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Getting the Weeds Out
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Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.  
Psalms 139:23, 24

Spring is in the air. It’s that time of year that you can have the windows open and let the nice breeze in. You can hear the birds singing morning and evening. We have mourning doves that come each year and make a nest on the front porch; it is so much fun to watch them build their nest, lay their eggs and hatch their young. The whole process is amazing.

Of course along with spring comes yard work. The grass begins to grow and it needs mowing. The flower beds are in great need of weeding and plants need to be pruned and cut back. It is quite the process. Dad and I worked this past Sunday for 7 hours in the yard. We weeded, trimmed, edged, mulched, planted and did some more. We got 5 flower beds done and they look so wonderful. It was quite satisfying to stand back and see our handy work.

What I love about getting the mulch down is how much easier it is to see the weeds once they start to come up. When the beds are all clean and nice looking the moment a weed shows up it is obvious; it can’t hide. I was thinking it is the same way when we have Jesus in our lives. When we accept Him as our Savior and allow Him to be King of our lives it is so much easier to recognize when something pops up in our lives that doesn’t belong there.  Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to help clean it all out. He will search our lives for us, to see what is in our hearts that doesn’t belong and He will lead us in the way that is everlasting.

Do you trust God to be your Gardner? He desires to create in each of us a clean heart that will reflect His love. The fruit He will produce in us, if we allow Him to, is “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22, 23) 

What a garden that would be.

Blessings and Happy Sabbath,
Pastor Lori