Saturday, April 2, 2011

Our Heart is a Garden

This month's theme for the National Blog Posting site is "SPROUT" so I thought I'd post a heads up that many of my devotional writings just might be along the lines of gardens, growth, plants etc. during the month of April :)  

"I have planted Peace in the garden of your heart, where I live; but there are weeds growing there too: pride, worry, selfishness, unbelief. I am the Gardener, and I am working to rid your heart of those weeds." (Jesus Calling p. 97). 

Everything that we do, think, or say starts not in our minds or our brains, but within our heart. God doesn't send us an e-mail that says "today I want you to talk to your neighbor about me." OK, so He might send a reminder that way, but more often than not the little small voice and that inkling of a feeling that we should speak to our neighbor starts with a feeling in our heart. You know the feeling....tightening of the chest, pounding heartbeat, a sense of urgency like we need to move forward in some way; an anxiousness that cannot be calmed until action is taken. It's that overwhelming connection we suddenly have that causes a lump in our throat and a pain in our chest and it doesn't stop until we ask of God what He would have us do.

We may not always recognize this prodding within our heart. Like the passage quoted above says, our heart is filled with peace and love from God, but it's also filled with weeds of pride and selfishness. Weeds grow pretty fast and when not taken care of, they overcome and choke the life out of the rest of the plants in the garden. They fill our heart to the point that there is no room for the nourishing gifts from God. It's important that we learn to take time each day to examine our hearts and ask God to reveal what's growing there. We need to be on guard and cautious of what we're bringing into our hearts on a daily basis. What are we feeding our heart? Are we watering with God's Word or the voice of the world? What does the Gardener see when He takes a survey of our heart each morning and evening? What's growing in our heart?

Starting tomorrow I will be taking part in a church wide 21 day fast and I'm making it a goal of mine to take time each day to examine my heart and find what is really growing there. I don't have a green thumb and I definitely need some guidance so I'm asking God to reveal the areas that are in need of weeding and to pour His "miracle" grow on areas in need of growth. I look forward to sharing more on our heart as a garden in the days to come. Until then, here's a thought to ponder. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7). What's growing in your heart?

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