As I was working in my rose garden this morning, I came across some very stubborn weeds. These weeds seem to be so small and insignificant, but once they take root in the soil they spread all over the garden very quickly. In no time at all, you have to work hard to rid your beautiful garden of these ugly weeds.
It dawned on me that weeds are like my angry thoughts. They come to me small and I dismiss them as insignificant. For instance, thoughts about how I work so hard and no one else realizes what I do or anger at having to complete a task I asked my husband to do ten times. If I don’t confess these thoughts they send their tentacles out just like the roots of the weeds to take over my entire spirit. Before I know it, I am depressed and having a giant pity party.
So what I learned today is that I must go quickly to the Lord and ask for Him to redirect my thoughts. It also helps to follow up with a conversation with a trusted friend who will help me to pull up these tiny weeds of anger. When the angry thoughts are dealt with promptly, just like the weeds, I will enjoy the flowers, the good things in my life.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for your mercy and love. Help me recognize my angry thoughts and redirect my attention towards you. May my thoughts please you as you are my bedrock.
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Psalm 13:2 (NIV)
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Psalm 139:23 (NIV)
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. Luke 11:17 (NIV)
I hope my words and thoughts please you. Lord, you are my Rock, the one who saves me. Psalm 19:14 (ICB)
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