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Monday, July 13, 2009

The Weedy Berm

We live in the woods. It really is much like Arkansas, only more pine and less deciduous trees. We really like it. As a matter of fact, we feel extremely blessed to be placed in such a lovely location. When we moved here our yard was all woods as well. This is a shot of a portion of our back yard. The bermed flower bed happened out of a bare weed pile of dirt that was left from some of the early construction. It is rather like us when we start out in life. God carries us through many trials during our lives and slowly replaces the weeds with lovely flowers. That is unless we allow bitterness to come in. That comes out of not trusting in the One who really is in control of all our circumstances. Some of us have been through early and difficult tragedies. Amongst several lifetime challenges, my mother died when I was the oldest of four, age 15. We can take such things and we have a choice...."we can get bitter or we can get better." We won't know the "why," answer to some of these things until we arrive in heaven, but we can be sure that God has a plan and uses "all things for good to those who believe" ....to put flowers where there were once weeds. So despite your difficulty today, or in the past, trust the One who loves you with a tenderness even your mother didn't have, for he rejoices over you. Just think of how he loves loves. "The Lord they God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing." Zephaniah 3:17

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