I was planning on sharing a garden update today. However, I’ve felt led to write about a recent comment that was left on my website.
I only recently started praying due to a tragedy in my life, but it helps in other aspects of my life as well. I was raised an atheist so it’s not something that comes naturally for me, and a process as well. Don’t really know were to begin with religion and spirituality, but praying to something is soothing.
I’ve been battling in my own mind on how I could respond. What I could possibly say to encourage her of a force so powerful that is God.
Through scripture or testimony? Maybe send a link to some other spiritual woman that “knows” the written word much better than I.
You know what finally fell on me. The Holy Spirit.
I am not a know it all Christian. I am not someone who knows the bible back and forth and can quote the perfect scripture at the perfect time.
You know what I do have though. The Holy Spirit living within me.
It’s not easy being a Christian and it doesn’t always make sense. I bat my head back and forth so many times, it’s pathetic.
When things happen in this world, I often stop and think, “Does God truly exist?” I’m not sure if any other believer stops and ponders at that question – I do.
However, it’s usually in that question that all I need to do is look at the nature in this world and in its cyclical patterns of life that I clearly see my God.
Once I started on my journey to urban homesteading, I put myself in His creation.
In how He created everything to sustain… us.
Chickens laying eggs that are full of protein to build on muscle. Once they stop laying, their meat nourishes ours.
Plants that start as tiny seeds producing mammoth fruit to provide us vitamins and minerals.
The distinguishing elements between river and salt water.
It’s too perfect. When I pull myself away from this busy urban environment, take a step back, my eyes can see that this world is too perfect to have been an accident.
Get Into His Word – It Never Returns Void
“Is anyone thirsty?
Come and drink—
even if you have no money!
Come, take your choice of wine or milk—
it’s all free!
2 Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength?
Why pay for food that does you no good?
Listen to me, and you will eat what is good.
You will enjoy the finest food.
3 “Come to me with your ears wide open.
Listen, and you will find life.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you.
I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.
4 See how I used him to display my power among the peoples.
I made him a leader among the nations.
5 You also will command nations you do not know,
and peoples unknown to you will come running to obey,
because I, the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, have made you glorious.”
6 Seek the Lord while you can find him.
Call on him now while he is near.
7 Let the wicked change their ways
and banish the very thought of doing wrong.
Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them.
Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.
8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
10 “The rain and snow come down from the heavens
and stay on the ground to water the earth.
They cause the grain to grow,
producing seed for the farmer
and bread for the hungry.
11 It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
12 You will live in joy and peace.
The mountains and hills will burst into song,
and the trees of the field will clap their hands!
13 Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow.
Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up.
These events will bring great honor to the Lord’s name;
they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.”
It’s seriously amazing how God works… when we seek Him. Matthew 7.
When I start to drag and feel spiritually void and thoughts start to swirl around in my head, it’s usually when I’m not in His word.
Reading the bible brings us to a closer relationship to Jesus Christ. To meditate on His words that are written, pray over them, and ask God to show himself is where communication starts to happen.
It’s honestly blown me away many times when I have asked God to reveal himself to me so that I know… that I know… He is with me.
Just be prepared because when you truly ask God, he will never return void. He will answer but not always in the way that you want.
Sweet reader, know that God loves you. That in our lowest of lows, He is with you. He longs for you.
Cradle yourself in His arms and pray. It’s soothing because the Holy Spirit is speaking to you.
You are His.
I couldn’t live this life without Him. I’m too prideful. When I succumb and give up my will for His, joy and peace set in.
This life isn’t easy but can be lived in joy knowing that one day we will be living in peace for eternity.
Read his word. Start with a gospel and see where it leads you. Find a church that teaches truth through his word. Not just a feel good church, but one that will teach verse by verse and convict us when we need it.
Join a woman’s bible study or an online bible study like Good Morning Girls. Fellowshipping with other woman is uplifting and will help us grow.
One thing to remember…
Romans 3:23… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Don’t ever be ashamed. Don’t ever be scared to walk into a church and ask questions. We are all sinners and regardless of where you are at, we have ALL been there and done that.
There should NEVER be judgement. Praise God for his mercy and grace.
I’m sending you a huge hug!
Do you have any words of encouragement? Do you have anything you’d like to share about your faith and your walk with the Lord. I’m sure we can all be uplifted by one another 🙂