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Graves Into Gardens

Daylight saving time ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 1. “Fall back” - set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed Saturday night. As winter approaches and the nights draw in, many people who work indoors will find themselves starting work in the dark and finishing in the dark. Some people experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons. Especially this year, we need LIGHT! This world is too dark and broken to live without Light!

At church, recently, we sang, "Graves Into Gardens" by Elevation Worship. "You turn graves into gardens. You turn bones into armies. You turn seas into highways. You're the only one who can." Wow! He has done all of these things to make a way for someone. No matter what the world tells us, He is all we need! His grace is sufficient. 2 Corinthians 12: 9, "And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.'” Look at all the things God can do. He can always make a way bigger and better than anything we can imagine. I am sure no one expected a highway out of the Red sea!

I have been in a place where I was tired, weary and burdened. Tears came easy. Looking back it had begun about two years prior. But for the last six months I had become discouraged. Until I followed God's instructions, which was difficult, I would not be encouraged. I needed God's Word, the Truth! That is when we need it the most! With a pandemic, racial tension, political division, hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, earthquakes, etc. there is a lot of negativity. But keep reading. There is Good News!

The Israelites stood with their backs to the wilderness getting ready to trade manna for milk and honey. Moses told them in Deuteronomy 8: 3, "He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord." While they were in the wilderness, God took away their bread. He was teaching them that life comes from God's Words. And that is better than anything including bread, milk or honey. Psalm 19: 10, "They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb."

Through all of the bad, God will bring good from it for those who love Him. Romans 8: 28, "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." We will grow from these tough times. Over 2000 years ago, Jesus won the war on the cross of Calvary. Yes, there is still a battle but it has been won! We are in a spiritual battle and we are to stand with the Truth. Ephesians 6: 14, "Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness," Be careful where you hear your truth. We are warned of false prophets. 2 Timothy 4: 3-4, "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables." The enemy wants us to have no peace and live in fear and bitterness. Ephesians 6: 15, "and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace." The Truth is what we need and the Truth will set us free. We must stay in the Word so the Word stays in us!


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