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Featured Friend: Joan @ The Beauty In His Grip

Beautiful tulip bouquet over garden bokeh backgroundWelcome to Feature Friend Wednesday!  Every Wednesday for the next few months I will introduce you to one of my beautiful writing friends.  I hope you will take the time to read.  Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post to read about the author and visit her blog and social media links.

In The Garden, by Joan of
The Beauty In His Grip

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to work in the garden. It was a beautiful, warm spring day. The sun was shining overhead and the heady scent of our neighbor’s orange tree blossoms floated on the breeze. Earlier in the day I had purchased some annuals to add to my flower bed and I was excited to plant them. As I dug my hands into the earth, and felt the coolness of the freshly turned soil between my fingers, I sensed a sudden closeness with the Lord. His love enveloped me and praises filled my heart. That happens often when I am in the garden. It is as if the rest of the world, with all its cares and worries, slips away leaving just the two of us to share in an intimate moment together.

I can’t help but notice the parallel between tending a garden and our relationship with the Lord. In order for both to thrive, we need to spend some time on our knees, giving them the attention they require. A garden should be watered and fed and loved in order to survive. The more we spend time tending our garden, the more it grows and the more beautiful it becomes. But, when we ignore it and fail to feed it, weeds will grow and begin to choke out the beauty that once was there. It is the same with our relationship with Christ. When we spend time with the Lord and give our relationship the proper nurturing, it will flourish. Our budding faith will blossom and produce an abundance of fruit for His glory. If ignored, even a long-standing relationship can begin to wither and fade.

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me”
(John 15:4).

In the garden

And so, as we stay in His garden, the Lord will join us and our hearts will open, blossoming under His tender care.  Daily reading of His Word, praying and praising Him will continue to deepen the bond between us and our faith will grow with each moment spent with Him.

Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong” (Ephesians 3:17).

As I continued to kneel in my garden I was reminded of the old hymn “In the Garden”. Charles Austin Miles writes that in the garden,

He walks with me and He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.”

The hymnist says it well. As we tarry with the Lord, we will find a joy never known before. Our growing relationship will become a blessing beyond anything we have ever experienced. Where thorns once were, new life will grow. And when properly tended, it will flourish into an everlasting love. The profound words of this beautiful hymn never fail to move my heart. After all, that’s where God’s love first began…in the garden.

DSCN2270Joan Davis began blogging over at The Beauty in His Grip four years ago, out of her  thankfulness to God for His redeeming hand on her life.  It is her desire is to encourage other women through the lessons that God has taught her.  Joan shares the incredible truth that we can never fall so far that we are beyond the reach of God.  It doesn’t matter how rocky our pasts, God will always accept us when we surrender our lives to Him.  Through both smooth and challenging times in her life, Joan has seen God’s faithfulness and now looks at each day as a new day to celebrate His goodness!  You can also connect with  Joan on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.

6 Comments

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    Beth
    April 16, 2014 at 4:42 am

    That song is one of my favorites. I actually just shared on my last Friday Randomness post. It’s truly beautiful. And this post, friend, BEAUTIFUL! While I’m not very good with tending to a garden, your words are so true that like tending to a garden we need to tend to our relationship with Christ. I do want that relationship to flourish. Love you. Love you both. I love seeing you together here.
    Beth recently posted..Three Word Wednesday: Knowing You, Jesus

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    Joan
    April 16, 2014 at 4:57 am

    Good morning, Beth! I was just on my way over to read your Three Word Wednesday post when I saw your comment here! What a great way to start my morning…yes, I’m up early – 4:45! Yikes! I love how over the years my relationship with the Lord has grown. He has carried me through both tough and easy times and through it all has continued to shape me. I am so thankful that the time I spend with Him always nourishes our relationship. What a blessing!

    In His grip, Joan
    Joan recently posted..In The Garden

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    Deb
    April 16, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Joan this is beautiful. I wish I enjoyed gardening. I love spending time there. Thankfully Rev enjoys gardening. I’ve just never liked dirt. I may have to rethink that! Blessings!!
    Deb recently posted..Hoarders, Jesus, and Prayer

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    Mary Gemmill
    April 16, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Joan- this post blessed my heart for I am a gardener too, and often feel close to the Lord with my hands in the dirt- and find it is a time when He can speak things into my life that I might not otherwise hear.
    Thanks for a lovely post- and I am glad Spring has sprung in your part of the world.
    I am inside wrapped up warmly as a howling wind buffets the house. Winter is nearly here, downunder,

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    Denise
    April 17, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Beautiful my friend! How I love quiet time outdoors tending to God’s beautiful gift of flowers; it is such a peaceful time to escape and be nourished and blessed by all the beauty that surrounds us. Spending quiet time with our Lord is vital to our spiritual growth, and this is one of my favorite places to seek Him and to spend time alone in His Word and in prayer. ♥

    Delightful to see you here Joan; blessings and love dear friend!
    Denise ♥
    Denise recently posted..Don’t Hold Back

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    Denise
    April 17, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Enjoyed this.

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