For a garden to flourish, it must be weeded, watered and nurtured consistently, not when it’s convenient and not only when you want to. For your personal and spiritual growth, and for you to flourish, you must weed out the negative, get living water and be in a nurturing environment.
1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. Ps.1:1-3 (NIV)
For your personal growth do not hang with those that you know are not doing right, those folks that never have an encouraging word, who can’t see past their own noses, those that have no positive vision for the future. I’m not saying quit your job, or trade in your family for a more positive loving one. You can set the atmosphere wherever you are. Don’t join in with the gossip, mean-spirited talk, whining and complaining. As you get closer in your relationship with God, ungodly behavior, trash talk, music and movies will bother your spirit. You are not to be self-righteous or sanctimonious, but righteous and loving. Reflect Jesus, when your unsaved co-workers or family members talk defeat, and negativity. You show love, talk lovingly, and speak words of encouragement and life to others and to yourself, everyday. Don’t beat them in the head with a bible, but give a kiss , a hug and say ” I love you and believe you can do great things”, or ” sorry you had a rough day, I love you.”
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matt. 5:16-17 (KJV)
Weeds can strangle plants and prevent growth. What areas of your life do you need to weed out the negative? If your bank accounts are in the negative, weed out the negative. A wise man said save high and spend low. Yes, you can do it, it is possible to save money. Some suggestions for saving money….
1. Reduce your cable package to a less costly alternative.
2. Pack your lunch, everyday, and look at the savings add up!!
3. Get up earlier, and make your own coffee!!
4. Join store rewards programs to save money and get insider specials.
You must have a positive vision for your future, and a desire to walk in your divine purpose. God has blessed you with gifts and talents so you can accomplish God’s divine will for your life. Discover your gifts and talents, develop them and operate in them. What are you amazing at doing and what do you love to do that can bless others and glorify God? It may take more than a moment to answer the question, but it will be worth the effort. I love you and I am excited for your future!!
Beloved, go to the source of living water…Jesus. Speak life and positive affirmations to yourself, and create a nurturing environment for yourself. Weed out the negative.