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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

lessons from a donkey

When I realized my donkeys were getting into a little more trouble then was necessary I decided I needed to tether them during the day.

This wasn’t without problems. At first Teddy refused to eat at all. No matter where I tied him, even with luscious grass about his feet; all he could see was that rope that restricted him. At the end of the day I’d find bare spots in the grass where he’d pawed endlessly, impatiently trying to free himself. 

Since then, he has slowly begun to ignore the rope that restricts him.  What a relief this is to me. Every time I see his head down, completely engaged in grazing, I am happy to know he is getting the nutrition that his body needs.  

I’m sure that small feeling of relief I have is absolutely nothing compared to the joy my Father has when I am feasting on the abundance He has provided for me. He desires that I ‘eat’ what is set before me. He leads me out and He tethers me purposefully.
What joy fills His heart when He sees that I am receiving what He has provided and not fighting against His security.  

"Your boundary lines mark out pleasant places for me. Indeed, my inheritance is something beautiful."

When we stop fighting against those ropes our eyes are opened to the abundant supply right before us. 
In His provision we can rest. We can be fully satisfied and nourished with His supply!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

from bud to flower

I’m always fascinated to see the peony petals spilling from their tight green buds…what a contrast from their beginning form!

 If one had not previously known to expect such a transformation, surely, they would be amazed. 

From the tiny green, tight and knotty….to snowy white, over-sized and beautiful. What a picture of faith. Of seeing the beginning and believing the end.

His Word has formed many 'buds' in me that are yet to be matured.
 I choose faith and thanksgiving while I wait for Him to be fully formed in me. 

Nothing releases His beauty more then a trusting heart

He has begun, and He will finish. I have but to live in His light, receive His grace, surrender to His work, and anticipate the coming beauty.

He makes all things beautiful in His time.

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