Tending the Garden

I spent several hours today tending my flower gardens.  I have to admit that I have neglected them for several days weeks which caused me to spend so much more time today……

weeding…..

“deadheading” and pruning…..

fertilizing……

and spraying for insects.

Just last month the flowers were beautiful and producing gorgeous blooms.  One month later, however, they were looking like they needed attention!  I marveled at how quickly pests moved in to feast on the beautiful flowers.  Due to several weeks of hot temperatures, weeds had sprung up like crazy.  And, because I had neglected to fertilize for several weeks, I wasn’t getting the explosive bounty I had earlier this season.  As I worked this morning, I realized that my spiritual garden needed some tending as well.

I had been neglecting quiet time with my amazing God lately.

And….pests and weeds had crept in…..

negativity……

a spirit of complaining…..

an easily offended heart…..

a grumpy attitude.

I had allowed busyness and activity distract me from what was important.

I had not fertilized my heart in the Word.  I have not seen the bountiful fruit that comes from a well-fed heart.

I had not spent time in His presence, asking Him to prune away the dead parts of my life.

This morning as I worked in my garden, I realized that my “spiritual garden”, the garden of my heart, also needs constant tending.  I need to spend time alone with God, pushing away all of the activity and distractions.  I need to water it with the Living Water.  I must feed it with the Word.  Then, my spiritual life WILL produce a beautiful, abundant bounty of fruit.

“I am the Vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit.  Apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Father God, thank You that You are a patient, gracious Gardener.  You long for us to come to You to be watered and fed.  You want to remove the weeds and pests from our hearts.  Lord, thank You that You give us so many reminders of these Truths.  Lord, do what You need to do in my heart so that it produces a beautiful harvest.  In Jesus’ Name we pray.  Amen.

Thirsty for Him,

Tracy

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10 thoughts on “Tending the Garden

  1. Iris

    Amen to that Tracy. It is true that if I neglect time with Him, my attitude changes. Thank you for the reminder that our spiritual garden needs regular tending to.

  2. Kela

    Amen Sister! I’ve learned that one word (Word) doesn’t last always; just as one meal doesn’t perpetually satisfy. Fresh renewal is required.

    I’m pruning out being easily offended (my perception is my reality, BUT is it truth?) and idleness.

  3. JoanJoan

    How true! Thanks for the wonderful reminder to spend time with Christ and welcome His pruning in our lives. He is the Master Gardener!

    Living for Him, Joan

  4. MicheleMichele

    Ouch! This hit home on both levels… my flowers outside need tender loving care… and I sometimes neglect my spiritual weeding as well… God bless you. Great post

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