Day 11: A Garden of Grace

A tree around the corner from our family’s favorite ice cream café, where our girls love to gather with friends to play. There are always new gifts awaiting us there.

They will rebuild the ancient ruins;

they will restore the former devastations;

they will renew the ruined cities,

the devastations of many generations.

Isaiah 61:4 HCSB

Today, I bless our souls to rest in God alone, to remember that our hope comes from Him alone. I bless our hearts to know that He alone is our rock and our salvation, our stronghold; and that we will not be shaken. I bless us to remember and take to heart that our salvation and glory depend on God, who is our strong rock. I bless us to know our refuge is in Him. I bless us to trust in Him at all times, as a people; to pour out our hearts before Him, to seek and know Him as our refuge and peace in every stormy gale.

I bless us to keep silent, even as we face attack, to wait upon our God, knowing that as we do so, the LORD will fight for us. I bless us to surrender our right to be vindicated, to trust in the LORD’s vindication, in His appointed Way and timing. I bless us with the knowledge that everything that is now hidden, will one day be revealed by God.

I bless us to wait silently for the salvation of our God, knowing that His grace is sufficient for us. I bless us to know that the messenger of Satan that is sent to torment us in the flesh is God’s Way of keeping us from becoming conceited. I bless us to rejoice in our afflictions, knowing they are producing for us an eternal weight of glory.

I bless us to remember and deep down know that God’s power is perfected in weakness. I bless us to boast in our weakness, so that God’s power might rest upon us and be revealed to all in our midst, that they might know it is no longer we who live, but Christ in us.

I choose
Behold
You, my Joy
And my Delight.
 
It’s at Your feet, I rest
A garden closed 
A spring yet locked 
A fountain sealed.
 
Living streams 
Within me flow
Gurgling strong 
I wait.
 
I know You here 
Even as the shame
And pain each beckon, call
I hear Your Voice here still.
 
Your cloud upon me rests
I know My Father’s Voice 
And hear
You call.
 
It’s as the ark
Before me moves 
Rise up, oh Lord 
I hear them cry!
 
May Your enemies
Be scattered!
May Your foes 
Flee before You!
 
Awake, North Wind!
And come, O South Wind!
Blow upon my garden here
Let its spices flow.
 
I have waited
For only You
My heart has yearned
Your call to hear.
 
Crashing as the waves
I hear the rushing wind
Breathe in storms
My soul You stirr awake.
 
It’s there the waters
And the rivers rise
And yet 
You’re with me here.
 
They shall not sweep me up
I shall not be moved
For the word of my testimony  
And the blood of the Lamb upon me lies.
 
None can deliver 
Snatch from Your hand
For when You act
Who can reverse Your mighty plan?
 
Oh yes the waves have come
As spring and fountain break within
But only healing rain
Comes gushing strong.
 
For You are He who gives
Rain for seed You sow
Rich and plenteous
Shall here the harvest be.
 
For it’s here my cries release
And my Father hears
And answers me
My tears in rivers sow.
 
For here upon this Holy ground
Upon the tear-stained earth 
My Redeemer 
His foundation lays.
 
Each Word He speaks
In truth fulfills:
“Let it be rebuilt 
Its foundations laid.
 
“For I am He
Who blots out every sin
Come let us review your past 
Let us argue together.
 
“Holy Spirit sealed
Woven in your mother’s womb
You’re called and chosen
Appointed, Mine.
 
“In sheaves of joy
You shall here return
Your eyes upon Me fixed 
And hands in worship raised.
 
“Behold your deserts
My Eden have become
Your wastelands
 The Garden of Your LORD.”
 

Strangers will stand and feed your flocks,

and foreigners will be your plowmen and vinedressers.

But you will be called the Lord’s priests;

they will speak of you as ministers of our God;

you will eat the wealth of the nations,

and you will boast in their riches.

Because your shame was double,

and they cried out, “Disgrace is their portion,”

therefore, they will possess double in their land,

and eternal joy will be theirs […]

For as the earth produces its growth,

and as a garden enables what is sown to spring up,

so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise

to spring up before all the nations

Isaiah 61:5-7, 11 HCSB

2 thoughts on “Day 11: A Garden of Grace

  1. miriammatson July 4, 2022 / 3:07 pm

    Hello, dear Ana! How are you, dear one? I just want you to know I enjoy and benefit from your blog posts. For some reason, it always blocks me from posting. Please keep them coming. God has His hand on you! Love, Miriam

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    • Anna Smit July 4, 2022 / 3:14 pm

      It came through this time! Yay! Love you and thankful for you, dear Miriam. God is so very good to us, isn’t He?

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