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The Gardener

  • Jesus said to her, 'Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?' She, supposing him to be the gardener, said to him, 'Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.' Jesus said to her, 'Mary.' She turned and said to him, 'Rabboni!'* which is to say, 'Teacher!' John 20:15 WEB

    Mary Magdalene came to the tomb of Jesus to grieve, but found it empty. As she turned to leave, there was a man there that she did not recognize. She thought that He was the gardener. Yet, when He called her by her name, she recognized Him as Jesus.

    In a way Mary was right. God planted the original garden of Eden, and the tomb itself was in a garden. Jesus often met with His disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane (John 18:1). Parables of Jesus tell of a caretaker that prunes and fertilizes (John 15:2, Luke 13:6).

    Sometimes the Lord can be working in our life, and we do not even recognize Him. Then when He calls us by name, we know that it is Him. He said that His sheep would recognize His voice (John 10:3). He is always there to care for us with fertilizing to make us grow, or pruning us back to make us bear even more fruit (John 15:2).

    We often see it from the plant's perspective, and we can see no logical reason why the Gardener would be cutting off our branches. That person that is standing in front of you, building you up, or tearing you down, may be used by the Lord for His purpose in the long run. Trust the Gardener, He has your best interest at heart. You are going to be OK.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for taking care of me and I put my trust in You. Your way is the best and You understand the seasons of growing, and the seasons of pruning. I am in Your hands. Have Your way in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: 'For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.' (Matthew 18:20) If you are in need of prayer, please do send your requests to our private prayer network, where we and the prayer team join together for you! RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen
March 1, 2018
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen my Lord 

March 1, 2018
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for taking care of me and I put my trust in You. Your way is the best and You understand the seasons of growing, and the seasons of pruning. I am in Your hands. Have Your way in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Thank you  Amen

March 1, 2018
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

March 1, 2018
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez

Amen,  have your way in my life Lord! 

March 1, 2018
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Thank you, Amen

March 1, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, Let your will be done Father

March 1, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Perfect devotional for me today! Heavenly Father, I thank You for taking care of me and I put my trust in You. Your way is the best and You understand the seasons of growing, and the seasons of pruning. I am in Your hands. Have Your way in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

March 1, 2018
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen

March 4, 2018
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Praise Jesus from all our blessings flow. Amen 

March 1, 2018
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

March 1, 2018
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Barbara Neahring
Barbara Neahring

Thank you!

March 1, 2018
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez

Thank you .Amen

March 1, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, I'm Yours and I know You will lead me to those things You want me to have. In Jesus name I pray,Amen. 

Thank you Pastor for your devotional.

March 1, 2018
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Dan Remley
Dan Remley

Thank you.Amen

March 1, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

March 1, 2018
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, I thank You for taking care of me and I put my trust in You. Your way is the best and You understand the seasons of growing, and the seasons of pruning. I am in Your hands. Have Your way in my life, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

March 2, 2018
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Thank you Father Lord. For pruning me. For growing me. I am in your Hands O Master! Make me as per thy will! Amen!

 

March 2, 2018
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen! Just thinking of another song: "Have Thine own way Lord, have Thine own way, You are the potter, I am the clay, make me and molf me ..." - Thanks Pastor Dion for this application today, seeing the Lord as the gardener pruning me and fertilizing me! All I can say is, thank you Lord!

March 2, 2018
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Heavenly Father, I thank You for taking care of me and I put my trust in You. Your way is the best and You understand the seasons of growing, and the seasons of pruning. I am in Your hands. Have Your way in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3

 

Prune away all the old and let the new grow and shine through me. In Jesus, name. Amen <3

 

Thank You Pastor Dion. :-)

March 4, 2018
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

I believe He is always there.  To acknowledge Him in midst of what ever is happening I pray to do so.  For You are there Lord!

March 9, 2018