Thirty-three days until 2012, and I’ve committed to writing at least five minutes of encouragement every day for wives.

Truthfully, I’ve got nothing for you today.

Fortunately, in our inadequacies, God shines through best, so let’s just see what kind of encouragement He might have for you today in the next five minutes. . .

When I am weak, then I am strong. II Cor 12:10

He is my all sufficiency. II Cor 9:8

Though he slay me yet will I trust Him. Job 13:15

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. . .  (Psalm 23)

I Come To The Garden Alone (Hymn by C. Austin Miles)

“Where art thou?” (Genesis 3:9)

“I was ashamed, so I hid.” (Genesis 3:10)

“I will never leave you or forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

And therein lies the crux of every problem: “I was ashamed, so I hid.”

He never left. He still walks in the garden, waiting to commune with us. There is always a garden. We need to do what Jesus did in the garden. He pressed in. He knelt down. He submitted. He said, “Not my will, but thine be done.” (Luke 22:42)

May we never be too ashamed to come to the garden and kneel in submission. That’s all it takes to be in communion and right standing with Abba Father. He’s waiting in the garden for you. He has the answers to your questions. He has promised to give wisdom to those who ask without wavering. (James 1:5-6)

He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)

He has given a Redeemer. (Isaiah 54:5)

He has offered the free gift of salvation. (Romans 6:23)

He is in the garden. Don’t make Him wait for you. Run to Him, for is He not even more loving than the father of the prodigal, who saw him coming from a long way off and ran to meet him, and prepared a celebration, and welcomed him home as a son? (Luke 15:20)

Your Father loves you even more. (Matthew 10:31)

Shari

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