|This sign and the Welcome sign above were lovingly created for the Secret Garden by my sign-maker son!|
For those of you who have been following this story, you will be happy to see that "The Secret Garden" is truly becoming a reality. God has been blessing this sacred place...yes, I call it "sacred", because it has been "set apart for the worship or service of a deity" (definition of sacred according to the Merriam Webster dictionary), and in this case, the "deity" is none other than God Almighty, Our Lord and Creator. And most definitely this beautiful secret garden is a place of worship and praise to our God, as well as a place of service, or ministry to His children. I am His child, and the Lord ministers to me in this place as He speaks to me through His Word, His creation, and His Holy Spirit. Not only me, but to anyone who wishes to come to this place and sit in His Presence for prayer, meditation of His Word, and/or encouragement between friends. That is my prayer and desire for this "Secret Garden".... may it honor and glorify God in every way.
So that being said, let me take you on a tour of the newest additions to the garden....
Oh, Hello Mr. (Mrs.?) Chickadee! Welcome to The Secret Garden...
I believe she has already taken up residence here! How amazing is that??? And I was concerned that because I could not put any bird feeders into the Secret Garden, due to the bears that roam nearby, that I wouldn't have much bird activity to observe....guess I was mistaken!!!
Perhaps we will one day welcome a family of chickadees to the garden!
and then they placed it in the garden....
Back to the future:
1/21/2018, one year later:
Yikes! What a difference a freeze makes!
All those lovely ferns were bitten by the frost...but actually the frost has done me a favor. The ferns were getting too overgrown and I didn't know how I was going to thin them out...and God took care of it for me! And they will grow back in no time at all with a little rain and warm temperatures...which we had today!
This reminds me of the story in John 15:1-8, about the "Vine and the Branches"...
Jesus said in verses 1 -2:
"I AM the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away,
and every branch that bears fruit He prunes,
that it may bear more fruit."
"Abide in Me, and I in you.
As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself,
unless it abides in the vine, neither can you,
unless you abide in Me.
I Am the vine, you are the branches.
He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit;
for without Me you can do nothing..."
This year (2018) my "One Word" in Renew. I think I am in a kind of "pruning" season of life...old things are being snipped away little by little, and God is renewing me and helping me to "bear much fruit" in the process...at least I hope that is going to happen. Just like these ferns, they have been frozen down to the ground so that all the old leaves have been stripped off and fallen into the dirt. Out of that dirt will spring up new life, fresh, vibrant and green. Old things have passed away, and they will become brand new.
Just like what it says in II Corinthians 5:17~
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new!"
I am excited to see what NEW things the Lord is going to do in my life in this year.
How about you?