An Attitude of Gratitude

Greetings!  I know, I have missed a couple of weeks of sharing seeds of The Word. So, this is kinda lengthy but, I believe worth your time in reading. I pray by the end you agree. Smile   Ya know, there are times in the garden (both inner and outer) of dormancy. These are times of rest and/Or times we find we must seek what’s best before we continue in the landscaping of our gardens. Often times I have wondered about why we and earthly gardens go dormat. I found this website revealing the whys of dormancy in an Earthly garden & after reading it found it to be true for our inner gardens too. http://www.waterwisegardencenter.com/articles/3-dormant-growing-seasons  Simply put; we have Seasons too. Like the Earth we too can go on overload and the life of the garden is sucked right out of it. On that note, I list my first two things on my new Daily ” Excercising Gratitude list”.  I am grateful for this neighbor sharing his findings online and for the internet which saved me from having to do a lot of hunting on my own. I am also grateful for the internet which allows us to share so much nourishment for our gardens.   BTW: As of today, I am taking one of my beautiful journals (which were gifts of which I am grateful) & each day writing down the things in the day that I am grateful for.  I’ve done this before and made the mistake of stopping. In doing this daily it reminds you of All the wonderful Blessings of life. At the same time you are cultivating the seeds (habit ) which produce a Beautiful ” Attitude of Gratitude” within & to share.

Next on my list of Gratitude is the Wonderful website which shares how important, No matter the season you are in, Your Attitude is a true driving force in the direction your inner and outers gardens will grow. Check out these Two great sites: http://seniorplanet.org & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Yy_0HsIZsk.  Take heed of the advanced knowledge of these ladies in their “golden years” & the Young man who chose to share their choices in their style of living & their loads of wisdom. If you check deeper online you will see interviews and they will tell you how many YOUNG Adults are seeking their advise now that the documentary is going Viral. Why? because they are finding that “we, those “seasoned in life” have ” been there, done that, got a T’shirt” and we are not just clueless old folks. We have learned being “trend followers and trying to keep up with the Jones” garden of living in fear, grumbling, moaning, groaning, & greed only results in illness, suffering, and a whole lotta weeds (we don’t want) taking root in “our ” gardens. This Jones has learned there is “No Fun” in that garden there. Trust me, We seasoned ladies are only sharing in an attempt to try to Save you young things some Headaches and Misery in the development of your gardens. After all only the outer wear changes in trends…not the Real Roots of Life. Women especially, have had to dig deep and Toil tremendously to BE who God created us to Be. Which BTW is Smart, Multi-tasking, Loving LEADERS !  Think about it… God created us to be the bearers of Life. To be the Primary gardeners cultivating the New minds of Mankind as it enters this Worldly garden. God did not design us to stifle New Life or be stifled or Die on the Vine when those lives mature and are ready to move on. No, we are to continue on in our new Seasons as Walking, Living examples with an “Attitude of Gratitude” Because, as we all know, once those new Seeds “believe” they are mature they no longer have ears to hear but, most of the time, they do have Eyes and can See what’s growing in our Gardens. So, it I Very important, no matter the Season of Life, we Thrive, Live, and allow the seeds within to continue to grow, Blossom, and bring Good Fruit to all Life around us. Remember: You never know who is watching and the impact you may have.  By CHOOSING an “Attitude of Gratitude” what’s blossoming forth from within you can “make or possibly break your neighbors day”. Our Attitude is developed by the watering of our Habits.  Those habits shine thru both physically and mentally. Trust me, I know it takes some digging, seeking, and training to pull those weeds of “bad habits”. But, don’t you want to Be the Best you can Be? And take comfort in His Word and promises. Like this verse from Psalms 23:4 – “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” The rod and staff are His Word guiding you in the planting of new seed and changing of your “habits”. Even if you get side tracked it is Never to late to change a habit. Are you thinking, ” augh, sounds like a real task? There is so much information I don’t know where or How to begin. Did Ya know the disciples didn’t know either? Their question about the commandments is really questioning, ” Where do we begin?”  Matt. 22: 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”   What words of Wisdom & they make total sense; begin with the best of the best: Love. Then seek out with all your heart the instructions from the Designer, the Creator of Love and the family who knows how to operate in it.  God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Plus, they already had master gardeners put it in writing just for You. Smile. Note: These 2 commandments are really 3 commandments. God seems to like things in 3’s and done over 40 years of time. (seems it takes man that long to break ground, let it all sink in, soften the hardness of the heart (stop being a hard head) , and finally Choose to try out the Best Laid Plan of His Creator.) Notice I didn’t mention when that 40 years begins exactly and if you aren’t careful you can begin breaking ground to late. Just sayin’. I’ve seen it happen..said thing too that what could have been a Fantastic garden dies bitter& lonely in the darkness of Fear. Ok..so, 1st you have to seek God in learning what Love is and how to cultivate that into our daily lives, 2nd is allowing those seeds to grow & produce that Agape Love  within ourselves, & 3rd is Sharing that Agape Love with thy neighbor, just as you Love thyself. (something that Can’t be done, if you don’t love yourself.)  That brings me to Gratefulness listing # 3 for the day.  I am Grateful for the time I share with God seeking the Wisdom of His Word & Receiving His Love thru the Knowledge of His Word and many of those who have learned the hard way before me. I am grateful for all those whose “stories” are shared in His written manual of His Word. There is Power in His Manual of Stories..the Most awesome Power there is. (BTW: we All have a story, powerful stories..both good and bad – that has not changed since the beginning)  Once  you accept His Instructions of Love and how to operate within it, that Love will grow strong and thrive within your inner garden. It won’t be long till you will hear that voice within you that guides you to how to Share those seeds with your neighbor. Cultivating the seeds God planted within us allows us to become the”  hybrid beauties we were Created to BE. Carriers of the fruit that abounds within Agape Love:  Forgiveness, Wisdom, Patience, Mercy , Confidence, Success, & a No Fear of life or death in the progression of age. His manual creates Garden(s) which thrive on creativity and newness that each Season has to bring. Even that of death, IF you choose to trust and have Faith in His Word , learn to maintain a garden that bears good fruit..when this Earthly death comes..is only a transition to His Perfect Garden.

A truth about this life as we know it is: We Live “in this moment”.  We can’t change the past, we can only learn from it. We can’t predict the future or the time of our demise any more than we can predict when Yeshua (Jesus) will return. These are Not ours to know…the whens of the future are the mysteries of God. Why? because as the movie says, ” You can’t handle the Truth”  (All at once anyway.) All things on Earth, including Us, have a Time and a Season. That is how God designed All things on Earth. That Truth is A Fact. My new Life here in the desert of Las Vegas, is teaching me how to be GRATEFUL for all things happening within their Season. God, The Father knows Best and is On Time All the TIME. He knows what we can ” handle” and IF we Listento His Word and the Holy Spirit’s voice, within our inner garden, we will be guided in when to stay put, when and if we need to move, what to plant, and how to BE the Best that We, as an individual, Can Be. (another fact: we were in His Design created as unique individuals, the science of DNA & fingerprints prove it.. Not Clones meant to be led around as puppets on a string.)

Ok, enough for you to ponder today: I sign off suggesting you join me in a ” Excercising an Attitude of Gratitude ” Get yourself a journal or create a Word Doc journal and at the beginning of the day jot down some things you are grateful for. Then do it again before you go to bed. Then read your listing of the day… Feel free to Share on my site the development of your garden & your experiences as you practice this exercise” SMILE

Now I leave you with some Seeds from the Creators Master Gardeners Manual of LIFE:  “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away. 36 No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man.”    My Words: Until then, just walk in Love, Gratitude, and Be the Best that you can BE.

Ephes 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Phillipians 2: 1-30 “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.  Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus……”    I leave the remaining verses for you to read for yourselves. Smile

1 Peter 2:21 ” For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. “     My Words: He left us the best How To Live manual and with the CHOICE to follow in His steps. Steps that I can testify Will bear a Beautiful Harvest of nourishment for the “whole body”.

Yep, complete instructions for Mind, physical body, and Spirit. The Word works when you Work It!  Of which I am Eternally Grateful…each and Every day that will be on my Gratitude List. Shalom.

 

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