There’s something about being in the right place. Those moments, days, and sometimes weeks where you know you are doing exactly what God wants you to do. I had the opportunity to step out and love someone that needed it this week. It took a sacrifice of my time, money, and sleep, but, honestly, it didn’t feel like a sacrifice; it felt like pure joy. As I was on my way to this friend, I felt… invincible. I felt weightless. I felt like no power of hell (nor scheme of man… cue the music) could touch me at that moment because I was doing God’s work.
I felt that way when my trip to Ecuador was paid for in one night by a stranger who picked me out of a choir of 100 people. After finding out about that, the traveling choir of which I was apart arrived at a location in Ohio with tornado-green skies and menacing winds whipping in every direction. Some people were so scared they were crying, but I laid my head down in peace, because I knew I was being sent to minister in Ecuador, and no tornado was going to prevent God’s plan.
There are a few other times when I’ve felt this feeling, but I wish I felt that way all the time. I’m sure I would become accustomed to it, and then not appreciate it as much. But I spend a lot of time in uncertainty, wondering if I’m doing what God wants me to, or if I’m just going through the motions. It is so refreshing to do things for other people, and know that I was allowed to be used to show God’s life-changing love to them.
After making spaghetti sauce with herbs from my garden, I realized I hadn’t posted about my garden adventures in awhile.
The zucchini stopped producing so I pulled it out of the garden and planted carrots and radishes in it’s place. The carrots never came up and the radishes have been hit and miss, but I’m not giving up. My herbs are doing great! I’ve made lots of yummy dishes with my fresh herbs, and am still going to have a lot to dry and keep through winter. The tomatoes have produced some, but not nearly as many as I hoped. I’m going to do some research this winter and try to get a better yield next year. I’m still trying to encourage some beans and snow peas to grow before the cold snaps start. Lastly, I planted some pumpkins in another bed. I’m hoping I will get a few pumpkins by Fall Festival. If I can successfully grow some, I’m going to try to make a pumpkin pie from scratch.
Through this year of gardening, I’ve been reminded of a few truths. If you don’t plant, you don’t harvest. Sometimes you don’t get what you bargained for, but it’s more than you would have had if you didn’t try. I get these ideas of grandeur, and the results in my life are rarely as grand, but I have more because I tried for it. The bigger the risk the greater your chance of success (also the greater the chance that you wasted money on those carrot seeds, but don’t let that stop you).
River, train tracks, cave of wonders. @andrewblaylock
You looked at me with your brown eyes, gazing deep into my green life. You saw my heart, sat down next to me, and taking my hand you stroked my skin quietly comforting, as if you knew it would be alright. Telling me that you were okay. I saw a love in you that called to me. Can I know love so deep just by looking in your eyes? Can I know love so real in my green life? Have I known love before today? My Father holds you in His heart; you are the apple of His eye, but you know that. The Kingdom of Heaven is yours, and I gladly surrender it to you, as you stroke my skin. Just a child… but I won’t believe the lie that renders this exchange insignificant. I’ll not look down on your example. Oh mercy rain, let me never forget the love in your hands as you stroke my skin.
For Alexandra(Ah-leh-sahn-drah), the Ecuadorian child, who changed me forever
I was reading Isaiah 42, when I felt completely overcome with the enormity and otherness of God. At the same time, before He formed me in my mother’s womb, He knew me (Jeremiah 1:5). Outside of time and space and yet so deeply in it that none of it could exist for a moment without Him. I felt and feel truly humbled to serve Him and know the little that I do about Him. The key to life is walking in that humility. It is so easy to think more highly of ourselves than we ought, but that’s where everything goes wrong.
Lord, help me to keep you in the front of my mind, and to filter my thoughts and actions through your eternal reality, the only reality that matters.
We found a blueberry bush(tree?) on our property. We were out harvesting and, of course, sampling, when Daisy caught on that there was something good on the tree. So she helped herself.
The gardening is growing like crazy! So far I’ve received five zucchini, one green pepper, and more herbs than I can use. I’ve really enjoyed keeping it up, and it hasn’t taken much, since I started with a raised bed. No weeds, no rodents, so far, so good!
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