we need to deal with. He’s getting us prepared for promotion. If you’re not making as much progress as you would like, the key is not to lose any ground. Don’t go backwards. Hold your position by keeping an attitude of faith and expectancy, even when it’s hard. Keep plowing by speaking the Word daily. Keep pressing through because soon you will come in to your due season
!
"

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You for Your faithfulness in all seasons of my life. I trust that my time is coming, and I choose to remain faithful. I submit my ways to You today and trust that You have the best plan for my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

I so needed to hear this ... and be reminded of something I know and you probably do too that "every season is not a harvest" in God's kingdom as much as we would like to be harvesting ... for me, and where I'm at and what I'm suppose to be fulfilling, this is key but not so easy to see or be aware of ...

Which season do you seem to find yourself in: 
harvesting
plowing
planting
watering

and 
why or how?

And according to
Ecclesiastes
 various times
which one(s) of these are you finding yourself in?


A time to be born, a time to die;
a time to plant, a time to collect the harvest;

A time to kill, a time to heal;
a time to tear down, a time to build up;
A time to cry, a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, a time to dance;
A time to scatter stones, a time to pile them up;
a time for a warm embrace, a time for keeping your distance;

A time to search, a time to give up as lost;
a time to keep, a time to throw out;
A time to tear apart, a time to bind together;
a time to be quiet, a time to speak up;
A time to love, a time to hate;
a time to go to war, a time to make peace.

from 
The Voice


Brings me right back to the oldie songs that I shared last October with this one

Pete Seeger (at 93) in 2013 

A little shorter version of this song (half the time) from Pete Seeger in 2010

In memory of dear Pete Seeger (Jan. 2014) preceded by his spouse, Toshi, in 2013
and many thanks



I did want to share the rose bud, that came in time for my mom's birthday, June 1st, as it has every year since I bought that plant, that bloomed, but still has not opened completely... however I have not been able to upload it from cell phone into my computer ... It's so tiny, pretty, and white with pink edging ... precious and perfect for my mom. Fondly remembering and thinking of her, it's almost 30 years since she has left her suffering here for God's complete healing.


Thinking of the seasons of our lives ... reading Ecclesiastes ... but these seasons, although opposite one from the other, I do not see them broken down like the 4 seasons of nature nor like the ones I asked about from the devotion, just wondering if I'm missing something and just don't see it today ... of course, I believe our lives pass through cycles and seasons that repeat far too often it seems at times (the bad ones yet even the good ones) but I'm thinking about if there's a pattern or a rhyme or a reason ... I like another thing I heard from Pastor Joel Osteen, in this past weekend's message that goes with this (kinda){but I don't have his exact quote} ... it goes something like this: "we are meant not to just GO through the pain/season (whatever it may be) but GROW through it." The title of the message was: "Don't Waste Your Pain" ... Now that's something to mull over or is that "mulch" over {oh, no, that's just the title of another "devotions from the garden"} perhaps I needed to really deal with those "neglected beds" or "drought" after all. Just passing through the seasons alot quicker lately ... they all just seem to interlap and no longer are so well defined but just run together or intersperse their time into another one. 

"Four Seasons of a Christian's Life"

[image credit: biblical proof linked above to article]


I have always been drawn to the "seasons in our lives" and there is a painting that intrigues me and has been done in different ways, like this 'tree' in the image above ... here is one of my favorites (more the painting than the words on relationships but both are fascinating if you can read that tiny print


[image credit]


If you forgot my questions (in blue above the song video) by now
which season is your favorite?



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WOW ~ WALK On WEDS.


[credit image: faith gateway]


There was a momentary hesitation to do my "Walk on Weds." today still as I headed towards the "Gardens of GRACE", backed with all kinds of little taunting excuses like "you're already late" and "you have nothing worthwhile to share of value anyways" not like that devotional book you reviewed and are reading, or "you're tending to that physical, limiting situation anyways" so you're weak, without strength and energy, surely since you're 'off' more than you're 'on' line, "you won't be missedyet I knew deep within me, I still need that portion of "Everyday Grace" and God speaks to me the most when I take the time with Him to be quiet and still in His "Gardens of GRACE" ... and these "Walks on Weds." are my favorites as I allow His Word to water my soul and it is I who needs them {not my blog world}. However, as the weather gets hotter and I'm not out as much or hardly at all, once the sun begins to shine, I look more for my inspiration from the Son inside. I open up my laptop with all my many books and links to the world around me, turning to my new reviewed book, "Devotions from the Garden, Finding Peace and Rest ..." hoping that today's theme in Miriam Drennan's garden wisdom will inspire and encourage me or at least give me some more of that peace and rest I find there. And wouldn't you know it, the title and theme of today's from Jesus is "Pruning" ...  just what I needed, right? 

John 15:2

...“[My Father] cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful."


Kinda what I found myself doing early yesterday morning before the sun was too hot with the few plants in front of this rental house {that I know nothing about, not even their names and certainly not their specific care} as I was gladly checking on the one of two I do know and planted myself - my rose bush, with one bud, just in time for my mom's upcoming birthday. I'm not sure if the large leaf plants that I was "pruning" really needed more water or less water, but I did know enough that those dead, dried leaves had to go. After all, that's what "pruning" is all about; stripping away that old, dead, or dried out parts to encourage growth. That's how it is with our spiritual pruning by the Master Gardener as well. *"God will cut away something or someone who is keeping us from growing" ...  words that echo inside of me from Miriam's devotion:


..."This pruning can mark the beginning of a dark period because the sources of comfort and strength we’ve relied on are gone. Making the darkness heavier is the fact that God seems so far away. Whatever the specifics of this very personal process, pruning means the removal of hindrances that keep us from becoming all that we can be in God’s plan for our lives."Miriam Drennan, "Devotions from the Garden", p.68


This is why I find myself in this "wilderness" experience
to allow God to complete or do this process in me.
{well over-due I might add}
but the Master Gardener has had years of trying to
gently pruning me,
stripping away
those unhealthy parts
removing 
those character flaws and ugly old habits
that I've allowed to sap the strength out of me
and any blooming relationship
or
those relationships that were like "weeds" 
that I
truly didn't need
but in my unhealthy state,
I clung to far too many
and for far too long

when all along what I really needed 
was to rely on the
Master Gardener
His power, strength and wisdom
so that
my life could take on a new shape
"growing spiritually with new vitality"
 I so need to trust
His Pruning
and
allow
His work
in me...

As I reread the words of Miriam's devotion, I pause on something vitally important and significant like the words that echoed above* but I had passed over them in her very first paragraph:


..."(In fact, trimmings cut from certain plants can grow on their own, independent of the source plant from which they were cut.) The longer this vital step of pruning is delayed, however, the more difficult these benefits will take to occur. Furthermore, pruning is a delicate process: if done incorrectly, it can actually kill a plant instead of promote its growth."Miriam Drennan, "Devotions from the Garden"


These words are so true for me ... that "the longer this vital step of pruning is delayed" ... the more difficult and definitely more delicate ... so that one feels "dead" or has been killed instead of promoting growth or fruit or newness. Often feeling like the life in us has been sapped out of us or drained or lacking so much growth that we balk at the thought of "more" pruning. Yet, I am living testimony that the Master Gardener knows best, and tenderly tends to us, helping us "move forward in life in ways that are pleasing to Him and beneficial to us and others." My, how I needed these words, in the midst of my garden being pruned ... and I find myself asking the questions to God from Miriam's ending devotional prayer; not so much the first one as often as the second:


Why is this happening?

What are You trying to teach me?


Heavenly Father, my precious Master Gardener, forgive me for delaying Your work, Your pruning of me and failing to comply to Your tender hands of love and care. Thank You for continuing to water my soul and speak to me, even in the dry times, even in the wilderness, even in the plenty. I desire to bear fruit and bloom to please You. Continue to "cut off every branch" and anything that keeps me from growing and changing. Weed my garden and keep away any nasty pests and all harm that may want to enter in. Life without You would be unbearable because life with You makes everyday, a day of more aMazing GRACE and tender Love. You speak life into these aching bones and You are the life that I need revived in me, restored in my daily walks and rebuilt in me to share with others Your Living Water and the fruit of Your Spirit alive in me. "When You need to remove anything from my life, particularly something I may not want to willing release, remind me that this pruning is necessary!" and You care for all my needs as I trust in You. I love You, Father. Thank You for this walk in the garden today.



While I was in my Garden of Grace, a bit later,  I found a field or pasture of a dear donkey friend of mine and some strange fruit ... you can read more about this over at Home Sanctuary and find out what to do "When You're in the Middle of a Drought?" or even a downpour of "more than enough" torrential storms, flooding and all those other horrendous weather conditions that leave us in bit worn out and worried...  
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Peggy