Do you feel lost and isolated, as though you don’t matter?
Do you feel tired and stressed, in need of replenishment and refreshment?
Do you want to find out more about the One who loves you more deeply, and knows you more thoroughly, than you could ever imagine?
Do you want to find out practical ways to grow your faith and walk more closely with Jesus?
Then this book is for you!
Meredith wrote this devotional style book during recovery from an extremely challenging time in her life – having gone through a divorce, resignation from her long term teaching job and relocation to a different city to access better services for her autistic daughter. Her daughter was also very unwell at this time, becoming bedridden by a mystery illness. All of this had left Meredith feeling exhausted, fearful, alone and very isolated.
Meredith knew she needed to strengthen her fragile spirit and overcome the fear of this time. She sought the guidance of Scripture and the assistance of the Lord Jesus Christ, knowing that only He could bring comfort and healing at the deep levels required. Meredith knew that her relationship with her Creator meant He was available 24/7 and so she started to schedule regular time where she communicated with Him. Covered with prayer and Scripture, Meredith visualised meeting Jesus in a beautiful garden that she came to know as the Garden of Promise – so named for the promises of goodness and grace found liberally throughout the Scriptures.
This book is the result of these communications – an unforgettable and inspiring journey of encouragement and healing, where Jesus spoke new life into Meredith’s being. Her feelings of isolation lifted and she felt herself soothed, replenished and deeply loved by spending this time with the Lord Jesus Christ.
You, too, are invited to go on this journey through the pages of this book as you hear His voice and meet Jesus in the Garden of Promise.
Targeted Age Group:: Teenage upwards
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This book grew out of an extremely challenging time including a divorce, resignation from a long-term job, moving to a large city from a small town and the mystery illness of my autistic daughter. As a born again Christian I have a close relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and I leaned in very close to Him during this time, communicating with and being comforted by Him multiple times a day. This book is the result of these communications.
A STORMY OCEAN
“Keep your eyes on Me. Imagine you are with all the other disciples in the boat with Peter. You see Me walking on the water. Could you walk to Me? If you keep your eyes on Me you will forget that there is a storm raging around you; you won’t dwell on the water beneath your feet and the idea that you can’t walk on water. Only if you keep your eyes on Me. And walk.”
“Stay awake for Me. Keep your eyes open for the opportunity to see Me in everyone you meet and to reach out in My Holy name. When you rest, do so in Me. I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. I am the word made flesh. My word is still holding this world and the universes together. My word is still speaking truth into the hearts of non-believers so that they may be convicted and turn to Me. Just as I am the word made flesh, so too are you My word made flesh. You are part of the body of Christ, the hands and feet. I knit you together in your mother’s womb and you are alive now in Me. Like the safe waters of your mother’s womb, you are cushioned and softened within me. I am the water; the living water that surrounds you now, just like that of your mother’s womb.
“When you are parched and thirsty and the circumstances of life are drier than a desert, look upwards towards Me and ask for My living water to flow through your veins. I renew your strength and give you My strength. I stand behind you, My arms wrapped around you, to protect you from the influences of the evil one. Keep your eyes on your eternal reward, which is to be with Me in Paradise forever. That must be your motivation. I want to say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant,’ when we finally meet in person on that glorious day.”
Matthew 14:25-33: Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” 28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”
John 14:6: Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through Me.”
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