A Noble Heart

By Georgia (Jo) Kent
 
“But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:23 NIV
 
Matthew tells us that the one who produces a good crop from his life is the one who hears the word and understands it. Jesus identified the soil of the heart as important in spiritual growth. If the soil is rocky or filled with weeds the seed of the Word of God cannot spring up and bear fruit. But if the soil is good then we bring forth an abundant crop of spiritual fruit. It is our job as Christians to make sure the soil of our heart is good soil and prepared to receive our Father’s teachings. 
 
“Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.” Hosea 10:12
 
Without perseverance a farmer would only produce a very limited crop from any sowing of seed. Farming requires diligent attention to the conditions in which the seed is sowing so that it will grow successfully. Then it needs protecting and caring for throughout the growing period until the time of harvest. Perseverance is an essential requirement for fruitfulness. And so it is in with us. God sows many seeds in our lives. Seeds that He wants us to nurture and bring to harvest so that others will know the love of our Father through us. 
 
“But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” Luke 8:15 NIV
 
How do you cultivate a heart on good soil? Repent of any bitterness, unforgivness, anger, or any other sin that is hardening your heart! Seek the power of God to search your heart thoroughly and completely to root out all the weeds that hinder cultivating good soil. Cultivating good soil is a daily task; weeds spring up out of nowhere to hinder our growth. Satan throws everything he can in our way to ruin and contaminate our soil. Work tirelessly to keep the weeds away from your soil. God calls us to cultivate the soul of our spiritual garden and to follow it through to completion to harvest time. Cultivate your life in Him and He will produce His fruit through you!
 
Father, Thank you for the seeds you have sown in our lives. Help us to press through to completion so the crops from our life will bear good fruit for Your glory. In Jesus Name, Amen.
 
Sweet Blessings

God’s Gift Of Nature

By Georgia (Jo) Kent
“The Heavens declare the glory of God; The skies proclaim the works of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the end of the earth”. Psalms 19:14
I was in my mid life before I realized The value of the vast beauty of nature. Oh, I always knew that everything was beautiful but I had never stopped and taken the time to put it in its proper context. ‘ To smell the Roses’ as the old adage goes. We so often get caught up in all the hectic day to day existence of life that we miss what is right in front of us. Nature is a gift from our Heavenly Father, not only to sustain us but to give us a place, a safe haven to feel his presence in every fiber of our being.
I encourage you to focus on the immensely beautiful nature that surrounds us and gives us so much comfort that God has freely gifted us with. To take the time to be one with nature. To listen to the bird’s signing their melodic songs. To feel the gentle breeze as it is rustling the leaves on the trees. To watch the water as it flows gently over the pebbles in the creek. To sit and experience the breathtaking view of a meadow from a hilltop. To smell beautiful, aromatic flowers as they rise to meet the Heavens. To turn you face toward the sunshine and sense it’s warmth and healing powers. This is where God whispers to our heart, this is where he fills our cups up with the presence of his Holy Spirit.
While we are enjoying the beauty of nature, thank The Lord for all he created. He knows each star in the Heavens and each bird in the air. How much more does he care for us…
Sweet Blessings