Petals Of Promise: The Branch

tumblr_lr9h4t9tgr1qhhm8co1_400Dedicated to Hope, swing on the branch while he tickles your toes

The Branch

You give me reason to dream.

In the warmth of your cloistered garden, I listen for the sound of your footsteps.

I am tethered to your trunk, the one true vine whose wood is better than any tree in the forest.

It is your father, my gardener, who prunes back last year’s cane growth for new buds to form.

You keep watch over me from heaven.

It is His vision of my shape in your kingdom come.

My barren branch spurs with your love.

Thirsty for your water, I can become like a wild branch whose leaves wither and produce no fruit.  My roots reach into the dampened darkness in search of your love.  My branches turn toward your light and my boughs support healthy clusters of leaves.  At your feet, the heavens grace my leaves with glistening dew.  At your command, the winds direct the eagle to soar and rest it’s wings of power upon my fragile branch.

Apart from you I bear no worth. I am the branch that remains in you. This year’s growth will yield delicate blossoms in light of Your time.  Eternally linked to you, I produce clusters of goodness.  Good soil and abundant water produce in me sweet, delicate fruit. I am created with the desire to live under the shade of your provision. You give joy and purpose to my life.  You are planning a celebration that will quench all who thirst for the full measure of your love.  Your own lips await the cup of your promise.

I will feast with you on the tender grapes and aged wine of your righteousness.

You give me reason to dream.

Genesis 40:9, Genesis 49:11, ,John 15:1, Ezekiel 15:2, Psalm 80:16, Isaiah 24:7, Jeremiah 2:21,Ezekiel 17:6,Zechariah 8:12, Ezekiel 17:7, John 15:5, John 15:4, Genesis 40:10, Ezekiel 17:8, ,Jonah 4:6, Psalm 104:15, Romans 15:29, Matthew 26:29
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Monday’s Manna Moment: Set Sail/Rick Warren

Monday’s Manna on Tuesday, my heart is lagging behind a little. . .

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Seize the Moment!
by Rick Warren
“Be careful how you act; these are difficult days. Don’t be fools; be wise: make the most of every opportunity you have for doing good.” Ephesians 5:15-16 (LB)

Everyone has a dream. Maybe you’ve had it since you were a child. Maybe it came to you more recently. Desires, wishes, and ambitions should be a part of all of our lives. You may have hidden it deep inside of you, but you have a dream.

The question isn’t whether you have a dream. It’s “What are you doing with your dream?”

Most dreams never come true. It’s not that we’re not smart enough, not outgoing enough, or not spiritual enough. Usually, our dreams don’t come true because we’re unwilling to take the necessary risks to reach them.

The Bible shares a sad one-sentence commentary about a king who failed to achieve an important ambition in his life: “[King] Jehoshaphat built a fleet of trading ships to go to Ophir for gold, but they never set sail — they were wrecked at Ezion Geber” (1 Kings 22:48 NIV).

While it’s a tragedy for your ship to never come in in life, it’s a greater tragedy for you to build a ship and never set sail. Imagine the energy and expense expended by King Jehoshaphat. He built an entire fleet of ships to go after the gold, and not one of them set sail. They never got out of the harbor. Evidently a storm came up and, while these ships were in the harbor, they slammed against the rocks and were destroyed.

Some people spend their whole lives waiting for their ship to come. But God isn’t waiting for your ship to come in. He’s waiting for you to sail your ship out of the harbor.

I know a man who for 30 years had a dream of starting a ministry. He talked about it, dreamed about it, and planned it. He spent a great deal of time on this dream, but he never took the risk to do anything more about his dream. He never got his ship out of the harbor. Eventually, the man died — and so did his dream.

The Bible’s antidote to that kind of tragic procrastination is as simple as an overdone catchphrase but excruciatingly difficult to apply at times: Just do it. The Bible says, “Be careful how you act; these are difficult days. Don’t be fools; be wise: make the most of every opportunity you have for doing good” (Ephesians 5:15-16 LB).

The Bible urges us to seize the moment and act now. To live a life with unfulfilled dreams is a tragedy. Ships aren’t made for the harbor. They’re made to set sail.

So are you ready to set sail?

Talk It Over

For what dream have you planned but never taken action?
What resources have you been waiting on in order to make your dreams reality? What resources are already available to you through God’s provision?
What are the opportunities that you need to make the most of today?
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Life is. . .by Mother Teresa “Ma”

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.”

My husband, Bucky and I are reading a biography on Mother Teresa.

We wanted to share this quote with you today. . .PONDER. . .

The Branch

Prescript: This is the first of a series of writings I began years ago called, Petals of Promise. I look up a theme God gives me to write about in Scripture and God forms a shape on paper from HIS Truth. I have a few others also. Enjoy. . .

John 15:5

You give me reason to dream.

In the warmth of Your cloistered garden, I listen for the sound of Your footsteps.
I am tethered to Your trunk.
The one true vine whose wood is better than any tree in the forest.
It is Your father, my gardener, who prunes back last year’s cane growth for new buds to form.
You keep watch over me from heaven.
It is His vision of my shape in Your kingdom come.
My barren branch spurs with Your love.

Thirsty for Your water, I can become like a wild branch whose leaves wither and produce no fruit.
My roots reach into the dampened darkness in search of Your love.
My branches turn toward Your light and my boughs support healthy clusters of leaves.
At Your feet, the heavens grace my leaves with glistening dew.
At Your command, the winds direct the eagle to soar and rest it’s wings of power upon my fragile branch.

Apart from You,  I bear no worth.
I am the branch that remains in You.
This year’s growth will yield delicate blossoms in light of Your time.
Eternally linked to You, I produce clusters of goodness.
Good soil and abundant water produce in me sweet, delicate fruit.
I am created with the desire to live under the shade of Your provision.
You give joy and purpose to my life.
You are planning a celebration that will quench all who thirst for the full measure of Your love.
Your own lips await the cup of Your promise.
I will feast with You on the tender grapes and aged wine of Your righteousness.

You give me reason to dream.

Genesis 40:9, Genesis 49:11, ,John 15:1, Ezekiel 15:2, Psalm 80:16, Isaiah 24:7, Jeremiah 2:21,Ezekiel 17:6,   Zechariah 8:12, Ezekiel 17:7, John 15:5, John 15:4, Genesis 40:10, Ezekiel 17:8, ,Jonah 4:6,  Psalm 104:15,        Romans 15:29, Matthew 26:29           Inspired in “Tea Time” Prayer Group