We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)
Think on Mr Waters thoughts for a moment; “peace without justice is no peace at all.”
“God has called us to be peacemakers, but peace without justice is no peace at all. God has also called us to be pursuers of justice. As posed hypothetically by the prophet Micah, “[God] has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Mic. 6:8). The fight for justice can often be an arduous one, but it is always a necessary one.”– Michael W. Waters, Freestyle
“He who guards his mouth keeps his life, but he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.”
(Proverbs 13:3, AMP)
We so often read and quote; “life and death are in the power of the tongue.” Words are seeds. As some of us might be contemplating spring/summer gardens and dreaming of a fresh picked “Big Boy” tomatoe sandwich with real mayo wonder if we planted a weed hoping for a tomatoe? Or, we planted a big juicy plant hoping for its fruit but forgot to water and care for so what did we get?
The mouth seems to be fertile soil for the fruit of life. How much time have I invested in my mouth garden? What are the nuritients in the soil that were produced by my thoughts? My actions are the fruit of my garden. What fruit has filled my basket? Dosen’t a farmer/gardener receive its first fruits? 2 Timothy 2:6 says; “The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.”
How are things in my life garden today? Maybe I should employ a little weed killer (repentance brand) and get back on track with a flourishing garden by using the right method of Holy Spirit skills and replant by revisiting words, thoughts and actions that will produce the dream life. A juicy big red sliced tomatoe that covers my bread and rich Kraft’s mayo with salt and pepper that delights the palate and satisfies the inner man! Soul Food is good for my soul!
Hope you are enjoying your garden!
Hezekiah prayed, “Remember, LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” – 2 Kings 20:3 (NIV)
Have you ever noticed in the OT you read; “he did evil in the eyes of the Lord” or “he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.”
Wonder if anyone today finds their column and gives it a trumpet blast? Or, tries and hides their evil walking under their skirts. The Prophet Jeremiah in Chapter 13 verse 26 records the happening when hiding is one’s theme. “I will pull up your skirts over your face that your shame may be seen-”
Hezekiah prayed. Great reading. Hezekiah’s Illness and Recovery…”Remember now, O LORD, I beseech You, how I have walked before You in truth and with a whole heart and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. Before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “Return and say to Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of your father David, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD.…”
Dosen’t this bring song from the depth of your soul? Bless The Lord, O my soul and all that is within me…
Who likes commands?
“While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Acts 1:4-5, NRSV
And, what are we waiting for?
“So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord,is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Verses 6-8 of Acts 1
Have you ever focused so much on times and epochs that you forgot what you’re waiting for? Maybe missed the Spirit of empowerment while looking in the wrong direction? I’m thinking, now what?
Welcome spring by visiting the Monroe Technology Center’s annual Spring Plant Sale. There are lots of beautiful annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, hanging baskets (over 500!), vegetables and fruiting plants to choose from this year. Our students, wearing black ‘Plant Sale’ T-shirts by our favorite T-shirt company, CustomInk, will be glad to help you with your plant selections. Proceeds from the sale help support scholarships for program seniors.
And this year you will find more than just plants and plant products for sale. We will feature ‘Faithful Friends’ Stitches by Patti; beautiful hand sewn slip-on collar scarves for your dog or cat.
Additionally, Monroe’s Culinary Arts Department will be selling a variety of their delicious creations.
Hours are Wednesday, April 29, 10am-8pm; Thursday, April 30, 10am-6pm; and Friday, May 1, 10am-5pm. We are located at 715 Childrens Center Rd, Leesburg, VA.
Hope to see you, Debi Chaves