Monday, November 27, 2017

Planting Seeds for Victory




During our recent vacation, my husband and I revisited our favorite museum in Wolfboro, New Hampshire - The Wright Museum of World War II.  We were actually there on the last day of the season and had the whole place to ourselves!  Their website describes the museum as follows:


"The Wright Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational institution dedicated to recognizing and honoring the contributions and enduring legacy of WWII-era Americans."  

My husband's favorite part of the museum is this room right here...  :-)







Throughout the inside of the museum they have different vignettes set up.  Here are some of them...






My favorites are the war time living room and kitchen.  I literally stand there just crawling into the scene imagining what it was like at that time.  I'm not quite sure why I didn't take pictures of those.  I think because I was just so enthralled in the moment. lol.

The museum also has authentic toys from the era and a doll house!!  :-)

There is also a Time Tunnel; a series of rooms containing memorabilia and interesting facts about each year starting in 1939 and ending in 1945.   In addition, each room has that year's Life Magazine covers hanging along the walls.   My favorite is listening to the popular music which is played for each year.   I LOVE IT!!

I also learned something very interesting while there, and although I heard the term before, I didn't really know what it truly meant...

The Victory Garden...




It made me think of the valuable seeds that we as Believers could be planting...

I wasn't able to find a more recent statistic, except the sad news that the percentage of people identifying as Christians has dropped in recent years, but in 2010 there were 266,630,000 Christians in the United States.

What if we had the same drive as the World War II civilian population of twenty million Americans, who planted Victory Gardens for the cause of the war, in planting the seeds of the Gospel for the cause of Christ.

Imagine if two-hundred-sixty-six million Christians were walking in obedience and were sharing their faith, what an incredible impact that would have on the United States. 

Here in this country, gun control is a hotly debated topic.  Well, maybe the average citizen wouldn't feel the need to arm themselves if there wasn't so much evil and darkness in the world.  If two-hundred-sixty-six million Christians would shine the love of Christ and actively share the Gospel, just maybe the impact would be astounding enough to change our country back to a Christian nation founded upon the principals of the Bible... 

A country where there is no more hate.  A country that would not be divided, but one that would work together.  Where we would see every person as made in God's image...  to see the best in them rather than rush to judgment.

A country where Christ would be King and love would prevail.

Maybe this seems utopian and maybe we won't experience this wholly until Heaven, but I don't believe that the Lord calls us to sit idly by...

The 18th century protestants did not sit idly by or there would not have been a Great Awakening throughout Europe, and the 19th century protestants did not sit idly by or there wouldn't have been the Second Great Awakening which swept through the United States.

The following poem written by L. Young  Correthers, from These Blooming Patriots:  A Little War Garden Gossip (1942), served as encouragement to spur on those twenty million Victory Gardeners...


Vegetables for Victory

Vegetables for Victory
Give Vitamins for health ---
Add riches to the nation ---
Augment our country's wealth.
No go to work good neighbors
With busy rakes and hoes
So that garden diligence
Will help defeat our foes.
The vegetables have registered ---
Each root and bulb and leaf ---
All stand awaiting your command ---
Their General-in-Chief.


And we, as Believers, have the Words of Life to spur us on to plant "Seeds for Victory" in like manner...



Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones.
Proverbs 3:7-8


and I will give thee the treasures of darkness, 
and hidden riches of secret places, 
that thou mayest know that it is I, Jehovah, 
who call thee by thy name, even the God of Israel.
Isaiah 45:3



Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—
pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. 
The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.
Luke 6:38



Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15

Then He said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest.”…
Matthew 9:37

"But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come."
Mark 4:29

Now while they were passing through the cities, they were delivering the decrees which had been decided upon by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem, for them to observe.  So the churches were being strengthened in the faith, and were increasing in number daily.
Acts 16:5



Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing 
one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness
 in your hearts to God.
Colossians 3:16

"This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.
Joshua 1:8



Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
James 4:7



Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.
Psalm 119:89

"For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
Matthew 5:18



Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you.
Matthew 28:19-20

Your Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ


The old hymn, Victory in Jesus, written by Eugene Monroe Bartlett Senior, shares the story of our Victory in Christ Jesus.  May we all share, without hesitation to a dying world, the victory that can be won in Christ Jesus...


Victory in Jesus

I heard an old, old story,
How a Savior came from glory,
How He gave His life on Calvary
To save a wretch like me;
I heard about His groaning,
Then I repented of my sins;
And won the victory.

Refrain:
O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him,
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood

I heard about His healing,
Of His cleansing power revealing.
How He made the lame to walk again
And caused the blind to see;
And then I cried, "Dear Jesus,
Come and heal my broken spirit,"
And somehow Jesus came and brought
To me the victory.

Refrain

I heard about a mansion
He has built for me in glory.
And I heard about the streets of gold
Beyond the crystal sea;
About the angels singing,
And the old redemption story,
And some sweet day I'll sing up there
The song of victory. 

Refrain

27 comments:

  1. Oh thank you for this great encouraging post! I love that old hymn, and together with the Scriptures, there is such inspiration to share the seeds of the Lord's victory with those around us! Blessings to you!

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    1. Bettie, You are very welcome!

      Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate it so much!

      Blessings,

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  2. Such a good thought-provoking post! What if we all followed the Scriptural commands of our General-in-Chief? What a difference we could make in the world! What if even just a few more of us followed His commands? Surely, even that difference could be felt and seen for eternity! Thank you for the challenge this morning.

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    1. Julie, Thank you for your kind comment.

      Indeed and Amen!

      You are very welcome!

      Blessings,

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  3. Such beautiful words! Thank you for sharing these words on encouragement. coming from BLessed but Stressed. #19

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    1. Amanda, Thank you.

      You are very welcome.

      I'm so glad you visited! :-)

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  4. Oh, that is such a beautiful old hymn! I love the thought expressed in this--one does wonder what the Lord would do if we as the people of God would return to Him with all of our hearts in confession and repentance and bring the Gospel to the lost . . . He is mighty and can do great things. I love you, dear Karen. Your writing brings me to the throne of grace and is such a blessing to me.

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    1. Hi Bekki!

      Indeed and Amen!

      Your words humble and bless me. All Glory to God.

      I miss you!

      Sending you much love,

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  5. Oh, what a wonderful thought! Planning and planting a victory garden! YES, dear friend, I truly agree with everything you said, and all of the wonderful Scriptures are just so encouraging. I often think how little one person can do to change the world, but then I remember how Paul said that some plant and some water and God gives the increase. If we are faithful to plant those seeds, He will take care of the rest and make them grow, and who knows what impact one life fully consecrated to God can produce. So thankful for you and the precious visits I enjoy here...every post is so edifying and encouraging to my soul. I love and appreciate you, sweet friend. God bless you and your family with a peaceful, blessed Christmas season!

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    1. Hi Cheryl, I always appreciate your insights. They add so much to the conversation. Your words bless me and my readers. <3

      Awe, thank you. I enjoy your visits here so much!

      All Glory to God. :-)

      Thank you dear friend. And may you and your family feel His presence in a profound way.

      Blessings to you!

      Sending you much love and gratitude.

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  6. Loved the hymn, Bible verses and pictures. I had not heard of the victory gardens so this was such interesting history.

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    1. Leslie, Praising God you enjoyed your visit here. I hadn't either until I visited that same museum a few years ago.

      Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  7. A victory garden of souls - what a great thought. Oh for the strength to persevere!

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    1. Hi Carol, Indeed and Amen!

      Thanks for stopping by. :-)

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  8. You're so right. What might happen if we lived our faith more fully and shared the gospel everywhere we went? Especially since it's God who brings in the harvest. All we need to do is be faithful!

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    1. HI Donna, Thank you so much for adding your thoughts here. I appreciate them so much!

      Blessings,

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  9. Hey Karen,
    What an interesting museum. My husband and son would love this place!
    I'm linking today for Sue Donaldson at welcomeheart.com.
    I came over on Grit and Grace.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    Blessings,
    Melanie

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    1. Hi Melanie,

      I'm so glad you came by for a visit!

      And I've been enjoying your instagram posts! They are so encouraging and edifying!

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  10. His Word is settled forever, wonderful.

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    1. HI Rebecca, Amen!!

      Thanks for stopping by. :-)

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  11. Love the connection that you make with the victory gardens--and the hope that as Christians we can be like seeds. Great encouragement!

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    1. Hi Carol, Thank you for your kind words.

      You have encouraged me! :-)

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  12. If we are even in that area we will be sure and visit the museum. Love the pictures..

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    1. Betty, You will enjoy it! I think they open in the spring again.

      Have a great weekend!

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  13. Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!
    Tina

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