I was spending time with the Lord, and He took me to a garden. It was so beautiful, everything was in bloom. He gave me a lovely fragrant white flower, and He even let me hold a white dove on the back of my hand.Then He began to sing a song over me, it was so strong it was like it went through all of me. He was singing…”I will RESTORE!” He just kept singing those words, over and over…until I wept and felt it deep inside. All I could say was, “Yes!”I believe I was to share it…to encourage you, that when you belong to the Lord, He WILL restore. No matter what has been stolen from you, He will give it all back and more. He is faithful and true, and He really does love you. He says He will restore. Do you believe?Jeremiah 30:17 ESV
For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord, because they have called you an outcast: ‘It is Zion, for whom no one cares!’

Joel 2:25-26 ESV
I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.

Psalm 51:12 ESV
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Acts 3:19-21 ESV
Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.

1 John 5:4 ESV
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

Isaiah 61:7 ESV
Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy.

Job 42:10 ESV
And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

Weed Your Own Garden First




Today I was looking at my lawn and noticed the grass is getting high.   When I was a single mom, sometimes my grass would get really high.  Either the mower was broken or I just did not have the time to get to it.I had these neighbors that could not stand to see my grass so tall.  They would take it upon themselves to come over and do a little lawn maintenance.  I finally confronted them, after they mowed over a new tree I had planted, and asked them to please just check with me before they mowed my lawn.


But they still wouldn’t, sometimes they would even have the neighbor come over and mow my lawn.  He had one of those really big industrial mowers.  I would watch them out the window.   Marveling at the lack of respect they were showing me.  I was just amazed that these people thought it was ok to manage something that was not their responsibility.   The grass never got that high anyway.


They would also come over and trim my bushes, they trimmed one of my hollies and ended up killing it.  When I discovered the trimmings, I asked one of his children if his dad had trimmed my bushes, cause I noticed that their bushes had been trimmed the same day.  The man came out and began to yell at me, saying if I had a question then I should ask him, not his children.  Seems to me he understood that his kids were his responsibility, but yet…he could not see how my yard was NOT his responsiblity.


The final straw was when I looked out the window and saw the man taking a weed whacker to my favorite tree, a weeping cherry.  The tree was beautiful, very valuable and special to me, but I guess the branches got in his way.  Needless to say, it developed blight and ended up dying.


When I looked at my lawn today, at the height of the grass, I just chuckled.  I remembered those days when the neighbors were so concerned about my lawn, but their yard was always such a mess.  Even now, they have bags of mulch laying out right in the front yard, that have been sitting there for over a year.  But yet, the man mowed part of my front lawn just recently.  Their front yard is on a slope and they can’t plant grass, so it is just constantly full of weeds.  Plenty of work they could do there, yet, they concerned themselves with my lawn.I suppose it gives them a sense of superiority to come to my yard and “fix” it for me.  To discuss it with the neighbors and rally them to come mow my lawn.  I guess it provided them with a sense of pride to know they conquered my tall grass or trimmed my tree with a weed whacker without my permission.  I am not sure why they did it, why they think it is ok to violate my boundaries, but I am pretty sure it wasn’t done out of love for me or care for my yard.

Lord, help us to remember to deal with our own garden before we try to mow someone else’s yard, especially when we have our own weed patches to conquer.   Lord, give us eyes to see the motivations of our heart and the meditations of our mind.  Let us love one another by dealing with our own responsibilities first.   There is always work to do in the Garden.

“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor. Matthew 7:1-5 (MSG)

Faith is giving up the right to see…so others can!





Recently, I planted some herb seeds that I had purchased early this spring.  Before I planted them, a friend and I watched a movie, “Faith Like Potatoes”.  The story is about a farmer that gets saved, becomes an evangelist, and then takes a huge step of faith, on a word from the Lord, and plants potatoes in the middle of a drought.  That was unheard of because potatoes need a lot of water and because you cannot “watch” them grow, you have to have faith that they are there and thriving.  The decision could make or break him.  But…of course because the Lord told him to, it MADE him.  It ended up being a huge harvest and an amazing testimony as he traveled and shared the gospel with other farmers.When I planted my seeds, I was thinking about faith, how placing those seeds underground requires us to give up the right to “see” and so does becoming a Christian, the word even says, “…we live by faith, not by sight.”  It also says that unless the seed “falls to the ground and dies” it can’t become a plant and produce fruit.  See, the seeds are found in the fruit and I have heard it said, you usually know about how many seeds are in a piece of fruit, but do you know how many pieces of fruit are in the one seed?”  Great potential!!!

Before I could plant them, I realized the first thing I would need is a good soil.  Soil that is well tilled and rich, soil that can hold water.   That would be a good place for the plants to rest, grow and be fed.  A rocky soil wouldn’t do, then the plants would have not nutrients and their little fragile roots would dry out quickly.

The next thing they would need to have is water.  Water is what causes the seed to swell so it can burst and germinate, then begin to send it’s roots down into the soil and be fed.  The seeds would have to be watched and watered regularly though,  so that when they did start growing they would not dry out in the sun’s light.

While I was writing this, I thought, hmmm, I should go out and water my little seeds, and guess what I found?   The baby basils had broken through and were now receiving the sun’s energy.

As I was watering the baby plants, the sun was behind me and I caught it’s reflection in the mist of the water.  Then, I saw a beautiful rainbow!  God always surprises me with them and usually speaks to me when He does.  As I meditated on it I realized that the rainbow was always there, that the water had just revealed it.Just like Jesus, the Light of the World, He is always there, whether we can see Him or not.  Same with the tiny seeds, all the potential is already there under that ground and just waiting to germinate.

So, that is what Faith really is…believing He is there…believing we have a purpose even when we can’t see it.

Like these tiny little seeds, each one of us holds a harvest inside of us.  We need to first find a soil or church family rich with nutrients, tilled by prayer…a place where we can lay down and die.  There must be worship, letting the water of His presence cover and soak us, so we can germinate.  And once we are grown, the Son will illuminate His purpose and give us energy for the work of producing fruit!

So then, WE, like individual little drops of water will work together to reveal Him, the Rainbow, to those that can’t see Him…yet!


Have FAITH!!!!