You will sow much seed in the field but you will harvest little, because locusts will devour it. – Deuteronomy 28:38
Did Adam experience weeds and pests in the Garden of Eden? We know God put Adam in the garden to work and take care of it. So did he use a specific method of prevention? This is a great “heaven question” to ask the Lord someday!
Where do weeds and insects originate? It seems like they come out of nowhere. As the planted seeds germinate and begin to break through the surface, weeds start popping up around the seedlings. The gardener must spend time and energy on weed control—pulling and cutting. Then there are the insects that seem to appear overnight. Some of the ugliest bugs alive can thrive in your garden. Take, for example, the huge tomato hornworm. It is fat, green, and spongy, and it will eat the leaves down to the stem in a matter of days. This pesky critter robs the plant of the nutrients it needs to produce fruit. Imagine the disappointment the gardener experiences when an annoying creepy-crawler eats his prize produce.
Today, ask the Lord to expose the “weed invasions” and “pest infestations” that are affecting your spiritual garden.
About Reflecting Him
Reflecting Him: Living for Jesus and Loving It is a ten-week women’s Bible stud y. Like Jesus’ parables (which teach important lessons by creating visual pictures for the reader), Reflecting Him uses familiar objects and situations (such as pottery, the human sensory system, and the sun-earth connection) and draws comparisons that help women become aware of Jesus working in various areas of their daily lives. The study is a unique and convenient lay-flat format, so you can write without that annoying bump (you know the one we’re talking about.)
Each week is divided into five days (lessons), supporting the central theme for the week. Read the first two chapters (or weeks) online.
The study also has an online component through a Reflecting Him Bible Study Group on Facebook. Individuals working through the study on their own can still get the benefits of a group discussion while working at their own pace. Almost 200 people are in the group already and the discussions are really taking off.
This fall a leaders guide, videos, and music will be released to accompany the study.
Carla McDougal is the founder of Reflective Life Ministries and Share Fair, an annual conference for connecting, equipping, and encouraging women in ministry. She speaks at women’s events, retreats, and conferences in the U.S. and internationally. Carla married her high school sweetheart, Fred, and they have four children ages 16 to 23 and live in Magnolia, Texas. Reflecting Him: Living for Jesus and Loving It (WinePress Publishing, 2010) is Carla’s first book, although she’s been involved in leading and teaching Bible studies for more than 20 years. Carla writes a Monday morning e-votional at her blog, Carla’s Corner.
Want Carla To Lead a Lesson for Your Bible Study Group?
With every group purchase of 25 or more studies before August 1, Carla will lead a tele-lesson (over speaker phone) for one of your group meetings. Please email windy(at)reflectivelifeministries.org to purchase books. Mention the blog tour and tele-lesson at the time of ordering.