Living in an old established neighborhood, the lots are fairly small.  We have had a fairly wet spring and early summer here in Texas which leads to prolific growth of the flora all around us.  When I originally went under contract for my new house, it was still early spring.  Now that it has closed there has been 3  months of wet growing season and what once was a yard is now a small jungle. 

It seems a master gardener lived here a couple of owners back and the yard is full of plants.  The problem at this point is deciding what is a plant and what is a native plant (that would be a weed).  I could be jerking up some exotic seldom seen wonder of creation instead of the weeds I intended.  It is a struggle.

Even in the middle of the overgrown jungle, the yard has good roots (literally).   The bones that are holding it together were once well thought out and lovingly planted.  BUT if you do not take care of the lovelies---the thorns and thickets will soon choke them out.  I found in the midst of a thick growth of weeds beautiful miniature day lilies.  Thank goodness they had unopened buds on them or I probably would have jerked them up along with the weeds.  It pays to carefully take care of those things which are precious to us--in order to enjoy them to the fullest.

I am certain you see where I am going.  God lives in us--through His Holy Spirit.  If we allow the thorns and brambles of sin to grow in our lives---they could well choke out the best--the most beautiful--the most precious in the garden of our soul.  Be careful what you allow to take root---jerk those weeds out before they can get a good hold and enjoy the beauty of God's cultivated garden of love in the garden of your soul.

"The Lord is my rock 

and my fortress and my deliverer,

my God,

my Rock,

in whom I take refuge,

my shield,

and the horn of my salvation,

my stronghold."

Psalm 18:2

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