I planted some baby vegetables recently, I tended to them, ammended the soil, fed them great plant food, did all could do to ensure they would grow healthy and strong. A few days after all the buds sprung forth and the plants were somewhat established, some little critter came along and chewed the leaves right off, I mean down to the stub. I was sick over it, all I could do was think of all the time and energy spent, not to mention the dreams I had of picking my dinner fresh from the garden one day in the near future. I scowled and complained, searched for fencing, cayenne peppered the area and even imagined hooking up bells to roping tied around stakes to alert me if a small animal decided it was gonnna come around for seconds.
Later on at the end of the week, I received some dissappointing news, right before I was about to embark upon some divine events, I knew immediately that it was enemy, attempting to steal my joy. After a while you get to discern the tactics of the enemy. Straight after receiving this news I prayed to God for His solution, turning it over to Him. I decided that hour, that it was a signal to me, of Blessings to come. I decided that I was going to trust God that even though this situation is assuredly unfair and not aright, that I would praise Him, giving Him the Glory and pushing it away from me just as I would anything else that I didn't invite, wish to receive or appreciate.
God showed out and showed up in WORD to me, through the lips of Joel Osteen as I attended a Night of Hope at Yankee Stadium, as he mentioned that life can be stinky and that the maneur that gets flung on us from the world, is the very stuff that God will use to advance us, promote us and to propogate some blessing forward into our lives.
The plants incidentally did grow back, their leaves returned and grew exponentially faster than I expected, after a few days of rain and sun they have tripled in size. I knew that this also translated as a signal to me, that the chewed up leaves of my life are purely evidence of some future blessing being cultivated deep below the surface.
Later on I attended a Memebership class to become officially enrolled at my church of three plus years. We all had to introduce ourselves to other new members, wear name tags, etc. Some even commented on the uniqueness of their own names, whether that be their first name or last name. We can all relate to some degree. So, as I had some free moments to contemplate and talk with the Lord, He reminded me that Adam had the task of naming everything on this earth. The one thing that we really dont have a hand in naming is our own name, but yet over time we associate and relate to that name, because its been spoken over us since birth. God said, we get to choose what to call everything that comes our way, if you call it a blessing, so shall it be!
This morning, while preparing to send this message out, I noticed in my news feed a really great quote, placed there by a friend and sister in Crist, which reads; "God can FIX whatever is broken in your life and he can BREAK whatever is in your way" ...(Thanks for posting that, Deb M. )
Have a Blessed week!
The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
***BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU THINK AND WHAT YOU VERBALIZE````
Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
God led me to this...
How to Pass from a Curse to a Blessing............
(ten part series) its worth your time!)
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