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Turnabout Tuesday “Garden Time”

TT’s or Turnabout Tuesdays are going to be posts from the past.  Pray this blesses and caresses your heart, soul and mind.  Be much blessed in knowing our Father and Lord Jesus are always right where we are!

“In the Garden” is a hymn I remember from my childhood that resonates clearly with me after fifty plus years.  It reminds me not only my need to be still in Almighty God’s presence, with His Holy Word and a prayerful spirit, but the indescribable joy and peace it brings.  The lyrics to Charles Austin Miles hymn are a blessing~

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

I’d stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

I know for a fact, as a mother of seven children, it’s impossible to hear anything clearly in a noisy, chaotic and fast-paced environment.  Don’t you agree?  As followers of Jesus Christ, are we able to hear spiritually from the Lord when in that same environment? I know we can’t!  There is a definite need for today’s Christians to make sure we have “Garden Time” everyday!  After all, the  LORD told David in Psalm 46:10…”be still and know that I am God…”  I believe being still  is our intimate, one-on-one time with our Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus.

Jeremiah 29: 11-13    “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

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Friday’s Favorite

Battling a week-long flu… however I can truly say I thank God for it.  This time in bed has given me much time to pray!  Prayer is such a joy.  To know, that because we are “crucified with Christ” and cleansed by our  Savior’s blood, we are ABLE to enter into the presence of the Almighty God amazes me.  No… it does more than amaze me, but there are not words in our language to describe it.  I thank our Lord Jesus Christ for being “obedient unto death” for our sakes.  WOW!!!  Now if that’s not a message to shout out.  Enjoy my choice for this Friday’s Favorite and I hope that it blesses you!

1 Corinthians 2 17 “And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God.  For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.  And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human  wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,  that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.  However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory…”

Galatians 2: 20  “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Galatians 5:24-25  “And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

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Depressed? Grieved? Bullied?

Have you ever been so unhappy that you cried all the time?  So depressed you didn’t want to eat?  Not just for a few days, but for years.  Not because of something minimal in your life, but because of a situation that caused great grief?

Have you ever been taunted, teased, bullied and harassed by someone because of the issue that caused you such great grief?  Not just on occasion but for years and years?

Have you ever been misunderstood and even ridiculed by someone of great importance when you decided to take that grief to the Lord?

If you’ve answered yes to even one of these questions, I have some wonderful news for you from the pages of our Father’s Holy Word.  Our story begins in 1 Samuel

1 Samuel 1: 1-8  (ESV)  Hannah/Who she was/ Her burdened heart/ Her depression and bullying

1 There was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, an Ephrathite.   He had two wives. The name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other, Peninnah. And Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.  Now this man used to go up year by year from his city to worship and to sacrifice to the LORD of hosts at Shiloh, where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests of the LORD.  On the day when Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters.  But to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the LORD had closed her womb.  And her rival used to provoke her grievously to irritate her, because the LORD had closed her womb.  So it went on year by year. As often as she went up to the house of the LORD, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat.  And Elkanah, her husband, said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? And why do you not eat? And why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?”

verses 9-17     Hannah’s Prayer/Being misunderstood and ridiculed/Finally given peace

9 After they had eaten and drunk in Shiloh, Hannah rose. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the LORD.  She was deeply distressed and prayed to the LORD and wept bitterly.  And she vowed a vow and said, “O LORD of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.”  As she continued praying before the LORD, Eli observed her mouth.  Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman.  And Eli said to her, “How long will you go on being drunk? Put your wine away from you.” But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman troubled in spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the LORD.  Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation.”  Then Eli answered, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition that you have made to him.”

verses 18-20   Hannah’s response to Eli / God answers Hannah’s prayer

18 And she said, “Let your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.  They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the LORD; then they went back to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her.  And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, “I have asked for him from the LORD.”

verses 21-28    Hannah giving her new son, Samuel, to Eli (as she had promised the LORD) and tells Eli who she is

21 The man Elkanah and all his house went up to offer to the LORD the yearly sacrifice and to pay his vow.  But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “As soon as the child is weaned, I will bring him, so that he may appear in the presence of the LORD and dwell there forever.”  Elkanah her husband said to her, “Do what seems best to you; wait until you have weaned him; only, may the LORD establish his word.” So the woman remained and nursed her son until she weaned him.  And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine, and she brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh. And the child was young.  Then they slaughtered the bull, and they brought the child to Eli.  And she said, “Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the LORD.  For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition that I made to him.  Therefore I have lent him to the LORD. As long as he lives, he is lent to the LORD.”And he worshiped the LORD there.

BUT  it doesn’t stop there for Hannah

This is a beautiful ode having the poetic beauty of a song,  as Hannah prays after giving her young son to be raised to be a great man of the LORD.

1 Samuel 2: 1-11

And Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the LORD; my strength is exalted in the LORD. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation.  “There is none holy like the LORD; there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.  Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.  The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble bind on strength.  Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger. The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn.  The LORD kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up.  The LORD makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts.  He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, and on them he has set the world.  “He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail.  The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; against them he will thunder in heaven. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king and exalt the power of his anointed.”  Then Elkanah went home to Ramah. And the boy ministered to the LORD in the presence of Eli the priest.

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Hannah’s heart rejoiced, not in Samuel, but in the Lord. She looks beyond the gift, and praises the Giver. She rejoiced in the salvation of the Lord, and in expectation of His coming, who is the whole salvation of his people. The strong are soon weakened, and the weak are soon strengthened, when God pleases. Are we poor? God made us poor, which is a good reason why we should be content, and make up our minds to our condition. Are we rich? God made us rich, which is a good reason why we should be thankful, and serve him cheerfully, and do good with the abundance he gives us. He respects not man’s wisdom or fancied excellences, but chooses those whom the world accounts foolish, teaching them to feel their guilt, and to value his free and precious salvation. This prophecy looks to the kingdom of Christ, that kingdom of grace, of which Hannah speaks, after having spoken largely of the kingdom of providence. And here is the first time that we meet with the name MESSIAH, or his Anointed. The subjects of Christ’s kingdom will be safe, and the enemies of it will be ruined; for the Anointed, the Lord Christ, is able to save, and to destroy. (taken from Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary of the Bible)

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WOW!!   This is very powerful!!   I have not added my words to express any of the events, meanings, etc.  If you have any questions, just post them in the comment section.  Be blessed and may you seek His face and He will “give you what you ask for…”