Hi Everyone…..it’s been a crazy week. I haven’t posted anything for a week. I’ve got the day off. I am sitting out back drinking my coffee, reading my devotional and listening to the birds. I enjoy working in the garden. Plenty of cucumbers and tomatoes on the way….hard to have patience!
I’ve learned over the years that the key to a weed free lawn isn’t to focus on eliminating the weeds, but to focus on keeping the grass lush and thick. Strong grass chokes out the weeds and prevents them from growing.
I read this verse this morning: “Other seeds fell on fertile soil, and the produced a crop that was thirty, sixty and even a hundred times as much as had been planted” – Matthew 13:8
It talks about the parable of the farmer that scattered seeds over several places. Some fell on the path and were eaten by the birds. Some fell in shallow rocky soil producing shoots but shallow roots caused them to wither and die in the hot sun. Others were choked out by nasty weeds. And thankfully…some seeds landed in fertile soils and produced an abundant crop.
We have seeds that we plant in our lives everyday….the thoughts we have, the people we associate with or the things that we allow to influence our lives. All can either strengthen us or weaken us.
The more good thoughts, people and influences that we have in our life the more likely we can choke out the bad things that are trying to harm us. We need to focus on the good and the pure. Paul suggests in Philippians 4:8…the better chance the weeds of temptation and evil will not gain a foothold in our thoughts and lives.
It only takes a single weed….one weak spot….leading to an uncontrollable amount of weeds. It doesn’t happen over night. It is preventable and can be cured. Make sure that you aren’t encouraging weeds to crop up in your mind, your attitude and the things you do. Protect you marriage and your family. Surround yourself with positive influences and be a positive influence for those around you.