Cultivating Good "Heart" Soil


Beat down. Hoed under. Words that sting. Life digging at you, getting under your skin.

Have you ever felt that way?

Lately I’ve been pondering Matthew 13, the parable of the sower.  Oh, that my own heart would be the good soil that He spoke of, and that my life would produce that same abundant fruit!

Somehow, though, my life seems messy. Things can get downright dirty. I sometimes fall. Struggling, I get up, brush myself off, and try again. And again. And yet again.

Then I am reminded that my own righteousness is like filthy rags; that I can’t do this on my own.

To get good soil, the Gardener will pull weeds and chop down thorny areas, but He must also add compost and manure and allow worms and bees. To the casual observer, these things may seem more like hindrances, like things that should be removed, but the Gardener knows their necessity. It’s part of the process of transforming, molding, shaping.

It’s uncomfortable for me. Dying to self is not easy. Lord, not my will, but yours.

Till up the ground, add the compost, let the worms make holes, let the bees buzz all around. He’s using these things to make me what He wants me to be. Adding nutrients to the soil is much like how He adds strength to us. He adds His strength to our areas of weakness. He makes continual amendments. Tomorrow, next week, next month, I will continually become better soil, if I let Him work on my heart and in my life.

I want the beautiful flowers and fruits. It’s not always easy to get to that place. But it’s encouraging to know that He’s still working on me, carefully preparing my heart. I can feel Him.

He’s not through with me yet.

"The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!"  ~ Matthew 13:23, NLT

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  1. What a great way to look at this! Life is messy, but so is gardening. In order to get the great fruit we MUST get messy. I LOVE this!

  2. It's stinky and messy sometimes, but what He brings is necessary, isn't it? Thanks for the reminder. You've put a beautiful thought and picture in my mind to ponder. I'm so glad you're joining WFW! I'm looking forward to poking about your site a bit!

  3. Oh parade of Lori comments continues... :)
    I want to be that seed that fell on GOOD soil! What a wonderful post here today!
    I'm leaving blessed!


  4. Thanks, I love the photo. What a great sentiment. I pray the Lord continues to work in our lives to glorify His name and His purpose. Thanks again and have a great day!

  5. What a gorgeous post... I needed to read this today. Thanks so much for putting this into words.

  6. That is a great lesson you have just shared and that you yourself are learning! Amen!!!! :)

  7. Wonderful post. I need to remember that harships sometimes ARE the Lord refining us. I tend to be more negative and think I'm not doing something right or I need to try harder - but this isn't always the case!! God uses these things to grow us! Thanks for the reminder!!! (I LOVE the pic of your family inside the frame - beautiful! :)

  8. Great illustration of the verse!!! Happy WFW!

  9. What a great post. Thank you so much for sharing it with us today.

    Life is messy and dirty, but it's amazing what the Master gardener can do with it.


  10. Beautiful post! I sometimes get frustrated that I'm not there yet, so I know I need this reminder that He's still working on me!

  11. Awesome picture, and scripture.

  12. Excellent post! As Lori stated, I want to be the seed that feel in the good soil, but the cultivating is necessary.


  13. This was incredible!!! Loved it.

    Thanks so much for sharing. And it's so nice to meet you too♥

  14. I liked what I saw so much yesterday, that I wanted to share this award with you!


  15. A lovely clever reminder that even our hearts are made from the dust...

  16. Thanks for all the sweet comments. I've enjoyed reading them and visiting each of you... what a wonderful group of ladies (and one man!) has popped by and shared thoughts on this post!

    @GlowinGirl, thanks for the award. I'm on my way to your site now to check out the details. What fun!

    Jaime G

  17. yes. yes. oh, i pray... though it hurts, i pray. thank you for your words on my blog... you uplift. e.

  18. I always like to remember that it's the simple soil, nothing special, from which the flowers grow. Makes it easier to be happy about my own still-in-need heart. :)

    Thanks for stopping by Seedlings.

  19. Great post! I love how God works in lives and even though it hurts. It is for my good and His glory!

    Have a great weekend!

  20. Had you not commented on my little ole blog, I would have not known about yours, and, I am loving everything I've read so far, thank you for this post.

    I can't wait to have time to read more!


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