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Cold Hard Ground

  • Sow to yourselves in righteousness, Reap according to kindness. Break up your fallow ground; For it is time to seek Yahweh, Until He comes and rains righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12 WEB

    I grew up on a farm and over the long cold winter, the ground of the fields would become so hard that water would just run off of it like it was rock. The rain would no longer penetrate the crust but just ran through the cracks in it. When spring came, we would have to plow it with a tractor, break it all up to get it ready to plant. We would then plant the seed, the rain would come, and later we would get a harvest. Each year we had to do this in order to see a harvest. Without work, there was no reward, and only weeds would be growing in the field.

    Left alone, our hearts will become as hard as rock. Life happens, you add a little hurt here, another disappointment there, someone lies to you once again, and soon a bigger wall goes up to protect us. We can become cynical, and we add on another layer of protection. If the rain does come, it will run off still leaving us dry and bare because our hearts have grown hard and calloused from use, and abuse.

    I had a rough upbringing. There was a time in my life when I could count everyone that I cared about on one hand, and still have a couple of fingers left. No one hurt me anymore because they were already an enemy when I met them. I could shake their hand and smile, but have my other hand on my old Case pocket knife, just in case.

    Yet God did not leave me like that. Though I had no interest in people, as I tried to grow closer to Jesus, He began to peel those layers off of me like an onion. Slowly He opened me up and eventually I could show love, and be loved, something that I had never known before I met Him. He loved me too much to leave me like I was.

    In ancient Palestine, farming was a bit different than today. They scattered the seed first, then plowed it into the ground. Think of the parable that Jesus told of the sower in Matthew 13:3. You hear the word of God, then we plow it into our ground by doing it. He will then take care of everything else and provide the rain, the nutrients, and the sunshine to make it grow. Working together with Him, we bring forth a harvest.

    God can heal a hardened heart if you will let Him, but we often hold Him at a distance as well. We don't really trust Him. We have to work with Him to advance. He gives us a word, we break up the ground by doing what He told us, then He provides the rain. We study, He reveals something new, we then try and live it, and there is a reward. The rain that comes from being in the Lord's presence and His word will soften our hearts over time, make it grow, and begin to heal.

    Seek the Lord and His presence and do not let your heart become cold and hard. Spend a little time talking to Him each day and cultivate a relationship. There can be no harvest until the ground is made ready, and there are many fields that have sat unchanged for decades.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please guide me and reveal the things that I need to change. Show me the next step clearly and give me the grace to do whatever is needed. Please help me break up the pieces of my life that have hardened, and send Your rain, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: For those who are participating in our Creation Photographers theme of the week: John 14:26 "But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you." ~ Our next fun theme will be 'Reminiscing Days Gone By' and is open wide for some creative and fun interpretation! My photos (in the group) today, reflect last night's dinner and some other family gatherings from days gone by. Have a blessed and fantastic week everyone! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Lead the way And guide me and direct me Lord Jehovah! I need you ....thank you for all you do..... in Jesus’s name I pray!
December 10, 2019
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

December 10, 2019
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

December 10, 2019
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Brenda F
Brenda F

 Amen!

December 10, 2019
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

December 10, 2019
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

December 10, 2019
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

December 10, 2019
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Amen!

December 10, 2019
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen.  Thank you Pastor Dion for yet another devotional that i need.  Amen

December 10, 2019
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

December 10, 2019
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Anem!!

December 10, 2019
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen, praise Jesus.

December 10, 2019
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father, please guide me and reveal the things that I need to change. Show me the next step clearly and give me the grace to do whatever is needed. Please help me break up the pieces of my life that have hardened, and send Your rain, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

December 10, 2019
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I know some parts of my life are in need to be renewed with Your love, I humbly ask You for Your grace for the change needed and show the world what You have done in my life. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. Praise the Lord. 

Great message, God bless you both. 

December 10, 2019
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God please. Sometimes i just want to head for the hills and lighten my load. Keep me still Holy Spirit. In the name of Jesus Amen 

December 10, 2019
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

December 10, 2019
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

December 10, 2019
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!!  Oh Lord, dear Heavenly Father, please brake up fallow ground and soften our hearts, turn all of our hardened hearts into hearts of flesh, so that we would always make room for You, in the holy name of Jesus we ask and pray, Amen!!!

December 11, 2019
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

AMEN

December 26, 2019