Monthly Archives: August 2010

I Hate Weeding

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In the Ladd household my husband has given me the official title of “Princess Green-Thumb.” He always picks on me about loving to garden and plant new flowers, but what can I say, it’s in my DNA! This past mother’s day he bought me lots of rose bushes to plant outside in the flower bed in our front yard, and let me tell you, I was so excited! I could not WAIT to plant them and start tending to them so that all their beauty could be on full display. The following day we made a little Home Depot run to get miracle grow, potting soil, and all of the extras we’d need to help make the environment right for my roses to grow. When we got home we mixed in the potting soil with the existing dirt, dug the holes for the flowers, added miracle grow, and then we planted those babies down. I tended to the flowers very faithfully for quite sometime, however, I found that the more unbearable the heat became, the less I would go outside and take the time to work them. Then a few weeks ago I was walking to out mailbox when I noticed my beautiful roses were starting to become overgrown with weeds. It looked like the white and pink flowers that were blooming were struggling to stand tall and grow strong against the weeds. I knew at that moment I had to bear the heat outside and get to work. As I started to sweat up a storm, I thought,”God, I hate weeding.” It was then the Lord showed me that what I was doing at that very moment was what He wanted to do for His children. I believe it’s so easy for us as christians to fall stagnant in our walk with God. Being saved is a beautiful thing, and although we may have ourselves planted in the right environment of a 100% Bible believing, hell chasing, God praising church, we can still be overgrown with “weeds” if we don’t separate ourselves from the world. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says: “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” My friends, we shouldn’t walk in or lust after the desires of the things of this world. I’m not saying that it’s a sin to want or have nice things, but if that becomes your priority over Christ, that would be wherein your problem lies. You are precious to God, and having people who are not Christ-minded that could plant a seed of desire of the things of the world in your heart and mind is not something He wants for us. If you will go back and look at verse 5, it tells us we should cast down every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. What is an example of such a thing? Anyone and or anything that puts you in a compromising situation which goes against something God has specifically told you to do or not to do, or anyone or anything that goes against His Holy Word. And if it’s going against God, you know it’s coming from the enemy. I am going to take down the curtains here, be completely honest with ya’ll, and let you take a look around in my life for a few minutes. God has been doing some SERIOUS weeding in my life. He is showing me the things and people who satan has used to try to choke out and over grow His beautiful plans and works in my life, and He has pulled them right out. Some of the weeding that He has done as been so painful, but as soon as the weeds were gone He began to grow and bless my life in ways I’ve never known. God is also showing me that different kinds of weeds will always try to grow and make their way into places where He intends to make Himself fully known, so weeding is a constant process. We have to weed out people and things even when we don’t want to or the circumstances are so harsh we don’t know if we can make it. So I pose this question, is God’s will fully blooming in your life or do you have weeds trying to choke them out? In the end, no matter how painful, the removal of anything that hinders His movement is worth the cost.

In His Love,
Mimi

Change…

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Somebody grab this lady a pair of glasses because I think I’m misreading the calender, it says it’s August! Lord have mercy, where in the WORLD has this year gone?  The dog days of summer are nearly behind us and I can feel the change in the air.  I mean, it’s still humid as ever here in the Carolinas, and the mercury is rising so fast it looks like the thermometer is going to burst, but can I just feel an excitement deep in my heart that I can’t explain. I believe it comes with knowing that the change of seasons is just around the bend.  I don’t expect an end to this heat over night or to mystically awaken to a beautiful brisk fall day, but I know that the cool relief of autumn is on its way. I feel like I’m in that stage now, a kind of in-between-ness. It’s the part of life where you realize that you are coming up on the end of one thing and the beginning of another, but not quite to either point yet. It’s a precious time where God can reveal Himself to us as never before so long as we are willing to be still and listen to all He has to say. I know that many of you can relate to that sentiment as well. There are things that God has spoken in your spirit, things that He has promised you, but you haven’t seen it come to fruition yet. Hold on friends, change is coming! When we come under the attacks of satan it puts us in what feels like a spiritual winter time. From the surface it looks a never-ending valley of  barren nothingness, but what the world, and so many times we ourselves, cannot see is what is going on beneath the soil. The cold harshness of the snowy trials provides us nourishment and the water we need to begin to grow and develop deep in the soil and in the hidden caverns of our heart where only you and God go. Every time the bitter chill of aloneness hits, it provides us with the strength to rely on Christ alone. When we’re in the darkest and most gloomy of freezing nights Jesus wraps us up in the warmth of His love through His SONlight and He shows us the way. Then before you know it the day that you never thought would get here has arrived; the first day of spring. Those spiritual seeds that were beaten down and frozen over by the storms of winter begin to sprout above the surface. Soon gorgeous blooms appear and the earth is over taken by the sweet smell of all the beautiful flora. It’s so hard to remember, but we need to keep in mind that our spring time doesn’t happen when we want it to. Just because we grow weary of the cold weather doesn’t mean that God is going to make it spring for us; that happens in His perfect timing. Every burden, every trial, every tribulation, every hardship, EVERYTHING that we go, no matter how difficult, is not happenstance, it is a divine tool that is used to shape us into beautiful outward reflections of our inner love for Christ for all the world to see. Are you ready for your season to change? I know I am. It is my prayer that when my spring time starts and it becomes my time to bloom that the world will see HIM and Him alone. I want to radiate the fragrance of the Rose of Sharon. What will you do with your winter? Will you let it’s harshness over take you and kill that spiritual seed that the Lord has planted in you? Or will you absorb it all to grow stronger from it? Will you pray daily and meditate on His word, come what may? Or will you turn your back on Him because it gets a little rough? Come spring time, what kind of bloom will you be showing the world?

In His Love,

Mimi