My Secret Garden

Happy Tuesday!

Besides leading people to Christ, there is nothing in all the earth comparable to being all alone in the early morning hours, in a secret garden with God and angels… when an earthling worships God with all his heart… and suddenly, a reality of the nearness and realness of Father God overtakes such a person… and in these moments one catches a very small glimpse of what life shall be like after he has passed over into eternity…

For almost 18 years, this has been my DAILY routine… to rise EARLY while almost everyone in my time zone is still sleeping… and go face to face with the lover of my soul.

Many people are very good at many things… I am very good at PRAYING and WORSHIPING God. In fact, I am much better at this than I am at anything else in life… I would like to think I pray FAR BETTER than I preach. I want my whole life to be a prayer driven life.

Call me crazy, but I believe God considers me one of his VERY CLOSE FRIENDS. I’m not a perfect Christian… I make so many mistakes just like every other person… but I’m always shutting down the noisiness of my very busy life to have quality moments with my amazing Father… obsessively sitting and chatting with him many times each day.

This lively routine has kept me FRESH and YOUNG and STRONG… like the MIGHTY EAGLES! Even though I have been hunted more than almost anyone I know, I remain YOUNG and POWERFUL to this day. Nothing has been able to successfully bring me down. Every time my enemy rushes at me like a never ending sea of waves… my VERY CLOSE FRIEND surrounds me like an impenetrable iron wall! And I am SAFE!

Please don’t see me as perfect in this ritual. Just like anyone else, I too become distracted at times… and when this happens, I HUNGER and THIRST until I will do almost ANYTHING to be with Him! I never want to drift very far from my God… I have no desire of being my OWN MAN… I’m DEPENDENT on my Father for everything. I want to desire what my Father desires! When my Father cries, I want to know why? When he laughs, I want to FEEL his JOY in my own heart!

Sadly, few humans ever know this kind of experience. Society teaches us to avoid such spiritual obsessions. Yet, we are encouraged to obsess over earthly things… even considered bizarre if we do not LOVE this world like EVERYONE else.

1 John 2:15-16 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

Psalm 27:4-6
4 The one thing I ask of the Lord-
the thing I seek most-
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord’s perfections
and meditating in his Temple.
5 For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
he will hide me in his sanctuary.
He will place me out of reach on a high rock.
6 Then I will hold my head high
above my enemies who surround me.
At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,
singing and praising the Lord with music.

Psalm 84:1-4
1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
2 I long, yes, I faint with longing
to enter the courts of the Lord.
With my whole being, body and soul,
I will shout joyfully to the living God.
3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young
at a place near your altar,
O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God!
4 What joy for those who can live in your house,
always singing your praises

In the 1990’s, we were taught to beware… of being too HEAVENLY MINDED that we are no longer any EARTHLY GOOD. Today, we have gone to the other extreme: we have become too EARTHLY minded that we are no longer any HEAVENLY good.

Let us rediscover that wonder of loving God most extravagantly! Here’s a video to kick it off for you today!


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6 thoughts on “My Secret Garden

  1. That is good. It makes me think of the SOS 4:12-16 and 5:1. I am a garden enclosed , a spring sealed… only for the Lord, not other “lovers”. I love it! Thanks…..

  2. I love worship more than anything else. Infact, I would trade everything to be in the “secret place” but nothing can trade our secret garden, not even our ministry.

    I remembered the day when I was found by God and ever since, everytime I get alone with God; it always ended with a tears. I guess its a tears of AWE, how God brought me to this level of my life.

    Was born as a broken home child with a drugaddict and alcoholic dad brought me to become a drugaddict young girl at school who has no friend.

    Since I got saved on 1997, I remembered loving this “worship time” which always became “my lifechange experience” ..

    In the secret garden, there’s an SPIRITUAL EXCHANGE; my fear was changed into faith, my failure was changed into blessing, my weakness was changed into boldness and strength, etc.

    I didn’t do singing, but I ended up as a worship leader, then having an album, then down the stage, I have this 14 special n amazing spiritual child who success in their study and also a great minister and suddenly I’m sitting at the front row with the label “youth pastor” which I never wanted to be, and I never thought I would be (nobody thought I would be I guess) .. And I’m still pressing on what God can do in my life and through my life in 2 years, 5 years, 20 years, and even 50 years ahead. I’m curious and I’m excited!!

    I don’t mean to brag about myself, but worship has been my passion, in fact GOD himself has been my passion .. That’s why I said “I would trade everything to be alone with God” to be in “the secret place” or in ps chuck’s “secret garden” *smile* or whatever its name. And I’m like almost “crying” now because of that AWE has called me to worship.

    I hope this testimony will encourage people more to love God, to worship God.Thank you Ps Chuck, you are such an amazing person, a MASTERPIECE designed by God and I’m glad I found your blog, I really am.


    • Ok Esslythe, I want to hear some of your worship! Please post something on youtube when you get a chance! Beautiful story… very inspiring… your love for God is highly contagious! You’re a great writer also… I’m moved every time I read something you’ve written! Thanks for appreciating our work and ENCOURAGING us as you have! I’m looking forward to working very closely with you guys in the future! Keep that fire burning always!!

  3. Hello again Ps Chuck …
    you can check on the youtube, the video actually is somewhere in my facebook page i couldnt find .. but here’s a little bit of my worship in the album “OUTLOUD” , the band name is “THE TRIBES” .. it actually my church band; we’ve just releasing first albuma and first concert and next october will be having our second concert with also some of our new song for the next album. well, im not the only singer … there are lots of people contributed their passion as their sing the song.

    Or you can download our song:

    all of’em are the LOUD song which very FIT with the youth .. kinda different and AUTHENTIC (okay im advertising the band actually) .. but to GOD be the glory.

    in that album, i sang 3 song: Bukan Karena Kuat (Not by my strength in english), My Wonderful (definetely my favorite), and I love You Lord.

    Enjoy 🙂

    • I love your worship team esslythe! Very nice… you guys are doing a great service to God and to your country! Keep up the amazing work there… the best is still to come!!! 🙂