Weeds grow easy

Ever notice how weeds don’t seem to need any encouragement to grow? But beautiful flowers, plants and trees do? I never see anyone outside watering their weeds, because none are growing. Or pulling out flowers, because “they just had too many and they were growing too fast.” Neither do I hear anyone exclaim that they “just don’t have weeds.”

weeds growing in the dirt

It seems that weeds grow spontaneously and flowers need encouragement.

The same is true for our souls.

At one time or another, we each have an annoying habit, distraction, or temptation, a weed, that comes without invitation into our life. It takes continual effort on our part, for our good habits, or flowers, to grow.

Right now the weed in my life is fear. This last week as I was going through the roller coaster of emotions that moving has brought, I realized fear immediately came into my heart. All the “what if’s” surrounded my head like a hazy cloud making it difficult to see my options clearly and make a decision.

What if we don’t find a place to live?
What if that apartment doesn’t fit our needs?
What if we can’t move in at the right time?
What if, what if, what if…..

My weed of fear started overrunning my soul. I didn’t need to invite my fears–they just came. It wasn’t until I decided to trust in the future, that I found peace. It took effort on my part to intentionally pull out the weeds and water the flowers of trust and faith.

Flowers need water, they need sun, they need love; so do the positive perspectives and attitudes we want in our lives. They don’t just grow, unfortunately.

small plants growing with a structure to help them grow.

The little flowers in our garden we are helping to grow. Giving them structure and attention.

Weeds can be anything in our lives: feeling down about ourselves, body image, a hard relationship, or fear. How do you get rid of the weeds in your life? How do you nurture the flowers and good things in your life? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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10 thoughts on “Weeds grow easy

  1. What a perfect illustration Marla!! I too seem to have those weedy fears always trying to take over. What a great encouragement to be intentional in getting rid of the bad and working for the good.

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    • Thank you, Sasha! I love it when I feel like I can learn lessons from the nature that surrounds me. And I am totally with ya there, those weedy fears are my giant that I am trying to conquer each day. I’m glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

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  2. Worry and fear are definitely weeds for me too! And they are so hard to pull. I wish flowers grew more spontaneously, but I suppose then we’d never learn. I love your analogy! I definitely have a few flowers that are wilting and in need of attention. And congratulations on finding a place! That is wonderful, and a huge relief, I’m sure!

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    • I agree, worry and fear are weeds that are SO hard to pull. I understand from personal experience. There is a fine line between being a realist and being caught up in fear. Sometimes I go over the line. And I agree, I think I wouldn’t learn to become better if my I always got better without thinking about it.

      And thank you, thank you!! It is so nice to feel like there is a great prospect. We just made an offer tonight, now is the waiting to see if they accept it. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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  3. You’re awesome! I think it’s really hard to take that first step past fear, but you’ll make it! Hang on to Sam when it gets scary, because it helps to know you aren’t doing it alone. πŸ™‚

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    • I agree, I think the first step based on faith is so hard. And you are right. Sam is my rock in all of this. Not only does he understand, but he is my best bud throughout it all. πŸ™‚ thank you for all your help too! I feel like this all occurred to me after our conversations πŸ™‚

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