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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 a 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 and 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 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 a 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 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. Yet, God didn't leave me like that. For even 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 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. Yet, 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 them grow, and begin to heal.

    Seek the Lord and His presence, and don't let your heart become cold and hard. Spend a little time talking to Him each day and cultivate a relationship. There can't be a harvest until the ground is made ready, and many fields 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. Amen!

    Note: James 1:2-4 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." ~ 'Motivational Moments' or 'Labors in Love' will be our next fun-loving theme choices and are wide open for creative interpretation! We also encourage you to post anything else that inspires you as well. My photos this week reflect some motivational moments of pure beauty we were allowed to capture this weekend. Have safe and refreshing Labor Day to those of you to whom that applies, and just for today, let's consider it ALL pure joy ~ God Bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah! Thank you for all your blessings that you have provided for me! Thank you for this new day, Praise the Lord Hallelujah!
Sep 7
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen! Thank you Lord Jesus only your word can melt my heart, thank you for loving me to life.

Sep 7
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Sep 7
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

Sep 7
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

 Amen. Heavenly Father,  Thank You for Your blessings in my life.  Your will be done. Amen

Sep 7
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David Krull
David Krull

Amen. Thank you for this day.

Sep 7
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Heavenly Father thank you for all our blessings. Amen 

Sep 7
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Sep 7
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Patty Wooley
Patty Wooley

So well said and significantly applicable to all. Resiliency and time with God is the the cure and actually one equals the other.

Thank you for your sage words seasoned with life experience and issued through the Holy Spirit! 
Violet Wooley 

Sep 7
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Yeshua's name I ask this, Amen.

Sep 7
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Yes LORD,  Amen and Amen 

Sep 7
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Eileen Figueroa
Eileen Figueroa

Amen thank you Lord

Sep 7
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Yvette York
Yvette York

I Aak These Thing's In Prayers Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Sep 7
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you for showing me where I need to change and for making my heart ready for the harvest my life is yours Father.

Sep 7
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

A useful reminder to get cultivating, Pastor Dion! Lord, 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. Thank you. In Jesus' name, Amen

Sep 7
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Sep 7
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for all Your blessings and care, for Your forgiveness and loving kindness. Please help our grandson Steven to find Your love that he really needs ,I pray this to You in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ, Amen. My confidence is in You Lord, Amen. 

Pastor thank you for this wonderful message, God bless you and Sylvia, Amen. Would you pray for him for the Lord to  guide him, thank you.

Sep 7
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

PRAISE THE LORD. Prayers sent for Steven.

Sep 7
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Dear Jose, joining you in your prayers for your grandson Steven, that he truly would find and accept the Lord Jesus in his heart, and I'm asking you to pray for our grandson Alexander as well to find his way back to the Lord, he's become our prodigal son! May the Lord hear our prayers for it is His will that none should perish but all have eternal life through Him and in Him!!! Let us already give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, in the name of Jesus, we ask and pray, Amen and Amen!!!

Sep 8
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Amen and thank you. 

Sep 9
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Beautifully done Pastor Dion. Thank you, I was truly blessed.

Sep 7
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes please Lord Jesus, amen 

Sep 7
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen and Amen!!! Thank you so much for today's teaching, Pastor Dion, GOD bless you and Sylvia!!! (h5)

Sep 7
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Forgive my sins and continue to bless us. Amen

Sep 7
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen!

Sep 7
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Sep 8
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and amen!!! Oh Lord my God, please rain on me, all my loved ones far and near, all my contacts and all the ones that I'm lifting up to You in prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!!!

Sep 10