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Topic: Beginnings (05/31/04)

TITLE: My Spiritual Garden
By Deborah Shepard


My Spiritual Garden

When I was pondering on some beginnings through life passages.
What came to mind was my, relocation to Alaska a place I longed to live.
This was one my greatest life beginnings, to live in the artic wilderness. To
Follow my calling of the Lord, to be in a beautiful place, for medical and spirtual deepening. Now is time for planting a great garden, the longs hours of daylight and sunshine. As Iím planting helping in planting, our family garden, my spirtual garden is in itís process of pulling out the weeds. Of my lifeís trials and tribulations, painful life events from the past.

The preparing of the ground for planting, is like the Lord preparing the soils, of my spirtual garden, for the planting of upcoming, life beginnings. Planting of the seeds, in my family garden, and spirtual garden. Will require adequate sunlight, and the sufficient amount of watering the family garden. My spirtual garden will require, the heavenly light of the Lord. The living water, of his words. To produce a garden of spirtual abundance. Yes and there is always the weeding out to be done in both gardens. To make room for things to grow, in both of these gardens.

I would to share things with all of you, of the awesome natural beauty of this artic wilderness. There are wildflowers which, come out every year, there are a wide variety. There are some flowers, which appear as patches of sunlight, there a brilliant color of purple and blue bells. Deep pink wildflowers, some actually are weeds but brighten up the landscape. It always amazes me with each new beginnings, the are natural spectrums of natures wonders. Which grow without even planting them, it is an automatic process. Just as the growing in my spirtual garden, will be come an automatic process as well.

When I think of beginnings, my friend Dawn come to mind, the starting of a new day. Through both of medical trials, in life we have planted the seed, for of a lasting friendship. The Lord knew in advance what we would need for life healing. We discuss at length this weeding out the roots, of our lifeís family issues, financial things, and the healings from past, abuse from family members, and all the medical circumstances. Iím happy to say there have been healing fruits, from our gardens and the sharing of our spirtual gardens too.

She is in remission from breast cancer; Iím in remission with my liver condition. We both attribute this dynamic healing, to the great physician and ultimate healer Jesus Christ. Glory to the Lord most high, the heavenly creator of all things. He has granted many new life beginnings, especially becoming a new creation in him. I now have all the proper spiritual tools in which to keep my souls garden weed free. I share my spirtual garden secrets, anyone seeking how plant and grow one. It will be a garden which grows, through all seasons of everyoneís life.

Being a great lover of the fanstic outdoors, I can take my spirtual garden where ever I go. My spirtual garden tools, will consist of the holy scriptures, the waters of the living word of the Lord. I will pray that all of you, will have a abundant spiritual garden, in some of your life beginnings. And that may it produce a harvest for plenty. To share with family,and friends and all who may enter into your lives. My heart and soul, today is rejoicing and singing praises the Lord, for the planting of my families garden, and my spirtual garden also. I will go forth in my life, searching for new soil, for the planting of this spirtual garden, with a brother or sister, who are looking for a place to grow in the Lord.

Many life blessings to all of you, may your new beginnings, have a bountiful garden awaiting you. With the heavenly light of the Lord, shining down upon and yours. Allow the waters of the living words; be some key elements for your spirtual garden. Have a blessed summer everyone.

Deborah A Shepard

Member Comments
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L.M. Lee06/08/04
This is a terrific piece! Enjoyed it! My cousin & her family just returned from Alaska. Her husband was stationed there. A big change for them from Texas to Alaska! The two biggest and different states! ha!
Dian Moore06/08/04
The word picture you painted of a spiritual garden that goes where you go is very good. There are some spelling mistakes, and I wasn't quite sure if this was a poem or just prose. Anyway - I enjoyed your message and will carry that picture with me from now on, adding "flowers and plants" to my own, portable, spiritual garden.
Deborah Porter 06/09/04
Deborah, you are such a sweetheart and your attitude is an inspiration - always. Unfortunately I've got a little while to wait for my summer (another five months and 20 days, but who's counting?) Hope you have a wonderful one! With love, Deb