Our God

"And if our God is for us, then what could ever stop us? And if our God is with us, what could stand against?"

I read an email today from a friend of mine. Her husband is intensely fighting cancer, which takes up everyone's energy and effort. Through it all, she reminded me to be present, live in the present. That today is a PRESENT from God to be enjoyed NOW. It does not have a "Do not open until" sticker on it. It is today, tomorrow it will be gone. Today, one of my very best friends in the whole world welcomed a new baby girl into their lives and I am certain their entire household is caught up in the NOW. Today is a gift and I am reminded not to squander it. I am also reminded to be ever thankful for it, no matter today's circumstances. This time last year we were still struggling to overcome the effects of the tornado. I was reminded of that very thing today as I showed a customer where our pretty tomatoes are grown. I was showing him a picture of the hoophouse, so that I could better explain it, but I flipped past a page of ripped plastic, twisted metal and dirt covered/ripped and tattered vegetables and honestly my breath caught. Last year I remember repeating Habakkuk 3 and Psalm 126:5-6. Both of those passages speak of praising God when there is nothing in your heart to praise Him for. They speak of FINDING something to praise Him for, for there is always something good in your life. At the end of both verses hope is found. One speaks of those sowing seeds with tears will reap with tears of JOY. The other verse says that God is our strength and basically that He will give us what we need to tread the hard places in life. I find it amazing that this very week I read Psalms 96:12 and it says "Praise Him for the growing fields, for they display his greatness". Isn't this true? We do a LOT of work here on the farm to bring yummy, fresh vegetables and other foods to your families, but there is a huge miracle that multiplies our hard work into something we cannot do on our own. God brings the rain, God brings the bugs, God gives us the brain in our heads to figure out how to keep things going, and when I am beyond my capacities I feel Him remind me that He never asked me to do anything alone. He is always and has always been with us here on the farm, tornado or perfect growing season. Right here, right now, in the present, today He is here and He is there at the home of the new baby and the home of the cancer patient. He is always and will always be. Praise His Name!

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