WEEK 1  | The Garden of our Heart 

How Does Your Garden Grow?



I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  John 15:5 (NIV)

Without water, light and fertile soil the seeds planted in a garden will soon wither and die. Water is needed to open the hard shell so the seed can germinate in the soil in which it was sown. It needs sunlight to provide the warmth and to give the seed energy to grow. The soil is a bed for the seeds to lay their roots and remain stable as they grow into a flower or plant. The soil must be the right soil and have the right mixture of nutrients to provide the seeds with what they need to germinate.

In the same way, the fertile ground of our hearts needs the right soil for the seeds to be sown, watered and nurtured with light. The seeds are sown by reading the precious words of Scripture, the Living Water and nurtured by Jesus, the Light of the World.  Jesus came into this world to save us from our sins and once we open our hearts to Him by allowing the Holy Spirit to “germinate” the seeds sown by Scripture, God will take what was sown and help us to grow to reflect the beauty of Jesus. When the conditions are right, seeds will grow into beautiful fragrant flowers. The more seeds sown, the greater and more beautiful the garden. The more we read the words of Scripture and allow the Holy Spirit to show us how to tend to the seeds sown by Scripture, the more beautiful the garden of our hearts will become.

Conversely, if we don’t nurture our heart garden with the Living Water…the Word of God, and the Light of World…the Son of God, any seeds sown there will quickly die. They will stay dormant underneath the ground and we will never see their hidden beauty or enjoy their sweet fragrance. 

Is God speaking to your heart right now? Why not write it down?


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