I invite you to read Andrea’s post to encourage you.
Lately, I’ve been building new gardens, restoring and refreshing existing gardens, and learning much about myself in the process. Jesus not only met me in the garden, but He did a little weeding while he was there. Actually a lot of weeding!
“A farmer planted seed. As he scattered the seed, some of it fell on the road, and birds ate it. Some fell in the gravel; it sprouted quickly but didn’t put down roots, so when the sun came up it withered just as quickly. Some fell in the weeds; as it came up, it was strangled by the weeds. Some fell on good earth, and produced a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.” Matthew 13:8 The Message
Lessons I learned while in the garden:
1) I can’t just pull the part of the weed I see. I must dig deep and get “all” the roots. The same goes for the garden of my heart. I must repent and allow Jesus to fully eradicate the weeds/sin in my heart and life. If not, they will quickly take over. When fertilized and weeded my garden will flourish and grow. My heart needs to be fully saturated in God’s word in order to flourish and grow. It’s a continual process, not just a onetime read.
2) Some gardens and plants need extra protection from predators. God created the marigold as a natural shield against many predators. Likewise, God gave me the weapons I need to stand against any enemy. I must put on the full armor of God continually to stand against any enemy. “Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.” Ephesians 6:13-18 The Message.
3) My garden, as well as yours needs much attention. If neglected, they quickly become a messy jungle of weeds and tangled vines. However, with regular daily attention they are gorgeous. In fact, the beauty of the Creator, Himself is revealed gloriously and magnificently.
Our hearts and lives are a lush garden when we fully surrender control to Jesus, the Master Gardner. So, as you and I dig deep and pull weeds while keeping our focus on Jesus remember, “we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” Romans 8:28 The Message.
If the garden of your heart gets as messy as mine, I pray the lessons God spoke to me will help you allow Jesus to fully restore your garden to the lush, beautiful portrait He created.
Andrea Perdue. I’m a wife, mom to a blended family, nana, and friend who embraces life seeking to become the person God created me to be. My days are full, but there is always time for writing, reading, and sharing Jesus grace and love with others. It’s my prayer God will use me in the craziness of each day. Please connect with Andre at Arise2Write or on faceook.com./andrea.perdue