Weed Barriers

Coming out of winter, one of my goals for Spring was to start an in-ground vegetable garden. Thanks to the “Stay Home Stay Safe” campaign due to the Coronavirus I’ve had extra time to make that goal a reality.

I’m a novice compared to most when it comes to gardening. I’m learning as I go. It’s been going well so far. I have run into one snag, however. I seem to be losing my battle with the prolific weeds and grass. My garden is organic so herbicides are a no-no.

In doing some research, I’ve discovered a solution, weed barriers. A weed barrier is something material that blocks or is intended to block the passage of weeds in a garden [Merriam-Webster Dictionary App].

I’ve decided to create an organic weed barrier by laying packaging paper between the plants and in the aisles then covering it with a thick layer of pine straw. It’s a work in progress that’s taking a lot of time and effort but in the end, it will be worth it.

The problem with weeds and grass in any garden is they compete with the wanted plants for water, sunlight, and nutrients leaving non-weed plants starving, weak, and prone to insect and disease infestation [homeguides.sfgate.com].

Just as weeds can stunt garden growth, weeds can also stunt spiritual growth. Weeds of negativity, offense, resentment, discouragement, bitterness, addiction, fear, pride, distraction, and sin can leave us hungry, weak, and prone to enemy attacks.

We need a spiritual weed barrier!

Spiritual weed barriers:

  • Quality time with God in prayer. Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 
  • Read, listen to, meditate on, speak, and study God’s word. Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 
  • Worship and praise the Lord. Psalms 100:22 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 
  • Obey God’s word. Luke 11:28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
  • Fellowship (from a distance during COVID-19) with like-minded believers. Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Last week I shared about how I had grown discouraged. Discouragement is a destructive weed in our spiritual gardens. I had to assess the problem. I was not utilizing my weed barriers.

Are you losing the battle of the weeds? Assess the problem and lay down your weed barriers. It’s a work in progress and takes time and effort but in the end, it will be worth it.

Feed your spirit and watch it grow. Starve those annoying destructive weeds and watch them die.

What are the results of feeding our spirits and laying down weed barriers? Abundant healthy fruit! Or in my case, vegetables.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.

Encourage others by sharing in the comments below on how feeding your spirit and creating weed barriers has strengthened you during a difficult season in your life. What fruit have you seen so far?

God bless you and your families. I’m praying for you.

~Patrice Maguire

Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will through the power of Your Holy Spirit. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.







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