Our Hope and Future

Our Sovereign God is the One and Only True God who rules in Heaven and Earth and He, this Loving God has planned your future for His glory and Your good.  This is hope indeed.  This is your future, your life, your love and your GOD.  Be encouraged for God has ordained it for you.-TG_RW

Gardens of God

Devotions From the Heart
“Gardens of God”
Author: TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen
May 5, 2017

“For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a  garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations.”  Isaiah 61:11

The beauty of God’s Creation inspires us to create in every season and especially in the Spring when the creation reveals its glory in the flowers, trees and the natural landscape.  We want “Gardens of God” here on earth that reflect the beauty and glory of what He has created to show forth His glory, point us to Him as Creator and to enjoy the work of His creation with our hands.  We plant, we sow, we tend, we gather and we enjoy.  Each year at our Promise Gardens we are inspired to create, share and enjoy more as the gardens grow and mature.  Isn’t it a wonderful thing that God shows us in creation how we too must grow in grace and knowledge of Him and His wonderful creation and give Him the glory for the great things He has done for us and the earth? Yes and Amen!  It is a privilege and blessing to behold, create and enjoy His Creation and in our future to behold the heavenly “Gardens of God” in His presence.  Be inspired to create for it is His gift to you and me.*

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HEAR what God, the Lord, hath spoken:
O my people, faint and few,
Comfortless, afflicted, broken,
Fair abodes I build for you.
Thorns of heart-felt tribulation
Shall no more perplex your ways:
You shall name your walls Salvation,
And your gates shall all be Praise.

There, like streams that feed the garden,
Pleasures without end shall flow;
For the Lord, your faith rewarding,
All his bounty shall bestow;
Still in undisturbed possession
Peace and righteousness shall reign;
Never shall you feel oppression,
Hear the voice of war again.

Ye no more your suns descending,
Waning moons no more shall see;
But your griefs, forever ending,
Find eternal noon in me.
God shall rise, and, shining o’er you,
Change to day the gloom of night;
He, the Lord, shall be your glory,
God your everlasting light.
William Cowper
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*TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen,  Editor-Publisher Copyright: Heavenly Notes & Devotions From The Heart ©1984-2017

Holy Matrimony, His Bride

Devotions From the Heart
“Holy Matrimony, His Bride”
Author: TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen
March 31, 2017

What portrays the relationship of Christ and His love for His Church more than the picture of His Bride wed together with Him in perfect Holy Matrimony?  Christ has given us His Word, the Bible to remind us that we are His, betrothed to Him in life, death, in righteousness and glory.  What could be more of hope in the future and in this life than that knowledge that we are His forever?  What in this life could give us more encouragement? More Hope? More Joy? More Peace?  More Love?  Nothing but this knowledge of His life and death to give us a future and hope as His bride forever.  Take heart dear saints of God, you are His and betrothed to Him forever.  Such love we shall take upon our hearts and minds as we wait for that blessed day! Wear that gown with joy of spirit!*

Holy Matrimony

THE VOICE that breath’d o’er Eden,
That earliest wedding-day,
The primal marriage blessing,
It hath not pass’d away.

Still in the pure espousal
Of Christian man and maid,
The holy Three are with us,
The threefold grace is said.

For dower of blessed children,
For love and faith’s sweet sake,
For high mysterious union,
Which nought on earth may break.

Be present, awful Father,
To give away this bride,
As Eve thou gav’st to Adam
Out of his own pierced side:

Be present, Son of Mary,
To join their loving hands,
As thou didst bind two natures
In thine eternal bands:

Be present, Holiest Spirit,
To bless them as they kneel,
As thou for Christ, the Bridegroom,
The heavenly Spouse dost seal.

Oh, spread thy pure wing o’er them,
Let no ill power find place,
When onward to thine altar
The hallow’d path they trace,

To cast their crowns before thee
In perfect sacrifice,
Till to the home of gladness
With Christ’s own Bride they rise. AMEN.*
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*TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen,  Editor-Publisher Copyright: Heavenly Notes & Devotions From The Heart ©1984-2017

**Holy Matrimony, John Keble (1792–1866)