Pulling the Weeds Out of Your Life

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This past spring was the first spring in our farm-house, and I wanted to share some beautiful finds in the yard we stumbled upon. I am always amazed how God works through nature to show us his love, grace and mercy. Looking back at these spring photos compared to my yard now in September really shocks me. I am amazed at how overgrown and full of weeds my yard is now. There are not major overgrown areas, we cut the grass every week and maintain our trees; but the smaller areas like the landscaping is very overgrown and choked out with weeds. I really wanted to share with you guys how God spoke to me about all the weeds in our life.

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In the spring when the weeds started to grow, I started off relentless about how I would pull them all and would do so all year and we would have beautiful landscaping. I kept up for a little while, but I soon realized if I really wanted nice landscaping, I would have to pull weeds a little bit just about every single day {we have a large yard with multiple areas of landscaping and wild fields around us that desperately are trying to invade}. Slowly I got less disciplined and had other things to do and didn’t make the time to weed every day. I would try to catch up on the weekend, but by then there were so many weeds, any effort I made seemed so small and lost, you couldn’t even tell I had spent an hour weeding. Eventually I all together gave up trying to fight the weeds and let them take over all of the landscaping. Now at the end of September I can tell you the weeds are about as tall as me, and have completely over grown the beautiful herbs that we planted. Every day between now and then, I would pass by the weeds so irritated, but no time or energy to tackle them all. The past week I have pulled them a few times, but I still look at them with exhaustion. What does this weed story have anything to do with you ask?

 “Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seed. As he scattered it across his field, some of the seed fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate it. Other seed fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seed sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plant soon wilted under the hot sun, and since it didn’t have deep roots, it died.Other seed fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants so they produced no grain. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they sprouted, grew, and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” Then he said,“Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” Mark 4:3-9

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Being undisciplined in my choices and time, choosing to do what I wanted, when I wanted;  by not pulling the weeds everyday like I knew I should, led to a situation later on down the road that I didn’t want, a yard full of weeds. Weeds can be a symbol for anything in our life that we know God is telling us we should to, but we choose our will over his and do not do what we should. Maybe you should be spending more time with your kids but you choose to watch T.V instead, or you need to exercise and lose weight to have energy to keep up with your spouse but you choose to take a nap instead. Maybe God is telling you to leave your job, but you stay for the pay. Maybe you know you should pay off your mountain of debt, but you choose to buy on credit that one thing that you must have right now. Maybe you need to change your eating habits to avoid health issues and physical pain. Whatever it is, it has been following us for years because we haven’t made the commitment to change. Whether its excess weight, debt, unforgiveness or bitterness, choosing not to work on it everyday and do something else has stalled our progress and maybe some of us have even given up and let the weeds take over.

God wants the best for us and to use our free will to choose his will. This means every single day when faced with decisions in our life, we consult God and when he tells us which decision to make, we do it right away. You decide to not watch the Rachel Ray Show but to go out for 45 minutes and pull weeds even though you don’t want to. You get up and exercise every single day, even though you would rather stay sleeping. You go out to eat and have the salad rather than the sandwich. You eliminate bad foods out of your diet because they harm you, even though you would like to eat a sweet treat. Every-single day, choose the harder route, the route that God wills for you; he will reward you if you will do what is right.

I’m not here to tell you that I always make the right choice and know exactly how you should do it. We are all human and are going to make mistakes and have weaknesses, but that doesn’t mean that when we fail we give up and let the weeds take over just because we missed a few. We ask for forgiveness, repent and keep going, learning from our past mistakes. We aren’t perfect but we can have a relationship with the one who is perfect and clears our sin, so we don’t have to walk around feeling guilty about the mistakes we made. Jesus paid the penalty of our sin and guilt so that we can leave in peace, holiness and righteousness with him. If we will choose him every-single day in all of our choices, he will reward us, but in order to do so, we have to listen to him and not our feelings. Don’t let your emotions or how you feel run your life. Even though you FEEL guilty, it’s not the truth. Even though you FEEL tired, God will give you the energy to do what you need to do. Even though you feel angry at your spouse or kids, you can forgive them as Jesus has forgiven you. The devil will try to ruin you with your emotions because he hopes that by letting in a few weeds, you will become overwhelmed and give up, letting the weeds wreak havoc in your garden. God gave us emotions in order to express love to him. Without emotions we cannot freely make the choice to love him back, or feel happiness, joy, excitement or contentment. Don’t let worry, fear, anxiety, guilt, bitterness, resentment or strife waste your time, these emotions do nothing to benefit you. Use your time and will wisely to choose Gods will for your life and do what you need to do. Work at keeping the weeds out of your life every single day. Stay on guard, the devil is always trying to get in.

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

Be discipline in your decisions and rise above your emotions and choose Gods will, he WILL reward you. Choosing what you feel like doing, is exactly what the devil wants you to do because he knows it will accomplish nothing, and that is what he wants you to do and be, NOTHING. The devil wants to choke you out so that you produce no crops. Jesus came so that you could be planted in fertile soil and produce the best harvest.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10

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Lilac bush

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We planted some mint by the coop

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The vineyard in the early spring before the vines started growing

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Our peach tree

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Wonderful lavender

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