Morning Encouragement for 8/7/2022

Good Morning!

After working in the garden all summer, I’ve had to do battle with the infamous “weeds”. One of the many varieties of weeds is the “grapevine” which is as useless as a screen door on a submarine, which grows deep roots! Pulling those blasted grape vines is sort of like pulling a “yucca” plant that grows in the arid southwest or a tree root. To prevent this vine from growing deep roots, you need to pull it early and then burn it. If you do not burn it, the plant will grow wherever it is thrown. The grapevine has no fruit, no benefits from them, nor does anything but squat in good soil and it spreads. The plant is propagated by the birds who defecate the seeds they have eaten and the seeds land wherever the bird is. Temptation is like the grapevine seed in that it begins so small you’d never know it had landed in your heart until it receives nourishment from the waters of “thought” and eventually gives rise to words and then rise to sin. Once the plant “sin” grows in our life at first it looks pretty maybe it resembles something we planted on purpose. Sin strangles off the plants of “joy”, “peace”, and “contentment”. Once the plant has a good start, its tendrils reach out to our children, grandchildren, and anybody we are connected to. The only place the seed can’t grow is in the “open air”. I encourage you today to carefully consider what you allow into your life, the thoughts that run through your mind, and the people who would be affected by your choices.

Readings: 1 Corinthians 10:12-13, Proverbs 27:23-24, Job 31, Psalms 1, Luke 13:1-9

Famous Quote: Opportunity may knock only once but temptation leans on the doorbell – Unknown

Father,

Please help me today and every day of my life to honor you by how I watch over my life. Help to carefully consider the choices I make in and out of the view of others. We have no control over others but the choices we make either bring people closer to the throne or push them away from us. Dealing with temptation is not easy because the enemy’s argument is as compelling as the false evidence he puts before us. May I be ever vigilant as David was leading up to his ascension to the throne? I pray for our military, police, EMTs, medical staff, and front-line workers that you will watch over them and bring them home safely. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA at large. I pray over politicians that you will continue to shake them and move their hearts so that they carefully watch what they do and say. I pray for my USA for revival and spiritual renewal.s

IHS MK

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