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Weedy Mess

My garden has been a weedy mess! The soaker hoses are strung out, but they have not had to be used much. Weeds have flourished, and vegetables have needed pampering because in the past month my garden has endured heavy frost, a blizzard, hail, wind, and rain.

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Yesterday and today, I finally had some time to eradicate those pesky weeds. Between animal chores and running errands for my Farmer, I pulled weeds, installed tomato cages, mulched around plants, planted remaining vegetable seeds, and swept the carpet paths.  Whew!!

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What a transformation! The early potatoes are blooming and second planting of peas are almost ready to pick. It’s much more enjoyable to pick and dig without weeds. Also, the tomato plants survived the frost and blizzard, and they are blooming on strong stalks.

What’s the past month been like for you? Have you weathered some storms of life? Are you growing stronger, or have you let your guard down allowing weeds to take over? It is time to tackle those weeds! The following is part of David’s prayer of repentance found in Psalm 51, and I pray these verses often.

Wash me clean from my guilt.
    Purify me from my sin.
Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
    Renew a loyal spirit within me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and make me willing to obey you. (NLT)

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Weed or Flower?

So many beauties blooming across the prairie, are they weed or flower?

I have loved Kansas Wildflowers since at least fourth grade. Mrs. Swisher led the class through picking, identifying and drying wildflowers of Kansas. By the conclusion of the unit study, each student had a book of dried wildflowers to take home. Many, many years later, I can still identify some of those flowers.

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My favorite bouquet is one that is handpicked either from my garden, the pasture or road ditch. Although Mrs. Swisher never referred to them as weeds, my farmer hubby would have a conniption if I were to purposely plant them in my flower beds. Though adding beautiful color to the landscape many are obnoxious and even noxious. They can crowd out the grass or growing crop, make animals sick and are difficult to control.

These weeds have a similar effect as temptation and sin. When we are tempted, the temptation is often pleasing to the eye. However, once we give into the temptation, sin begins to reveal its ugliness. If we let that sin take root it will spread into other areas of our life, crowding out our desire to follow the example Jesus set for us.

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. 1 Peter 5:8, 9a NLT

Don’t be deceived; keep the weeds out of the flowers.