Friday, January 10, 2014

Fresh Start

His Mercies are new every morning.

Fresh Start...

The hope and care of our relationships

We are not to be disinterested in each others lives or controlling but actively involved in each others lives. 1 Corinthians 3:6  I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. We are to plant, water and trust God to work. We are not responsible for the growth or change in another person.

My husband expects to have the best hay field, as a farmer, he can every year.  He plants, fertilizes, poisons, it rains hopefully just enough but the Lord produces the crop.  He then cuts, titters, and then bails.  But if it doesn't rain and the sun doesn't shine and the Lord doesn't add the growth there is just so much He can do.  He can plan, buy the seed, till the crop and work hard, and even pray but at some point He has to trust the Lord will produce the hay needed to feed the cattle from year to year.  So are we in each others lives.

1 Corinthians 3:6
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.

He works, plants and fertilizes but the growth is the Lords...

One of Lees longhorns...

Danny is breaking ice for the cows water...

If our relationships are not built on integrity, respect, honesty and vulnerability they corrode. We will reap what we sow. Sin does not lay still, dormant. It grows.

But God provides a way, an antidote. He is about redemption. He is about forgiveness and mercy. We can ask Him and others for forgiveness and allow God to change us. We can have new beginnings, fresh starts and new hope.

The work is done...

Where there is humility and brokenness there is grace. Grace runs downhill. Grace is for the humble. When we humble ourselves and ask for forgiveness. Share where we have been hurt and remember no one hurts us as we have hurt Jesus and forgive there is restoration and healing. There is a way to do it Gods way and that is through repentance and faith before God and others.

Taste and see that the Lord is good. His mercies are new every morning.  There is joy in the morning.