Choked Out by the Thorns

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A few weeks ago, my husband and I were discussing the meaning of the parable of the sower. In Luke 8:11-15, Jesus explains that the seed is the Word of God and fell onto three types of soil-rocky, thorny, and good soil. The fact that the seed on the thorny ground recieved God’s Word but was choked out by “cares, riches, and worries of this life” (Luke 8:14) stood out to me.

I have been choked out this year,” I thought to myself. I began sharing with my husband about how this past year, since 2020 began, I have lost sight of God and worried about other things in my life for way too long; our marriage struggles, COVID-19, Grave’s disease diagnosis, miscarriage, growing a family, buying a house, and the list goes on.

Of course, all of these things matter and are a concern, but have I taken them to God? Filled my heart and mind with His Word through these times?

No, I’ve been ‘choked out.’

So, I thought I’d share with you in hopes of encouraging you today. I knew immediately that I’m still saved. I love God and believe in my heart that Jesus died and rose again (Romans 10:9). However, I also knew that I didn’t want to allow myself to continue in my worry, but spend that much needed time with God daily.

In these last couple of weeks, a few verses have been on my heart to remind me of the importance of being alone with God.

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  • Jesus knew the value of being alone with God
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  • Set your mind on things above”
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  • This verse really encouraged me to start my day with God!

Lastly, I wanted to share my prayer that I usually start my day with before reading the Bible. It goes something like,

God, thank You for a new day. Thank you that Your compassion is renewed every morning! ‘(sing) Great is Your faithfulness. You never change, You never fail, oh God.’ I don’t know what all is going to happen today or how much I’ll get done, but You do. So I give this day to You! Give me energy to do Your work today. Remind me of Your salvation and Your work in my life. My mind is full of ideas, but they’re all jumbled. Clear my mind of chaos. Help me trust that You will give me all that I need today to do the work You’ve given me to do. I know that You will be faithful to finish the work You’ve started. As I start my day, I give every area of my life to You. Use me however You see fit. This day is Yours. My body is Yours. My mind is Yours. Everything I am is Yours!”

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