In the photograph, notice the weeds popping up. I can't even tell you how many hours I spent redesigning the flowerbeds in front of my house.

I’m the reluctant gardener really. I gave up my gym membership because seven months of personal training taught me a very valuable lesson: the gym is not for me.

So I spent hours upon hours driving through beautiful neighborhoods and Pinning images to a gardening vision board so extensive I would need 10 lifetimes to complete the projects. Gardening would BE my summer exercise plan.

This preliminary part I loved. Reimagining my small flowerbeds transformed into something tidy and low maintenance, bold and a bit modern with a splash of whimsy. 

And they are beautiful! But then my life took an unexpected twist {note to self: expect this}. Just after I executed my fabulous plan, I was unable to maintain the new designs I’d worked so hard to bring to life.

What does life really look like if you were to take the biggest emotional or character struggle you face, I mean the one that’s been plaguing you practically since childhood, and you resolve it? Is that possible?

I’m working on it as I type. And I think I’m onto something, and I think these weeds are tell me I’m right.

“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first…”

Jesus Christ, Matthew 12:3-45 NKJV

Being SET free is only a STEP. Staying free is a PROCESS.

If our biggest life hurdles are more than simply weakness of character or lack of self discipline, then perhaps {instead of unfruitful self-loathing} we need to think outside the box for longterm solutions.

I’ll pull out the weeds, but this time I’ll treat the ground and surrounding areas to prevent new growth.

As for me? I will not be discouraged. I will take the Lord’s advice and treat this kind with prayer and fasting. {Matthew 17:21 NKJV}

And so can you. If you also have enjoyed a taste of freedom, yet that freedom seemed tenuous and incomplete, take courage.

Fasting. In some cases it is the defining means for a permanent solution.

And a subject I will explore in depth at another time.

Dear Father God,

I thank You so much for revealing Yourself and Your plans for me through even the simplest of means. Help me see You in everything I do, every day as I go. Guide me on the path to true and permanent freedom in every area of my life that needs Your healing, restorative, freeing power. When my distracting life gets in the way, open my eyes to Your gentle guidance and help me understand the steps I need to take to sweep the house clean and close the door locked.

In the holy name of Jesus Christ,

Amen

Be blessed!

Michelle

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