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Because God said so…

Hello blog readers,

I’ve been wanting to share something with you for a few days. One of my church pastors shared something with me after bible study that made a ‘light bulb’ go off in my head… Maybe someone else will be encouraged to hear it too. It’s a quote by the late Manley Beasley.

Faith is believing something to be so,
  when it doesn’t appear to be so,
  in order for it to be so,
  because God said so.”

The last line in that quote is the most important, and has been altered over time. Here’s why it’s important:

It doesn’t matter how strongly you trust in something, if it’s a promise that God never made. You can claim it, speak it, place hope in it, and strongly believe in it — But if it’s not God’s will for you, He won’t compromise for your will to be done… or my will. God has the final say. His will be done always and forever.

The object of your faith is what saves. “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.”

Be encouraged knowing that if you believed in it, and applied works to achieve it…and it never happened — It wasn’t God’s will for your life. The experience may have been necessary to receive what He has for you. It could have been a decision that was completely out of God’s will for you — Everyone has made wrong choices. But take heart: “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Don’t let life’s disappointments weaken your faith in God. He always delivers on His Word.

Numbers 23:19 God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

He won’t ever forget you.

Joshua 21:45 Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.

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No more Santa Claus

It’s been on my heart to share this blog for a bit, but for me, it hasn’t been so easy to share. My desire to not offend anyone has kept me from writing it.

Within the past 5 days, while out in public, 5 people or more have asked my son the same question:

“What’s Santa Claus bringing you for Christmas?”

That’s an absolutely normal question to hear in December. Last year, we would have had a list of things to reply. This year, as my son looked at me (slightly embarrassed), each time I politely smiled and replied, “He doesn’t believe in Santa Claus.” No one gasped, or clutched their pearls. One lady’s response was, “Oh ok! My kids are too big for that too!”  I think it made my son feel better that she didn’t give him a pitiful look.

It’s not that my son is too old for Santa Claus. He wanted to believe in magical elves and reindeer who brought him loads of toys from the north pole. What kid wouldn’t? But I had to be honest with myself. Even though my intentions were loving — and I truly wanted my son to experience the most amazing Christmas experience — I was lying to him.

Proverbs 8:8 All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.

Proverbs chapter 8 is one of my favorite chapters in the bible. One of the first scriptures I had my son memorize was Proverbs 8:8. I had him write it on an index card, and stick it on the mirror in his room. If I have an issue with him not telling the truth — Proverbs 8:8 is the scripture I will refer to.

When I think about how my Heavenly Father feels about telling a “white lie” so that my son can have a magical Christmas — in my heart, I can hear Him say “All the words of my mouth are righteous. Among them there is nothing twisted or crooked.”

My heart was convicted. I had to stop lying, in the name of a holiday that I proclaimed to be about His Son. He’s not a half-way God.

Leviticus 19:11 “‘Do not steal. “‘Do not lie. “‘Do not deceive one another.

I had to be truthful and admit that by lying — even with good intentions — I was following an example set by my Father’s enemy.

When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44  

So, I told my son the truth. I think it hurt me more than it hurt him when he said with crocodile tears, “You promised you would never lie to me.” He was hurt over it — and I had to apologize.

I made him believe in magical elves — who he thought watched over him and reported back to Santa. I made him believe that reindeer ate the carrots and celery that he left on the front lawn. I made him believe that every year, he made Santa’s “nice list”, and Santa would reward him for it. For years, I fed his faith in a lie.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

The faith he had in Santa Claus is the faith I should have been pumping into him for his Heavenly Father.

Luke 18:17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.

Matthew 18:3-4 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven…”

child-praise-and-worshipCan you imagine the ways God can use us if we have faith as a child in Him? Children naturally believe with all their heart.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding

Children (who have not been robbed of their innocence) don’t doubt one word that comes from parents who love them. Children trust blindly that their parents know what’s best. When they’re hurt, lonely, afraid, joyful, excited, curious, or needy – -children run to their parents. They genuinely believe parents have all the answers. That’s the faith of a child.

Purposely misguiding my child’s faith is irresponsible on my behalf. It’s not innocent if I know better.

I thank God for what He’s doing in me. My heart thanks Him for drawing near. Our relationship has become precious to me. This holiday season, I won’t compromise. I won’t grieve His Holy Spirit by going against what’s in my heart for Him. No more Christmas lies. No more Santa Claus.

James 4:17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

God is a righteous God. He will never support a lie. He’s Perfect in All of His ways. He’s a Good Father.

 

The garden is born!

Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

This week is very special to me. I planted the first seeds for my garden and I am SUPER excited!!!!

If you’ve read my blog “God, make me a gardener”, you know why this means so much to me.

I promised to make the garden part of this blog.

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Soon, I won’t be paying to have lettuce, spinach, basil, chives, or parsley! I thought I would have to wait until spring to plant, but I read that lettuce, spinach, and chives are ok in cooler weather. Once these crops begin to grow, I’ll decide what to keep in pots, and what to plant into the ground.

I have my eyes on some fruit trees too (and flowers). I just ordered my first olive tree, and it should arrive in a week!

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I’m so excited to watch it grow!!

I’m thankful that God placed this passion in my heart. From what I’m learning, gardening requires patience, diligence, and faith. I spiritually need each of those qualities to grow into the woman He purposed me to be. I thank my Heavenly Father for making me a gardener. 🙂

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Updates and garden pictures to come!

Isaiah 58:11 The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

*Update 12-7-15*
5 days after seeds were planted, my babies started sprouting!!

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After seeing my first sprouts, I went outside looking for a pot to plant more herbs. I searched the garage twice, and couldn’t find anything — and right before I walked inside I saw this tucked beside the house:

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He showed me that I don’t even have to go out and buy new pots! I cleaned them up and planted some new seeds. Soon, I will have a few bricks of dill, a little extra parsley, and basil.

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God is so good!

*12-8-15 Update*

The lettuce sprouted so much overnight! So son wanted to plant something, so he got his own “brick” of basil. We’re starting the seeds off in eggshells (I saw it online)…and my first spinach seed sprouted! There’s been a fig tree in the yard for years that I never paid much attention to (I’m not a big fan of figs)… But now that I’m growing a garden, I’m adopting it as one of my babies too 🙂

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I decided to plant lemon seeds. Hopefully, years from now, I’ll get a few trees from these!

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My lone sprout of spinach woke up with neighbors! My first basil seed sprouted! And my lettuce is thriving!!

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I planted my olive tree today, and got blessed with aloe vera plants!!! And, I started the growing process for my own avocado tree. 🙂

I’m experimenting with some of the lemon seeds. I peeled the shell of the seeds (carefully) and planted them in an avocado rind. I’m keeping the other unpeeled seeds in a moist ziplock bag until they grow roots. We’ll see how they turn out!

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I thinned my lettuce for the first time. (still trying to get the hang of it) .. and the spinach is looking good!

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My dill sprouted overnight!! And my chives are finally coming through!!

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We’ve had two nights of rain — and my garden is loving it! I woke up to lots of new basil sprouts! Herb bricks of dill, chives, and basil….and 2 pots of tomato pots sprouting. A sweet friend gave me a pot of lavender and mint! And my first lemon seed sprouted a root!! I know I’ll get a tree from it! I’m excited because God is blessing my garden. It’s growing. It’s December. God is Good.

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These roots really grew well overnight!! Getting ready to plant some lemon trees!! God is good!

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Today, I added a beautiful grapefruit tree to the garden. I was looking at several videos last night about growing grapefruit! I walked into a store today and unexpectedly found this beautiful plant. I planted a grapefruit seed today to see how long it takes to reach the size of my new tree. I also planted some lemon seeds that had nice roots growing.

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Update 12-29-15

My lemon seeds are growing so well! I have about 10 that are potted and growing so well! I saw a bag of Meyer lemons in the grocery store. I hear they’re the best, so I bought them just for the seeds!! 🙂

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I bought some herb plants from the grocery store too, and have been enjoying eating fresh herbs with breakfast and dinner!

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I started a few more avocado seeds, and have some grapefruit seeds sprouting!

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I also separated my lettuce, and am waiting for it to grow tall! And my dill is beautiful!

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Do you know your Inheritance?

I’ve been so blessed, and it warms my heart to be able to share this wonderful news with you. We all deal with the stresses of life. They include financial responsibilities, relationships, internal issues, and more. All you have to do is turn on the news, and the world’s problems are piled on top of your own! Everyone is not fortunate enough to be able to call a family member or friend when they need a hand. Many people have adopted the adage, “No one owes you anything” and “There are no free hand-outs.” Those words might feel like an extra blow to the gut for a person in desperate need.

I’m here to say there are free blessings, and you are entitled to them when you ask Jesus into your heart.

Ephesians 1:5-6 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

What does it mean to have an inheritance? When I was speaking to a friend about this, Angelina Jolie came to my mind – because she’s famously known for her movies and also for adopting children. If anything were to happen to her and her husband, all of their children – including their adopted children — would be legally entitled to an inheritance of her and Brad Pitt’s belongings.

Spiritually, the sons and daughters of God are also blessed with an inheritance. The Word of God says He predestined us for adoption through Jesus (Ephesians 1:5). Predestined means He decided long ago that through Jesus, there would be an adoption to sonship for us. What an amazing promise! To be saved is abundant in itself. But to be adopted into God’s family is according to the riches of his undeserved kindness.

Why would God do such a good, good thing for us? Verse 12 says “in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.”

For the praise of His glory. Glory to God! He is such a Good God!

And, to prove that He is a God of His word – He offers an early token of what will come to His children.

Ephesians 13-14 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

The Holy Spirit is promised as a deposit to those adopted through Christ Jesus. To understand why this is such an amazing offer, you should know who the Holy Spirit is.

John 14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

The Holy Spirit is an Advocate – some versions refer to Him as the Helper. He is promised to you, to remind you of the teachings of Jesus – to help you become more Christ-like — to help you get to heaven to receive the rest of your inheritance.  Ephesians 1:3 says it includes every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms! That is unfathomable! The spirit on the inside of you needs the Helper – because no one can become Christ-like in their own strength. The apostle Paul prays, asking for your inner spirit to be strengthened by the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 3.

Ephesians 3: 16-19 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

I don’t know about you – but to be filled to the measure of all fullness of God, sounds like an amazing supernatural wonder. If it were not possible, it wouldn’t be written! Verse 17 says this happens through faith – the same way we receive our salvation through Jesus.

Stand on God’s word! He is not a God that lies. Ask Jesus into your heart to be your Lord and Savior. Believe He wants you to! Believe the Holy Spirit is promised to you! Talk to your promised deposit {the Holy Spirit} like you believe He is real, and He will reveal Himself as real! Believe an inheritance awaits those faithful to the Lord! Believe! Ask the Helper for a spirit of faith if you have trouble believing. He is your Helper in all things! He is your counselor in all things, big and small! He knows we are weak.  He wants you to trust Him for all things!

Tell God you claim what is promised to you.

I’m sure you’ve seen those commercials that say there are thousands of dollars in “unclaimed” money — and they encourage you to call to see if you might be entitled to some of it. If the people who are rightfully entitled to inherit the money never claim it, it will eventually go to the government. No one is going to track them down and say, Please claim your inheritance! It’s their responsibility to prove it belongs to them. The enemy, Satan, never wants you to claim your spiritual inheritance. He doesn’t even want you to know about it. The devil desires for you to be deceived, denied and destroyed.

With our spiritual inheritance, we have God’s word telling us it belongs to us through Christ.  When Jesus becomes Lord of your life, the Holy Spirit will help transform you — with a new personality, a new mind, a clean heart — so that the light within you can shine bright, as a child of God should.

Believe! And you will come to know this love that surpasses knowledge.

Be blessed in your faith journey!

With love.

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