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September, 2011:

The Grass Is Always Greener


Houston's been struggling through a drought for several months and my yard has the strangest pattern of green grass you ever saw. We've only had our trees in the front a year and a half so I water them twice a week—Mondays and Thursdays. I go out early in the morning and get the sprinklers set just right and check the water volume to be sure it waters exactly where I want. For some reason, the place the sprinklers were yesterday isn't the best for today. Maybe squirrels move them around at night.

In addition, we have weeping hoses buried around the exterior of the house and we water our foundation three days a week. Without that, our foundation would crack and the stability of our house would suffer.

So there are green rings around each tree and a band of green surrounds the exterior of the house like a necklace. The rest of the grass? Brown. Our crepe myrtle? Alive but not blooming. The other shrubs are hanging in there, barely.

We choose to water. We go out and purposefully place the sprinklers and hoses so they are the most effective. If we see an area that's dying, we give it an extra drink. We know that this drought is an enemy, attacking the life of our yard.

What a reflection of my life! The days I water my heart and mind by spending time with God are green; the days I don't are brown and I don't do much blooming. It's not long before my heart and soul are trying to thrive in a drought. Oh, how my enemy, Satan, loves that! He attacks my stability; he tries to weasel his way in through the cracks in my foundation.

But, just like watering my yard, setting aside time with God is a choice. I have to choose to make the time. I have to choose to listen to God, hearing the lesson He has for me each day. I can't even count the number of times a specific verse I read in the morning led me safely through a decision or problem later in the day. God's Word is truly fresh and applicable to each day. All it takes is a few minutes in His presence.

Don't allow yourself to be walled in by a formula: "You have to have your quiet time first thing in the morning." May I say, Nonsense! Have you ever noticed how many times Jesus went to pray in the evening? Lunchtime may work best for you. Some of you can actually spend time with God in the evening and stay awake! Naptime for the kids? Go for it! God loves you and He wants to be with you, any time, any schedule.

You'll be amazed by the transformation God will work in your life. Your days will be greener, your life will burst out in blooms. Sure, troubles will come your way there's always a few weeds in the flower bed. But your time with God will bring stability to your days and strengthen your foundation. Grab a few minutes with Him each day and water your "lawn."

The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58:11






 







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