Our hearts are like a garden. A garden full of all types of emotions and feelings, and through the daily actions and thoughts that we act on each day, we are in essence watering and fertilizing one particular section of our heart.
If I asked you which part of your heart garden you were spending the most time on, would it be the side that grows all of your positive thoughts, or the side that grows mainly negative thoughts?
Whichever section you focus on the most, is the section that is growing, and those roots are getting more deeply rooted each and every day.
So if you have been fertilizing those negative seeds, it may be time to do some gardening, girlfriend!
Go get out your gardening tools – your spiritual gardening tools that is (your bible, your journal if you have one, your phone if you want to enlist friends to pray for you, and last but not least, your knee pads).
Let’s not give the devil a foothold in our hearts, by allowing him to use the pain of the past, or the challenges of the present, to fertilize the seeds of negativity that have been planted. God can make even the ugliest weeds begin to sprout flowers, we simply have to give Him permission to shower us with Living Water, and ask for His help with our gardening.
Ephesians 4:26-27 In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
Day 3 Challenge Activity: Get to the roots of your negativity and start doing some weed pulling.
Ask God to reveal what the root causes are for your negativity or pessimism. Do some brainstorming about what ‘seeds’ may be causing ugly ‘weeds’ to grow in your heart. Consider keeping a list over the next day or so, as God brings things or memories to mind that you have not thought about lately.
Pray for the strength, courage, desire and perseverance to dig up all those old feelings. Deal with your emotions about them, get real with God, and ask God to help you toss out all those ugly weeds that have no place being in the beautiful garden of your heart that God created.
Ask Him to allow you to see His presence in the midst of what is going on in your circumstances. Pray for His guidance on how to make the situation better, or to open doors for you to walk through to make positive changes. If things cannot change right away, remember that if God brought you to it, He can get you through it.