Pruning Thorns

The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced.

Matthew 13:22

This is definitely where I don’t want to be.  Worried about being a good husband. Worried about being a good father.  Worried about providing for my family.  Worried about the world. Worried about the future.  So how do I prune those thorns away ensuring that God’s word has a place to take root and change my thoughts and behaviors.  Sometimes I am better at it than others.  I said back in this post that I planned on connecting with God’s word everyday and thinking about how it applies to my current life.  I am capturing those thoughts in a journal.  Some of those thoughts make it to the blog and some don’t.  Here is a recent entry.

I stare at my phone, but it doesn’t hold the answers. It’s just a thing that can distract for a while, but that’s only temporary and doesn’t solve any problems.  There are two apps on it that could help, but I don’t really need the phone to use either of them.  One is a Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback App. It measures HRV and can tell me how stressed I am due to autonomic nervous system imbalance.  I can use a technique of balanced breathing to activate my parasympathetic nervous system.  But I don’t need the phone to breathe.  Sometimes that is enough, sometimes not.  The other app is the Bible app.  Scripture can help as long as I am connecting and not just reading aimlessly.

I put down the phone and pick up a cross.  Now this can help.  He can help! Jesus, my Lord and Saviour.  He is the answer! Giving Him my problems helps.  Life happens and having Faith doesn’t mean we are sheltered away from discomfort.  I don’t think some people understand that.  Believing in Jesus doesn’t mean nothing bad ever happens to you.  But the cross and connection to Christ makes it much easier to deal with the little stressors and the big stressors.  Some things we can’t control, but we can pray, we can breathe, and we can listen.

The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

Matthew 13:23

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