I've always been interested in taking care of my garden. In fact I once said that I hoped there'd be at least some weeds in heaven because I enjoy gardening that much! If you drove down my street, there'd be no mistaking my house--I'm the one with the flower garden in the front yard. Make that plural.
I'm also the one with the cute little patio beside the front door. Up until about two years ago I spent most of my free time outside. There was no place I felt closer to God than down on my knees in the dirt. I don't wear gloves unless I'm working with prickly weeds because I absolutely love the feel of the soil--earthworms and all.
So what happened two years ago? Well... let's just say that three years ago I put a stone patio in. Who knew that laying the bricks would be so tricky? There's a certain pattern that they have to be placed in if you want them to fit, and since I threw the little diagram away it was trial and error--actually more error than anything else.
After about four attempts at laying the stones I got them to work, and finished my patio up. It was beautiful, but there was one little problem: I didn't bend at the knees like I should have, and my back was feeling the pain.
Ever since then I've kind of lost my zeal when it comes to the garden. I don't feel like I'm 13 anymore when I'm playing in the mud. I feel more like I'm 85, and if I get down there I'm not sure that I'll be getting back up.
Last year was the worst year for my garden by far. I ignored it as much as I could and the back yard was nothing less than a mess. The weeds got so out of control that it took man muscle to pull them out.
What does any of this have to do with the heart? More specifically a "pure" heart?
A pure heart is a garden void of rocks and weeds. It's a heart unaffected by anger, resentment, and doubt. It's loving someone with only the best of intentions.
Those who seek a pure heart make every effort to protect the heart from impurities by keeping their thoughts in check, because they know that a garden with weeds has the potential to get out of control.
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. - Proverbs 4:23
Today's Vow: I Will Love You With a Pure Heart
The Challenge: Keep the lines of communication open so that you can talk with your husband about the things that are on your heart. Nip anger in the bud by letting go of it instead of allowing it room to grow.
You are loved by an almighty God,
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