Thursday, 30 December 2010

Replacing seeds of lies with seeds of His truth


Maple Tree Seed Pod

Japanese Maple Tree
When I was in a very dark place suffering from depression, I cried out to God for help and He answered me. He asked me to write, and although at the time I didn't quite understand why, I dared to trust Him. So I started this blog. I wrote intermittently at first, but I wrote. As I wrote, His Spirit would reveal to me things in my heart that I hadn't dealt with, and ever so gently, He would take me time and time again to a place of healing in my heart and replaced the ugly things there with seeds of His beauty.

One day, as I read His Word a scripture leaped out at me and I knew that He was speaking straight to me heart. It was Isaiah 55: 12-13:
"So you will go out with joy and be led out in peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees in the fields will clap their hands. Large cypress trees will grow where thorn bushes were. Myrtle trees will grow where weeds were. These things will be a reminder of the Lord's promise, and this reminder will never be destroyed."

I held on to this promise that within my heart, where the weeds and thorn bushes had overtaken, it would one day grow these amazing trees. The more I wrote down my thoughts and feeling, the more I realised that I had allowed the weeds and thorn bushes, to grow into a huge big tree and it's fruit was depression. The roots of my hideous tree that grew within was condemnation.

I realised that if  I had had allowed these weeds and thorn bushes to grow, I could also allow healthy strong trees to grow. Words, spoken or unspoken come in the form of seeds everyday. It is my choice whether I allow those seeds to be be planted in my heart or discard them. I had believed a lot of lies about myself that came in the form of seeds that I had allowed to be planted in my heart.

As I learned the truth about myself- that I was a daughter of the King; that I was loved beyond measure by the One who had created me; that I was worth so much that He sent His Son to die for me just so we could be together and no longer be separated; that I was truly amazing and had a destiny that only I alone could fulfill; that I was beautiful; - I planted these seeds in my heart, and they took root.

The stronger these new plants became, the weaker the weeds and thorn bushes were, and they eventually shrivelled up and died. The garden in my heart now grew good strong healthy plants of truth. I still have to do some 'heart gardening' from time time, and pull out the stray weeds or thorn bushes that I have allowed to be planted there. But because the garden is watered, fertilised and nurtured by His Word, my thoughts and His Spirit that dwells within me, they are easier to detect and pull out.

Cypress Tree seed pods

4500 year old Cypress Tree growing in Iran
Facts about Cypress Tress:
  • It is an evergreen
  • It is a symbol of stability
  • They can grow up to 210 feet
  • The Latin name arborvitae means 'tree of life'
Facts about Myrtle Trees:
  • It is an evergreen
  • The glossy leaves and berries were made into wreaths for victors to wear in the ancient Olympic Games
  • When cut down it re sprouts from the trunk
  • it reseeds itself
He has promised to replace my weeds and thorn bushes with some amazing trees. I love that they are evergreen, used for victors wreaths and when cut down (as this world will do to us from time to time) they re sprout from the trunk. But this has to be my favourite - the myrtle tree reseeds itself. I have the power to reseed my plants and multiply them in the garden if my heart.

I no longer suffer from depression, as He has done what He has promised. I have been led out of depression with joy and I have His peace. The mountains and hills seem like they do burst into song before me, and all the trees in the fields seem like they clap their hands. I could have not have come to this place without trusting Him and allowing Him to deal with the ugly plants that I had allowed to once grow in my heart.

I can feel myself being strengthened daily as the seeds of truth, take root, and grow into strong good trees. Whenever a bad seed comes my way in form of a word spoken or unspoken, it no longer has the power to send my heart into a spin like it used to. Don't get me wrong, it still hurts, but I remind myself of the truth about myself and the seed is discarded - and it is not able to take root in my heart. I replace it with the truth. When lies are spoken to me either in the form of other people's words or actions, or my own thoughts - I reseed my thoughts and only allow the truth to be planted in my heart.

Still taking lessons from the King,




16 comments:

  1. i love this, Jo! I can identify with so much of it, and yet I know so much of this is being so freshly taught to me and I've got a lot to keep learning. Thanks for sharing your journey with the Lord. ♥

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  2. Wow, your words spoke right to my heart. I feel like I have allowed my own thoughts about myself and insecurities to be planted, and I really have to do some gardening! Praying God will use my writing as He has yours, as I stay faithful to Him. Thank you for sharing what He shows you with us! xx

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  3. Jo.. what a wonderful post..and what a beautiful tree you have become...Keep growing my friend and encouraging all of us to get rid or our weed and thorns in the same way... for God is no respecter of men,, and what he has done for you, he can do for us too..
    Thank you for sharing.. Love ya..God Bless.

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  4. I absolutely love this! this pictures are great and I'm reminded and encouraged to be 'promise driven.' His word shall stand true when all else fails!!!!!

    Hallelujah!!

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  5. A beautiful post, Jo! I love God's promise that He will replace the thorns with Cypress trees and the weeds with Myrtle trees...both of which are strong and evergreen! May God continue to bless your "garden" as you hear His words of truth and not the lies of the enemy.

    Blessings to you, Joan

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  6. Beautifully written! I can so relate. Isn't it so cool to be on 'this' side! Wouldn't trade the journey for anything, but so glad to be moving forward. I am excited for the new year. I have such hope!

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  7. Love your beautiful post! God's promises are amazing!!
    Wishing you a Blessed New Year!
    Blessings.

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  8. Jo ~
    This really spoke to me. I am always encouraging people to seek God's TRUTH in order to defeat the lies that satan has fed us for years! It's the only weapon that works to dispel all of those lies. And there is no time factor.

    The LORD delivered me from a lie of the enemy after 45 years of believing something about myself that was not true. God replaced that lie from satan with the TRUTH of HIS WORD! That's exactly WHY I share the TRUTH - because of the power it had on my life and will always have!

    God is faithful!

    Stephanie

    PS: What is even more amazing is that God gave me these same seed pods from the maple tree one year ~ as a visual of rebirth and renewal. I saved them and have them in a special box!

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  9. What a pleasure it was to read your words this morning. What a fitting reminder as we review the past year and look forward to the new one!
    Thank God that his mercies are new every morning, surely they are refreshed every new year too!

    I have joy and peace in my heart, and I look forward to sharing the journey with you through 2011.

    God bless you!

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  10. As always an amazing post straight from your interactions with God, for me to read, learn and grow from. God has been showing me a lot about seeds, heart position, good ground, and really unpacking Mark 4. This so beautifully fits with where God is leading me right now. I know when you were asked by God to write it really was Him. Your posts speak to me and God speaks through you into my situation all the way over the sea in NZ. Thank you for your obedience to listen to God because it changes me to read and gain sight from your words.

    Maybe God bless you so very much in 2011 xxx

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  11. Amazing that photo of the 4500 year old tree I am in awe! I love the whole symbol of the two trees, it really has got me meditating on it a lot lately. I love how His word is so amazing and can bring such life and change! xx

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  12. I loved this post. Just an example of what our God can do if we will look into our hearts.
    so beautifully written with so much truth in it.

    I am new to your blog but will become a follower.
    I invite you to visit me and become a follower if you wish. God bless!

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  13. I was just searching for a photo of a middle eastern myrtle tree. This is beautiful; and so different from many U.S. varieties. Isa 55:13 speaks of the cypress (fir in KJV) and myrtle. Beautiful manifestations of unending life.

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Jo Princess Warrior xo