If You Are Staring At A Wilderness Where A Garden Once Was……

                  
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 God’s Promise: For the Lord shall comfort Zion: He will comfort all her waste places; and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the lord. Joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving and the voice of melody. Isaiah 51:3 KJV

                     During Sunday service yesterday, the pastor mentioned repeatedly that ‘God is too faithful to fail’ and I was particularly blessed. Don’t we all need this reminder from time to time? It made me remember Eve’s journey through motherhood: 
                   

Eve must have felt all hope dashed when she lost her sons – She had two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain, driven by jealousy because God had accepted Abel’s offering, killed Abel his brother, and was himself banished forever. How deep her sense of loss must have been. One minute, she was the proud mother of two lovely boys; the next minute, she was mourning their loss. The circumstances surrounding the loss of her sons would definitely shatter the heart of any mother. God had blessed Eve to be fruitful and multiply but it seemed like the exact opposite was happening. Thank God the story doesn’t end there, God eventually blessed Adam and Eve with another child named Seth, and he was faithful in calling upon the Lord and serving him. Genesis 4:1 -25
                   

Today’s promise offers hope that there’s going to be a comfort, turnaround and there’s going to be restoration. Things may look gray and bleak but I want you to trust in the faithfulness of God because you can have a new beginning. He is too faithful to abandon you or to forget His promise to you. It doesn’t matter who or what you’ve lost, or how bad your situation may seem, you may be staring at a wilderness where a garden once was but I want to encourage you to hold on because God has promised to step in and turn that situation around in your favour.

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How to trust God through life’s storms

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     Jesus was in the back of the boat with his bead on a pillow, and he was asleep. His disciples woke him and said, ” Teacher, don’t you care that we are about to drown?” Mark 4:38 CEV
The Bible (Mark 4: 35 – 41)  recounts the story of how Jesus lay sleeping, soundly and calmly in a boat that was being rocked violently by a crazy storm and was just seconds to sinking. So the frightened disciples ( who wouldn’t be?) ran to wake him; urging him to do something and even suggesting that maybe, just maybe He didn’t care.

                       

  When we go through seasons where everything seems so dark and frightening, we try to find our way through even as we wonder (like the disciples did) where God is and if He really does care.

Jesus got up and rebuked the storm, the weather steadied it’s rage, peace was restored and a vital lesson was learned; which is that Jesus does care and also that He is with us when life throws up a storm just as He is when everything is cool and calm.
Here is one of the most loving invitations from God to you; Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. (1Peter 5:7 KJV).

I love this verse because it reminds me that God wants to be involved in my day to day; everything about my life, absolutely everything matters to Him. His concern for me stretches far beyond the salvation of my soul, He also longs for a close and personal relationship with me. It is an invitation to release all those fears and cares on the altar of  prayer. We pray and we praise even when it’s difficult. We open our hearts to Him in prayer, and allow Him to pour His balm on the pain and the hurts He alone can see. He calls you to trust Him. He is waiting with open arms, saying; ” Give me all your worries, those anxiety filled thoughts that wake you up at night. Give them all to me and I will replace them with faith, peace and victory.”