Grace and peace on your Wednesday Dear Hearts ⁠❤⁠ Today my heart is in our garden. It’s been a while since I’ve shared anything going on around the cottage with you, Lately (since March 2020 actually) ninety-five percent of my writing, sharing, Facebook posting, etc. has been aimed toward drawing my guests to Christ. That is my passion and my purpose. [see Ezra 7:10, below]

Admittedly I am a bit of a fanatic when it comes to my purpose. I can be considered ‘intense’ — some have said ‘radical’ — but the way I read God’s Word (see this week’s study on Psalm 1) every believer must develop a level of intensity, and do it sooner rather than later.

But, back to the garden: there are orchids and cactus, citrus and herbs, and one VERY dedicated gardener who tends it ALL with LOVE!

This has been a ‘strange’ summer in the garden. Sixty plus days of temperatures above 100 degrees F. – weeks of haze covering the Valley since we are surrounded by wildfires here in Central California – constant media bombardment with fear, doom and gloom – and yet, in spite of it all we find beauty and rest in doing His Word.

10 For Ezra had prepared and set his heart to seek the Law of the Lord [to inquire for it and of it, to require and yearn for it], and to do and teach in Israel its statutes and its ordinances. Read full chapter

Ezra 7:10 God can use mightily one whose whole heart craves a knowledge of Him and His Word like that. Watch Ezra throughout the remainder of his story, as he turns the homes of his nation back from heathendom to God—in the pouring rain! He was not merely righteous, he was “[uncompromisingly] righteous” (I Kings 8:32); he worshiped God, Who is not merely just and righteous, but “rigidly just and righteous” (Ezra 9:15.)

Ezra 7:10 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition

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