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The Perfect Kind of Peace

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       The Word has an amazingly simple solution for anxiety: trust in God, and find our anxiety replaced by a spiritual peace beyond anything we’ve ever experienced, or can even understand.

                          Think about this. Worry is actually prayer in reverse.
In Luke 12:6-7 it says to “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God: and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your minds and hearts through Christ Jesus.”

       So next time we’re tempted to worry and to be anxious about anything in our lives let’s take a look at a rose, such as this lovely Sun Flare rose from my garden, and remember this:
27″Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”  28″And why do you worry about clothes?  See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.”  Matthew 6:27-29
                                                                                                                                                                          Or any one of us can just look out our back door, catch a glimpse of a sparrow anytime of the day and be reminded of this:
6 “Are not five sparrow sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God.  7 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”  Luke 12:6 & 7 Amp.
Blessings for a “worry free” week,
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September Garden

 

 

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     It has been a long and toasty summer.  Granted not the hottest on record, but by anyone’s standard it has been hot and dry.  After all, this is the desert southwest.  So here we are at the end of September, breathing a collective sigh of relief while we look forward to eight months of absolutely glorious weather. It is now our outdoor season, our gardening season. I’m doing my little seasonal happy dance! With that in mind we have been doing more and more work outdoors…..tidying up the spent summer plants, planning what to put into the fall and winter garden, and getting ready to plant our winter lawn.

     As I was watering this morning I happened to take a closeup of the leaves from one of our San Diego transplants. Actually I was trying to see how close I could get without having to go back inside to get my  macro lens,  but that’s another story.  In any event the way the sun was shining down upon the glistening leaves…..well let’s just say they were begging to be photographed. We planted some of these a few years ago and most of them seem to love being here.  Of course they need a little “babying” during our summers but otherwise they are thriving.

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       Recently  I was reading  that scientists say  plants actually cry out for water when they need attention…we just haven’t heard them because the sounds made by a thirsty plant are about five times higher pitched than we can hear.  These scientists, using tiny specialized microphones, have heard corn plants, for instance, calling out for water. Isn’t that amazing? There’s a very interesting article about it  here .

There’s no doubt that without a consistent supply of water our plants cannot thrive or even survive.  I’m reminded that as humans we are the same way.  Physically we need our water!  I believe also that spiritually we need water…..the word of God.  In Ephesians 5:26  the Word is spoken of as water….we need consistent watering with the Word……it cleanses us…..it sustains us in all circumstances. Many times our hearts cry out and no one else seems to be able to  hear. There are even times when we don’t know what our hearts are crying out for……we are simply thirsty!

It is at times like these that we need a good watering!  Unlike our plants, however, we need to do our own watering. It is up to us to spend time in the Word. No one else can do it for us. Just as on those hot summer days the last thing we want to do is step outside and water our plants, there are days we just don’t feel like taking time to open our Bibles. We have so much going on!  Still, our plants depend on their watering and we depend on ours! When we water liberally, both physically and spiritually, what a blessing follows……our gardens grow and so do we!

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