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Radical Trust: Guest Post by Missy Watts

GUEST POST from Missy Watts

Our Vacation Bible School has been studying the life of Joseph. This story is taking hold of me. Joseph’s life is all about radical trust (and brokeness). Often, I think we hope that radical trust means that once we are “all in” we will have a smooth path towards our goal and life plan. We think if we just caught the vision we could withstand anything. Well, let’s review Joseph’s life.

He receives 2 dreams from God and excitedly shares with his family. They reject him. Let’s be honest, his 10 brothers get mad, stage his death and sell him into slavery. What kind of plan is this? Then, as a slave, he earns respect and has a pretty cushy job being the right hand man of a powerful individual. In the midst of that, he is falsely accused and ends up in jail. How is this all working together for good? Seriously, I probably would have given up. Those visions were over 10 years ago. Was I wrong? Was that a joke?

Despite the external circumstances, God is with him. Joseph ends up running the jail. Everyone around him realizes that God is with him – even if he hasn’t chosen his place to minister. In jail, he meets some servants of the Pharaoh and correctly interprets their dreams Maybe Joseph’s time has come!!! Nope. Joseph is stuck in jail for another 2 years. It’s only when Pharaoh’s dreams remind the cupbearer that there was this guy . . . in jail.

This does not sound like going from glory to glory. It does not sound like the path any of us would choose. It does sound like radical trust though. It looks like holding on to a promise and trusting in a big God – regardless of your physical circumstances. It looks like people being blessed even in the midst of hard situations – because Joseph was there and knew God. It looks like humbling and growth. It looks like leaning into God – no matter where you are. It looks like amazing gratitude when the story comes full circle. It looks like forgiveness and reconciliation in the end – where before there was division and discord. It looks like God’s good plan prevails and a whole region and family are saved.

Remember you are in the middle of your story. Maybe you had a vision, a hope, a dream. Has it been lost in the midst of difficult circumstances? Do you wonder if God sees and remembers you – at all? Are you running to God as your refuge or have you given up on him? Has it been too long? Have your circumstances been too tough?

God can’t be faithless and he can’t lie. The method, the circumstances and the path may not always be what we expected or hoped would happen. Radical trust may put us in crazy situations where our only hope is . . . BUT GOD. I am praying that you don’t end up in a well, slavery and a jail. If you do though – can you lean into God, allow him to shape and use you in the midst of those places and let him fulfill the dream and vision in His time and way?

Radical trust chooses to trust the character and promise of God, more than our circumstances.May you allow your circumstances draw you into closer relationship with him, trusting that he is able to redeem every situation. May you hold onto his comfort and care in the midst of the hardship. May his Spirit speak life and truth to your heart. Your story isn’t finished.

Missy Watts is a wife and mother of 4 in San Antonio, TX. Her family keeps her busy, but she is always ready to grab coffee with a friend, dive into a good book or start a new crazy idea. Education has been her passion but it is changing as her 3 older kids start school in the fall after homeschooling for the past 6+ years. She is excited to see how God will show up in this step of faith and is amazed at his just right timing and provision so far.

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Radical Trust: Lila’s Testimony

Lila’s testimony of stepping out and trusting God hits close to home as a fellow writer, but I know that anyone who has been wondering if God has really called them to what they would like to do can identify with this.

Check out her testimony below:

I’ve always been a fearful, slow-moving, indecisive girl. I always doubt whether what I want to do is really what God wants me to do.

Though I’ve always been an avid reader, a book with me wherever I go, I have always doubted whether I was a good enough writer to publish my own book. It’s been one of my dreams, a pie-in-the-sky, sometime-maybe wish.

Over the years, I dabbled in writing, starting a chapter here, creating character sketches there. But I never finished anything. Nothing. Except for the few short stories I was required to finish for school, I never could finish any plot. I never had a clear idea of where the story was headed.

Then in Christian college, I used one of my English electives to take a Creative Writing course. When the teacher told me that my stories were too obvious, with too many morals explained, I felt like a failure.

I gave up writing for many years. I got married, began scrapbooking (enjoying the journaling), and then had kids. I began homeschooling.

Then it happened. Inspiration struck again.

I had a vivid dream, and I wrote it down the next morning. I kept returning to it, wondering how it would have ended if I hadn’t awakened then.

Then inspiration struck even further. I got an idea to use this dream as the kickoff for an entire romance series. I would base each book on one of the characteristics of agape love found in 1 Corinthians 13. I grabbed a pencil and enthusiastically wrote all this down before I forgot. I plotted out the major characters seasons of life and which one would fit best with each characteristic of love.

Then I started writing. I knew how I wanted this book to end, but I didn’t know how it would get there. I stalled again, just like every other story.

My friend and former college roommate mentioned that she was writing a book for NaNoWriMo. I had never heard of such a thing, so I asked and found that there is an entire month—every November—set aside for writers to just write. I signed up and began the first couple of days. But I still hadn’t outlined my plot.

Just as I hit writer’s block, I got a call that my sister had tried to commit suicide.

After I got over the shock and found out she would be okay, I sat back down to write and found that I couldn’t. My idea, my Christian Romance novel about a guy and a girl getting together, was silly. It didn’t matter a hill of beans in eternity. What good would my story do in matters of life and death? So I set it aside.

But God continued to speak to me. He continually reminded me of my desire to publish a novel. He brought several people and articles into my life to show me that I could still write. I could still write in the genre that not many people take seriously. But if I would be obedient to write what mattered to me and honest enough to share my soul, it could help others, too.

I felt compelled to write, and I had to include some of my sister’s story. I obeyed and began writing again at Camp NaNoWriMo the following April.

I wrote an entire novel in 30 days. This was what I needed: a deadline, accountability, and a daily word count to break a whole novel down into easier, bite-sized chunks to swallow. Instead of choking like I had with every story before, I persevered and accomplished my goal.

And I finished my first story ever. Love is Not Arrogant or Rude, the first in the “Love is…” series, was the first plot I ever completed.

Then came the publishing part. I won’t go into all the details here, but suffice it to say that I had to persevere through many trials. I had to figure everything out myself and do every task myself. I did all my own editing. (I had two beta readers who finally gave me some notes, but three other close friends and family members I asked to read it never did.) I did all my own formatting. Boy, was that a frustrating process! I designed my own covers. (That, too, was a long process before I finally got to something that looks like a romance, but I at least I enjoyed that process.) I set up all my own social media accounts, email provider, marketing campaigns, and website.

There were many times I was tempted to give up. It was too hard. No one was going to like my book. No one even knew my name, and the few who did didn’t seem to care about my work. But I kept feeling that God wanted me to continue down this path. It was scary. It was difficult. It was frustrating. It was time-consuming. But I did it. It wasn’t easy to obey, but I was compelled to. So I did.

Now, not only am I an author, but I have self-published all three of my novels. I just received a message from a fan (who I have never met, which is amazing, as I started out with just a handful of supportive friends and family):

Hey, just wanted to say that I just finished reading, Love is Not Arrogant or Rude. Wow! It was so good! It was so personal to me, I can’t wait to get the rest in the series, and read them….I wanted to mention that the incident with Amy Grace near the end of the book, hit close to home for me, so really spoke to me. I have a sister, who is in very similar circumstances as she was. And I am often worried that she would try to take her life. All I can really do is pray for her. Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the reading world. I loved it. God bless.” – Abigail, May 30, 2018.

Conclusions: It might not be the easiest path, but it’s always the best path to choose to obey. It may be scary and hard. It may cost you something; it almost always does. But what you gain is so worth it! And you always get closer to the Lord, which is the most precious reward. Don’t be afraid to take that step He’s nudging you to take. Obedience takes courage; courage doesn’t mean you’re not afraid, it just means you go ahead and take that step of faith, in spite of fear. Just do it. You won’t regret it.

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Lila is outnumbered by a houseful of males: a husband of 16 years, two energetic boys which she homeschools, and a hyper dog. She loves purple, sushi, dark chocolate, and reading. As the author of the “Love is” series and a blogger at Creating Romance, she loves to help readers create romance in their marriages and in their spiritual walks with Jesus. You can find her at liladiller.com.

Radical Trust: Fear of Failure

The fear of failure has never been an option for me. We were surrounded by strong people who did things despite the fear they felt, and we learned to emulate that attitude. There were things that I deliberately did to LAUGH in the face of fear–like go out of the country and go on a missions trip. I had a bull-in-China-cabinet attitude: charge forward no matter the cost, charge even harder if I felt fear. I rarely stopped to ask for direction from anyone, let alone God.

As I grew in my walk with the Lord, this attitude grew too. Not that it’s a bad attitude to have, but I would charge forward when God would ask me to surrender. He would give me a step to take, and I’d create the rest of the plan, charging forward because God was behind me.

I’d hit this wall, and I would fall, questioning why I hit it so hard–or even hit it at all. Father God would pick me up and dust me off and I would hear in my spirit: “I asked you to take this step and then surrender to Me for the next one. Had you done that, you’d have seen this coming.”

Or I would run in circles, asking God what the next step to take was, not listening to the first step that I needed to take. I was someone who appreciated the layout–show me where I’m going and how to get there all at once. I want the next step as you’re giving me the first step. I hated stalling.

I believe that God doesn’t give us the whole blueprint because He desires that we surrender and walk in obedience so that the ultimate glory is not in our ability, but in what God has done through us.

Martin Luther once said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

It’s a great quote, and when you put it into action it is a little daunting. I’m not trying to be a negative Nancy, but honest. When you can’t see the next step to take and you don’t even know if that next step is even there, that step can be taken with knocking knees and a racing heart.

I learned that the next step requires taking the first step and that this is where faith and trust come in…especially when the first step looks like one you’ve never taken before. It is laying yourself down and picking up the cross and saying “for You, oh Lord, not me.”

It is when we are self-focused that we

are worried about doing it wrong.

And I understand not wanting to do it wrong, I really do. It requires discernment too, but not allowing fear to stop you from taking that step.

Those walls I ran into? They left me bruised and battered and with it came the fear of failure. I questioned every step I took.

Am I doing this right? What if I mess up? How will I know where to go next?

I am in the midst of that battle right now. The Lord is asking me to step into a new playing field that I’ve not liked because it goes against a belief system I’ve held for a long time. But each step I take, I’m realizing that He’s asking me to step into it because He’s asking me to redefine it…with His help.

Fear can and will keep you bound for as long as you allow it. I am still taking the step of faith day by day toward what I’m confident I have been called by God to do. I have told my husband “sometimes I wonder if I am doing it correctly because this looks nothing like what I’ve done before.”

He looked at me with this fire and said “now is not the time to be afraid of failure.”

And I believe that is something the Lord is speaking over you today. Now is not the time to be afraid of failure. You might be standing at the brink of obedience, wanting to take that step, but afraid because it’s a risk. Or maybe you’re entering a new season of trusting God, and it looks nothing like what has gone on in the past.

Remember that the new wine can’t be shoved into an old wineskin. Ditch the old wineskin and step into the freedom of God creating a new wineskin. Isn’t this incredible? That means all of the old stuff you didn’t like in the last season doesn’t get to come with you to the new. You’re a new creation!!

I had a mentor tell me: push the door to see if it opens, if it doesn’t, you know that’s the wrong door. If it opens, continue to go through the open doors until you find one that is shut before you.

Is there a step that you need to take that you have been allowing fear to hold you captive with? Repent, ask The Lord for the courage and the help to take that step. Ask Him for confirmation of that step, and then take it without hesitation knowing that you have a Father watching you in adoration and walking with you.

Remember, Christians are called to redefine the world around us, and that sometimes looks like doing things that make our flesh cringe, our minds race with questions…but we have to set our feet into motion to bring glory to our Father. I want to affirm you as my husband did: now is not the time to be afraid of failure. Now is the time to take the step you’ve been needing to take.

Next week, I want to walk with you through an enduring and stout heart, so be sure to sign up for emails so that you don’t miss this next one.

Radical Trust: Crystal’s Testimony

I didn’t want to go through a series about trusting God with only my testimony. So I put out feelers to fellow Christians and asked them to share their testimony of a time they stepped out and trusted God.

Crystal’s story of trusting God is still being walked out, but it’s such an incredible story of faith, trust, and hope in God–who never fails us–despite what the situations around us are showing. Her heart is to walk with others through similar situations. Read her testimony below.

Stepping Out, following His lead: I’m learning to share my story.

“After a hard pregnancy at 9 weeks old my daughter was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. I took this very hard. It was something that shook my faith. I didn’t know anyone who had a special needs child, I felt alone. I didn’t know how to process this or that I should reach out for help. I hid in a lot of good places. Throughout this time I knew better than to let go of God but as I look back it is Him who didn’t let go of me.

God came after my heart and taught me a lot of things. Using the wise words, love, and hugs of godly women, I grew. I learned who God is as my Father, my comforter, and strength. A friend once looked at me, as tears were running down my face, and said: “God will use this…”. At that moment I thought she was crazy. I didn’t see any good in this and I didn’t see how it could be used for good. As I continued to grow and learn through this, this became my prayer “God use this…” I really didn’t know what that meant but I knew I wanted Him to use it.

As I began to learn to tell this story everything that took me so long to learn was put to the test.

In January my other 2 children were diagnosed with severe hearing loss and my son also has selective mutism (a high anxiety that the hearing loss has contributed to). All my children now have special needs of some kind.

For the first time, I’ve met a couple other other moms who have a child with special needs. Our connections as moms are strong but stronger is our connections as Christians, as sisters.

I began to see a need for a community and a voice here. A voice that says “you’re not alone in this and remind her of who our awesome God is in the hard days”.

This is something I’ve kinda fought God about. It isn’t a voice I would have chosen. It’s a hard one to have. It’s one I once begged Him not to have. But it’s one I have not just with one but now with all 3 of my Children. This is my life, my story, my voice.

My struggles have been with stepped up and sharing a part of my heart that is tender. Being willing to be transparent and vulnerable where I once hid. As I’m listening and praying I’m taking one step at a time. To many, they may look like little steps (and they probably are), but to me they seem big.

I’ve had my blog for about a year. I’ve recently made it a lot more personal. I’ve also created a Facebook page and a mom’s group where I hope special needs moms can found a community.

This was a step out of my comfort zone. Who am I to do this??? I don’t have answers, I still struggle and have questions of my own. I’ve recently got to chat with a mom through this and I’m glad that I did this.

I don’t know exactly what God has planned… but He leads and I follow.

Here I am Lord, send me -Isaiah 6:8″

Crystal, is a wife to husband Michael, mother to 3 growing kids- Anna, Grace & Jonathan.

You can visit her website here:

https://godsstoriesofgrace.wixsite.com/miracles

Radical Trust, Part One

“Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.” Psalm 27:14, AMPC

When we tell someone that we trust them, do we rest in trusting them to do what they said, or do we prepare for the backup plan “just in case?”

I’ve mentioned before that my flesh tendency is to operate in a Type-A personality. There were times that I would ask someone to complete something for me so that it looked like I was trusting others, but I would essentially prepare for their failure by having a backup plan. I disliked group projects in college because I never felt like anyone could do an adequate job, and I wasn’t about to let my grade drop because of a “slacker.”

Unfortunately, this carried over to my relationship with God. I would say that I trusted Him, but I created a backup plan just in case He forgot or was too busy that day. I had a relationship with Him in that I went to church, trusted Jesus as my Savior, wrote blog posts about bible verses and Christian things, and I’d tell others they needed to trust God. When it came to the more serious issues or decisions to make, I would make them with a dash of prayer, a cup of what I wanted to do, and a gallon of freaking out.

I honestly couldn’t tell you when it all turned around for me. I look at all that has happened over the last 8 years of my life and would be the first to tell you that it is incredible to see just how much I’ve grown over that period of time, and it’s even more incredible the faithfulness of God in those 8 years.

Trusting God looks a lot like placing a blindfold on and walking through “new” territory. However, as I look back, I see God’s faithfulness and love in taking me through territory that I was familiar with and giving me the opportunity to trust Him in those places so that I could trust Him in greater areas of my life.

But what does trusting God look like day to day, and how do I trust Him when I can’t see Him moving in a situation? What about my job? My family? I can trust Him for other people, but I can’t trust Him for me.

I found that it was easier to trust God for other people because I believed that they were way more worthy of His help than I was. I was afraid to trust Him concerning me because I didn’t want Him to think I was a hypocrite or a failure. I knew how I was, and I didn’t want Him to have to deal with me. I didn’t want to deal with disappointment.

Can I set you free? You matter to God just as much as the person standing next to you. He knows every ounce of your tendencies, your fears, your concerns and your worries, and He wants all of it.

Sometimes trusting God looks like standing in a pitch black dark room, and digging deep and grasping onto faith that you aren’t alone. It’s reaching out because you know that the Light of World will grab your hand and lead you forward. Sometimes it’s even laying on the floor crying, saying “God, I can’t see it. I can’t see it. But I trust You.”

Remember the question that I asked you at the beginning? Trust is removing the backup plan because God is Who He says He is, and He will do as He said He would do. It is having faith that He will not fail even an iota because He is the Creator of the world and He sustains everything with a command: Be.

Book Review: Holy Hustle, by Crystal Stine

“When we have confidence in the call God has placed on our lives, it changes not only the way we take up physical space, but how we claim space in other ways for God’s kingdom.” #HolyHustleBook by Crystal Stine

“Holy Hustle” has been an answer to a prayer that I didn’t even know I was praying. I recently entered into a new season of life where my “work,” doesn’t look like the world. When people ask “what do you do,” I stare blankly at them trying to come up with a description of something I do to make them think that I’m not staying at home being lazy. I underestimated my call to write what the Lord tells me to write and tried to conform to the standards of this world in looking like I have it all together.

Crystal’s message in this book is finding the balance between work and rest—a holy hustle. Working well and hard in what God has called you to, but resting in His goodness and His equipping you for the task. She tears down the status quo of what we’re “supposed” to do and replaces it with doing what God has called to do—and that every ounce of that work matters.

I love how she talks about outdoing one another in the area of honor. Instead of competing and striving to be the next best, we honor and cherish the people around us. We are people focused, not numbers focused. This doesn’t mean we work any less, or let them have our best ideas, but it means we cheer them on, bring them up and send them out.

I honestly struggled writing this review. Not because this book wasn’t good, but because it was GREAT. I so want to convey that this book is EVERYTHING you need to hear in whatever season you’re in. Whether you’re working and you wonder if your work matters, or you’re striving and you’re exhausted but don’t know what to do, or you just need good reading material. “Holy Hustle” has opened my eyes to things I’ve hidden in shame that I’ve honestly thought I dealt with. But it was so full of grace and mercy when it was brought to my attention, I realized that it’s not a point of shame, but redemption.

Crystal covers a variety of topics within hustling, including competition. It’s a refreshing breath of air to finally feel like I don’t have to compete for my spot in the Kingdom, but encourage others with me toward the same goal of advancing the gospel.

I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend this book. I even read some to my husband and he enjoyed it and was challenged to make a change. It released me to do the work I was called to do.

Maybe you’re a mom boss, or a boss babe, or a CEO, or something that would be considered in between. I encourage anyone who WORKS in any way shape or form to read this book.

If you would like to order the book, you can do so here:

Amazon:

Holy Hustle: Embracing a Work-Hard, Rest-Well Life https://www.amazon.com/dp/073697296X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_VVGdBbDXEJQZB

Barnes and Noble:

https://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/holy-hustle-crystal-stine/1127704642?ean=9780736972963&st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_New+Core+Shopping+Top+Margin+EANs_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP210220&gclid=Cj0KCQjw9LPYBRDSARIsAHL7J5mMYwvw2Or6KyHRF0TXzBgvRcwhNBRkrOHh4uqD_wJjBSloaveEi4QaAtRkEALw_wcB

You can also purchase from LifeWay Christian Bookstores, Books-A-Million and Christian Books dot com.

The Importance of Weed Control

Weeds are the pits. It doesn’t seem to matter what type of soil they’re in, it’s like they thrive in any condition.

We have trees that shade our yard. They serve a great purpose when the summer days are hot, creating a cool canopy of shade. In the springtime, however, their purpose is more of a nuisance. They release seeds that fall into our yard, and overnight little trees sprout all over the place. If they are not caught and pulled up within the first few days of growth, they will begin to develop a harder base and they are further rooted in the ground. There have been moments where we have been too busy to pull them up once we notice them and they have literally overtaken our yard.

In Mark 4, we read about the different types of soils that seeds are sown upon: hard, rocky, thorny, and fruitful. Just a few verses later, we see that Jesus tells his disciples that the seed that is sown is the word of God.

“Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yeilding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (Mark 4:3-9, ESV)

Just like my yard, there is the opportunity for weeds to sprout up and overtake the soil of my heart and the fruit it is producing. It’s the same with you.

I want to give you three practical steps that you can take to begin weed control, no matter where you’re at: whether you’re overgrown, or there are only a few pesky weeds.

1.) Pay attention to the seeds that are sown.

There are seeds all around us. The books we read, the songs we listen to, the words we speak, the shows we watch, the people we hang around, the activities we participate in; they are all seeds that are sown into our lives as we give them attention. It is important that we pay attention to what seeds we are allowing to be sown on the soil of our hearts. It may seem like they are harmless seeds, or that it is silly to consider those things “seeds.” However, if you think about the way you change when you participate in different activities, you can see just how they affect you.

For example, if you spend time around people who are negative and have a negative output on life, you will most likely become negative yourself.

As we grow in our walk as Christians, it is important that our walk matches our talk. We can say that we love the Lord all we want, but if we don’t remove the toxicity of the weeds, it won’t matter to those we come in contact with. There will be a skewed view of how Christians are to conduct themselves.

Put yourself in the shoes of those around you, or maybe a party of people that you’ve never been involved in. You begin spending time with them and participate in all that they do. They know that you are a Christian, but your actions say otherwise. What does this say to them? That being a Christian doesn’t mean anything. You just say something different, but you can continue to act the same.

We are told in 1 Peter 1:16 to be holy, just as the Lord is holy. God doesn’t go around galavanting in things that gratify the sinful nature, and we are not to do that as well. We will reap the harvest of where we sow:

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c]you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.(Galatians 5:16-26)

In the passage above, we see what is flesh nature and what is the nature of God. You can also find other flesh tendencies in Colossians 3.

2.) Remove the weeds as soon as you see them.

Each seed opportunity creates an image in our minds. From that image, we speak and therefore act. It becomes a lifestyle, and before we know it, there is weed overgrowth in the garden of our hearts. If we are not purposeful to remove the weeds, they overtake us, and regardless of whether or not we read our bible or go to church, the fruit that was once being produced will be choked out.

There have been days where I look out at my yard and say “I’ll save it for tomorrow.” Ultimately, I wait too long and I have a harder task on my hands than I cared to have. Had I taken care of it when I saw them, it would have been less work, and I would have been less discouraged by my productivity in their removal.

There are days where you will want to say “I will deal with that later.” But if they are not dealt with immediately, it will continue to grow over the fruit of your soil and choke it out.

The “do’s and don’t’s” of God’s Word aren’t there because He doesn’t want us to have fun. They are there, because He knows that when we do as He says, or don’t do as He says, we will reap the blessings or the consequences.

3.) Cultivate the soil of your heart. 

As you continue to remove the weeds the Lord brings to your mind, it is important that you cultivate the soil of your heart by staying in the Word of God.

There might be some weeds that are harder to pull up and will take a specific tool to do so. When you stay prayerful before the Lord, He can give you the tools and the strategy to tear up what does not need to be there.

It is vital that you fill yourself with God’s Word, get plugged into a good church and a good bible study. If you just pull up weeds, but don’t fill yourself with the nutrients of God’s Word, those weeds will continue to overtake you. God’s Word is like round-up weed killer.

What are some weeds that are growing in your yard? Has God pointed out an area that you need to work on weed removal? What is the step He’s asking you to take?