Numbers 13:20—How is the soil?  Is it fertile or poor?  Are there trees in it or not?  Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land.

Many are preparing their land in order to plant seeds that will sprout up in order to feed their families and perhaps glean enough to share with those who have not. Consider what goes into the preparation and planting of these crops. You must rake or til the ground, turning up the fresh soil. You must plant either seeds or starter plants in the right depth and cover it with fertilized soil. You must water it regularly. You must keep guard over it to pick any weeds out and get rid of any harmful insects. You also must protect the plants from varmints that would seek to destroy all of your labor and the fruit of it. You must then harvest what you planted as it grows to maturity.

Let’s examine our hearts and lives and see if we are taking such time and care of God’s Word that we have hid in our hearts. Consider planting the following in your life.

Plant rows of peas: Peace of mind, peace of heart and peace of soul. John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Plant rows of squash: Squash gossip, squash indifference, squash grumbling, squash selfishness. Proverbs 16:29—A perverse person stirs up conflict and a gossip separates close friends.

Plant rows of lettuce: Lettuce be faithful, lettuce be kind, lettuce be patient, lettuce really love one another.  2 Peter 1:5-9 —  For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;  and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;  and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

Plant rows of turnips: Turnip for service, turnip to help one another, turnip for meetings.  Hebrews 10:25 – not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much more, as you see the day approaching.

Plant a lot of Thyme: Thyme for God, Thyme for family, and Thyme for friends, strangers, and neighbors.  1 Thessalonians 5:11—Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up…

Water your Garden freely with Patience and Cultivate with Love

Isaiah 61:11 – For as the Soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.