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511th -- Grandma's Garden


At all times we are to have faith that God is in control of our lives and
He will make all things work together for our good. Just as the Lord feeds
every living creature upon the Earth and sustains the world to work in 
perfect order, so will He direct our life's path to reach victory and 
attain every good and perfect gift that He has for us. We need only to
trust God and believe that He will do what He has promised in His Word.

The Bible declares in Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth
out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish
that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
No limits can be placed on what God is able to do and as His children we 
are to have expectant faith that our Heavenly Father has good things 
prepared for us who Love Him. (Romans 8:28) (Psalm 145:14-18)

I hope this message encourages your heart to have faith in God's wisdom 
that He is in control of all things and will be with you and bring you 
forth victorious.


I watched my grandma hoe the clay soil in my garden. “Don't see how you
grow anything in this,” she mused.

“Colorado soil can't compare to yours in Iowa, Grandma!” I stared at her in
awe, capturing the moment in my memory forever. Wisps of her silvery hair
sneaked from beneath her headscarf as her thin torso bent down to pull a 
fistful of bindweed.

“This stuff will grow anywhere,” she laughed. “Even in this soil!”

Although she lived alone on the Iowa farm she and Grandpa had settled a 
half century ago, she still maintained a garden that could sustain most of
Benton County! Some of my favorite summer childhood days had been spent in
her garden helping her pull up plants she identified as weeds, or planting
vegetables and flowers. She had taught me that gardening wasn't only about
cultivating plants, it was about cultivating faith. Each seed planted was
proof of that. When I was seven I asked, “Grandma, how do the seeds know 
to grow the roots down and the green part up?”

“Faith,” was her answer.

When I grew up and married, my husband recognized the impression Grandma's
dirt left under my fingernails and in my heart. He supported my dream to 
live outside the city. Our two-acre plot had a horse, dog, cat, rabbit, six
hens and, of course, a large garden. I was privileged and overjoyed to have
Grandma working in it.

Grandma leaned the hoe next to a fence post and walked to my flower bed to
help me plant the daisies she'd brought from her garden to mine. She didn't
know I was watching as she patted the dirt around the base of a plant. 
Waving her hand in the sign of a cross above it, she whispered, “God bless
you, grow.”

I'd almost forgotten that garden blessing from my youth. Ten years later,
those daisies still flourish.

Grandma is tending God's garden now but still influences me daily. Whenever
I tuck a seedling into the earth, I trace a small cross above it in the air
and say, “God bless you, grow.” And in quiet times, I can still hear her 
blessing, nurturing my faith. “God bless you, grow.”

By LeAnn Thieman

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Psalm 103:1-5 “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless
His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who 
redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness
and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy
youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Psalm 145:14-18 “The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those
that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon Thee; and Thou givest them 
their meat in due season. Thou openest Thine hand, and satisfiest the 
desire of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all His ways, and
Holy in all His works. The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon Him,
to all that call upon Him in truth.”

Philippians 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let
your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for
nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which 
passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: PRECIOUS IN HIS EYES
Click here to read --- http://www.godswork.org/enpoem90.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: THE LORD ALWAYS PROVIDES
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony184.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
Gods Work Ministry


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