Treasure's From Life's Garden

Finding Spiritual Flowers Amongst Life's Weeds

Ferdinand the Bull

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You know you are emotionally exhausted when you cry in Ferdinand. I think it’s pretty incredible God can use a kids cartoon to encourage a worried momma’s heart and distract her from the cares of the world.

A bull that just wanted to smell flowers and not fight was going to sacrifice his life so his friends could live.

That’s what God did for us.

He sent His only son to live a blameless life.

To die on a cross.

To defeat death three days later.

He did that for you.

And for me.

So that we might live eternally with Him.

The scriptures tell us that in this world we will have troubles. And sometimes they are beyond our ability to deal. But our comfort and our hope is knowing that He overcame the world.

He will never leave us.

And He will never forsake us.

I can’t imagine doing this thing called life without my Lord. I’m so thankful He sent His son to die for the drugs, the alcohol, the thievery, the lies, the affairs, and all the hoochiness in between that I did to myself and others.

And there is only one way that you will never comprehend it – if you reject His love.


Author: slpaden

I was a single mother of one for nearly 11 years. I know the hardships that come along with that title. Throughout those years of early adulthood, I lived a life full of lies and deception until I turned 28. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. The alcohol, drugs, and lies had caught up with me. I had lost everything. On July 7, 1998, I put down the cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol in order to begin breaking the cycle of addiction, but something was still missing. I was still empty. I needed someone who would love me unconditionally, who would never leave me and never forsake me, who would guide me . . . . who I could trust. I had been looking for love and acceptance in every man I could find and was still without hope. But . . . on October, 19, 1998, just over 90 days into sobriety, I realized I couldn't do this thing called life on my own. I needed a Savior . . . the one that would love me unconditionally and accept me for all my failures. And on that day I asked Jesus in to my heart. The decision to follow Christ and ask Him in to my heart has been the best decision I have ever made. Since that day, the road of healing began. I have learned and continue to learn there are several layers of healing, but through it all, He has never abandoned me. I've been blessed with restoration of my family. God blessed me with a husband that didn't care about my sketchy past and blessed us with two additional children. My oldest is now married and has blessed me with two amazing grandchildren. My son was diagnosed with Asperger's, Tourette Syndrome, a mood disorder, Sensory, Anxiety, and a sleep disorder. My daughter has been diagnosed with OCD, Sensory, Anxiety, and Tics. Through all these transitions and challenges, the Lord has been so faithful. He has carried me in my weakness, bottled every tear, prodded me to ask questions and taught me to be a voice for my children. There have been days I have questioned why the Lord would think I am strong enough to parent two special needs children, but what He has shown me is that through my weakness He becomes my strength. Our family is also involved with fostering and rescuing animals. While we aren't as active as we used to be, and I have to say no a lot, I am amazed at how the Lord provides when He allows me to say, "yes."

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