Seeds of Spring: A Woman’s 40 Day Devotional

Day 4
Read Luke 8:9-15.
Jesus continued on through the villages, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. People from town after town came to Him. When he saw the large crowd He told them a parable. Many were following Jesus. Out of those who would listen, Jesus described how the seed, His word, would fall on four different kinds of hearts:
Some fell along the path. And some fell on the rock. And some fell among thorns.
And some fell unto good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.
Jesus then called out to all of them saying: “He who has ears to hear let him hear.”
Only those with one type of heart could truly hear. Clearly there are those who don’t listen at all. But of those who would listen, few would truly hear. J.C. Ryle comments, it is a parable of universal application. The things it relates to are continually going on in every congregation wherever the gospel is preached. The four kinds of hearts that it describes are to be found in every assembly that hears the word. These factors should make us read the parable very carefully. We should say to ourselves, as we read it, “This concerns me. My heart is seen in this parable. I, too, am here.”
He who has ears to hear let him hear.
Our heart is represented in one of these. Ask the Lord this week to help you see the condition of your heart.
Praise God for bringing His word to you.
Confess your need for His Spirit to reveal the true condition of your heart.
Thank God for drawing you close to Him.
Ask God to help your heart be humble and ready to receive His truth.

And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
Luke 8:9‭-‬15 KJV


Search me, O God


Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalms 139 KJV

My Place In God’s World


God knows you better than anyone.

He knows when you sit down, and when you stand up again. He knows how many times you blink your eyes every day, how many steps you take, and how it feels to wiggle your toes.

But God doesn’t just know about you – like you know the answers for a test, how to spell a really long word, or like you know the weather outside.

The Bible says that God is “acquainted with” all of our ways. That means that God knows you better and deeper than anyone else.

He knows what you dream about and what you hope for.

God knows what makes you sad and what makes you happy.

He knows what makes you scared and what makes you feel strong.

God loves to know you.

Isn’t it awesome how God knows us so well?

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
1O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
2Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
3Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
4For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.


What is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?

What did you say when you saw it?

Sometimes, people don’t know what to say when they see something beautiful.

Some people say “Wow!”

Other people might say “Whoa!” or “I can’t believe it!”

Sometimes they just smile.

The Bible says that you are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” From your fingerprints to your funny bone, God made you perfectly.

Imagine that God is a sculptor making a beautiful vase: As He starts to work, He sits back to make sure it’s right, and He smiles. He didn’t make any mistakes or do anything wrong. He didn’t leave anything out. God made you exactly the way He wanted to.

But it gets better: God made you special. No one else looks exactly like you. No one else does things exactly like you do.

Isn’t it incredible that God made you different from everyone else?

13For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
14I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.


God made you for a special purpose – something only you can do.

The Bible says that all of your days “were written – every one of them” before you were even born! Because God made you and knows you, He has great plans in store for you. You may not know what any of those plans are yet, but you’re going to love them.

Imagine that God wrote a book about you. He thought about you as He wrote it. He spent extra time, making sure everything was just right. He knows what’s on the next page He can’t wait for you to get there.

God has an exciting adventure planned for you. And the best part is that He’s promised to walk with you every step of the way!

What do you think God wants you to do?