Receiving Full Sun

Previously, I discussed the importance of roses receiving at least 6 hours of direct sunlight
also known as being in Full Sun in order to maximize their bloom potential and to help fight off disease.

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“Oregold” is planted in Full Sun.

We know that some roses can get by when planted in areas that will receive somewhere between just 3-6 hours of direct sunlight known as partial shade, but their growth tends to be limited, the blooms are smaller, and the foliage more apt for fungi to cling to.

Similarly, when Christians receive several hours a day of Jesus Christ’s direct SONlight through prayer, reading His Word, listening to Christian radio, worship, or attending a Bible study for example, they are positioned to reach their maximum potential. Unlike those who rarely receive God’s Light, their decision to remain in the partial shade will limit their growth and their blooms will be smaller while being more likely to fall prey to sin and disease. Today, ask yourself, am I firmly planted in a position to receive Full Sun or am I limiting myself to Partial Shade?

 “Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, ‘I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.’ “ John 8:12

Pruning the Garden of Your Heart

The weather is warm, the leaf buds are swollen with potential, and life is good. With only ten days till it’s officially Spring, my heart swells with garden joy! Little by little, as my frail back affords, I’ve been preparing my small urban garden for healthy abundant blooms. While raking fallen leaves and cutting out dead wood, my spirit rises knowing glorious beauty will manifest.

Similarly, separating the fallen and dead is what must occur in order for God’s kingdom to bloom in our hearts and on Earth both now and at the time of Christ’s return.

“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” Matthew 6:10

There has to be a pruning of our hearts, a raking of our fallen leaves, and cutting off the dead wood taking up real estate within our hearts and minds. Anything that is not of Christ ultimately will be pruned and burnt up….How much more glorious if we allow Him to shape us into the ever-blooming rose bush He dreamed of when we were nothing but seedlings!

People may build on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw. The day will make what each one does clearly visible because fire will reveal it. That fire will determine what kind of work each person has done.” 1 Corinthians 3:12-13 (God’s Word Translation)

The Master Gardener will prune our heart’s garden if we let Him…if we cooperate with His will being done in our hearts and homes rather than growing into a mess of an overgrown, out of control shrub! Although His pruning and preparation painfully cuts deep at times within our diseased and dying souls, His intentions are to manifest the beautiful design He dreamed for us when He planted us in His well-landscaped garden.

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Knock Out’s Sweet Drift

 

So this Spring, as you plan out, prepare, and prune a garden of your own, ask yourself: What is God, your Master Gardener, pruning in you? What needs to be cut out of your heart in order for you to manifest abundant blooms in His garden…in His kingdom? God wants to see you bloom. He wants to you to live in His ever-blooming love so that you can abundantly love others and truly live both now and forever with Him in His heavenly garden. In order to be ever-blooming though, you need to allow Him to prune the garden of your heart.

“And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.” Deuteronomy 30:6 (English Standard Version)