Good morning, Father.
Thank you for all the dreams and all the fellowship with you this morning. Thank you for teaching me, even as I sleep. Thank you for showing me that I really only need be faithful to YOU, as you are actually the only one who will never let me down, who will always be faithful yourself. Thank you for showing me the wisdom of storing up ALL my treasure with you, in the untouchable storehouse of your presence, your kingdom. And thank you for giving us treasures of your creation to enjoy here on earth as well — all the plants and animals and beauty and intricacies of nature, plus the beauty of people’s hearts! Father, I ask you to provide a way for my husband and I to go forth and see and enjoy more of these treasures, as well as to store up more with you. Thank you for your awesome provision and protection, Lord! 🙂
Matthew 13:18-30 ERV
“So listen to the meaning of that story about the farmer:
“What about the seed that fell by the path? That is like the people who hear the teaching about God’s kingdom but do not understand it. The Evil One comes and takes away what was planted in their hearts.
“And what about the seed that fell on rocky ground? That is like the people who hear the teaching and quickly and gladly accept it.
But they do not let the teaching go deep into their lives. They keep it only a short time. As soon as trouble or persecution comes because of the teaching they accepted, they give up.
“And what about the seed that fell among the thorny weeds? That is like the people who hear the teaching but let worries about this life and love for money stop it from growing. So it does not produce a crop in their lives.
“But what about the seed that fell on the good ground? That is like the people who hear the teaching and understand it. They grow and produce a good crop, sometimes 100 times more, sometimes 60 times more, and sometimes 30 times more.”
Then Jesus used another story to teach them. Jesus said, “God’s kingdom is like a man who planted good seed in his field.
That night, while everyone was asleep, the man’s enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat and then left.
Later, the wheat grew, and heads of grain grew on the plants. But at the same time the weeds also grew.
Then the man’s servants came to him and said, ‘You planted good seed in your field. Where did the weeds come from?’
“The man answered, ‘An enemy planted weeds.’ “The servants asked, ‘Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?’
“He answered, ‘No, because when you pull up the weeds, you might also pull up the wheat.
Let the weeds and the wheat grow together until the harvest time. At the harvest time I will tell the workers this: First, gather the weeds and tie them together to be burned. Then gather the wheat and bring it to my barn.'”
Lord, I am amazed at how your children can grow strong and fruitful, left here scattered among the children of the world. I thank you that you work in each of our lives individually, to produce a harvest of fruit that is pleasing to you. I pray that you use me and my husband to help at least a few souls to see that there really IS a different use of this life than to store up treasures here on earth, to bear the fruit that society treasures — money, power, status, and the so-called “security” of a paid-off mortgage and cars and college education for their children. You see my heart, Lord. You know that I only wish for people to be FREE. I do not have a desire to scold them or take away their riches or their freedoms. I only wish for them to feel your breath on the breeze, and see your grace in the plants and the animals and the scenery of nature. I want them to know you, Father. I want them to feel your love and acceptance. I want them to know the joy of your presence in their lives — the only TRUE security. And peace that surpasses all understanding. I pray these things for your people, Lord. Amen.