Day 40 of 40
Planting and Tending Your Garden
SEED OF TRUTH
Read Philippians 1:3-11.
Conclude your study by reading the following poem.
A Garden of Righteousness
by Susan Sampson, Thistlebend Ministries
Now is the time, now is the season;
For the glory of God, that is the reason.
Now is the time, time to uproot;
The sin in our heart, that we may bear fruit.
Our hearts are dry and crusty ground;
Nothing of beauty is there to be found.
Weeds of selfishness, laziness and pride abound,
Nothing worthy of a crown.
Lord, this is certainly not your vision;
This dry and ugly weed-infested garden.
A well-watered garden is your perfect plan.
The display of your splendor to show all of man.
Father, help me, I can’t do this alone;
Look at all of the weeds that have grown.
Please help me break up the ground of my heart.
Yes – the word of God is where to start.
For God’s words are the seeds I now must sow;
Yet it is only God who can make things grow.
I must sow the word in my heart and mind;
And meditate on God’s law day and night.
I must plant in my heart seeds of righteousness;
The Lord will bring the beautiful harvest.
We will reap the fruit of unfailing love
If we don’t grow weary or give up.
Like a well-watered garden our hearts will be;
Like a spring whose water runs so free.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life;
Oaks of righteousness for His delight.
So seek first His righteousness and plant those seeds;
Cry out to your Father in true humility.
The reward will be so fragrant and sweet
Beautiful blossoms – love, joy and peace!
Praise be to the One who alone can grow!
Praise be to the Lord –
For the crop He has grown;
A hundred times more than what was sown!
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Philippians 1:3-11 KJV
Day 40 of 40