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This budding Sweet Shrub branch turns my thoughts to Christians. We give our lives to Christ and let Him wash our sins away and write our names in that awesome Book of Life...then most of us just camp out on a pew. We become "bench warmers" and nothing more. Revelation 20:12-15

We think that dressing up, warming a pew, donating our spare change and listening while others sing hymns is it. We never give ourselves entirely, holding nothing back, not to your local church or denomination, but to HIM who saved you. We never read and learn God's Word, which is His manual for Christian living. We settle for these tiny immature buds on the branch and think that's "it".

That's not what He wants. Scroll down and look at the page from my book. See the fully blooming branch????? Doesn't that just make you want to shout HALLELUJAH!?!?!? That's how much more there is for us! There's no comparison! He never intended us to behave like that. How sad that must make Him after all He's done to bring us to Him. He drew us to Himself because He longs for an intimate love relationship with each of us personally! He wants YOU! The real you! Warts and all!

He wants you to seek Him with all your heart, then He promises you will find Him. It's like peek-a-boo we play with our children. They are seeking us and what greater joy when they find us! As we seek Him deeper, we grow in our walk with Him. He is fulfilling His promise to change us from glory to glory, ever being transformed more into the likeness of Christ whom we are to emulate. 2 Corinthians 3:18

The riches to be experienced in our relationship with our Creator are limitless and incomparable to anything this earth has to offer. Once you have tasted being in the manifested presence of our Lord (and I don't mean a few goosebumps), you will be ruined for anything else forever. Nothing else satisfies, not sex, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, power, wealth, fame, food - nothing! Everything else we have tried in our lives to fill that emptiness, that longing, always fails - without exception. That's because He designed that hole to draw us to Himself. Nothing but He can satisfy!

You get out of it what you put into it. If you warm a bench, you will get a sore hiny. If you will give yourself without reservation to Him, study His Holy Word, comply with it's teachings, be devout in prayer, fast and seek Him with all your heart continually, receive His Holy Spirit baptism - untold riches and joy will be yours and no man can take that from you! Hallelujah! Praise You Lord! Deuteronomy 4:29

Winnie update: She was worse yesterday, so I gave her to the woman who trains people how to rehab squirrels for the Wildlife Rescue. Last night she phoned and said that Winnie has brain damage, a common problem when they fall literally stories from their treetop nests. That explains why she's been so different from our Scratbaby. She has special medicine she's giving her to reduce swelling in her brain and expects her to live, but probably with some permanent damage. It's sad news, but I'm so relieved to know that it wasn't something I did. I couldn't have known she had brain damage as all I knew about it was they run in circles screaming, and she didn't do that. Before I move on, so many of you have loved our little Winnie and some have even asked "where to get one". I want to let everyone know that there are laws with HUGE fines and JAIL time for people trying to help wild babies of any kind unless you are certified through your local Wildlife Rescue people. They are in my phone book, so I would think they are in yours also. So, if you are disposed to help these poor creatures, protect yourself and do it under their direction so you don't wind up in a nightmare because you were kind. Also, the kind of syringes available through pet stores and vets is not adequate for baby squirrels - they aspirate them and they can die. You can get the right equipment through Wildlife Rescue.

Today I'm giving you a budding Sweet Shrub branch. I'm sharing this page from a book I published so you can see the entire plant. This page shows all the stages this bush goes through each year. It's truly one of God's more spectacular creations. The books is titled "Surrounded By God's Glory" and it combines photos of our yard and lessons God has taught me in that "special way". If you download, please leave me a comment at the bottom of this post as I have disabled 4shared comments. This helps me to know what you like for the future. God bless you!
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