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Sunday, February 23, 2014

"God Is Faithful!"


“The LORD will guide you always;
He will satisfy your needs
in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.”
Isaiah 58:11 NIV

One of the attributes of God that I love the most is his faithfulness! I love this scripture so much because there have been many times when I have not been faithful to God, yet he has always been faithful to me. There have been times when I walked away from God or when I knowingly have been disobedient, still my God continued to stand nearby waiting for my return. He is a God that will not let any of us go and he will be with us here on this earth until we take our last breath. When we feel that he is absent or has left us it is only because we have allowed ourselves to wander away or because our focus has become self-centered. Sometimes the events of life leave us so devastated that we indeed wonder where God is.  But let me assure you, HE is there!
 
I love today’s scripture because it is a constant reminder that no matter what my circumstances may be the LORD is always available to guide me and satisfy my needs. He also does the same for you. In a world that is full of pain, suffering, death, and disappointments, God is still here with us. In a world where many do not consider God to be anything but “out there” and others do not believe in God at all, we often find ourselves, as believers, suffering the consequences of their unbelief. Our world has indeed become a sun-scorched land. Still our God promises to strengthen our frame and provide water to our spirit. This “Living Water” comes from a spring that will NEVER fail or run dry!
 
We must always believe that God is good and that when we are his precious child he will never let us go. God loves to lavish his love on us at all times and in many different ways. He is still a God of miracles and we must always look for where he is already at work on our behalf. Remember, God loves you with an everlasting love!
 
For the past four years I have posted weekly to “The Garden of My Heart”. The time I have spent with you has been one of my greatest joys. It has been my honor to simply write for Jesus. However, after much prayerful consideration, the time has come for me to focus my attention on other projects.
 
Today I want to tell you how much I value each one of you faithful readers. I have been blessed by your comments and encouragement. It has been my privilege to pray for you and hopefully challenge and encourage each of you. Some of you are my family and friends, others of you have come to the garden by way of a friend. There are also numerous international readers, who live in far away countries that I have never visited. Oh how you have blessed my heart! It has been my joy to know that you enjoy faithfully coming to the garden to meet with Jesus. Others of you have just happened upon the garden and regularly walk through the gate to read, pray, and meditate. No matter how you have come to the garden, you have filled my heart to overflowing by returning so many times. Not because of me, but because it has been a place where you have indeed met with Jesus. I am especially thrilled if it was a place where you met Jesus for the first time. I also want to thank my prayer partners who have faithfully prayed for this writing project. I would not have made it without you
 
 “The Garden of My Heart” will remain available so that you may continue to visit the garden anytime you want to do so. Please use the “archives” on the right side of the blog page to bring up four years of previous posts. There is also a “topical index” for your use. You may continue to contact me at paulajhoover@hotmail.com . You may also leave comments at the end of any post. My Facebook “Garden of My Heart” site will also remain available for comments. Remember the access to the garden gate is http://thegardenofmyheart.org .
 
I want to challenge all of you to continue to grow in your faith. There is so much to learn as you walk deeper into the garden with Jesus. The Master Gardener, Jesus Christ, will always be there waiting for you. I want to encourage you to remain faithful to the One who is always faithful to you. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is a friend that sticks closer than any brother, sister, husband, wife, child, parent, or friend. He is trustworthy beyond more than you can ever imagine.
 
So today, it is with deep regret that I leave all of you. I am currently seeking to follow God’s guidance regarding the future. Until we meet again in the garden or inside the gates of heaven, I remain in his love and service.
 
 Paula Hoover
“The Garden of My Heart”

1 comment:

Margy Heuschele said...

Thank you so much for your wonderful words of inspiration, love and grace. I have enjoyed reading your blog for a long while now and always feel refreshed and a sense of calmness and peace after reading them. I love the garden analogy and the thought that Jesus is the Master Gardener tending to our soul, pulling out the weeds and planting all manner of wonderful delights. Thank you for letting the light of Jesus shine through your words.