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Coco Calling No.280 - Nurturing the Garden of Life

It’s such a busy time in the garden right now. My owner often complains that the weeds in North Devon come with ‘attitude.’ They seem extra vigorous and extra determined as they muscle their way into every nook and cranny where he doesn’t want them to grow. And being the sad specimen that he is, (without any feathers for protection), he regularly gets stung by the advancing army of nettles, or else scratched to bits by marauding brambles, or else engulfed by a multitude of different weeds because he’s spent too long standing in one place. So these days, he only ever ventures out into the garden if he’s armed with a pair of secateurs or a set of loppers. Because if he did nothing, the garden that he holds so dear would become unruly and totally spoilt.

Jesus sometimes talked about the need for us to prune or cut away whatever creeps into our lives and gets in the way of us finding Him.  Because He knew that the jungle of life can so easily envelop us all and stifle our spiritual growth and development. For every life lived without the presence of Jesus, is a fresh green shoot that never sees the sun, because it’s lost and buried beneath a bed of worldly weeds.

“Adam was a gardener, and God, who made man, sees that half of all good gardening is done upon the knees.”

(Rudyard Kipling: [1865-1936]: English novelist, poet and journalist)

“I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit, he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”                                                      

(John 15: 1-2)

“Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent, and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.” 

(James 1: 21)

“Be a Gardener of God.”                                                                                  

Plant yourself deep in faith....

Water daily with positive thinking.

Mulch often with forgiveness.                                                             Remove all seeds of worry.

Keep out weeds of despair.                                                             Replace disappointment

with hope.                                                                       

Stay cool when irritated.

Prune away guilt                                            

or depression.

Cultivate only happy memories.




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