Â© Donna L. Watkins - Bee Gathering Nectar From
Prickly Pear Cactus Bloom - Daniel Stowe Gardens I hope every mother had a lovely Mother's Day, but I know there are many sad situations where it's a day you want to ignore. We have to know that we did our best regardless of any relationship problems. After all, most of us were still in the process of growing up when we became a mother.
People have a choice in life to be bitter or get better. God's emotional healing is available to all and His promises of restoration within us are certainly available. Nobody has a Mayberry or Walton's childhood, so we all have to deal with life. Fortunately when we do it with Jesus, it's a lot easier.
I am excited to announce that we have had a get-away trip to celebrate our 35th anniversary.
Although it was on April 9, I was not up to traveling from the bedroom to the kitchen around that time, so I just kept an image in my mind that we would be taking the trip a bit late.
We've always gone somewhere for our anniversary rather than buying cards and gifts. I like experiences more than stuff. They create so many more memories and require no storage space.
Â© Donna L. Watkins - Sunset Cruise on Lake Fontana, NC So, we had two nights at the Fontana Village Resort
by the Smoky Mountains which included a sunset lake cruise, one night in Greenville, SC
since we love that town, then on to the Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve
in Spartanburg, SC, before arriving in Gastonia, NC for a night to visit the nearby Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens
in Belmont, NC the next day.
It was definitely a step of faith to embark, but I found that if I stayed in faith, allowing no fear to enter in ... things went very well. What was really amazing was the day we were at the Daniel Stowe Gardens I had no breathing problems at all and I walked over two miles, some of it inclined. I just kept looking at Randal and grinning and kept praising the Lord for His faithfulness.
The Word of God is definitely quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword to do battle with (Hebrews 4:12).
Donna at Hatcher Gardens & Woodland Preserve
Spartanburg, SC I have certainly not arrived at always grabbing my Sword. It's so much easier to sit in the physical realm and review all the things that are wrong, but we have to be Word Believers and focus on what is True in the spiritual realm, not placing our five senses above what God says.
Even God calls those things which are not as though they were (Romans 4:17) because the reality of life for a Christian is truly in the spiritual realm. We have to trust that God's Word is above all else that we see, smell, feel, taste, or hear.
When I can't breathe well, it's hard to not let my hearing overrule God's spiritual truth that by Jesus' stripes I am already healed. Jesus gave me healing as surely as He provided salvation when He died on the Cross and rose again. The Church (as a whole) has left so much of the power of Christ within us stashed in some locked closet. Be sure to read the post, Healing Is God's Will
. This teaching is what has turned my brain around to realize how much I left behind that was available to me.
Can You See The Cross Tree? My Texas Friend, Elva,
Spotted It While Looking at the Album - Go to the center
of the photo and then look to the right at a silver green
treetop shaped like a Cross. Thanks, Elva! Luke 10:19 says, "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over ALL the power of the Enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." Jesus defeated the devil before He rose from the grave and Satan has no power at all, other than what we give him. His only attack is deceit and when we fall for it, we open a doorway allowing him to rule in our lives through disease and many other avenues.
He can't keep us from getting saved, but he sure can make our lives miserable if we allow it. He tempted Adam and Eve with deception, enticing them with "being like God." They were already like God, so what sense does that make? I guess it's human nature to always want anything we think we might be missing. There's definitely a belief system out there that more and big is better.