Treasure's From Life's Garden

Finding Spiritual Flowers Amongst Life's Weeds


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White As Snow

We had freezing temperatures last night n the panhandle that were supposed to bring snow with a mixture of sleet. Instead we had sleet. Sleet. And more sleet. With barely a dash of snow. While I was saddened, again, that we missed a great white covering,one thing comes to mind every time I see pictures of snow or even get the opportunity to play in it, and that’s newness.

I love the beautiful visual snow gives me that I am “whiter than snow.”

Not because of anything I have done, but because of what Jesus did when He took my sins away.

Ever noticed how even dumps look beautiful with a fresh layer of snow covering them?

That’s what Jesus did for me – He made a drunk, a thief, a liar, and a hoochie – white as snow. He turned a pile of trash into a princess.

I wonder – which picture looks more beautiful – the junk yard? Or the brand new car lot?

“Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.”

Jesus Paid it All

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Lighting Up Red

Tonight I have our porch lit up in red to show my love and support for those battling addictions. My heart is breaking tonight for my friend. My heart hurts for my friends who are still actively using. My heart just hurts.

Anyone living with an addict in their lives would likely tell you that alcoholism and drug dependency affect more people than just the abusers themselves. But the addict themselves completely are oblivious as they believe they are in complete control. While Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States, millions of others abuse other substances such as heroin, cocaine, marijuana, meth, prescription narcodics and more.

The following are statistics from drugabuse.gov :

Lord, I pray for my friend tonight and all the other moms, dads, brothers, and sisters who are hurting tonight. I pray for the addicts – some friends – still actively using. God, be their healer. Break the chains of bondage and bring wholeness to their lives. This I pray in the name of Jesus, the name above all other names, Amen.


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Chains of Addiction

The young boy this post was written about passed away. Please pray for his mom and other family members as they pick up the pieces. My heart is broken.

Treasure's From Life's Garden

She sat in the driveway and with tears running down her face she asked, “How does your precious little baby go from this  . . . . . to this? Tell me, how?”

She then showed me this picture that is haunting.

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There are no words in moments like these. At least none that will help.

We often hear from the arrogant, “oh if you just raise them right they will never depart . . . ” or “if you just have faith . . . ”

Well that is the biggest line of bull I have ever heard. Whoever has said that has obviously never walked the path of a parent of an addict.

We seem to forget our children have a mind of their own and that they must walk their own walk and find their own way. We can’t, even as much as we might want to…

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Nine Lives

We keep all but one of our babies inside. Yoda was an inside/outside cat when we lived on a culdesac and had very few neighbors/traffic. We tried keeping him inside once we moved here but he was absolutely miserable and began attacking the other cats so we made the hard decision to allow him to venture out. He is so happy when he is outside. I’ve watched Yoda stop at the end of the driveway and watch for cars to pass by before he would cross many times. He is so smart.

But today was different.

I saw Yoda playing in the grassy area across the street and then he began to walk towards to the woods. I called him from the foyer (looking out the screen door). He turned, and began the fastest run toward the house I’ve ever seen him do. He was about 50 yards away and in a sprint. About that time I heard a car coming from the left. The car appeared just as Yoda was feet away from reaching the road. I screamed knowing the timing would be the end of my Yoda. My heart was beating and panic took in as I ran out the door. But instead of finding my Yoda laying in the road, where by all calculations he should have been, he sat at the driveway, licking his paw and looking at me as if to wonder why in the world I was in such a panic. I don’t know why, but I am so thankful the Lord scooted his legs fast enough to beat that car. Between the car going so fast and Yoda darting out so fast there’s no way the car could have stopped in time. I will go through the rest of this day a little more thankful than I was an hour ago and will enjoy his sweet snuggling just a wee bit longer.


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Ferdinand the Bull

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.


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Christmas Vacation

I have family not on facebook so am uploading hundreds of pictures for them to see from our recent trip to Virginia and Pigeon Forge. We had a wonderful time. During one of our drives through Tennessee my youngest daughter said, “I keep thinking about the song, “Hills and Valleys” driving through all these mountains.” I’ve continued to hear those words over the few days. Here are the lyrics and I’ll place a link for you to listen to the song as well. How amazing our Lord would give such insight to a 12 year old child and how amazing it would be the words her mother would need to hear the most.

I’ve walked among the shadows
You wiped my tears away
And I’ve felt the pain of heartbreak
And I’ve seen the brighter days
And I’ve prayed prayers to heaven from my lowestplace
And I have held the blessings
God, you give and take away
No matter what I have, Your grace is enough
No matter where I am, I’m standing in Your love
On the mountains, I will bow my life
To the one who set me there
In the valley, I will lift my eyes to the one who sees me there
When I’m standing on the mountain aft, didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley end, no I am not alone!
You’re God of the hills and valleys!
Hills and Valleys!
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone!
I’ve watched my dreams get broken
In you I hope again!
No matter what I know
Know
These are from Virginia. You should be able to click on each picture to enlarge the ones you want to see larger.

And these are from Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg. A large portion of the river was frozen but it was still gorgeous. If you can zoom in on the angel you will see she is holding a dove. At the end of the Christmas story of the stampede show they released a dove which flew across the auditorium and flew to the angel. It was amazing. While my children probably enjoyed Wonder Works the most, the Dixie Stampede dinner and show was definitely the highlight for me, other than the views. The aquarium was fun and we enjoyed the bottomless boat ride but I didn’t take my good camera in for that adventure.

 


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With Me Always

This is the view from my daughter’s front porch this evening. The Lord gave me an incredible sunset this last day of 2017.

This has been a hard year. I won’t deny I am glad to see it come to an end, but with each sadness that this year has brought it has also brought goodness. This year has allowed me to see the Lord work in astounding ways and because of that He allowed us to do and bless others in ways I had only hoped to be able to do in years past. I am not sure what the year 2018 has in store for me, but one thing I do know is the Lord goes before me. He rejoices with me. He sings over me. And He is with me always.