John 15:1-5 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

The Lord Tends His Garden

The vine of impatience is overgrown,
The weed of self will is making shown,
Poison leaves of distraction tempting and fair
Choking fruit of my heart, and leaving spots bare,

Come and tend Your garden.

Faithful are You and holy, be
Ruler of all, from sea to sea
Chase the foxes that spoil your vines
That I would bend my will each time,

Come and tend Your garden.

Make my soil dark and rich,
Let not your ground erode;
Be in the tiniest plant and the tallest tree,
I commit, and give You all of me,

Come and tend Your garden

I rest in Him, in Christ alone,
He that secured my redemption, shown
Sinless Lamb, O loving Christ,
Never let my heart be iced,

Come and tend Your garden

Though the finished garden I see not,
I trust alone in Him who ought,
And worketh righteousness in me,
A fleshly heart planted, glory be!

The LORD tends His gardens!

- Beth Montgomery ©2024

Song of Solomon 4:12-14 A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard, Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices:

Song of Solomon 2:15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.

Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.


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Posted March 2024