by Thomas Kincade Isaiah 58:11 The LORD will guide you always; HE will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Be still, and know that I am GOD I will be exalted among the heathen I will be exalted in the earth. Psalms 46:10 JESUS said, I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you. Hebrews 13:5 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3 Listen! The Lord called and named Me from my mothers womb. Isaiah 49:1 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him. John 3:36 Believe in the LORD JESUS CHRIST (YESHUA), and you will be saved, and your household. Acts 16:31
HEART's GARDEN You shall be as a watered garden. You shall be as white as snow. FIND COMFORT in KNOWING OTHERS have also SUFFERED SORROW All I find within is strife In the desert of my life; Flowers outside everywhere; I appear without a care. Only I see all my pain; My search for peace has been in vain. Is there a Way to heal my soul? A formula to make me whole? I Am the Way, the Truth, the Life to rescue you from all your strife. Your garden outside will grow within As you turn away from sin. I know the aching of your heart. My Child, if you will do your part, I will free you from your shame So you'll rejoice, and praise My Name! Long ago there came a Thief Who stole from you, & caused you brief. The sin was his, not yours my Dear, From that day on, you've had such fear. This fear has been a driving force To set you on a deviant course. You hide from Truth for fears of pain, And so you search for Peace in vain.
“Their souls shall be like a well-watered garden, And they shall sorrow no more at all…I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. I will satiate the soul of the priests with abundance, And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the Lord.”
Jeremiah 31: 12-14
A Well-Watered Garden
-As the well watered garden continues to grow and produce in abundance, so shall your life be in Jesus name.
-May the Lord cause us to experience tremendous progress and growth in all your deeds and endeavors.
-May God remove sorrow, mourning & sadness out of our lives permanently and give you everlasting gladness, peace, comfort and joy in Jesus name.
-May the blessings of the womb, of a spouse, of peace, of success, of progress, of healing and prosperity shall be our portion.
-May the goodness and abundance of God will satisfy you and your household, now and forevermore,
-Pray for the individual working towards graduating this June, and to gain employment upon graduation
Well-watered Garden-Jeremiah 31:12
Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, Streaming to the goodness of the LORD— For wheat and new wine and oil, For the young of the flock and the herd; Their souls shall be like a well-watered garden, And they shall sorrow no more at all.
While the world offers joy and happiness to some measure, it also offers sorrow, brokenness, and turmoil. The blessing to being “well-watered” is learning how to reap the abundant blessing from the LORD even in the midst of this world’s brokenness. The LORD’s garden is lush, serene and beautiful. This is where the Lord wants us to live even when we’re here on earth in the midst of chaos.
So how is it possible to “live” in this beautiful serene place even when we are going through heartbreak, stress, frustration or turmoil? We must look here, taking our eyes off that which is hurting us, not ignoring it, but separating ourselves from this world to “live” in the one that is filled with the sweet aroma of Christ’s love. We are to sing, praise and worship not because we “feel” like it but because God is worthy of our praise. The magical thing is that in time, when we worship, sing and praise, our heart catches up to our action!
God’s garden is orderly, lovely and fragrant. It is serene, peaceful, and abundant. This is the life we are meant to live and though we will still know sorrow in this world, we can still dwell in the beauty, peace and sweetness of Christ. Stay planted in the streams of God’s abundant refreshing river of life. When our roots are planted by this source of refreshing, we will know the abundance of the Lord’s love for us and will dwell in His peaceful presence. Keep looking to His beauty!
What verses in the bible use the word garden?
the word - gardens - appears 12 times
The Garden of the Lord
'And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden;
and there he put the man whom he had formed ...
And they heard the voice of the Lord
God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.'
The garden of Eden was more than a place of blessing and provision. It was a place of fellowship. Not only were man's physical and emotional needs provided for in every way (Gen 2:9, 18), but a spiritual compatibility also existed between man and his Creator: "... and they heard the voice of the Lord Godwalking in the cool of the day."
The garden of Eden was intended primarily for man. It was planted by the Lord (2:8), watered by God (2:6, 10) and any growth that developed was at his hand: "out of the ground made the Lord to grow ..." (2:9). But the responsibility to "dress it and to keep it" rested upon man. (2:5, 15) The Lord will provide us an adequate environment for growth, but it is up to us to make the best use of the resources he places within our reach.
In the Song of Songs, we read of another garden, the garden of the Lord: "I am come into my garden ..." (Song of Songs 5:1) Isaiah 58:11 says, "thou shalt be like a watered garden ..." (cp. Jer 31;12) Other scriptures refer to the people of God as "the planting of the Lord," where pleasant herbs, spices and fruit are being cultivated, purely for the enjoyment of the Husbandman, the Lord Himself. "... for Thy pleasure they are and were created." (Rev 4:11; Psa 149:4a; Isa 43:21)
In each of our lives God is working to produce something beautiful to bring praise to his name. He is not manufacturing production-line, carbon-copy "Christs." His garden will not be all roses, or all daisies. Each is beautiful in its own way: the daisy in its simplicity; the rose in its intricate, delicate design. It is not the purpose of God to make us all alike, but to make us all like Jesus.
Like a vineyard (Isa 5:1-7), our relationship with the Lord must be cultivated and worked at. Time must be invested in it, if it is to bear fruit. In the process of our spiritual growth, choices must be made between many "good" things and what is best.
"... they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept." (Song of Songs 1:6)
Demands will be placed upon us by other (well-meaning) individuals relating to us the "great need" for our services in "other vineyards." One lesson we will have to learn is that there will be times when we will just have to say "no" to some very good and worthwhile causes. Martha was taken up with much serving. But Jesus said that Mary, who "sat at his feet," had chosen the better part." (Luke 10:38-42)
Jesus told his disciples, so busy "coming and going" in their work for him, to "Come ... apart into a desert place, and rest awhile ..." (Mark 6:30, 31)
There will always be things to do, places to go, people to see. But only as we maintain our relationship with the Lord, and tend to that garden of ministry to him, can our lives take on true meaning and bear eternal fruit.
Copyright 1982 Diane S. Dew
'It is not the purpose of God to make us all alike, but to make us all like Jesus.'
Learning requires a teacher, the Lord, your Bible, and your Pastor. The Lord may even send faithful honest people into your life to help you become all that He wants you to be. Ask God for wisdom to become a well-watered garden. The Lord will guide you, and equip you to become a well-watered garden. Do you have the desire to learn?
Isaiah 58:11 (New International Version)
11 The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
What is a well-watered woman?
A well - watered woman is a woman who is taught of the Lord. One who will ask God for daily guidance, she asked God for daily instruction for her husband, she want to know how to raise her children, to be an example for her grandchildren, how to serve in the work place, and most of all, how to bring glory to the Lord in all she does. A well-watered woman is like a healthy garden, without the grass, weeds, and free of snakes of all kind. She is like a fresh fountain overflowing with the anointing of God.
How do you become a well-watered woman?
Today is a new day. The pressures and demands are too much for to bear. However, you Lord satisfies my every need. Thank you, for the fountain that never needs to be refilled. The Holy Spirit washes away all the anxieties, attitudes that cause strife, and release me from all controlling spirits. Pump the fruit of the spirit into to me with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 2gentleness and self-control.
Thank you Lord, for equipping me to become a well-watered garden every day of my life. Minister to every area of my life, and all that concerns me. Let the Word of God shower me with newness every day.
Isa 61:11 for as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
Galatians 5:22-23 (New International Version)
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.
Ecclesiastes 10 (New American Standard Bible)
Hebrews 13 (New American Standard Bible)
The Garden of the Lord.
A garden enclosed is my sister, [my] spouse; A spring shut up, a fountain sealed. Thy shoots are a paradise of pomegranates, with precious fruits; Henna with spikenard plants; Spikenard and saffron; Calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense Myrrh and aloes, with ail the chief spices: A fountain in the gardens, A well of living waters Which stream from Lebanon. Awake, north wind, and come, [thou] south; Blow upon my garden, [that] the spices thereof may flow forth. Let my beloved come into his garden, And eat its precious fruits. I am come into my garden, my sister, [my] spouse; I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk. Eat, O friends; drink, yea drink abundantly, beloved onesl! (Song of Songs 4: 12 - 5: 1).
With these choice words from the Song of Songs, the Bridegroom likens His bride to a garden of delights. Probably, all believers, with hearts opened to understand the Scriptures, would agree that in the Bridegroom, or the "Beloved", of the Song of Songs, we have a beautiful figure of Christ. Most would also concede that, in the interpretation of the Song, the bride sets forth Christ's earthly people.
While, however, the strict interpretation of the bride has Christ's earthly people in view, we are surely warranted in making an application to the Church, the heavenly bride of Christ.
Furthermore, if we may discover in this garden the excellencies that Christ would find in His heavenly bride, do we not at the same time learn what the love of Christ is looking for in the hearts of those who compose the bride? May we then, for a little, meditate upon this garden, with its spring, its fruit, its spices, and its living waters, as describing what the Lord would have our hearts to be for Himself.
First, we notice that the Bridegroom always speaks of the garden as "My garden"; while the bride delights to own it is "His garden". "Awake O north wind . . . blow upon My garden," says the Bridegroom. The bride replies, "Let my Beloved come into His garden." In response, the Bridegroom says, "I am come into My garden." The application is plain — the Lord claims our hearts for Himself. "My son, give Me thine heart," says the Preacher (Prov. 23: 26). "Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts," is the exhortation of an Apostle (1 Peter 3: 15): and again, another Apostle can pray that "Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith" (Eph. 3: 17).
It is not simply our time, our means, our brains, and our busy service, that the Lord desires, but first, and above all, He claims our affections. We may give all our goods to the poor, and our bodies to be burned, but, without love it will profit nothing. The Lord is still saying to us, "Give Me shine heart."
"Thou hast left thy first love", was a solemn word indicating that whatever excellencies belonged to the believers thus addressed, their hearts had ceased to be a garden for the Lord. As one has said, "A wife may take care of the house, and fulfil all her duties so as to leave nothing undone for which her husband could find fault; but if her love for him has diminished, will all her service satisfy him if his love to her be the same as at first?" (J.N.D.).
Above all, then, the Lord claims the undivided affection of our hearts. The garden must be His garden. Moreover, if the Lord claims our hearts to be a garden for His delight, they must have the marks of the garden that is according to His mind.
As we read this beautiful description of the garden of the Lord, we note five outstanding features which set forth in figure what the Lord would have our hearts to be for Himself. First, the garden of the Lord is an enclosed garden. Secondly, it is a watered garden, with its spring shut up and its fountain sealed. Thirdly, it is a fruitful garden — a paradise of pomegranates with precious fruits. Fourthly, it is a fragrant garden, with trees of frankincense, and all the chief spices. Lastly, it is a refreshing garden from whence "the living waters" flow, and the fragrance of its spices is carried to the world around.
The garden enclosed. If the heart is to be kept as a garden for the pleasure of the Lord, it must be as "a garden enclosed." This speaks of a heart separate from the world, preserved from evil, and set apart for the Lord.
May we not say that, in the Lord's last prayer, we learn the desire of His heart that His people should be as "a garden enclosed"? We hear Him tell the Father, that His own are a separate people, for He can say, "They are not of this world, even as I am not of the world". Again, He desires that they may be a preserved people,for He prays, "Keep them from the evil". Above all, He prays that they may be a sanctified people, for He says, "Sanctify them through thy truth" (John 17: 14-17).
Does not the Preacher exhort us to keep our hearts as "a garden enclosed", when he says, "Keep thy heart more than anything that is guarded"? (Prov. 4: 23, N. Tr.). Again we do well to heed the Lord's own words, "Let your loins be girdled about". Unless the girdle of truth holds in our affections and thoughts, how quickly our minds will be drawn away by the things of this world, and the heart cease to be "a garden enclosed".
Again, the Apostle James desires that our hearts may be preserved from evil, when he warns us, "If ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth . . . for where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work" (James 3: 14-16). Never has there been a scene of confusion and strife amongst the people of God that has not had its hidden root, of envy and strife, in the heart. We may be sure that the heart that entertains bitterness, envying, and strife, will be no garden for the Lord.
How necessary, then, to have our hearts kept in separation from the world, and preserved from evil. Nevertheless, the refusal of the world, and the flesh, will not be enough to constitute our hearts "a garden enclosed." The Lord desires that our hearts may be sanctified, or set apart for His pleasure, by being occupied with the truth and all that is according to Christ. Does not the Apostle Paul set before the Philippians "a garden enclosed" — a heart sanctified for the Lord, when he says, 'Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are noble, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things'?
If the heart is full of cares, fretting over wrongs, and full of bitterness towards those who may have acted badly towards us: if we are entertaining evil imaginations, malicious thoughts, and revengeful feelings towards a brother, it is very certain our hearts will be no garden for the Lord.
If then we would have our hearts freed from things that defile and turn the heart into a barren waste, choking the garden with weeds, let us follow the instruction of the Apostle when he tells us, "Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." Having, like Hannah of old, poured out our hearts before the Lord, and unburdened our minds of all the cares, the sorrows, and the trials that pressed upon our spirits, we shall find that "the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus". Thus set free from all that might come in between the soul and God, our hearts will be at liberty to enjoy the things of Christ, and our minds free to "think on these things" — these holy and pure things which should mark one whose heart is "a garden enclosed".
A watered garden. The heart that is set apart for the Lord will have its hidden source of refreshment and joy. It will be a garden with "a spring shut up" and "a fountain sealed". A spring is an unfailing supply; a fountain rises up to its source. The Prophet can say, of one who walks according to the mind of the LORD, that his soul shall be "like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not" (Isa. 58: 11). To the woman of Sychar the Lord spoke of giving "a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life", to be "in" the believer. The world is entirely dependent upon surrounding circumstances for its passing joy; the believer has a spring of joy within — the hidden life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit.
As the spring of life the Holy Spirit meets all our spiritual needs by guiding us into "all truth": as the fountain of life, He engages our hearts with Christ above. The Lord can say, "the Spirit of truth which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me" — Christ in His new place in the glory. Thus as the Spring, He refreshes our souls with the truth; as the Fountain springing up to its source, He engages our hearts with Christ.
Let us, however, remember that the spring, which is the source of blessing, is "a spring shut up", and the fountain is "a fountain sealed". Does this not remind us that the source of blessing in the believer is sealed to this world, and wholly apart from the flesh? The Lord speaks of the Comforter as One that "the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you" (John 14: 17). Again we read, "the flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other" (Gal. 5: 17).
Alas! we may mind the things of the flesh, and turn aside to the world, only to find we grieve the Spirit so that our hearts, instead of being as a watered garden, become but a dry and barren waste.
A fruitful garden. The "spring" and the "fountain" will turn the garden of the Lord into a fruitful garden — "a paradise of pomegranates with precious fruits". The ungrieved Spirit will produce in our hearts "the fruit of the Spirit", which, the Apostle tells us, "is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, fidelity, meekness", and "self-control" (Gal. 5: 22). What, indeed, are these precious fruits of the Spirit but the reproduction of the character of Christ in the believer? The fountain, rising up to its source, occupies with Christ and His excellencies; and, beholding the glory of the Lord we are changed into the same image from glory to glory. Thus the hears becomes a garden of the Lord bearing precious fruit for the delight of His heart.
A fragrant garden. Not only is the garden of the Lord a garden of precious fruits, but a garden of spices from which sweet odours arise. In Scripture, fruit speaks of the excellencies of Christ, but the spices, with their fragrance, speak of worship that has Christ for its object. In worship there is no thought of receiving blessing from Christ, but of bringing the homage of our hearts to Christ. When the wise men from the East found themselves in the presence of "the young Child", they fell down and "worshipped Him", and "presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh" (Matt. 2: 11).When Mary anointed the feet of Jesus with "a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly," she was not, as on other occasions, at His feet as a receiver to get instruction, or find sympathy in her sorrow; she was there as a giver to render the worship of a heart filled with the sense of His blessedness. It was good to beat His feet to hear His word, and, again,to beat His feet to receive comfort in sorrow, but in neither case do we read of the ointment with its odour. But when she is at His feet as a worshipper, with her precious ointment, we read, "the whole house was filled with the odour of the ointment" (John 12: 1-3).
The Philippian saints in their gift to the Apostle, may indeed have shown forth some of the excellencies of Christ — His comfort of love and compassions — and thus bring forth fruit that would abound to their account; but there was in their gift the spirit of sacrifice and worship which was as "an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God" (Phil. 2: 1; Phil. 4: 17, 18).
In our day, if our hearts are to be a garden of the Lord, let us not forget that the Lord not only looks for the precious fruits of the Spirit, reproducing in us something of His lovely traits, but also the spirit of worship that rises up to Him as a sweet odour.
A refreshing garden. Lastly, the Lord would have His garden to be a source of refreshment to the world around. A garden from whence there flow the "living waters". Thus the Lord can speak of the believer, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, as being a source of blessing to a needy world, as He says, "Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water" (John 7: 38, 39).
Thus we learn, from the Song of Songs, that the Lord would fain possess our hearts as a garden of delights for Himself. He stands at the door of our hearts and knocks, for He desires to come in and dwell within our hearts. If we are slow to let Him in, He may say, as the Bridegroom in the Song, "Awake, O north wind; and come thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out." He may allow adverse circumstances, trials and sorrows, in order to drive us to Himself, so that we may say like the bride, "let my Beloved come into His garden."
If we open to Him we shall experience the truth of His own words, "If any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him and he with Me" (Rev. 3: 20). In like spirit, when the bride says, "Let my Beloved come into his garden," the Bridegroom at once responds, "I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey."
If then, the heart of the believer be kept separate from the world, preserved from evil, and set apart for the Lord it will become like "a garden enclosed."
In that garden there will be found a spring of secret joy and refreshment that, like a fountain, rises to its source.
The fountain, springing up to its source, will bring forth precious fruit, the excellencies of Christ.
The fruit that speaks of the moral traits of Christ in the heart of the believer, will lead to worship that rises up as a sweet odour to the heart of Christ.
The heart that goes out in worship to Christ will become a source of blessing to the world around.
In the light of these Scriptures we may well pray the prayer of the Apostle when he bows his knees to the Father, and asks, "That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith" (Eph. 3: 14-17).
A wretched thing it were, to have our heart Like a thronged highway or a populous street Where every idle thought has leave to meet, Pause, or pass on as in an open mart; Or like some road-side pool, which no nice art Has guarded that the cattle might not beat And foul it with a multitude of feet, Till of the heavens it can give back no part. But keep thou shine a holy solitude, For He would walk there, would walk alone; He who would drink there, must be first endued With single right to call that stream His own; Keep thou thine heart, close-fastened, unrevealed, A fenc-ed garden and a fountain sealed. R. C. Trench.
In het begin wandelde God in de avond door de tuin om de mens te ontmoeten. Lijkt het je niet geweldig om in de avondschemering de levende God, de Almachtige, de Schepper, te ontmoeten en met hem te wandelen? Gewoon even de dag doornemen en genieten? Dat kan.
Jij kunt vandaag God ontmoeten en met hem wandelen. Zoals de mens in het begin gewend was zijn leven te delen met God, zo kan dat nu weer. Let maar eens op de parallel tussen het verhaal van Eva en het verhaal van Maria van Magdala.
Eva verlaat God in de tuin
In het begin was het goed. De mens leefde in de tuin van God, in de nabijheid van God. Maar op het moment dat de vrouw at van de verboden vrucht werd deze ontmoeting wreed verstoord. Het contact tussen God en de vrouw werd verbroken en haar man volgde haar. Met de zonde kwam ook de dood in de wereld en Adam en Eva werden uit de tuin verbannen. Wandelen met God was niet meer de dagelijkse realiteit.
Maria ontmoet God in de tuin
Duizenden jaren later is er een bijzondere ontmoeting in een tuin in de buurt van Jeruzalem. Jezus is opgestaan uit de dood en verschijnt als eerste aan een vrouw. Aan een verdrietige Maria van Magdala. Ze zoekt een dode Jezus in het graf, maar vindt hem daar niet. In plaats daarvan ontmoet ze haar levende Heer in de tuin. Ze herkent hem eerst niet, maar gelooft en roept het even later uit tegen de discipelen van Jezus: Ik heb de Heer gezien. Het contact tussen God en de vrouw is hersteld in een ontmoeting in een tuin. Niet veel later hebben ook de mannen uit de groep discipelen hun Heer gezien.
Jezus dood en opstanding hebben er voor gezorgd dat het weer mogelijk is om God te ontmoeten. Paulus schrijft in zijn brief aan de Hebreeën in hoofdstuk 10: 22: laten we God dan naderen met een oprecht hart en een vast geloof . Je kunt God naderen of bij hem uit de buurt blijven. God ontmoeten of hem negeren.
Ontmoeting in een gebroken wereld
is een prachtige tuin
waar het heerlijk vertoeven is,
en welriekende bloemen
en het betoverende gezang
van vrolijke vogels.