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Jo’s Journal: Allowing God to Breathe New Life into Your Spirit

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Allowing God to Breathe New Life into Your Spirit

Learning a Lesson While Preparing the Ground for Our Garden

by Joanne Troppello

“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” – Gertrude Jekyll

Today, I went outside with my sister and her girls to clean out the garden area in our shared garden and get it ready for planting our vegetable plants on Sunday afternoon. In case you haven’t read any of my previous columns about my family, my sister and her girls live next door to me and my husband.

It was fun seeing the girls’ (ages 6 and 7) excitement as they helped us clear out the weeds and dead plants – getting the soil ready for the new plants. They eagerly helped water the vegetable plants we got that are ready to be planted.

After we finished for the day, I was reminded of the following verse in II Corinthians.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” – II Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

Just like with the garden as we took out the weeds and dead plants – and were preparing the soil for new life with the new plants, as a Christian, I have new life in Christ. My past is behind me. God has forgiven my sins and forgotten them, “as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12, NKJV).

However, I am not perfect. I will falter again each day. Yet, the closer I grow to the Lord, the more my spirit will be open to His conviction when I sin.

After we put all the weeds and dead plants in trash bags and swept up the smaller pieces and dirt along the driveway that borders the garden area, I took a step back and surveyed everything. It looked clean and fresh, ready for new life to grow.

That’s how I feel when I spend time with the Lord daily in prayer and devotions, and in my “running conversation” with Him throughout the day. When I allow my flesh to take over, I feel like the dead garden, filled with weeds and no life. I don’t like feeling that separation with God.

When I confess my wrongdoing to Him, that’s when He breathes new life into my spirit and communion is restored again. Yes, God loves me no matter what. Yes, I am saved and don’t need to worry that I will lose my salvation by sinning again and again. However, the goal is not to say I am saved, then keep sinning and not live holy and set apart to God.

It’s a daily renewal. God’s grace is new each morning. Yet, the following verses are ones I’ve memorized because they help keep me on the right path.

6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. – Romans 8:6-8 (NKJV)

Sure, I don’t always make the best choices, and end up sinning, but God is ready to forgive me, and continue to guide me down the right pathway.

Can you relate to this today?


About the Author

Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.

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