Sunday, December 11, 2011


We continue on our journey through the gospel of Mark in church today with our passages focusing on Chapter 4:1-20, the parable of the sower and seed.

How many times have I heard this parable, I know it pretty well.... usually think of it in terms of someone hearing the gospel and whether the Word takes root into a person's heart. Today with the help of our pastor I thought about it in terms of my day to day, especially with the busyness of the season

You have the seed that falls on hard ground that never take root, then those that fall on rocky ground, seeds are shallow, never develop a deep root system. Then you have the seeds that fall on good soil but it has thorns... those pesky thorns...my bible describes thorns as tough thistle-bearing weeds that use up avaliable space, light, and water that a good plants needs.

Thorns can be a real challenge for me this time of year, there is so much that competes for my attention. My to do list is long and my quiet time is short. I know the thorns are starting to take over when I begin to feel a little overwhelmed. Can you relate?

We have made changes in an effort to avoid the thorns from taking over. We have trimmed the list, simplified, resisted the need to do just because it's expected (that's a real hard one) and have decided on things that can just be let go.

Our tree is up, grandchildren decorated it (the one in the picture is from a lovely hotel we visited last winter) so it looks a little like Christmas at our house. Praying for contentment with a dose of daily weeding

Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me  Psalm 119:133


Nancy said...

I think many of us are in the same boat...trying hard to simplify and keep our minds on the real reason for the season....I love your analogy of the thorns and yes they are pesky things but isn't it wonderful that we have a Savior that can take them away and keep us heading in the right direction...

Great post...thank you

Petra said...

Decluttering Christmas to make room for Him has been my heart's wish this year. Your thorn analogy is very fitting! "We have trimmed the list, simplified, resisted the need to do just because it's expected (that's a real hard one) and have decided on things that can just be let go." I could not have said it any better! Blessings, sweet friend!!

Denise said...

Good post.

Debbie said...


I love the way your pastor related this to the season. How true this post is. I, too, am trying to keep those thorns away.

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Anita Johnson said...

So glad you left a comment for me, I don't think I have ever had the pleasure of stopping by here...what beautiful posts! We have de-thorned (simplified) our Christmas years ago...so much easier now to enjoy the Gift we really have been given! Merry Christmas!