Friday, April 3, 2009

The Soil of My Heart

The torrential rains have stopped and the soil is attempting to soak up the abundance of moisture that fell on our region this past week. It is difficult to take it all in. The water is spilling over the pond bank and much of the soil has eroded and washed away in our area.

Throughout this recent storm, my husband and son braved the pelting rain and removed debris - trash, leaves, pinestraw, and limbs from the ditches along our property to allow the excess water to flow and drain properly. Otherwise there could have been more devastating flood damage.

There is no way to control some things in life. Specifically, the stormy weather and the spiritual storms. But, I can control my heart, my attitude, and how I respond to them. To do this I must continually remove the debris, the clutter from my soul. I must keep the soil of my heart.

Here are some great quotes by Oswald Chambers ...

“The only way we can be of use to God is to let Him take us through the crooks and crannies of our own characters…We have to get rid of the idea that we understand ourselves; it is the last conceit to go. The only One Who understands us is God. The greatest curse in spiritual life is conceit.” (My Utmost for His Highest, 1/12)

“Many of us refuse to grow where we are put, consequently we take root nowhere…If we are not experiencing the ‘much more,’ it is because we are not obeying the life God has given us…” (1/26)

“Many of us prefer to stay at the threshold of the Christian life instead of going on to construct a soul in accordance with the new life God has put within. We fail because… we put things down to the devil instead of our own undisciplined natures.” (5/20)

“Moods never go by praying, moods go by kicking. We have to take ourselves by the scruff of the neck and shake ourselves, and we will find that we can do what we said we could not. The curse with most of us is that we won’t. The Christian life is one of incarnate spiritual pluck.” (5/20)

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