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He Bears With Me

Prayer is the seed that has taken its time to bloom in the place I call my Secret Garden. That place is my heart. But there is another garden outside my window that is calling my name too.  I love to go out into my perennial gardens. There is a thrill in observing what I have planted over the years. Seeing once again the growth that has taken place as it forces the ground to open and reveal what is to come. In my secret garden – the heart… I am also pondering the growth that has taken place over the many years of communicating with God, often referred to as Prayer.  I am so thankful He bears with me in the process of growing me.

There is no right or wrong way to pray. The Lord desires to communicate with his people. Having an education does not make your prayers more meaningful than the person with no education. Please keep that in mind as I welcome you into my  Secret Garden. With that in mind, I do believe there is growth in our prayers as we walk with the Lord. I remember many years ago, at the age of ten I prayed for a bike.

I remember saying “…God if you give me a bike I will do this thing or that,  for you”.

Yep! You guess it, I did not get the bike.

I also remember being very mad that God did not give me that bike. I have to laugh because sometimes as adults we still react the same way as I did as a child. I am sure He was very pleased when I came out of the negotiation approach of praying and entered the next step of growth concerning my prayer life. I went from negotiating to “advance notice” praying.  My advance notice approach to praying, would also  include “in a moments notice” praying. But to my credit I went from “in a moments notice” to giving advance notice months ahead of my schedule.

(I hope you are laughing with me at this point – we know we have all been there!)

Years ago, I was challenged with the phrase “being prayed up” on my prayer life. This was a challenging thought to me…so I started praying with that thought in mind. I was thinking ahead on what my request or communication might be. For a long period of time this way of communicating was satisfactory. It has only been lately that I have taken on even a newer approach “..asking the Lord to go before me”. I must admit this last approach has given me the most satisfaction and blessing to my life.

This way of thinking has removed the “me” out of the picture and often even the “I want” out of the picture as well. To see God’s hand go before me has given me a new freedom that I do not believe I have experienced before. It has taken the focus of what I may see as necessary to hearing what God believes is necessary.  (There are times when I need to pray immediately  and even in those times  I can  ask the Lord to go before me… to prepare the way).

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8

-THE GOD OF THE OLD TESTAMENT IS THE SAME GOD TODAY-

“I the LORD do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.” Malachi 3:6

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows .” James 1:17

 

Even though this seed has taken a while to come into full bloom within my Secret Garden – It is one of the most beautiful blooms within my life.

To Walk, Talk with the Lord and ask Him to go Before Me – Makes Me Happy!

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Welcome to the place that I refer to as my “Secret Garden”. That place is my heart, where I share who I am. Gardener, Landscaper, Card Maker, Nature Lover – are just a few of my loves. My new adventure that I am about to embark on is “Homesteading”. I see chickens in my future. But my ultimate love is Encouraging Others with the Love of Christ and I do that by sharing my experiences in hopes that you know you are not alone.

The Areas I have had the privilege of serving in: President of Okinawa, Japan International Women’s Club, Speaker, Author, Bible Teacher, Personal Mentor.

Welcome to the place I refer to as my 'Secret Garden' that place where the real me is revealed. What you will discover is that I love God, almost everything I do is centered around that relationship. I love helping others to find that relationship as well. I also love Vintage everything, landscaping, gardening, paper crafting and urban homesteading. -Valerie
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