My sweet little yard needs a ton of work.  I have procrastinated and over-thought it to the point of frustration.  If sitting on the couch thinking about it would get it done, I would have the yard of the month.

Once Upon A Time
I Did Have
Yard of the Month

I have allowed myself to become overwhelmed.  It is my own fault.  I know better. Instead of taking one project at a time, I am looking at the big picture.  Wanting to twitch my nose and it be done is living in a fantasy world.  One of the first things I need to do is mend my fence which frames the yard.  At that point, I can then begin to redeem that which has been allowed to become choked with weeds and overgrown.  By replacing the boards and sealing the cracks, I have taken the first step necessary in reclaiming the beauty of the inner court.

Our small group study has a visual of the Temple in Jerusalem.  There is a high wall around the compound.  Within those walls are the Temple and Courtyard.  All is well within the Holy of Holies unless someone or something unintended is allowed to sneak through, over, or around the wall.  Once the intruder has gained access to the inner sanctum, it/he begins to wreck havoc.  Walls are placed there for a purpose.  When we allow our walls to be breached, we are opening ourselves up for attack.

Beth Moore beautifully uses this illustration to remind us of how easily sin can seduce us and sneak in the backdoor of our minds.  We have good intentions, but we are being seduced by the world.  This seduction, over time, might cause a crack to form in the wall.  The next thing you know we are facing an all out attack.  In the beginning,  It happens slowly, seductively, and seemingly innocently.  We have to cast out the sin and plug up the hole it has created--one board at a time or face the consequences of the sin we have allowed to creep in.

Boundaries, such as walls, are such an important tool to keep the evil one at bay.  When David first peeped from the roof and spotted Bathsheba, he was being set up for sin.  Allowing himself to continue gazing upon the beautiful woman and not turning and fleeing created that first crack in the wall.  And this was the man who was after God's own heart.  What about all of us middle of the road Believers?  Do we even stand a chance against Satan?

YES, with God's help we can be victorious against the evil one.  We can keep our walls well tended and mended.  We can prevail--one step at a time.  Look at the end of the book,  GOD IS VICTORIOUS!

"Do not be conformed to this world, 
but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,
 that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, 
what is good and acceptable and perfect."Bou
Romans 12:2


  1. This story of David always reminds me of my own vulnerabilities and culpibilities, Lulu. If he sinned against God, who hasn't???
    And your image of the strong wall is so fitting, especially in these current times. We know where one is needed desperately, on he outside and insides of our lives. May God see to it that it is mended and strong.

  2. YES, we so need those walls in today's world!
    Blessings, My Friend!


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