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A Cool Drink from a Grandson’s Love

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Ice water tastes best when your grandson brings it to you out of love.

Cutting grass is a hot job. I have the utmost respect for those who make their living keeping public and commercial real estate manicured. But it amazes me just how thirsty you can get while riding on a self-propelled machine for an hour.

Just as I realized how parched I was becoming, my grandson ran up to me with a jug of cold ice water. Perfect timing. “Here Mimi, I didn’t want you to get too hot.” What love and respect was in that simple act of kindness. A cool drink of water. Ahhh.

Teaching our children the Word of God is perhaps the most important job we have as parents, grandparents and caregivers. We are blessed with many grandchildren. It never fails to lift my spirit (Spirit) to see how they make the Word of God their own.

Proverbs 22:6
Exodus 20:12

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“Premium” is always best

What do they call a City Girl who has been transplanted to a very small rural community where the turkeys out-number the residents 100 to one? One happy woman! But when you live in the city, you learn certain things (that’ll be another story) and there are things we do in the country.

When we lived in the city, we had a small red gas can to fill the lawn mower. One can full would last weeks. On God’s Woody Acres, we have a 50 gallon gas can. Comes with a pump and everything! It is 50 times bigger, and gets filled up several times a summer. (Boys and their [motor] toys, i.e., four-wheelers, log splitters, John Deere treasures, etc.) We always get ‘premium’ gas to keep our equipment running smoothly. It usually costs more, but it’s always worth it in the end.

It’s the same way with our relationship to The Father. God wants our first and best, because that’s what he’s going to give us – His very best! God wants quality time with me. He wants me to love others. He wants me to share all that He has given to me… because in all reality, ALL I have is from Him. Without Him, I am nothing, and have nothing.

When I think about all the Grace and Mercy God has given me, it’s not generosity when I give, but sharing.

Luke 18:22 (and so many other great scriptures! Look them up.)

… And there’s something about ‘abiding with the Lord’ that I love. You can’t get much closer than that… and it’s PREMIUM!
John 6:56 –  “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.”

John 12:46 – “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.”

John 15:5 – “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

 

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Make sure your tank’s full

When we lived in the city, it would take 30 minutes to cut and trim our lawn. Of course, the boys would make much more of it, often stretching it out for half the day. If you’re outside cutting the lawn, you can’t be given another chore, right? But here at God’s Woody Acres, we cut almost 8 acres each week. Unfortunately, those young men who were so handy on our fifth of an acre home are now grown and mowing lawns of their own. I am extremely thankful for a husband who does some of his best talking to The Father while he’s riding the John Deere.

Today as I took the throttle, as part of my tutorial of how to cut grass, he showed me all the buttons, gears and levers of his prized mower. I realized I need to pay better attention so I can help him even when he’s not home – but that’s another story. One of the things he did was check to make sure I had enough fuel. As I rode off into the sun (yes, sun, not sunset), I thought about how important it is to keep our fuel gauge on FULL. Being filled with the Word of God keeps our eyes on the prize, defends against attacks and illness, and allows peace and joy to infiltrate our soul, just like gas works for motors.

Hebrews 4:12

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