What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Secret Garden Chronicles~"Set Your Mind on Things Above"

After a couple of days of rain and chilly wind, it is finally sunny enough to sit in the Secret Garden this evening.  And it feels so good to be here!  Lord, I've missed our daily communion.  This has become "our special place", and I feel cheated when I don't get to come sit awhile with You each day.

I come to You as a soldier, reporting for duty, standing at attention, saluting my Savior with my whole heart, ready for orders.  And I hear You saying to me instead, "At ease, soldier." And then You spoke to me much like You spoke to Martha of old...

"Martha, Martha, (Pamela, Pamela) you are worried and troubled about many things.
But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."
Luke 10:41-42

And I sat down in the garden, and said, "Yes, Lord...You know me so well.  You've seen me tossing and turning at night, and stressing over earthly things that I have no control over. Forgive me, Lord. I keep forgetting to "let go and let God" handle these details of life."

And then I was directed to look at the book of Colossians, Chapter Three. And it was as if the Lord was speaking directly to me through the Apostle Paul's writings:

Verses 1-2
1.  "If then you were raised with Christ, 
seek those things which are above,
where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

2.  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth."

I commend to your reading Verses 12-17, but I was directed toward verses 15-17 in particular:

15.  "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, 
to which also you were called in one body;
and be thankful."

16.  "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly
in all wisdom, 
teaching and admonishing one another
in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."

17.  "And whatever you do in word or deed,
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through Him."

Such a peace came over my spirit, as I realized that what I've been doing is exactly what the Lord wants me to do here...sharing His Word with my friends and anyone who will listen..."teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs...singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." 

 I don't have to have all the answers or be the smartest writer...just share God's Word...especially the Psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs...and do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus...giving thanks to God the Father through Him...and He will bless this place and bring peace and joy to all who come.   

Thank You, Lord, for teaching me this truth today. 
Thank You for helping me to
fix my eyes on things above 
and not so much on things of the earth.
And Thank You for giving me 
this opportunity to serve You.

Even the chickadee seemed more at ease today, and didn't seem to mind my being there.


  1. It is such a blessing to read your post each day, Pamela. I can relate to so much of what you share. May God continue to lead and guide you!
    Have a Blessed Day in the Lord!

    1. Thank you Sylvia. You are a tried and true friend...one for whom I am most thankful! I love that we can share so many things together here and feel like we have known each other forever! That's what being in the family of God is all about!!

  2. You bless us so richly with your posts! Thank you!

    1. Thank you Terri! It is the Lord doing the blessing...I'm just the messenger as He does the dictating to my heart what to write. God is always ready to bless us if we will just be ready to listen, Amen?!

  3. Pam, Thank you for this beautiful reminder of spending time (quiet) with the Lord. You are a blessing. Your faithfulness in sharing what the Lord speaks into your life help others.


    1. Thank you Kim. I am finding this quiet time to be such a blessing to my heart, and I am so glad that it is filtering through to everyone who visits here. God is blessing us all through His ministry of speaking in the quietness.

  4. Pam: I am thankful that you are able to go out to your garden and "Rest in the Lord"
    as often as you do. I especially am drawn to the Col. 3:17 passage. I have been struggling for awhile about some issues. But God is faithful and will bring each of us through.

    1. Praying for you today as you are working through these struggles. Yes, God IS faithful and He will carry you through. Stay focused on Him...He is with you always.

  5. Your posts from The Garden always touch my heart. God is certainly using the garden and you to speak to us.

    1. I am so thankful for the many ways the Lord ministers to us each day. He uses each of us in our own strengths and gifts to reach out to others with His love and mercy and grace. We are privileged to be His servants and ambassadors. So thankful for YOU!

  6. Focusing on the things above, not earthly things - such a wonderful reminder, Pam, that we are to keep our eyes, hearts, minds, and souls in communion with the Lord.

    1. Isn't that a beautiful thought...straight from the heart of God!! I needed it badly! I'm glad I was able to share it with others, because I believe it is something we all struggle with from time to time in the world of overstimulation from the things of the world surrounding us all the time.


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