The garden of my heart

I invite you to read Andrea’s post to encourage you.

Woman walking cross country and trail in autumn forestBy Andrea Perdue

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.

phone pics 121Andrea 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

19 Responses to The garden of my heart

  1. What a timely post this is to me, dear Andrea. I am visiting my daughter in Manila, and our garden here is a big one. Everything you wrote here is true. A garden can grow wild very quickly – it does need daily attention. Yes, very much like our own hearts. What lovely words you have written here, friend!

  2. I loved this analogy Andrea! I too have taken up gardening. Those weeds can become very pesky so easily if not pulled up by the root. Such a lesson in our lives, isn’t it? And yet when taken care of properly, what a sight to enjoy. I love to sit in the garden and smell the blooming flowers and occasionally even see a hummingbird. May our lives reflect the love and care of our Gardener!

  3. I can just picture you in your garden, Andrea, working hard and hearing the Holy Spirit teach you these beautiful truths. Thank you for sharing them, especially #2. Oh, that armor is vital to put on every day! We are not meant to go into the battle of another day alone without His provision.

  4. What true and ”seasonal” thoughts you expressed in your post today Andrea! I know that I sure have to do a lot of weeding in the garden of my heart from time to time. There are times that I let it go too long and it’s a mess trying to get it cleaned out!! That’s never good! Thanks for the encouragement!!

  5. Great lesson and examples Andrea! Fits with what I spoke about last week on my Whole Woman radio program concerning pruning in the natural and how it looks in our spiritual lives.

    I’m sure it will touch all who read! Blessings and hugs!

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