God was with Adam and Eve in Eden. Likewise, God is with me in my garden.

Yet, for my earthly garden to grow, it requires a lot of work! 

My spiritual growth demands the same effort as well.  

One lesson gleaned from Adam and Eve is to keep snakes out. I’ve thrown moth balls, sprayed repellent and sprinkled granules enough for the entire block!

But what about those “snakes” that aren’t tangible?




I must exert the same degree of effort spiritually that I do physically to keep “snakes” at bay. Or at the very least, identify them and kill them while they are young.

It’s relatively easy to kill a small snake. Something several feet long is a whole ‘nother matter!

Some snakes are discreet. Others are colorful and easier to notice.

Some are just irritants.

Others are deadly.

It is up to each of us to guard our space.

If I neglect my garden it is soon overrun with weeds. I am amazed at weeds that will grow through concrete yet the seeds I want to grow must be guarded and nurtured.

This just goes to show that the junk in life comes to us far easier than anything of value.

Too much social media anyone? You Tube?

You get the point.

I may never become a “master gardener,” still I’ll give it all I’ve got to grow the good stuff and keep the bad out.

What about you?

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5 NKJV

Published by Lilka Finley Raphael