Prepare the Soil

Read Luke 8:4-8.

The seed of God that is sown into the good soil is the only seed that bears fruit. What does the “good and honest” heart look like? What kind of hearer is this? This is the one that upon hearing the word of God takes it to heart, listens, repents, believes, and obeys. This is the heart in which the seed takes root, grows, and produces fruit that matures.

How do you receive God’s word?

Jesus tells us this parable to help us examine ourselves: Do I have ears to hear? Do I have a heart that is able to respond to the word of God in repentance, belief, and obedience?

As I look back on my life as a professing Christian, I realize that during the first ten years the weeds of the world choked out the word of God. I loved the things of the world. “Real life” was too important. God’s word had fallen onto the ground of my heart and began to grow, but the worries and concerns of this world far outweighed the importance of God and His kingdom. Thankfully God didn’t leave me there; He rescued me. It was as if He took a rototiller to my heart. But that wouldn’t have been enough. He completely replaced my heart with a new one. The seed He sowed into my new heart took root and grew. Since that day this new heart responds so differently to His word. It delights in the law of the Lord!

Read Psalm 1.

If your heart delights in God and His word, praise and thank Him! Thank Him for the great and immeasurable gift that He has given to you and nurture that gift! If your heart does not delight in the law of the Lord, do not despair, do not give up, and do not walk away. Confess it to the Lord. No one has the power to make the soil of their heart good. Ask God to forgive you and cleanse you of all unrighteousness. “Lord, let your living words penetrate our hearts and produce a full harvest of righteousness!”

Over the next several weeks, take God’s word to your heart and ask Him to help you receive it by faith and then bring it to life through obedience. Ask Him to help you bear a full harvest of righteousness.

My thoughts:

First, ask God to cleanse you, mind, body and spirit. Be prepared to become naked and vulnerable with him. He is preparing you for greatness. There are times when I feel like I am all by myself. I question my decision to live for Him and I am constantly reminded of His goodness and the blessings He has.given me, the numerous times He has literally saved my life. The doctors gave up on me, told my family to make arrangements. But God said He wasn’t through with me yet!!! How can I not serve a God like that?

I woke up this morning and I’m thankful! My faith level is on high right now. I am pregnant with expectations of greatness! There is a radical praise in my spirit that I will let loose today. All because I love God for who He is and not just the things He has done.

He is preparing me for a new chapter in my life book. I’m ready for it, and willing to see it through. I know it will be tough but I rather follow Jesus than follow the ways of the world. My soil is being worked on so my garden will produce great things. Are you ready to prepare your soil?

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INTRODUCTION: Planting Your Garden For a Fruitful Harvest

I love the You Version Bible app on my phone. I use it all the time. I read the devotionals and reading plans for inspiration, clarity and wisdom. I am starting a new reading plan called Seeds of Spring: A Woman’s 40-day Journey. During the next 40 days I will post the scripture context and my thoughts. This devotional uses the garden as a metaphor to growing in Christ. You can join me if you want and post your thoughts in the comment section.

 

The imperishable seed – the word of God! (1 Peter 1:23, Luke 8:11). Several years ago archaeologists found a wheat seed in a pyramid. The seed was thousands of years old dated to around 2500 BC. When planted in fertile soil, the 4500-year-old wheat seed sprouted and grew! “You have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding word of God. For, ‘All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord abides forever.’ And this is the word which was preached to you” (1 Peter 1:23-25).

In his letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul tries to help believers comprehend the incomprehensible inheritance they have been given when they were adopted into the family of God! We all have been given so much more than we know what to do with, and unfortunately much of what we have remains locked up in towering silos because we don’t understand what it means to be “in Him.” Until we access our abundant inheritance by faith, it will lie there dormant and asleep, producing no life and no fruit.

Let’s raid those silos, take those seeds, plant them in fertile soil and reap an extravagant eternal harvest! We must ask God to plant His word into our hearts, and then live it out by faith. The Bible declares that faith is a gift, obtained “through hearing and hearing through the word of God!” (Romans 10:17). We must put ourselves in the position to “hear” God’s word by spending time in God’s word, studying His word, and meditating on it. Upon hearing the word by the power of the Holy Spirit, we must apprehend that word by choosing to believe it and live according to it in the power of the Holy Spirit. When we do, we are planting seeds of righteousness in our hearts that will bring forth a harvest of righteousness.

My Thoughts:

Spending time reading the Word or even listening to it really helps me get through the day. Sometimes I can do it first thing in the morning and other times I have to wait until the evening or when I get 30 minutes to just sit still. But either way I find time to focus on Him. If I can find time to work on my business, cook, clean, help others then  can most certainly find time to spend with Jesus. He has been a blessing to my life. So much has happened over the last few months that I just don’t know where I would be without Him. He provides us with all of our needs and in return He just wants us to be faithful to Him. I am grateful for the blessings that he has bestowed upon me, thankful for the gifts he has given me. There are times when the gifts can be overwhelming, times when I question Him about what He wants me to do but I have to remember that my faith is in Him and He is guiding my path.

Each day is a new day to walk in my purpose, to tell someone else about His goodness. Have you told someone about Jesus today?

Keep Pushing

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I posted this earlier on my instagram account and figured I would elaborate just a little more here. Are you working towards your dreams and you know you can see the finished product but you are just not quite there yet? Don’t worry your time is coming. I can say that because that’s exactly where I am. I am so close to finishing this project that I can see the results clear as day. I’m excited but anxious because I’ve worked so hard on this project and a few others that I don’t want anything to hinder my progress. I’ve had a saying for over a year “My dreams will become my reality.” Well I realized that I had to change that to “My dreams ARE my reality.” I am living out my dreams already. My food blog Southern Roots Kitchen is doing well and I am so proud of all that I have accomplished so far. I still have a lot to do. Keep pushing, your dreams are within your reach. Keep working on them, make sure you touch some aspect of it everyday.