Chop, Chop, Pull

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I did a little gardening yesterday; no, my back, my hands and my knees are correcting me – I did a lot of gardening yesterday, at least for me.  Did you know, you really have to dig and pull to get monkey grass up?  And call me crazy, but after awhile of that a comparison settled in on me. It did not take too many times of chop, chop, pull for me to begin to enjoythe sound of roots breaking loose from the soil.  And with that sound I wondered aloud if ABBA enjoys that sound too.Shall I explain?  Sometimes we have roots – weed roots.  Roots like bitterness, un-forgiveness, unbelief, to just name a few, growing in our hearts.  And being daughters and sons He loves ABBA has no choice, He has to chop, chop, pull to get those things out of us.  So in my ‘sanctified imagination’ I compared my enjoyment of my ‘monkey grass sounds’ to what He may ‘hear’ when as we read His Word and pray, and our weed roots start breaking loose from the soil of our hearts and our habits; does He enjoy that sound? I think He does.  I think it is music to His ears.  It sure was to mine yesterday because I knew when I heard those sounds that it would not be but a few more pulls and that monkey grass would be out of my garden!  Yep!  Yesterday I was rejoicing to monkey grass sounds.  Will ABBA be rejoicing today to similar sounds?  Dare any of us think we have no weeds growing?  How about we make some noise today?  Chop, Chop, Pull!

Hebrews 12:
7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.
9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?
10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.
11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
14 Pursue peace with all people,  and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:
15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
Some may call me crazy, ABBA, but I don’t care, I enjoyed writing this message today – it’s cute to me but at the same time a really good message I think. And You know as I was pulling that monkey grass yesterday I really did wonder with You if You enjoy the sound of entrenched roots coming loose and letting go from our hearts and our habits.  Even if there is no real sound other than our praise and Your delight, I still enjoyed thinking of it and writing about it this morning.  I am grateful for the fun we have together. I am grateful for You LORD JESUS and the Event of all events we are about to celebrate – Your Sacrificial Death and Glorious Resurrection – so I can even have such a relationship with You to wonder and enjoy You.  Thank You.  I am so looking forward to seeing You Face to face.
And this morning we know we are so privileged and we are honored to bring this list of names to You in prayer.  It is so good that we can time after time come and each time You will hear us and You are all the while responding, tending and healing us.  Thank You. Thank You for what You are doing and shall yet do for each one of these.  Thank You for tending and protecting our IDOK Troops.  I am so very grateful for the safety You have given each one on our list here.  You are so good to us and we love You so much, ABBA.  In You, loving You, obeying You, fellowshipping with You, life is good even when hard stuff comes.  You make it all worthwhile.  You are Awesome.  As we sum this up, I pray for our IDOKs and our Readers today, for peace, for safety, and for some chop, chop, pull today. I pray we will make some noise with roots letting go that are growing some pretty nasty stuff. We want to have hearts like lovely gardens, beautiful fruit that feeds all You send our way.  You are so good to let us be co-laborers with You.  And yet I must say, please forgive me for growing the weeds of laziness and procrastination that so hinders me from helping people.  Make some noise in me today, ABBA, in Jesus name. Amen and amen.
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