Monday, September 19, 2011

for when you need to remember the gospel {again}

{This post I first wrote going on a year ago was really tugging at my heart.  I have continued to meditate on Psalms 37 that it is based on…I thought if my heart was drawn back to it and longed to read it again, perhaps it could touch YOURS too and give you a fresh taste of the Gospel}

Old Sugar Mill and Florida Fall 005**(in the first two sections  I have underlined all of the words that are either directly in or are a direct paraphrase in Psalms 37)

With hands of trust I dig into this land I will inherit.

Promised over and over in this place that sings a psalm—It will be my land.

I unpack my life and choose to dwell here where faithfulness is my food.

I trust that I will have enough to live off of in this land and do the good placed before me.

I commit my dreams for this land into the hands of a good God who says he will act.

I ask for a heart to see and delight in all that He is and drink deeply of the Sun-filled One.

I walk the rows and plant the seeds of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control.

And I wait patiently, and sit upon the ground and am still and trust in Him to make it grow.

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Yes I am still sitting here…

…waiting…waiting! WAITING!!!

rising. rising! RISING!!!

It is not long before I stand in full fret.  I worry about a sun too hot it will scorch and the land does seem to dry as I think it.

No longer sitting in peace, I see another field a flourish—he who sowed to pride and hatred and greed.

I’m pacing these rows now.  I wonder why there are no sprouts of life.  I even uncover precious life-giving soil digging for what I want to see.

I ignore the evil I’ve invited and keep walking this life-ebbing path of worry.

Soon comes raining down upon my land.  The one I am to inherit.  That is to be my faithful food and bear much life—

Flaming arrows of evil.

I see that Enemy firing away to destroy the land of good seed and claim it as his own pride-hatred-greed-filled one.

He draws closer and brandishes his sword of lies and aims right at a heart prone to doubt and fear.

I can but utter one panicked, pleading cry…


In an immediate answer I am picked up and carried as he slays the one come to kill and Old Sugar Mill and Florida Fall 071destroy…more than my land…me.

He touches each singed hair and all of the degrees of burning on me and my land.

He gently lifts out the scorched places and replaces with new, lush soil.

Where worry has uprooted, he plants new seeds of love and joy and peace and all that He is.

And then he takes my hand and promises:

“I will show you, beloved, what it is to live in this land I have promised you.

I will replace your worry, doubt and fear with trust, faith and a courage that will make you strong.

In the light of my love, your land will flourish.  Soon there will be signs of life.

You need not do a thing but look to Me as I redeem this land and place My Name upon it.

I do all the work and give you what you do not have.

I know you are frail and susceptible to attack.

It is I who fill you with a love big enough so that you can trust Me.

Beloved daughter, I am Lamb of God and ‘All the Glory of Emmanuel’s land.’

Behold Me.

I will create Life and Beauty in this land.

Life enough to feed the world and

Beauty enough to draw others to a land where they too can behold.

They will inherit the land I have for them

and together you will endure forever.

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Beloved. Behold. and Behold. and Behold.

Become. and Become. and Become.

Glory. and Glory. and Glory.

Forever. and Ever. and Ever.




Thank You, Precious Savior:

  • For your precious LOVE which revives my heart
  • For your Gospel available every second
  • For reminding me of this place where you spoke to me
  • For how YOU FIGHT FOR ME…tirelessly
  • For all of these little, exquisitely beautiful things
    • Renewing ties with my small group
    • Their knowing Ann’s Book, One Thousand Gifts, what kindred spirits…ALWAYS!!!
    • Little ways you are softening a heart as we believe You for reconciliation
    • A double becoming-clearer RAINBOW that could bless both me and a dear friend {and many more!}
    • Glorious FALL weather…I’ve missed it!!
    • Expectant skies…always in this season
    • Round, baby faced boys that charm the socks off everyone
    • Baby Girl…she’s 2!!!!
    • Chubby cheeks and tiny haircuts
    • Playing in electric sockets, coloring herself…TROUBLE;}PrincessPrincessPrincess
    • Easy-to-please favorite meal…chili!!!
    • A princess/doll cake that was soooo easy and WORKED OUT!
    • Motivation from a friend’s who was imitating one my mom made for herPrincess
    • Inspiration in the dollar store
    • First apple pickings
    • First peach pickings
    • wagon rides!!!
    • apple cider donuts!!
    • ahhhhh…..FALL!!!! {again, yes, again!}
  • Increased LONGING for the LIFE being prepared over the ocean
  • Promises. Full. True. Secure…because of HIM!
  • The BEST.  Always and Ever.  yet to…COME!!!!!!




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