If you’re a gardener, you know that weeds come up faster than we can pull them up, choking out the good plants….just as “weeds” in our spiritual lives, such as our worries, struggles, etc. keep coming back, threatening to choke out the good work that God has started in our lives. Judy Peterson says: “Weeding…get used to it. It’s never going to be a project you finish. It’s just something you’re going to keep ahead. Because new “weeds” keep popping up in place of the ones you just pulled….when I focus on one bad habit, then I notice another one has grown to 6 feet tall.”
She advises to ask the Holy Spirit to let you know when He sees a weed and for you to pull it up immediately. You may think you have time before the “good stuff” gets choked out but remember WEEDS GROW FAST. Also to ask the Spirit to point out the “sneaky” weeds that mimic the good plants. For example she says, “Bitterness grows in the same part of my garden as righteous anger, and I can’t always tell the subtle difference. But the Holy Spirit can.”
“The only thing that stands between you and producing 30, 60, 100 fold is how you deal with your dirt.”
And the good news is WE don’t have to produce the fruit….we just deal with our dirt and let the expert Gardener take care of the rest.
As I recommended in my earlier posts: This is just a little teaser about a really great message. If you want to hear it in its entirety, go to this site and listen to Judy Peterson’s talk. It’s a little long BUT SO WELL WORTH IT! Not only does she speak truth, she’s funny. YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY YOU LISTENED TO THE WHOLE THING.
- Part 1: My Soil Is Being Disturbed (learningtobeblog.wordpress.com)
- Part 2: Rolling Away The Stones (learningtobeblog.wordpress.com)
- Work the Soil! (artistdayapart.com)