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Strangle or Be Strangled

TOP: It took everything this 6'4" gardener had to wrestle a vine that was choking an entire tree. Please share this on your social media from our Facebook Page:Robert LaCosta Writer

PORTAL: A doorway, gate, or other entrance, especially a large and imposing one. METAPHOR-DU-JOUR: Giving Thanks

Since The Garden of Eden, we were meant to give thanks and praise when it was easy. Now, we’re in the fight of our lives because Satan still rehearses and polishes his line: “Is God really good?”

While tending the physical garden seemed to be Adam and Eve’s main job description, it appears that tending their hearts had gone to the weeds.

This biblical warning is not to be ignored: “Guard your heart above all else [with all diligence, vigilance], for it determines the course of your life.”*

When we wrestle our flesh into a lifestyle of thanksgiving, it is very hard to fall for the lines, “Did God really say?” Or “Does God really have the best for me?”

PORTAL TO HEAVEN: To see God or not see God in my garden, that is the question.

How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the [plain] sight of all, on those who take refuge in you…Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid…Take delight in the LORD… Psalm 31:19 NIV, John 14:27 NASB, Psalm 37:4 NASB, *Proverbs 4:23 NLT/ESV/BSB, Editor’s brackets.


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