Tag Archive | David

Weedy Mess

My garden has been a weedy mess! The soaker hoses are strung out, but they have not had to be used much. Weeds have flourished, and vegetables have needed pampering because in the past month my garden has endured heavy frost, a blizzard, hail, wind, and rain.

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Yesterday and today, I finally had some time to eradicate those pesky weeds. Between animal chores and running errands for my Farmer, I pulled weeds, installed tomato cages, mulched around plants, planted remaining vegetable seeds, and swept the carpet paths.  Whew!!

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What a transformation! The early potatoes are blooming and second planting of peas are almost ready to pick. It’s much more enjoyable to pick and dig without weeds. Also, the tomato plants survived the frost and blizzard, and they are blooming on strong stalks.

What’s the past month been like for you? Have you weathered some storms of life? Are you growing stronger, or have you let your guard down allowing weeds to take over? It is time to tackle those weeds! The following is part of David’s prayer of repentance found in Psalm 51, and I pray these verses often.

Wash me clean from my guilt.
    Purify me from my sin.
Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
    Renew a loyal spirit within me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and make me willing to obey you. (NLT)

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Sometimes There Is a Bigger Plan

I was visiting with a friend this week, and we were talking about all that has transpired in the past year or so in our lives. We’ve had some expected and some very unexpected twists and turns. She in fact is approaching a huge crossroad right now. Seeking my advice, I responded with, “I really don’t know what you should do IF _______ happens. I do know from my own experience that if I had known ahead of time where and what God was taking me, I probably would have said, ‘No thanks; I can’t do that; God, you have the wrong person.'” Sometimes there is a bigger plan up ahead just around the next bend that we can’t see now.

I have been challenged as I study the life of David: King David, Shepherd Boy to Man After God’s Own Heart. I have always appreciated David’s open honesty of his feelings especially in the book of Psalms. He shares the good, the bad, the ugly, and joyful praise to God. David does not stay angry or in the pit of despair. After he pours out his heart to God, he clings to faith and trust in God, giving “thanks to the Lord for His love endures forever.” (Psalm 136)

Following David’s example, we too must not let fear, disappointment or anger cripple us. We must work through these emotional responses. “O my people, trust in him [God] at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 62:8 NLT God knows and understands all our emotions and reactions. We may not know the outcome, yet we can intentionally choose to trust God, because He does know. We don’t have to know what is on the road ahead, around the bend, or beyond the hill to trust Him. God has a plan for me; God has a plan for you, and sometimes there is a bigger plan that right now we cannot see.

Handpicked

One of the patriarchs of my church challenged the women to not go on  vacation from studying God’s Word this summer. She said just because our calendar & schedule changes, does not mean we should just put God on a shelf. He doesn’t take the summer off and neither should we! As children reprimanded by Momma, some of us have dove right in to a study on David. “Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed” by Priscilla Shirer, Beth Moore, and Kay Arthur is one that will cause the student to go deeper in study and relationship with God.

Today, I realized I better get started on my homework or it won’t be done by Lesson #2 on Monday. Week one, day one assignment focused on the fact that we are hand picked by God. I’ve known it, heard it, read it before, but the assignment taking a closer look impacted me differently than ever before.  In John 15:16 Jesus says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you”. So many times I have thought more in terms of I chose God; I chose to follow Him. Which is true I did, but he chose me first. That may be a bit confusing so let me give an illustration. Think of recess at school, the organized game of the day is kickball. Before the game can begin, we must choose teams. So the captains begin choosing who they want on their team. When I am chosen by Captain #1 to be on his team, I have an option to say “yes’ to his team, or say “no way” and head to the merry-go-round instead. The same is with God. He chooses us to be on his team. The realization that He handpicks us has a much greater impact than the simple idea that my response is to follow him.

According to Acts 13:22 we are told that David was a man after God’s own heart. Just as God chose David many, many years ago, He is still choosing men, women and children who desire to honor and serve Him.

God has handpicked you! How will you respond to Him?

Diaries of Not-So-Whimpy Kids – Part 1

*Today, as usual, I was taking care of my dad’s sheep.  Some days are kinda boring, but I have to stay alert so nothing happens to the rascals.  The little fellas sometimes wonder off. This afternoon was anything but boring! As I was relaxing in the shade, a bear was out looking for dinner.  All of a sudden, the flock scattered and the bear snatched a young lamb! I ran after them while pulling a stone from my pouch.  When I got close enough I flung the stone from my slingshot, killed the bear and rescued the scared lamb.

 

*This seemed like a typical day with the sheep grazing calmly as I serenaded them, until I saw one of my brothers running towards me calling my name.  He told me to get home as quickly as possible! By the time I got there, I was a little out of breath and I’m sure my face was flushed.  My older brothers and dad were all gathered around another man named Samuel.  I didn’t know what was going on! When I got to them, Samuel looked at me, stood up, took a horn of oil and poured it on my head.  Immediately I felt different! The Spirit of the Lord came upon me, and the man named Samuel said I’d be the next king! Me, a king? I’m just a boy!

 

*King Saul hasn’t been feeling very good.  How do I know? Because one of his servants told me. I was enjoying the gentle breeze while tending the sheep, and this guy showed up.  He told me about Saul and that Saul wanted me to come play my harp for him.  It’s not every day a shepherd boy is asked to play his harp for the king!

 

*King Saul liked my music so much he asked Dad if I could stay and play each day,

 

*After playing soothing music and the King was resting, I ran out to the grazing field to give my brother a break.  It’s kinda tiring going back and forth from the king to the sheep, but Dad still needs my help. A lion crossed the field and snatched a sheep. “I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth.  When it turned on me, I seized it by the hair, struck it and killed it.”

 

*Today when I got home, Dad didn’t have me tend the sheep.  Instead, he sent me to the army camp my 3 oldest brothers are at.  He wanted an update on how the guys were and how the war was progressing.  All the men of Israel have been fighting the Philistines for quite some time now.

When I got there, I saw the tallest, biggest, meanest looking man I’ve ever seen! They told me his name was Goliath, a Philistine, and that every day he shouts and taunts the Israelites.  In fact, our men ran in fear of him.  I couldn’t believe this guy, Goliath, would “defy the armies of the living God”, and that our army-men were all too big of whimps to fight and kill him.  So I said to King Saul, “Your servant will go and fight him.”

Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth.”

So I told him about the lion and bear and said, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”

So Saul said, “Go, and the LORD be with you.”

Saul wanted me to wear his armor, but it was way too big and heavy.  Instead I took my staff, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of my shepherd’s bag and, with my sling in my hand, approached the Philistine.

When Goliath saw that I was just a boy, he got mad and said, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” Then he began cursing me and God.

I said “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”

As the Philistine moved closer to attack me, I ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into my bag and taking out a stone, I slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face-down on the ground.

“So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.”

What Goliath is stopping you in your tracks of fear?

Go, and the Lord be with you!!

(Read the full account in I Samuel 16 & 17)