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That’s the word I say in my mind or even out loud when I have random thoughts, one after the other. After about three minutes of reading James 1:21, I thought, “squirrel”. I would read this verse (and the verses surrounding it) in one translation, and a scenario would visualize in my mind. Then I’d read it again in another translation, and another scene would come to the forefront after reading just one variation of a word. Welcome to my world. Yai-yai-yai! See for yourself…

It was late at night, and I realized that I hadn’t eaten anything since lunch.   A bowl of cereal is my go-to-late-night-meal. I poured the milk on top of the cereal, and noticed that there was a faint odor. As soon as the spoonful of milk and cereal settled on my tongue, I knew that I should have obeyed my instinct. Let’s just say that the spoiled milk found its way down the garbage disposal.

“Throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.” James 1:21 (MSG)

You should have seen this garage before!  Now it's ready for action...and so was I.

You should have seen this garage before! Now it’s ready for action…and so was I.

This past week my mom and I took a road trip to Georgia. My oldest brother has purchased a home which has been vacant for the past twelve years. Graffiti and dried chemicals were all over the walls. The ceiling and walls had been punctured. Windows had been broken. So, with years of neglect, it was time for this home to be sanitized. We got rid of any mildew and unwanted critters that had claimed residence in the home. Getting rid of the filth felt and smelt satisfying! This once vandalized home is being saved from any more devastation.

“Get rid of filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.” James 1:21 (NLT)

“Get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.” James 1:21 (NIV)

Listen, my Christian brother and sister, God’s word is planted in you! See…follow these verses with me:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.  Colossians 3:16

The word planted in you is God…His Son, Jesus Christ…the Word is full of truth and grace…it is a guiding light…the word is glorious…the word is alive and active…it is our “god-conscious” …the word is fulfilling and gives wisdom. ALL THIS IS PLANTED IN YOU.

You have no filth in your life that is too dirty for God to make clean.

I pray that you will allow the word of God, and all its fruitfulness, fill your life. Rid yourself of anything that doesn’t put a smile on God’s face. Grant The Gardner to pull the weeds in your life out and create a beautiful landscape in your heart. He will!

Okay… No matter how many times (and trust me…my mind is still running and going deep) I may have to say “squirrel”, my focus is always on Jesus and allowing Him to teach me lessons in my life through everyday moments. Now, I’ve applied this verse diverse ways from my life (also click here to see another entry titled Weeds in My Life.) I would love to hear an interruption from you as you permit God to reveal Himself to you.

Blessings to you and yours. Love, Stephanie

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God's word is

What is the bible?

The bible is:

  • Alive
  • The Moderator of our thoughts and attitudes
  • God’s Breath on Pages
  • The Training Book for Life
  • The Light to Guide my path
  • Endures Forever
  • The Book of Truth and Righteousness
  • God’s word
  • Praiseworthy
  • Planted in you
  • The Beginning and The End
  • Jesus
  • Glory
  • One-of-a-kind
  • Generous
  • And so much more!

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Hebrews 4:12 NLT

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalms 119:105

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. Isaiah 40:8 NIV

For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does. Psalms 33:4 NLT

In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? Psalms 56:4

The Lord is the source of wisdom; knowledge and understanding come from his mouth. Proverbs 2:6 ERV

Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. James 1:21

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 NIV

The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish. John 1:14

I want to encourage you, even challenge you, to open up the bible, read it, believe it, and apply it to your life.

It has changed my life immensely! And I am a work in progress that continues to yearn for the discipline, enlightenment, and guidance it provides to my life on a daily basis.

What is the bible to you?

I pray that you will enjoy soaking up The Son every moment of each day. –Stephanie

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I am no “green thumb”.  If I would just take the time to nurture and care for the plants, real plants, I have oh how I can just imagine the glorious colors they would produce and lushesness (I’m not quite sure if this is a word) they would demonstrate.

But I do know a “Master Gardener” that can produce gloriousness.  This gardener is God.

Let’s look at James 1:21:

So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. (NLT)

So get rid of everything evil in your lives—every kind of wrong you do. Be humble and accept God’s teaching that is planted in your hearts. This teaching can save you. (ERV)

In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life. (MSG)

Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. (NIV)

God planted His word, His teachings, in our hearts. He did it!  It is there.  His word can save us from temptations and trails and any difficult situations that may, and will, come our way.  But notice what we have to do…become humble and accept His expertise.

Yes, God is ready to nurture and care for us.  We just have to decide to get out of His way and allow Him to produce gloriousness in our lives.

But don’t just sit back and have God do it all. You, we, will grow stronger and more radiant for Him when we turn to The Son in prayer, bible study, quiet time, etc..  Just like a sunflower faces the sun and opens itself to it, we must turn to Jesus and open our hearts and minds to His teachings.

Go Grow!  Grow closer to God, and allow Him to produce a beautiful thing in and through you.

Blessings and God’s abundant love to y’all.

“Be slow to listen, quick to speak and quick to become angry.” Is that what James 1:19 says?
What about James 1:21, “Cuss like a sailor and sin all you want.”?
No way of both accounts.
God desires so much more for us. “His word is planted in us, and His word can save us.” James 1:21.
Let’s try this again.
*”My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19.
*James 1:21 says, “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent…”

Much like we tried those verses again the right way, let’s try our best to live our lives the right way. Verse 22 says, “not merely listen to the word, but do what it says.”

Imagine the world if we all did what God says. Blessed!
Blessings to you!