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A nursery rhyme, “Mary, Mary, quite contrary… How does your garden grow? Have you thought about your mind and heart as a garden? Consider thoughts as seeds planted in the garden of your mind and heart. Only you can determine the seeds you plant. Accept the fact that weeds grow naturally without your help, but flowers must be planted and attended. Realize what you sow – grows. If you plant seed thoughts of doubt, frets, bitterness, unbelief, and strife, they become weeds springing up to defile many. “Lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled” (Heb.12:15). If you plant seed thoughts of kindness, hope, joy, encouragement, patience and love, they will blossom into bouquets of flowers that will delight many. Seek to delight, not defile. It is your personal garden, so be selective and plant the seed-thoughts that produce a beautiful garden for all to enjoy. Remember, what you think is what you will become. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Prov. 23:7).

So, what is growing in your garden? Weeds or flowers? Bad seed thoughts naturally sprout into weeds, but good seed thoughts must be sown and grown. No one pulls out flowers so weeds will grow. But you must pull out weeds so flowers can grow. An unattended or unkempt garden naturally sprouts weeds, thorns, and sickly flowers. Learn, “Don’t leave your family or children unattended.”

Good news! You can only think one thought at a time. “Whatsoever things are true… honest… just… pure… lovely… of good report…think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you” (Phil. 4:8-9). Think on these things and do those things, and “The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7). Notice what you think in your mind plants seeds into your heart. Both your mind and heart must agree before you can have the peace of God. When there is conflict between your mind (think) and heart (you), it produces unrest and stress. So what is in your mind and heart? What do others see in your garden? As the poem, “How does your garden grow?” Bitterness/Blessings? Peace/Stress? Weeds/Flowers?

Remember, the greatest testimony to the world is a changed and consistent Christian life. So let’s acknowledge Him in all our ways (Prov. 3:5-6), and simply bloom where we are planted.  So: “How does your garden grow?”

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