Weeds In Our Lives

Webster’s Dictionary defines “weeds” as “ a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth; especially : one that tends to overgrow or choke out more desirable plants”.  Having pulled buckets full in the past few weeks, I can attest to the fact they grow vigorously and will choke out the more desirable plants. In fact, they will take over a garden in a very short time and the plants, bushes and grass you planted will be overgrown.  

As I sat on my rolling stool, pulling up a multitude of weeds of various kinds from around our rose bushes and out of our day lilies, I wondered why God would allow plants that we consider of no value and a nuisance to invade our gardens.  I found the answer in:

Genesis 3:17-18 (NIV)17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’“Cursed is the ground because of you;  through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,   and you will eat the plants of the field.”

Pondering this scripture as I pulled out those obnoxious and unwanted plants, I began to see a parallel between the weeds in our garden and the sins in our lives. Because weeds and sin are the results of sin by Adam and Eve, both will be a part of our lives until we go Home or Jesus comes back to get us.  

Does this mean we have to live with sin in our lives?  No, for like we pull out the weeds in our gardens and throw them away, we need to pull out the sins in our lives and ask for forgiveness and throw them away.  

This is not an easy task for as we pull weeds, we see some that have roots that run deep and we have to get a trowel of shovel to get all of them out of the ground.  It is almost impossible to get all the roots and within days, they will sprout and grow again. Is sin not like that in our lives? We allow them to grow deep within our hearts and it takes the Holy Spirit to give us the  power to dig them out and throw them away.

There are other weeds that have shallow roots and are easy to pull up but the roots spread over a wide area and they will be back in a few days with all their “weed friends”. These are like those sins that don’t seem to be too serious, easy to overlook, and often become habits in our lives.  We know they are there but just ignore them and like the weeds with shallow roots they spread throughout our hearts and will eventually become larger sins and multiply rapidly, taking over our lives.

What do we do?  First we must recognize that we have these sins, realize they are separating us from our Heavenly Father, repent and ask Him for forgiveness.  He is always ready to forgive and forget our sins.

Pulling out the sins or weeds in our lives clears the ground for God to replace them with His gifts as found in:

Colossians 3:
12 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

Our lives will then be like beautiful gardens but will have to be tended carefully to be sure the sins or weeds do not take over and destroy the fellowship we have with the Father and rob us of the beauty of God in us.

We have to pull the weeds in our gardens daily to keep them under control and fill the empty spaces with good plants.  The same is true of sins in our lives - we have to pull them out each day and replace them with God’s Words found in the scriptures, cover our hearts with the Holy Spirit, and water our lives with prayer.  God is in control of all our days and we have to let Him reveal those sins that separate us from Him, pull them out of our lives, and replace them with the fruits of the spirit.

Prayer-
Lord, give me your wisdom to recognize sin in my life.  Give me your power to pull them out, repent, and ask your forgiveness.  Thank you for always being willing to forgive my sins when I confess them and please give me the strength to fill my life with your love and goodness to keep sin from taking root in my life.

Amen and amen


Cheesy French Bread Slices



This has been a cold, clear, beautiful day in South Georgia and a good time to have a hot bowl of vegetable soup and hot bread.  I had been reading recipes about pull apart cheese breads but didn't want to buy bread for I had just purchased a loaf of french bread.  Thinking about how I could modify the recipe, I tried this method and it is very good a and I hope you enjoy it too.

CHEESY FRENCH BREAD SLICES

  • 12 slices (enough to fill a loaf pan) french bread
  • 12 slices of cheddar cheese ( I sliced my own using a mandolin)
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line loaf pan with aluminum foil with several with enough extra to cover loaf after taking it out of the oven.

Place the bread in the foil lining the loaf pan and place a cheese slice between the slices of bread.
Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese between the slices.
Generously brush the top of the loaf with melted butter and sprinkle with some of the mozzarella cheese. 
Bake in preheated oven until toasted on the top and cheese has melted - about 20 min.
Remove from pan using the foil to lift and serve immediately, while hot.

Ready for the oven


Hot and ready to serve

 Nice addition with a hot bowl of soup

Additions or substitutes - fresh Parmesan, sprinkle with parsley or Italian seasoning after brushing with butter.  

I hope you enjoy this bread as much as we did and let me know how you liked it.

The Georgia Peach



What Can I Give Jesus This Christmas?

John 3:16


16 For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

The word “Christmas” begins with "Christ": the virgin-born Christ child, our Savior. This baby, born in the little town of Bethlehem. was not merely a beloved baby born of Mary, but the only Son of God. By God’s immeasurable grace, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born into this world as a baby yet He never ceased to be God.

Dr. Billy Graham in a devotional thought said: “Jesus Christ in His infinite love did not begin when He was born in a stable and laid in a manger; He left Heaven’s best to come to this world to be the Savior of mankind. He was offered as a free gift. God’s gift to the world was despised and rejected 2,000 years ago.” He came freely knowing that He would suffer persecution and ultimately death on the cross.

In the life of every person who has rejected Him since that time, there has been and will be, an emptiness that cannot be filled with anything this world has to offer. Only when we accept the free gift of eternal life through Christ can we know the true meaning of Christmas, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting. Those that don't know Jesus as Savior can only celebrate a holiday made frantic with gift buying, decorating the house, partying, and trying to fill the emptiness in their lives with more “stuff”.

What do you ask a child this time of year? “What is Santa going to bring you?” “Have you told Santa what you want for Christmas?” Then after Christmas the question is, “What did you get for Christmas?” We ask our spouses, “What do you want for Christmas?” or try to find something they don’t already have or want. After the big day we often put these gifts up never to use them or return them for some other stuff we think we want. The questions seem to follow the theme of “What do you want?”

Lists are made, remade, revised and we run around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to buy everything we think everyone wants. Too much food is cooked, eaten and thrown away. Travel is a madhouse as we travel to shop, visit family and friends, or try to find an escape from it all.

Why do we do all this buying more stuff, cook and eat too much, travel to far places? What are we giving that will last and be meaningful in the future?

What do we give Jesus who gave His all? He gave up his heavenly home to come to earth, his throne to live as a carpenter and wandering teacher, left His father who loved him dearly to be persecuted, despised, beaten and crucified. Did not have a home to call his own, possessed one robe, and depended on the graciousness of friends to have a place to sleep.

God gave His all for us. By giving Him our all this Christmas, we will be giving Him all he desires from us. He wants our love, obedience and fellowship. He created us to be His children to honor and praise Him and he pursues us and never gives up that we will accept Him as our Lord and Savior.

How can we give our all? One way is to give His message to all around us so that they can receive the Gift of God – salvation. Our church gives us wonderful opportunities to give to others for Jesus told us that to give to others is like giving to Him if we do it in His name for His glory, not ours.

What have we given this Christmas to God? Have we shared with those who have less than we do? Do we remember those who are grieving, sick, lonely or depressed? It is not too late and remember that the spirit of sharing and giving doesn’t end on December 25.

Have a blessed and giving Christmas.





Pictures are from 1st Baptist Church Adel, GA